Today, for you, here is someone different! Tangerine Meg describes herself as a “quirky artist, colourful yogini, wild artist and more.” While she is passionate about our planet and its people, her paintings are often focused on what is closer to home. I am sure you’ll agree Tangerine Meg imbues the everyday with life, colour and zing. We posed each other 5 questions to answer today. If you’d like to read my swap post visit Tangerine Meg’s blog!
Philippa Robert: The word I associate with you is “colour” and not only in your art! What sparked your love of colour?
Tangerine Meg: So glad to hear that! Colour lights me up, and has done since childhood. Sometimes it’s bold, sometimes delicate, often unexpected. My heart soars when I come across or make colours and patterns that are delectable together. Some things that spark me are Farmers Markets, blooming community gardens and delicious embroidered fabrics from far away places. (If I’m lucky I get to make an interpretation with my pen and watercolour palette.)
PR: When I found you on-line, I felt as though we had been friends for years. How does that happen?
TM: And I loved that after we met online you made the journey to visit me at my art stall at the (now all but defunct) Mitcham Market. Perhaps it was the mutual recognising of a kindred spirit that connected us so quickly!
PR: You present your art in a variety of products as well as paintings. Has this made a difference to your survival as an artist?
TM: It’s almost too soon to tell, but I think so. I’ve been a late bloomer in twigging that I might make a business of art – my business name, Tangerine Meg, was registered in 2011! Last year was the first year I seriously offered calendars and digital fine art prints, though I’d offered greeting cards for a couple of years. They’ve been well received and I hope will be this year too :)
It makes sense that people may be knowingly browsing for an original painting, but they’re more likely to be after a unique Kris Kringle item or a special greeting card! Smaller items are also a cool way to take a piece of art home, to keep in touch.
PR: Is your subject matter an important element of your work?
TM: Absolutely! The things around me (flowers, produce, fabric, cats) might seem mundane to another eye, but they make me happy and remind me to be appreciative. Paintings seem to be permeated with a feeling too – often times I come back to a painting and am reminded what I was thinking about or listening to as I made it. Perhaps some kind of cosmic soul imprint? Have you ever had that happen? (Don’t be surprised if you think of the Black Eyed Peas and Daddy Cool as you read this!)
PR: What do you believe is your unique offering as an artist?
TM: As you said earlier, it’s probably my fondness for unique colour. My colour sense is verging on pre-verbal (or parallel to verbal) – I don’t have good words for it. However, I was taught for years by the wonderful Adelaide artist Ruth Tuck and can also put colours together consciously when the need arises. The other things which affect me as a person – and are thus imbued into my art – are my wonder and appreciation for life, fairness and beauty. I’m coming to understand that my artwork ‘speaks’ to kindred heart-centred souls :)
Hi! I’m Tangerine Meg: quirky artist, colourful yogini, wild gardener and more.
My Bold Art invites your Bold Soul to savour the vibrancy and pure delight of every day moments – and to share the joy with your family and friends. Let’s play!
If you’d like a keepsake, feel welcome to grab my downloadable bookmarks! :)