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What A Painted 'Why' Looks Like...

A handful of artists from our Creative Bones Community, came together to create a special collaboration. They called it, 'From Feeling to Canvas'... and it's kind of the best thing ever. Each artist painted the feelings that drove them to be creative and get in the studio. If you've never painted how creating makes you feel, after looking at their work you just might want to!

"Take Me There" by Daylynn Drever


Can you tell me a little about you and your art?


My name is Daylynn and I’m a mixed media artist and Registered Nurse from Calgary, AB, Canada. I started painting in my little condo back in February of 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. I was at a point where I needed something to help take my mind off the stress of work and give me something to do in my spare time. After painting with watercolors for awhile, I started experimenting with other mediums and fell in love with almost everything I tried.


I would describe my art as bright, abstract, whimsical and fun. I really enjoy being able to paint a “place” - whether that means a physical landscape or a state of mind. I’m not very rigid with my art and I don’t plan much out beforehand. Sometimes I like to have an idea in my head of what I’m trying to convey and then let loose on the canvas.

You and 4 other artists took on a creative prompt to paint your why. Can you tell me a little about your why and what it was like to paint it?


I paint and create art to help bring balance to my life. I love the feeling of throwing paint on a canvas and trying out new techniques. It’s such a free and unstructured activity for me. It’s the exact opposite of my job as a nurse where everything is very much about the rules and stressful situations happen all the time. Whenever I’m having a tough day at work or just need to let some sort of emotion out, I paint. It brings me back to a place of calm. Since I started painting regularly, I’ve felt much more at ease with myself and more in harmony with my environment and the relationships closest to me.

Trying to paint something that represented all those feelings was interesting. I was trying to incorporate unstructured play and a feeling of calm in my painting because those are the aspects of art that bring balance to my life. I chose a pastel color palette to embody the calm feeling and then made a nice blended background to convey that. After the background was complete, I didn’t have a plan and just went with the flow. I wanted the rest of the painting to be open-ended so that unstructured play could be incorporated as well.

Did you have any breakthroughs in your path and vision as an artist from doing this project?

Yes! After thinking more about my why and having to physically picture it, I felt like it really solidified the message I want to convey on social media and with my art. I want people to make sure they make room for something in their lives that brings them joy and allows them to let go of the stresses of everyday life. The world can be a fast-paced machine and it’s okay to take time for yourself every once in awhile. There’s a time and place for both productivity and self-care. Also, this was my first collaborative project and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed working with other artists and that’s something I’d like to do more of in the future!

Where can others learn more about you?


My Instagram is @artmadeinmycondo and that’s where I share most of my content! You can keep up with my latest projects and get a behind the scenes look at my process. My shop where all my current available artwork lives is on my website at www.daylynndrever.ca. Feel free to message me on Instagram or on my website anytime!


Artwork by Cassondra Sullivan


Can you tell me a little about you and your art? Oh me?! Just a friendly cat lover, coffee lover, plant lover over here. Even though I kill even my favorite cactus plants. Most importantly I am an artist and always have had a desire to create. I was born and raised in California then recently moved to Nevada. This information is most important because it has influenced the subjects I most recently started painting, Cactus and desert scenes. I have always been influenced by the world around me and wanted to interpret what I see into the work I create. I am still figuring out how I want to interpret these things. But I am realizing life and art is an adventure that I need to discover. You and 4 other artists took on a creative prompt to paint your why. Can you tell me a little about your why and what it was like to paint it? My why is all about that light inside me that grows as I am painting. I had given it a lot of thought even before starting this work with the other woman. I didn’t really know how to explain the addictive feeling I got every time I painted till I started yoga/meditation. It feels like a light that grows inside me and then encompasses me. It feels like joy, inspiration, wonder, everything just exploding out of me as I work. I got that feeling when even when I was working on this piece. I had been playing with the idea of texture work for a little bit and it give me that feeling so I wanted to do it here. This gave me extra inspiration to work on a new technique and learn while working on this project. It was carrying me through this work the entire time and the stars were aligning cause I knew everything about the subject I was working on. Did you have any breakthroughs in your path and vision as an artist from doing this project? The most prominent breakthrough for me is to really dig into the whys behind each piece can help me become a better artist. I felt so confident making this piece and I know that is because I really took the time to understand why I was making it and the story behind it. Just throwing down paint and try to look pleasant is not enough. It’s the purpose behind each piece that makes it beautiful. I think I knew this in a conceptual way but didn’t really understand till I began this project. Also, learning about the other artist why, I found that I connected with each one fully. I could have taken on the reasons why they paint just as confidently as my own. It was great to see that all of us artist connect the same way to our work and yet we all took the pieces in our own individual way. It was beautiful to see. Where can others learn more about you? You can find me on Instagram @cassee_paints or Pinterest @casseepaints And find all my work on my website www.casseepaints.com


Artwork by Lindsay Miller


Can you tell me a little about you and your art?


