Tuesday 14 May 2013

Tell All Tuesday ~ Featured Artist: Carol Porter

Hey guys how is everyone?? Firstly though this is an interview post I just want to say wow! I'm so pleased so many of you are interested in my Cutie Pie Embellies yay!! thank you to those that have entered the giveaway, if you haven't I'm picking a winner (or rather 3) tomorrow so chop chop! 

So the weather in England has backtracked again by about 4 months so while I listen to the rain hitting my windows I'm gonna snuggle up with TAT, then I may read some zines for my arty tuesday evening treat while I pick a Revenge-slash-Grimm-slash-Arrow-slash-Warehouse 13 show to watch yay =D yes I'm fully aware I am such a nerd lol I don't care, I love it =)

Tell us a little bit about yourself & what kind of artist you are. 
My name is Carol Porter and I’m a Jane of all trades and truly a master of none of them, but I enjoy the process and the way I feel when I am in my own bubble of creativity. I’m teaching myself how to paint and draw. I enjoy sewing, polymer clay, photography, making greeting cards, working in my art journal, and the list could go on. There is so much out there that I want to try, sometimes I feel like I have some form of art ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder). I stalk YouTube videos and blogs that have anything related to the type of media I'm interested in working in. It helps to feed my frenzy. 

You will notice that in my paintings/drawings that I'm more drawn towards facial expressions or body language. A lot of my faces are not smiling though they're not necessarily sad either. You can tell a lot about a person in the expression of their eyes or how their lips are set. Also, the same goes for in the way a person stands, how they hold their hands, how they plant their feet, how they tilt their head. I find it very interesting. I'm still learning how to paint/draw faces and bodies but I'm getting better.

What is the biggest challenge you personally face as an artist and how do you overcome it? 
I would say my biggest challenge is me. Sometimes the self-doubt can be like a suit of armor, nothing can penetrate it and it’s almost impossible to complete a project, which can be extremely frustration. In those moments, all of a sudden I don’t know how to draw a straight line or do something I've always done without thinking about it. I have to remind myself to stop right there, put the pen/brush/crayon/scissors/whatever down and come back in an hour or another day. That break is so important to remember to take. It gives me a chance to step back and see the project more clearly, rethink it, or ditch it all together (by ditch, I mean stop working on it). I rarely throw projects away, so at another point in time it may get reworked into something else. It's important for me to remember that not every attempt is going to be successful, but that EVERY attempt is sharping my skills and that I need to relax and enjoy the moment. 

What do you find easiest / hardest in your art? 
This is funny. Easy is knowing how to use all of my materials, however mixing my “skills” along with the materials to create that “master piece” is the hardest. Some materials and skills don’t play together well, so it’s a lot of trial and error. I end up with a lot of happy accidents. 

The absolute hardest part is letting someone else see my work (da da dah dum!) 

What is your greatest personal achievement either in your art, or because of it? 
My greatest personal achievement is that despite how loud my inner voice is shouting “don’t show anyone!!” I've dared to believe that I AM AN ARTIST! I've been bold enough to upload videos of me creating art and being even bolder, I've opened an Etsy shop. I don’t know where my art journey is taking me but I intend to enjoy the ride. I've met so many wonderful and talented artists that inspire me on a daily basis, it’s been incredible. 

Tell us where can we find out more about you & your art?
I would love for you to visit my YouTube channel, please feel free to leave me a comment, or you can visit me at my Etsy shop. You can also follow me on pinterest to see what some of my interest are: Carol Porter. I’m considering doing a blog but I’m not sure yet. (babysteps) 

Thank you so much for sharing Carol/Jane of all trades =D I absolutely adore the orb you've shared in the first picture - that to me looks AWESOMELY masterful! And I would really suggest starting that blog, I have never met a blogger yet that has regretted starting one. I was *so* fearful of starting Jennibellie Studio, now I look back I've no idea why...the techy stuff I think probably just overwhelmed me - as it still does, but I don't regret a second, I now love Jennibellie Studio with all my heart...my little arty extension of myself. They are a place for others to see in side our head a little bit further & a place to feel connected with others. Stick it on your weekend to-do list, you won't regret it!

Do you wanna share??
Email me or click the link to find all the details here =)
Much love


  1. WOW!!!!! So happy your feeling better. We've missed you around here!

    Jenny thank you for featuring me on TAT and being a part of my art journey, I am so honored.

    I did decide to start a blog (http://cporter8.blogspot.com), and while I'm still trying to figure out what to write about and where to write it (I'm also using tumblr but strongly considering just to go with blogspot), I hope you and everyone else will check in from time to time to see what I'm up too.

    Again, thanks so much, this really means a lot to me.


  2. Thank you Jenny, for another interesting TAT. It was a pleasure to become acquainted with Carol and see her artwork here and view all of her creations at her Etsy store. :-) Best wishes for a very enjoyable week to both of you! ((hugs))

  3. Thanks to Jenny for bringing us together with Carol--and thanks to Carol for your very candid sharing of yourself! I absolutely love the artwork you have shared here. Will check out your new blog!

  4. hello Carol, nice to meet you.


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