I've been so excited to share this artist with you all for some time now! Mo (Known as @Mo.ology over on Instagram). Her work transports you to an enchanted land filled with endless magic and sheer beauty using a range of mix media. Ever since I personally found Mo's Instagram page I was blown away by the talent and creativity. Building a friendship through Instagram, I discovered Mo is just as beautiful as her work and truly is a divine soul with so much wisdom and love! Soooo, of course I wanted to interview her find out more about her wonderful journey as an artist!
"𝐼 𝒸𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓉𝑒 𝑜𝓊𝓉 𝑜𝒻 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓁𝒹 𝒶𝓇𝓉 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓈𝑜𝓊𝓁"
1. How did you get started doing what you do?
I started painting very young . I have always worked in a creative and entertainment field and painted on the side doing murals. When I decided I wanted to concentrate on my art full time, one of my artist friends suggested I join Instagram . I was a nervous wreak the first time I posted for the world to see , well I think 5 people saw that first post hahaha . I still get a lil nervous on some pieces that I share .
2. What is your favourite product you’ve created or favourite pieces to create?
I have always painted fantasy and galaxy themes . One day I was looking at a round wood panel and thought , wouldn’t it be cool to make myself a custom galaxy crystal grid meant just for me , would people dig that ? After I did the first one I posted it on Instagram. And well over 200 grids later I’m still painting custom grids . It was a whirlwind that definitely got me noticed and my art seen and made my art career take off. Plus it made me kick up my line game and influenced my current style. Right now I’m really into my dream scape series and my original crescent paintings .
3. What gets you in the mood to create and sit down and work when feeling a little unmotivated?
First I’ll put on fun music that makes you want to jump around and high energy that puts me in a good mood, then I have a little thing that I do , I grab a small 3” round wood panel and have no thoughts or plan and just paint . I’ll put out 3-5 colours and that’s all I’ll use and I always add a colours I don’t normally use and I will only use one brush . It forces me to get out of my head and I always learn something which sparks my imagination and creativity . This meditative type exercise is what brought my popular itty bits to life . I also play the drums so I’ll go into our studio play for an hour or so and always come out pumped and ready to paint ! Music is a big part of my life and influences my art as well as nature.
4. Do you have any advice for a start up business or an artist just starting out?
Number one be you , you are unique and original there isn’t another you. Show people in your art who you are , where you’ve been and where your going . It doesn’t happen over night and you have to be willing to put the work in and put yourself out there , it’s a hard life but very rewarding . Never stop learning and experimenting. Practice practice practice is the only way you’ll grow and evolve as an artist and strive towards developing your own style . I learn something everyday , and although I have found my own style I’m always working at bettering my skills and ideas . Make sure you run your business legit and professionally, PayPal has a great invoice system that I use for commissions. Customer service is key , never forget where you came from and that your customers have helped you to live your dream. If bookkeeping is not your thing then have a family member help you or it’s totally worth the money to hire an accountant. Take your business seriously, even though we’re artist you need a schedule and system . For selling your art I think local shows are great and for online, start with an Etsy shop because it’s easy and a good way to learn the ropes about selling , customer service, shipping and the forums are a great help from seasoned sellers.
5. Any advice you can give to a creator which wants to turn their hobby into a business?
Do not quit your day job right off the bat , get serious and start doing your art and building a business during every extra min you have , how bad do you want it ? You will make the time . Ask any full time artist and they’ll tell you we put in 13-20 hr days . Make sure this is what you want to do , although it’s an amazing career and I’m living my dream it’s a lot of work and artist are an emotional being and always working on art your emotions are constantly elevated , good bad or ugly . If you feel it in your bones that art is your passion then go for it . Take your time and it will happen.
See what I mean? What a beautiful, motivating woman! You can find more of Michelle's work over on Instagram and I really hope this "Meet The Creator" interview post has left you feeling inspired and motivated to create some art! I know I am! Remember, please don't forget to share this post across social media so others can discover the creator.