Even though my business allows me to be creative, I enjoy making time for hobbies that revolve around art. I personally love painting seascapes that involve lots of layering and stitching. Since my family has been living mostly by the bay I’ve really embraced the area and love creating artworks inspired by my surroundings. Studying the sunlight on the water and the changes in the bay’s plantlife throughout the different seasons has given me such an appreciation for the subtle shifts in nature.
Finding a hobby that doesn’t require purchasing many things and is an opportunity to use up old supplies and scraps of paper is especially fun for me. I love to see it transformed into something new and beautiful while minimizing waste. To inspire your creative pursuits, I wanted to highlight a few women who have amazing creative work and businesses. I’ve asked them to share some of their best advice on how someone might be able to pick up a creative hobby in their respective fields.
Gina Triplett is a world-class illustrator and artist. What I love about the work that she has done during the pandemic is to use household objects rather than traditional canvases and art supplies.
Leanne Polidore transitioned from making the occasional handmade leather bag and baskets at home into running a thriving bag factory at Hemlock and Hyde.
Lee Ann Scotto Adams is an old college friend of mine and makes the most beautiful landscape paintings based on the streets and neighborhoods of Rhode Island. She is the executive director of an arts organization, SNAAP and she paints from her kitchen table. Her work is so incredibly prolific - she’s such an inspiration.