06 April 2012

Featured: ThreeSummerDays

One of my favorite parts about browsing through Etsy, is finding a new shop and getting to stalk  interact with an amazing artist right from the beginning.  Sarah hasn't been around for a very long time, but her artwork is GORGEOUS, and beautifully inspiring.  Her combination of colors, quotes, and meticulous attention to the tiniest details is just astounding.  And she has kindly agreed to be my second Etsy shop feature. 

Good Clean Earth
 What inspires you the most?
It would be a combination of words, nature and people. Ever since my childhood, I’ve been inspired by words. Didn’t matter if it was in a book or a song. There’s something so magical about the fact that just the right combination of words can inspire, tell a story or stir your heart.  Aspects of people and nature are typically the focus of my work. Hands, eyes, trees, the sun -- they’re all incredibly inspirational to me for different reasons. Everything has a story. I try to tell it in the best way I can. 

Love is a Smoke

What is your favorite quote?

Oh this is such a hard question. There are so many! My favorite would have to be a tie between these two:

“I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.” -- Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” -- Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

The Portrait

If you had to choose only one color to paint with for the rest of your life, which color would it be?

Definitely blue. I actually have to struggle not to use it all the time in my pieces. I’ll be sketching out ideas and I’ll think, “Oh this would be great with a deep blue or a light blue, etc, etc.” Then I’ll check the shop to see how many blue pieces I have and will usually have to restrain myself. But sometimes I just can’t help it. It’s such a versatile color.

Gossamer Web

 What is your favorite part about being an artist?

I love the emotional and physical freedom it provides. I love that I can be at home with my daughter and not miss anything as she grows. I love working and feeling in my gut, “Yes, this is what I’m supposed to be doing.” It doesn’t really feel like work. Some days, of course, things can get a little tedious, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love being able to show my daughter by example that it is possible to be a mother and have a career that you absolutely love. I’m so thankful that I can show her other sides of me, the ones that come out in my work: I’m her mother, a bookworm, a lover of nature (who would secretly live in a tree if she could), a silent observer, an artist. Being an artist allows me to feel wholly myself. It’s so liberating.


How lovely is she?  Even her interview answers are wonderful and inspiring...she makes me want to go do something artistic immediately.  You can check out more of her beautiful artwork at ThreeSummerDays

Thank you Sarah for giving us a wonderful peek into your mind.

1 comment:

Stephaniemakesall said...

Another great feature!!