Meet Artist Micki Wilde
Recently, I came across really wonderful artwork by Micki Wilde and just had to contact her for an interview with House of Many Hues. I was delighted to hear back that she had agreed and that I could share her words and work with you!
Micki is from the UK and has a wonderful blog over at The Secret Hermit where she showcases her whimsical mixed media artwork. The best part is that her paintings are available for sale at her Etsy shop.
HMH: What is the meaning behind your blog and shop name, “The Secret Hermit”?
MW: The meaning behind my business name is that most people I have met would say I am a very outgoing and even quite loud personality but what most people don’t know on meeting me is that I really am more at ease when surrounded by my own home, my comfort zone and I just am secretly a very hermit like person. In fact, I could stay in the house for days on end without even wanting to go outside, so the business name really is describing what in all honesty I am really like
HMH: When did you start working with mixed media? What are the top materials you love to work with?
MW: I first started working in mixed media around 3 years ago; in fact that is when I first picked up a paintbrush at all. Before then I had always been a doodler but never painted.
I was encouraged by my husband and also by a good friend to take up painting and I absolutely love it and can’t imagine a life without it now.
I have been mainly self taught over the past 3 years with the exception of a few online classes, it has been a case of trial and error working with lots of different mediums but now these are my favourite few that I wouldn’t be without:
Golden’s fiber paste
Tim Holtz distress crackle paint
Faber Castell black pitt pens
Vintage book pages and ledger papers
HMH: Tell us a little about your work. Do you have a routine you follow when creating? What’s a typical day like?
MW: I don’t have a routine as such but I do start the day off by walking my daughter to school, then taking the dog for a walk, then home for a cup of coffee before starting in my art room.
Whilst I am drinking my coffee I answer any emails and read through some of the blogs I am following, I answer any comments etc left on my blog, Flickr and Etsy then I get stuck in with some messy art stuff
As far as the creative side goes, I like to prep my canvases and canvas boards over the weekend with scrapbook papers, texture mediums and a few layers of random paint colours before even thinking about what might go on them.
Generally I will do a big group of 10-20 in different sizes and shapes of canvases/boards in one go, then they are ready for me to start painting on during the week.
HMH: When looking at the characters you create, their expression seems to suggest they carry a message or a piece of wisdom. Is there any validity to this statement or am I looking too deep?
MW: Sometimes the characters I create do carry an obvious message which I have been known to write, use book text or stamp straight on to the piece of art, other times the message is left to interpretation from the onlooker and sometimes there really is no message and it is just a fun piece of art to look at.
HMH: Where would you like to see yourself and your work 5 years from now?
MW: Hmmm….In 5 years I will have just turned 40…..I hope to at least continue to be self sufficient and able to carry on doing what I love the most.
I would like to be earning a comfortable wage from it but I know I still have a lot to learn and have to look more into running the business side of things first before I get ahead of myself.
I have been very lucky so far I think and for saying I had never painted until 3 years ago have achieved quite a lot and am very grateful for that, I hope my luck continues and my business continues to bloom
HMH: What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?
MW: I live in a small village/town in the UK and there are not many restaurants locally (unless you go to the local chippy, which is actually very good)
My favourite type of restaurant though is anywhere that sells good Mexican food and even better cocktails to go with it. I love a good Mexican meal!!
HMH: Thank you Micki for the interview. We wish you continued success!
Images: Micki Wilde, The Secret Hermit