Meet Manushree Mishra

Manushree Mishra is the artist, designer, and illustrator behind The Whimsical Creative and the author of Contemporary Color Theory: Watercolor Flowers. She specializes in original watercolor paintings, hand-painted stationery products, and surface patterns. A self-taught artist with a flair for whimsy, Manushree combines creativity and self-expression to create joyful and calming art. We asked Manushree a few question about her artistic process.

Quarto Creates: How did you first become interested in painting?
Manushree Mishra: I have always felt a deep sense of joy with anything creative ever since I was able to hold crayons.

So the rendezvous with painting or creating doodles, abstract scribble art happened early on. However it wasn’t until 2017 that I discovered my love for watercolors and to this day I am in awe of the character it lends to my paintings.

QC: What is your advice for those who want to try it but aren’t sure where to start?
MM: It can feel quite daunting to take up a new skill and so like every new skill the key is to start small.

For instance if you want to get more confident  with watercolor then just pick one color and using that apply all the techniques pertaining to this medium. Most importantly be willing to experiment and play.

QC: What artists do you look to for inspiration?
MM: My biggest inspiration comes from old masters – Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Salvador Dali and Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

Studying and replicating their work with an intention of diving deep into the decisions they made as they approached each component of the painting is a great way to improve your skills.

QC: What is the biggest challenge you face while working on a painting?
MM: The blank page is my biggest challenge.

If you were to observe me at the very beginning of a painting you’ll find me with the brush in my hand and just hovering it above the paper, sometimes moving it air as if I was painting a stroke on paper and then after some minutes I make the first mark on the paper – from that point on it becomes much easier.

QC: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from creating?
MM: Creating allows me to express and communicate my thoughts and feeling and thus allows me to connect with others on a deeper level.

The act of creating also enables me to step in the “flow” state, where my mind becomes so still and I loose the track of time – being able to experience that is one of the biggest blessings. Since I paint width watercolors and so there’s only so much we can control, rest is all about embracing the serendipitous nature of watercolor – I feel this is a crucial lesson that I like to remind myself in my daily life too.

Learn more about Manushree’s work on Instagram @thewhimsicalcreativeBe sure to get your copy of Contemporary Color Theory: Watercolor Flowers, available now!