"... pay attention to what brings you into the present moment, and practice cultivating that."
Presenting our Kindred Artists of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!
This week we are featuring Priscilla Weidlein, an illustrator, wife and dog-mom who takes some of our favorite feelings and turns them into shareable works of art via her line of gorgeous greeting cards. Read all about her process below and inspiration in her interview below and then go ahead and fall right in love with her work just as quickly as we did.
Who are you?
I’m Priscilla Weidlein, a visual artist based in Providence, Rhode Island.
What do you do?
I paint watercolor portraits of people and their pets - and am accepting commissions! I also have a greeting card line and create illustrations for editorials and companies that I believe in. When I am not working in the studio, a lot of my free time is spent walking in the park with my dog and my husband.
Who/what inspires you?
I am inspired by nature, particularly flowers, and the light that emanates from all things.
What is your favorite moment in the process?
Presently the most enjoyable part of my process is filling bold, dense color into the lines of my pencil drawings. I like balancing intricate line work with bold color; it creates a rhythm, a dance.
What is a trick of your trade or a piece of advice for artists in your medium?
Well, I welcome stillness. By cultivating stillness in my studio, by way of meditation, I am able to be present with the subject in front of me. Working thus becomes an extension of the meditation. It is in periods of presence that I can create work that feels truly authentic to my being. Each person accomplishes this uniquely, so if I were to spin this into a piece of advice, I’d say pay attention to what brings you into the present moment, and practice cultivating that.
What is next?
Good question. In these uncertain times, a lot is up in the air about the months ahead. But what I do know for sure is that I am starting a flower study project, where every week I will paint a new flower. I do not know what will become of it, but I am so looking forward to inviting this joyful subject into my weekly studio practice.
See more of her work here!