The Interview

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a very kind soul, Chrystal Green, who has brought together interviews of 12 artists, in a series called Transformation through Creative Expression.

I don’t know about you, but when someone says they want to interview me, my first response is “cool” and my second (immediately following within seconds) is “yikes, an interview”! It’s true that one of our biggest fears as humans is speaking in front of people. Although I have talked in front of many people in my career as a customer service manager, this was different.

You’ll soon hear that I have only been creating art for the past 5 years. I started a little late in life–actually the timing was perfect–and I am still learning and growing as an artist. Because I’m still a “young” artist, my confidence level is not where it was when I left my career in the corporate world. But, I took on the challenge.

Chrystal did an amazing job of making these interviews available in one place. I have learned to much from the other artists. For one, I am not alone in my insecurities of being a new artist.

You can hear my 9 minute interview using this link. I’m under Day 2. And, you can listen to the other 11 artists tell their amazing stories.

Transformation through Creative Expression

I talk about creating art on a very small scale in the beginning. I was using index cards…yup, that small. First the 3×5″ index cards and then the 4×6″ cards. About two years after that I went to a workshop in Canada and created on a 16×20″ canvas. To me, that was huge. But, I did it and it was a wonderful experience that propelled me into creating on a larger scale.

Here’s an example of the art I was creating in the beginning:

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As you can see, I was using stamps along with acrylics paints. This one is a 4×6″ index card. You can find youtube videos (link at bottom) of tutorials I created using small index cards.

After the cards, I started creating larger, both on paper and canvas. Here’s an example of my art at that time.

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This one is an 8×10″ in canvas board. I moved away from stamps and focused more on just using my paints.

After several years of creating, I am where I am today. When I look back, I can see how far I have come in terms of my growth. I love all the steps I have taken to get here. Each one served a purpose of allowing me to experiment and grow. Without that, I could not possibly create the way I do today.

Learn more about Chrystal here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/worthywomenart/

Thank you for following my art journey.

Hugs,

Betty

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The Interview

Me and Morro Bay

If you haven’t been to the Central Coast of California, you’ll want to add Morro Bay to your list. It’s a sweet little town on the water with a bay on one side and the roaring ocean on the other side of Morro Rock. The waterfront has lots of boats and cute shops and eateries to delight all the senses.

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I went there last weekend for the Morro Bay Art in the Park Festival. There were about 100 vendors in a park only blocks away from the water. I arrived late Friday afternoon to set up. Many vendors already had their booths ready for the next day. Here’s my space with just my tent up (first pic) and then with my black propanel walls in place.

 

 

The best part is getting all my art up and surrounding myself in color.

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Although this festival has been going on for more than 25 years, that weekend with the 4th of July being on Tuesday, really didn’t bring in the crowds. The vendors that have been doing this for 8, 15, 20+ years said it was the slowest year they’ve even seen. Just my luck, right?

Well, all is not lost. I had a lovely walk on Saturday evening after resting a little in the fun and funky inn where I stayed. I knew it was the place for me because of the cool, original artwork above my bed. Turns out the owner is an artist.

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I was staying right across the street from the water. I decided to check out Morro Rock up close. I had to move quickly because it was already after 8 and the sun was setting. Those logs floating in the water (bottom right pic) are sea otters that were waving at me. So cute!

 

 

The best picture was when I was about to cross the street to go back to the inn. The sky in the distance plus the lights up front made it seem so eerie and cool at the same time.

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I’m on the wait list for an art festival this weekend in Los Altos (CA). Keeping my fingers crossed I get in! Then the following weekend I’ll be at the Menlo Summerfest in Menlo Park, CA. That will be fun!

So, if you get out to the coast, check out Morro Bay and if you’re in the Bay Area, stop by to visit me!

Wishing you a wonderful, creative week!

Hugs,

Betty

Website:  www.bettykrauseart.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/betty.franks.krause.art
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/betty.krause.art/
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/BettyKrauseArt

 

Me and Morro Bay