Monday, May 25, 2015

SOC5: One. Week. To. Go!

"Sunset is still my favorite color. And rainbow is second."
-Mattie Stepanek

As I sit here now I can hardly believe that The Summer of Color 5 is just one, teeny-tiny week away! That's just One Week until we all meet again, One Week until our first giveaway and One Week until all this year's secrets are revealed!

Can't wait? (I know. Feeling's mutual). Then pop over to our Flickr page and check out last year's work and our Facebook group to begin the colorful conversations. Oh! And remember: there is no art in the opening week, so you'll have plenty of time to get your thinking caps on and your favorite supplies out. . . .

But until then, since last week's color quiz was such a hit, I thought it would be fun to dig into our color personalities as well. What Color Are You?

Wheeeeeeeeeee! Wont. Be. Long. Now. . . .

To waiting with bated breath,
Kristin xo

Monday, May 18, 2015

SOC5: Two Weeks & Counting. . . .

"We could all learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box."
- Robert Fulghum


We have just two, teeny-tiny weeks to go before all is revealed for The Summer of Color 5! And let me tell you, this is one year not to be missed. Sooooo, whether you're finding us for the first time or are chomping at the bit for another go, I promise you a Summer full drippy, colorful fun!

BUT, since we do have to wait a bit, why not try our hand at a color quiz? Can YOU name all the colors? (hint: I could not. humph.)

To Love & The Love of Color,
Kristin xo

Monday, May 11, 2015

SOC5: Let the Countdown Begin!

"I'm excited about what the future will bring and I think the best is yet to come."
- Alonzo Mourning

Okay. It's official. With just three itty-bitty weeks before The Summer of Color 5 begins, it's time to start counting down to the fun! Beginning of course, with some of our SOC traditions. 

One of my favorite ways to get the color mojo going, is to watch a video I first shared 5 years ago when The Summer of Color was just a baby. She's grown up a lot since then, but this one is worth revisiting. Plus, since it's been a part of our party from the beginning, I think it only fitting that in this, the anniversary of our 5th year together, we start from the top. So, without further adieu, check out this absolutely fabulous video from artist Holton Rower. . . .

Dreamy, right? Doesn't it make you want to pull out your old acid wash jeans and get pouring? (Yeah, me too). 

Speaking of growing up, I'm terribly excited to report that this year, the SOC is turing it up a notch. Along with our traditional play, we're introducing some new elements that - although top secret until our introductory week beginning June 1st - I hope you'll agree are quite exciting. After all, I gotta keep you guessing somehow! 

Oh, and about that: I've been asked a lot of questions over the years about The Summer of Color and how it all began. Should you have a question about the SOC that you'd like to have answered, please do ask away. Anything and everything is fair game. You can post your questions here in the comments below or over here in our Facebook group. I'll compile them all and get back to you the week before we begin. 

Yes? Okay, yes. Wheeeeeeee. . . .

To being officially official,
Kristin xo

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ophelia: A Palette of Whites . . .

"Ophelia" 9 x 12 Pressed Cardboard

"Snow and frost and icy noons,
Crumpled roses, torn and bleeding;
Ophelia waiting at the gate,
What more would any man be needing?"
-Excerpt from the poem, Lady Bountiful by Dolores M. French

She's finished! The little lady I was working on Last week that is - and she even has her own "wings" to show for it. I tried my hand at an all-white palette this time, hoping to see how far I could get with a lack of color altogether. I know that a successful interior design using mostly whites rely on textures and depth to create interest, so I went about seeing how much texture I could add to the mix. Turns out, a lotta molding paste and added pieces did the trick. Wanna see what I did with her? Okay then, here goes:

Full piece with "wings" that extend off of the bottom.

Her hair and "hat" were created with molding paste pushed through stencils and mesh fruit bags that were first painted white before being adhered with E-6000. 

The piece of vintage text that inspired the Title.

(A better look at her wings ;) 

And there you have it! Sweet Little Ophelia, all dressed in white. . . 

Speaking of the opposite of white, The SOC 5 is just Four. Tiny. Weeks. From. Today! Are you ready?! 

Wheeeeeeeeee . . . 

To Love, Art & Getting Ready,
Kristin xo

Monday, April 27, 2015

Right Here & Now . . . .

