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JanetVanD

Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Ireland
Hello,

I'm Janet VanD and I love creating art from LEGO®. Although I come from a family of artists and as a child I enjoyed sketching and illustrating, I never considered myself talented enough to go anywhere with it. I also really enjoyed playing with LEGO® but as I grew up both art and LEGO® fell by the wayside and everyday living took over.
It was only years later when I realised my two passions could be combined and thus brought to a new level that things started to come together (literally!). As a horticulturalist and smallholder I am particularly fond of all things organic and natural so I try to encorporate this aspect into my work. I do, however, like to vary my subject matter as much as possible in order to explore new techniques and challenges.
There is a unique challenge when choosing LEGO® bricks as media. One must work within the limitations of a finite number of pieces, shapes and colours, yet with enough creativity the possibilities are limitless.
A further bit of paradox for me: LEGO® is of such high quality that the bricks are practically indestructable yet my models are ephemeral. Some models, once built and exhibited for a reasonable length of time, are broken down so I can reuse the (very expensive) parts in new models. Not all models are broken apart, though, as I can get a bit emotionally attached to them!

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flyingfish98 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
I followed the link from the Eurobricks forum; your builds are amazing.  The detail you've achieved in HM Theatre, both inside and out is phenomenal.  I really look forward to seeing more of your work.
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JanetVanD Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your very positive feedback!

I had a look at your gallery; I particularly liked your "Dreams" portrait. The delicate, peaches-and-cream complexion is very well done and you have successfully captured innocence in the expression, which is not an easy thing to do!
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flyingfish98 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Thank you: it's one of my girls - trying to capture the right tone was important!
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KittyKorkoza33 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome to Deviantart! Love the idea of using Lego for art :) I'd never have the patience or money to try it x)
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JanetVanD Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the welcome! I'm just getting back into building and I really recommend it. Interest in LEGO® has exploded around the world over the past couple of years and has a lot to offer to both the artist and the viewer. :)
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roodee-cutie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student
hai :wave:
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JanetVanD Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, thanks for dropping in and Favourite Star !
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roodee-cutie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student
no prob your lego Victorian house is impressive ^.^
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JanetVanD Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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