Every now and then you meet someone who just makes you smile, and not because they're trying. Experiencing their positivity and enthusiasm is akin to watching a puppy chase a ball in the yard - the smile stretching across its face as it lives in the moment. A moment of pure joy that is generously shared. This is Andrea Pickard (https://www.facebook.com/ARTabulousCreations).
We light up when Andrea's emails grace our inbox. It's like an unexpected gift because you know you'll be smiling as you read her hilarious messages chock full of emojis and endless kindness. She's a good person and we feel fortunate to have met her. Now let's get to her art! While ARTabulous may not be a household name (yet), Andrea is a Master we are excited to feature. We can all learn along the way, and we think she has great perspective, so enjoy the interview and check our her art!
What role does art play in your life?
Art started as a hobby for me, but has now become my business 🎨🎨🎨 however, it is also my HAPPY PLACE 🥰🥰🥰, my mental spiritual grounding & my avenue to approach life's happenings from an out of the box view point. 😁😁😁
What got you into fluid art/resin?
I found fluid art kind of by mistake 🤣🤣🤣 I am a wreath maker as well, and I was looking for a particular kind of center for a wreath I had made, and thought...hmmmm spin art...yeah that's what would look FANTABULOUS in the center...weeeeellll...I went Google searching, and while spin art seemed to be a thing of the past, fluid art was ALL I could find....hours upon hours of watching video after video, I fell in LOOOOOOVE and I've been HOOKED ever since. 😜😜😜🥰🥰🥰👌👌👌
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration started mostly with Olga Solby, Rinska Douna, and Molly's Artistry, as I honed in on what techniques called to me, and countless classes. Today I still draw inspiration from those ladies, but more so Tammy Anderson Art, Kanella Ciraco, and Lisa Marvin Art. As far as my artwork is concerned, I draw inspiration from EVERYTHING from a B E A U TIFUL sunset/sunrise, music, people...all kinds of forms....and the more I pour on odd items, such as toilet seats & guitars, the more I draw inspiration from out of the box scenarios. 🎨🎨🎨😃😃😃🤣🤣🤣
What is your favorite part of the process?
I absolutely LOOOOOOVE every part of my processes. 🥰🥰🥰 Each phase of the process brings me joy in its own way, even taping off the back on whatever substrate I'm working on.😘😘😘
What is your least favorite part of the process?
Believe it or not, the least favorite thing for me to do is the calculations for a piece...how big is the substrate, how much paint is needed, what's the ratio for the pouring medium, etc. 🤪🤪🤪🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤣🤣🤣
What advice would you give to new or up and coming artists?
I'm a visual learner, so YouTube has been my best teacher, so the best piece of advice I could offer from my knowledge bank of what I learned along the way would be... watch up to 3 artist that resonate with you, and see if it's them or their art. If it's the art and them, follow how they do things, and focus on 1 or 2 techniques. Do NOT go over board with ALL the techniques. 🤪🤪🤪🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️ Try them, do their processes, and even if it doesn't come out like "theirs" do, keep trying...you WILL find what works/resonates with YOU & your style. 👌👌👌🥰🥰🥰❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Check our Andrea's work @ https://www.facebook.com/ARTabulousCreations