Hi guys it's TAT time yay =D I just love how every week I can share with you the work of someone from anywhere in the world ~ people that we will probably never meet personally or even have come across otherwise. In a facebook post today I shared how my videos have now been watched in 190 countries, and how shocked I was at that - not many that commented seemed at all surprised by it but it just BLOWS my mind: this is why I love the internet! <3. And today's TAT proves it yet again, as we are traveling to Canada to meet Lee, enjoy =)
Hi my name is Lee Kreklewetz, I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I am 59 years old, and retired after working 35 years for a power company. I am enjoying retirement life; it’s like that old saying "how did I ever have time to work". I have always been an artist in my mind, always a crafter, always a doodler. I did not pick up a drawing pencil until about 6 years ago, just before I started my blog. My blog was supposed to be just for family and friends to connect with me, but it morphed into more. I started creating art, and loving it. All those old feelings returned; how much I loved paper and pencil, and paint, and creating. I love to draw nature, birds and women - my women don’t look like any women you would know, but I do love creating them. All my work is colourful, I love color and you will see that in my art. I guess you could call my style folk art or though really I would prefer no label, it’s just my art.
The biggest challenge for me as an artist, is first to call myself an artist. I always think of my art as elementary not sophisticated. I have not had any formal training, only a few courses at the university. I feel intimidated by everyone's beautiful art out there. I am kind of all over the place with my art: collage, painting, drawing, doodles. I use paint, markers, watercolour, crayons. To overcome my fear of putting my art out there and calling myself an artist I do things like enter a swap or do an online interview like this. Do you know how long I have been thinking of doing this, finally I decided to bite the bullet and just do it…so if I can you can too.
I love everything about art, but I must tell you I am a supply junkie. I love paper, pastels, neo-colours, acrylic inks. So I love to use many art supplies when creating. When first beginning a new project, I usually never start with an idea; I will put down some paint and collage papers on canvas and see where that leads me, and just play. Sometimes its total crap, and other times it’s something new and exciting to me.
When people see my art, I want them to be visually stimulated by the colour and feel my joy when creating art. I want the viewer to know that creating art is not about being perfect, or knowing how to mix colours to get that perfect piece of art. It’s about you creating what you love and creating it your own way, because my colours are not perfect. I don’t always colour in the lines, I don’t believe that is what art is all about.
Tell us where can we find out more about you & your art?
In case you want to check out my blog Defining Me.....I post just about everyday always with some art.
Thank you so much for sharing Lee, you're work to me looks so...I want to say 'carefree' but don't want it to sound as if I think there's no effort involved in your work, I mean it in a joyful, expressive kind of way. What I most love in your interview is the ...'because my colours are not perfect. I don’t always colour in the lines, I don’t believe that is what art is all about' part, hear hear I say! =D
Email me or click the link to find all the details here =)
Enjoyed the introduction to Lee and visiting her blog. LOVE her artwork!ReplyDelete
Just wanted to thank you for allowing me to introduce myself on your blog, thanks againReplyDelete
congrats on the feature! There is a great energy to your work I say keep on creating as you like! ~StephieReplyDelete
Yay, Lee! Your work looks great, and I enjoyed reading your interview. Thanks for featuring her, Jenny!ReplyDelete
Thank you for being brave enough to share your art Lee. I was blessed by it. One need I really need to do is be more free with my art and enjoy the process like you do. I agree with Jenny's comments on your interview.ReplyDelete
great interview, i always enjoy connecting with lee and seeing what she is working on today. you can count on her always being there.ReplyDelete
Great interview, I know Lee so I have seen her art for awhile. She is an inspiring and fun spreading artist it's nice to follow. Her art always sets me in a good mood and it's uplifting. Nice read !ReplyDelete
congrats on putting yourself out there, Lee. You may say that your art is "all over the place" but what grabbed me about your art right away was it's distinct style. What you do is uniquely you, and doesn't look like everyone else's. I admire that so much.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed reading about you Lee and seeing your art - think blogger missed that one with her tank top pic... love it! I admire your stamina art wise and keep going! love your blog too!ReplyDelete
Yea, Lee! I'm so glad you did this interview. I've been telling you for a long time how great your art is and now lots of other people are finding you. Keep being you when you make art...that's what makes it special.ReplyDelete
Hurray for you, Lee! You did it. That should make you feel good. And, yes, your art is yours -uniquely(is that a word?)yours. You have your own style. Keep on keepin' on and just do it because you enjoy it. You have a lot of supporters out here. I really enjoy seeing your art and reading your blog. I wish I was retired so I could have more time to post and create........ sigh..... some day.ReplyDelete