Teaching Taste: Living an Artful Life

by Mindy Lockard on July 14, 2009

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Today’s guest has been a great inspiration to me in the personal and artistic sense.  For those who don’t know, I dabble a bit with illustrations such as the typewriter above and other drawings on MindyLockard.com.  When my creative director was encouraging me to do the drawings (by encouraging I mean nearly twisting my arm off) I looked to the work of pve for inspiration.  Not only has Patricia inspired me, she inspires many through her work and daily blog on living an artful life!  I am honored that she agreed to join our Teaching Taste Series.

Day Three: Teaching Taste by living an artful life with Patricia van Essche (pve)

How do you describe your artistic style?

A brief description of my artistic style is really how I see things – I love life and try to capture that in my work.  I love fine lines, color, humor, style and things that a full of soul and spirit.

What were your childhood artistic inspirations?

My childhood inspirations stemmed from being raised one of seven, by caring and kind parents and relatives.  Many of my teachers were also inspirational and there were rules and expectations for each of us.

Are they different from your adulthood artistic inspirations?  If so how?

No, my adult artistic inspirations are actually not different at all, I have always admired people for hard work and dedication to living a life full of quality and integrity.  I think that some of the best artists had many obstacles or expectations to live up to.

Why do think it’s important to weave artful living into your family life?

Artful living is so important and does not have to cost a lot, plain and simple, it is how you arrange your life, how you are influenced by your surroundings which is so crucial to leading and artful life.

Do you intentionally expose/teach your children to art?  Why or why not?

Yes, exposing our children to art as well as all children is extremely important.  I think most important is that they are allowed to explore, be able to create and encouraged to find happiness.

Do you have any artful living tips for parents who are not artistic but believe in the value of exposing their children to art?

A parent does not have to be an artist to raise one – just lots of art books, trips to museums, and supplies to foster the availability.  There are many classes which also can be wonderful to learn Art, Pottery, Painting, Classic Drawing and more.

Thank you pve for joining us today!  It’s been an honor working with you.

For more on pve and her work visit her home on the web!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

pve 07.15.09 at 2:34 am

Mindy,
Thank-you for including me! Can I tell you how flattered I am to be part of this series as well as having some form of inspiration for you with your own artwork! I look forward to each of your posts and all your excellent etiquette tips. Please show us more of your artwork. That little typewriter illustration you did deserves an A+!
pve

Sande Chase 07.15.09 at 4:45 am

A wonderful tribute and interview with talented Patricia. Don’t you just love her artist photo, she even looks like an artist, a fashionable one of course. Also loved your other interviews of women of inspiration. Keep up the good work!

Marialexandra 07.15.09 at 8:30 am

Inspiring and such true words. Loved the interview and just had to go on Patricia’s site to check out her illustrations and loved them! What beautiful work.
Honored to be part of this series along with such strong entrepreneur moms, I am looking forward to the rest of the series!
Best,
Marialexandra

Joyce 07.15.09 at 10:26 am

Patricia is an inspiration to many young and old! Her illustrations have a way of capturing the beauty and personality of the person/animal and the character and love of a home. The love she has for life and art carries through in her work. Thank you for the wonderful post and learning a bit more about Patricia. xoxo

Deborah Milne 07.15.09 at 1:35 pm

What a wonderful, inspiring series. I admire Patricia tremendously. I love how she weaves an artful life into every day living. She is a talented woman and mother. Great choice to hi-lite her life.

admin 07.15.09 at 5:42 pm

Patricia, Thank you for taking the time to share your taste for life and art with us! You have such a gift and we are all very blessed to have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of how you see the world! Truly, lovely. And, yes, I love, love, love your artist photo. Sincerely, Mindy

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