Wednesday, April 21, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Kolleen Harrison

I ♥ happy people.
You know, those kind of people who would be bright yellow or pink if they were a color.


I haven't ever spent time with Kolleen Harrison one on one, but from her art and her blog, I have the feeling there is some bright pink there [smiles].


Meet Kolleen and check out the vivacious art she creates:

When did you first begin creating art?
Does having an obsession with coloring books as a child count?!!   I feel I always had a strong pull and desire to create but quite honestly let many other things get in the way of my doing that.  A little less than 2 years ago, I had a very vivid dream that drew me into the beginning stages of my painting and creating.  It was one of those dreams that awakens you in the middle of the night and you know you just HAVE to write it down!  It was the dream of my "HeartWingSisters"!!    I was also given the book “Spilling Open” by Sabrina Ward Harrison that ignited that fire strongly within me to really delve into my creative side....now if I go more than 3-4 days without doing so, I find myself getting a bit irritable and crabby!!  
(sorry to my hubby and kiddlies!!)


What is your favorite or most sentimental creation and why?
hmmmmm.....this is a tough one to answer since there are many that i hold near and dear to my heart.  It would probably be this one I did not too long ago.  It states “life is better with company” and it was inspired by my family and all of my dear friends who I cannot imagine walking through this life without! They simply make life better!  I will be listing this in my etsy shop....soon to be opened!!


What people/things inspire your work?
First and foremost I would have to say my 3 daughters.  They inspire me so much and in the majority of my art I try to provoke the message of “focusing on our hearts” and being in touch with our inner beauty and growing kindness within.  These are things I feel, as their mama, I need to teach them!  Also, the countless amazing women in my life from my mom to my sisters to my aunts and girlfriends....they ALL inspire me together with my inner child, old vintage stores, hanging at the beach, and the endless amazing artists and blogs out there!!



 

Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I simply dream of my artwork reaching out and inspiring others, reminding them of the importance in staying focused on our hearts.  We all age and our bodies change....but with work and desire and awareness to continually learn and grow within ourselves...our hearts will become more kind and compassionate and hopefully inspire and have others follow suit.  And I am a strong believer that the more of us focusing on our hearts....will create a much better place for all of us and our children!

Check out Kolleen's blog for more behind her inspiration 
& don't forget to check out the rest of her art.


8 comments:

  1. LOVE Kollen! She would definately be PINK and YELLOW in a super fun zebra stripe print!

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  2. Thanks for featuring Kolleen. I have had the pleasure of meeting her and she just glows in person! Love her, her art, and her message!
    hugs,
    Kelly

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  3. Kolleen is so sweet and inspirational just like her artwork!

    Jennifer

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  4. LOVE-LOVE-LOVE Kolleen and her art!!! She had a huge space in my heart only she can have.;)

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  5. I totally love Kolleen and her heart. I always leave her blog with a happy heart!! Thanks for featuring her! Hugs, Silke

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  6. thank you so much for asking kolleen all those juicy questions.
    she is one of my dear dear friends that i have met in art.blog.wonderland.
    PINK, ORANGE. YELLOW. yes. all. and. more.
    so fun to visit your blog and know all about you now too.
    you are a keeper.
    hugs.
    c

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  7. What a wonderful interview! Kolleen has a special soul that shines through on her blog and in her comments -- I would love to meet her in person some day. There's a great deal of raw beauty and heart that I see in her work {and those eyelashes! Have you ever?!}. I often find myself thinking back on some of the messages in her paintings. There are little words and phrases easily whispered as a mantra. This post was especially nice as I got to see some more pieces that I hadn't seen. Thank you for this very lovely post--and congratulations to the interviewee of honor!!

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