Hey guys, time for another inspirational artist interview, this week we have the lovely Katherine, aka Miz Katie sharing. Enjoy =D
Tell us a little bit about yourself & what kind of artist you are.
Hiii!! My name is Katherine Labbé, and I'm a mixed media artist. Most people know me as Miz Katie. I didn't know how serious I was going to be about painting when I started in 2008, so I created a pseudonym. It's a fun name, so I don't mind. I'm mostly focused on painting portraits, but I just started painting abstract and landscapes, too!! I find abstract to be so much fun! I can do whatever I want, which is the complete opposite of portraits. I like the discipline of painting portraits, and the freedom when painting abstract.
What is the biggest challenge you personally face as an artist and how do you overcome it?My biggest challenge is trying to do it all. It would be so easy if all I had to do is come up with ideas for paintings, and paint. But, unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. Some days, I don't leave my studio/office for 14 to 16 hours. I could work around the clock, and still not get everything done. I haven't quite figured out how to overcome it, yet. I'm not making enough money to hire someone to help out, and hiring someone to do my job isn't something I'm interested in doing, anyway. So, I guess I will keep doing what I'm doing, even though it is challenging.
Do you ever lose your mojo, and if so, how do you get it back?
I do, and it mostly happens because I get overtired. I've learned to rest. I pull the curtains closed, curl up on the couch, and watch tv or read. I used to worry, will it ever come back? Will I paint again? But, now, I don't think twice about it. I know my muse will return, and usually with a huge whooosh!! And, then I'll be right back at it again, painting for hours every day.
What do you most wish your art to achieve?
I just want to make people happy when they look at one of my paintings on their wall. I am so honored to have my paintings in homes around the globe.
Tell us where can we find out more about you & your art?
Thank you Katherine I really enjoyed browsing your stunning artwork, you definitely have your own distinct style, which I think most of the rest of us only dream of =) I also liked your answer to what you do to wait upon your mojo - I do these things too, but I grumble as I do them (you know what I'm talking about; cursing my creative self for not being present, being down on my regular self for being "lazy"!). Patience is something I preach (A LOT), especially to new art journalers who ask me for advice when they dislike their pages, now you've made me realise I have to administer a dose of my own medicine next time my mojo goes on holiday, and have patience that she'll return, then I can enjoy my own holiday from her more too =)
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