This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week captures a divine beauty in everything she paints. Her art reminds me of dream-like memories, full of magic and light!
Who and where are you?
I am Patricia Lee Christensen, a visual artist using various mediums to produce colorful images. We moved from the Seattle area about five years ago and I am now living at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Layton, Utah. My art education is in advertising. My art has been very diverse. For years I primarily did pastel portrait commissions, art festivals and fairs as well as commercial work. My favorite mediums are pastel, acrylic, pen & ink and watercolor. I love oil too, but find the solvents & fumes are unhealthy for me.
How did you get started art blogging?
I started blogging with two separate blogs; thoughts on one and art stuff of the other. Not only was it difficult to keep up with two blogs but there was too much overlapping between the two, so now I maintain one blog. I find blogging is enlightening and perhaps you can even experience an epiphany. It is like standing back and viewing what is evolving in a more objective way. It is helpful in finding your ‘own voice’. A couple of days ago, I posted how I realized that over many years I had painted several scenes with pathways or trails. It was interesting to me that I had gravitated to that image many times… The great thing about a blog is that it is at the same time a visual and verbal journal.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
The obvious is to post regularly. Most of us do not have a lot of time for reading blogs, so concise choice of words is important. I will go back and remove excess words and simplify where possible after writing my thoughts. That is one important thing I learned in advertising – people do not give you that much time; each word must count. Artists are visual people. I believe lots of images are important and less text – although sometimes you need to express thoughts and explain the process. It is your blog and you are the boss of it!
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
Definitely instrumental music – no lyrics. When I am teaching I also bring along a CD player. Meditative music is critical to the creative process! It quiets the negative voices in your head and allows the creativity to flow. I listen to Pandora online and have created a few different stations depending on the mood. I enjoy New Age music such as Paul Cardall, Yani, Kitaro’s Silk Road, Laura Sullivan, Celtic music, Phil Coulter and Beegie Adair jazz to name a few.
What’s coming next from your easel?
I have some commissions I will ship in the next few days. There are five 20” square acrylic on gallery wrapped canvases of some whimsical zoo animals for a client in Colorado. I should mention here the buyer found me through my EBSQ portfolio! I am currently working on several pastel, acrylic and drawing projects at the same time. I do not consider myself an accomplished watercolor painter, but I love to play with watercolors for the joy of it, and that is why I have several light and whimsical paintings in my Etsy store amongst the more serious acrylics and pastels. I find it increases the quality of the art to jump from each project to approach the other with a fresh eye. We have several shows and events here in the greater Salt Lake / Ogden, Utah, area that I am preparing for. I love the diverse opportunities, the wonderful interesting people, and the exciting possibilities this artful life has given me!
Thank you Patricia for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?