Monday, May 12

*FEATURED ARTIST of the week* ~~EggmanStudios~~


1. What do you create?

--I'm a painter and create paintings and artworks of various sizes on a variety of materials. Most of my works are a mixture of sweet and bizarre imagery. I always have a helluva time trying to describe my style to people.

2. What led you to take up your craft?

--I've always been a creative girl growing up, drawing and sculpting and dabbling in this and that. It wasn't until college however that I was really introduced to painting and immediately fell in love. I was a graphic deign major and graduated with a BFA in design, which while I have since moved away from the design field, I am glad that I have that knowledge and background. However, I am *more* happy that I took those painting classes on the side, met some fabulous fellow artists, and gained wonderful advice about the art world. Three years later and I'm still pretty nostalgic about the late nights spent in the college painting studio.

3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?

--I think I most enjoy coming up with new ideas for pieces. Getting that creative spark is a wonderful thing. Putting the finishing touches on a painting is also equally gratifying.

4. Which part do you find hardest?

--Starting on a piece. By far. I often find myself procrastinating just before painting. "I need some more reference material before I start" or "It's time for a coffee run before I buckle down" or "I should check my email...again...". It's sad and pathetic and I always feel terrible when I do that, and eventually my brain feels pretty guilty as well, so I sit down with the iPod and just paint.

Once I get started however, I don't stop. It's not uncommon for me to paint for 6-8 hours in one sitting.

5. Where do you get your inspiration?

--Interior design magazines (wonderful for getting inspiration on color combinations), thrift and antique stores, nature documentaries (PBS usually stays on all day when I'm at home), movies (Netfilx! Oh how I love thee!), fabric, aquariums, coffeshops, talking/meeting/collaborating with other creative folks.

6. Do you participate in any etsy groups, and if so, which ones?

--Sadly, no.

7. What's one material your shop can't live without?

--Acrylic paint!

On the business side of things, I heavily rely on my fabulous printer I bought last summer along with the other techy goodies (my digi camera, scanner, and Powerbook).

8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?

--Last Christmas I bought a ton of handmade ornaments from a variety of Etsy sellers (I'm already beginning to shop for more this year as well) and one that I bought was this incredible spun cotton octopus ornament from VintagebyCrystal. It's amazing--the legs are all individually wired and it has this wonderfully old look and feel to it, a lot like a long-lost family keepsake. Plus, it's an octopus, so I was pretty much sold right then and there.

9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...

--"Red Coral" framed painting

--I'd love to see this piece find a new home (although I do love seeing it on my wall), but I'm actually thrilled when any of my paintings are bought. I get quite a kick out of sending them to far-away lands...

10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wish list from any shop on etsy to buy, it would be...

--So hard! I really really love LesFrivolites pieces and have had my eye on these ultra-fab gaiters for a good while now.

The detail in her work kills me.

11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your store?

(1) "Celebrate"

--I'm madly in love with the fabulous antique frame

(2) "No.6 Urchin Mini"

--It's no secret that my favorite color is red...

(3) "The Bearded Lady Print"

--the original painting sold recently to a wonderful lady that collects my work but I'm just as thrilled with the print of it.

12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?

--I have pages and pages of fave Etsy sellers, but I'm going to narrow this down to a handful of fellow Etsy artists/illustrators whose work I really admire and think should get lots of admiration and pats on the back.

(1) hisss

(2) swanbones

(3) ArtKitten

(4) startfunkel

(5) jasna

13. What is the best advice you have ever received?

--Something along the lines of "don't go into a career drawn in by the financial stability when you have the passion, drive, and/or talent to do ___". My painting prof gave me similar advice back in college when I told him I was going into graphic design. He could tell that I "belonged" as a painter, even when I didn't realize it yet. Now I know better

--this is what I want and am meant to do. And I absolutely love it.


Jaimee said...

Oh, I have to catch up on your blog. I'm loving what I I just need some time to sit down and read it.

Melissa said...

Great Feature.

Krissy said...

what a great featured artist! I'm adding her to my favorites now!

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Interesting work and great interview.

*L said...

wow.. i love the octopus painting. really fereshing from a lot of the crap ive seen lately.

tattytiara said...

Great artist, and what a great range of questions. Wonderful job illustrating the interview too. Nice work.

Julia said...

Whoot, whoot! Eggman studios has been such a favorite of mine :) I love her bright colors and fanciful themes! Once again, thank you heaps, Ms. Peach for the insiders scoop on this fabulous artist!

diana @ please sir said...

Wow - very inspiring work - great interview!

Art Kitten said...

Wonderful interview with one of my absolute favs!