Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Wyanne Thompson!
Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?
I am a bad ass survivor of the “Big C”, who creates imaginative art to warm hearts and create smiles.
What is your favourite colour palette?
I don’t have a favorite….I tend to change it all the time. I’m a Pisces, after all.
What is your (current) favourite art supply?
Coffee…but that’s not a traditional art supply. I’d have to say Pebeo Colorex Brilliant Watercolour. It’s a liquid watercolor with lots of color punch. That will probably change tomorrow…or even in the next hour.
You’ve had a super intense last few years, being diagnosed with and then recovering from oral cancer. How has this experience influenced your art?
It has influenced everything! Especially my art. I realized how much time I was wasting before the “Big C” (I never say the actual word as to lend too much power to the disease). I worried too much about a painting or an idea, or I questioned it. I’ve learned life is way too short…just do it. Make the art. Don’t worry about if it’s good enough, the how to’s, the techniques, if people will like it….or even if you will like it. The magic is in the process of creating of it…that’s the part to truly relish.
Specifically from the point of view of being an artist, is there any advice or wisdom you would impart for people who a going through or recovering from a serious illness?
First and foremost….don’t give up…ever!!! No matter the situation…always try to create something. There were times that I was too weak and sick to do anything. I managed to somehow make splotches of watercolor on paper. It was too much work to try and make “something”. But I could paint the splotches and simply enjoy the paint hitting the paper and the colors. Too often we think that it’s the finished product that is healing…but it’s really just the process of doing the art itself that really heals.
What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Wyanne?
Huge…I mean HUGE paintings on wood. The smallest is 36″ X 36″ and the largest is 48″ X 60″.
Where can we find you online?
Here are some examples of Wyanne’s whimsical and ethereal style of art
On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.