In my pieces, my goal is to "go deep" (thank you Leigh Hyams). I enjoy inhabiting The Zone — that inner creative space that likes to express itself without thinking about it. For the "flowers" pieces, I started with pencil, often referring to a photo I've taken. From there I dove into the watercolors palette and then worked into the painting with pastel, charcoal and sometimes a graphite crayon (a big, stubby pencil you can work into with water). Occasionally I work in a few spoons of dirt — especially if it's French!
For the abstract series, I abandoned working from photos and determined to see what would happen if I only worked from my gut. The results were frequently a splattering of raw emotion on paper. I respond to Leigh Hyam's encouragement to "think about revealing your deepest self and work from it".
I feel privileged to travel to that wonderful land where time stops — where it's only me, watercolor paper and the media (accompanied by iTunes, of course). It's a satisfying place to visit, and I often leave drained, tired and happy — except when I feel frustrated, furious and like a failed artist who has no business doing such things.
My figure paintings, and other works, are more studied and less emotional. Though painting the human figure is a great privilege and I enjoy it very much.
I started taking watercolor classes in the 1980s when I lived in Oregon (when I was Emily Favors). Recently I have taken art workshops with Leigh Hyams, and with her instruction expanded beyond the boundaries I had been inhabiting. As I grow as an artist, and take my artistic expressions more seriously, I find that painting is becoming as necessary as breathing.
If you would like to see more watercolors, created from 1990–2008, visitwww.redeyedesignweb.com and go to the "watercolors" button. There is some overlap between that site and this one.
I am part of The Firehouse Collective in Berkeley where I use studio space.
You can read more about me in an interview by Gayle Wheatley in her Culture Vixen blog: www.culturevixen.com/2010/05/emily-weil
Workshops attended: Southern Oregon State College visiting artists watercolor seminars; Leigh Hyams workshops in Esalen and Calistoga in 2008, 2009 and 2010, CA; Pat Knipe workshops in Florence, OR; Judi Betts watercolor workshops (several CA & OR locations).
2011 Sausalito Art Festival, CA
2011 East Bay Open Studios, Oakland CA
2010 Group Exhibition at Bridgehead Studios, Alameda CA
2010 Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios*, Oakland CA
2010 Group Exhibition at Firehouse Gallery North, Berkeley CA
2009 Solo Exhibition at The Muse, Oakland CA
2009 Group Exhibition at Esalen, Big Sur, CA
2008 Group Exhibition at Esalen, Big Sur, CA
2008 Nomad Cafe, Oakland CA
1992 Electronic Arts art show (employee artwork) CA
1990 Gualala Art in the Redwoods Festival, Gualala CA