Being an artist, you'd have to say, involves a lot of self reflection. To really create meaningful pieces you are spending a lot of time with your thoughts, many times bringing up current and past emotions and events.
A part of being an artist is the constant self criticism and critiquing of what you are creating, including mediums, and what you are creating on.
For me, I feel a thirst for more knowledge and trying new things, some may be a little step, others bigger. They can take me a while, but I am always happy to have given something new a try. Being back into painting regularly and with a vengance, has had me try abstracts, landscapes, portraits, still life, acrylics, watercolour, pencils, drawing, oils, alcohol inks, drip painting, acrylic pouring, painting on canvas, and canvas paper. And, I have just painted for the first time onto a canvas roll, without the frame. I have been thinking of this for a while, but was actually given a piece by my niece, and that was all the push I needed. I love the possibilities it creates. Apart from making it much more economical to post overseas, you can create a large piece and it takes up less space to store. You could also decide to get it stretched onto a frame as 1 piece, or cut it u into several matching pieces.
How do you push yourself as an artist?
"I am always inspired by the sea, it is the place that makes me feel reflective and at peace. There are so many moods and emotions created by the weather at the beach, which makes it a fascinating subject to use as inspiration. Calm, energy, fierceness, busy, quiet, relaxing, activity, conversations, playing, laughing, happiness, sadness, bright colours, dark colours, these are just some of the emotions from a visit to the beach and give me so much to work with." - Sandra Vincent