Here at Words Between Coasts, we love supporting other artists!
Sky Abraham of The Bucket Digest (previously called Sky’s Art Bucket), who has been a regular contributor with us for a while now, is one such artist. You can check out her articles here: https://www.wordsbetweencoasts.com/author/sabraham/
She is a wonderful and inspiring art creative, writer, and mother of three young boys. We decided to sit down and ask her some questions about her life as an artist and what it’s like to participate in vendor events.
Conversation with Sky Abraham
WBC: Sky, you have such a unique and personal artistic style! How did your artistic journey start?
SKY: There’s always been artistic influence in my life.
When I was younger, my mother often painted in the early morning hours at the breakfast nook table; the house was quiet – her coffee always close-at-hand – and I often watched as she did so.
My father’s grandmother was also an artist, and he used to show me her old sketchbooks. I think that was the start, but what really got me going (wanting me to be an artist) was actually a Japanese show called “Fruits Basket.” I fell in love with the personality of the main female lead and wanted to be like her…but I thought I never would because she was always so sweet, and perfect (watching it later I realized that wasn’t the case) but I decided if I couldn’t be her, I’d draw her– and so my art journey began.
That was when I was 9 years old. I started with pencil and a sketchbook, and I took it with me everywhere.
WBC: Since being an artist is an unconventional path, how did the people in your life react? Were they supportive of your goals?
SKY: I think the vast majority of my family was supportive. I have an artistic aunt, on my dad’s side, who sent me art books to reference and read. How To Draw On The Right Side Of The Brain was one book in particular she sent me, and there was some valuable info there. My mother and father both loved how passionate and driven I’d become towards art, so they never deterred me once, and I’ve never stopped.
WBC: Looking at your artwork, we can see that you experiment with many different media. What’s your favorite medium?
SKY: My favorite medium is most definitely acrylic paint. It’s what my mom used. It dries fast, it’s easy to work with, and it was easy to cover up mistakes.
WBC: How do you like to work with acrylic paint?
SKY: I paint on either stretched canvas or canvas boards the vast majority of the time. I love to paint dark themes that are colorful, but also paint portrait and animal commissions.
WBC: Who are some of your greatest inspirations?
SKY: My mom is definitely my biggest. Her art style was always so cool to me: emotive, and every artwork was a puzzle of hidden messages and feelings. That’s something I’m hoping to emulate within my own work. FIB for “Feeling Is Being.” www.artbyfib.com
WBC: Let’s talk a little bit about family, since many people have to navigate their artistic endeavors with having kids. Is it difficult to work on your art being a mother of three young boys?
SKY: I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t difficult at times. Being a mom means you’re constantly needed, but I get breaks when the kids nap and I usually stay up late just to paint, or write, or just be– “where there’s a will, there’s a way” as they say.
WBC: Are you experimenting with anything new these days?
SKY: Am I currently? No. Do I have plans to? Absolutely. I have a ton of ideas for mixed media artworks that I can’t wait to try out. I’m only holding off at the moment because of my current workload. Something new I started doing recently though (part of current said work load) is customizing shoes, and it’s a fun and interesting process.
WBC: What do you enjoy doing aside from art and writing?
SKY: I love reading. I haven’t really taken the time to sit down and do so for a while now, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve alway loved books. I also really love watching gamers on YouTube, like Markiplier, Jacksepticeye and Dashie – they’re hilarious, and watching them play scary games like Poppy Playtime is the best.
WBC: You recently had an art showing at the Art on the Alley event in Ohio. Can you tell us a little bit about what Art on the Alley is?
SKY: Art On The Alley is this super cool event in Downtown New Philadelphia where tons of people gather and there’s art, music, food. It started as a project to revitalize the town and it’s now celebrating its 5th year.
WBC: Is this your first art showing, or have you done others?
SKY: So, the first time I showed my art to outsiders, I’d probably have to say was in High School. I attended Cypress Lake’s Center for the Arts in Florida, and the school had their own personal gallery that we, the students, got to display our artwork in and hold shows at.
This year’s Art On The Alley is my second vendor event I’ve participated in: my first was AOTA back in October.
WBC: How did you get involved with Art on the Alley?
SKY: It was just something my friend told me about. I looked up their FB page and applied to be a vendor back in 2021… and I’m so glad I did. I’m looking forward to both events this year, and I was even inspired to apply to another of Phili’s events, called Night On The Alley, which is more music based but exciting all the same.
WBC: You must have been surrounded by so much art and creativity. What were some things you learned from your time there?
SKY: I absorbed as much information as I could. I looked at how other people set up their areas, what sold, and later invested in whatever I felt would aid further success at this year’s event.
WBC: Did the experience inspire you in any way?
SKY: I’m always inspired when I meet and talk with people, especially other artists. If anything, it made me proud of my work and eager to improve in whatever ways I could.
WBC: How did you challenge yourself to prepare for the event?
SKY: To prepare, I invested in anything that would make for a better display of my art; from a proper business sign, to stand-up easels and even a retail hanging rack– I wanted everything to be well-read and properly designed rather than thrown about the table.
WBC: It can be scary to put yourself out there. Did you find it a little daunting?
SKY: I was fairly nervous…because my art is so weird, I didn’t know how I would come across or if anyone would even like my work– but I sold two originals (one’s displayed in New Phili’s City Block Studio) and a few prints– a few days following I sold a painting I had been working on at the event (to pass the time) – the nice lady who purchased it from me was watching like a hawk to when it would come up for sale and bought it instantly– I was really grateful.
Art has taught me resilience in the face of adversity– adversity being the naysayers and even myself at times.
WBC: What did you learn from participating?
SKY: Take the risk! You never know what kind of outcome you’ll get.
WBC: If you had to pick one favorite part of the event, what would it be?
SKY: Just reacting and talking with people about my art and hearing different stories that people had to tell. I’m a rambler when it comes to art though– I just get so excited.
WBC: How do you feel it went?
SKY: I feel it went great…there was a huge turnout of people– lots more engagement this time and I didn’t shy away from talking to others like I have a tendency to do sometimes. Although I feel I could have pushed myself further, it did result in some opportunities– the biggest one is a possible display wall in a home decor store, which is super exciting stuff!
WBC: What is the greatest lesson that art has taught you?
SKY: Art has taught me resilience in the face of adversity– adversity being the naysayers and even myself at times. Strive, strive, and strive some more. It’s what shaped everything I am today–