Wednesday, June 16, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Abby Wagner - Sugarbowl Art Co.

"What a splendid thing watercolor is
to express atmosphere and distance,
so that the figure
is surrounded by air and can breathe in it."
- Vincent van Gogh

I am amazed by artists who create paintings with watercolor...
The only time I have ever used watercolor was as a child {you know the yellow plastic tray I am talking about}, and I don't think that counts.

Meet Abby: wife, mom, & the artist behind these amazing watercolors and 
Sugarbowl Art Company...

When did you first begin creating art?
I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I have been told that I could lie on the floor and color for hours—art has always been my number one hobby! I really started to get into art once I was in high school. I loved having an hour everyday in my school day for something I loved so much.

What is your favorite/most sentimental creation? Why?
My mom has a small painting that I made over a year ago. It is titled “Home” and was inspired by the first house my husband and I lived in. It reminds me of the beautiful ginkgo tree that was in our yard. The watercolor painting is on Yupo paper, and I just love how it turned out. Every time I see it at my Mom’s house I look at it and think about trying to re-create it!

What people/things inspire your work?
I am very inspired by my two young children. There is something about looking at the world with a child that is very magical. Everything becomes new. I also find nature in general to be and endless source of inspiration. I particularly love birds, trees and flowers. I primarily work in watercolor, and I find that the media itself is very inspiring: the way it flows and has a mind of its own! 

Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? 
What would it be?
I am a very detailed oriented person. I also love collections and groupings of things. I have seen a series of watercolors in my mind that are big, but each piece is really a collection of smaller paintings. They could be sentimental and meaningful objects, or simply things I find beautiful. I hope someday these paintings will become a reality and no longer a dream!

Be sure to visit Abby's shop for more of her amazing work
and her blog, Artist for Hire.