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.
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.