sweet souls, it’s that time again! my favorite time. when i get to introduce you to a crazy inspiring artist. meet ashlie, my saucy new york soul sister who openly feels it all. her work is swoon worthy.
Name age location Ashlie Blake 30 Hudson Valley NY
Who are you & how do you describe your art? I am a mixed media word loving artist and writer… I wear many hats My work is whimsical, color driven, and (I hope) speaks to your heart.
What inspires you? I am continuously inspired by nature, my garden, and the world around me. I am an observer, so when I am deeply moved by something beautiful or thought provoking it usually appears in my work. Why art? Because I know no other way, because it has been what I was happy with and able to produce since I could put a pencil to paper.
What kind of creative rituals or routines do you have? Headphones, music, and a paintbrush in hand. Scissors, paper, and old books nearby… microns, my favorite pencil (dear God don’t ever let me lose it), and a breeze from an open window.
Is there a specific artist you connect with? Or that immensely inspires you?
Miss Jodi – Mixed media art journaler and writer! SO inspiring! Her work is delicious, layered, and full of soul magic.
I really adore the work of Geninne (not sure of her last name). She is a bird artist and I constantly wish to be more like her! Where she is in her artistic career, the way she only paints what she truly loves, and the motivation she has is a continuous inspiration!http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/
What might people be surprised to learn about you? That I am just as much a photographer as I am a painter and writer. Also, that my art is evolving along with my own journey of self discovery… I just haven’t shared it yet!
How do you stay motivated? I stay motivated because creating my work and writing my words keeps me mentally healthy. A long time survivor of depression and anxiety, I know that I am happiest and most complete when I am creating and being successful.
What are your goals? My goals are to be known in the art community, published as many times as possible, inspire others to be the best they can be and observe the world around them on a more spiritual level.
What does your art do for you? Art makes my heart swell and causes me to feel this world we have at a deeper more meaningful level. It connects me with my inner self and the universe as a whole. Art is magic, the best alcoholic drink, and the biggest slice of cheesecake. I need it and it needs me. Art fulfills my soul and is something I feel completely sure about.
Top 5 quirks?
1. I only drink milk with desserts, otherwise milk is not invited to my party. 2. Paper in front of me, paint palette to the right, water above to the right, napkin pile above to the left… and coffee to the left of all. 3. That I’m a bit like Sheldon from Big Bang Theory… everything I do has a reason for why I do it and the way I do it. 4. I can’t take a compliment without averting my eyes and blushing with humbleness. 5. I won’t draw in public.
Favorite color movie book blog band
Color – Depends on the week, day, or season! Right now… aqua! Movie – Legends of the Fall Book – Anything by Ray Bradbury or Neil Gaiman although my fav book of all time is What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson Blog – My time is limited with raising 3 young boys and making time for my art… I only read a handful of blogs and they include… Jacquie Wheeler Primitive Fiber Artist - www.handofbelapeck.blogspot.com - Jodi Whispered Truths – Suki www.theowlclub.com Band – Oh my that is a toughie as it changes as often as I change my favorite color… right now I am currently drunk on The Staves and The Civil Wars
Describe yourself in 5 words
Kind – Observant – Electric – Charming – Happy
will you leave us with a quote that inspires you?
” I’m still worthy of love and belonging – It’s non negotiable ” – Brene Brown
How can we purchase your art? Why in my Etsy shop of course! Painting Bliss I am also always happy to do a commission! I love bringing ones ideas to life! My work has been published in multiple issues of Somerset Studio, Somerset Gallery, and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines (eeek hee hee yay!)
there you have it beauties, hop on over to ashlie’s blog Painting Bliss & tell her how rad she is!
p.s. that beauty with the flowers in her arms, i feel like she’s a piece of my very being. Read the rest of this entry »