Artist: Kim Langlois

Artist Kim Langlois describes how using alcohol ink is a perfect fit for her fluid style of painting, and how she has embraced teaching others to use this medium.

 

“Glow” Alcohol Ink, 10” x 8” by artist Kim Langois. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Glow” Alcohol Ink, 10” x 8”

 

ABI: Why use alcohol ink as your medium? What is compelling about it?

KL: My style of painting is very loose. Since the inks are a highly fluid medium, they are also unpredictable, which appeals to me. I love their vibrancy and the way they mingle and flow. While I can control the ink to some degree, I have to also be open to letting the ink do its own thing.

 

“Daisy Jane” Alcohol Ink, 11” x 14” by artist Kim Langois. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Daisy Jane” Alcohol Ink, 11” x 14”

 

Sometimes when I paint, there’s a moment when something happens–maybe a certain shape or color appears or a painting comes together in a special way. In those moments, my heart begins to flutter, my face gets warm and I have an actual physical reaction to what’s going on with my art. No other medium has ever done that for me. It’s a true love affair.

 

“Sugar Magnolia” Alcohol Ink, 10” x 8” by artist Kim Langois. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Sugar Magnolia” Alcohol Ink, 10” x 8”

 

ABI: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

KL: I have always been fascinated by the colors and shapes in nature. Whether it’s looking deep into the center of a bloom and studying its intricate parts, or being totally blown away by the amazing colors that appear on trees in the fall, I am in constant awe of the natural art around me every day.

 

“Tangerine” Alcohol Ink, 10” x 8” by artist Kim Langois. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Tangerine” Alcohol Ink, 10” x 8”

 

There’s also something about music that moves me to create. Certain songs or lyrics evoke an emotion that transforms into a creative outlet for me. Many of my paintings are named after songs or lyrics. Sometimes a specific song comes to mind as I’m painting, and other times, my finished painting will remind me of a song. Either way, I feel there’s a strong connection that exists in all my work to nature and music.

 

“Approaching Lavender” Alcohol Ink, 11” x 8.5” by artist Kim Langois. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Approaching Lavender” Alcohol Ink, 11” x 8.5”

 

ABI: Tell us about your teaching and how you are growing that part of your business. 

KL: A few months ago, I was approached about teaching. I had never taught before, but I knew that my goal to grow as an artist would mean that I’d have to step outside of my comfort zone. When I walked into the charming Enchanted Cottage for my first class, I was greeted with warm smiles and people excited and eager to learn.

 

“Our House” Alcohol Ink, 8.5” x 11” by artist Kim Langois. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Our House” Alcohol Ink, 8.5” x 11”

 

On that day, I remember a moment when everyone was deeply immersed in painting and I noticed a couple quiet voices humming and singing softly to the 70’s music that I had playing in the background. Slowly others joined in. It was a profound moment for me and almost brought tears to my eyes. There we were, a roomful of strangers, connecting through art while singing to a Cat Stevens’ tune. I knew at that very moment, I was exactly where I was meant to be.

 

“Nights In White Satin” Alcohol Ink, 11” x 17” by artist Kim Langois. See her profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Nights In White Satin” Alcohol Ink, 11” x 17”

 

Now I have regular monthly classes scheduled at that same shop, as well as workshops at other various locations. I also have long distance travel scheduled for future classes and an online course in the works. I love watching people become excited when they see what they can do with alcohol ink and I want to bring this joy to as many people as possible.