Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fine Artist Interview - Sculptor Anita Feng

When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?

Like Krystyna, I grew up in a creative household. My father, as I was growing up, was prone to burst into quiet rooms reciting the romantic poets or poetry of his own making. My mother made sculptures and 2-D artworks using throw-away crayon ends and soldering metals. Everyone played music. And the women in the family danced. Perhaps the artistic impulse was as much a part of my childhood as learning to read or ride a bicycle -- it was what was done.That said, even now, I hesitate to call myself an artist. Maybe because of the lofty associations. Now if everyone called themselves an artist and really approached the creativity of the moment in that frame of mind then I'd happily chime in and call myself "artist" as well!

What are your favorite materialsItalic to work with?
Mud, naturally! I go for the cheap, plentiful things of life.
Describe a bit of your everything planned or sketched out before hand? Do you work on impulse? Italic

No. And no.

I like to listen to the quality of my day/mind/feeling and use that as a beginning to a conversation. The other end of the conversation being the clay itself.
That said, I would also have some concrete goal in mind, as for example, "Today I will throw the starting forms for a series of smallish Buddhas..."
Where is your favorite place to work?
In my studio, where clay and mess co-exist in perfect harmony.
What inspires you?
What doesn't?

Whart artist, past or present, has inspired your atwork?
Again, as per the above, I have been inspired by the check-out lady at the Japanese grocery store, Kathy Kollowitz, the line of old men posing in front of the camera, Nikos Kazanzakis, the dog's ears perked up....the list would be endless.Bold
Where do you see your work going in the next 10 years?
Who knows? I can only hope that my health and strength permits ...Italic
How are you taking your work/techniques to the next level?
Ha! For me, I'm happy to call the "next level" the "next moment" and hope for the best!
Have you ever taught any art classes?
I've taught clay and poetry.
What item are you most proud of on your Artist Resume?
The one I haven't made yet.
WItalichat is the role of the Artist in our society?
To be brave and honest and open.
Where do you sell your work?

On and in my studio.
See more of Anita's work at

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Artist Interview - Kristina Laurendi Havens

When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?

I was lucky to grow up in a very creative household...we made a lot of great projects. Each year the school teachers would anxiously await to see what exciting projects came out of the Laurendi household! I never grew out of that excitement of creating something new.

Describe a bit of your everything planned or sketched out before hand? Do you work on impulse?

My paintings started out being very regimented and planned. I always sketched or worked out the color palette ahead of time. But now it's more impulsive. Party because I love re-working and layering. I welcome mistakes! One thing I've realized is you can't fix what's not there - go for it! Put some paint on the canvas! What's the worst thing that can happen? You have to paint over it! (Of course this philosophy probably isn't good for watercolors...)

What artist, past or present, has inspired your work?

Too many to list!!! I love Modigliani's and Clemente's portraits. I am enamored of the paint application in a Joan Mitchell. Chaim Soutine has luxurious paint. Cezanne had brilliant mark-making.

How are you taking your work/techniques to the next level?

This is a tough task. Too often artists get in a rut (so to speak) We find a technique or style that works for us and we stop growing. My personal challenge is to continue to develop my figure drawings and painting and take them from just being accurate representations and elevate them to meaningful observations of the human condition (sounds a little loftier than I intended!)

Has selling art on-line been a success for you? Why? How do you encourage people (or why would you encourage people) to buy Original Fine Art?

I'm going to answer both of these questions. So far I am thrilled with my experiences selling on-line. Etsy has helped me share my work with tens of thousands of viewers. I have had buyers from NY to CA and up into Canada and across the Pond - in the UK! That was very exciting! Buyers can connect with an image on screen almost as instantaneously as if they saw a painting in person. If an image speaks to you, go for it! You will be purchasing something that will enrich your daily life - and I'm not saying that to be cheesy - I sincerely believe that living with original art makes my home warmer, more interesting, and more personal.

See more of Kristina's work on-line at

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Collecting Fine Art

"Collecting at its best is very far from mere acquisitiveness; it may become one of the most humanistic of occupations, seeking to illustrate by the assembling of significant reliques, the march of the human spirit in its quest for beauty." ~ Arthur Davison Ficke

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What inspires your art?

Artists inherently WANT to create...but sometimes wanting to create isn't enough - you need to be inspired! How are you inspired? Do you look at other artists? Do you look to nature? Are you surprised to find inspiration in unusual places? Let us know!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

New Team Treasury

Thanks Studiobee for creating this wonderful treasury!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Creating to Sell...Selling to Create

For many artists, each creation is very personal. And sometimes the idea of letting something go (ie SELLING) can be very daunting! There is a cycle for many artists...selling to create, creating things to sell...which comes first? What is the ultimate goal? Would you like to sell only large pieces occasionally, so you have lots of time to create in between, or do you mass-produce work, in order to sell more frequently?

I had a professor in college tell me "If you are afraid to sell something, you are afraid that you will never make anything better"

And I think that's a great philosophy. You can be incredibly proud of a piece, and even have reservations about selling it, but ultimately your goal should be to grow as an artist - you never know what the next creation will be!