Monday, November 7, 2011

Creature Collaboration - Allison Weeks Thomas (part VI)

sixth rectangle of creature collaboration by Allison Weeks Thomas

Six artists from around the world are shipping a painting from one person to the next, adding their own interpretation to the Creature Collaboration. 

Allison Weeks Thomas
1) What style of art do you most relate to and why? 
Boy, this is a tough one! I feel inspired by varying artists and styles, and try to pay homage to this admiration in my mixed media pieces. My first love was Dali, as I have always loved the unpredictable juxtapositions of elements. I have long admired the softness and feministic qualities of Mary Cassatt, the bold figures of Modigliani, and the brush techniques of Vincent Van Gogh and Georges Seurat. I guess it would be more apt to tell you the art in which I do not relate to!

creature in progress
2) Do you have a favorite medium?
Had you asked this question two years ago, hands down the inner illustrator in me would have answered without hesitation: pen and ink and watercolor.
But since discovering my love for working with mixed media, my answer has changed somewhat. Working in mixed media has introduced me to new mediums and rekindled love affairs with old ones. I love the texture of charcoal between my fingers, the rough and bold lines cutting across the canvas. I still love the flow of inks and watercolors, the way they puddle and saturate. I love the tooth and smoothness achieved by acrylics, the web and weave of papers layered across a surface. Gel mediums, texture gels, modeling pastes, oh, my! Simply, I love creating with anything I can get my hands on.

3) What inspired you to be an artist?
Sweet pickles, another tough one!You know, I can’t pinpoint that “aha” moment where the anvil dropped on my head and I shouted “Eureka!” or “Ouch!” Illustrating and writing stories is something I always remember being a part of me. Creating has always been a sort of meditation spot for me…a place to escape the noise in your head, a place to focus energy, a place to unwind. Oh, and Shel Silverstein! I always wanted to doodle fun little drawings and write silly little poems that my mother could read to me at night!

paintings and sketches by Allison Weeks Thomas
4) What is your favorite childhood memory?
Growing up, my grandmother had a cabin in the mountains near Floyd, Virginia. This was a treasured vacation spot growing up, and perhaps had some influence upon our decision to move to the North Carolina Mountains. One Thanksgiving when I was around eight or so was spent at the mountain cabin. It snowed that year, which was a big deal for a coastal girl like me! I remember watching as my grandmother slipped and slid down the mountain side, ax in hand, as my breath fogged up the window inside of the cabin. Not much time passed before my grandma returned to the cozy confines of the cabin, snow sludge dripping onto the orange and tan diamond patterned carpeting, the ax replaced by a young Christmas tree. We sat around the wood burning stove that morning, stringing popcorn and cranberries on string, as we watched the Macy’s Day Parade on a 10” black and white television set. The tree sat in front of the sliding glass doors, a blanket of white its backdrop. The adults drank hot toddies out of the big brown mugs that usually hung from pegs above the kitchen sink. I, of course, wanting to be grown up, had my own big brown mug…of un-spiked hot apple cider. I remember the spicy warm liquid going down my throat, followed by something small and fluttering. And that will always be remembered as the day I swallowed (and regurgitated) a fly.

5) What is your idea of a perfect day?
A day spent out of doors with my daughter and husband, hiking, exploring, playing, followed by a bit of uninterrupted art time, a family dinner and a big glass of red wine!

6) Where can we find you?
Atelier Gallery, 24 Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC
Joie de Vivre, Morehead City, NC

Friday, November 4, 2011

And the winner for the Tye Schloer painting is...

Thanks to all who participated in the give-away!

Tye used a random number generator to find the winner, and the lucky person is: mark mason, Aka longliveguitar from dgcr 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Holiday Art Contest

POST artwork inspired by this month's theme: HOLIDAY GIFTS 
 (must become a member of Art School Grad to be eligible)
POST DEADLINE: Dec. 01 11:58 PM/ EST 

VOTE: Dec. 01 11:59PM/EST until Dec. 05, 11:59PM/EST
VOTE BELOW by clicking the star above your favorite piece

Winner will be featured/interviewed/promoted on blog!
click "Add your link"  below, you may delete (click the red x) and repost

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