I’m 25 years old, from Pittsburgh Pa; living in the city and inspired by the beautiful moments in everyday life. Through impressionism and aspects of surrealism, I paint what I see with a dream-like quality, mimicking the fuzzy/rose-lenses of a memory; bridging the gap between past and present - immersing the viewer with a new reality. I am a detail-oriented person in an unorganized way which is reflected heavily in my style of painting and creating. You and 4 other artists took on a creative prompt to paint your why. Can you tell me a little about your why and what it was like to paint it?

I think for a creative, I’m pretty literal. So when I thought about identifying my why – I was pulled towards the physical and tangible elements that trigger the emotional response I feel when painting. The reason I paint - is for the sense of comfort, at home, and total self-acceptance I feel when I create; the limitless possibilities and safe space of self expression and exploration. I took this concept and painted what my sacred space, my happy place, and creative spot looks like – including all of the personal elements that make it feel my own. With my favorite mug, most-used color, and other objects that I identify with - I set up a still life, what my work-in-progress looks like, and chose to challenge myself to focus on really looking and painting what I saw. Through this painting I feel I was able to see my essence, not sure if that makes sense but it felt wild – almost like painting a self-portrait through inanimate objects. I believe everything we create is a self-reflection. By painting an environment of a work-in-progress piece - it also acts as a metaphor that we are all works in progress. Did you have any breakthroughs in your path and vision as an artist from doing this project? This prompt really helped me to dig deep and evaluate the very reasoning I push myself to create. I didn’t know my true reason why until I explored this question. The answer – the act of creating, itself, the bubble that it forms around us that enables us to be fearless and face whatever it is we’re thinking or feeling face on. Where can others learn more about you?

My Instagram is the most active: @lindsaymillerart and I also have a website: lindsaymillerart.com


Artwork by Kaylin Dreackman


Can you tell me a little about you and your art?

My name is Kaylin and I’m the artist/owner behind The Artistry Studio. I live in Madison, WI with my husband, two cats (Nova & Ember), two chinchillas (Lily & Sophie) and a hamster named Stark. If you can’t tell, I really love animals. I also really love creating things with my hands. My art is very expressive and often includes bright and vivid colors, intricate zentangling, and nature. I love to paint with acrylics and have also developed a real love for digital art. My portfolio includes numerous paintings, 60+ stickers (and counting), 2 coloring books full of zentangle designs, and an assortment of other fun projects.

You and 4 other artists took on a creative prompt to paint your why. Can you tell me a little about your why and what it was like to paint it?


When tackling this concept, I really wanted to encompass everything I love about creating and at least a few of my favorite techniques. I paint because I love it and I love bringing new realities to life. I enjoy painting landscapes but with colors you wouldn’t expect to see. Creating new worlds with beautiful and bold colors is a big part of my why.

Another big piece of my work is doing it for peace. Peace of mind and relaxation are big motivators when I work, which is where the zentangling comes into play. I can zone out and get completely lost when doing them.


Putting all of these aspects into one painting was a fun challenge, unlike any other I’ve ever given myself. It challenged me to think more thoughtfully about what I’m putting on the canvas and what techniques I wanted to use. I’m very happy with how the painting came out and I feel like it’s an accurate representation of me and what I strive for when creating my art.

Did you have any breakthroughs in your path and vision as an artist from doing this project?


One thing I’ve really learned about myself recently, and was very apparent with this painting, is that I literally cannot paint in non-bold colors. I admire artists that paint in pretty pastels so much and would love to channel some of that aesthetic into my work, but every time I put paint to canvas, it just doesn’t happen. I naturally gravitate to those bright and neon colors and I think it’s time to just fully embrace that.


Where can others learn more about you?

I have a website with a little about me, where to find me at in person markets (once they start happening again) and a shop full of my work that’s currently for sale. My website is TheArtistryStudio.net . I also have a Patreon for exclusive digital and mailed goodies each month! Lastly, I’m most consistently using my Instagram. All updates, new listings, and cute cat photos can be found there! www.instagram.com/TheArtistryStudio



Artwork by Kim Voitic


Can you tell me a little about you and your art?


I'm an abstract impressionist artist from Surrey, BC. I love working with vibrant colours and creating marks and texture with natural sponges. I draw most of the inspiration for my work from the natural world, flowers, clouds, and trees show up regularly in my paintings.

You and 4 other artists took on a creative prompt to paint your why. Can you tell me a little about your why and what it was like to paint it?


For me painting is both my way to express myself and to process my emotions. Creating brings me so much joy, and anytime I am stressed or upset I know I can throw some paint around and feel much better after. It's as if my art is a mirror in front of me reflecting back my truest self. This is why I chose a scene with a lake reflection. The dark moody landscape is reflected in the water with vibrancy and life to represent my feelings while painting.

Did you have any breakthroughs in your path and vision as an artist from doing this project?


This collaboration definitely helped me better understand what drives me to create. Before I knew that art made me happy and I had fun doing it, but I had never dug much deeper than that.

Where can others learn more about you?


My Instagram is @kimvoiticart to follow along with my art journey.

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