Welcome to our Member Spotlight! We are delighted to present Nella Heidweiller from Delft, Netherlands.

Nella creates digital art, Zentangles, and colored pencil drawings. To see more of Nella's artwork, visit her gallery: http://community.art-is-fun.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?scre...

When you view her portfolio, be sure to click on the images to view them larger!

Please join us for this interview with Nella:

How would you describe your art?

My style changes constantly.

How long have you been an artist and how did you become an artist?

As a child I always wanted to create and I have done a lot of creative things like knitting, wood and stone carving, metal working bookbinding and drawing.

During my working years (along with having 2 children) I had no time for doing crafts.

I seriously started drawing about 5 years ago.

What is your favorite medium and why?

Due to my physical health (rheumatoid arthritis) I don’t have a favourite medium. I use whatever I can manage at the moment. I seriously started drawing about 5 years ago (when my health was very poor, and I barely could hold a brush) with Zentangle-like drawings. In 2013 I discovered ArtRage, a digital drawing program, which I liked a lot. At the moment I am exploring coloured pencils.

Pick one work of art from your Art Colony portfolio and tell us the story behind it. Why does this piece have meaning to you?

Shell in ArtRage (shown above)

In December 2013 I had a lot of problems with my hip-prosthesis. The doctor told me I wasn’t allowed to walk at all from that moment on. After some days of self-pity I searched on the internet for things to do and then I discovered The Art Colony.

I signed in and posted some of my Zentangles. The feedback I received was so warming.

After that I discovered ArtRage and my first post was “Shell” in art Rage. And again The feedback was always so lovely.

It made me feel accepted and I enjoyed having friends all over the world, even though I was just sitting on my chair at home.

It made me want to create paintings even on the computer instead of using a brush or pencils.

(Btw I have a brand-new hip-prosthesis and after revalidation I can walk again, so everything is ok now.)

Tell us about one medium, technique or style that you would like to try working with (that you have not tried before) and why you would like to try this.

I would like to try my hand on oil paintings.  

Is there an element of making art that you enjoy the most, and why?

I just want to create and all my drawings are special to me. When drawing, I forget everything and everyone around me and I am totally happy.

If you could imagine the “perfect art day” for yourself, what would it be like?

All my creative days are “perfect days”.

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring artists?

Don’t be afraid to try something new, and don’t allow yourself to feel inadequate.

Experiment as much as you can!

Anything else you'd like to mention that I didn't ask?

Thanks for letting me be part of The Art Colony!

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Congrats Nella, love your art!

CONGRATULATIONS Nella for being POTW....what an honour huh?....enjoyed your interview and love all your featured artworks too....so glad you were able to still be creative at the most challenging part of your life...looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful works....enjoy your time in the spotlight!....Aloha

thank you Pat and Nelson. It certainly is an honour to be in the spotlights.

Beautiful,Nella! Great interview and fantastic art!

Well done on the interview and being POTW, Nella.  I like the birds!!

thank you very much Kat and Alan

Love your art, Nella and wish you a big congratulations on being POTW. Have a wonderful time getting to know new people, as they visit your impressive Gallery. Proud of you!!!

Lovely interview Nella and beautiful artwork.....xx

Thank you all for the lovely and inspiring  comments....:)

Wow Nella, such beautiful drawings I love your colour intensity, I'm loving those flowers. Congrats. On Artist of the week

Wonderful work,Nella !! Keep them coming !! Looking forward to more.

Thank you Sharing and Sharing for your kind words. My computer crashed lately and I cannot upload pictures from my tablet. I will continue drawing, but I will send the picture later.

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