Rosie Winstead | Local Artist Feature (Part 2 of 2)

October 30, 2015 | Branden Schwab

In part 1, we asked Rosie about her experiences in the children’s literature industry and learned how having her illustrations published commercially has shaped her understanding of the publishing process. Below, she discusses her ongoing work and how her creative process has developed over time.


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My latest work came out of an experiment of freedom to explore new thoughts, attitudes, and techniques off the top of my head without having to check in with anyone but myself. It had been such a long time since I got to do that. My characters are based on just waves of emotions, memories or how I felt at the moment. Or sometimes they are based on a funny or sad scenario I saw at the store that day.

 


“…this new cast of characters have become a tad more selfish, impatient, spacier and maybe even a bit more depressed than in the books or cards I had done previously. Perhaps, I ran out of positive energy and sweet ideas after being in the children’s picture book/Hallmark world for 10 years?”


 

I have noticed this new cast of characters have become a tad more selfish, impatient, spacier and maybe even a bit more depressed than in the books or cards I had done previously. Perhaps, I ran out of positive energy and sweet ideas after being in the children’s picture book/Hallmark world for 10 years? Or maybe it has nothing to do with being positive/or not, but more about where I find the most humor, or what sparks my attention to create- which just so happens to be on the muddy and less bright side of things.

 

With the kids getting older and in school I do have more time to wonder, learn and take in! I have started painting with oils, which I never thought I would do. But, after seeing the boldness of the colors and being able to create on bigger scales, I found myself addicted to it. It has made me take a closer look at art and it’s history. (boy, that sounds corny!) So…I’m homeschooling myself a little everyday about what it is that draws me into certain artist and learning how or why they draw me in, and who inspired who. My latest obsessions are Jacob Lawrence, Leon Spilliaert, Milton Avery, Vuillard, Toulouse Lautrec, Henry Darger, Alice Neel…

 

 For now, I am just going to go with the flow and keep looking for things that inspire me and ignore the pressure to take my work any further than the room it sits in right now. I want to color like when I was little—with no questions circling my head of where is this picture going to go, or what is it going to bring me.Guest+First+

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http://www.rosiewinstead.com/

http://clementinedaily.com/2013/09/welcome-home-rosie-winsteads-charmer/

http://www.amazon.com/Rosie-Winstead/e/B001JRTNQK

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