This week’s featured artist is a talented woman I met through an online artist community. My deepest thanks to the internet for introducing us. The ocean would otherwise have kept us separated.
Introducing, Shilpa Menghani Ruchandani, aka “Artyshils.”
Please introduce yourself and your art a little bit.
My name is Shilpa Menghani Ruchandani and I am also known as “Artyshils” on the web world. I am a visual artist, freelancer, youtuber and a blogger. My style of work is primarily figurative and abstract. I work with acrylic paints and mixed media on canvas and my color scheme is by and large pure, bright and bold. My goal as an artist is to be self sustaining, selling my work and teaching art. I also really really wish to spread the concept of using art as a healer for mind , body and soul, specially in the developing countries where the awareness about the healing properties of art is either low or not taken seriously. I also aspire to work with various NGOs dealing with handicapped or orphan children, ladies and aged people and mental health patients and provide free art workshops and services for them.
For me art is just a beautiful form of expression. Nothing complicated. I really believe in the phrase :- If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. –Edward Hopper.
Art can be anything from a simple garnishing on my food to scribbles in my journal to my large canvasses. As long as my heart is able to flow as it desires, as long as my work is portraying my emotion at that moment and as long as the simplest of thing like making a line is making me happy, that is art for me. I had written an article on my blog which explains why everyone can call themselves an artist and who is an Artist, which you can catch up with here :-
What are you currently working on?
Other then working on many of my ongoing canvas paintings, I am also working on some commissioned portraits. I am even into the process of designing ARTYSHILS ON-LINE WORKSHOPS where I will be coaching my style of paintings and mixed media portraits. Besides all this, 1 thing that I am constantly into ,is making my painting, artjournnaling and crafting videos which I absolutely love doing and am addicted to. You can find them here :-http://www.youtube.com/TheShilpa007
Can you tell us a little bit about your Art Journals?
My art journals are more like my inspiration journals. I do not record my daily life or my thoughts in my art journals. Rather, I love to layer and experiment over it with my colors and many other mixed media stuff and then fill it in with some of the most inspiring and motivating quotes and lines which give me energy and motivation on reading them. So whenever I am a bit uninspired or not in a mood to work or may be feel bad because somebody said something to me or did something wrong to me, I go through my journal. I look at it, all filled with textures and colors which fascinate me , and read all my beautiful words, I get all lost in the world of colors and motivational lines it holds for me. Doing this brings back my energy and makes me fall in love with life and everything I do all over again. You can catch up a peak into my art journaling here :-http://www.artyshils.com/art-journaling-blog.html
Who has inspired you?
Watching other people’s youtube video inspires me the most. One more thing that really inspires me and gives me a kick are the comments on my youtube videos. The Love from my youtube videos viewers and some amazing friends I’ve found online have definitely helped me to grow so much as an artist.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you, the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Are there any tips to living a creative life that you’d like to share?
One of the most important tips, which whenever I follow, I end up coming up with some beautiful work. But whenever I do not follow, I end up working on nothing. The tip is :-
” Stop thinking”
Stop thinking too much about things like what should I paint or what should I not paint. Just sit and start working. Do not waste time in thinking.
Stop thinking about all the art materials you wish you had in order to start painting or writing or dancing or singing. Just start working with whatever you have. If you just have a small notebook and a pencil and just a small place in your kitchen floor to sit, use just these and start.
As soon as we start thinking about all these things TOO MUCH we cannot work. So just stop thinking. This small video by me will explain you exactly what I am talking about :-
Where can people find you and your work?
http://www.artyshils.com/ :- My website
http://www.youtube.com/TheShilpa007 :- My youtube channel
http://www.facebook.com/Artyshils :- Facebook
http://twitter.com/#!/ArtyshilsArt :- Twitter
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Artyshils :- Etsy
Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity and honour of beaing able to feature on your website 🙂
Shilpa, Your interview is wonderful! Thank you so much for putting so much thought into your answers. I know it will inspire my readers as you have inspired me.
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Love & Blessings,