I have been wanting to interview an other artist for awhile now. As a member of Paint my Photo http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/, a website where artists and photographers share photographs copyright free for the purpose of painting, I recently worked through a photo with my pastels by an Ontario artist Gwen Card.
Gwen is an extra special lady to me. We have shown our work together side by side in Ontario. Her oil paintings have a luminous quality about them as she captures the light, and various colours of shadow. She is dedicated, inspirational, and a lot of fun. I asked her a few questions, and would love to share her insight with my readers. Grab a coffee, and enjoy ...
1.Where do you live Gwen?
I live on 2 ½ acres in a small community, Appin, approx. 50 km southwest of London, Ontario, Canada with my husband & two dogs. I’m a rural girl at heart – a farmer wanna-be :o)
2.How long have you been using oil paints?
I started painting in 2000 with watercolours, then tried oil painting, in particular Alkyd oils in 2005 and currently enjoy painting in both mediums
3.Can you tell us about your subjects, and why you enjoy painting what you do?
I enjoy painting most subject matter, with the exception of landscapes. I seem to gravitate towards florals, nostalgic/antique and other types of still lifes, dog/pet portraits... Macro images intrigue me as does interesting lighting and shadow play
4.What does a typical day in the studio look like for you?
Studio days usually start by 8:00 a.m after coffee and newspaper; in the warm weather, windows/doors open to hear nature's music - cooler weather there is usually music playing, dependant on my mood; draw/paint until noon; trip over a dog or two; ½ hour bike ride or walk then a bite to eat; snuggle a dog or two; studio time until 4:00ish where I break for a workout/dinner/evening ‘chores’ then do any art business administrative work if needed.
5.Do you take commissions?
Yes – I really enjoy doing commission work as sometimes it can challenge me to create something I wouldn’t have tried on my own. It’s very gratifying when the client is thrilled with their painting.
6.Where do you sell your work?
My home studio; juried art shows; solo shows ... all local venues. Haven't ventured into Internet sales yet.
7.Where would you like to see your work five years from now?
I hope it continues to improve overall, but would really like to be able to paint looser ... to say more with fewer brush strokes
8.What is your favourite colour?
Mmmm...to me that’s like asking if I have a favourite dog, or pair of shoes – they are all favourites for their special ways :o) but I would have to say RED is used a lot throughout our home and I probably lean towards the warm, autumn palette more than any other.
9. When did you realize you wanted to be an 'artist'?
Now that I’ve got a bit of life to look back on, I think I realized early in life that I wanted to be an artist but I never let it happen until 10 years ago at age 40! I’ve been creative for as long as I can remember but wanting to be an artist was just wishful thinking when I was growing up and it was never encouraged as a ‘real career’. Now, I am able to work full time at something I adore doing, in a beautiful, bright, home studio that I share with the canine kids. It was well worth the wait!
10.If you could meet any artist, who would you like to meet?
Monet (for his use of light & colour) ... or maybe Brian Davis because of his florals ... definitely Florence Carlyle ... oh, yeah and Abraham Solomon for his two paintings “First Class: The Meeting” and “At First Meeting Loved”.........
If you could ask an artist any question... what would you want to know?