Feature Friday: Honey and the Hive

Happy Feature Friday!

IMG_3341Today we’re featuring the fun (and often hilarious) illustrations of Kelsey DeLange of Honey and the Hive. We fell in love with her prints right away since we’re always looking for sassy sayings to hang on our walls. Not only does she have funny phrases, but she also sometimes pairs the words with food— which we love!, and has gorgeous inspirational prints as well. We just can’t get enough of their cheery vibe and bright colors! Read on to see more of her pieces and learn about the brand.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

honey hive logo: Hi there! My name is Kelsey and I make brightly colored whimsical illustrations for my shop, Honey and the Hive.  I live and work in a small town in Michigan, with my husband and our crazy cute tiny dude.

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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 Estela Cuadro

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Estela_Cuadro6Our feature this week is artist Estela Cuadro. Estela wanted to give you an inside look into her entire creative process, so we are doing something a little different…a guest post! Read all about Estela from the artist herself.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“I’m Estela Cuadro, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ll tell here some info about me.

When I start my day in my studio, I want to listen to some music. It is generally not always the same.  I like to use some incense.  When I begin a new artwork I used to use an special cardboard that allows the pigments and water too react in a special way; giving textures, shapes, deformations and then letting my imagination act freely.  The music always transpose me and my sensory part which takes me to an inside world – introspective.  It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me.  It constantly leads me to paint many of my paintings and I feel pleasure in that.  I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It´s part of my life.

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I use lots of techniques, like pencil, small coal and oil. Especially when I was young.  Nowadays I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and make different results.  I use India ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the support.  I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details. If I had to pick a style for my art,  it would be quite difficult. Perhaps I associate my work with surreal art.  My characters and their environment have nothing to do with reality.

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The distorted reality is part of my inspiration, my contacts and my experiences. My artwork is based on the unconscious – all associated with my dreams, relationships & with life itself. I don´t try to tell stories in my artworks. My work isn’t the realization of an illustration for a story, book or magazine ( with a text behind the artwork). There are always ideas or suggestions (of a story) but it’s not a literal sort of story. I take fun in other people’s freedom in interpretation. I feel that it is important is to feel total freedom without restriction and without much precise meaning. I like to leave the interpretation of each piece to each  person, you can get carried away like I do in every piece of art.  I think each work has something special, they are part of my “games”, my pleasures.

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Each work is part of a sensory and emotional expression, for sure. I often think that the power of paint lets me express myself of many things that are somewhere in my head. For example, relevant situations, dreams, experiences and thoughts that I keep (in my mind),  I need to express them in some way, and doing it on a canvas is a perfect idea for me!

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When I talk about a “game” in relation to my work as an artist, I mean that’s the way that I have fun with the characters, animals and plants when my playfulness arise. You’re letting it flow! So you have to let go of the restrictions and really play with everything that is created, generating a new and unique artwork. My inspiration comes from music, books, a good wine, plants, dancing while I´m painting and my small garden.

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The narrative of an artwork is not something important for me. I want to do art without thinking, without restrictions, like art is for me. I think that the style is generated, created as one grows as an artist. Plus experience and techniques, the papers, the canvas help form and then you feel comfortable (in that space).

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I listen to many styles of music, I need that every day (to have a musical change).  This change produces in me an energy and mobility different in my body.  I like pianist’s music, jazz, rock, hip hop or ambiance. My musical panorama is very board. I try to constantly meet new artists and new bands that are emerging. I like to investigate the soundtracks of movies and series. Besides music, I love my studio, it is full of colors, pins, my favorite library and plants.  I think the place (to create) is an important point when you are creating. I consider my atelier to be full of colors and visual incentives that help open your mind.  I have a lot of travel objects, artist books and books from friends. Music for me is like my battery to start each day, but I love where I work. And another important point is that it has an incredible luminosity, overlooking a terrace where I  have a small cottage and plants that I care much (for).

 
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I would say that the (core) passion about art, is to feel free, to have your mind open to all the things new that can appear.  Every crisis is a new starting point and always the beginning of something new and not something that ends.

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My top list of people who constantly inspire me and the reasons behind it.
Jean-Michel Basquiat:  Because of his expressiveness, his loose strokes & his liberty.
Egon Schiele: His obsession for expression, postures & sexuality. His work tries to capture the sensuality of women and men.
Paul Klee:  I love the choice for his color palettes, his compositions & his details.
Amy Cutler:  Because I like her imagination, how she tells a story and her incredible levels of details. She creates strong characteristics via clothes, human expressions, hairstyles, animals and landscapes.
Pablo Picasso:  I admire his versatility. It’s amazing how much work he was able to create during his life. I consider him as a genius. I love watching his videos and seeing how his imagination puts his art is in constant transformation – like seen in this VIDEO http://www.picasso.fr/es/picasso_pagina_index.php
Frida Kahlo:  Because I admire her strong personality, her passion, her ideology and her deep love for Diego Rivera. All her art works were about her life and her physical & mental pain. She was a fighter, yet a very sensitive one who created a lot of wonderful art full of color.”

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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