Today we welcome Pauline Leger to Creatively Featured! Thanks Pauline for sharing your artwork and thoughts with us!
1. Tell us
about blogging and how it’s worked for you.
Blogging is the one thing
that has most helped me as an artist.
It made me more comfortable
with sharing my art, it connected me with like-minded creatives all over the
world, it gave me the incentive to create every day, it allowed me to learn
from others, it opened my eyes to the possibilities, and it made me far more
brave than I would have ever thought possible.
Having a blog is about more
than just putting my work out into the world.
It’s about connecting with
others, and as an artist, this is invaluable.
inspires or influences you artistically?
I am inspired by everything
around me and within me, including trees, the ocean, travel, someone’s story,
music, books, my morning coffee, sadness, illness, etc. I know it sounds
cliché, but inspiration can be found everywhere.
3. Which aspect
of your art do you enjoy most?
The very beginning of a
painting or a journal page. The unknown. The blank canvas just waiting for
colors and shapes and lines… I certainly love the entire process of creating,
but there’s something about that blank page or canvas that gives me a deep
sense of freedom. I also love that part of the process where I begin to like
what I see…where my thoughts go from “this is crap” to “hey, I like this!”
4. Have you
exhibited work or taught classes?
I have participated in a few
group exhibits (paintings) and one solo exhibit at a local gallery. I’ve also
taught a few classes in acrylic painting here in my community, and I taught
graphic design at the community college. Eventually, now that I’ve become more
comfortable with the on-line world and feel more confident with teaching, I’d
love to develop an e-course and teach an on-line class. There is nothing like
the feeling of inspiring others to spread their wings.
artistic plans do you have for the coming year?
I confess – I suck at
planning. I don’t do resolutions. So I hesitate in answering this question, but
I’ll share a few of my artistic plans for the coming year anyway:
• develop an e-course and/or
e-book to help inspire others
• illustrate and write a book
(this may be more than a one year thing…) J
• create a website (where
people can buy my wonderful little e-book!)
• continue making art a part
of my day, regardless of time or money (or lack thereof).
6. How do you
manage your time?
I am organized, but not
obsessive about it. I am not one of these people who wake up at 5am to run 10k
and then cram in everything I can in the course of the day. I am very
productive if I am rested, and if I wake at 5am, I am not rested. J .
I work from home, and usually
begin my day with a morning walk. My workday begins at 8am or so – with an open
window, great coffee and good music. J
I spend most days transitioning between graphic design projects and sketching,
taking notes, blogging or reading.
Most of my painting or
journaling is done in the evenings. As soon as I enter my little blue room,
light a candle, put some music on, and sit in my comfy chair, my brain and my
heart get into gear and I am in the zone before I know it. My brain now knows
that the smell of “Mod Podge” means = LET’S DO THIS!!
I limit my time in front of
the tv and on the phone. I am not a big fan of time wasters like Facebook,
Pinterest, Twitter, etc. although I understand the value in social media. I
just refuse to let it swallow up too much of my time. Looking at art is not the
same as making art.
I believe we are all creative
beings, and the more we express this creativity in our own way, the happier we
are. At least it works for me.