12/2/10

Visit with artist Kailey Lang & Enter to win a fine art print

Bird Laydee by Kailey Lang
 
Hey there. How are  you today? 

(Want to know who won the Black Baroque random drawing? click here.)

Looking for a fun Artist Feature & new Thursday Giveaway? You've come to the right place. Today we are spending some time with Kailey Lang from the wonderful Etsy shop Bumble Boo Handmades. After too much turkey last week, I was browsing Etsy when this cute little owl avatar  caught my eye.


I just had to click through and see what else the shop would hold. I immediately fell in love with the natural colors and organic feel of Kailey's artwork. Hopefully you will too - click on any of the captions to find out more about the pieces pictured here. (Please note that the actual pieces do not have the Bumble Boo watermark on them.)

Lucky for us, Kailey has popped by for a chat. And I'm so glad you could join us too! Go on, grab a cup of something tasty and put your feet up in front of my imaginary fire....

So, Kailey, When did you first become interested in art?

KL: Well, I started drawing when I was very young, as most kids do. I was obsessed with drawing rabbits (that looked like bees, cause their ears were so huge they looked like wings!), and then I moved to horses. I drew horses for a long time and then started drawing people eventually. I suppose I started to get more serious about art and considered pursuing it as a career in highschool.

Barn Owl Bookmark by Kailey Lang

What are your favorite materials? Styles?

KL: My favourite materials to use would be watercolour, ink, and gouache. I do work with linocut and I like it as well! I like working with collage a little bit too occasionally, incorporating decorative papers and things like that, but it's more rare, and something I'd like to experiment with a little more. I would like to get more into opaque media like acrylic and oils. I use acrylics at school, and very rarely in my own art, but it never really stuck with me, though it has a lot of potential. As for styles, I really like Art Nouveau, The Golden Age Illustrators (Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, and Edmund Dulac being amoung my favourites). Japanese Ukiyo-e prints are very cool as well. I am sure there are more styles that I appreciate, there are so many greats artists and styles out there!

Elemental Art by Kailey Lang

Where do you find inspiration?

KL: Well, naturally I find inspiration from other artists, but also, from nature. I mean, obviously there's a huge "green" movement right now, but I think that people still don't appreciate nature as much as they should. Since I was 7, I lived on a farm in the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, Canada. It's basically 4 acres of forest and field and it's beautiful there. Though I no longer am living there (I'm in Ontario now for college) I realize how much I appreciated it, and how fortunate I was to live there. The beauty of nature is something that I try to incorporate in my art, and certainly something I'd like to explore more and integrate more into my work. I think it's really important to appreciate the beauty of nature, and not see ourselves as separate from the Earth, but as part of it.

Crestfallen by Kailey Lang
Do you listen to anything while creating? If so, what are you listening to lately?

KL: I listen to a lot of different music, but I'd have to say my favourites, in no specific order, are the following: Radiohead, Artic Monkeys, The Beatles, Metric, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, Pauline Croze, Queens of the Stone Age, Spoon, Tegan and Sara, The White Stripes... just to name a few! Kind of a weird mix of music, but I like variety. Another thing that might be a little bit odd is... when I'm doing a really long piece of work, I like to listen to movies. I feel like the storyline of the movie keeps me focused, because it's sort of linear, I suppose? As opposed to music (which I always keep on random) kind of destroys my attention span. But sometimes I will get obsessed with particular CDs so that is a good way to keep myself on track too!

1.25" magnet, Twin Owls by Kailey Lang

What do you like to do when you are not creating?

KL: When I am not creating, I love taking care of my plants, fish, and playing with my two adorable cats. I have many plants in my room which I think is a result of me missing all the greenery I have back home, but also something I've always been kind of interested in! I grow herbs, tropical houseplants, carnivorous plants, and then other flowering plants like columbine, morning glories, poppies... stuff like that! As for the fish, I have four fishtanks but maybe I shouldn't go into all the detail there cause then we'd be here all day (or week!).

Anything else you would like to add?

KL: Well... not much! Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate the opportunity. Happy Holidays everyone!

Thanks so much for popping by, Kailey. I am so glad you had the time to share some of your thoughts & creations with us today.

And thank you, Reader, for stopping a awhile. If you are in a rush, scroll down a bit & check out the fabulous giveaway that Kailey is sponsoring. But if you have a minute, refill your cup and let me rant for a moment.... 

Alone by Kailey Lang

If you are familiar with my ramblings, you already know that I only visit with artists whose creations tickle my fancy. One of the things I really love about BumbleBooHandmades is the variety. The inventory is not overwhelming & you can check off  all sorts of art lovers from your gift list. There are not a lot of places where you can pick this a stylin' pencil cup for your (or your kid's) teacher

Linocut Print Blue Birds Pencil Holder by Kailey Lang

 and something for your zombie obsessed friend.

Zombie Nurse by Kailey Lang

Okay, thanks for letting me ramble. (I just had to stick that "walker" in here somewhere.) Now back to business...

