When I discover something wonderful I want to share it!
This urge to share is one of the reasons I started blogging.
When I did, guess what happened?
I discovered more & more wonderful things…and not just things, people…interesting women.
Women creating, giving back, making the world a better place.
Couldn’t keep these women to myself, so the “Soul Sister Series” is born. Four questions posed & answers shared.
Once a month I will share with you a woman who is a Soul Sister ~ a kindred spirit, creating, doing, being a positive force in the world.
We all can use more positive, can’t we?
It is with great pleasure that I launch this series by introducing you to Veronica Roth. A photographer, artist, mother, bohemian spirit, writer, poet and…
well, I’ll let Veronica tell you more…
1. Why do you create what you do?
It’s about balance. In my no-limits imagination, either side of my brain can easily take dominance. For example, if I worry about something, my emotional side takes over and my problem gets knocked way out of proportion.
Taking time to make something, draw, paint, sculpt, work with the silver, neither side of my brain has a chance to take over. The intellect tells me which brush to use, how to frame a photograph, while emotionally I’m wondering how one swipe of the brush against another will affect the colour, or how I can best express the feeling I have thru the photo.
So, actually, in my worst mood possible it’s best for me to grab a pencil. And it’s cheaper than therapy.
2. What inspires you the most?
Nothing inspires me the most and everything inspires me.
I love not knowing how something is done and figuring out how to do it. I love surrounding myself with beautiful things, lovely images. I love meeting other artists, painting with them, sharing ideas. I love being alone out in the forest, in the field, beside the ocean or river.
I love it when someone tells me “it can’t be done”. My immediate thought is, “how hard can it be?” Everything is inspiration to me.
3. How did you get started as an artist?
As far as I can remember, I used to beg my aunt to be allowed to borrow her brushes and paints. I suppose I bugged her long enough that she finally capitulated and put a brush in my hand.
Then followed years of lessons and practical work under her watchful eye. I was only allowed to tone her canvas after I learned how light bounces off a sphere, then paint backgrounds when I demonstrated an understanding of perspective.
My Aunt painted her whole life, and, I remember when she was about 70, she gifted me with most of her oils and brushes. I still use them today.
4. Best piece of advice on life & how to live it?
I guess the best advice is also the hardest. Figure out what you want out of your life (I know, how easy is that to do?) and then go do it (ditto).
And always remember that we all have choices. Always. Some choices are easy and some are harder to make than others, but we always have a choice.
A bit more…
Some say I have a bit of a charmed life, but honestly, it’s less charmed and more crazy than it looks. I live in two countries, and, depending on the time of the year, you’ll either find me in Canada or in England.
I hate labels, (they just constrict everything into tiny brackets, don’t they), so I tend to say that I take photos. Some are proprietary and for use only in magazines or thru stock agencies, but many are on my blog where anyone is welcome to use them for inspiration.
I paint in practically every medium on practically every surface imaginable. I also do some silversmithing, try to rebuild vintage cars ( then I fall in love and never want to sell them), and generally muck about with every type of art stuff from woodcarving to printing to pottery.
For the past several years, I’ve been obsessed with saving every day bits of paper, old book pages, maps, music sheets, and I try to save them from the trash by giving them value with art.
Hope you come say hello and leave your addy so we can get to know each other.
Speaking of the salvaged music sheets, Veronica is sharing an original portrait of a chickadee on a sheet of Mozart’s music mounted on Arches watercolor paper & some of her photo greeting cards with us…well you, I will resist entering! Use the easy form below to enter.
Veronica calls her blog “Common Magic”.
There is nothing “common”, in the everyday sense about her, but maybe common in that she lets us share in her magic. Visit & get swept up in her spell.
Thank you Veronica for sharing yourself with us!
Now who is that beautiful bird going to fly off to? Enter below…Good Luck!!
xx Kelly xx