Excerpt of an Interview with the Fine Art Finger Painter Iris Scott:
What was an idea that occurred to you accidentally has developed into your passion and profession since, namely fingerpainting. Tell us about the sensations you feel as an artist while you are engaged in developing a piece.
It may be true that laziness in general is not a good thing, however there are exceptions to nearly every rule, and for me a brief moment of laziness in 2009 led to my discovery of oil finger painting. It happened because I was too engrossed with my painting to bother washing brushes, so I skipped cleaning the brushes and began manipulating the oils with my fingertips. I felt like a pianist who had just discovered that she could play with more than one digit, it was like stumbling upon new technology. Tactilely speaking the sensation was superior to brushes, after all, finger painting is perhaps the oldest medium known to man. The icing on the cake was the immediate discovery that not only did I like these new paintings more, but people agreed with me! They were undeniably my best works, one thing led to another, and now when people ask me what I do for a living I smile and respond, ‘well, I’m the world’s only professional fine art finger painter.’
I happen to believe that the meaning of life is love and creativity. My partner told me once that I have ‘painting-bearing hips’, and it’s sort of true the artworks are like my babies. The question posed is how I feel while engaged in the development of a new finger painting, to which my answer is ‘high’. I feel high, and depending on the strength of the piece, that high can be so elated that I burst into laughter alone in the studio just giddy with what’s happening to me. Creativity is mysterious, and sometimes when it flows through me I feel like an observer. My favourite paintings are those which are not recognizable to me as being mine. At times when I really stumble upon something I love deeply the feeling is near panic, my heart nearly pounds out of my chest and my breaths get short. I carry a camera everywhere I go, missing the opportunity to capture a moment of beauty is a phobia of mine.
Read the full interview at http://luckycompiler.com/the-fine-art-finger-painter/
Image Courtesy: Iris Scott