9 x 12 WIP on pressed cardboard

Just a short little ditty about a few things going on Right Here & Now . . . 

First, there's a new girl in town - the WIP above was created on pressed cardboard (from the back of a pad of watercolor paper no less ;) that was first treated with Gesso applied with a palette knife. That said, my obsession with palette knives is officially well, official. If you wanna see her progress (I'm going for a palette of mostly whites), check out my Instagram feed for more. 

Speaking of Here & Now, today is the day that my first Life Book lesson airs! Yippeee! If you're on Life Book 2015, I hope you'll enjoy it! I. Am. So. looking forward to seeing your results. And of course, if you have any questions at all, please ask away. I'm honored to be here for you! 

Oh! And guess what?! This girl actually updated her much neglected Etsy shop! I've included the set of 5 canvases (above) just back from Somerset Studio's "With One Palette," along with several new original paintings. I do hope they bring someone as much love as I felt while creating them.

And . . . . it's beginning to look a lot like the SOC! The The Summer of Color 5 is just 5 tiny weeks away and the Facebook group is already hopping. If you're joining for the first time or if you're a seasoned vet, I promise, this is one year not to be missed.

And there you have it! A little bit about what's happening Right Here & Now.

To Love, Art & Exciting Things to Come,
Kristin xo

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Brilliant, Gorgeous, Talented, Fabulous Day. . .

"We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' 
Actually, who are you not to be?"
-- Marianne Williamson

It was a Brilliant, Gorgeous, Talented, Fabulous day Saturday as I taught my latest class at Venus Studios in Palm Desert, CA. The colors were bright & poppy, the students were sweet & lovely and the art was altogether joyous. 

So, for todays artistic offering, I thought it would be fun to share some of the class works in process. Wanna see? Okay good! Here we go:

Mimosa's and watercolor crayons? Um, but of course!

Step 1: Creating collaged backgrounds

Step 2: Adding color, depth and details

Step 3: Learning to sketch a whimsical portrait

And Lastly: Putting it all together.

See? It really was a Brilliant, Gorgeous, Talented & Fabulous day! Anddddd I personally loved every minute of it.

Oh! And speaking of loving every minute of it: believe it or not, The Summer of Color 5 begins in just six short weeks from today! Um yeah. That's true. Just six tiny Mondays from today. Pop over to the SOC5 Facebook page for more. 

Wheeeeeeee. . . .

To Love, Art & Being Fabulous,
Kristin xo

Monday, April 13, 2015

"The Birthday Girls." (A Step-by-Step Tutorial).

"The Birthday Girls"
4 x 4 & 6 x 6 canvas collages

So I recently had a birthday. And when I say recently, I mean like over six weeks ago. But, in the vein of my last post in which I shared my all-consuming schedule lately, I'm only just now getting to some of my formal thank yous. In particular, I wanted to do something special for a group of my girlfriends who hosted a slumber party for the occasion. SO, instead of the traditional thank you cards, I'm sending the following collages - "The Birthday Girls" - off instead.

Wanna see the process? Oh good. 'Cause I took pictures along the way just in case. Ready? Here we go:

Step 1: Gather supplies including a group of original drawings and tiny blank canvases 

Step 2: make color photo copies of some of your favorite images or sketches

Step 3: apply Gesso to canvases with a flexible palette knife

Step 4: find some of your favorite spray inks. 

Step 5: ink away and dry throughly. 

Step 6: apply heavy-bodied acrylics or acrylic Gouache to bits of your canvases. 

Step 7: adhere some of your favorite collage materials to the canvases. 
(Included here are decorative napkins, tissue paper and candy wrappers).

Step 8: spray / splatter some acrylic paints to the surface of your collages

Step 9: carefully cut out your colored copies and then fortify the lines with a black ink pen.

Step 10: glue your images to your collaged canvases

Step 11: add final touches including confetti stars, liquid shimmer (acrylic ink) and Stickles glitter.

(Close Up) 

Step 12: add color to the edges of your canvases with oil pastels smudged with your finger.

And there we have it: 5 little thank yous all lined up in a row. It was fun, fast and guess what? Actually complete. Yay, Me! 

Wanna try it? If you do, please let me know: I'd love to see what you come up with!

To Love, Art & Getting Things Done,
Kristin xo