I love all of the jewelry I create, each peace comes from my heart and is dear to my heart, so it's always a little hard to part from them... But sometimes I keep a one-of-a-kind piece just for myself :)! Here are a few that are mine-just-mine and won't ever make it to my Etsy shop!
This is my spiral sun tattoo! I love suns and spirals so much that 2 years and a half ago I got my first (and only) tattoo featuring a combined design of my beloved symbols. I love symbols, and that was kind of a symbol of new life and rebirth. Needless to say, that was a very special summer and year in my life. Spirals are a universally widespread symbol and are present in many ancient civilizations and still widely used as a decorative motif in many cultures.
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Bandelier, New Mexico
The meander or meandros is the figure of a labyrinth in linear form, a kind of spiral shaped into a repeated motif. It is a typical design in Greek traditional art and jewelry.
Meander pebble mosaic, Rhodes
For a deeper insight into the origins and symbolism of spirals, you can read this very interesting article by my friend Eleni: Symbols and Clouds: The Spiral.
Spirals often show up in my work, often combined with suns. Here is a selection of spirals in my jewelry!
I've been away from my blog for a while as I felt a need to renew, reorganize and refreshen my work and priorities: I'm working on new projects and I'm reorganizing my personal website! Here's the first new makeover: my new banner for my Etsy shop! The background images are real images of my beloved Island of Rhodes, Greece! A wonderful creation by Mercedes of DigitalCS! Thank you so much dear Mercedes for a banner that really conveys the atmosphere and inspiration of my work!
Welcome to my September Artist Interview! I'm pleased to introduce one of my favorite artists, Lucie from Quebec, Canada. Lucie is an incredibly talented artist who works under her own brand Art by Lucie. As soon as I discovered Lucie's artwork on Etsy, I immediately fell in love with her wonderful, sweet, colorful and whimsical pet paintings. I love everything about them: the themes, the colors, her naif style and the happy and cheerful atmosphere that characterizes each of her paintings! Lucie's scenes are a trip back to my childhood, when I would spend hours daydreaming over the magical and colorful images in children's books. I'm sure you are going to fall in love with Lucie's artwork too! Here she shares her artistic journey and inspiration with us!
- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
I've been drawing since I was a little girl. When I was very young, it was my favorite activity! I participated in a TV drawing contest when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I did a drawing of a chick and I won the first place. I continued drawing until I was a teenager.
- When and how did you realize this was your real life path?
I have been working in other areas for the last 20 years. After moving further from the city, I have decided to work from home and working in art was in my project. Three years ago, I have discovered about ACEO (Art Cards). It was a great discovery for me and I was so enthousiast! At that moment I realized that It was the beginning of a wonderful adventure for me!
- We share a great love for animals and cats in particular, how do you express this in your artwork?
I love painting cats with mice, sometimes the mice are smarter than the cat but I do funny situations, nothing to hurt the cat. Cats love to sleep and mice are taking this moment to do funny things to the cats. I love doing animals acting like humans. I also love to paint cute animal portraits.
- Apart from animals, what are your main sources of inspiration?
I love to paint seascapes, landscapes. My other main source of inspiration is definitely the ocean. When I go on vacation at the sea, I always become emotional when I see it on the first day of my vacations, especially when I wake up at 6 o'clock in the morning and watch the sunrise. I can stand there for hours. It's so beautiful!
- How has life affected your art and art affected your life?
Art brings me joy in my life. Art remembers me about my childhood, especially when I do funny paintings, so it helps me stay young in my heart! I like to watch comedy programs, funny videos and everything that makes me laugh and I think my paintings reflect this aspect.
- What do you like most about the creative process?
Being able to reproduce what I have in my mind on a piece of paper, that's what I like the most. I also like to try new techniques and new products. I recently started to paint in watercolor and I really like it.
- Did you have a formal training in the arts or attend art courses?
I never had the chance to take a course in Art but I have a natural talent and I've always learned myself. I am a self-taught and self-representative artist. I like to read about art and try new techniques.
Thank you dear Lucie for this really beautiful and inspiring interview, I really enjoyed following you on your artistic journey and inspiration! You have incredible natural talent and we wish you lots of happiness and success in your life and with your art.
You can find Lucie's wonderful artwork in her Etsy shop Art by Lucie. And you can get to know more about her work and her colorful world in her personal website.