Getting to know Helen Shideler

Helen Shideler

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

It has been said that an hour in the morning is worth two in the afternoon.  I hear the crack of dawn and want to get up and at it

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

A series of large canvases with some in oils and some in acrylics.  Time is my biggest challenge trying to fit in all of my ideas – there is so much to do. I am never at a loss for inspiration.  Sometime I stress myself out trying to do too many things at once!

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

Well I have an art supplies addiction.  I love them all – so many possibilities, so much potential.  And then someone comes up with something new.  Oh my! Probably leaning towards  watercolors though.

 

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

A poured transparent watercolor painting of a seagull in flight  “Coming in for a Landing”.  I wanted to keep the foggy sky without the typical “legs” that pouring paint can create.  This was tricky and I was breathing funny throughout the painting.  But it worked.   Although this painting may look simple it was very difficult to execute on.  I am unsure most can appreciate the effort it took to create – so it is mine!

©Coming in for a Landing by Helen Shideler

How do you recharge your creative juices?

Sunshine. Go outside, take a walk, sit at a beach, look at the sky, watch it rain, watch it snow, bird watching, look at colours, garden.  Sit outside and breathe.

What would you do with a million dollars?

Honesty, first order a Hughes easel and then retire and travel with my husband.  There would be some sharing with our family and some charitable donations as well.

What kind of music do you like to listen to when you are creating?

It changes a lot but generally uplifting, fun and no too loud

If you had a superpower  what would it be and why?

Probably fly.  When I was a child I used to have a recurring dream that I would be running and then take off and fly.  In these dreams I was really soaring and swooping.  They were glorious dreams.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Yes, on apple crisp please

Tea or coffee?

Hot tea please

Getting to know…Helen Shideler

 

 

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Who or what inspires you?

My inspiration comes from everywhere. I love bright colour, light and shadows.  Details and complexity. Interesting shadows. I love the energy of inspired &  positive people.  I love engaging in lively conversations and thinking out loud, brainstorming, what ifs etc.

I admire artists who can keep it simple.  I have tried.  It is not me.

IMG_7996_newHow would you describe your style or process?

Intricate, painterly, experimental, classic… BecasueI am drawn to complex subjects, I usually take time up front to map out in my mind how I am going to approach the work.  Some times it may be a matter of just starting it.  Sometimes I stew over it for days or weeks until the approach is clear to me.  And then I am off painting deliberately.

Where may people find more of your work?

At my home studio and gallery Blooming Colours by appointment, my web site www.helenshideler.com and at the Citadel Gallery on Charlotte Street in Saint John

 

IMG_8432_newWhat are you currently working on?

Several poured paintings in play. There is another large series in my mind.  I am also trying to paint one small painting a week.  I

What is your idea of a dream trip?

Painting in Italy next year!  Attending plein air workshops in California, Africa and Alaska.  Maybe even teach on a cruise ship.  And  every chance to visit family in Vancouver!

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What would you like to accomplish in the next three years?

It’s about time I book a solo show…

Book or Movie?

Depends on the weather – if is nice out, we are out

Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate and vanilla

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