What Inspires Me - Ann Bonestell

Inspiration for my latest artwork has come in surprising sudden spurts, along with being immersed in large waves of new ideas and techniques. I am simply in love with making my new series of Spirit Dolls, using hand-crafted paper, encaustic paints, fiber, organic and found materials. Each one is revealed to me as I experiment with new methods, play with color and think about how this new work may be fertile ground for my personal story. I can’t wait to introduce these archetypal characters to Open Studios Art Tour Guests!

Inspiration for my art often comes in the form of poetry and prose. I’m particularly moved by Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz. My collection of vintage photographs, fiber and handmade paper often guides me in new artistic directions, too. In the last year, I’ve learned a lot from favorite teachers, on-line classes, books and videos.

 

I’m blissful when a new aesthetic seed is planted, sending me on a journey of exploration, a catalyst for my creative process. My personal mission and commitment is to create what I’m able to add to the sum of beauty in the world.

 

We look forward to welcoming visitors to Bonestell Studios Oct. 8-9 & 15-16 (Artist # 119). Please enjoy discovering my Spirit Dolls, encaustic paintings, soldered glass jewelry, story shrines and a busy mixed media studio. I hope you’ll also explore unique paintings and fine craft by my artist husband, Jay Bonestell (Artist # 120.) Join us at our ‘House of Art’, 2008 Ferrell, Los Osos, 93402, 805.528.4265, bonestellstudios.com.

 

PS: LISTEN to KCBX’s ‘Ears on Art’ podcast interview with Ann & radio host, Crissa Hewitt: “Inspired By Images of The Past”: kcbx.org/post/visit-ann-bonestell-inspired-images-past.

Ann Bonestell - photo by Laura Dickinson
Ann Bonestell's encaustic station
"Sprit of a Tranquil Home" mixed media by Ann Bonestell, photo by Forrest Doud
Ann Bonestell - photo by Laura Dickinson
Ann Bonestell - photo by Laura Dickinson
Ann Bonestell's encaustic station
Ann Bonestell's encaustic station
"Sprit of a Tranquil Home" mixed media by Ann Bonestell, photo by Forrest Doud
"Sprit of a Tranquil Home" mixed media by Ann Bonestell, photo by Forrest Doud