For me it’s always exciting to hear how other artists work and what creative process means to them. When I heard about the Artists Around The World bloghop, it was immediately interested and decided to participate. The person who introduced me to it is Eva Marion Seyffarth from Germany. She’s a surface designer, illustrator, graphic designer and art teacher. The illustration to the right is one of her newest works, a submission for the Global Talent Search illustration competition.
I love the soft but strong colors and how the motifs were handmade from paper. She really has put a lot of thought and effort into making this piece! Visit her blog Twinking Journeys at http://www.eva-marion-seyffarth.blogspot.de/ to see more of her beautiful art!
These are my answers to the questions:
1. Why do I do what I do?
Making art has been something I have been always naturally drawn to. When I was four I broke a collarbone and I had to wear an arm sling until the bone was healed. We had some guests over and they brought me some drawing paper and crayons. I couldn’t wait and I remember sitting at the livingroom table and coloring like crazy even though my arm was tied.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I do many types of art, but I think I can answer best about painting. I don’t especially try to be different, but I have noticed that in some ways my art is different from most. Usually I start from within and don’t have a subject matter in mind. That’s why often my work is abstract. My art isn’t done to please anyone (I don’t mean that art by other artists is!) and sometimes I fear that it really isn’t making anyone pleased! But I’m sure it’s not true. 😉 Because it starts often so strongly from the inside, it is very personal and therefore it just is what it is and isn’t done for any audience in mind. Also, I’m not going for any special style. But surprisingly there still is something that connects my paintings that could be called a style. Something that’s unique, something that’s me.
3. How does my creative process work?
I already touched this subject in the previous question. Around year 2001 I went to a painting course called Vedic Art, which was a course about opening creativity inside us and painting freely without boundaries. That course changed my life. The course consisted of 17 principles that each contained some background about the idea behind the principle and a painting excercise. After the course we don’t have to think about the principles as their idea has been already planted inside us and we can take advantage of it when we paint. I’ve since taken many more courses and teacher training as well. But the most important thing here still is to paint. That is THE KEY. Paint and all else will come.
So, to me creative process is a strong inner process. I know that I have everything inside me that I need in order to make art. And it doesn’t end there. It applies to the whole life as well. When I start painting I don’t know what is coming, but I fearlessly just go forward knowing that I CAN TRUST the process. I’ve seen it work and I know it will work, always. There are moments during the painting process that may not be pleasant at all, but I know they’re also helping me and will pull me through something that I might not want to look at otherwise. I will continue painting until I have a strong knowing that everything is finished. It’s easy to know when I’m there. When I’m there, I know.
Lately I’ve started experimenting with bringing more deliberateness to the process. I’ve chosen some subjects and still painted freely, even though I’ve also drawn some shapes that I have decided beforehand. It has felt good and I’ve noticed that I don’t lose the freedom, and that I’m still painting from within even though threre are subjects from the outer world in the painting.
4. What am I working on now?
Lately I’ve not been working on much. I’ve had a long period of time when I’ve tried to tie loose ends in other areas of my life. I’ve noticed that I need a lot of time, free and safe time, to be able to make art and come up with new ideas the way I want. I’ve understood that I have to clear my calendar and my mind (and my house!) in order to be able to create the way I want. I’m in that process at the moment and even though it has been daunting and I’ve felt that I don’t have power to go on I’ve kept on reminding myself that all engagements I have will end and I can choose not to take new ones. I am the one in charge of my life!
In July I was in a week long painting retreat and it was wonderful. I made several paintings and one of them is the one above this question. It was a very important painting to me and I was amazed when after a lot of pain and tears I painted a new layer on top of everything and suddenly I knew the paintings was almost ready! I added some finishing touches and felt that now everything is complete.
Tasha Goddard has kindly created a list of posts in this bloghop! Go read them all! 🙂 And if you’ve written a post, you can add a link to it on the page.