August is Artist Appreciation Month!

Did you know that? 

I didn't either! And August 13th is also National Lefties Day!  I am both an artist and a Lefty! Raise your hand if you are a LEFTY!
I hope that I am not the only lefty artist that didn't know about these two events until last week!
Sorry for all of the exclamation marks, but I'm trying to show my excitement. Maybe a selfie would show that, but I'm not going to subject y'all to that.

I totally 'left' out Lefties Day this year, but I didn't find out until the end of the day. But next year...well, I will definitely be more prepared!

So back to Artist Appreciation Month.

Since it is Artist Appreciation Month, I want to feature some artists! This may even take a couple of posts. I have been influenced and motivated by many artists. Some personal friends and others that I admire from afar.

Where do I Fit?

Being a whimsical artist, I find inspiration everywhere! As I look through my Pinterest boards and search online for whimsical artists, I find so many creative and whimsical artists out there! For many years, I couldn't figure out where my art fit in. Before the internet, before we had all of the resources that we have now at our fingertips, I thought that I needed to have a realistic or abstract style to make it in the art world. But I don't fit into either one of those styles. Yes, I like to draw realistically, I love to create abstract art. But actually my style fits somewhere in between those two. I like colorful art, and happy art. I like design. I create a lot of stylized images. More like illustrations. But I didn't consider myself an illustrator either.

Artists Who Inspire
Today, I would like to feature two well know and successful whimsical artists that I have admired over the years. Both have influenced my style. These talented women are artists who both became successful with their creative businesses.

Mary Engelbreit
Many years ago, my husband brought home a magazine for me, to cheer me up. At the time, I was struggling to find my way as an artist. I was actually pretty depressed about it. So he brought this magazine called  Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion. It was more of a decorating magazine, with articles about working artist's. Of course, Mary Engelbreit's art was all over the magazine too. But that magazine, and the articles about artists, were so good for me. Her art is bright and cheery and whimsical. And many of the artist's that she featured in her magazine were too. I think that is when I realized that my art did not have to be realistic and I could play and experiment and try to come up with my own style. I was really sad when the magazine stopped being published. But I had every issue since that first one my husband brought home to me. He also bought me a planner and/or calendar every year for Christmas. Now we have the internet to bring all of those inspiring images and stories to us!



Patience Brewster
I am always looking for other artists who share my vision of a fun and whimsical world. A few years ago, I came across the whimsical artist, Patience Brewster. She creates some wonderful and whimsical art, especially for the holidays. Her Christmas ornaments are beautiful! You can find the story about how her illustrations are turned into to 3D sculptural ornaments here: About the Ornaments .

 If you love unique ornaments and Holiday cards, then check out her website! View some of her latest Christmas Cards , because they are also beautiful!  And she has the coolest name!


Who inspires you?
I don't know these women personally, but I still feel like they have inspired me to be who I am, not what everyone else wants me to be. Because they have worked hard to make their style work for them. Every artist must find their own way. It's okay to be inspired and learn from others, but be yourself.

Be True to Yourself! 

Beth 






Comments

  1. I didn't know it was artist's appreciation month before this month either... I'm also a fan of Mary Engelbreit. So many artists inspire me and I too feel lucky to have the internet to see so much wonderful art!
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  2. Thank you for sharing your inspirations, I always think it's interesting to find out what drives other artists! I've just taken a look at Mary Engelbreit's website - her illustrations are amazing! I'm now a fan :) The artists who inspire me are illustrators Leo Hartas and Stephen Biesty; both use such incredible detail in their work.

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  3. Thank you Beth, because I didn't know that it was Lefty day or Artist Appreciation Month. I've lived with a lefty for over 37 years so I'm perhaps an honorary member?
    I'm going to check out Mary Engelbreit's website too... so all in all I've had a delightful and informative visit here at your website.
    My initial inspiration that started me drawing and painting after many not being creative (bringing up my family and moving as an expat for over 24 years) is Laurie McKnight over at I love a cloudy day. I am currently being influenced by Tracey Fletcher King. I've just completed her online class and she's been amazing finally making me loosen up and have fun!
    She's also hilarious in her writing blog posts too.
    Thanks for giving inspiration and information Beth,
    Have a wonderful creative week ;D

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  4. didn't know it was artist appreciation month, good to know for next year :)

    love Robert Bateman's work and a lot of other fantasy artists that I of course can not remember names for :p

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  5. Lovely to read about your inspirations. What a fun post. :)

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