Getting to Know – Sheila Howell

Sheila Howell

What is your favourite time of day to work – are you an early bird or a night hawk?

I work usually from 9:30 until 5:00 or until I get tired. I will often draw in the evenings, usually from my imagination.

What would your dream project be? If there were no restrictions with time or money, what would you create?

I LOVE working large. I would love to paint a 6 foot by 12 foot painting. It would be abstract or an incredibly large flower.

What is the one tool of your trade you would not be able to do without?

Cheap brushes. Sometimes I like to really smoosh the paint with the brush and rub it into the canvas. I would never do that with a “good brush”.

Tell us about that one special piece of work that you would never part with and why? 

It’s called Thirteen Fridays, an abstract I did a few years back. It’s only 9 x 12 inches and I love it.

How do you recharge your creative juices?

I walk. When I get frustrated or down on myself. I take off walking and I walk until I feel more in balance. Sometimes this can take an hour or more.

What would you do with a million dollars?
I’d go to Spain for a vacation and probably give most of it away.

What are you reading right now?

Nothing too interesting but I just finished “The Town That Drowned” by Riel Nason. I got it from the library but will be buying at least one copy. It’s just one of those books I need to own and keep.

What kind of music do you like to listen to when you are creating?
If I am in a funk, Leonard Cohen otherwise rock, jazz or classical. I often just enjoy the quiet.

Coffee or tea?
Usually coffee and sometimes tea or hot chocolate. I like to make a pot of tea.

Favourite snack?
When I am working, I like to have fresh fruit on hand as I often forget to eat lunch.

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