Over the last 4 months (4 already!) I have been featuring an artist each Sunday for my Sunday Artist Interview and today we have the lovely Kay to tell us about her work practice and ultimately, her favourite cheese! Over to you Kay!
First of all, who are you?
Hi there – I’m Kay , I live in Stafford – I’m a relative newcomer to art – I just decided one day in 2017 to try and draw a picture rather than buy one and.. well, I enjoyed it so much that I haven’t stopped since ! After a while it seemed like a good idea to try and sell some of my creations and I opened my Etsy shop – Lapwing Lane – this name comes from a road in an area of Manchester that I lived in as a student- many moons ago.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I rather think that if someone did ask me ( I have no recollection) what I wanted to be when I grow up , that I would have said – I don’t know.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I’m racking my brains to think of some amusing thing that happened ….. well, something that happens quite frequently is that my cat drinks my painting water – she doesn’t seem to mind what colour it’s turned either. I advise her against it but she just ignores me.
What is the hardest part of being creative?
The hardest part of being creative is believing that what you are creating is any good.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
I’m not really qualified to give advice but I would just say – enjoy yourself.
What subjects inspire you?
Birds inspire me … I just love to see them … they gladden the heart ….shapes of flowers and seedheads ….. hedgerows … hedgerows and lichen covered old stone walls – fascinating !
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
Greatest living artists is a bit tricky for me – I have to be honest and say that having never studied art that my knowledge is fairly limited . I love the Lake District and there is a particular gallery in Keswick where I pretty much want everything I see!
I do prefer abstract to realism or semi abstract if that’s a thing . I have two Lakeland prints by Patricia Haskey – I absolutely love her style! I also like the work of Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Dead artists – again I’m not over knowledgable but I do like Klimt and I adore all things from the Arts and Crafts movement so William Morris is a must in this list. I’ve also got a thing for Scandinavian folk art so – Bjorn Wiinblad.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
My favourite creation is possibly my pointillist herring gulls.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
The last piece of art I sold was my sanderlings – this was a pen and ink piece with watercolours and this currently on its way to Massachusetts.
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Ahh…. cheese – I love cheese but hardly ever eat any due to it being so delicious and so bad for you . I couldn’t name a best cheese because when you’re denying yourself the pleasure of eating any – absolutely ALL and ANY cheese is the best cheese !