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Featured Artist Friday: Meet Kelsey

Posted on September 29 2017

Kelsey DeLange is a happy little lady painting happy little things.  Running her business, Honey and the Hive, from her home in Grand Rapids, MI, Kelsey makes one of a kind pieces of art that are full of wit, charm and are sure to make you smile.  Combining elements of traditional tattoo designs with bright color palettes and girly touches, Kelsey is able to put a fun new twist on an age old style.  She works predominately in watercolor paints and ink to create work that has strong lines, and bright bold colors.
   

We asked Kelsey a few questions to help us
get to know her more + here's what she said: 

  
How does a typical day progress for you? / Do you have any morning rituals?
As a work from home mom my days are always an adventure!  I generally start off the day with a big ol' cup of coffee, responding to my emails, and a pen and paper to write out a to-do list for the day.  I'm a huge list maker there's something about actually writing it down in ink that makes me feel so much more organized and accountable for the day.
  
How do you kick off a new week with a fresh start?
I love the beginning of a fresh new week!  I really like being able to sit down and map out my ideas and goals for the weeks with a clean slate and some fresh intentions.
  
What kind of influence or role do you believe art currently has in society?
I like to think that my art has the power to make people smile and laugh.  I like to make lighthearted artwork that is full of fun color palettes and a little bit of humor to create something unique and original that makes anyone who come across it grin.
  
Do you do any research or look for inspiration when starting new work?
I don't think I so much seek out inspiration as I find it all around me.  A lot of my work is food related, so for example I honestly will just be sitting there eating something and I come up with a funny pun and say it to my husband (who is usually never amused, haha) but I just get so excited that I immediately want to paint it when I get home.  Most of my work is focused in the every day and making it more enjoyable so I come up with a lot of my ideas in this way.
  
Anything you wish people understood more about your work and process?
That it's so. much. work.  A lot of people (myself included when I started out) think I just sit around and paint all day, when in reality there is SO much more going on!  I'm spending my time answering emails, packing orders, photographing new products, running social media, so on and so forth and the time spent at my desk painting is a lot less than I could have imagined!
  
What do you love to paint/draw/design most?
I really just love to take ordinary things and turn them into something that is lively and fun.  
  
What is the best advice another artist gave to you?
Never worry about what others are doing and to make from the passion of making.  This has been the most crucial part of being a working artist, to just pay attention to my own work, my own successes and my own failures.  Not to get wrapped up in what victories or defeats others are going through and to always, always just create from my heart.
  
What are your biggest struggles with being an artist?
Being gentle with myself.  I will always, ALWAYS be my own worst critic so when I finish a piece and step away with it, no matter how happy I am with it, I can find at least a dozen things I wish I had done differently.  I used to beat myself up about it, but I've learned to take it as a learning opportunity to always make the next piece better, and I have!
  
Do you have a favorite type of music or artist you listen to while creating?
I listen to a lot of acoustic/ indie music or podcasts while working.
  
What are your biggest goals for this year?
My biggest goal for this year has been to slow down and really focus on the small details in my work, I have to say that since shifting my focus from the final piece to those little details that really make it pop I have seen such a difference in my work and I'm so excited to keep on growing!
  
  
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