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AquaTalk: CamillaMalcus

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 27, 2010, 1:47 PM
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Hello watercolor friends! :wave:

It's been a great month and we keep rolling out new features! Our admins keep looking for ways to share our art, learn more about making art, using techniques, and learning more about each other.

Welcome to our newest feature, AquaTalk! Each month, we will choose a member of watercolorists to interview. you will gain insight to their general artistic goals, their watercolor technique, and little of their personality as well.

This month we interviewed the lovely CamillaMalcus, where we get an indepth look at her approach to her realistic paintings and portrayals of nature.

:bulletblue: First of all, please tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Sweden, where I still live today. I've always enjoyed painting, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I started to approach it more seriously.

:bulletblue: When did you start painting with watercolors? Why do you use watercolors to create art?
If I remember right, I got my first watercolours when I was 14 years old.
Initially, I loved the medium for its convenience; easy to bring along when going somewhere, handy for the few materials needed, and, most of all, a real winner when it comes to the ease of cleaning the brushes.
Nowadays I can't think of another medium I'd rather use. I've tried a few other techniques, but I'm always drawn back to watercolours like a magnet. I love everything about the medium, not least the challenge.

:bulletblue: Who is your favorite watercolorist? Do you have a favorite on deviantArt?
Oh, tough question. I love many different watercolourists and many different styles, so it's difficult to name just one or two.

Obscurity by CamillaMalcus The Lion by CamillaMalcus Dolphins by CamillaMalcus

:bulletblue: What inspires you to create? If you're uninspired can you paint the same?
I'm inspired by people and my surroundings -both at home and when I travel- but also by photos and images that I find appealing in one way or another. DA is a great source of inspiration.
It has only happened once that I've repainted the same motive (using different media), and I doubt it will happen again. I try to vary my subjects as much as possible.

:bulletblue: What do you want to communicate with your art? And how does watercolor help you accomplish this?
Strange as it may sound, I've never really painted with the intention of communicating through my art. I paint mostly because I enjoy the process, and I don't necessarily feel the need to show the outcome to anyone. That said however, all the lovely comments and the support here on DA have really helped to motivate me and inspire future paintings.

:bulletblue: What is a watercolor technique you use a lot? Craziest technique you have done to achieve a certain effect?
My main technique is wet-on-dry, with quite a lot of fine detail work.
The craziest technique might have been when I tried using a gauze bandage to create a textured effect. I failed dismally.

:bulletblue: What's your favourite color? Do you "abuse" of that color in your paintings?
My favourite colour is a deep bluish green; a slightly muted emerald. I might have abused it somewhat... *laughs* I can never tire of it. As far as clean, unmixed colours are concerned, I just can't live without French Ultramarine. Payne's Gray is another essential.

:bulletblue: How do you know when a piece is finished?
I usually stop when I'm somewhat satisfied with the result. I prefer to paint smaller areas at a time and finish them completely before moving on to another. That helps me focus and keeps me from going back and risk overworking particular details.

Action by CamillaMalcus Girl from Pushkar by CamillaMalcus Siberian Husky by CamillaMalcus

:bulletblue: Any watercolors story/anecdote you would like to share?
I've been wrecking my brain, but I'm afraid I can't think of anything at the moment; my watercolour painting sessions are rather uneventful. ;)

:bulletblue: Best advice you've been given
Since I'm autodidact and don't really know anyone that paints, I can't say I've been given any useful advice. Odd, when I think about it.

:bulletblue: Any other thoughts you want to share?
Hmm...Perhaps that I think DA is a great place, and that I'm very glad I joined.

Tubes or pans?
Pans, always.

Watercolored pencils y/n?
No, I've never taken to them.

Masking fluid y/n?
Yes, I can't live without it.

Hot press or cold press?
Cold press. I like the texture and the way it handles the paint.

Studio or outdoor?
Studio. I'd get too distracted outdoors.

Left-handed or right-handed?

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl. It sometimes stretches to the morning though, so maybe I should say both.

Sports or couch potato?
A healthy mix in between.

Half full or half empty?
Half full, of course. ;)

Batman or Superman?
Neither. I'm not much of a comics person.

Dog or cat?
I love all animals, but I'd have to say dog. Unless reptile is an option.

Winter by CamillaMalcus Vendedor de Varanasi by CamillaMalcus Tiger by CamillaMalcus

Thank you Camilla!!

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Yukiko-berrie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
your so epic! i just found you through the search for watercolor tutorials, now i'm a big fan.
Shigure92 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
What's brand of your watercolor?
AliciaMarieCreations Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010   General Artist
Congrats. I like interviews.
terepalomitas Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Camilla, thanks for sharing your insight, you know you rock. Agus, thanks for bringing her to talk about art, it's been really nice reading through the interview :)
abasss Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Thank you Tere!! =D
milbisous Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
She is a good choice for the first interview :clap: How about *fredasurgenor next?
abasss Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Great painter, but she is not a member, we interview members only. However if you have another suggestion, I would love to hear it! =)
milbisous Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
I did not know she was not a member, maybe you could invite her to join your group. It'd be nice to read about her beautiful watercolors career.
abasss Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Yes, it's always nice to learn about great artists.
However, I'm not comfortable inviting people to feature them. I'd rather feature a less talented artist who is an active member of the group if you know what I mean =D.
milbisous Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
No, I did not mean for you to invite to feature her. You could invite her to be a member, then after a few of her submissions, then maybe do the interview :D
abasss Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Ahhh sorry :lol:....ok, we'll see =D
KelliRoos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
abasss Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Agus; this is a beautiful layout! Thank you so much for letting me be part of this! It's an honour to have been asked to participate in the first place, and I had great fun answering the questions.
I'm really looking forward to reading the next interview!
ĄDe verdad muchas gracias! :hug: Te deseo lo mejor. :aww:
And thank you for the lovely comments! :iconwhiteroseplz:
abasss Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
No problem Cami, thanks a lot for being our first "victim". I really enjoyed reading your interview and I'm sure everyone else enjoyed as well.
Muchas gracias a vos por el entusiasmo y la buena onda :hug:
CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
martinacecilia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) such an interesting interview! her works are amazing!
FloconDePrintemps Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist
Great interview of a great artist!
I can't wait to see others :giggle:
Arwen-l-elfe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea to know some thing on great artist! :clap:
p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
Well done to both interviewer and interviewee! :D :clap:
abasss Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Pandamore Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! This was interesting and enjoyable to read. She has amazing work!
Lord-Makro Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Valhalrion Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yes!!! congrats camillamalcus! you totally deserve it!!! :heart: she is amazing!
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