I am just thrilled to begin my interview series to allow you (and myself) to get to know people behind some fabulous creations!
Today, let me introduce you to Cara of Crafty Caralara! True to her shop name, Cara (with a “C”) is quite crafty – she dabbles in quite a few areas, but her paintings are what caught my eye. I just adore her “Being a Kid” series of watercolors! Cara was kind enough to share a little about herself and her creative process. Here’s what she shared:
How did you get started with painting?
I think I was born with a pencil in my hand! For me, I guess art was an outlet for a very shy child. I dabbled in most things and completed college courses. I suppose I am self taught with regard to painting therefore processes and techniques are quite alien to me. I tend to paint what I like, how I like, sometimes i’m surprised with the results, mostly I bin them :). All trial and error….so summing it up…I don’t think I really started painting….it was more something that grew with me :)
Where do you find your inspiration?
From other artists. I have no definite style to my work and I think that probably stems from being influenced by others. I’m not sure if thats a good or bad thing. I tend to draw what’s in my head mainly, nothing is really planned. My themes have always been people, figures, faces, features and throughout the years my style has changed drastically. I am sometimes inspired by little sketches I have drawn or dreams I have had. An example of that is the Magmeow bird I painted…..I dreamed him, sketched him, painted him in acrylic and loved him so much he lives in my kitchen :)
What do you find most challenging about your craft?
Finding time. When I eventually get free time I get a creative block which is no good when time isn’t on your side. Getting something right first time is a challenge for me also, being a perfectionist, I get increasingly frustrated if I cannot do something!
What do you find most rewarding about it?
The way that I can shut out the world when I am in my ‘zone’! It is probably one of the only times that I can shut my brain down and spontaneously create. Being new to Etsy and blogging and even flickr….I also feel very rewarded being part of this community with like minded individuals.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
No favorite thing really, just love to embrace a day without work where I can do as I please, paint if I like, make jewellery, cook and all those little things that make me happy.
Do you have a day job?
I certainly do. I work in an office. And thats all I want to say about that :) Needless to say its not what I would choose to do, but it pays the bills :)
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
A dreamer, creative and thoughtful. A very difficult one to answer
What is your most prized possession?
No one thing, boring that may be, but i’m grateful for all that I have
If money and time were not an issue, where would you travel and what would you do while you’re there?
I would travel europe, in a campervan :) A yellow one with daisies! With my camera, some paper, paints and a pen oh and my laptop!!! I would take in all the beautiful views, buildings and cultures and embrace the freeness of it all. Oh how I love to dream!!
Name a guilty pleasure… what do you do to treat yourself?
Wine! Makes the thought process flow (thats my excuse anyway)
How would you like to be remembered by future generations?
As someone who tried, failed, never gave up and sometimes won the battle
Thank you Cara for being in the spotlight! It’s been a joy learning more about you!
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