Would you like to win a free print of the lovely surreal Fishes Wishes?

Fishes Wishes by Kailey Lang

KL: "Fishes Wishes, an  8x10" print, is professionally printed on 100lb Cardstock. The original painting was done by me in Watercolours, gouache and Inks. The print does not have the "bumble-boo" watermark on it. "
 
How do you enter this random drawing? Just leave a comment on this blog before 1 a.m. (EST) on 12/16. If your profile doesn't have contact info, please leave an email address. This drawing is open worldwide & prize ships free. It is that easy  - so c'mon, share your thoughts; join in the discussion....

Want to see more of Kailey's artwork? 

Or share some thoughts?
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How about a peek behind the curtain? Stop back on Sat 12/11 when this talented artist invites us into her creative space, where all the magic happens.

Thanks again for dropping by and please remember to leave a comment before you go. It is your interest in these features & giveaways that keeps them coming.


44 comments:

  1. Wow, there's some great stuff there! I definitely see some ukiyo-e influences there! Possibly some art nouveau... two of my favorite styles.

    And you're right, there definitely is a lot of variety in Kailey's shop.

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  2. Here work is wonderful!! So intricate and colorful! Love it!!!!
    Can't wait to see her studio!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  3. I love these pieces! That print that you are giving away is absolutely amazing! It just draws you in and lets you feel the water surround you! I love it!
    jinglesells at gmail dot com

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  4. Hi there, from a dA watcher! Glad to see you're getting around ^^
    Contact: Dongiovar on dA (if I'm drawn have Kailey let me know, she already knows me)

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  5. Great post, I always love the artists you pick. I checked out her store, fabulous!

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  6. I am always ever blown away in awe with Kailey's artwork. She continues to impress.

    <3,
    Sey

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  7. Lovely work! So delicate and cute too! Thanks for sharing, Stacey!

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  8. What gorgeous work! I love the variety. Thanks for sharing Kailey's work, Stacey!

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  9. I'd love to win this! So beautiful!

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  10. I'm so glad to have found Kaileys work. Strange though it may sound - Zombie Nurse would make the perfect Christmas present for our daughter!

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  11. I've said it before.... you do and know the most interesting things to post.

    Great feature... lovely work!

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  12. Beautiful stuff! Love Kailey's style. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  13. Wow! Thanks for introducing me to a new artist! I am definietly a new fan! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

    Heather
    liveinbohemia@gmail.com

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  14. It is a beautiful piece! I'm glad you interviewed this artist, I follow her work and love it.

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  15. these are very beautiful and thought provoking! thanks for sharing

    rebexish at gmail dot com

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  16. I love Bumble Boo! She's an amazing artist. :) I found this blog through her post actually. Fascinating content!

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  17. love love LOVE bumbleboos stuff :) i could buy her out, if only i had the money.

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  18. This print is beautiful and reminds me of my grandfather's fish pond in Taiwan.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. what an interesting and beautiful piece of work to giveaway, thank you.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  20. Very beautiful print! I enjoyed reading this post and interview. I also think all of her Owl magnets are adorable :)
    Thanks!!

    cyclona66 at aol dot com

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  21. I so very adore the beautiful COLOR GRADIENT. (: That's probably the hardest to achieve (personal opinion :P)

    Like, you gotta make a contrast yet make it look REAL at the same time. That takes practice, and still it's hard.

    I love how life-like the fishes are as well!!

    Please keep it up, love the pretties.

    chocolates_smiles at hotmail dot com

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  22. lovely lovely artwork!

    pickledpandasATgmailDOTcom

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  23. her work is beautiful! i'd love to hang this in our home!
    heatheranya at hotmail dot com

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  24. I love this!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  25. Great artwork! sarah@theeclipsegallery.com

    I have a giveaway on my blog right now for an artwork as well.

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  26. wow nice works :) love it..

    silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

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  27. Beautiful artwork!

    animalcrackers@gmail.com

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  28. i would love to have that print on my wall :)

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  29. thanks for the chance
    diarygirl at live dot com
    shaha

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  30. What beautiful work!

    lachatdelarue(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. these prints are beautiful!

    jomada77 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  32. I have seen Kailey's work before and I think it's exquisite! thank you very much for this giveaway! :)

    stockroomdoko at gmail dot com

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  33. I absolutely love the Zombie Nurse by Kailey Lang!

    Neato giveaway!

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  34. Amazing work, really captures my attention. Love the detail in every peice.

    alexannedick @ gmail dot com

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  35. WHat a great giveaway! thankl's for giving us the chance tow in this amazing print! I love her work soo much! :) Merry Christmas!

    (alvin _ darmawan at hotmail dot com)

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  36. I love the detail - thank you for the chance to win!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  37. these are GORGEOUS! id love to win! jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  38. really beautiful art.

    egle dot mane at gmail dot com

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  39. please enter me!
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. I love her surreal art :)
    sammybigtoesure(at)gmail(dot)com

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