A Little Bit About Me…Morgan Paixao

Updated: Aug 4, 2021


 


The seasonal designs I created for Hudnut were not only an expression of my work artistically, but also my love for plants and gardening. I wanted to create images that harkened to the feeling of each season, by including the plants that grow during that time of year, without coming across as too obvious.

 

Hello there!

Our latest Artist update is all about Morgan Paixao. Read about her artistic journey and the incredible talent behind the designs she created for Hudnut Ink!


A Little Bit About Me; by Morgan Paixao

I've always been someone who was interested in art from an early age. My family was very encouraging in that way, but I didn't really claim the title of artist, or rather, 'painter' until my college years.

Out of all the mediums, I found myself in love with oil painting - the sculptural quality of the paint and the ways I could explore color through it. But even just writing this post sends a pang of longing right through me. See, I’ve chosen to step away from oils for a little while, in the pursuit of establishing my home organizing business, Humble Home Organizing. Which on paper, looks like a swift analytical turn from my artistic roots. But it’s not really. I pour so much creative energy into my budding business that the decision to completely pack up my oils feelslike just what I needed for this particular season of life.

Now, just because I’ve packed up my brushes and paints, doesn’t mean I’m not still creating art, just a less messy and consuming version... Over the last year or so I’ve been experimenting more with digital illustration. The me of 10 years ago probably wouldn’t have thought I’d even be open to this, but here I am – and SO enjoying it!

Digital illustration allows for fluid movement within the creative process. You can change things around easily and continually evolve the composition of a piece.

The seasonal designs I created for Hudnut Ink were not only an expression of my work artistically, but also my love for plants and gardening. I wanted to create images that harkened to the feeling of each season, by including the plants that grow during that time of year, without coming across as too obvious. The trickiest season to capture, without being predictable, was winter. Instead of doing a classic snowy scene, I wanted to evoke that feeling through the plants themselves. So hellebores and snowdrops blanket the bottom of the design followed by winterberry and cedar, with the backdrop of a full moon winter’s night behind. This is one of my favorites from the series, to me it really has a sense of whimsy and embodies the spirit of the season. I also love this idea of rebranding winter from a ‘dead’ season to one that is simply quiet and contemplative – a necessary balance nestled in between the swifter pace of the others. Not to mention…there are beautiful plants that emerge in winter!

So what’s next for me? A lot more of what I first shared, working on my business and experimenting with other artistic modalities. My husband and I also purchased our first home last year (juuust before the pandemic hit!) and have been working on making it ours ever since. This means lots of paint (we’ve brought a whole lot of color to it so far), creating garden beds, and nearish-future projects like adding a wood fence to our backyard and a kitchen remodel. We live here with our rescue critters, 3 cats (Marty, Otis, and Norman) and our sweet pup, Lola.


 













Hanging Artwork by Morgan Paixao
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