I've formerly joined with the intention to showcase my artworks. That has quicky changed, as I started to discover artworks of others, my perception of art has changed. I've found many people that were just like me, trying to improve and not knowing where to start, seeking encouragement and help... or just wanted to discuss what they do. On deviantART, an artist feels loved and cherished, no matter what type of artwork you make, you will find an audience for it. What you give, you get back, when you comment on someone else's work, they will eventually come and look at yours, too. It's something else than friendship what we form, we become coleagues and learn to respect each other. And yes, I make friends, it does not matter to me that we don't live in the same city, I enjoy correspondence with some artists I've met on deviantART, precious people I would have never met otherwise.
Show us the pieces that you are most proud of. Do they have a story behind them? What is the reason you consider them your favorites?
One of the most important for me is Silent Statement:
There were times when I let everything and everyone influence me and this impact led to partial instability and inner fears. One day it got to me too much and I wished to freeze time, grab the pieces of me and build an iron shield inside me that would protect my integrity no matter what's going on around. I painted Silent Statement with this thought on my mind.
Occasionally, I paint self portraits (just like many other artists), it helps me capture the state of my mind at that time much better than any written diary could, here is the one most precious to me:
Also, all the portraits of my friends are my favorites, there is a lot of personal context understandable only by me behind them.
Regarding your own art, what do you think has been your greatest achievement so far?
I had my first live exhibition in May 2012 (Brno, Czech Republic) and I'm getting ready for another one, yet the biggest achievement was to be able to paint a portrait of my grandfather, who passed away last December. It was the hardest painting I've made, I believe quite a valuable present to my mother, when I finished and gave it to her, I really felt this type of work makes sense:
Do you have favorite artists on deviantART? Could you show us some art that you like and/or inspire you?
I currently watch over 300 artists and get to know new ones every day, the list of my influences would be long. But some are really special to me, as mentioned above, agnes-cecile teaches us all how to watercolor, AuroraWienhold's tutorials are one of a kind, LORETANA has been on my watch forever because of her infectious enthusiasm for painting; looking at takmaj's works makes me want to return to architecture topic, Danny O'Connor (ART-BY-DOC) is a tremendous inspiration when it comes to color and symbiosis of real and abstract, :dev
BeatrizMartinVidal: and her hypnotizing deep illustrations are something worth seeing as well. I often visit the galleries of Carnegriff
. One of the most inspiring people around, personally, has been SRaffa
, who's work I've discovered only recently - I secretly read their old journals with my morning coffee, such valuable asset they are.
How do you choose your models? Did it ever happen to have a stranger come to you and ask if they can be your model?
It depends on what's the purpose of that particular painting. I often work on smaller watercolor paper to practice my skills or to experiment, for that I search stock pictures, mostly on deviantART. Sometimes I see a face of someone I came in contact with and it inspires me enough to ask them if I could paint them. But more than a half of the portraits in my gallery are of my friends, whom I paint with the biggest pleasure. Yes, haha, strangers did come to me and asked to be painted, sadly, inspiration can hardly be pushed. I am also forbidden to paint my sister and most of my family shoo's me away when I want to draw them - unbelievable!
What drawn you towards traditional art, paintings in particular? How was your first experience with this kind of art and how long ago was it?
It must be some very basic human instinct to mess around with paint, because that's what I often felt like doing when I was feeling down or lost. It was about 4 years ago when I bought oil paints, someone gave me spare wooden plates and I was able to spend days laying the colorful paint down with my fingers (I disliked brushes back than). It was really relaxing, although oils stink a lot and dry very slow. Ever since I prefer paint and fluid media over pencils quite strongly, even though I sketch and draw regularly.
Is there anything else you would like to add? A few words for your audience and/or other artists, maybe?
I am very grateful for my audience and appreciate every comment you ever left on my deviations or my wall. I did not start to paint out of support, I hardly received any from my background, since there were other things expected from me in life. It only taught me that the right reason for doing what I do is because I want to. That's the message from me, and perhaps I have nothing else to say but this, always be honest with yourself, don't be afraid to spend time alone to get to know yourself, everything you do will than come straight from your heart.