Oxford’s Kira Beaudoin Crafts Colorful and Expressive Paintings
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
"I don't usually set out to produce art representing one subject matter or another. My creative process starts with a 'background' of colors and textures. I then put the piece aside for a day or two and come back to it. The first thing that comes to mind at that moment is what I put down onto the canvas to finish my piece."
She speaks further of those subjects that often manifest in her work that are most friendly to her goals.
"Most of my pieces are very colorful and expressive. This is achieved through the use of silhouetted objects, words, phrases or just simple illustrations. I also enjoy incorporating city skylines into some of my work, because of the different shapes the buildings create when they interconnect with the sky."
The medium most conducive to her style is acrylics, as this type of paint best lends itself to the use of bright colors and the ability to combine different shades and textures. She begins with an abstract background, and only after decides what elements or subjects will bring it all together in a final piece.
Her way of doing things lends itself perfectly to a great amount of creative freedom. She isn't a slave to a certain subject. Her work begins with pure creative expression and only then ends in service to the same. This freedom is really what modern art is all about, and through expressing herself so freely Beaudoin finds what she's ultimately looking for.
"Painting not only relaxes me and makes me happy but it's also very rewarding. I'm extremely passionate about what I do and how people respond to my artwork. It's a way of expressing myself and sharing a part of myself with others," she says.
It isn't just for her. All paintings are made to be viewed, and hopefully enjoyed for what they are.
"I hope that when people see my artwork that there's a personal and emotional connection made. That the instant they see one of my pieces they catch their eye, whether it be because of the colors or shapes."
Indeed, it is very easy for those who desire to view her art to get their wish. She has participated in the stART on the Street festival in Worcester for seven years running and is a member of Arts Worcester. She is also Art Director for the Worcester Business Journal.
Her plans for the future are simple, and much like her inspiring art, not too concrete and wide-open for melding and building upon as circumstances change.
"I want to continue painting and also do more illustrative pieces. I also want to continue participating in art festivals and possibly exhibit some of my pieces in galleries," she remarks.
For more information on Kira Beaudoin and to view her artwork please visit her shop page on Etsy or find her on Facebook.
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