Monday, June 30, 2014

Bellelive Blog Tour

I was recently nominated by one of my talented artsy friend/student Karen Siegel Fitting at Photos Kept Alive.

Here is her lovely post in case you missed it!

The questions

There are four questions tour participants are asked to answer.

What am I working on?
I suppose that I can better answer this question by changing it to “what’s my creative mojo telling me to pick up” lol!

This is a hard one!!! I’m always working on a few different things at one time. It all depends on which one is just calling my name out!   Presently I’m going through a “highlighter” color phase. These totally 80’s vivacious neon colors are just calling to me. I have created a slew of Gelli Prints on paper and fabric. With these fantastic prints, I have made Art Journals, pencil cases, sets for Project Life cards, and the list goes on. I am also working on my acrylic and watercolor skills.

My love for Mixed Media drives me beyond boundaries - so I always find myself pushing forward and experimenting.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm let’s see the easiest way to answer this question is by saying that I am always changing and transforming, I see things in “color” if that makes any sense! A simple walk through my neighborhood can trigger an artsy adventure… Ever since I can remember one of my biggest strengths has been my ability to see something that at first glance maybe simple and changing it into something interesting or pleasing to the eye.

Here are some pictures of my latest acrylic paintings.

Why do I create what I do?

I create to make “me” happy! I know that that may sound a little - arrogant or snobby -even but, believe me I don’t have those “qualities in me”…  When I pick up a brush, a marker, or just simply ink up my fingers there is something that rises up from within me and takes over my senses. This awe-inspiring feeling transfers into wanting to teach what I do/create. I want to share with others the incredible feeling you get when you just let go and remove all the stress, pressures, and every day “rules” that keeps us up boxed up!
 So what if my – or your art is not what society calls “pretty”? 

I make art for me! Now do you see what I mean? Making sense so far? Creativity is not a measure of skill, but a passion from within. When I teach a class I ask my students to just let go! I explain how there are endless possibilities in art and how it’s “not important to copy something exactly, but rather making it yours” and being happy with that.

Here I want to share an example of how I play with Mixed Media and texture.
Ok so the tour continues!
I will now send you over to visit and show some love to three different creative bloggers from around the globe. I have nominated these extraordinary friends of mine who blog their own stunning and creatively artsy journey! 

Meet Kate Palmer aka Sparkle Tart

Kate is an amazing Australian Mixed Media artist and crafter! I learned about Kate and her inspiring art when I started designing for LSG way back in 2009! She has inspired me with her drop-dead-gorgeous art and radiant attitude!  
Meet Sharon M. The Night Owl Scrapper

In my artsy adventurous journey I have met many people but, I have to say that Sharon has not only been an amazing artist but a true friend! I have had the pleasure of meeting Sharon on a couple of occasions even though we literally live 3500 miles from each other we have so many things in common. I am blessed to have met her and able to communicate with her beyond our artsy endeavor.

Meet Jo Paper Drama

I meet Jo while designing for some of the same design teams past and present. Jo has a charming attitude and creates stunning pieces and spectacular cards! She does wonders with Copic Markers and has definitely been an inspiration to me. 

Thanks again to Karen Siegel Fitting at Photos Kept Alive who tagged me!


Sharon said...

Thanks so much Ivette for nominating me! Big hugs girlfriend!!!!

Kate Palmer said...

Ivett - I am honored to be in such awesome company and your mixed media work rocks BTW!

Anonymous said...

I love your work! I'm so glad that you are a part of this blog tour! Thanks for being such an inspiration!!