If you’ve stopped into The Hive lately, you may have noticed some amazing new art around the store. The art was commissioned for the store from local artist Cindy Wallace. We had the chance to get to know the woman behind the canvas and chat with her about her inspiration, her biggest challenges and her advice for aspiring artists.
These pieces are a little different from the other paintings you’re known for, what was your inspiration behind them?
CW: I do have a certain style that I am known for, however, I like being diverse. When commissioned, I’m able to give the customer exactly what they want. Yes, I have my favorites, however, painting and sketching in various styles is definitely an advantage. Elizabeth Todd does everything to perfection. Her boutique, with it’s classy and pristine flair, was my inspiration. I wanted the art to depict just that. Drama, mixed with simplicity, was my mission. Elizabeth’s clothing and accessories are an art in itself.
You’ve created art for many different locations – galleries, large scale murals, corporate collections and private homes – is there a difference in your creative process when creating for these different environments? Do you find that you prefer one over another?
CW: I truly enjoy creating different pieces that are “outside of MY box.” My favorites, however, are abstracts and people, especially fancy women! My forte and what I’m known for, is my color sense, irrespective of the style.
What has been your biggest artistic challenge to date?
CW: My biggest challenge was “the Mural” on Edsall Road, in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia. Myself and another artist collaborated our styles on a 300 foot wall (The size of a football field) and 30 feet high. The person who commissioned us wanted a certain style. I was willing and able to deliver, however, the other artist was not. What should have been a fun project, ended up being a reality TV show! I truly loved meeting, talking and bonding with all of the passersby and I miss them!
What is your favorite way to get inspired when you’re feeling low on creativity?
CW: My creative wheels never stop spinning! However, when they slow down, I am always inspired by music! “Music is art, and Art is music.”
What’s your advice for any aspiring artists reading this?
CW: OK, aspiring artists, my advice to you is as follows:
1. Always be aware of all the beauty that surrounds you!
2. Just like writing, when an idea hits you, take out a sketchpad and let your creative juices flow.
3. You cannot be thin skinned. Accept the fact that not everyone is going to like your style.
4. Paint from your heart while listening to a beautiful piece of music.
5. When the subject is more upbeat, change the music to a more energizing and fun beat!
6. Try to paint from memory and not always from photos!
7. Remember, no one knows what the artist meant or did not mean to do. Just make sure your perspective is correct and pleasing to the eye.
8. It’s OK to have several paintings going at a time. That will keep you prolific and interested and not get tired of the same painting!
9. A glass of wine is optional, but must be 21 years of age or older.
As the OTBD, you know we’re big on shopping local. If you had an unlimited shopping spree in the boutique district which stores would you visit and what would you buy?
CW: An unlimited shopping spree in the Boutique District would be a dream come true! I would go to The Hive and Shoe Hive and load up on dresses and accessories! I love high heels, boots and sexy and different sneakers. They will probably run out of shopping bags!! To top off my beautiful clothes and shoes I would have to go to Queen Bee Designs and lavish myself in The best custom-made jewelry ever!!!! However, I do have three amazing and beautiful grandsons, so I would have to go to 529 Kids Consign and purchase an obscene amount of clothing and accessories! Did I mention my daughter Megan Podolsky , is the owner! And last, if there was a Home Goods in OT, I would be there!
We hope you’ll stop by The Hive to check out Cindy’s work (not to mention the amazing clothing and accessories!).