Creative OF The Month:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you consider yourself a Creative.
Hi! I am Jessica Weymouth, a Watercolor and Illustration Artist living near the salty sea in Long Beach, California! I have traveled around the sun on our orbiting planet for 25 years and with each passing year I have become more and more fascinated with the cosmos, the elements, and our natural world. I have always been a deeply feeling, deeply inspired being since childhood, which has followed me into my current endeavors. I was always up to one craft or another as a child, whether it be taking something electronic apart to see how it works and putting it back together, to starting little animal hospitals in my backyard for the fallen birds and one-winged bees, to painting and drawing and finally into the arms of my greatest creative love, Watercolor.
2. Who inspires you the most?
I’m not sure if there is a single being who inspires me the most, but I have always found myself drawn back to the inspiration of our Divine Mother/Father. I have broken down the walls of our societal-given patriarchal concept of the Divine and found myself more deeply inspired by the genderless, loving, nurturing, Motherly concept of our Healer and Creator. The natural world has always been my biggest inspiration not only in my work but in my existence, and to me, the Mother has always been the root of that creation. From the rising of the tide to the waning of the moon and as intricate as the microscopic flora beneath our feet, I am constantly inspired by the world around us.
3. What would be your biggest and wildest dream concerning your creative talent?
As simple as it may be, my biggest and wildest dream would have to be to continue to grow as a creative and to constantly find new ways to tell the stories of the world I see around me through my work.
4. What was your favorite art class or were you self-taught?
I am 100% self taught! It is a fun way to learn your craft by your own hand, but it is also definitely choosing to take the more scenic route. There are many things I wish I would have learned from a professional which would have taken moments to teach but instead took me months of practice to learn myself. For this very reason, I have been teaching Watercolor classes for the past 3 years. I love the ability to share my knowledge and give others the gift of learning something in a way that is inspiring and unique but also makes it easy to continue to grow as an artist without the hiccups of teaching yourself.
5. Describe your ideal creative work space?
Oh wow! I love this! My ideal creative workspace in theory sounds very similar to what I have currently, but visually looks a lot different. My ideal creative space would be beachside, but more of a woodsy beach area, like Big Sur. The sea would be just over my balcony, but would have numerous active tide-pools for live specimen drawings. The space itself would be large and loft-like, with plants galore and lots of vibrant and inspiring colors every which way. Each paint brush and palette would have its space, and everything would be organized in a way that brings relief and meditation to my soul. I absolutely love walking into my creating-space knowing it is clean and organized and refreshing, much of my best work comes from creating in a space where I felt I could really relax my heart and find comfort in the room.
6. Do you listen to music while you create? If so, why type?
I surprisingly don’t listen to much music at all, especially when creating. I usually either like it to be silent or I am tuning into one of my favorite podcasts. I enjoy listening to things that are inspiring, interesting, and informative while I create.
7. If you had one tool for the rest of your life to express your creativity with, what would it be?
Paint. Absolutely paint!
8. What makes your heart beat? What do you really believe in, stand for, and want to tell others about?
The universal heartbeat of our planet is what makes my heart beat. I believe in the beauty of the environment around us, and protecting Her. A lot of the narratives I tell through my work have symbolism of the resources gifted to us by our Mother Earth, and I am constantly trying to shed them in a new light that shows their beauty in a way that may not be spoken of in day-to-day life. The Earth has such beautiful stories to tell, and I have found that my fondness and love for the universe is not just for myself, but for me to share with others.