Meet The Inkling Girl
By Danny Allain
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Morgan Allain, a local artist who just happens to be my lovely wife. Here is my attempt to pick her artistic brain.
Danny Allain: Can you tell me a little about what you do?
Morgan Allain: I paint things! I work primarily with watercolor, but I like to add ink and color pencil to my paintings to add depth and detail.
DA: How long have you been creating?
MA: I’ve always been interested in art, but I’ve steadily worked since my early teens taking commission work. I think I did my first portrait when I was about 14, and my first mural when I was 17.
DA: Your artwork ranges from portraits to pop art to abstract designs to jewelry. What process is your favorite?
MA: I love painting and sketching, but I also really enjoy making my artwork wearable in jewelry. It’s all connected, really. Each process leads to the next, so it’s a full-circle kind of thing.
DA: You are known as “The Inkling Girl.” Where did the name come from?
MA: I’ve always been a big fan of C.S. Lewis, and learned that he and several other authors had a writing group called “The Inklings.” My name is derived from that group, but also appropriate because of the ink I use in much of my work.
DA: As an artist that uses various mediums, do you find any easier or more difficult?
MA: I tend to choose processes and mediums that work for me both visually and in practice. It’s not so much the medium that sets the degree of difficulty, it’s really the subject of the piece I’m working on.
DA: This year you had a solo exhibit. What was that like?
MA: It was amazing! Very nerve-wracking and scary, but also really satisfying. The series that I showed, “Muses” consisted of 48 portraits that I worked on for just shy of two years! It was very cool to see all that work displayed in its entirety.
DA: You’re a member of SWLArt. What do you do with the group?
MA: I’m a very background member, but I participate in as many art event opportunities as I can with the group. Right now, our only consistent event is LUNArt, where we set up art booths on the first and third Sunday of each month outside Luna Live. It’s hot outside, but we rally and hope that the event will become a staple of downtown culture.
DA: Do you have any upcoming exhibits or events?
MA: Absolutely! I was just part of the Gallery Promenade, and I will be at Chuck Fest, and part of an exhibit at Walnut Grove this month.
DA: What do you do when you aren’t creating?
MA: I spend most of my time caring for my daughter and trying to keep the laundry from taking over my house! I also spend a lot of time with my chickens. I’m overly fond of them.
DA: Where can your work be found, and how can people contact you?
MA: Locally, you can find some of my pieces at The Round About, a brand new record store in downtown Lake Charles. I also have some work in my home of DeQuincy on display inside the Town Hall Museum. Online, I have original works and handmade jewelry available from my Etsy shop and you can purchase prints, clothing, and other great stuff from my Society6 store.
DA: Is there anything else that we should know about you?
MA: I’m readily available on social media, and it’s the easiest way to view my work and contact me.