under the sea by etsy artist

Whimsical Watercolor Art by Brilliant Critter


Over the years I’ve been introduced to the most amazing artists, designers, and bloggers and I’d like to introduce them to you.  Today’s Business Profile comes to us from Kristin with Brilliant Critter.  Kristin’s a talented graphics and design professional, but her passion is watercolor art.  Thank you Kristin for sharing your creative process with us!  

Sea Horse Watercolor by Brilliant Critter

This little guy was one of the first ocean life Critters I painted and has been one of my more popular prints.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in art?  Have you taken any art classes?

Hi there! My name is Kristin and I’m the Owner / Artist behind Brilliant Critter. I am a creative professional with a love for art, color and design.

I think I have always been interested in art. If I’m not creating something I feel dried up inside. Does that make sense? For all you creative people out there I’m sure you can relate. It’s like something is missing when I’m not working on a project that feeds my creative soul and brings a smile to my face.

Art has always been a part of my life ever since I was little. I decided to go to school for Graphic Design and I enjoy working in that field. But despite my odd infatuation with my Apple computer products I always find a way back to my paintbrushes.

I have taken many art classes. From drawing, photography and ceramics to printmaking and painting. Much of my college education was focused on a foundation in fine art before we ever got onto computers for graphics training.

2. What is your preferred medium and why?

My medium of choice has always been watercolor. I have worked in pretty much everything, oil, acrylic, mixed media but I always return to watercolors. I love working with and blending them. I think they’re a very forgiving medium if you want to change or go over something you have done.

Crab Watercolor by Brilliant Critter

3. Where can we find you? (Blog, website, Twitter, Facebook etc)

My Etsy Shop : http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrilliantCritter

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/BrilliantCritter

Twitter : https://twitter.com/CritterArt

Pinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/BCritter

Instagram : http://instagram.com/brilliantcritter

4. Do you have a favorite artist?  If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?

Oh my… so many to choose from. I will have to pick two, sorry. Paul Rand would be my favorite in the graphics world. He was such an iconic American designer that used shape, form and color to convey his messages and to create design with great meaning and value.

For illustration, I would have to say Beatrix Potter. From a very young age her little animal friends and all their stories fascinated me. I had her entire book collection as a child and probably made my parents read “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck”  to me over a thousand times.

5. Can you remember one of the first things you painted? What makes it memorable?

I have been creating art since such a young age it’s hard to remember my first paintings. But one of the first watercolor paintings I did that I was really proud of was a practice piece in high school. I remember I was reading “Watership Down” at the time by the English author Richard Adams and was inspired by his descriptive writing to do something with rabbits.

6. Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your work?

Much of my inspiration comes from nature, color and animals that I love. I live across from the beach and love seeing all the little sand crabs run around the beach.

I also get a lot of ideas for color from online, and in fashion / home design magazines. Color combinations that work well together on fabric and in print usually also translate well together in paint.

Crab Print by Brilliant Critter

7. What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on a larger scale painting involving all of my “Under the Sea” Critters. I have been wanting to do a larger scale painting for a long time now.

I’ve also decided to start doing my own framing, so that is project in itself. Custom framing can get very expensive when you are talking about several paintings a month. If you invest in the right tools, doing your own can save a lot of money and time.

Under the Sea Watercolor Print by Brilliant Critter

8. What else should we know about you and your work?

When I work on a piece or a custom commission I try to envision the work hanging in that person’s home or nursery. I want my art to bring as much joy to the person purchasing it as it did to me while I was creating it. Every piece is unique and has it’s own personality.

9. What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?

I actually also have a full time job working in radio. During the day I handle websites and graphic content for two local rock music stations, and at night and on weekends I paint. I also do some freelance graphics work so I’m a busy girl.

10. What, in your opinion, is the hardest step in creating your art?

Probably my hardest step is deciding what to paint next. I have so many ideas and concepts I want to capture I sometimes can’t decide where to start next when I finish something. I keep a little notebook with me at all  times and when I think of an animal or see an idea I want to paint I write it down. I’m sure you can imagine how long that list has gotten.

Under the Sea by Brilliant Critter

11. Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

One of my favorite quotes recently is from Sarah Ban Breathnach.

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all the world needs dreamers who do.”

If you have something you want to do because you love it and it makes you happy then you need to find a way to incorporate that into your life. Whether it’s a dream to support yourself with your art or just a goal you want to achieve, don’t let your own doubts hold you back. I waited too long to try and start doing something with my art but better late then never!

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