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The World of Emotions with Belinda Marshall

Belinda Marshall

This time I invite you to an emotional journey. A journey that explores feelings, beauty and unconscious mind. All of that is expressed by an artist Belinda Marshall in her abstract art pieces and designs.

Belinda Marshall is a Melbourne based artist and surface designer, communicating her observations of the world through layers of colours, shapes and patterns. Each one of her pieces brings a different emotion to the viewer. However, all of her works seem to bring positive feelings and happiness. That is why I like them so much. They are like unconscious messages of careless daydreaming, so lightweight and fresh.

Belinda’s works can be found and purchased here. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Now let’s see what the artist says about her creative process:

What do we need to know about you?

I’m a self-taught artist and designer. My main passion is abstract painting. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my two sons.

What are your daily inspirations? What motivates you?

I work on a daily painting project which I started at the beginning of the year which involves making a quick painting ‘sketch’ in a tiny moleskin journal each day so that I can keep in touch with my creative thread. This proves to work well for inspiration as even when I’m swamped with business work or appointments, I can spend a short time in the creative zone each day and often surprise myself with the results.

Looking through the journal is a great motivator for painting. I also feel a great need to paint, especially when I haven’t had time to get to it for a while.

Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part of it?

I like to work on a few different paintings at once. My process involves building up layers of acrylic paint onto the wood surface and sometimes sanding. I try to work by feel, with minimal thought so as to avoid being caught up in being too critical of what is happening. Usually when a painting is almost finished but not quite, I wait until the next step comes to me and it can happen naturally, which I love.

How does your work space look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?

My work space is pretty full at the moment but it looks a bit bare apart from the work and materials as we have just moved recently and I haven’t set up completely. I’m needing a bigger space to make bigger work! I feel like I need to be careful about mess and what I put on the walls as I’m renting. It would be nice to be freer mess and space-wise!

Describe your typical day.

There isn’t really a typical one. It seems to be more of a computer/business work day or a painting day in groups of days. Most days involve email!

Your tips for fresh artists, designers and makers.

I guess the advice I need to remind myself of is that things can be unpredictable and often slow to build and keeping on is the only way. I can recommend frequent stints of creative work, for the soul and momentum.

All the images used in this post are the property of Belinda Marshall.

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