First Place Winner's Interview from
FIRST PLACE WINNER
's "The Strangest and Spookiest Tree"
with this most fabulous piece:
The WHOLE Winners' Article, is available, HERE:
Unframed-Nature's BIG Contest Results!
:iconautumntree3plz: %Unframed-Nature's Autumn Contest Rusults: "The Strangest and Spookiest Tree" :iconautumntree3plz:
We had exactly 55 entries!
We had 14 judges who had a most difficult time to decide amongst such brilliant entries!
This was a difficult contest for our awesome judges to take on, as while they were judging on quality within the medium, they were also judging on the theme itself, and how well it was carried out.
The judges commented with high praise for the contest, and the entries in general, and I am pleased, especially considering their difficult task at hand.
We applaud our judges for their enormously thoughtful efforts!
We will be acknowledging our hardworking judges more specially, in a future News Article.
We thank all the participants, Admins., and Judges, who participated and worked hard on this contest!
As one of Wolfy's promised prizes, the following is an interview with him, on behalf of the group
, hosted by me, your Founder, which I found to be extremely interesting, and really wonderful, and I hope you'll have a chance to share in it, to learn more about this outstanding Artist!
TEA: First of all, we at %Unframed-Nature would like to Congratulate you on being our First Place Winner for Autumn’s BIG Contest, “The Strangest and Spookiest Tree”! Well done! 1. Your winning piece is clearly outstanding, and the story which accompanies it, is fascinating!
We were just wondering, could you share with us a little, of what went into the making of this amazing entry?
WOLFY: Thank you
The story comes from two of my interests, tabletop role-playing games (D&D) and philosophy. For those that dont, first one involves the task of a Game master, who creates strange worlds, places and adventures to entertain people that play with him.
One day I was reading how Decartes, father of modern philosophy and science, closed himself into a large Bavarian stove to meditate, and stayed there until he found his answers. His question was: "What can I really know, without any doubt?" He scrutinized all his knowledge and cherished beliefs, things that he never doubted before, finding that there is only one thing that he cannot doubt: "I think, therefore I exist". The statement was wrong as was later discovered ( one cannot conclude that), but his method of scrutiny, as described in his writings, is the foundation of modern theory of knowledge and modern science.
I decided I wanted to have someone like that in my fantasy world, but instead of closing themselves into a furnace they became a tree, removing the "I" from the equation.The result is really a wonderful combination of two of your interests! Fascinating!
TEA: 2. It is obvious by the fantastic works contained in your gallery, that you are a very talented, traditional artist, and that you enjoy a few types of mediums. Do you have a favourite medium to work with?
WOLFY: I enjoy them all equally, as they all present different challenges. The process of learning them is to me one of the great joys of art and I do not find one inherently more challenging then others, only more challenging to me until I figure out its basics. The challenge is the fun of it, as frustrating as it can be. I will never reach a point where I can say that there is nothing more to learn about any one medium, and just thinking about that makes me very happy I agree, we are always learning, and we are never finished.
TEA: 3. Which medium of traditional work did you first start working with, and why did you choose it?
WOLFY: Other then pencil and crayons, I started working with oils 10 years ago. Due to financial difficulties, I wasn't able to keep up my hobby, and I took a very long break from painting until a year or so ago, when I took up watercolors. I don't really remember why oils, and not some other medium, as back then I didn't know anything about any of them. I just know I loved the smell of turpentine Yes, well turpentine, does have a unique smell, that's true!
And both mediums are so different from each other, and yet so wonderful in their own special way.
TEA: 4. How old were you when first began painting, and how did you get into it?
WOLFY: I think I was five, and it was oil pastels, if you can call that "painting" Well, at least a tradition art medium, then!
TEA: 5. Who or what was your first inspiration?
WOLFY: Knights and dragons, and more dragons! It was all I would do, dragons, armored knights and epic crayon battles.
TEA: 6. It is very obvious by your gallery that you are a huge fan and proponent of Nature!
What inspires you about Nature to want to depict it, in your artwork?
WOLFY: Carl Sagan said that we are essentially parasites of trees and plants, and we need them far more than they need us. He meant that in the context of survival, but there is more to it then that.
This is the only home we have and it has shaped who we are completely. I believe that we can never be separated from nature, at least not in our minds. We may dream and wish for other worlds, but all our thoughts and ideas can only come from the familiar building blocks of nature. As if Nature is always the foundation, whether we can consciously realize this all the time or not.
TEA: 7. More specifically, what is your most favourite subject matter to paint?
WOLFY: Landscape and light. I'm in love with all the things light can do.
TEA: 8. Do you have a favourite type of tree? If so, what kind and WHY?
WOLFY: That would be the silver birch. It's not particularly for the visual splendor it can have (especially when its snowing), but for some reason to me it looks somewhat sad and I just wanna hug it.That's just so lovely...
