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Feature Friday: Artwork by Sahar

Happy Feature Friday!

We’re heading to the world of fine art for this one! We are so excited to share Artwork by Sahar’s story and give you all a look at some of the incredible pieces Sahar creates. We love how she’s always pursued art in her life and has constantly found an outlet for her creativity. Her outlook on her own work is amazing as well, and she truly wants the viewer to see her pieces in their own way and create a personal connection with it. We are always huge fans of artwork that can be interpreted however the viewer sees it! Sahar has a lot to share about her personal creative journey as well as her process for crafting her original artwork. Keep reading to learn more about Artwork by Sahar and see some of her pieces!

: Tell us a little about yourself.

: Hi! My name is Sahar. I work full-time at an advertising & marketing agency based in the Washington, DC area, but I’ve been an artist my entire life. I started taking art classes at the age of 6, and studied Studio Art (with Painting & Photography concentrations) at the University of Maryland, College Park. #GoTerps!

I am huge, huge Terps basketball fan and Washington Capitals fan – I love repping where I’m from! I live with my fiance – our wedding is this fall! – and our blue heeler mix, George Costanza. We love to spend time outdoors and veg out with Netflix marathons.

Between my full-time job, planning a wedding, and well – life in general – launching a business has been quite the endeavor.

: Since you were a child you’ve taken art classes. What about art made you stick with it into your adulthood?

: My parents put me in every kind of class you can think of – piano, tennis, swimming, tap – but nothing every really felt right. I wasn’t passionate about those other hobbies, and to be completely honest, I kind of sucked at them. Drawing, painting, creating in general – it made me happy. Everything made sense in my head.

Fast-forward to today, and it is truly my version of meditation. I am so grateful for painting in my life.

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Feature Friday: Artist Ellie Edon

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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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Feature Friday: Artist Sian Storey

Happy Feature Friday!

1. My photoThis week we’re featuring artist Sian Storey! Her creative journey is so exciting to follow and she has gained the attention of some major media outlets. We admire the fact that she is always seeking new experiences and ways to grow in her work. It reminds us of the Julia Child’s quote which says, “Find something you’re passionate about and stay tremendously interested in it.” It’s evident that Sian is living that out every day.

Castle Logo: Tell us about yourself and how Sian Storey Art got started.

static1.squarespace: Hello! I’m an artist and art teacher in Hampshire, England. Painting is my passion, and I have a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art. As you’ll discover throughout this interview, I’m a versatile and hungry artist, always looking for fresh ways to evolve my art, and interesting new projects to be involved in.

How did I get started? Let’s see… my earliest art memory is painting my Grandad’s gnomes in his garden back in the 1980’s. My Nan still has them 25 years on. So art has always been a big part of my life and was massively encouraged by my friends and family. It’s what I love, and something I will always do.

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Castle Logo: You mainly focus on people and birds. What made you decide to stick to these two subject matters?

static1.squarespace: I work from found images, and am particularly drawn to colour, pattern and beautiful pictures. I keep scrapbooks of images that I have collected and reference them in my paintings. I also love to travel, and this feeds into my work. Last summer I visited Japan, and have been referencing it in a lot of my work ever since.

The people-based images I choose are often black and white allowing me to explore my own colour schemes. I like the image to feel emotionally charged, like the person depicted has a story to tell. Sometimes it’s my story, or just the way I’m feeling.

I use birds in my work as they are also associated with literature and narrative, and they have many cultural references. I love creating movement in my bird paintings choosing colour to evoke mood, and texture to convey beauty.

And sometimes, I combine both birds and people.

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Feature Friday: Artist Greta Vick

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This week’s feature is artist Greta Vick. We really love her style and could definitely see her work gracing the walls of any modern art museum. Her use of color is so bright and vibrant! When combined with her work’s compositions and textures, her pieces really attract the eye. One thing we noticed about Greta is that she never had a doubt in her mind that she needed to create. No matter where life took her, this was something that was unquestionable. It’s great to see people pursue their calling with that much fervor. To learn more about Greta and see some of her pieces, read her interview below!

Castle Logo: Tell us about yourself.

name: Heterodox. Crazy Cat Lady. Chroma Engrossed. Sarcastic Goofball. On a more serious note – I grew up on a retired farm near Madison, Minnesota and now reside in Minneapolis. I’ve been creating since I popped out of the womb. I love the unorthodox, the contemporary, the abstract. Design, art, and creativity all consume my life. It’s glorious.

