Tuesday 28 August 2012

Tell All Tuesday ~ Featured Artist: Dianna Malinao

Hi guys, sorry for the lateness of my TAT post this week, I've have had a very busy day so I'll be short in my introduction of this week's artist so I can get the post up, her name is Dianna Malinao and I'm sure hope you'll enjoy her interview and work, happy reading =)

Tell us a little bit about yourself & what kind of artist you are:
I am mostly a mixed media art journal artist. I love playing with paint and color. I also crochet, sew, and lots of other crafty things.
What is the biggest challenge you personally face as an artist and how do you overcome it?
The hardest thing as an artist is creating something when I'm feeling sad or upset. When this happens I force myself to add paint to a page or doodle or add texture or something to get my mind into a better state.you could say I force myself to play! Other times I will write how I'm feeling and then paint over the page or cover it with papers and paint. Sometimes I find it hard to start a new page or a new project after completing something that I feel is really special. Feels like I want to just take it all in before moving on to the next thing. I move on rather quickly though since I strive to post on my blog everyday and that forces me to do something even if it's only a background. 
What do you most wish your art to achieve?
I want my art to be an inspiration to others and make people feel happy when they are viewing my art. I want to encourage others to do art, it does't have to be art with paint, but i feel like any number of things can be achieved when we are creative. I want to share my knowledge and ideas as much as possible with other people. I feel like art is a window into the soul and it can help heal and give happiness when we don't feel so happy. I think through sharing and inspiring and learning only good things can come from that.
Do you think you have achieved a uniquely recognisable style as an artist, or do you find it a struggle to find your own style?
I find it a struggle to find my style. It seems when I draw faces I have a style, but when it comes to creating a whole journal page I feel like I'm all over the place. I really enjoy experimenting and enjoying art instead of trying to find my style. My art journal is like my free for all happy place...no limitations. Every now and then I do challenge myself to something I wouldn't normally do. Most recently I challenged myself to try to make an elegant page because most of what I do I don't consider elegant! Though my page turned out more vintage than elegant it is still one of my favorites. There is so much to explore that I am rebelling against finding my style. I don't want to be confined to one thing at this moment!
Tell us where can we find out more about you & your art?
All of my art can be seen here: www.365artjournal.blogspot.com

Thank you Dianna, I do not feel there is one sentence in your interview that I have not felt myself at some point on my own creative journey, and therefore I imagine other artistic souls can relate to all you say. In regards to you hardest challenge when I'm sad sometimes ALL I can do is create; usually it has been the lowest points of my life that has driven me to create, but other times....other times I do not feel like I can even manage to make one ink splat. It's the same when I'm happy - at my happiest all the journals (mainly written) suddenly lose 6 months, because I'm just too darn happy to feel that deep need for expression. It's so strange, how I create muse's guide and divide us! Thank you for sharing your story =) 

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  1. Another fabulous interview and blog to check out! So interesting about how and when we create the most. I usually write volumes when I'm sad, but don't paint. But the stuff I've written ends up being great fodder for other times.

  2. What a great interview. I especially like when Dianna says that she writes what she's feeling and then paints over it. Kind of like a little secret message to her soul that no one else will see. I REALLY like that.

    Thanks Jennibellie!


  3. Hi there!
    I found your blog from the Creative Everyday site.
    Thank you for introducing us to Dianna. She has some lovely art journal pages and her altered book is wonderful.

    I too am mixed about my feelings at making art. Mostly art helps me out of a bad mood or slump. Recently, I had some real terrible incidents which made it impossible for me to pick up a pen or paint.

    Art, crafts, doodling certainly helps me get happy more than not. I like to encourage people who are depressed to try art. If that's no good, second best thing to do is take a trip to a craft, fabric or bead store.

    Seeing all the materials, looking at new one makes me want to run home and create. I don't always buy, just the act of seeing colors and shapes can get the imagination flowing.

  4. Good interview. Beautiful art. And yes...I can totally relate too!

  5. Thanks for another great interview, Jenny! And nice to "meet" you, Dianna :)

  6. Thank you Dianna for coming and sharing with us today. I love your blog too!

  7. Thank you all for your lovely comments on my art and blog. A very big thank you to Jennibellie for posting all of these wonderful artist interviews!

  8. Your interview was so sincere and truthful, it gave me some great ideas and really helped me, too! Thanks.


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