Teacher Spotlight Tuesday
Hello! It’s time for another Teacher Spotlight Tuesday featuring instructors from our upcoming Colorado Springs retreat! This week we get to know Taska Sanford, Heather Kindt, Debbie Rijns, and Nicole Austin! We’ll learn about supplies they can’t live without, advice they have for beginning artists, which classes they’re teaching and more! Without further ado…meet this week’s instructors!
How long have you been making art? Ever since I learned to paint, as a child, from my grandmother.
Favorite mediums? Paste paint, encaustics, bookmaking, assemblage, and found objects lend themselves to building art that looks old, rusted, dirty, and bound together
What advice would you give beginning artists? Never forget your own power. As artists we are the shamans of our times. The connection we make with things larger than ourselves is drawn down with our art. We channel and translate those thoughts and feelings to nurture our community and ourselves. This message was given to me my first week of art school by my advising professor. I will take it with me forever.
What workshop are you teaching at Art and Soul Colorado Springs? Color Combing with Gelli Plate
What's the one art supply that even if you have a studio full of it, you can't resist getting more of? It seems that I can’t stop myself from buying art supplies. When there is a new brand, new color, new design, I have to have it. Stencils are one supply I can’t get enough of, and I have tons of jewelry bezels just waiting for some Ice Resin. I am also guilty of buying all kinds of pens and markers. Well, what girl ever gets enough purses, bags and totes?
What inspires you most in your artwork? Color inspires me. Like to have bold colors in organic shapes. I love drips, sprays, smears, splatter, and other implied movement.
What advice would you give beginning artists? Beginning artists: try things without having expectations of how they will turn out. See what happens, then decide if what you did is worth repeating. Stock up on paper or journals and try new things. Wait till you have worked on it before you judge your creation. Enjoy it!
What workshops are you teaching at Art and Soul Colorado Springs? Intro Into Gelli Printing
What's the one art supply that even if you have a studio full of it, you can't resist getting more of? Paint brushes, paint brushes and more paint brushes. Besides being importer
and distributor for Precious Metal Clay here I also paint and make small mixed media pieces. A paintbrush allows me the opportunity not only to paint but to use them creatively. To give you an example I use paint brush bristles in my jewelry, I have used them on my porcupine quill hair pins and attach them to artwork. This is besides using them in traditional ways.
What inspires you most in your artwork? Inspiration comes mostly from textures. Living in South Africa gives me the opportunity to find amazing natural pieces to use when creating. Leaves, branch bark, fungi on trees, African metal pieces and more. I love using pods for making small containers with silver lids and one of my favorite inspirations is Cape sea bamboo; used in jewelry to set stones, (when soaked the bamboo expands and I then place a gemstone in opening and wait for the bamboo to shrink). Voila... Mother Natures bezel!
What advice would you give beginning artists? To newbies...go for it, be bold, don’t be afraid to try things. Even something that does not turn out as expected can be serendipitous. Be open to happy happenings
What workshops are you teaching at Art and Soul Colorado Springs? Elegant African Ostrich Eggshell Bowl
What's the one art supply that even if you have a studio full of it, you can't resist getting more of? Vintage ledgers! And vintage children’s books/readers or coloring books (even better if it’s full of sweet, kid scribbles!)
What inspires you most in your artwork? Colors, faces and words. Sometimes I get a song lyric or phrase stuck in my head and I have to write it down in my journal or incorporate it into my art somehow. And I am forever drawn to faces.
What advice would you give beginning artists? Just start where you are and try to make art every single day. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to your goal—whether that is to just make more art, get published, get better at something. And don’t listen to anyone who tells you it’s “too late,” “too impractical,” “too silly,” etc. Let them battle their own fears/doubts—don’t take on their negative self talk as truth!
What workshops are you teaching at Art and Soul Colorado Springs? Nurture Inspiration
Thanks again for reading along this week and learning a little bit more about our instructors! What are some of your favorite art supplies you just can’t live without? We’ll see you here next week when we meet four more! If you missed our first Teacher Spotlight Tuesday, you can read more HERE!