Keep Art Alive :: Art by Kelly Haigh
Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring Kelly Haigh
1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?
Old time country music is a must for painting. The likes of George Jones, Porter with Dolly, Anita Carter, Hank Snow, Loretta Lynn, and June Webb.
2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?
Porter Wagoner, George Jones, and my friend Jimmy Roy, (assuming we could make room for his sweetheart, so I’d have a gal pal to giggle with, and to accompany me to the ladies room)!
3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Hot oatmeal is tops for me, but being short on time, I usually pour a bowl of Raisin Bran.
4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?
Fido. A Victorian dog’s head which dates from December of 1904.
5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?
I love the smell of musty books and antique stores. It makes me think of my deceased Grandmother’s tiny Ontario farmhouse, which reminds me of summers spent running free, cuddling barn yard critters.
6. Coffee or tea?
Iced green tea latte from Starbucks. Nonfat, nonsweet, an extra scoop of matcha, and shaken, please!
7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?
Ray Caesar, (my favorite artist, and dear friend) once told me he loved what I did, and said that I should never stop making art, or music. That was many years ago, and it’s always stuck with me. Also, I recently played a show, (at a great local place called the Revel Room) with my friend Jimmy Roy (and the Do-Rites). A nice young man came up to me after our set, and with so much sincerity, hand held over his heart, he said it meant the world to him to know people were keeping these old songs alive. They reminded him of his dad. He also told me I sounded like Anita Carter, which really tickled me! I had no idea younger folks like him were so excited about old country, and it’s given me even more drive to keep playing the music we do.
8. Three words that describe you?
Optimistic, driven, dog-loving.
9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?
10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?
Gonna Find Me a Bluebird by Marvin Rainwater. It’s absolutely beautiful, and makes the world sparkle when you hear it.
Gonna Find Me a Bluebird :: Marvin Rainwater
(Great song, Kelly! Have you covered this one yourself?)
To learn more about Kelly Haigh, and see more of her amazing artwork, head on over to her website, like her on her artist Facebook, and give Kelly a listen here on her YouTube for some keen recordings.
Kelly has a new album coming out, which comes with a book, called Post Apocalyptic Valentines. The painting featured above is the cover image for the album, which will be available on Valentine’s Day this year! Have a listen to Kelly below:
Someone New To Love (live)
I would like to thank Kelly Haigh for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project. Kelly’s art has been my art inspiration so often, helping to bring to life new characters and to pen poetry and prose, as well. Her work has been a favorite of mine for such a long, long time.
I am now falling in love with her old country sound in her music, as well; a style that I grew up listening to on Summer’s spent at my Grandmother’s house, music I have always had a love for.
Of Kelly’s artwork, I have so many favorites, but this one in particular spawned two poems, as well as a part of the basis of a character I am currently writing (thank you, Kelly!):