Abbey Ulen

What is your medium(s) of choice?  

Acrylic is always my first choice, but most recently I have been rediscovering my love for oil paint and working with oil pastels. But there is something to say about a simple pencil, so versatile and always within reach.  I love mixing mediums so it is so hard to pick just one.

When/How did you discover this medium and make it your own?

I guess I was introduced to acrylic paint when I was in High school art class. Loving the quick dry time, this helps me work with many layers, adding and subtracting to entice the viewers to look a little closer.

Where and how do you work? 

I most recently moved into a new home studio, and I make time to paint every day.  Music is a must if I am creating. I love having a home with a separate creative space, being surrounded by my family is such an inspiration to me.

How does your creativity/art making fit into your life?

Art seems to be in all aspects of my life, from cooking, traveling, teaching my children, no matter what I am doing in my life art and creativity always seem to be a part of it.

I think we all get frustrated at times in our lives, whether with our art or with life in general and we somehow overcome it and our art saves us. Can you share a frustrating moment with us and how you dealt with it? 

For me artist block is something that can be frustrating. Having the urge to create but not knowing where to begin, or where to look for inspiration. But I find if I change the way I look at it, or start from a different view point then an idea always seems to find its way.  Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to grow.

Have you found current events to be inspirational or stifling? How have they impacted your art?

Today’s current events did seem to affect my drive to create. So many uncertainties in the world now, it was hard to find a balance for it all. But making it a habit to make a mark in my sketchbook and express how I was feeling seemed to help me handle everything and breathe through it.

Do you see new roles developing for artists/art?

Artists have always had the role of documenting what is happening in our world and how humans are responding to that. I believe now more than ever art/artists are making a creative impact.

How do you share your creativity?

I love talking to anyone about their love of the arts and how they like to express their creative side. I also enjoy teaching workshops here and there sharing my process and what works for me as an artist. 

What ideas do you have for how artists can share their work with the community?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, get involved take a workshop enter an art show. And don’t get discouraged. Keep showing up. You never know when a new door will open. 

If you would like to keep updated on projects Abbey is working on, visit her at @abbeyulen on Instagram or https://m.facebook.com/AbbeyRoadDesigns/ on Facebook

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