A Favorite Work of Art

We asked some artists to share a favorite work and their inspiration.

Featured Artist Martha Zmpounou

What inspires me to draw and paint is whatever happens when my imagination clashes with my everyday life—it’s the cross breed of these two that urges me to create my images.

Featured Artist Eleanor Goudreau

Art for me is an outlet, a form of expression that allows me to deal with frustrations, joys and challenges. To be able to bring a plain piece of paper to life with a drawing is pure magic.

Featured Artist Marta Lett

My artwork is often inspired by ideas that emerge through teaching others calligraphy and Celtic art, by entering pieces for themed exhibitions and by collaborations with artists working in different media.

Featured Artist Mark DeMent

I enjoy artwork that leads someone to create their own backstory. I find it fun to see if I can create a piece that someone would want to know enough of the story surrounding it that they would complete the story for themselves.

The Art of Whimsy

Whimsy: capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful.

Featured Artist Amy Bartlett Wright

As an artist who paints natural history, geographic location influences me strongly.

Featured Artist Monica Moody

I have dabbled in one artistic endeavor or another for most of my life but never felt like I had found my medium until I discovered alcohol inks in 2011.

Featured Artist Nancy Jacey

Some of my Prismacolor pieces are as big as 30” x 40,” and take up to 400+ hours to complete.

Featured Artist Gavin McClure

The series I am working on now is called “Distill/Disintegrate”. This series exists along the spectrum of Disintegration.

Featured Artist Nata Ibragimov

My paintings are slightly surreal and dreamlike. I like to convey the mood and emotion with them more than the actual subject matter

Featured Artist Gretchen Deahl

I work primarily in ink, pencil, and watercolor, using Photoshop for technical assistance. Children’s illustrations, including a world of whimsical monsters comprise much of my recent work.

How to Become a Successful Freelance Artist

An artist who is fun to work with gets a lot more work than an obnoxious artist.

Featured Artist Sophie Kittredge

Born in Paris, France, I grew up in Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. So I have fun mixing all the different cultural and artistic influences I was exposed to as a kid in my books.