Art Questionnaire (join in!)

Art-Questionnaire

I thought it would be fun and interesting to do a little questionnaire! 20 questions for you to answer about your relationship with art.

Feel free to copy the list and answer them on your blog or social media (a link or mention would be much appreciated!) or in the comments below.

You can be as brief or as detailed as you like. I’ve given my answers below, can’t wait to read yours!

1. Who is your favourite traditional/master artist?
2. Who is your favourite online artist?
3. What is your favourite art course you’ve taken?
4. What art course would you love to take?
5. Which teacher would you love to go on an art retreat with?

6. Where do you create?
7. What inspires you?
8. What do you do when you’re in a creative funk?
9. What is your absolute favourite piece of art that you’ve created? (show a pic!)
10. What does this piece mean to you?

11. What is your favourite art book?
12. What is your favourite art supply?
13. Oils or acrylics?
14. Stamps or freehand?
15. Where do you love to go shopping for art supplies?

16. What subject do you like to paint?
17. What colour(s) do you always seem to use?
18. Do you like to paint big or small?
19. What is your favourite music to listen to while painting?
20. What does art mean to you?


1. Who is your favourite traditional/master artist?
Tough one! I don’t know if I can choose just one, and who I admire does change over time and as I go through different phases of interest. When I was younger I loved work by Miró and Dali. At the moment I’m loving the work of Tamara de Lempicka (her work is the influence for my lesson on Love Art Happy Life).

2. Who is your favourite online artist?
Again this is about who I love right now. I’ve been really captivated by the work of Ivy Newport recently (and super honoured to be teaching alongside her on not one, but two courses!!). Her work has such a soft quality and displays an immense amount of skill.

3. What is your favourite art course you’ve taken?
I absolutely love courses by Marieke Blokland. She’s a master at teaching you art techniques in a very straightforward way. Her videos are the most fun ever! Another course that goes from strength to strength each year is Life Book (hellooo universe, may I please teach on Life Book?), the teachers and lessons offer so much joy, instruction & encouragement. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for Life Book.

4. What art course would you love to take?
I’ve put myself on an art course diet for a bit because I find I go crazy buying courses and then never DO them. What I really need is a local artsy friend to meet up with once every few weeks and do art courses with…. I digress. I’ve had my eye on Tracy Verdugo‘s short workshop ‘Pattern. Color. Texture’ and Robin Laws‘s recent storytelling & art course also REALLY tempted me.

5. Which teacher would you love to go on an art retreat with?
Hmmm. I’d love to go on one of Alena Hennessy‘s retreats. My other wish is to go to Portland OR and take Flora Bowley‘s Bloom True course in person.

6. Where do you create?
I have my studio in a small spare room in my house. It’s such a luxury to have. I found that when I used to have to clear things away after painting and set them up again beforehand it really inhibited me. Having a dedicated space means I can go there for 5 minutes or several hours. Also with 2 small kids it’s good to have a lock on the door to my art room haha!

7. What inspires you?
To a certain extent looking at other artists’ work, although it’s easy to gorge on that and get into compare-itis mode. So I try to look at others’ work to the point where I feel excited and brimming with ideas, and then I go paint. I also have noticed that in order to be inspired I need to cultivate a sense of quiet in my life (which, if you know my brain which is always ON, is something of a task!). Walking in nature is one of my favourite things to just quiet my mind and I’ve recently taken up meditating. Also music. The difference for me between painting with or without music is like day and night. I listen to classical radio when I’m painting (sometimes I forget and it just feels SO HARD – then I put music on and it’s like… wow, easy all of a sudden!).

8. What do you do when you’re in a creative funk?
I usually get in a funk when I’m trying too hard or comparing myself too much. At that point I really need to mentally take a step back and recognise I’m doing that. Then I try to let go of expectations and sit down to just play. I usually use my art journal for that. Playing with colours, textures, smooshing paint, maybe writing some words down of things that bother me. I usually feel better after a good art journaling session.

9. What is your absolute favourite piece of art that you’ve created?
At the moment it’s this one:
Can you believe that I didnt actually have any of my own art hanging in my house??!! Just hung this in the living room and feeling proud and pleased!  #mixedmedia #artist #decorativeart #londonartist #irisimpressionsart #beabitmoreyou

10. What does this piece mean to you?
I’m really proud of this piece. It was the biggest I’d painted so far and in this painting I really dared to do what felt right to me, rather than try and emulate someone else’s style. It was the first piece that made me KNOW I had to hang it up. So I’ve finally hung a piece of art in my house!

11. What is your favourite art book?
See above about art course diet…. lol. One of the first books I bought when I started getting into mixed media was Claudine Hellmuth’s Collage Discovery Workshop. Although I’ve since discovered that collage is not my thing, it still has some awesome mixed media techniques in there.

12. What is your favourite art supply?
Noooo don’t make me pick just one!!! I couldn’t live without my Stabilo All pencil. It’s where it starts and ends for me. I’m also currently really enjoying soft pastels.

13. Oils or acrylics?
Acrylics all the way at the moment. I’ve tried oils once during a workshop and didn’t enjoy them, but it might have been the horrible brushes we were given to work with. I will want to give them another try sometime, but for now acrylics are my one true love.

14. Stamps or freehand?
It depends. I love stamps for backgrounds and creating texture or interest. I don’t like figurative stamps, in that case I’d prefer to draw something myself.

15. Where do you love to go shopping for art supplies?
I have several art shops within walking distance, lucky me! (my wallet doesn’t feel so lucky though) Cornelissen is my favourite because its interior is like a 19th century shop. They also stock a lot of quality supplies. I got all my Schmincke watercolours from them, as well as quite a few single Sennelier oil pastels and they stock the legendary Robserson’s journals. I also order online a bit more these days (because I actually know what I need now, how boring! lol) for which I really like Jackson’s Art Supplies. Reasonable prices and they always package everything with the utmost care.

16. What subject do you like to paint?
Faces!!! Always faces. They just interest me like nothing else does. I’m currently trying to practice slightly more realistic features. I still want to paint stylised/whimsical faces, but with more realism in the features and especially shading.

17. What colour(s) do you always seem to use?
Turquoise, dark blue, hot/fluorescent pink and sometimes a bit of yellow.

18. Do you like to paint big or small?
I can really enjoy working in my A5 journal, any smaller is too fiddly, but I also enjoy going bigger. The biggest I’ve painted is about A2 size. I love working in broad strokes and working big allows me a lot of freedom and means I don’t get caught up in too much fiddly detail.

19. What is your favourite music to listen to while painting?
Classical. I tend to listen to Classical KDFC (commercial free, woohoo!). I always do my best paintings when listening to awesome music.

20. What does art mean to you?
Art is my life. I’m always thinking about it, dreaming about it. If I go quiet in the middle of a conversation I’m probably dreaming up colour schemes =p

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