Who and where are you?
My name is Keri Joy Colestock. I live in Pingree Grove Illinois. I love my life as I am very blessed by my beautiful family & friends. Most that know me know I am a victim of Lyme Disease that has caused permanent damage. I was crawling & could not focus when I was told that “doing much of anything would be IMPOSSIBLE for me to do” so I began my “Wall Dancers” in bed & I sold 1400 original dolls & vases on Ebay. I can now say with confidence I think they were wrong!
How did you get started art blogging?
The internet connected me back to the world. I tried turning my lemons into lemon drop martinis & stay busy & out of bed. On Ebay I could make art in my jammies & made myself a job. You join groups & get to see everyones work & get inspired by their creativity. Many times we traded & got to know each other as years passed. In my heart I was blessed by these wonderful people I crossed on my journey & learned many valuable lessons. Because I still cannot do shows because of the Lyme, I used this inanimate object to promote my work. From Ebay to Etsy, then a vast amount of groups (even though I do not do that much talking prior to Facebook.) & time has opened doors. On Facebook we knew each other from other places where we had no opportunity to chat-we have become friends & love each other dearly now.
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?
My tips for EBSQ or any bloggers/artists is love what you do. I accepted change. After making the 1400 “Wall Dancers” I just did a 180 & I am having a BLAST! Ken from Landfill Art decided he wanted to turn 1,041 junk hubcaps into masterpieces! He asked if I would do my polymer work on one. It will be a traveling exhibit & table book. The idea of turning junk into ‘treasures’ I thought was so cool & I am ‘hooked’ & having a RIOT! Have not made a “Wall Dancer” since! Flea markets are where my ‘treasures’ are found & I am also recycling old items. People are also enjoying the whimsy behind my pieces.
Cindy Marks from Artizen Magazine did a spread on my work last month & I am to be in a table book on Sculptures that is to come out in November. Part of the attention I believe is partly that my avatar on all sites every May which is Lyme Awareness Month I show my arm with my 11th pikline & people realize what determination can do!
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?
I load my CD player with 6 CD’s & just rock the music. LOUD! Beatles are a must……so is David Bowie. But I am an old throw back of the 70’s so Prince, Pink Floyd, Annie Lennox, The Pretenders, Bryan Ferry to name a few. I wear ‘my paint clothes’ (jogging pants & tee shirts) where I wipe my brushes all over them. Rags are not needed or used ever!
What’s coming next from your easel?
What is coming next? A ton of new things! I will continue making my ‘found object’ art. Getting crazier & the more whimsical the better! I usually do 2-3 pieces a week & hubby & I collaborate on our “KeRicTures” which are 28″ whimsical colorful wood sculptures. They remind me of a ‘greeter’ sitting on my table. Someone enters my house & has a character waving at them! I sketch the faces & Ric turns my sketch into 5-6 layers of masonite for their faces. I do all of the painting. Then we assemble the bodies. Same prototype we chose to use so people can say Keri & Ric did those! Yep-KeRicTures are our names combined!
Thank you Keri 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?