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Andree Kehn

This month’s Inspiring Creatives interview is with Andree Kehn, a smart, talented, and super successful wedding photographer living in rural Maine.

Andree went from resisting wedding photography as a career path altogether to being named one of the top 100 Wedding Photojournalists in the world by the Wedding Photojournalism Association (WPJA). Wow! Clearly, she has talent.

But before you get depressed and intimidated, one of the reasons I chose to interview Andree (aside from her being one of my favorite people) is that her path to success was a very long and windy one. So if you’re thinking it’s too late for your creative career, it’s not.

She shares some super inspiring insights into how she succeeded in business being her quirky artist self, her techniques for pushing herself creatively, and finding her niche within a niche.

The Interview

Here’s the interview–broken down by topic–plus a few images of Andree’s wonderful work. See more gorgeous photos in the gallery on her website, andreekehn.com.

And if you have a question for Andree (or just want to share), please ask it in the comments area and we’ll respond.

1. It’s Never Too Late:
From Carny to Award Winning Wedding Photographer

Click HERE to listen to this segment. (13 min. 13 sec.)
Find out how the years Andree thought were wasted in supposedly dead-end jobs ended up giving her incredible skills for wedding photography.

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2. Rebels as a Target Market

Click HERE to listen to this segment:
(5 min. 12 sec.)
Learn how Andree figured out who her right people were and how she helps them find her. (We also dig deeper into this topic in the segment called Her Smartest Move, so make sure to give that a listen too.)

3. Welcoming Criticism

Click HERE to listen to this segment.
(5 min. 55 sec.)
Andree shares fantastic insights about the power of welcoming criticism, making bad stuff, the illusion of perfection, and the truth of hard work vs. natural talent.

4. Creative Challenges

Click HERE to listen to this segment.
(3 min. 48 sec.)
Andree shares her favorite techniques for keeping it fresh and I was psyched because it’s one of my favorites too–even though it’s often frowned upon and misunderstood. Have a listen.

5. *Her Smartest Move*

Click HERE to listen to this segment.
(6 min. 6 sec.)
We talk more about how she embraced her super narrow niche-within-a-niche and the actions she takes to support that choice in her marketing. She offers some GREAT advice about how to do the same thing yourself and why it’s so important. If you can only listen to one segment, listen to this one!

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s focus is art that explores the idea of destruction–-3 different artists using elimination, removal, or destruction to make an aesthetic and cultural statement.

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Do these artists speak to you?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


 ”High Speed Photography of Light Bulbs Exploding by Jon Smith”

Beauty in the act of the explosion.

High-Speed Photography of Light Bulbs Exploding by Jon Smith


Michael Landy: Break Down

I was skeptical when I first watched this video because I think artists can do a lot of posturing in performance, time-based or experiential art that I generally find annoying, but I think what he’s done is provocative and compelling, weirdly uncomfortable and definitely interesting. It was the ultimate UN-objectification as he destroyed all his possessions in a matter of fact, systematic way that also really captivated the public.
Watch it and tell me what you think! 

Michael Landy Break Down


Janine Antoni: “Lick and Lather”

The artist makes classical busts of herself in chocolate and soap and then she licks her way to the finished product with one and takes a bath with the other as she talks about ideas of disintegration and dissolution. I know, I know, but read the interview–compelling.

Janine Antoni Lick and lather

 

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s theme is about home–artist-created dwellings/nests/forts…various life-sized “containers” that can hold a human or two.

These pieces explore our needs and experiences of home, internal space, boundaries, safety, fantasy and loss.

I hope these artists inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory:

Which one speaks to you? Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments!


 Spirit Nests by Jayson Fann

Tell me you don’t want to crawl inside one of these wonderful eucalyptus nests
and I’ll call you a liar! Beautiful.

Spirit Nests Jayson Fann

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 “Solarium, A Caramelized Sugar House by William Lamson”

This stained-glass looking structure is made of sugar and glass and honestly, I didn’t quite understand it (aside from its beauty) until I watched the video. I actually don’t completely understand the need to make it from sugar, but watch the video and tell me what you think.

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“Play Room Photos Capture the Imaginary Worlds Inside Children’s Minds” Photography by Björn Ewers

Did kids make these? I’m not sure, but they’re fun, fanatastical and hearkened back memories of my old forts underneath the ping pong table in the basement.

Child's Caves by Björn Ewers

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“A Condemned House Explodes Onto the Streets of Austin” Art by Chris Whiteburch

This piece is especially powerful in light of the numerous experiences of storm damage across the country this past year. I wonder if his original thinking was just formal or had more to do with the housing crisis. Either way, a powerful statement about loss and destruction.

The Purge by Chris Whiteburch

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s theme is Paper Sculpture!

These artist’s are making precise, interesting, wacky, thought-provoking, exciting work.

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Have you ever considered working three-dimensionally with paper? Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


Li Hong Bo’s Flexible Paper Sculptures Are Mind Bending

Watch this short wacky video. Then you MUST MUST MUST click on the link to see the rest of his work. It’s funny, smart, weird and wonderful. I love it.

