First Friday Artist, Karen D'Angelo is here today. I met Karen some years ago while teaching at The Ink Pad in NYC. As so often happen, I learn as much from my students and art, life and combining the two as they from me.
These drawings are all under 5"x7"
"I now Fabriano or Saunders Waterford text laid finish papers for my little drawings. I always tear my edges with a deckle ruler or on the edge of a table too. For these paintings I made the watercolor paint using pigments. (I didn't include the edges because of a parallax issue.)
I work at Pratt Institute as director of marketing in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies in New York City, and do home care for my 88 year old mom who lives with me. I joined Pratt in 2004 as a student in search of increasing my computer graphics skills and quickly progressed to my current role because I just love continuing education for adults!
Sometimes people ask me how I'm capable of balancing these two demanding purposes and still find time for art. My reply to that is always: a few hours of making art each day helps me sort out my thoughts and just be me for a while. The creative process is my guide back to my Self when things get challenging, and it helps me make time for the right actions in my life.
My inspirations come from stories like The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis) and The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) where there are solutions to problems and always a happy ending (or an opening to a sequel LOL), and the introspective processes I use while journaling, which might be like someone reading their tarot cards in search of answers to life's deeper questions."
Karen is such an inspiration on so many levels. Look how interesting those watercolor blends are - especially on the first two pieces. Wow! I can see the serenity in the doodling. It's tangible. I'm so happy to share her work and thoughts with you today.
These are fountain pen ink and watercolor, all under 5"x7"
Have a wonderful weekend! xo - Diana