The first thing that struck me about Gay Kraeger was her easy going style and her sense of humour. And, of course, her emphasis on non-perfect art. She mentions that a lot – the deliberate focus on creating imperfectly.
I asked Gay if she would like to be a guest on The not -Starving Artist Podcast because Gay’s journey is an inspirational one. Yes, yes, I know – ALL the women I’ve spoken to thus far on the show are inspirational, but each one managed to do whatever they’re doing with art by following a different route. Which just underscores the importance of constantly reminding ourselves that there is no right way – only the way that works for us.
Gay started keeping a watercolour journal after being inspired by Christina Lopp Schwabecher’s illustrated journals of her trip to France. Once the illustrated journal bug bit Gay, however, it led to other unexpected things – like eventually starting her own business, Wildways Illustrated, designing interpretive display panels.
Gay has a class on Craftsy Unlimited where you can learn her techniques for keeping an illustrated watercolour nature journal – during which you will also be reminded to keep it imperfect.
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