Thursday, April 8, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ the miscellany

I ♥ art and I ♥ finding the perfect pieces of art to add to my home.
Shortly after discovering Etsy I made one of my first purchases from the miscellany.
It was a spur of the moment purchase {very out of the ordinary for me}, but it was a piece of art I knew would be loved in my home.

Meet Dianna Walsh, the artist behind the miscellany.

When did you first begin creating art?
The first time I can remember creating art was in 2nd grade. To this day, my parents tell the story about how I came home from school with a brilliant family portrait. So brilliant in fact that I had worked to make my mom's hair 3-D by using another piece of paper, creating "fringe" at the bottom and curling the ends with my pencil. I then glued it to my drawing.

My mom asked, was it for a project? No. Did I do it in art class? No. But I had worked very hard on it... all day in fact. As it turns out, it was just the thing that I decided to do that day. I gave little care to what my class or my teacher was doing and decided instead to create a masterpiece. That family portrait stayed on the fridge for years, and even as I was growing up, I remember being proud of myself for going against the grain. I can't say my teacher was thrilled, but it was definitely worth it. : )

From then on, I dabbled and played with different kinds of art but never stuck with anything for any amount of time. I loved puff paint shirts and went through that phase in elementary school then on to photo albums and the like before that stuff was popular. I also remember creating some serious collage drawings on the notes I'd write to my friends in junior and high school.

But to be honest, art didn't become a major player in my life until just a few years ago. Out of the blue I decided to take a painting class through the local community center and things have gone from there. I now find that there are few days when I do not paint or draw in some fashion.... and on the days that I can't squeeze it in, I don't feel quite right either. It's been an interesting path but I am so glad that things have unfolded the way they have.

What is your favorite or most sentimental creation and why?
I think all of my creations are my favorite in some way. In some way, each piece is a part of me, be it a memory, a feeling, or a dream. As such, they are all special for completely different reasons.

"Rose Queen", a painting of a madonna/angel that I did for my mother, is definitely one of my top favorites. I love my mom so much and while I tell her constantly, I don't know if she could ever truly understand what she means to me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but I think that piece communicates my feelings for her.

I also really love "Quiet Time" as it reminds me of when I was a child. The magic of both youth and reading can be such an amazing combination.

What people/things inspire your work?
I draw inspiration from everything--- my life, my friends, and my family. I can see how I am heavily influenced by Mexican culture and I am sure that has a lot to do with my ESL (English as a Second Language) students at school. My artwork is such an extension of who I am that I think those that are close to me are really able to pinpoint the various aspects of my life and what is going on om my head even if I don't always share it outright. In many ways, my artwork tells my own life story bit by bit.

Outside of my own world, I also find great inspiration in the work of other artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Amedeo Modigliani. Frida just might be my favorite though and I do what I can to learn about her as both an artist and a woman whenever I get the chance.

Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I have always dreamed of working on a large-scale mural. I think that would be an amazing experience as I would love to incorporate many different subjects and colors into a huge collage. Even better, it would be awesome to have it in my house... that instead of putting paintings on the wall, I could have one large painting that IS the wall! I keep thinking that the front hallway or my studio floor would be great places to do it but as of yet, I still don't have any sketches. There is a part of me that is a bit nervous to just go ahead and do it but I think at some point it's going to happen. Who knows? There's only two months left of school so maybe I'll start this summer!

Be sure to visit Dianna's shop to check out her