Of course, the best part about the contest was the amazing prizes. As winner of The Dark Arts Package, I won an original art canvas designed by Angie Richmond (see above) with a quote from my story on the piece! (We chose the quote: "When a hot wind blows through the windows at night, the roses rattle like bones.") I was so excited to receive this prize in the mail and it's hanging in my bedroom now so I can see it every day. :) I've invited Angie onto the blog to tell us a little about her life as an artist, writer, and creativity consultant!
Sophie: What was the first mixed media art piece you created and how did you come up with the idea?
Angie: I suppose in some form or another I’ve been creating mixed media art for many years, but if I had to select one that really kicked off my current work I’d say it was a piece that I created in honor of my step-brother who passed away in a car accident earlier this year. After I found out, for some reason all I could think of was creating a tribute for him. He loved dragons so I started there. It started off as a way for me to deal with the loss. I didn’t put much conscious thought into it. It was all visceral.
Sophie: In your Etsy shop you describe your mixed media art as "combining my love of birds with my love of words." Can you tell us a little more about your love of birds and how they inspire your artwork?
Angie: I first realized that I had a thing for birds when I was working through Julia Cameron's book The Artist Way. Every morning I would get up at 5:00 am, head to my sitting room and write my morning pages. Now I'm not sure what it's like where you live but at 5:00 am it's pretty quiet -- except for the birds. I found myself starting my pages in the same way every morning:
- I hate mornings
- I can hear the birds chirping
Sophie: As an artist and a writer who also works a full time job, do you have any tips for how busy people can learn to live more creative, artistic lives?
Angie: I hear this all the time – I’m too busy! – But when you actually stop and look at how you spend your time, you realize it’s just not true. We all have the same amount of hours each day; it’s just how we choose to spend them. I find the biggest time drain is TV. Most people I know who say they don’t have time to be creative spend at least 3 hours sitting mindlessly in front of the television. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-TV, it’s just that collectively as a society we spend a lot of time plunked down on the couch. So I have two suggestions:
- Keep a time log to see where you are spending your time and where you can “trim the fat”. This is a HUGE eye opener! Keep a small notepad and pen on you and just make quick notes – nothing too extravagant or else it becomes too much of a chore. Then after tracking for a few days or a week, you’ll see where you have time.
- If TV is integral to who you are then consider multitasking. Yes I realize there is an ongoing debate on whether humans can effectively multitask – but let’s pretend that’s not an issue. Sometimes I just like hearing the TV and so I have it on in the background while I do more productive things like working on my art. Then again I enjoy being busy so I tend to take every spare moment I have and put it towards creativity J
Sophie: You recently started a new business called Creative Living Strategies. Can you tell us a little about it?
Angie: I did! Creative Living Strategies is my creativity & life purpose coaching business. My focus is helping clients in three main ways:
- Creativity infusion & exploration
- Career transition (in particular into non-traditional careers or “creative” careers)
Thank you so much for coming on the blog today, Angie! To find out more about Angie Richmond, visit...
Coaching Website: Creative Living Strategies
Website: Write Me Happy
Etsy Shop: Angie Richmond Designs