Artist/Designer Spotlight: William McLure

This month’s spotlight goes to the ever so talented personality, William McLure. He is checking all inspiring boxes when it comes to an Artist and Designer – rich, natural and authentic are 3 words that come to mind when admiring his portfolio. He is a true Southern design gem and I am sure you are going to love our little Q&A with William.

AW: What kind of creative process, routines or rituals do you have?



WM: Well, first off I typically prefer to paint in the early morning hours or late at night. I typically get interrupted less during these hours and once the creative process is interrupted it can be hard to jump back into your creative cycle. I’m always listening to music or podcasts while I paint. I find that it keeps my mind from wandering and helps keep me focused, in some weird way, lol.



AW: What is integral to the work of an artist?


WM: For me I think it would have to be your space. I found very early on that this work requires large spaces to spread everything out and allow for drying time for the artwork. You also need a lot of natural light. My loft is perfect for this because two sides of the loft are nothing but floor-to-ceiling windows.

AW: Tips or advice you would give to someone trying to pursue a career in art and design?

WM: 
This is actually a great question. For me, I believe these two skill sets are talent-based. So, if you don’t have some sort of knack for it I don’t think it can be successfully cultivated through the educational process.
For me, one of them most important assets was being able to work for and with people that are talented. This experience taught me so much more than an education ever could. Also, never be afraid to take a risk. Sometimes it can be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done. I’m living proof of that, lol!



AW: Do you ever experience creative blocks? How do you overcome them?


Most definitely! Recently I have had my best friend, my dog Baylor, pass away after 15-1/2 years, so, I really didn’t work or touch any painting for about four weeks. It was extremely hard for me, but eventually I started exploring social media again, looking at design books, and reading articles that were design based. Integrating myself back into my work through these avenues, was a great way to overcome my emotional block and to re-cultivate my creativity and get my mind back into the game.




AW: Who are a few artists/designers you admire and why?


WM: Mark Sikes is pretty amazing! He has the whole lifestyle concept down pat!
I think as far as the artist go I would have to go with Catherine and Jones. She’s based in Birmingham and has a clean, honest and timelessness quality to her work. Her composition and colors are on-point. I’ve actually spoken to her about commissioning a piece of hers for myself.


AW: What are your everyday essentials?

WM: 
I would have to say a long sleeve blue button down, some torn blue jeans, a great pair of sunglasses and some well-made loafers.




AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

WM: My morning drive to Starbucks and trying to get all my errands run before lunch. Then home to work on commissions… and at night time you can pretty much bet your bottom dollar I’m in the bathtub with Netflix.

AW: When do you feel most inspired?


WM: Usually it’s at night. I tend to be a little ADHD and there are less distractions at night, so I can really get in the creative flow and not be interrupted.

AW: Your latest obsession?

WM: My latest obsession….. I think it would have to be this 9-foot long by 6-foot tall, 17th century tapestry that I had framed to go over my bed.
I had been eyeballing it for about a year at the frame shop where I have some items framed. So, one day when I was there getting something framed I just happened to ask him what the story was behind it and why it was still there. He said that a doctor had brought it in to have it restored and framed, but had never come back to claim it and pay for it. I asked if it could be for sale and he said yes…… at that moment I instantly turned on the charm! He said all I had to do was pay the doctor’s bill and I could purchase it!
Needless to say, I pulled my debit card out instantly! And “that’s all she wrote,” and it became mine.


AW: What do you do when you are outside of your studio?


WM: Well, I enjoy running so that releases a lot of stress it helps me level out. I have a pretty close- knit group of friends, so we are usually at one of our houses doing a dinner party and cocktails.

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Are you in love yet? I’d love to hear what you think about my Q&A will William!

xo A

Artist/Designer Spotlight: Zoe Pawlak

Welcome to Wachs This Ways’ new feature, Artist/Designer Spotlight. There are so many wonderful and talented humans out there and I believe they need a shout out, so I’m here to do just that.

