Claudia McGill paints in acrylics, creates collages and mixed media art, and draws in pen and ink. She also does other things – writes poetry, runs, mows the grass, and reads a lot. Loud sudden noises bother her, and she’s not that fond of candy.
Why does this blog exist? You can ask her – but here’s what she said in the first post:
I came to making art later in life, and it’s more than my other self by now – my paints, papers, clay, glazes, and brushes are familiar friends and essential to me. I do some art pretty much every day in one form or another, and now I wonder how I got along before I stumbled into this way of life.
I enjoy the process of making art. Once it’s done, it goes out into the world and then it belongs, in every way, to someone else. But it leaves behind the memory of its creation, the satisfaction in doing so, and the motivation to repeat the process in one form or another.
My motto is,
“Give it a try and see what happens”.
I have a couple of other blogs, if you are interested:
My poetry blog: Claudia McGill Writes Poetry, Did You Know That?
My personal blog: Sometimes You Get So Confused
So it is possible to write and do art! I used to draw a lot then writing came along, mostly poems, but now I don’t seem able to get back to drawing. i wanted to illustrate some of my poems but I’ve become stuck in writing only! Is there a special key to unlocking the creative sides of my character?
I think sometimes it comes down to setting a time and date and forcing yourself to start. Once you get going, it carries itself along. At least that is what I think!
I’m curious are you based in Pennsylvania ?
Yes, in the Philadelphia area.
Nice, Lehigh Valley here 🙂
I have a lot of art friends in the Lehigh Valley and did many outdoor art shows over the past 25 years or so, plus a few other things. I still visit the area often. What a great place.
yeah I’ve been involved in a few shows here as well, from here…Been active since 1988. I love finding other Pa artist’s on WP
Yes, me too.
Cheers to your art and sharing with it. Thanks for following Beach Walk Reflections. How did you discover it?
Merril Smith did an interview with you and I read it and was interested, so I looked you up. I also write poetry on this blog, https://claudiamcgill.wordpress.com/, not that you need to read it, that is just where I know Merril from, the writing side of my brain. Thanks for taking a look at my art, it’s been a big part of my life for decades and a place where I do my thinking and reflecting. I look forward to your beach thoughts.
A friend of Merril’s is a friend of mine. 😊
Thank you! That is really nice of you to say. Glad she “introduced” us.
Which do you enjoy more … art or poetry?
I can’t compare them, they suit different sides of me, I think.
As they say on Family Feud, good answer!
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What was life before art? me, I made my first comic book at 16. So, it’s been a 38-year journey.