So I’m excited to announce that I have a new little personal project in the works, it came to me while I was traveling over in the USA for the last 3 months and I’m really vibing what came through.
I have decided to connect in with artists whose work I really love and use my own creative talent of photography, to shoot them in a way that captures the essence of them through what they do in their own art creations and also ask them a couple of questions about themselves and their work.
As an artist, I have found that the way my business has grown is through social connections with people and especially when someone else shares my work on platforms like instagram or facebook (for example), so why wouldn’t I take the time to shine the light on others and share some of the magnificent creativity that is happening on the planet right now!
So I would like to introduce you to someone who actually doesn’t really need an introduction (because she’s freakin epic).. the wonderful Meagan Boyd aka YinShadowz.
Her work is magnificently vibrant, feminine, magical, earthly, wild and tender, and when I was in Los Angeles recently I had to reach out and see if she might be available for a mini photo shoot session and drop in with each other.
It was wonderful getting to co create a shoot session with her, I had the vision so clearly of bringing bright pops of colour and floral elements into the shoot to honour what she incorporates in her own art work and I feel like what resulted was a beautiful reflection of her.
I hope you’ll get a nice peek into the world of Meagan through the following photographs and Q&A.
In Joy xx
Currently my favorites are the essential oils of vetiver, lavender, vanilla, and sandalwood. I also love a really softy jasmine and Egyptian musk. I'm drawn to very natural smells, but I do have a few perfumes I wear occasionally Le Labo's Musk is really good, and I really like a ginger perfume I got in Paris by Roger and Gallet. You can find it at pretty much any drug store in France.
What you’re listening to on repeat right now:
Devendra Banhart, especially the new album, Ma, Kevin Morby, Angel Olsen, and ethereal stuff too like Bjork, Aphex Twin, Grimes, Cocteau Twins, and super emotional atmospheric music like Julianna Barwick and Richard Skelton.
Did you always want to be an artist, or is it something you merged into over time?:
I think I've always been creative. I loved drawing and painting a lot as a young child. But I think I made a solid decision probably around age 16 that I wanted to be an artist.
Where have you come from and how have your life experiences inspired you to create the work you do?:
I was born in San Bernardino, which is in an area called the Inland Empire- about an hour east of Los Angeles. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 21 in 2008. I've lived in LA For 10 years, and spent one year in Oakland studying painting at CCA. When I moved back to LA in 2014, I just started working in galleries and submerging myself more in the art world and finding more people who were on a similar wavelength through going to art shows, sharing my work on Instagram connecting me with other artists,kindred spirits and though organizing art shows and events.
In terms of my life experiences that may have inspired my work, I have always felt a strong connection to nature, and have considered myself spiritual from a very young age. I think I've always been connected to the divine feminine spirit as well, and drawn to magic.
All of these things come out in my work. Throughout my life I've felt intense moments of inter-connectivity with all living things and with nature itself. Dreams, psychedelic experiences, meditation, intoxication, and an actual love for the earth and spiritual feelings while being in nature are also sources of inspiration.
What do you particularly want to speak to within your work?:
My work speaks in many ways, but what I'm hoping is heard the loudest is that each piece is a bit of a love poem to love itself, to nature, to the earth, the divine feminine, and the inter-connectivity of it all.
What draws you to use such vibrant colours and the medium of painting to create art?:
I feel very comfortable painting because there is a part of me that is old-fashioned and romantic and I appreciate that its a very ancient art form- basically the creation of images. I use lots of colors and vibrant is how we see colors in the bright sun, which inspires me so much. I love the sun! I love warm gentle breeze rustling through the leaves on a typical Southern California day. I'm for sure a sun worshiper, rainbow warrior.
I enjoy just working with colors that make me feel good and warm.
How do you know when a painting is finished?:
I keep going until the balance feels right.
What does a typical day look like for you?:
A typical day would be waking around 7am after giving my daughter a morning feed (I'm still breastfeeding), and if I'm lucky she will sleep in until 8:30am, so I can either meditate or do some light yoga in the backyard with some iced coffee or a hot chai. If there's enough time, I will be able to fill up my outdoor tub and take a quick soak outside. When she wakes, I normally make breakfast: eggs, fruit, and toast or blueberry waffles for the family.
On my studio days (3-4 days a week), I'll get in the studio and start painting, sketching, in my painter's overalls around 10am and I'll work in there until 2-3 pm if I can. My husband will watch my daughter and I also have a nanny come 1-2 times a week. On days when I don't have help with my little love, I make her breakfast as usual and we all play in the yard for a bit with our dog and sometimes take him for a walk together. Usually we have lunch around 1, something light and easy. When she takes her nap around 1:30, I try to get all of my orders packed properly, labeled, and shipped, and I answer emails throughout the day while nursing or while my daughter plays or watches an episode of Sesame Street.
If we have spare time, I'll hit up the post office to ship off art orders, and run errands, and sometimes go to a park, or Huntington Gardens. A couple times a month my daughter and I normally go on a day trip to be in nature like to Ojai, the beach, the mountains, or the desert (California is the best for that).
I'm a pretty avid chef, and I cook dinner most nights around 6:30. My daughter sometimes "helps" me with that. She'll sand on a chair and hand me potatoes or add cut veggies to a salad. After dinner, I always give her a bath and then we read in bed from about 9:30-10:30 or 11. My daughter normally passes out in bed with us by 9:45 or 10 and then I will read till 11.
Then the cycle restarts!
if you could have infinite resources to do whatever you wanted to do in life, what would that look like?:
I'd do a few practical things like perhaps buy a larger home and hire a full time nanny, and an assistant to help with my work. I'd love to have a larger studio and paint on a much larger scale. I'd also love to have the space to make sculptures, and a space to experiment with sound and installations.
It would be great if we could host an artists residency once a year and help struggling artists around the world, especially women artists. I'm really inspired by my artist friend, Swoon, she founded the Heliotrope Foundation which helps communities heal after natural disasters. Its a non-profit which artists help raise money to help these communities rebuild. I'd love to take a page from her book and create something similar if I had the resources.
What other artist do you follow? What is it about their work that speaks to you?:
Currently my favorite artists whom I follow on instagram are Swoon, Alison Schulnik, Sabrina Bosco, Kendall Mann, Arrington De Dionyso, Elena Stonaker, Deedee Cheriel and Husmann and Tschaeni. They all make work that feels very natural, magical, and transcendent.
What advice do you have for budding artists on their creative journey ahead?:
My advice is to keep going, no matter what obstacles may be along the way.
Making art and sharing it is vulnerable and can feel embarrassing at times, but that is something everyone needs to get over. Share it with everyone you can, experiment with every style that speaks to you, or invent your own. As soon as you find your voice, do it over and over again until it's perfected and work as much as you can.
Write about your work, know your work, show it anywhere that allows it to be on exhibit. I also recommend reading the article on Vulture by Jerry Saltz "How to be an Artist". It's a really motivating read for any creative person.