Q+A with Mindy Lacefield

Mindy Lacefield is a mixed media artist who draws inspiration from the nostalgia and rainy days of her childhood. Creating from the heart of a 7 year old, Mindy cherishes the tactile process of painting. As the layers and colors evolve, decisions are made in the moment. Mistakes are applauded and accidents cherished. It is only through the process of making mistakes that fosters growth. Surrendering to the outcome of the finished work, allows her to be one with the process. Through surrendering, stillness is achieved and a new awakening of hearing the voice of God has been the most beautiful thing about this creative journey.

What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year? No. 6 catalyst wedge. It is a must have for what I call “un-tidying” your work. If I feel myself start to tidy up my paintings, I reach for this and it works every time. I can’t wait to show you guys how I use this!

How many hours a day do you work on your art? 2-3 hours of actual painting time. The rest is spent doing administrative stuff like answering emails, student questions, scanning, etsy shop stuff.

What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop? catalyst wedge, titanium white paint, quinacridone nickel azo gold paint, mop brush, and openness for the process.

Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise? Anne Patay, Arturs Akopjans

Always Choose Joy by Mindy Lacefield
Always Choose Joy by Mindy Lacefield

What’s your favorite work of your own? My latest original on wood, titled “Always Choose Joy” Will you share a photo? (attached)

If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop? That we will not have much of a plan for creating. We will allow mistakes to show up. We will be relaxed and play. And have FUN!

If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here? I have not. The only other place I’ve taught is Colorado Springs. I am excited to see the northern part of Colorado!

Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? yes. It is of the moon over the Pacific ocean. What do you think when you look at it? I think of that beginning magic of how the Divine spoke ever so gently to me….calling me to Him through art.

What’s your favorite word? I always pick a word for the year and this year I chose JOY! I also love “listen”.

When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun? I love love going to movies! I like Sci-fi, fantasy, and Disney movies. Some of my favorites are Cinderella (live action), Terminator 2 and Genysis, Wreck it Ralph, War Games, E.T., Bambi, and all the Star Wars movies.

Mindy Lacefild will be teaching in Fort Collins, Colorado, June 23-15. Learn more about her workshops here.

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