Artist Interview: Maria Greene

I am thrilled to be interviewing the very talented writer and artist Maria Greene today.

I know i have been missing from my blog for a while but i think this interview is worth the wait.  Maria was kind enough to interview me a while back – you can read the interview here.   You might just want to go back and sift through the many inspiring posts Maria has up to get your creative juice going again!

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1. Tell us a bit about your life with art.

I have always made some kind of art since I was seven years old, but I really committed to it in 2003 when I started painting and selling my art on eBay. I had so much fun trying out different styles, but I could never stick with one for very long. I envy those who can paint the same motif over and over and enjoy it. I come from a pretty creative family. Mom was the happiest when she dove into her crafts, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She used to sew all of my clothes. Dad played various instruments, and my brother is a lifelong artist with many exhibitions over the years. Our styles are totally opposites, and that’s a good thing.

I was never truly interested in going the traditional way of being an artist. Exhibitions never called to me, but I have displayed my art in shops and coffeehouses. Art to me is something that is down to earth and should be easily accessible to everyone.

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2. What is art to you?

Art is a way of expressing my soul; that’s how it feels. Art is a constant exploration that never ends. If I live to be 100 I know I won’t say I have explored enough art expression. It is an endless journey and the satisfaction lies in that journey. What comes out on paper and canvas sometimes truly surprises me, and it is as if my art is telling a story about me that is so much deeper than everyday living. I realize I know so little about the subconscious part of me, but art channels that aspect very well. I think art can be a great way to solve emotional problems and other obstacles in life.

Unfortunately, we have so many expectations and we judge our art and others’ as good or bad. That tendency makes us stop making art and we never get to the point of pure exploration. The vein of gold appears when we dare to explore freely.

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3. What methods do you use?

I find that art journaling is the least challenging method for exploration. It’s hard sometimes not to judge what appears on the page, but it’s a personal diary that no one needs to see. With that comes freedom.

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4. What advice do you have to give to new artists?

Throw caution to the wind! Let yourself be free to explore what art wants to do for you. Art will lead you along. I suggest getting an art journal for mixed media (a minimum of 90lbs paper.) Maybe you don’t plan to use other media than paint, but before long you will find yourself adding bits of paper or other scraps to your page. In one art journal spread I used a lot of lace. I wanted to see what it would look like on top of paint.
As far as other materials, stock up on some cheap acrylic paints and brushes. If you start out inexpensive you won’t be afraid to use the tools, but it’s the opposite with expensive tools. As you get more experienced you can upgrade your tools.

Put no pressure on yourself, just play as if you were four years old again. If it turns into a brown muddy mess, turn the page and start over. By the way, ugly is okay! It’s good because it means you’re creating.

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3. What is your favorite style?

I’m very partial to intuitive painting since that truly opens the door to deeper exploration. I have posted some videos on YouTube about making art journal pages without having any plans for the outcome. Link at the end of this article.

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4. How did you begin to explore intuitive painting?

Back in the 90s I read a book by Michele Cassou, POINT ZERO, Creativity Without Limits.She also co-wrote LIFE, PAINT and PASSION, and her incredible writing triggered a deep resonance within me. Then I came across Aviva Gold’s PAINTING FROM THE SOURCE, and I used her suggestions to delve deeply into my art. I still have some of those old paintings. They are huge and painted on poster boards, some of them glued together. She challenges you to paint on one painting until there is absolutely nothing more to explore. It can be truly challenging to stay with one painting and let it lead you until it is finished. I enjoyed the process. When I had finished the piece I could SEE (and feel) my energy in the art. It was authentic.

Nowadays, intuitive painting has a wide following and many great artists as teachers.

Learning traditional art techniques can be very helpful, but what I’m talking about is free expression that comes from one’s inner life.

To be honest, I can’t draw a straight line, but I love color and composition. Even with art instruction, painting a face for instance, I make one eye larger than the other, and I can never get the angle of the mouth down correctly. Other artists are great at drawing, like you, Violette. We all have different gifts.

5. What is in store for the future?

I’m creating free and paid e-courses. I will have a mixed media tutorial up on the Create Mixed Media site this month, and my art if featured in Laura Probert’s wonderful WARRIOR SOUL: a journal to inspire your fiercely alive whole self. This is a book filled with art, poetry, and blank pages for your own addition. So it’s a journal and inspiration rolled into one. It was released last week and can be purchased on Amazon.

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My last suggestion: it would be a shame not to explore, to ignore that urge that wants you to paint. What is your gift to the world? What is pushing from within? Go do it now!
My links.

My website: Maria Greene

My art blog: Green Earth Originals

My YouTube channel: Maria’s youtube channel 

My etsy shop. Maria’s etsy shop 50% off all original art until December 20!