Given my creative complex, I found myself with a Bachelors of Science majoring in Interior Design from the Art Institute International. These days in addition to producing art, I work with architects, interior designers, and landscape architects to create space in both the natural and built worlds.

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Castle Logo: Describe your artistic style/aesthetic.

name: Obnoxious chaos expressed in a collected manner. Bright pops of color that slap you in the face. Texture….glorious thick, cracked, bumpy texture. The style in which the aforementioned details are executed constantly changes and grows. I have many different techniques that I incorporate at random moments, and am always thinking of new techniques to play with. To sum it up: contemporary abstract expressionism.

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Castle Logo: What made you decide to do abstract art?

name: I’ve been creating since I came into this world. I focused heavily on intricate graphite and sculptural pieces when I was young – I definitely painted but it wasn’t as desired as it is today. Out of college, I let go of definitions and made amends with the moment. I trained myself to stop thinking so logistically and just let go. This was what was most fun to me – this idea of allowing the moment to dictate and guide me. From there it transpired into this beautiful career.

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Castle Logo: Who are some of your favorite artists?

name: Gosh. The artists that I adore and truly inspire me are some of my closest friends. My partner constantly inspires me on a daily basis, he never ceases to amaze me. My parents even, but they don’t claim to be artists. Even my sister who again, is as far from claiming artistic talent as one can get, but she is an artist to me ☺

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Castle Logo: What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment thus far in your career?

name: My biggest accomplishment with my art career has been the ability to let go. I struggled for a very long time to live in the moment and not be concerned about the end result. I’m a huge perfectionist and being able to give up control is something I constantly battle every day. To be able to conquer the ability to live in the moment when I paint is just monumental.

I’m also sincerely proud of myself for creating an art career in the first place. I’m driven by that constant desire and need to design and create – it’s my sole inspiration.  It was never a goal, never something I had sought out to do, to be selling and showing work – it just transpired and the opportunities that have been presented to me have been truly amazing. I’m still in shock, almost numb in a sense.

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Castle Logo: What are your dreams and career goals?

name: I have a lot of dreams! Some are good, some are nightmares, some are weird, I sleepwalk in different states even! First and foremost- my goal in life is to be happy. At this current time in my life, designing and creating make me pretty darn happy. That’s been a consistent feeling throughout my life, so I can only imagine that the future might be the same. I would love to have half of my career be with my art – just expanding my skill set and opportunities, while the other half of my career still be focused with designing architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. I love and adore all realms, having a balance between it all is a healthy fit.

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Castle Logo: Describe the process of completing one of your pieces. How long does it take on average?

name: This question varies immensely. I typically start out by just standing and staring. I’ll stand there, stare, and whatever I gravitate towards in the moment, I execute. I operate on an unplanned basis. There’s really no rhyme or reason, just what “feels right”. I’m also normally working on at least 10 pieces at once – it helps production move faster, especially when I have to rely on time for paint to dry. On a more layered piece – it can take weeks to dry and finalize. It all depends upon what the conditions are, if Minnesota is choosing to be hot and humid – my process slows. It also depends upon the type of texture I want to achieve as well. If it’s just a different style and not as layered, it may take me as little as two full days.

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Castle Logo: When you’re not working on a piece, what else can you be found doing?

name: I’m generally either working or creating, or unfortunately dealing with some chronic health issues. So when I’m unable to work or create, it means I’m ill and cuddling with my cats.  I’m a large introvert, perfectionist and art addict, so I’m typically ALWAYS wanting to create and tackle something on my list of to do’s. The effect of production gives me a natural high. The word “bored” doesn’t exist in my world.

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Castle Logo: Where do you think your artistic style will go in the future?

name: Great question! Honestly, I just hope to continue to experiment and evolve. Wherever the heck that takes me, I’ll be happy !

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Castle Logo: Any advice for other artists out there?

name: Just be happy. Be respectful.  Be empathetic. Do what you love with such immense passion and intellect, everything else will work itself out. Also – be a realist.

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Castle Logo: What is your favorite part about what you do?

name: Knowing that I’m doing something true to myself. I’m not just thinking about doing it – Not putting this desire and need on the back-burner. I’m putting it on the front burner, and makin’ myself some art stir fry!


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