meet the artist – Kim Geiser
Today we feature illustrator Kim Geiser. She combines whimsy with wise life lessons for her signature style.
Company Name: Persimmons Studio
Preferred Medium: Mixed Media
What would you call your ‘style’? Colorfully eclectic and bold.
What are you currently working on? Illustration and whatever else trips my trigger. I’m almost always working on 5-10 projects at one time. Today I will be finishing trinket boxes embellished with vintage treasures, making funky earrings, and painting a few originals over thrift store chunky framed canvases.
What is a favorite piece of art you created and why? My favorite piece is my Story of my Life collage painting. It includes pictures from my life mixed with bits of vintage ephemera and doodles. I also love my Today is full of Possible print. Not only was this a quick 15 minute sketch it was one of the most important pieces ever for learning lessons. I quickly posted it on Flickr when I created it because I liked it and loved sharing it….well I didn’t sign it. Months later it kept popping up in my Pinterest feed and on my Facebook feed which was exciting but without a signature no one was realizing it was my work. Huge media outlets were spreading the love to thousands of viewers but not bothering to credit the creator. It was so eye opening to see an image of mine spread so quickly. I try really hard to sign everything now and make sure to use my experiences to educate others on the importance of crediting the artist when using social media.
Who are your art heros? I cannot possibly begin to list all of the amazingly talented people who have inspired me over the years. I find so much inspiration and joy from the current works of my network of art friends. I have to say some of my favorites are Sue Pelletier, Shelly Massey, Lynn Whipple, and Aimee Dolich of Artsyville. These ladies create gorgeous work but more importantly live life as an art which I find immensely inspiring.
What qualities make your art distinctively you? My color palette is strong and almost the same in every piece I create. Turquoise, tomato red and mustard yellow. I’m a huge doodler with a very strong sense of line that I think makes my illustration work instantly recognizable. I also love dots. Lots of dots. 🙂
Where do you create? I pretty much create everywhere I am. I carry a clipboard with card stock and a sharpie everywhere I can. The real magic happens In my studio though. We recently moved to our dream country home that includes a 1,000 square foot 3 bedroom apartment (that once housed a doctors office) that is now my studio.
When do you create? All the time! Everyday I must be creative.
Do you sketch or keep an idea journal? Constantly. I have a hard time using a journal but I have bins and bins of loose sketches that I keep for ideas and inspiration.
What do you do when you hit a creative block? I’ve been really lucky to never really feel that but I think that is why I keep so many projects going at once. If something doesn’t turn out as planned I move on to another idea.
I never let art failures get me down because I see all mistakes as lessons. It’s part of the process!
Do you teach? Yes. To me seeing the light go on in someone’s eyes when they create something they never thought they could… Well that’s pure magic. I teach pretty much everything I am asked to and love teaching all ages! This year in addition to workshops in my studio and other local places I will be teaching at Art Is You in Connecticut. The retreat experience has me hooked and Salianne and Ellen of Art Is You have supported me and my art (i am the designer for their print and online presence) in so many ways I know I am forever a part of the AIY family!
What do you listen to when you create? Mostly silence.
What other things do you like to do creatively? I live my art so I like to think everything I do is an art. I absolutely love to garden and grow food for my family and then create delicious meals for friends. I also try to express my creativity in my sense of fashion. I am a huge thrift store shopper and I love wearing articles of clothing that stand out or are not typical. I guess even the way I view the world around me could be considered artistic. I take time to look closely at a leaf and really see the colors and lines. Right now snowflakes are amazing me!
Tell us about any commercial art endeavors: I have been a working artist since 1999 when I opened my first store. Over the years I have sold thousands of pieces of art and jewelry and worked on dozens of illustration projects from coloring pages for restaurants to logos for small businesses. Just recently I closed my store and am now focusing on my illustration work in hopes of getting a few licensing gigs. Currently my work was chosen to be included in the 3rd issue of the Doodler Anonymous coloring book.
I do sell digital downloads in my etsy shop and hope to expand that part of my business in 2014 to include a self published coloring book, stamp line, and DIY art blog. Of course I keep my life open to all possibility so who really knows what 2014 will bring. 🙂
What are your passions outside of art? My family and friends. I love to entertain and be close to people I love. As I mentioned earlier I am a huge thrift store addict! I thrift 1-3 times a week for almost everything that my family needs. I’m kind of the worst consumer on the planet but I see no sense in buying new what is almost always readily available at second hand stores. I am a regular guest on our local Fox station (Fox 11 in Northeastern Wisconsin) where I give people ideas on how to be thrifty and stylish.