Thursday, July 31, 2014

Denthe has invited me to play along in her blog hop.... and to answer the following questions:
Here goes...

1. How does my creative process work?

let's see, it's harder than one would think to describe something you never even think about. Plus my process changes regularly.

Mostly I paint at work on my lunch hour on breaks from my day job. Painting at home doesn't happen too much because of my son. Autism and paint do not always mix. He doesn't enjoy painting and doesn't understand why i am doing it. He doesn't like things out of place or most messes.

At work,  I can pull out a piece to work on and put it away after 15-30 minutes...
that's mainly why I do watercolors as opposed to acrylics.

I am inspired by everything... nature, flowers, rocks, bees, bugs, mushrooms, little girls, ladies, color, music, water, quotes... I am mostly painting whatever I feel like at the moment without too much regard for what someone else might want to have hanging on their wall. and I am constantly trying new areas...

here's my little space at work...

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

 I don't know how to answer this one as I am actually unaware what genre I fit into.... I don't see many other falling ladies being painted out there. Of course I have moved onto mandalas, and flowers and rocks....with just the occasional falling lady now.

3. What am I working on now?

 I am trying to loosen up with my watercolors, Instead of always outlining all my sketches or adding lines in my mandala, i want to try more light and free looking pieces. I like the simple, alla prima style and want to give up some of my pattern and detail, and lose the overworked feeling to some of my pieces.  I have  a few to show you by next week I hope.

I am also working on a novel I mentioned awhile ago, about 20 started paintings, my sketchbooks, 2 different children's books with illustrations, more rocks and jewelry, and whatever pops into my head at the moment. I also have  a bunch of needlefelting projects and crafts I would love to do.

4. Why do I create what I do?


I simply make what feels good at the time to make....


whatever is nagging at my thoughts enough I simply NEED to get it out into daylight!

you can read Denthe's answers by clicking here. We think alot alike creatively.


  1. Oh, I love reading your answers Andrea! And seeing your little workplace. I cannot imagine painting during my breaks at work. Your mandala's and rocks are exquisite, but my most favorite pieces of yours are the girls, falling or not ;-) Love all the illustrations you're making. I thought I had much going on at the same time, but you seem to take it to another level altogether ..... 20 paintings! On top of all the rest! Wow .... Thanks so much for playing with me in this bloghop! I'll link to you in my post today :-)

  2. Hi Andrea! Linked to you in this post here

  3. Good to find out more about you! Valerie

  4. I enjoyed reading about your art experiences. I love your ladies, especially the mermaid in the last photo.

  5. Your art is creative, reflective and gorgeous. Keep going, you are doing great. I understand the need to do something during lunch hours. Blessings, Janet PPF

  6. Enjoyed reading this post. Your art looks delightful!

  7. How wonderful--your artwork is delightfully whimsical. I am not surprised you are an illustrator. Such sweet little faces--how creative you are! Your artwork fills my eyes, which is the greatest compliment I can give.

  8. I loved reading about your work , Andrea!
    It IS intriguing to try to put the creative process into words, isn't It?!! In the other artist Denise linked to, and found it fun, but challenging!
    I also love your ladies, falling or not! And find as I paint more a story must be simmering behind the paintings... would love to hear more about what you're writing!
    BLéSSïNgS on your Dâÿ!

  9. I love reading about the creative process - you seem to squeeze a lot into a little time and space. I participated in this blog hop earlier in the summer and I love to see how it's grown. Your artwork is just delightful - I love all your work - but in particular your ladies. I am trying to work looser myself - but compared to you I have lots of time and space.

  10. I really enjoyed reading your answers, getting to know you a bit more. I really admire the fact that you can create during your lunch hour. Your art is so whimsical and joyful.
    I will be posting for the blog hop on Monday.
    Have a great weekend

  11. Thanks for sharing... love your little children series...they are adorable...

    Hugs Giggles

  12. fabulous answers and great to read about your process and to see your work space...xx

  13. I found your post via denthe's blog and I loved it to read all your answers about your creativity. I also love it to see how you have structured your workplace to fit in your artwork. And I also love it to read about the children's book you are currently working on. I'll become a new follower now because I do not want to miss any further news and artwork. It's wonderful!

  14. So fun! It is wonderful to see your workspace and your novel paintings are gorgeous! Cool to see your answers to questions, too - it is like peaking into your creative mind! Happy PPF!

  15. Its so nice to hear more about how you work :-) I loved your little space at work, looks like a fun work space :-)