Ren Adams (plasticpumpkin) creates beautiful and inspiring fine art work that reflects her love for and dedication to each piece.
Lunachick: What made you decide to start creating?
plasticpumpkin: It was never a conscious decision. I've just always done it. I ruined my baby book, too.
Lunachick: When did you start?
plasticpumpkin: Probably before I could walk. Both of my parents are artists and I was always surrounded by art supplies.
Lunachick: What has been the most difficult part of selling your work?
plasticpumpkin: Choosing the wrong venues and getting told that a 2-year old could do better. Hauling tables, canopies, and all of the other trappings to in-person art fairs, only to have a bomb of a day. Staying positive is important. Supporting your fellow artists is important. Remembering that some days are good and others are bad is important. Sometimes it's a little difficult to keep oneself centered, so I'd say that's the biggest challenge. Moving forward, even when you question the path you're on. It's hard... but it's not impossible.
Lunachick: Which piece are you most proud of?
plasticpumpkin: I am not proud of anything that I do. Chinese brush painting is about capturing the chi of your subject. It's about focus, serenity, tranquility, and modesty. To be humble is the most beautiful thing. When I look at each piece, I can see that I could have done better. Each piece is one step farther along the path of improvement. It's a lifelong path.
Lunachick: What is your favorite medium?
plasticpumpkin: Chinese brush painting. I also really love oil pastels, mixed media (especially acrylics and pen), and beeswax.
Lunachick: What's the most satisfying part of creating/selling your work?
plasticpumpkin: I believe each individual painting has someone for whom it was meant. There's nothing more exciting than helping that someone get that special something. Uniting them with a piece of art that speaks to them and that they will enjoy for a lifetime.
Lunachick: Any advice for others selling their work?
plasticpumpkin: Hang in there. Do what you do because you want to. Because it needs to come out. Don't worry about the rest of it. It can be discouraging, but it will all fall into place in the end.
Lunachick: What's a random fact about yourself?
plasticpumpkin: I am short, have red hair, and I am currently obsessing over traditional Chinese clothing (hanfu).
Lunachick: Anything else you'd like to say?
plasticpumpkin: Thank you for taking the time to ask such interesting questions!