Our featured artist this week is Adriana Vidal. Adriana will be having an Artist’s Reception showcasing both old and new works at The Word is Art gallery on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 6-9 pm.
It was synchronicity that brought Adriana Vidal to The Word is Art. In the past few years she has transitioned from full time work to contract work so that she can focus more fully on creating art. One day last fall she was reading the Art Biz Blog and Alyson’s advice that day was to meet more artists, join an art community, or go to art related meet ups. Adriana immediately checked out art-related meet ups in her area and found one for The Word is Art. It wasn’t really a meet up, just an invitation to come see TWIA’s booth at an art show in downtown Culver City’s so she almost didn’t go. No one wanted to go with her but she rallied and made herself go to see what this group was all about. The artists were all extremely welcoming, the founder emailed her the very next day and within 10 days she was a proud member of The Word is Art artist co-op. She’s been with The Word is Art Gallery since October 2013.
In more recent years, Adriana’s work has tended to be very series oriented – creating anywhere from four to a dozen pieces at a time but, in the past, her work was definitely more singular. From Black & White to Colour will be a combination of old and new work that shows how her work has evolved from black & white almost structural doodles to more organic free flowing doodles that incorporate colour. Her current paintings are mixed media – watercolour and/or acrylic with ink.
Adriana likens her art to automatic writing which is why she calls it doodling since she rarely know where a piece is going to end up. She likes to think of them as microcosmic worlds that live in her subconscious although some common elements you will see in the main body of her work are trees, water and eyes. She has also done small polymer clay sculptures in the past and is currently working with paperclay as a medium for 3 dimensional pieces in addition to her watercolours.
She’s been supplementing her income for years with various types of commission work – drawings, paintings, and small sculptures –always straddling the chaos as an artist with a day job. She recently moved her work to a studio space so at least the art chaos is no longer in her dining room! You can see more of Adriana’s work here.