Artist Profile: 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.

 

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Comments

  1. Kathy Chapman says:

    Kimberly is amazing. She has a calmness about her that draws you in when watching her paint. Teaching seems to come naturally to her. We are very lucky that she is willing to share her awesome talent!

    • Kim Langlois says:

      Kathy, Thank you so much! I feel so fortunate to be able to do something I love every day and to share that with others. Thank you for being a part of my journey.

  2. Donna Mays says:

    i think Kim should teach an online class for those of us who can’t get to her studio classes. Sign me up if she does. She’s one of my favorite artists. Just beautiful.

    • Kim Langlois says:

      Thank you so much, Donna, for the wonderful compliment! I will definitely keep you in the loop regarding online classes. Thank you again for following my work.

  3. Enjoyed reading about a fellow artist and her unique technique. I began as a student who migrated to the US prior to earning my second Bachelors degree in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When given the opportunity for freedom to expand on my art experience from early childhood to develop of process oriented paintings by creating with temporary and permanent materials such as tempera, charcoal and acrylics combined to produce images on large unprimed, unframed canvases. I then washed the pieces in my washing machine in repeated cycles of painting and washing each time. A video interview that took place in Boston a year ago features my artistic journey at link provided. Look forward to hearing back! – Chitra Ramanathan

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