When we first started our podcast, the entire goal was just to have cool conversations with interesting people. Recently, I connected with a brilliant artist named Rosalina Bojadschijew from Art On The Moon. We talked about recording a podcast together, but I didn’t think that was the best way to show you just how wonderful her artwork is. I really felt we needed to show images (and LOTS of them) of her pieces, so we did a little interview instead. To accompy her answers, I chose several lovely pieces to show so we all can enjoy!
If you’re interested in purchasing a piece, you can find Art On The Moon on Etsy. And if you’d like to follow along with Rosalina, she’s on Instagram as well as her website. (I browse her galleries if I ever need a mid-day pick me up. Works every time!)
When did you know art was something you wanted to pursue? Have you been an artist your entire life?
I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was 5 years old. It’s funny because in my early preschool days, I refused to draw or make art. My teachers were really confused and I remember my parents having several meetings with the school about my absolute refusal to make art. My parents were worried about this and I remember my dad and mom buying me several watercolor paints and pads of paper. My dad sat me down in our small Bulgarian kitchen and he showed me how to paint a bear. For the first time I took the art supplies and started creating.
After that, I couldn’t stop creating. I knew that I wanted to be an artist as soon as I started making art. I’m still not sure why I was so afraid to create art prior to being 5, but maybe it was a past life issue.
How long does it take you to produce each piece? Do you have a set “process” or is it different each time?
The time I spend on each piece varies with the type of art I am creating and the size of the piece. Honestly, I am an expressive artist and I use lots of fast mark making in my work. It is quite intuitive.
A single piece can take me an hour to complete, and others take several days.
What are your main sources of inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. Some sources of inspiration are nature, flowers, Instagram, Pinterest, other artists, architecture, the tropics, the night sky, fireflies, and cool breezes, just to name a few. There is just so much inspiration all around! Just being outside and finding inspiring color combinations and textures is exciting for me.
Do you have a goal for your art practice? Is it a hobby or a business?
My art is definitely a business, but it can also be a hobby. My ultimate goal is to create art as a career and not have to work a second job. Currently I do work in addition to creating art. I am selling art but it is not at the level where I can quit my day job. Hopefully art can become my career soon. Although I have to just say that even if it didn’t become my career, I would still make art because art is such a big part of who I am.
What is your favorite thing about creating?
My favorite part about creating is getting lost in the process. I thing they call it “getting in the flow.” I just love putting marks on a paper and not knowing what will happen. Each finished piece is a surprise. I also love the beauty of art and get excited when thinking of new color combinations and patterns that I can use.
I feel like art is a spiritual practice. For me, it is a form of meditation and allows me to connect to my inner self and I feel that my vibration increases when I am creating.
Why do you feel it’s important to be an artist?
I believe that we are all artists. Creativity is a big part of who we are and this is an important aspect of our well-being. Of course art can be so many things, such as dance, music, interior design, putting on clothes, or cooking. So I think we are all artists and need to be creative.
[Editor’s Note: what a gorgeous answer! We are all artists in our own way.]
If you can’t tell by the above images, I’m sort of obsessed with Rosalina’s Abstract Fashion Portraits, including this one, which is my absolute personal favorite she’s ever made (those gold freckles!):
And while I can’t stop swooning over the ladies, she also does stunning Florals:
As well as Abstract prints:
I’m so thrilled Rosalina agreed to do this interview with me and allowed me to showcase just a small fraction of her incredible work. I hope you all fall in love with her work just like I have.