Belinda Kemp: GretchenMist

I am so very happy to have Belinda with us at LL&O, on a grey & rainy day her work lifts my heart. I want to bathe in those beautiful, rapturous colours, float and spin in the air amongst abstract shapes that are full of joy, somehow! Grab your comfiest chair and say hello to Belinda, a treat indeed.

Tell us a little about yourself, the media you work with and your creative process.

“I live in an inner city suburb of melbourne {Australia} with my husband and our two little boys. I like to be close to great cafes and galleries and walk to most places I need to get to {I don’t have my lisence!}.”

“My work is mainly mixed media ~ a mix of drawing and painting, drawing and collage, painting and collage, block printing and drawing! I work with whichever medium appeals to me at the time. they all have their different attractions to me {physically and aesthetically} and it usually depends on my mood as to what I go with! Sometimes I have a clear image in my head as to what the piece might be, but most often just a vague inkling or feeling. I love to make quick sketches as I work ~ often the best ideas come from working. Sometimes the sketches form part of a new series or the next piece. I like to work on a few pieces at once or have a few in progress.”

From where do you draw your inspiration: music, books, people, nature etc?

“I draw inspiration from reliable sources like magazines, galleries & the internet and incidental sources like: colour combinations that I see in daily life that pop out {an almost fluro orange cup floating in a white bath tub, a vermillion flower against a dark grey wall with soft chalky green leaves}; landscapes ~ a memory of the Swiss Alps from a boat on a lake, cane fields, the ocean ~ especially on an overcast day; a blurry background; watching my kids draw & paint ~ they have no self-imposed limitations or judgement stopping the flow of ideas. They use colour and shape indiscriminately.”

If you could talk briefly about the background to one of your pieces which would you choose and why?Please tell us the story behind the piece.

“I chose ‘Late Night Mist’ because it’s pretty new and I’m happy with it! The ‘mist’ paintings are my favourite pieces to work on ~ I find it really relaxing to paint the shapes of the mist and to see how the different levels of transparent white turn out over the other layers of colour.”

“It has a very brief story: this is an imagined landscape in the deep of night when the light is misty and the individuals who live in the hills have something important to say!”

“Thanks so much lisa for having me on your gorgeous blog.”

You can find Belinda in these places:
Gretchenmist Etsy Shop

Don’t you feel a little happier looking at Belinda’s lovely work, those colours really sing don’t they? Thank you so much Belinda for joining us, it has been such a pleasure learning some more about you.

Hooray, I’m so glad the interviews are back, they really are such a joy to work on. Who will be up next week kittens, a little clue, we will be looking to the east.

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9 Responses to Belinda Kemp: GretchenMist

  1. those colors and patterns are definitely soothing
    I think any of them would make amazing fabric patterns
    thanks so much for the art therapy.

  2. Melissa de la Fuente says:

    Yes! Absolutely! They make me happier and thank you for the introduction….beautiful, that first one particularly makes me so very happy!
    Thank you sweet Lisa and thank you Belinda! So glad the interviews are back!

  3. Yellowgoat says:

    Oh yes. I’ve been loving her work since the day I discover it. ;D makes me so very happy all the time. ;D

  4. such sweet words lisa, thanku so much. thanks margaret + melissa too 🙂

  5. ArtMind says:

    I can only agree: looking at Belinda’s work is making you smile and happy.
    I love the soft colorcombinations with a tiny strong color popping out.
    It was nice to read a bit more about her. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

  6. I am a huge fan of Belinda’s work – thanks for having her here 🙂

  7. Stefanie says:

    Thanks for the great interview, I love Belinda’s work!

  8. ninainvorm says:

    Beautiful, I’m loving Belinda’s work to. She has such a recognizable style, I immediately recognize her work when it’s on the etsy frontpage or something.

  9. Belinda’s work is beautiful and soothing as always. Fab interview, thanks.

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