Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meet Angie Richmond ~ Writer, Artist, and All-Around Creative Soul


Back in October, I entered the Behind the Curtain Flash Fiction contest run by Anna Meade of Yearning for Wonderland. My entry, Scarlet's Rose Petal Revenge, won the fan favorite contest AND it was chosen as one of the final four winners in the judged contest!! Thank you again to everyone who voted and to Anna for running such a fabulous contest. :)

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:
  1. I hate mornings 
  2. I can hear the birds chirping
They always managed to pull me out of my funk at being up so early. Then I started really paying attention and noticed that I unconsciously decorated my entire sitting room in a bird & tree theme. It just seemed natural to incorporate both of these into my artwork. 


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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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
As for actually being creative, there are so many ways to infuse creativity into your life! The first step is thinking about what interests you and then just going for it – without fear – because in my experience fear is what holds us back from trying new things. But that could be a whole other post ;)


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:
  1. Self-discovery
  2. Creativity infusion & exploration
  3. Career transition (in particular into non-traditional careers or “creative” careers)
But that’s just a starting point! As a coach it’s my job to work with clients to achieve whatever goal(s) they wish to accomplish. I’m there to help them stay focused, challenge them to push past their perceived limitations and uncover all those fabulous strengths they have while fine tuning the ones that need a bit of help. I’m passionate about creativity and doing work that I love - helping people discover and follow their passions – well that’s what I love to do!
 
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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

15 comments:

  1. Thanks again Sophie for asking me to speak on your blog. So happy you're enjoying the art.

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    1. My pleasure! It's so nice to learn more about you. My favorite line is, "We all have the same amount of hours each day; it’s just how we choose to spend them." :)

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  2. It's so lovely to learn more about Angie, who I met during the Behind the Curtain flash fiction contest. She is so creative in so many ways!

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  3. Ahh, Firefox ate my comment twice! :O

    Anyway, it's two of my fav ladies in one post! So great to see Angie's imaginative prize for Sophie's story for Behind the Curtain and to hear about her new creative coaching business.

    Thanks for doing this, Sophie!

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    1. It was so much fun! I love creating special pieces.

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  4. Great interview, Sophie. Angie is an amazing person all around. I wish I had her energy and ambition. :)

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    1. Wow Dan! That is such high praise that I totally don't deserve...but will take. Thanks!

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  5. Love this Angie: "We all have the same amount of hours each day; it’s just how we choose to spend them."... so true! And thank you Sophie for this article! Really enjoyed the read! :)

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  6. Love when artists and writers come together. Wonderful mixed media art-perfect gift for a talented writer.

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  7. Such a great idea to keep a log. I think I spend most of my time reading blogs! Hahaha! Not so bad... Not enough time working on my book!
    Congrats on winning the contest Sophie!

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  8. This is so inspiring! Ang, I am very proud of you. This year seems to have stirred you in an even more creative direction. I love your designs and everything you said about creativity. Keep writing, creating, and inspiring!

    And thank you, Sophie, for featuring Angie. This is by far one of the best guest blogs I have read recently. Hugs to both and happy holidays!

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