by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt.
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RENIE: I am definitely a color addict, the deeper, the better. I tend to respond to art emotionally. If it doesn’t ring a certain bell in me, I don’t have a pull to it. I love deep color and deep contrast, so feel pulled to any work like that. My favorite genre is, what I call, modern, whimsical folk art. It’s folk art, but not the more primitive type. This style just sort of evolved for me, since selling online. I’ve always been into folk art, it just went the whimsical direction, kind of on it’s own! Oh, another thing I remember is, from being in some online art groups, early on, I would get so much support and so many ideas about what to paint. I am still close with some of those people now.
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RENIE: This may not mean much to some people, but to me, it was just a gift. I do a series of winter paintings, scenes of kids ice skating, sledding, cozy little houses. Sometimes they have more of a Christmas theme with trees with lights and greenery with red bows. I call them “Tribute to Vince Guaraldi”, and it’s been an on going series for probably about 8 years. I tribute them to Guaraldi because I love his soft jazz and particularly the “Charlie Brown Christmas” score that he did. He wrote the song, “Christmastime is Here” and I always hear that song in my head when I paint the little skating scenes and snow scenes. I love the music and how it makes me feel. His son, David, saw my work and purchased one of the tribute paintings. For me, it just meant so much, because the music means a lot to me.
Another moment that I was really happy and grateful for was being selected to be in a book about artists in the county I live in. They had a book launch party and a gallery showing and it was such an honor and also great fun! http://www.indigoinkpress.org/69-artists-selected-for-stark-arthology/
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I moved from my home of 28 years, about a year and a half ago. Big adjustment! I currently live in a 2 bedroom duplex with a full basement. It started out that I was going to use the basement for my studio space, but I couldn’t stand not seeing out windows and being more in the light. So, I now use the 2nd bedroom mostly, along with the living room. I don’t know how structured I am, but I basically am focusing on creating or any of the other aspects that go with selling work online. I have a few online stores, which require attention, email to answer, and also use social media the best I can to promote the work.
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What’s on your easel now?
My mind is pretty much focused on what is on my easel and what will next be on the easel, all the time. On my easel at this moment is a painting which is an order, of an interior room and still life, in yellows. I am starting some John Lennon themed paintings, two of them. I also am working on some sketches which will be paintings, for illustrating a book.
12 thoughts on “Focusing your Mind on the Easel”
I’m a big fan of your art and wonder, are you Self-taught, and who influenced you the most as you were starting out
Great interview! Like a billion other people, I love Renie's work, too!!!
I think you are truly wonderful for promoting all of us artists! Thanks so much.
of Course! I picked that treasury because you were in it and the riot of color matched your art!
thanks for taking the time to do this interview and lending your gorgeous eye candy to my blog.
Hey, I just realized I'm in that treasury, too! lol I didn't see that until now. Thank you! Thanks, Greg! 🙂
Terrific interview! I have one of Renie's painting and I absolutely love it.
Thanks so much, Bren! 🙂
Great Interview! I adore Renie's paintings!
Great Blog. I'm lucky to own one of your paintings.
Thank you for including the treasury with my knitting design.
Wonderful interview! Thank you for including the treasury with my art pin.
What a thrill to have my treasury included in a great blog which I have very much enjoyed reading! Thank You!
Wow, I am HONORED! Thank you so much for the wonderful interview by a great artist, such as yourself! I truly appreciate it!