Combine fresh flowers, the night sky and watercolour and you get inspirational graphic artist Ingrid Sanchez. A social media tour de force her Instagram feed bursts with energy, and is a delight for art lovers and botanists alike. Through dynamic mark making and the layering of rich tones she creates energetic floral compositions, often creating time-lapse videos to show how her paintings come to life from start to finish.
We spoke to Ingrid about her work and how she came to life as a painter; journeying from hobbyist to professional artist.
Hi Ingrid! Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you became an artist?
I studied a Bachelor’s degree in Information Design in Mexico followed by a Master’s in Book Publishing in Barcelona. I was always interested in painting, but was not sure what to do with it. Instead, I was encouraged to study something creative but more formal, which is what I ended up doing. For years I was really unhappy with my job and one day I decided to go back to my brushes, even it was only as a hobby. Years later and after lots of experimentation, painting became my main practice and eventually my full time job.
Your floral watercolour paintings are rich with colour and filled with a sense of dynamism and energy. Have you always worked in this style or has it evolved over time?
My practice is evolving all the time, I don’t want to feel like I’m painting exactly the same thing again and again. Watercolour is the main media I work with but not the only one. I love mixing mediums, techniques and playing with new ideas.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out with watercolours?
Be brave, experiment and have fun. Forget about perfection, be open to making a lot of mistakes and use them to create unique art. I’ve found the best effects by mixing things you are not supposed to mix and by being patient; patience is essential when we work with watercolours.
Can you give us an insight into your creative process? When you first start working on your floral compositions, do you have the finished artwork in mind?
Everything comes from memories, feelings and experiences. I don’t sketch or work with photographs, but I do paint a lot just to play and find the flow I’m looking for. My first florals were born this way. After a visit to the botanical garden in Brooklyn, NY, I arrived home so inspired that I filled pages and pages with random strokes that with time became florals. For me everything starts with an idea, then I just find myself ‘brush dancing’ over a huge piece of paper. I am aware my process is a bit unusual, but it works for me and brings a lot of happiness to my process.
You’re Instagram account is a feast for the eyes! Do you think it’s important for artists today to be active on social media?
I think it is important in terms of being open to new opportunities. But I don’t think that being on IG makes you an artist, it is just a part of the job. I know lots of successful artists who have very little presence in social media because they do not the time or interest on it.
You’re an art teacher too. Does your experience teaching others inspire your own artistic practice?
I love teaching because it gives me an insight into how others see things. I find inspiration everywhere and my students always bring something new to the table. This is one of the reasons I prefer small classes, it allows me to be present with everyone and listen to what they have to say.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am creating some elements for an event where a new line of beauty products will be launched. My season of workshops has just started so am planning lots of group and private classes. I am working on my new collection of watercolours for spring-summer and experimenting with resin.
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