July’s Feed Your Soul: the free art project Monday downloads: week 1


Kicking off July’s Feed Your Soul free art downloads are two artists who I think are just awesome and super soul feeding!  Please enjoy and as always make sure to share how you are using your downloads on the Feed Your Soul flickr group.


Tamara K. Richel – Tamara draws upon her life and surroundings as inspiration for her work. Her paintings are studies of color, shadow, light and form and she is fascinated by the play of shadow and light on everyday objects. You can see more in her Etsy Shop and on her website.

1.  How do you describe your work?

My works on paper are inspired by my love of nature, animals, and childhood innocence.  I try to create a peaceful respite from the distractions of the outside world, or perhaps a sense of nostalgia.  I have a completely different style when painting with oil on canvas.  Those works are very realistic and tend to be studies of color, shadow, light, and form.  I am fascinated by the play of shadow and light on everyday objects; capturing the distortions and reflections in glass.

2.  What are your inspirations in your art and life?

My life and surroundings are the inspirations for my artwork.  As for the inspirations for my life … I think it has to be the people in my life.  One can learn so much from their partners, children and friends.  They are always a source of good ideas and encouragement.

3.  What do you do to help feed your soul?

I try to immerse myself in nature.  I go for walks in the woods, kayak the rivers and ponds in Rangeley, read books by Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle, try to find quiet time for meditation …. and of course I paint!

Download Tamara K. Richels Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!


Adrienne Vita – Arcane Arts is Adrienne Vita’s outfit where she create all her intricacies and artful things. Drawing for her started with her Mom giving her some crayons and paper at the dinner table and she has been hooked every since. Her work mainly consists of illustrations (but not limited to) in marker, ink, water colors, cut paper and acrylics. You can see more in her Etsy Shop, on flickr and on her website.

1. How do you describe your work?

My work has a touch of humor and the fantastical. It has an intricacy and energy to it. I like drawing the simple pleasures of life.

2. What are your inspirations in your art and life?

Music is so great and I can’t get enough of it but I need the soft natural sounds of the earth too. My husband Aaron is very helpful, inspiring and encouraging. He definitely keeps me on my toes. My friends and local artists here in Portland always keep me inspired. I love seeing things that are handmade, be it clothing, furniture, plush toys, jewelry, etc. I love that fact that it was in someone’s hands and focused intently on every detail to make it tangible. I am also inspired by anything vintage/ antique that will give me a glimpse into a part of history.

3. What do you do to help feed your soul?

I try to live as green as I can. Eating as creatively and healthily is important to me also. I love bike riding and miss it during the winter rainy months. The ocean always gets me back to my center. The moon always stirs something up, whether its a sliver, half or a full one, it helps me see the bigger picture.

Download Adrienne Vitas Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!