Saturday, August 13, 2011

Interview with a floral artist - Kara Stewart

Art in Photography
Although Kara Stewart is a teacher for her full time job, artistically she is a photographer and digital artist. Her photography covers a wide variety of subjects such as dogs, Native American, food, nature and homesteads, with flowers being some of her  favorites to shoot.  She has a photography website, Kara Stewart  Art in Photography and a zazzle store,art in photography .
1.    How old were you when the idea of being an artist first came up?
Red Daylily card

I was about 10 or 11 years old when I begged my parents for a camera for my birthday. They did end up giving me a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 110 (remember those?) and I remember them impressing upon me that it was not a toy but a ‘grown up’ product to be treated with great care. I took pictures of everything I could, and my fascination with photography was born. Over the years, of course, my cameras changed and I taught myself more about creating images with cameras as the tool.
2.    Could you tell us about what kind of floral art you do?
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My floral photographs are mostly macro photography. The tiny details in flowers are amazing and I like to capture them for all to see. I used to think that I was also mostly attracted to bold colors in flowers, but lately I have begun to experiment with black and white photography in flowers.  I love taking ‘straight shots’ of natural objects, but I also love playing with those images on software, much as a painter may play with colors or brushes, to create unique works of digital art.
3.    Who inspired or taught you?
I am self taught, but have been inspired by the work of other photographers in groups I belong to, as well as reading a ton of photography books and being inspired by the work I have seen in them.
4.    How often do you create?
April Redbud card
I photograph as often as I can, but out of necessity, it is balanced with my full time job and the other things that go along with turning an image into a product on zazzle – designing, promoting & marketing.
5.    Which were the best moments for you so far as an artist?
Pink Geranium magnet
The best moments for me as an artist are those when an image that I have carefully created turns out in a way that touches my eye, my heart and my mind all together.
6.      Which were the worst ones ?
Night Camellia Postcard postcard
When I think I have my image set up so carefully and it doesn’t turn out!
7.    What advice would you give to other artist who is just starting out?
Learn and read all you can from all sources – forums, books, tutorial videos. Be open to critique, hard as it is, but know when it is best to take the advice and best not to. Participate in all the means of practicing your art and improving that you can – join forums, join websites, participate in contests, network with similar artists. And enjoy creating!
Magnolia Light Postcard postcard

Sunflowers magnet

KARA STEWART lives and creates in North Carolina, United States .
You can find out how to contact her if you visit her Zazzle store

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