Interview with an Artist: Christine
Today, it is my pleasure to interview Christine Flanigan, who is an artist, mother and of course a Fangirl. In addition, she is personal friend of my husband and myself.
She sells her artwork at local events and on her website, designed by my hubby, at http://uniquebychris.com.
Welcome Christine to the Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and for taking the time to answer these questions!
What first prompt you to become an artist?
Not being able to work because of an illness. I have always been an creative person with a good eye for color including which colors and patterns look good together.
What is your favorite piece and why?
The pieces I like the most are the ones with my favorite colors in. I like blues and greens and purples some pinks too.
What is your least favorite piece and why?
I have a funny way to answer this question…
I have a few pieces that I did not like just because it did not turn out the way I pictured it in my head, like my boxes, I plan what I wire wrap, but when I am done it is always turns out different.
However, those are the ones that everyone else ended up liking the best. So I guess all my pieces are made for someone and it is just waiting to be found by that person.
Who inspired and encourage you to continue to work as an artist?
I love watching YouTube, they are so many people out there that are so gifted. That is who inspired me and teaches me.
How do you decide on which median to create your work in? Is it something that you choose to do at first or does it come to you later?
Fell in love with stones! Always love picking them up at the beach, or on a playground. So I guess the first median for me would be with stones. Learning how to string them is fun, learning how to wrap them is very challenging.
The new median I like to work with now is resin and paints. I love how when it is harden your painting is set for life. The resin painting always turns out different no matter what I plan, and you know I think that why I like that median the best.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
Oh yes! Social media help me out a lot. The different sites give me not only some great ideas, but the right way to go. However, I don’t want anyone to think that what ideas I come up with are only from others on social media. A lot times, I find a different way to make things that is easier for me to do. For example, I hate to make earrings because they both have to be the same. However, I pride myself on how each earring is different.
What kind of research do you have to do before you create a particular art piece?
Everything I make I have teach myself how to do. I go to the internet for help! I look and YouTube and Pinterest for ideas.
What makes you laugh?
What makes me laugh?, umm let me think, my dog and my cat, they sometimes do some really funny things. My kids are so funny sometimes. Being with friends and playing a good board game.
What makes you cry?
A very sad show or reading a sad story. Really it doesn’t take me very long to cry at anything. Plus I am a cryer when I get very mad too, which is what I hate the most about myself.