Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor, Renaissance Days!
"Whimsical folk art prints, illustration prints, original oil and mixed-media paintings, and artistic jewelry. Set the mood for your decor with artistic inspiration."
In her words: "I’m Janeane Wilbur, the artist behind the Etsy shop Renaissance Days – a semi-goofy, playful, somewhat-obsessive, hard-worker, spiritual lover of life and all things mysterious – artist, living in coastal Southern California. When I’m not creating my whimsical, fine art and working on my Etsy store, I work as a graphic designer and enjoy being the parent of two beautiful teenage girls, a Himalayan cat, and a Sheltie. And, oh yes, after all these years, with the help of a loving man, I finally figured out relationships and am newly married as of this year."
Tell me about your journey to become an artist.
My mother said that she and my kindergarten art teacher knew that I would become an artist when we were asked to draw our families and instead of stick figures, I drew my mother with a house coat and breasts!
I was always creating imaginary worlds as a child. It was the 70s and if there was something I wanted and couldn’t have, I would just draw it into my imaginary world. By the time I was 18, I went to art school for a while at a junior college that had a strong program and I was also spent a year being mentored by a painter who had a strong education and experience in traditional painting. After having children and when they were old enough, I needed to have career earnings and decided to go to school for a while in graphic design. I have worked in this field now for 12 years.
I suppose you can see these background influences in my work as I add more design to my fine art, and as a graphic designer always looking for the opportunity to add a raw, organic edge to my work. Nowadays, I’m driven more than ever to take the personal works I’ve been creating and make this art more universal for others and share it with the world.
What Inspires You?
Too many things. I wish I had more arms and hands! Mostly I’m inspired by a spiritual wonder. The moon, stars, weather and nature inspire me, as well as family and friends, and the love that is in each of us.
An artist that greatly inspires me to set free and be more whimsical with my creativity is Chagall, but I’m equally inspired by the fascinating illustration artists of today that blur the edge between fine art and illustration. Their fantastical works that they create with a few tools and an unfettered imagination always challenge me.
How do you choose your subject matter?
I do a lot of sub-conscious drawing. I draw often in a Moleskine journal and ideas seem to just appear, but I suppose they are simply a compilation of images that are close to my heart. When I go through my journal later to pick an image to paint with paint, or to paint digitally, I look for the images that may be able to inspire someone else or have an echo beyond the imagery. If I could create more art that inspires the love in others, that would make me most happy.
Janeane is generously giving away to one A Life Sustained reader their choice of an 8 x 10 print from her shop (any print currently listed or a print from any original painting not yet listed as a print)!
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Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so they can be counted! Comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen in the evening of August 20th.
And the lucky winner is Wintry!
"Beautiful paintings! What a great giveaway!"
Thank you Renaissance Days!