This is a series of interviews with artists around the world. We will meet them through a "virtual" interview where I send them a list of questions. So, here we go!
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Who are you, and what is your background?
My name is Michelle Brenmark, a.k.a. One Artsy Momma. I'm happily married to my best friend of 28 years, Ed. We have twin teenagers, Eddie and Catie, plus two dogs, Indy and Junior.
I'm a breast cancer survivor (5 years cancer-free) and a self-taught artist.
I've been creating art since I was a child. While I did take a long hiatus from creating once I became a momma, I eventually jumped back into it; it was in 2012 that I decided to try out digital art for the first time. I saved up for a
fantastic software called ArtRage.
I taught myself how to create digitally, and I opened up my very first
Product on Demand (POD) store:
What is your favorite medium?
In 2019 I stepped away from creating digitally and started using the real deal. First started with watercolor paints and lately, colored pencils. I am seriously considering trying out acrylic paint. I am going to experiment with this technique called paint pouring. I can't wait to try it out. It looks so fun, but it will be messy.
My favorite medium would be colored pencils, which is kind of surprising because when I first started using them, I didn't enjoy the process. It's a slow way to create art because of the many layers of color you need to put down onto your paper and the process of blending the colors.
What do you enjoy creating?
My favorite subjects hands-down are owls. They are so majestic and adorable.
(click the photo to see this image on a ceramic tile from zazzle)
When I found digital art in 2012, my main subjects were ladybugs. This is my very first ladybug painting.
(click the photo to see this image on a Poster at Zazzle) -->
(Click on the photo to see this image on a Throw Pillow from Zazzle)
What food, drink, or song inspires you?
Music is another form of art. I always have music playing while I'm creating. I love a variety of music genres, from classic rock to jazz. My ultimate favorites are The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Wings, Sir Paul McCartney, and Vince Guaraldi. Lately, I have to hit the repeat mode on my favorite song from Wings, "Goodnight Tonight." (YouTube)
I LOVE that song!
Professionally, what is your goal?
I plan to write and illustrate my very first children's book within the next six months. I would like to create more art pieces, as well.
What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to get started as an artist?
I would say don't put your eggs in too many baskets. Meaning, if you plan to sell your art online via product-on-demand websites, just choose a couple of sites. I made the mistake of joining a half dozen sites when I first started my art, and it was too much stress and a huge hassle to load my art to each site. It was way too time-consuming. Just start with one or two. I highly recommend Zazzle.com They have high-quality products and superb customer service.
Thank you, Michelle. I'm happy you are Annie Mason's first "Meet the Artist" series post. I hope the readers enjoyed this as much as I did.
Visit Michelle's website to see more of her art and blog: One Artsy Momma
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