A day in the life of artist Anna Eckert

How would you describe your work?

I do something between drawing and painting. I prefer materials with their own character. I love to use paper and very dry acrylic paint to create my artworks. The paintbrush dries during the process more and more and allows the interesting irregular colour applications. And on the other hand I love to use liquid acrylic paint to lose control about the outcome. The paint itself decides, what happens next. I have the habit to leave my work incomplete, while I allow to flash white surfaces through the paint what lends them a sketchy character. At the end I have to enjoy every unique brushstroke and discover the beauty in imperfection.

How did you get started?

I started with large frescos in early childhood, without knowing that frescos exist at all. I created scenes from fairy tales on my walls just using a pencil at the age of four. But not everybody was happy with my choice. So I had to change the technique and discovered the benefits of paper for my art. At the age of 17 I tried oil paints for the first time, my aunt has given me for my birthday. At the same time I admired the art of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet and Schiele. And as we build own canvases at school, I tried to copy some of Van Gogh’s artworks. Of course, you can never reach his style. But for me it was the magic moment to dream of a life as an artist. However it took some years to decide on it. I started to work as an full time artist after a social science study.

Do you have a daily routine? Can you describe it for us?

Now I am a mother of two and the focus is more on the family right now. But this situation helps to structure the day efficiently. When the kids are at school I start early in the morning with a large cup of tea and check my e-mails and if I have to package some orders or someone likes a custom artwork I do it first. Than I start to draw or paint. When the kids are back family time begins, mainly dogwalks and spare time activities with the kids. When everything is done I go back to work and make some product photos of the artworks I plan to sell and write descriptions for my online shops.

What keeps you going every day?

I am totally obsessed with brushstrokes, the dry ones and the liquid ones as well. The art making process itself keeps me going. Every fresh artwork inspires a new one.

What are the main challenges that you face in your work?

To keep going even in hard times, when at the end of the day there is no satisfied piece.

What three pieces of advice would you give anyone wanting to do similar work?

Concentrate on what makes you happy at the end of the day. Do not fear to fail. Stay open for everything new.

Make sure to go and see the great work that Anna has for sale in her Etsy shop- Galerie Minimal 

And you can see more of her incredible pieces on Saatchi Art and on her Instagram

Thank you so much Anna for sharing your work and your advice.

All photos by Anna Eckert. 

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