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Meet Kimbell Sadler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimbell Sadler.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve always had a love affair with art. I think it even began way before I was born when my parents named me after a beautiful modern museum in Fort Worth called the Kimbell Art Museum. But it was not until early last year that I started toying with the idea of  making my own art. It started with a chance encounter with the most vivid and intoxicating alcohol ink renditions displayed at the East Austin Studio Tour by Julie Pelaez. There was something that compelled me to just reach out to her and ask her to teach me and her kindness and willingness to help me basically set me on my path of artistic self-discovery. The colors beckoned to my heart and I simply had to follow.

Please tell us about your art.
I love beauty in all forms, especially bright and colorful manifestations. Anything bursting with light, color, and joy expands our souls towards infinite magic and I try to create each piece of art to leave behind a little shimmer of happiness. There is something so soothing yet exhilarating every single time I sit down to play with the colors. That’s what I love about art, it has the power to transform us, to transcend ourselves, and to remind us to slow down and notice the beauty all around us.

Alcohol Inks are a highly concentrated ink form and are applied to heat-resistant smooth surfaces such as ampersand clay boards and acrylic panels. The magic of a completed piece is the by-product of patience and observing where the ink wants to go versus where you want it to go. It’s basically an experiment in learning to let go.

The process of making this art is very fluid and you just learn to go with the flow of the ink. Receptivity is one of the big themes that I have experienced when interacting with this medium. It is teaching me to be comfortable with what already is and letting go of wanting to control the outcome. Playing with art is helping me to accept the process, the moment, and most importantly, to just enjoy it. Whenever you look at one of these little gems, my hope is that you are filled with sparkling delight.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
I’ve found that if you really want something bad enough, and you start envisioning what you want as if you already have it, somehow magic starts to happen. My advice is to start manifesting what you want by just simply starting to change your mindset. Change the way you look at things and change your habits. I slowing started making small changes in what I chose to spend my money on. Instead of going out on the weekends and spending money on alcohol, I started making weekend trips to the art store and purchasing alcohol ink 🙂

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I often showcase my work at Cherry Cola Dog, a local Eastside art studio for artists. And most recently my art has been on display at Brentwood Social House on W. Koenig Lane. Also, I have had a collection of commissioned pieces so a lot of my art can be found hanging in local homes around Austin. And starting in 2019, you can find my art showcased at Industrious on W. 5th street. My journey of art is just beginning and I can’t wait to find out where it takes me next!

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