The Latvian painter, Kristīne Luīze Avotiņa (1983), answers the the “Daily Dozen” questionnaire. Read more about her in the section, “Artists”. And definitely take a “Sneak Peek” into the artist's studio!
1. What’s the best moment of your day?
As soon as I've stopped painting! Since September, that's been around 2:00 AM.
2. Why do you work as an artist?
On the canvas, I can do anything! The paint and the canvas are my dance, music, poetry... My language! I am completely overtaken with the infinite number of possible color combinations.
3. What films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you?
Woody Allen's “Vicky, Christina, Barcelona” – I saw it right before I started studying in Barcelona, and it gave me the the inspiration I needed for living in Spain.
4. Where do you currently get ideas for your works?
During travels and in my imagination!
5. Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?
Marc Quinn and Sandro Botticelli.
6. What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?
I dream of family life and wish I had my own studio!
7. Do you sleep a lot?
I try to dream more, rather than sleep! In the last six months, I've had long night shifts in the studio.
8. Do you collect anything?
High-heeled shoes by Pedro Garcia and books for inspiration! I need balance and harmony in the studio, as well as the moment I go out in the street.
9. What is one of the most important things in your studio?
Light, Old Holland oil paints, and Kristīne Luīze; then I can start painting.
10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?
Wild strawberries and liver pâté.
11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
An artist; I couldn't think of anything that could be any better.
12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.
Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Jeff Koons.