“A work of art is above all, an adventure of the mind.” ~ Eugene Ionesco ~After a long hiatus, I am so happy to finally be re-opening my Expressions Of An Artist project again. So much has happened in my life these last 8 months, but all is good and I am thrilled to be sharing with you now this totally creative and beautiful woman, Diana. The first thing that I noticed about Diana was her warm and hospitable spirit. Within minutes of meeting her, she somehow made me feel like I was a friend she hadn’t seen in a long time, rather than the stranger I was. We quickly connected with our mutual love for art and travel and adventure.
I’m always excited to hear what people are inspired by. Diana is inspired by people and culture, travel, fabric and jewelry. She is inspired by colour and texture and nature. Diana’s creative space was tucked away in her basement, right close to her backyard so whenever the weather is right, she creates outside as well. Diana often collects pieces of nature and then uses them as her tools. She’ll add texture to her paintings with a pine cone or a tree branch. Diana regularly pulls inspiration from magazines as well as photos. She also keeps a journal of inspiration, collecting little bits of memorabilia where ever she goes. Diana’s process is playful and free and the joy that painting has brought to her life is so evident. It’s really awesome to see someone so passionate about something. You can’t help but walk away with a desire to have some of that same passion in your own life.
I think I got to visit with Diana 3 times during the course of this project. During our first visit, she told me about her grandchildren who lived in the Netherlands and how much fun she has when they come visit her. So we made a plan to have me come out again in the Summer when they were in for a visit. The last half of this post is of her two sweet little grandchildren getting creative in their Grandma’s studio.
It’s been such a pleasure getting to know Diana a little bit through this project, she has inspired me so much. I hope one day I’ll be creating with my grandchildren with the same joyful and free spirit as she. Thank you so much Diana for welcoming me into your home and sharing with me your creative process. You are such a gracious and lovely soul. xox
You can follow Diana on facebook here Diana Gritten.
These next few images are some of the lovely and bright and always colourful, double exposed images that I captured with my 35mm film camera. This part of the project never ceases to amaze me with it’s innate abstractness and vivid energy. 🙂Here now is the visit with Diana’s grandchildren. They were the sweetest. What lucky kids to have such an amazing grandmother.