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Young Artist Series: Dalia
When I am inspired by someone’s art, there is a sparkle that invites and holds my life in a vulnerable and trusted space. When I connect with Dalia, 2 words come to mind: generous exuberance. The joy for the moment in this season is listening, responding and the creative offering I know as Dalia. Whenever I visit Dalia and her family, I am greeted by Dalia: “Hi! How are you? Could I get you a cup of coffee? Tea?” And Dalia is Barista Extraordinaire! Somehow everything is more beautifully presented, I know I am loved, and most definitely l am tuned into my own gratitude for this artist. Her creative overflowing nature is evident in everything she does and says.
I recently looked up the word creativity because it is my North Star in life. “Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.” I am curious about what inspires Dalia’s delightful nature and intriguing art. She told me, “I usually start flat…usually I add something: a tree, hill, river. And then I ask myself, ‘Why did I draw that?’ Sometimes I erase, but usually, when I make a decision, I move forward with what I am seeing in my head.”
Art for the sake of enjoyment is enough for Dalia. She reveals, “Art is fun. It is something fun to do.” She pauses and then thoughtfully continues, “Like watching my cat, and he meows a lot. Or like ignoring my brother when he is telling his fish tales, which is quite often, or always! It is fun to ignore him. Or sometimes someone will say something, and an idea will pop into my mind. Like when Aba said, “You can’t eat the center of the earth”, so I made an earth cake and cut it so he could see and eat the center of the earth.” She continued. “I like phrases. Once someone said, ‘When pigs fly’ so I wrote that in my sketch book and later did a painting. Sometimes I just have words, or whatever pops into my mind in my sketchbook… to remind me of an idea I might want to draw or paint later.” Dalia tells me that she started drawing in preschool, but it became particularly important to her when she was 9 years old and went to Druidawn Summer Camp. http://www.creative-writing-solutions.com/Fantasy-Camp.html
Dalia’s sense of style comes from her inner vision. “I like to wear creativity. Most people are creative, but they just don’t know it, even making and wearing handmade covid masks ~ Yes! Even that is creative! I love to bake, and sing, build things, make and wear costumes. My favorite piece of art that I did is my Rooster. I used crayons and like the details. Life would be very boring without creativity.” Dalia expresses her delight as gives advice to anyone who might want to be more creative in their own life: “Find something that is fun and do it, and that would increase the energy of fun.”
Right now, Dalia is working on a series she calls “reflections.” She likes what reflections look like in water. Her series includes a deer like animal, birds, trees.
Dalia reminds me that playfulness is the creative flavor to cook up an imaginative and ingenious fulfillment in whatever I am doing. Thanks, Dalia, for visiting my studio today and infusing everything with your sparkle!
Featured Artist: Carmela Turgel
For an artist, being around creative people is essential to the soul food that nourishes us as we sculpt our imagination into life. Wisdom is one of the hallmarks of great art. When we meet an artist who has talent and wisdom, it is akin to finding the pot at the end of the proverbial rainbow.
Introduction to this season’s guest artist is an honor and privilege for me; and so, I share the wealth. What fiber’s website would be complete without having an up-and-coming textile artist? Carmela Turgel is not new to Arpana Aneesha Studio. In fact, in 2018, at 5 years of age, she was a key participant with me in an exhibit I curated at Regis University, Contrasting Textures. She began work on our collaboration at age 3. At that point, she was using yarn, and her main mode of execution of her ideas was finger weaving.
As I interviewed Carmela recently, her joie de vivre overflowed as she discussed her love of creating something beautiful: “I got my loom for Hanukkah. I like to create something special to hang on the wall.”
Recently Carmela was inspired by the sunset, immediately went inside, chose colors and began weaving.
Sound advice from this wise woman to be was this:
You are a creator, and you must like the colors you are using. I love green and purple.
I also like to know what I am doing, and that I can create something from that knowing. Knowing does help, but if I mess up, I can do something else. I don’t have to worry. I can create something out of it. I can discover something new and make a masterpiece.
With such sagacity, she informed me that she is inspired by nature.
I love nature the most, and animals, especially cats. And sunlight. I think about a lot of things. I think about sunlight. I think it creates colors. All the colors can combine, and if you use them and then see it is a color you have never seen before, it comes from sunlight. Like rainbows….and if we were on the moon, the sun would look bigger than what we see during the day. I like all of art, and if I were to have a favorite, I think it would be one that would make me think about nature the most.
When giving advice to others, Carmela draws from her own recipe for daily living:
1. I want all people to be happy
2. Like your work
3. Be inspired by looking at other artists
a. I want people to get ideas from my art
4. Do not copy other artists
a. If you copy someone, it means you are thinking too hard about what you are doing
b. With your own effort, you can combine with others and then you will create something a little bit better
5. Study Masterpieces: They (master artists) saw something they really wanted to do and did it. Sometimes those artists learned from other Masterpieces, and then they combined their own idea and made their own Masterpiece.
6. If you have something in your mind, and you create it; but if it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, that is okay. Try again. You can take the mistake and create something new. You can always come up with at least one way to make it right.
7. YOUR EFFORT COUNTS. Your hard work is worth it.
8. If you don’t have the material. Try it anyway. It is your effort that counts, not what it looks like.
9. Listen with your heart. You really do see a design and it is nice.
10. It is by doing the hard work that you move up to the next level.
11. Be honest. Telling someone you tried your hardest, but you really didn’t, isn’t going to give you a Masterpiece. If you really did try your hardest, everyone will know.
12. Keep at it. Try your best. A little hard work goes a long way!
In closing, Authenticity is the key to creative living. Keep yourself surrounded by people who believe in you and have the confidence to be supportive of others. Carmela lives in a way that reflects her gratitude for family and friends and she creates with joy. …..And remember the name. Carmela Turgel is a beautiful force of artistic goodness and you will see her again!