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Jen Stark‘s Totemic Cut Paper

One of the things I love about Jen Stark’s art is that it’s  both simple and complicated at the same time. Playful and provocative, each individual piece feels almost totemic and is completely interesting by itself and as part of the whole series.  Please click through her list of images–great, great stuff.

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 Peter Gentenaar’s Ethereal, Organic, Fluid, Sculptural Paper…Beings 

Gentenaar seems to make living breathing paper organisms. Graceful and organic, they seem to both float and have serious substance. Truly lovely. When you visit his site, it might be unclear how to see more work. Click on the image on the right and it will open a slideshow.

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Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

I’m not sure this week has a theme, except it’s all women artists and I love all of it. What do you think, is there a theme? Monumentality maybe?

I hope these artists inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory: Take a look and let me know in thecomments–do any of these artists resonate with you?

Toshiko Takaezu – The Earth In Bloom

OMG, I love this woman’s monumental ceramic pots–I’m working on my own (hopefully monumental) felt pots, so I’ve been obsessed with vessels of all kinds lately–by contemporary artists like Toshiko or 10,000 year old pots from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whatever you do, click on the link to view more–huge, silent, eternal, totemic. Everything you want in a giant ceramic pot.

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Deborah Zlotsky – The Beauty of Mistakes

I’m crazy about these paintings by Deborah Zlotsky and I love the way they talk about them on this site–The Flood.
Here’s a quote from the artist: “As I adjust one relationship, another slips out of balance. Overlaying, abrading, reconfiguring, and repeatedly repainting and revarnishing create slippage between the past, present and future, as accidents and change remain visible in each work.” Definitely click on the image below to view more!

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Mixed Media Art by Jill Ricci

Jill Ricci also doesn’t plan her work, but builds up layers and layers to evoke a sort of history of place somehow–kind of the way layers of torn wallpaper in an old house evoke stories in your mind of multiple lives and memories–scraps of evidence that create a beautiful new composition and story. Love these paintings!

Jill Ricci - "Proud" mixed media art

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Wood Block Art by Betty Parsons

Even though these pieces aren’t big, they have a monumental feeling to me. And Betty Parsons was a monumental personality herself–a strong, independent, free thinking woman in the early 20th century–a successful artist, curator, and gallery owner who was an early supporter of Abstract Expression.

Betty Parsons Wood Block Art

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week, I’m focusing on temporary, environmental art–one snow artist and 2 sand artists. One of the sand artists is a good friend of mine–Matt Long–he was one of the sculptors on the Travel Channel’s SandMasters show. He travels the world carving sand and he has a super cool kit + a fab how-to video if you’re jazzed by the idea of making some environmental art yourself this summer(although his sculptures do last for weeks which I find amazing!)

I hope these artists inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory:

Click on each link or image to view more of their work–Enjoy!

Simon Beck–Amazing Snow Artist

You must must must click on the image below to see more work. He was a runner who could no longer run, so he decided to take up walking–but in snowshoes, and making patterns. The scale is amazing, the patterns are beautiful–I’m blown away. Read more about him here and like his Facebook Page while you’re at it!

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Geometric Sand Sculptor Calvin Seibert–Love these modern,minimal sculptures

As I read on the website Inhabitat.com, Calvin Siebert is influenced by architects and designers Gottfried Bohm and and Aldo Rossi, as he creates striking geometric shapes in the sand.
Visit the artist’s Flickr Page or check his work out here and here.

Calvin Seibert geometric sand sculptor


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Matt Long: Sand Sculptor & Sand Sculpting Teacher Extraodinaire

As I mentioned above, Matt is a friend who travels the world sculpting sand for resorts, corporate events, and sand sculpting contests. What a gig! But he also shares his wealth of knowledge through a how-to video and a fabulous kit–so maybe you too can catch the sand sculpting bug and travel the world!

He’s marketing the kit to families, but really, his kit is for arty grown ups too. It’s all about the tools–and what do we love about great tools? CONTROL!! That’s where all the fun is with projects like this.

Watch his video  about his kit because you can get a great sense of the possibilities just by watching that. (You have to scroll down the page a bit to see the video.)

I think I need to get one of these kits myself as I love the summer, love the beach, but am so bad at just sitting there trying to make my white white legs turn at least grey, let alone tan–I’d rather slather on the sun screen and create!

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Hope you enjoyed these this week–and as always, let me know what you’re working on, what your challenges are, and what your victories have been!

Big hugs, Sarah

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Feb
07

This Week’s Art Inspiration

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Hey There My Artistic Friend!

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

I hope these artists inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory:

Click on each link or image to view more of their work–Enjoy!

Gorgeous Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein


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Collage Artist Matt Gonzalez is also a civil rights attorney–not your typical arty guy!


Stunning close-up photographs of seeds by Svjetlana Tepavcevic:

Jodi Harvey-Brown creates wonderful, whimsical pop-up-esque sculptures out of books:

 

 

 

 

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