Gretchen Little, Iowa City Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement I am an artist who is also an intuitive and energy worker. The art degree came ten years before my psychic abilities started to make themselves known. I am developing an artistic style that comes from my heart rather than a realistic, analytical drawing style. It's not easy because I've spent my life as a very analytical person!
I am able to draw the spirit guides and guardian angels of others, a process I talk about on my two Squidoo lens Spirit Guide Portraits and Intuitive Portraits. You can find more about commissioning me to do a portrait there as well.
My main project at the moment is trying to do a piece of art with a heart somewhere in it each day. I started doing this for my boyfriend around Valentine's Day 2007. I have managed to do a piece a day, but they haven't all made it to my heArt-a-Day blog. Visit the blog and also my heArt-a-Day Squidoo lens to see more. My goal is to eventually reach 1000, and that was inspired by the Japanese story of 1000 cranes.
If you are interested in working with the energetic and spiritual sides of your creativity to help you in many areas of your life, check out my Creativity Reiki site. I will be offering individual sessions soon, but in the meantime I'm writing the manual and putting it online as I go.
In February 2007 I was fortunate enough to get a new computer, a Wacom graphic tablet, and a copy of Photoshop CS2. Those three together changed my artistic world completely. Although I still enjoy working in colored pencils and making collages, Photoshop is unbeatable for easy access to colors and effects with different brush styles. And if I do something I don't like, I can just delete the layer! I was a purist who thought digital art was "cheating" for many years. Not any more. Same process, and I still have to learn how to use the tools the same as I do with paint and pencil. Finding Imagekind is the icing on the cake!!