This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a prolific, self-taught artist. She’s recently begun a new series of paintings that cannot be ignored!
Who and where are you?
I’m Hilary J. England, and I am currently residing in Andreas, PA, USA.
I had always been a prolific journaler, since I was a little kid, so this was a natural step for me. I enjoy looking back over the years through my journals, because you can see the progress through your journals that compliments your artistic evolution. You see what frame of mind you were in, the circumstances that were conducive to the formation of your art that you may have forgotten about with time. It keeps your perspective fresh. I say blogging keeps me grateful! It helps to keep my compass pointing in the right direction, which is probably why I started and never stopped blogging.
Keep at it. I blog because I feel it’s an integral part of explaining (at least on the surface) who I am, and why I create what I do, and the circumstances surrounding those creations, whether it’s something simple, something pleasant, or the exact opposite. Blogging gives others a window into your creative process, and they cherish that. It also keeps them up on your latest news, and that’s good for networking with new friends and old admirers of your work. Even if you don’t see immediate results, it’s like hitting the gym–after a long time of hard work, you will definitely see a difference.
I usually listen to classical music, sometimes I’ll foray into jazz or flamenco guitar. When I’m creating, for whatever reason, I cannot listen to music with words. Other people’s words seem to penetrate into the private world I’m in, and “muddy” my thinking process…distract me. So, I don’t listen to music with any kind of lyrics. Also, I tend to use the same palette through an entire painting. Even if I run out of paint, or it gets messy, I still continue to use it. I will scrape parts of it, but what’s left behind let’s me know the order of things, so I can reorder the way I want it. Each painting has it’s own unique palette from conception to “birth.” I don’t abandon the palette unless I abandon the painting, and that is extremely unusual for me. I like to see things through to the end, even if the painting turns out to be a disaster. It bothers me if it is a disaster, but I chalk it up to learning…I feel you should always finish what you start, so that is a ritual in itself.
I have started a new series. Actually, I have just moved into a different direction with a series I had been working on, which is a social/expressive realist series of teenage girls in rural America, and I have branched out to show their extended networks, families, and commentary regarding their “roots.” These paintings will be larger in size, and also, the images will be looser in terms of the focus on the subject matter, less constrictive, kind of like moving back a bit in the picture plane. The first paintings were sort of “in your face.” These will be a little less immediately confrontational, and a little more mysterious.
Thank you Hilary for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
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