TEA: a. Could you share with us, your favorite tree painting you’ve created and uploaded on dA? Thank you! How magnificent!
TEA: 9. What inspired you to create the helpful tutorials that you have created here on dA?
WOLFY: I believe in free knowledge and I dislike art secrets. Once, art was about craftsman's secrets, and that kind of thinking stifled and choked it. I would like to share everything I know and see what other people can do with that knowledge, hopefully inspire and get inspired in return.
Unfortunately, I'm still inept at making proper tutorials. So, if there is anyone out there that wants to know how something was done in my work, please ask, I assure you that it is my pleasure to answer., in depth.
A very long watercolor tutorialHi there!What a wonderful answer about free knowledge and sharing knowledge.
I did this picture for my watchers that have asked for a comprehensive tutorial about how I do things, as well as different aspects of watercolor. I tried to focus as much on the "why" as on the "how". Please bear with me, and forgive me for the poor quality of photographs, they were taken under lamplight. I've chosen a scene that is adaptable and can show different ways of doing things.
I start off with a doodle. I don't waste too much time with these, as most of it will be lost as I transfer the drawing to the paper. To transfer a drawing you can use a graphite stick and just blacken the entire back of the paper. After that, I place it on the watercolor paper, fix it with a masking tape so it doesn't move, and redraw with the ballpoint pen. After that, you put on the masking fluid, if there is any white of the paper you wish to preserve. If there are some delicate white lines you wanna save, it is best to use a ruilng pen. If you d
And I think it's great that you have created tutorials despite your feeling that you are somehow not creating them "properly"
because again this shows your desire and willingness to share your knowledge to help others, is STRONGER than your desire to try to somehow dispense knowledge in the most perfect or professional looking way. I admire that!
TEA: 10. How did you come to find deviantART?
WOLFY: One of my friends that I run a D&D game for persuaded me to put on DA some of the art that I do to help with immersion within the game.
TEA: 11. We are very happy to have you as a Member of our Group!
How did you come to find %Unframed-Nature here on dA?
WOLFY: Happy to say I found you through #TreeLovers Aw, that's great! They are a great group!
TEA: 12. What other groups here on dA, do you like, and find helpful or inspirational?
WOLFY: There are many such groups, but I find %watercolorists to be especially dedicated to sharing knowledge.
TEA: 13. Though your gallery reflects that you appear to be mostly a traditional artist, are there other forms of art, which interest you? If so, which ones?
WOLFY: Digital art ( landscapes in particular) and photography interest me greatly, and I hope to invest myself more in them in the future.It can often be good to branch out.
TEA: 14. If you could give advice or suggestions to artists who are new to their craft and wanting to improve, what would you say to help or inspire them?
WOLFY: Rather then just focusing on the craft aspect, I think that the mindset of an artist is something we have to nurture as well. William Turner, the painter who inspires me the most, once wept and despaired upon seeing a landscape by a French painter Claude Lorrain, saying: "I shall never paint like that".
Not only did he eventually paint like that, but he paved a whole new way of painting, developing his own visual language, which later inspired subsequent artists. I think that is a comforting thing to know.
We all feel insecure and inadequate about our art, but it shouldn't be because we doubt our potential or "talent". To quote Bob Ross: "I believe talent is nothing more then a pursued interest". In other words, the more we invest ourselves, our thoughts and our hearts into something, the more talented we become.Indeed, we should not give up on investing in our interests! And I thank you so much for your efforts and the time you spent participating in this interview. This was exceptionally informative and super interesting, and I enjoyed it very much! I hope others who see this interview, will also enjoy it, as I have. And, CONGRATS, one more time! Special Thank You Feature for Our Judges!
Judging this contest was NO easy task for the FOURTEEN judges we had on our judging TEAM!
We had brilliant entries, and the commitment, time and effort the judges put into this,
was so GREATLY appreciated! We would like to recognize their work with at least a small feature:
The Springtime PainterI long for the yellows
losing myself in a mustard meadow
a patch of gold in the natural quilt
strewn over the hills
an ocean of carefree memories
no worry of mudstained jeans
or wind-mussed hair
chasing the start of something new,
something as beautiful
as weeds growing in a sun-washed field.
I miss the whites
being invigorated by paper-white,
fragile messengers brightening
aromas of ice-flowers that warm a static home
fresh laundry and strong coffee
the smoke of a wood burning stove
the arrival of sun as a new day begins
I desire the pinks
the hearts blooming on bare branches
a romantic snowfall blanket
as individual petals float down
with the grace of dainty dancers
a table of tea
guests dressed in lace
lullabies of love and light kisses
sprinkled on flushed cheeks
beneath forgotten trees
holding the buds of abandoned dre
See you all in the Spring, about April, for our NEXT BIG CONTEST!
And for now, we are wishing you a beautiful Holiday Season, from %Unframed-Nature
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