Feature Friday: Artist Ellie Edon

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 14.21.31Happy Feature Friday!

Today we’re featuring Ellie Edon of @wastedpaints. We can’t help but be drawn her colorful, fun pieces! A majority of her focus is on animals and it’s so cool that she makes them look completely realistic, while at the same time often using multicolor. She not only creates art because she’s talented at it, but also loves how it makes her feel. Her pieces make us happy so we’re glad that creating them does the same for her! Keep reading to learn more about Ellie and see her amazing works of art!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself as well as your artistic background.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: I’m Ellie Edon. I am an 18 year old from Yorkshire in England. I’m a socialist, a vegetarian, intersectional feminist, a dog lover and someone who finds peace in making artwork. I find writing about myself difficult as I am still young and developing who I am. I want how I change as a person, and my values, to shine through my artwork someday.

I remember in Year 6 (in England this is around the age of 10/11) I won my first Art contest with the theme being Easter. In fact, I used very very bright colours even then. I also won a blue peter badge with the same work. (This was a big deal!!) I used to have very low self confidence, and found some self-esteem when people complimented my work. This esteem has helped me develop my skills in where I am today, and has made me a much more confident person. I’m still just someone with an Instagram account – still, it’s pretty cool having a following.

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Castle Logo: We love the colors you use in your work! What made you decide to paint many of your animals and landscapes in colors unnatural to the subjects?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: Thank you! I love using bright colours because they have the ability to bring out positive emotions (hope, excitement, wonder…) in places that you might not actually see them at first. I think they also reflect wonderfully the rich value that the environment and animals hold. I think the value of these things are often ignored, and vivid colours make the beauty of such things noticeable.

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Castle Logo: As mentioned, your art centers a lot around animals and landscapes. What is it about these subjects that draws you to paint/draw them?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: Simply because I find them so beautiful.

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Castle Logo:  Your Instagram username is Wasted Paints. Where did this name come from?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: I might be pretty creative with colours – but not so much with words. The name Wasted Paints was basically stolen from a song of my favourite band ‘Peace – Waste of Paint’.

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Castle Logo:  You do commissions. What is the most challenging part about making custom work for people?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: I’m very aware of disappointing people, and it’s often difficult understanding quite exactly what they would like. I have my own particular style and sometimes I feel it difficult to adapt that if someone is asking for something completely different.

I also do a few pet commissions, and it can be difficult painting dogs that have just passed away – I would hate not to have truly captured the spirit of that dog.

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Castle Logo:  What motivates you to keep pursuing art and coming up with new ideas?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: Self-love. As I said before, my artwork can bring me great self-esteem. I aim to create artwork that is better than the last in the time of pleasing and validating myself. I love to feel confident and happy in myself. That, selflessly, is what art brings me.

I also want to work on different areas, and bring my political values more into my work. I’m starting University in two weeks to study human geography. This looks a lot at humanitarian crisis as well environment crisis. It would be wonderful to one day work for a refugee or environmental agency/charity and create artwork that could benefit them.

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Castle Logo: What are you working on at the moment?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: I’ve currently got two commissions I’m about to start that I need to finish in these next two weeks before uni: another dog portrait and something different, a skull painting in a similar style to my Malala piece. This is a new challenge for me!

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Castle Logo: You’re thinking about starting your own YouTube page (which would be awesome!) What are some of your ideas for the account?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: Unfortunately this is something I had wanted to do over the summer and hadn’t got around to. I simply wanted to do time-lapses of my work. I think I need someone to help me out with that, though!

I’m slightly worried I won’t get much work done while I’m at university as I focus on my studies – but I’ll never lose my love for painting.

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Castle Logo: What would you say is the best way of putting your artwork out there?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: I would say be confident in anyway in which you chose. Instagram is a good place to start, advertise around your neighbourhood for commissions too.

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Castle Logo: Do you have any tips for those hoping to pursue a career in art?

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: I’m still a novice myself, but what I would say is that you need to make sure whatever career you pursue: you do it because you love it. Not for the money, but because it betters your life and the work feels worthwhile.

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See more from Ellie at – Instagram: @wastedpaints | ellieedon.wix.com | Etsy | Twitter: @wastedpaints

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