Kitty Miller was here last year to teach at Blue Twig Studio. We all just loved having her here and she is coming back again this year at the end of August (class links are listed below). She is loads of fun and super generous with her teaching. You will go home having learned something new and fun and will create great art in the meantime! I thought maybe you would like to know her a bit better, so here is her Artist Interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, etc.
Of Greek, Romanian and Hungarian decent I was raised by my Grandparents in Northern California. I attended college at Arizona State University. I was disabled from a car accident in 1998, at the time I was an Insurance Agent and I was teaching. I found after recovering all I longed to do was art, so I started pursuing my dream and doing art almost everyday as a hobby in 2003 and have just found my true love. Creating art and sharing my talents and tricks with students has given me more joy than I could even express in words.
Have you always made art? Or when did you start? What made you start?
I have always made art even from a young age. At 11 years old my Grandmother bought me a Singer sewing machine and I would even make my own clothing.
What is the earliest memory you have of anything art related?
I can remember being very very young before school and painting rocks with my Grandma and her neighbor Ellen. Ellen was so creative. I used to love visiting her house and studio and getting to paint, press flowers, weave pine needle baskets and fiber rugs, I was very blessed with an awesome creative circle thanks to my amazing Grandmother and her friends.
Is your family artistic?
My family is very artistic and we always had art in the house.
Do you have an art degree or other art credentials?
Not in art, I am self taught as well as have had hundreds of amazing art teachers at retreats and in my community. My art tribe is huge!
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching art since 2013.
How did you get started teaching?
I just had people and retreats asking me to teach and I used to teach so it just came naturally, kinda just happened.
What is your favorite class to teach?
I love to teach people to paint birds, animals and just about anything that strikes my fancy and I become enamored with.
What is your favorite art medium? And why?
My favorite medium is hands down Acrylic Paint, it is so vibrant and versatile. It is just what dreams are made of and what I love.
What are some of your favorite tools and products?
Script liner brushes a must have for feathers and hair, Stencils they are just so versatile, Indigo Blue Flitter Glue and Gold Leafing – there simply is no better or easier way to efficiently gold leaf, Posca Paint Pens Fine Tip especially white and black they are just awesome and they are paint so they go over paint and are permanent, Fluid Matte Medium. I actually tease and say it is more valuable than Mother’s Milk. I use it for gluing layers, and just everything, Inktense Pencils they are permanent and come in so many vibrant colors I use them in almost all my art as a layer, DecoArt Mixed Media Misters they are great sprays for layers, drips, using with stencils, washes and more. These are just a few of my favorite things!
What is the most unusual venue you have taught at?
I taught at a Juvenile Detention Facility several times and at some women’s shelters. I believe if we nurture the creative side of our youth and give their imagination wings, their mind a safe escape and a way to voice their emotions and style safely, that they will stay out of trouble and nurture themselves. I hope they will see that if you keep doing what you love you can even earn money doing it.
Who is your favorite artist? Why?
Wow, what a hard question! I have so may favorite artists as i am surrounded by talent and courage. But if I have to choose one it is Wyanne Thompson.ARTIST – BADASS CANCER SURVIVOR- SHOE DIVA – http://www.wyanne.com http://www.facebook.com/WyanneArt
Wyanne is just a Bad Ass period. She is an oral cancer survivor that has had to have her tongue removed and have a tracheotomy put in. Her whole world was turned upside down, but did she let that stop her or slow her down? Hell no! She still teaches and is cranking out amazing art. She just moved into a new large studio away from her home and is just doing and living her dream. She helped me find my creative wings too.
Do you have a favorite art quote to share? Or some words of advice?
Okay that is hard to pick just one, i have narrowed it down to my favorite three… Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time, Art is the magic we create the spells we cast and the beauty that will last, The job of an artist is to offer sanctuary through beauty and color in a dreary world. The best advice I can give somebody is to just keep creating. Do art anytime and all the time Mistakes are only mistakes if you give up. Layers layers layers, just like our life it is just an experience we should savor for a moment and then move on until we find what we love. Take as many classes as you can and just have fun!
Where can people find you? Facebook, blog, website, Instagram, etc.
Anything else you wish to share?
I teach with the Art and Soul retreats and am now going to be at all 3 locations, I am also working on a retreat in Hawaii in 2017, as well as a new book.
I would also like to remind you all to be kind to yourselves and not be so judgmental and and not to have unrealistic expectations. Nobody was a successful artist overnight, they all put in a lot of time, had a lot of trial and error and just kept at it. We all deserve to be happy and making art and creating should be happy not make us feel bad, so just play and try to learn every day. My grandfather used to always say, “Once you stop learning you stop living so get out there and truly live.” Learn all you can, soak up every bit you can. Be a sponge and let knowledge be your water!
Thanks Kitty for sharing a bit about yourself. Please visit her links and see what else she is up to.
We are ready for Kitty to be here teaching again this summer. She has several awesome classes that she is offering, so there is bound to be something that interests you and fits your schedule. Just click the link to get more information about each class.
Resin Jewelry Alchemy – 2 day workshop Aug 25th & 26th
Mermaid Fantasy – 2 day workshop Aug 27th & 28th
Visual Blocks – Aug 31st
You can register on-line or by calling the shop.
Let Your Inner Artist out to Play
5039 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918