Happy New Year – it’s great to be back creating and blogging again. I hope this finds each of you well, I can’t wait to check out your latest posts and see what’s new.
I thought it would be fun to start the new year by introducing you to an awesome artist, Gloria Ester whom I’ve known for about three years through PMP (paint my photo website). Gloria’s formed habits are what discipline and dedication looks like – when she says she’s doing a 10-minute painting a day for 365-days or a painting a day for 30-days, she does it and with amazing results. My respect and profound admiration continues to grow for this talented artist.
Below is an interview I recently conducted with Gloria, hope you take a few minutes to learn a little about her and please do check out her new WordPress Blog, Gloria Ester.
How long have you been an artist and what training have you received?
I’ve been painting a little over 10 years. I first ventured into the art world with a cheap set of paints, brushes, and a piece of cardboard to paint on, my first results weren’t half bad. I had always admired famous paintings in books when I was younger, but not until that moment did it ever occur to me that I might be able to create art like that and become an artist myself. I then purchased better quality paints, brushes and canvas….and the rest is history.
I’ve never had any kind of training, although, I have watched artists on television, especially Jerry Yarnell of which I learned quite a bit. Apart from that, I am mostly self-taught, I still need a lot to learn though.
What medium do you specialize in and tools used in your studio?
I specialize in acrylics, although, I really want to learn oils as well. I also work with regular inexpensive brushes, an easel, a plastic box container to keep my paints wet, and palette knives.
How do you push your creative envelope and keep things fresh? What subjects appeal to you? Do you see a finished painting in your minds-eye before you start – in other word do you visualize before or just let things flow on its natural course as you paint?
I love to work on challenges, even though they can be stressful at times. I have also started working on series paintings (like cottages), that way I always have something to paint and don’t have to worry about spending hours thinking of what to paint next.
First and foremost, I have a deep love for still-lifes, regardless of the subject, something about them that really captures my attention and makes me want to paint them. When it comes to 10 minute paintings, my favorites to work on are mountain scenes.
I always have an idea of how I’d like my finished paintings to turn out, they usually don’t end up turning out the way I imagined though.
You have a discipline that has been incredible to witness like 10-minute painting for 365 days and 30-paintings in 30 days. How did you get started doing both? What changes in your art and approach to your art occurred as a result from these efforts? Where does this discipline and focus come from?
I chose the 10-minute challenge in the hopes it would help me loosen up on my art, therefore making it more enjoyable. Painting seemed to be more stressful than fun at first because I wanted it to be perfect just like the photo. I started with the 30 paintings in 30 days last year after another artist asked if anyone would like to join her in that challenge for the month of October. I was really curious if I’d be able to complete it so I decided to join in and ended up creating 30 palette knife paintings on 11 x 14 canvases.
Working on those challenges really did help in loosening up my art and giving me much more confidence. I now feel more comfortable creating my own compositions and leaving paintings much more impressionistic, which is what I was hoping for.
How do you want to see your art evolve?
I still feel I need a lot to learn to get to where I want to be. I really want to learn how to create artwork with extreme emphasis on light and shadow, it is something I struggle with at the moment. I also would like to work on being more impressionistic and freer with my art, and to be able to paint and create compositions without depending so much on reference photos. These are my main goals and hope one day I will become the artist I’m working so hard to be.
Thank you for this lovely interview, I enjoyed answering all your questions.
Loved learning more about you Gloria,
all the best as you continue your artistic journey!