Q + A with Paige Smith
Paige Smith is a Boston based artist focusing on bright botanicals. Paige is a New Jersey native, and received her BFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire in 2013. She loves poodles, iced coffee, and bagels!
1.) You specialize in botanicals using such bright and vibrant colors! What inspired you to break outside of the box?
I paint with funky bright colors because for me personally as an artist, it creates an overall feeling of happiness. When I mix together a super fun pink, yellow, or magenta I get overly excited and filled with so much joy.
I make brightly colored paintings for one simple reason: it makes me happy! Whenever I am feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, I just start to create something and all of those stressors disappear like magic.
I want people to see my work as a positive feeling, something that can brighten their day and put them in a better mood. That is exactly how I feel when I paint flowers and plants with super “extra” colors and hues!
2.) What is your creative process?
I am such a morning person because I feel like I can accomplish so much more all before lunch. I am that person that cannot sleep in past 7:30am on the weekends because there is so much I want to check off my to do list before the rest of Boston wakes up!
I usually start my day with barre or yoga, and a very large cold brew. When I sit down at my little art desk, I browse through garden books, Pinterest, and magazines of various flowers and plants I would like to paint. Once I have a rough idea of what I am painting, I move on to figuring out what colors patterns I would like to incorporate into my painting. I do a little more browsing through books, Pinterest, and magazines, and then I get to work!
Creating a mini sketch before I start on the actual painting helps me with color choices, sizing, and overall composition. Once the small sketch it complete, I work on a larger version of the sketch which will end up being the final product. If I find myself getting frustrated or annoyed with whatever I am creating on my paper or canvas, I take a break. I go for a walk, read, or take a few deep breaths in order to help clear my mind. When I feel cool, calm, and collected, I get back to painting. For me, taking small breaks while I paint helps me find a way to take whatever I don’t like about my work and turn that weird color, or strange shape into something that really works.
When I feel like my painting is coming to an end, I put that painting aside, let it hang out on my desk for a day, and revisit it again in the morning. If I still feel like my painting is done the next morning, that means the painting is officially complete (yay!). If I look at my painting and feel like something is missing, that is when I add a few more layers of color, and a few more lines.
3.) What do you struggle with the most as an artist?
Time! I really wish sleep wasn’t a necessity in my day to day life because I could accomplish so much in 24 hours.
I have a full-time job in addition to my art business. At times, it can be difficult to juggle both. After a long work day, my body wants dinner, Netflix, and bed. However, my mind tells me to utilize those 5-6 hours after work to focus on painting, updating my website, sending emails, engaging on Instagram; all of the things that benefit Paige Lindsey Design.
Some days I am a super human and make productivity my bitch with my full-time job and Paige Lindsey Design. Other days I am just a normal human and crave the couch and a binge worthy Netflix show.
4.) You combine a lot of mediums together when creating. What is this process like for you?
The process of combining mediums can be exciting and a lot of fun at times, and at other times it can be a complete disaster and super frustrating. I like to think of it as one big experiment. I like to play around with ink, chalk, pastels, watercolors, acrylic, and markers. When I figure out what materials work well together, I just kind of run with it until I find another medium to experiment with!
5.) What art trends are you currently interested in?
I love how knitting and embroidery has made a come back! I used to knit all the time, but kind of lost touch with it because I have been focused on my painting. However, after seeing a bunch of artists experiment with knitting and embroidery, they have definitely inspired me to dust of my knitting needles!
Another trend that I am seeing and am absolutely falling in love with is collage and glass painting. I see a lot of artists use collage and glass as a new and fun way to express themselves, which I think would be an awesome thing to experiment with in my own artistic practice.
6.) What's next for you in 2018?
I am currently preparing for the SoWa, which is a big open market that is held every Sunday in the South End of Boston through October. In addition to getting my work out in the Boston community, I really want to create a YouTube channel where I can teach various painting tutorials, connect with other artists, and portray who I am as a person and artist through video.