Ever since I moved out of home, I’ve been collecting things ready for decorating when I stop renting and move into my “own” home. From paintings to glasses, I’ve had all kinds of things stashed away waiting for the day I live in the type of carefully curated home you see on Pinterest.
I recently realised that was NEVER going to happen (even when I do one day live in a place of my own, I just know it won’t look like the inspiration boards!) and that it was crazy to keep such pretty things locked away, so I’ve started making a conscious effort to make this place feel like my own.
One of my favourite places is a corner in my lounge where I’ve hung a bunch of artwork. They’re unframed, they’re kind of haphazard, and it’s a work in progress – but damn, I love it. It’s my little happy place and I find myself looking to it for inspiration all the time.
So when Curious Ruby emailed asking if I’d like to own one of her specially selected prints, I jumped at the chance. Her gorgeous pieces are bright, perfectly sized, and look fantastic on my wall. She was generous enough to send me an additional print, along with a super cute limited edition certificate. I can’t tell you how happy I was when this beauties arrived in the mail!
I thought I’d take the chance to find out a bit more about Curious Ruby – and if you like what you see, please do check out more of her work.
Who is Curious Ruby?
Curious Ruby is an adventurous girl, finds inspiration in all her surroundings, falls in love every day, draws how she feels, takes photos of where she’s been. Curious Ruby explores, creates, dreams, and remembers.
Have you always been interested in art, or is it something you’ve only delved into more recently?
I have always loved art and been drawing occasionally, but I only seriously started to draw again after a loooong seven year break. When I thought I didn’t need such a thing as a hobby (pffft…waste of time I thought) – until one day I picked up the pens, spent four days sitting on a boat with nothing better to do than to draw. Hello there, Curious Ruby was born (it’s a girl).
What are your favourite materials to work with?
Watercolours! I love them because I feel they are more versatile than, say, copics…but they are also more compact and easy to travel with – you only need a little water! I have a little 24 half pan Winsor and Newton Artists quality set.
What is your creative process like?
It all starts with a cup of tea in the morning! That helps sets the day nicely and extends the call of the mattress, while still fooling myself into believing I am being productive! I usually have inspiration bouts, where I can just draw for three hours straight and everything that comes out I love. Other times I sketch out a design then put it on the shelf and wait. Sometimes I can wait for around three months before I feel I can finish a piece. After the initial sketch then I decide whether it’s going to be monochrome and just ink it in, or whether I’ll lay down some colour. There is no really method though!
It sounds like travelling is a huge inspiration to you – where have been your favourite places to visit, and how does your artwork reflect the places you have been?
Iceland. Hands down. I love the feeling of isolation and being surrounded completely by nature totally untouched by human hands. You become more in-tune to your surroundings, you study the little things, realise that there is so much wonder and diversity in the natural world. If it was artistic inspiration – then Czech Republic wins. Artist Alphonso Mucha…need I say more. I really want to use more of his style to influence my drawings. I actually just made a YouTube video, which you can view here, that was inspired by his work. And I’ve started listening to classical music after walking through the woods of Antonin Dvorak’s home – again the beauty of nature and isolation was so lovely!
What projects are you currently working on?
I have a project called ‘Curious Postcards’. Since I travel, postcard sized paper is the most convenient for me to carry around any materials. I will have them up for sale in my store shortly once the sets are complete!
Outside of drawing and painting, what are a few of your favourite things?
I love hiking and the outdoors, being in nature, whether it be in the forest or by the sea – it doesn’t matter! I love to try new foods, I’m not fazed by anything! I’ve eaten so many grubs and worms and unusual animals in my travels, and honestly, some of them aren’t half bad!
Where can we find out more?
Pop over and say hi on my Instagram (@curious_ruby) and tell me what you love and how you feel – I love finding out what other people are inspired by!
The other prints on my wall: