In the Studio with
Barb Diltz Chandler
This Saturday we introduce you to artist Barb Diltz Chandler!
How did you start making art?
- I’ve always loved using my hands to make things—from wood, fabric, etc.—but it wasn’t until I learned black-and-white photography as a preteen that I began to understand essential art concepts. Photography taught me the importance of value and composition, and how to create a visual narrative to tell a story in one’s art.
Why do you create and what need does it satisfy?
- It feels good when I make art, and it makes me feel more positive about myself and receptive to the world. It’s an irresistible “high”.
As an artist, what is your most important tool?
- After my eyes and imagination, my most important tools are my brush and palette.
What is something that you can’t live without in your studio and why?
- I couldn’t manage without music in my studio. I seem to have more successful paintings when I let my brain get lost in a classical or jazz album while I work. Music seems to silence my inner critic and keep it entertained so it leaves me alone.
What is your least favorite part of your process?
- The least favorite part of my process is accepting failure. I have to keep reminding myself to accept a failed painting and learn from it and then move on to new work.
What is your favorite part?
- My favorite part of my process is flooding my paper with fresh, vibrant watercolor when applying the first wash to a drawing I really like.