Thank you so much Maria for your inspiring words today.

Love, Violette xo

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21 Secrets Fall 2015 Early Bird Special!

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Hola from Spain my friends!

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This is the view from our deck! We can see the Mediterranean!

It’s with great excitement that i tell you all we are in Spain – soaking up the sun and connecting with the splendor in Spain. My roots are in Spain – that’s where my ancestors are from so it’s with great excitement that i get to experience it once more after 42 years!

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21 SECRETS FALL 2015
Another fabulous thing is happening right now – Connie Solera of Dirty Footprints is gearing up for a fabulous event – 21 SECRETS FALL 2015!  
I remember what fun i had being a part of 21 SECRETS LIVE last year.  Now Connie is giving those of you who register early a bonus – you’ll get to enjoy mine as well as nine other fantabulous artists live workshop from last year!  How cool is that?
You will really love the line up of wonderful artists for the upcoming workshop!  If you love Art journaling you are going to enjoy 21 Secrets Fall 2015 – it’s a truly transformational experience!
Click here if you’d like to take advantage of this time limited offering!
Enjoy the rest of your summer or winter!

Love Violette xo

 

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June Birthday Contest Giveaway – Contest closed!

Hello my friends!

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CONTEST CLOSED!  THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED.  WE HAVE A WINNER – TERESA – CONGRATULATIONS. I WILL BE CONTACTING YOU TO SEND YOU YOUR GOODIES.  TERESA’S QUOTE WAS: 

“When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance”

Just to let you know i use the random number generator to choose a number – i wish i could give you all a prize.

I am 61 today and in celebration of living 61 years and to thank you for your support and love over the years I am having a contest giveaway!  Yay! You might be wondering why i am showing you my ear?  Well my wonderful son and daughter-in-law gifted me with hearing aids – you can’t see them can you? They are so skookum. Now i can hear layers of things i could never hear before, can hear conversations going on in the cubicles at the bank and don’t have to keep saying WHAT???? It’s so cool – and to think i was so reticent to get them and admit i have a hearing loss.

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Birthday Contest

I’ll be giving away an original illustration (i made inspiration cards with these) – Believe, A “love who you are” dog tag necklace, a set of 10 postcards and admittance to my online workshop Journal Bliss!   The workshop is on art journaling and is full of techniques, tips and tricks.

In order to enter the contest please let me know in the comment section of my blog on this post what your favourite quote is. I’ll be drawing one lucky winner Wednesday June 24  at 9 am PST.  Good Luck!

Art Journal Summer School

If you want to have some summer art journaling fun which you’re on holidays please join me for Art Journal Summer School – it’s happening soon………in two weeks!

See you soon!

Love, Violette xo

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Art Journal Summer School Giveaway Contest closed!

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We have a winner – Roc - congratulations you win the spot on Art Journal Summer school. Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to leave a comment xo  So sorry i couldn’t give you all a spot.

You’ve probably heard by now about the latest art journal workshop! Yay!!!  Marieke Blokland is gifting all of the teachers with one spot to giveaway to the Art Journal Summer School. How fun is that?

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If you would like to know more about this awesome Art Journal Summer School please click here.  In this fun online summer school workshop you’ll have access to 11 teachers – I am so thrilled to be one of them!  Just a little hint……….my workshop will include Quirky faces!

In order to enter the contest to win a spot for this summer school please leave me a comment here about whether or not you are going away on holidays this summer (or winter) and if you plan on bringing art supplies. I hope you do!

I’ll be drawing a winner on Friday June 5 at 9 am PST.  Good Luck everyone!

Love, Violette xo

 

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Art Journal Summer School starts soon!

 

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Wow – my apologies for being absent for so long!  I do have some exciting news to share with you however.  Marieke Blokland has invited me to teach at her Art Journal Summer School. This is the kind of summer school you’ll love.  There are 11 amazing teachers who will be presenting video tutorials on art journaling techniques you can use while on Summer Vacation.  Check out the teachers who will be sharing during this online class.

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If you are at all like me you tend to bring WAYYYY too many supplies with you while you go on vacation.  Well in this workshop we’ll be teaching you how to only use supplies you can fit into a toiletry or cosmetic bag. How cool is that? More info here.

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You’ll be art journaling in a smallish journal (about 5″ x 8″) so it won’t take up too much space in your suitcase or knapsack. If you’ll be planning a Staycation instead of going away it will still be awesome as you can easily bring these supplies with you to the beach or coffee shop.

Find out more here

Watch this video and be inspired.  I hope you’ll decide to join us so you can have some art journaling fun over the holidays!

Next week I’ll be hosting a giveaway for one spot in Summer school.

In the meantime hop on over the Marieke’s to find out more info.

Love, Violette xo

 

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