Yes, you read this right, The Blog Hop!
I am not sure who started this, but I find it is a wonderful way for artists to introduce people to other artists that we know and admire. I have been invited to participate in a “blog hop” by artist Robin Samiljan. I first ‘met’ Robin through the Art Scuttlebutt forums (that no longer exist) and I was drawn to her paintings, especially those of bamboo. While she was working on her masters, she asked me and others for some feedback that she incorporated into her dissertation. Robin captures the beauty of nature in her work and I know that is why I am a huge fan of what she does.
My participation in the blog hop lets me introduce you to her art and her blog along with three other artist bloggers I admire. I also have an opportunity to answer 4 specific questions, allowing me to share more about my creative process and art.
First I would like to introduce Robin. Oh and I wish I was the one who created the beautiful necklace that Robin is wearing, but it wasn’t me. Gorgeous piece befitting a beautiful artist.
“I am inspired to create a balance between what I see and what I feel. Golden hues of autumn leaves at North Pond, the ominous Gothic shadows standing in front of the Wrigley building, or the silver reflections from a fresh snow in streetlight on Broadway Street, evoke feelings that exist forever in my mind. The vintage buildings along Lake Shore Drive remind me of my childhood and the many visits and family dinners at my grandparent’s apartment. I paint the brownstones and skyscrapers surrounded by foliage and perennials and re-discover contentment and warmth from my past. Having spent 25 years in New England, a move back to Chicago last June has shifted my artistic focus from rural landscape to urban surroundings and cityscape.” ~ Robin Samiljan
Onward to my answers to The Blog hop questions:
I have my own unique style, as every artist does. It’s like my signature and I can recognized others works by their ‘signature’ too. I think it is hard to differentiate yourself from others in any field and producing Art Jewelry certainly is not different in that aspect. The one thing I hear a lot about my work is that it is very earthy and organic. I was surprised that it took me a couple of years to find myself in my work, but it happened and my advice to any artist is to be persistent. Whatever you do, do not try to force anything to happen because I have found that will never work. One day the real you will come through in your work and I am grateful that has happened for me.