If you’ve felt the need to overproduce work (particularly by Instagram), work at an unnatural pace or race to improve, this episode will be salve for your studio practice. This conversation with Soleé felt just like two artists chatting over tea, because it was so honest and soothing. We unpacked dilemmas around scheduling studio time, being self-taught, chasing after a “career” (and what that even means), confronting imposter syndrome and much more. My favorite was the wisdom Soleé radiates when it comes to being in integrity with her creative energy. I think you’ll find it to be contagious.
We talked about…. -- Soleé’s transition from jewelry making to painting
-- Imposter syndrome
-- Why she would and wouldn’t return to get her MFA
-- Pacing yourself, honoring your creative energy and Soleé’s studio schedule
-- The ways being off Instagram shifted her studio practice
-- Thoughts on what a “career” as an artist actually means and Soleé’s personal career values -- Working with mystery in the process
-- much more!
"Tropical Storm", mixed media on canvas, 25 x 20
Soleé Darrell is a born multidisciplinary artist who is based in Oakland, CA. Her work is purely intuition-driven. She explores the experience and depth of being a human in this world while connecting with other worlds through practice and meditation. Each stroke encompasses color, vulnerability, passion, texture, and complete faith in the universe. She uses layers of mixed media to symbolize the healing of wounds and maps the unknown paths we take in life. She is forever fascinated with the idea of things we can never know about our existence, and the self inflicted suffering that human beings can endure through generations of trying to figure it out. Her hope is to bring some optimism to the viewer and bridge the gap between the intuitive world and the physical world.
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"Positions", Acrylic, Watercolor, Pencil, Pastel, Paper on Wood Panel, 16x20” 2021 (1 of 4)