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Actively creating

I think most artists make the mistake of waiting for inspiration to hit, and then they create. Most novice artists anyway. I did starting out but I’ve learned to draw when not interested or inspired. I make a lot of bad art but it gets me going and sometimes I can take compositions from the bad art and make it decent or even good sometimes. That’s the operative words—sometimes.

In addition to that, if someone is trying to make a living off of art, they need to always be doing something, they do not have the luxury of waiting or taking a break. (Although, I suppose if you always have the time, you should theoretically always be working. (Motivation is for another day.))

And in contrast to just doing art, one could also be doing other things to bring in money such as commissions.

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By Afonso Abstract Art

Hello, my name is Kristina. I always knew I was a creative-type person but I just didn’t have a name for it in grade two. I grew up working in my dad's art gallery. After high school, I pursued art at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC; and from there, went onto obtain a bachelor of design with honours at the University of Alberta.

Kandinsky said, “it is evident therefore, that colour harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration of the human soul.”

I make minimalist, gestural, abstract art. I aim for integrity; the only idea I follow is to be true and honest to my art. I hope that viewers feel a sense of freedom and austerity.

Typically, the material inspires me, followed closely by a compulsion to draw, which ends up leading me. Usually, I do not have a specific idea in mind. I do everything spontaneously, but not always, I have my considered portions. It’s never the same though. It’s unpredictable.

I love to work with oils and pencil. Watercolour is not far behind. Willow bark and conte are also in the top five.