Below is an autobiography of artist Kourtney Cannon, Cornerstone Coffeehouse’s artist of the month for September 2019.
be free and reach
for the sun,
live in all your colors
and grow so
– Butterflies rising
I like to see life in color and celebrate by painting. I have always been a creative soul, but it wasn’t until I had my daughter Islynne that I was given the gift of time. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, I fell in love with all the seasons, all the changes of color and feelings as one season collides with another… Most of my art is inspired and reflective of nature, lots of bright fun florals, colorful abstract landscapes, that include odd shapes, dots and drips, water streaks, etc…Nature is just endless in its design! As an artist, I aspire to create bright fun pieces that make you smile… something cheerful you put in your home and each time you pass by it feelings of happiness, excitement, and whimsy flood right into your heart! Like a good cup of coffee! Or your furry friend greeting you at the door! You just crave it! And you can’t help but ask for a refill, until all your walls are flooded with colorful positivity!
I also have a lot of fun with watercolor commission pieces! Family Portraits, Capturing a perfect wedding/event moment, you and your furry friend, or even custom watercolor house designs perfect for a special Home Gift! Beyond that, I have painted leather journals and bible covers. I am always on the lookout to create more, maybe even paint my own clutches or wooden jewelry one day! Creativity is endless and I am so grateful to have the passion to do it!
“Colors are the smiles of nature” – Leigh Hunt
And I love color! I also love all mediums, acrylic, watercolor, oil, gouache, crayon, markers, pastels… honestly why limit myself. Art has given me happiness and freedom, clarity and peace, plus so much fulfillment. It’s a place where I don’t have to think, and sometimes I have to take a day to reflect just to catch up with my creative side. My hands and creativity move faster than my head, and people ask “what’s going on in this painting?” Honestly, let me sit and think for a second too.. When I paint any certain piece of art, I stop my mind, and let myself just create, half the time I don’t even know how I started or where I am even going to end… But like any journey, there comes a time of contentment and that’s when I know I am finished…
ADVICE/ INSPIRATIONS/ FAVORITE PIECE:
“When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle, yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon
For anyone wanting to take a leap of creativity and start, I say do it, one day, one class, one paint brush at a time… And know that its for you, and if others like it along the way that’s a bonus! It has not always come easy for me to allow myself the time or money to create, but the second I start, I just can’t stop and I never regret a good paint session even if I scribble over it the next day! It’s all in the process and time spent, the mixing, the dipping, the flow… the peace.
My favorite piece, “Isly”, happens to be my first because it was my big step all in piece. I quit my career, I moved, I had a beautiful new baby, and I was ready to turn my pass time into passion time…And I am OH SO thankful to my dear friend Kelly McGee, a beautiful soul and artists, who helped encourage me to start painting. Her soul is reflective in my brush strokes, each stroke I could hear her saying just keep painting Kourt! … Also, so thankful to my husband Ryan for being so supportive of my passions, and my daughter Islynne who reminds and inspires me to paint for fun always, just like a kid!