This weeks featured artist is Adrianne Hawthorne of Ponnopozz, she creates beautiful paintings that are inspired by nature, landscapes and bright bold colors. Just seeing her paintings makes you feel like you were transported to a tropical paradise far, far away! She sells both canvas art and prints for your home. Below you can find the links to her social media, her website and her online shop, if you’re not yet following her on Instagram be sure to, her feed is out of this world!
Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?
I create wild, colorful paintings of plants and landscapes. Color is my main source of inspiration and I have found that plants are great subject matter for my unexpected color combos. Plus, who doesn’t love plants? I started Ponnopozz in February 2018 after quitting my day job as a UX designer and moving back to my hometown of Chicago. It started out innocently enough and I wasn’t sure if creating would lead to anything. What really pushed me into being a painter was #The100DayProject. I did it last year, painting 100 8×8 canvases of abstract patterns and I absolutely loved it. I showcased these 100 paintings at an art show that I threw myself in September 2018. People loved them! From there, I felt I could actually do this art thing.
How would you describe your home decor style?
Bohemian modern! Our space is very sterile, one of those ultra-modern new buildings. I want to add warmth into the space so we’ve painted several walls and aren’t shy about using color. Justina Blakeney is a huge interior design inspiration to me – I’m trying to create my own little Jungalow here in Chicago.
What inspires you when you get in a rut?
Several things, but the most common one is color. If I’m stuck and haven’t painted in awhile, I’ll typically work on some color studies in my sketchbook. Seeing colors together usually sparks an idea for a painting. I also peruse books like Justina Blakeney’s The New Bohemians / Cool and Collected Homes or the book Leaf Supply for subject matter inspo.
What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why?
Pink, peach and yellow. I love warm tones and how well they can work together. Pink is my favorite color right now and the main color of my brand so I use it pretty often. Peach is just fun, who doesn’t love it? And yellow has been one of my favorite colors since I was a kid. Oh, and neons…I’m super into neons right now!
Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like?
I create in a small corner of our second bedroom / office. It’s not much space so I can’t really paint anything over 30×40 but I’m considering renting a space here soon. I like my little nook though, it has a huge window that faces one of the Chicago “L” lines. I love cities and I am quite inspired with the view. Sometimes I take a break and just watch people on the train platform. My computer and desk is only a few feet from my easel, which can sometimes be a problem. I’ll get sucked into administrative minutia or social media and lose my creative drive for the day. So, that’s something I’d like to change here soon.
Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…
Ellen Bashore of Peach Print Studio. She makes incredible, wild block printed apparel items and really cool earrings. Chad Kouri, also Chicago-based. He makes delightful works using bold color and abstract shapes. Amie Kesler of Fluorescent City. She makes super bright, colorful, neon pieces in various mediums.
What are your favorite items decorating your home and why?
Right now, I’m really into these brass candlesticks we picked up at an outdoor flea market in Mexico City. I love gold and I love how I can display several of them in varying heights for a cool effect. I’m also obsessed with our living room wall. Seth, my partner, painted the base (color is Bay Coral by Glidden) and then I freehanded the teal dashes (teal is Bright Teal Surprise by Glidden). I think it adds so much to the room and really expresses who we are. Lastly, I love our Restoration Hardware massive mirror that we got from a friend. It’s the ultimate statement and makes the space feel larger than it actually is.