Sunday, 9 October 2016

Featured Artist: Kristen part III

So now as promised in my last entry, I saved the best pieces that Kristen made for me for last. And this time I am not talking hd/hp but sculpted goodness she sent me for Christmas. I could not believe my eyes when I unwrapped her package and to this day the pieces are on my nightstand right next to my bed so I can see them when I go to sleep and first thing in the morning when I get up.

She made me this beautiful polymer clay snail on canvas, with beads and texture paste! I just love the snails elegantly curved eye antennae.

And then this mindboggling piece. I have never asked her about it but I am pretty sure she even made the canvas herself.

This is the front of the canvas, featuring the cutest Christie Friesen inspired dragon EVER!!! Kristen had mentioned before she was a Christie Friesen fan but I never looked up her works before I saw this. Isn't the dragon just adorable? The dragon and the flower both feature sweetwater and lther pearls and beadwork. 
And then I turned the canvas over...

And here is the treasure the dragon is guarding, one single, beautifully ornamented dragon egg. I love the mixed media approach in this, I have not yet used newspaper or bookpages in my work. And the canvas itself is about 4" deep. I turn the canvas around on my nightstand every now and then, but mostly I like looking at the cute dragon and flower on the front.


To finish off, I will share a little pendant that Kristen made out of her own art and a scrabble tile. And yes, i do wear it on special occasions...

Featured Artist: Kristen part II

I have been away from my blog now for over a month (gosh) and I think it is finally time to finish my featured artist special about the wonderful works I receive from Kristen. Additional to a considerably sized ATC collection I am also the lucky owner of several of her hand drawn envelopes, letters and cards. This girl really has some amazing talent.

I know, the big white patches of paper are a little bit distracting, but I am not really willing to expose either my or her private adresses here, I think whoever reads this will be able to understand that.

This froggy envelope came with some awesome froggy cards inside ;)
And the following fishy envelope has an interesting blob technique as background and the fish are cut out and collaged on. This is a process I would like to explore as well in the future, as it would enable me to make a bunch of background (paper/cards/whatnots) and then add my art on top of that.

And then she also send me a collection of her unique bird cards, again I have to say I am so intrigued by the "blob" background, I really have to try it myself one day...

Yes, yes, the last one wasn't a card, it was another arted up envelope. When I pick the pictures I took for this blog they are kind of small on my screen and so it was hard to tell. I do love the little star tied to his beak though...

Kristen even send me some of her cards with only the linework done, and I have to say I am sooo itching to make them a collaborative project and scan them, print them on watercolour paper, colour them and send the coloured ones back. I have so far been a little hesitant as our styles are very different from each other (which is good, else trading would be boring) and I don't want to be disrespectful to her artwork.

 If you like this idea Kristen, let me know and I will get on it right away ;)

Kristens art and animals make me smile everytime I look at them.

I have more, so much more to post, I will make it a different entry though as already there is a lot of scrolling down involved if you read it all and look at all the lovely art pieces.