After some serious creative soul surfing on the web recently I discovered Canadian artist, Zoe Pawlak. Her contemporary artwork is so refreshing and moody – in all of the right ways. She makes contemporary take on such a diversity – figurative, floral and landscapes – each with its own flair of personality. From canvas to floor, I love it all! Yup, you heard me correctly, floor – her rug collection is a show stopper!

Top of my list, if I must choose one, Rising

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I couldn’t stand to not share both of these beauties! Oh! The floors I can envision them on.

Over Oceans Collection-Coastal Shift

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Red Dust Collection-Shift

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If you’re still stuck on the commitment process when it comes to purchasing art, head back to my Designers Tips post ‘Andrea’s Tricks to Selecting Art‘.

xoA

Walking into the weekend like…

 

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Megan Hess / London Fashion Week 3 Print

Feeling fantastic going into this weekend. Confidence through the roof! It was such  a great week, there are few things better than feeling like you’ve earned some time off. When you’ve worked your booty off all week and you are left with a great sense of accomplishment by the end of day on Friday… that’s when you know you’ve earned it. So, clock out and get to doing some you time.

And, let me not forget to share my latest love – Megan Hess‘s fashion forward illustrations. Her designs are so playful, yet glamorous at the same time. Add some confidence to your office space or dressing room vanity with one of her prints.

 

New York-Lost in Dior & New York-Sipping in Celine

xo A

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Designer Tips: Andrea’s Tricks to Selecting Art

Art is the perfect outlet to express your personality in your home, furniture and accessories are part of your home decor story telling, but art is an expression of you. There is a reason one piece stands out to you more than another – so, what do you do once that to die for piece speaks to you? Buy it on the spot and hang it wherever you can as soon as you walk through your front door? Well, Mr or Ms go getter, it may not be quite so easy. When you are going to make an investment in a work of art (no pun intended), you may want to consider a few things before you commit. I would like to share a few tips and tricks with you so when you unexpectedly fall in love with a beautiful painting on your way to the grocery store, you will have been prepared for that moment.

 

1.  Scale. Envision where that piece will go, is it the right size for the space? As a general rule, you don’t want artwork to overpower the piece of furniture it is hanging above and you certainly do not want it to be too small. If you have a large empty wall don’t be shy to use the whole space for one piece, and on the other hand, if you do not have a large piece to fill that space, then consider a grouping of small pieces.

 

MILIEU Magazine / Interior Design: Richard Hallberg / Photography: Max Kimm-Bee

 

2. No rule. There is no rule of thumb that art should blend in with its’ surroundings, but you may hear the advice that your artwork should balance your interior and remain consistent. Once again, there is no rule of thumb! In fact, I’m going to let Canadian artist, Zoe Pawlak‘s words talk us through number 2.

“While your home decor can obey certain rules, such as investing in neutral couches or flooring, I urge people to use their walls for irrational or eclectic choices. Art is a place for expression through color content, and texture. Choose art at a heart level…”

 

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3. Compliments. Number three is a carry-over from number two. There is no rule that art should match your furniture, however, consider complimenting. Pick a color or two from your piece of art and coordinate that color with an element in your room – whether it is an accent chair or throw pillow. Let your artwork have one or two things in common with the room, this, in fact, will increase your art’s statement in the space that it is hung.

 

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4. Framing. Not all art should be framed but when you have a piece that requires a frame, take a moment to consider your choice. Does your selection compliment the furniture or features of your room? Choose a frame to match your flooring, or on a more subtle level, if you have a pair of silver lamps consider a silver frame. Even if you are choosing a frame to add contrast to the style of your room, like a contemporary piece to a traditional room, just like we said in Number Three, a little compliment will effortlessly tie it together.

 

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5. Hanging. Position your artwork at eye level. If your room has high ceilings you may be tempted to hang the piece higher, but consider an art gallery’s standard – the center of your artwork should be about 60 inches from the floor. If you are hanging a grouping or collection, to find the center, treat them as if they were one piece.

 

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 How would you hang you art? Comment below, I would love to share your ideas!

xo A

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