Sunday, July 11, 2010

MMM: Something Blue

"I don't want to Brag"
5 x 7 canvas panel


This week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, Something Blue, was a fun excuse to use a quote I recently received in a forwarded email. It reads, "I don't want to brag or make anyone jealous or anything, but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school." . . .

I decided to use blue as my background for this challenge and pop it with accents of it's opposite color, orange. The 5 x 7 canvas panel was first washed in several layers of acrylic and charcoal before adding the collage element of a bust I cut from a catalogue. I altered the image with sandpaper, acrylic (panting over the pearls, lips, cheek and flower), ink (to enhance the brows, hair and lashes) and glitter. I then broke off the back of a vintage earring and glued it to the ear. Final touches were added with water-soluble oil pastels and gloss medium on the face and lips.

Thank you for your time! I look forward to seeing all your beautiful blue pieces this week. . .

Kristin xo

34 comments:

Amy said...

WOW..I love your sweet canvas work Kristin. I hope to someday work on actual canvas..in fact that will be my new goal.
I love the real earring and I love how you realtered the face image! A perfect blue too..everything is sparkly and happy here on your blog and that is what I love most about it.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Hi Kristin - ooooh love how those colors just POP! Nice canvas piece sweetie.

jenny said...

Hi Kristin, LOVE your artwork...your piece for the something blue challenge is just wonderful and that quote made me smile...
Big congrats on being published in Somerset Studio....I have that mag and really enjoyed reading about you and just love love your piece there, Thanks for following along with me too :)
Jenny

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Kristin,
This card is triumphant!!! I just got that email last week too and laughed so hard...I'm SOOO happy you put it into a card...magnificent and light-hearted...
I hope you're doing well...I heard it was hot and humid in California today. Sending smiles and hugs,
Cindy

Diana Evans said...

oh what a fun piece Kristin!!! I love this lady...she looks fabulous!! I will have to pull out my earings from high school and see if they still fit me too!!! love this....you are always so wonderful!!!

Diane said...

Oh, I love this piece, Kristin. The colours are amazing and what a fun quote! Although, I'm not sure that even my high school earrings would still fit, grin! Diane

Lori Saul said...

Beautiful work Kristin and I love the quote. Your art is inspirational and the touch of blue really grabs the eye!

indybev said...

Oh so creative. The quote gave me a good laugh as well. Beautiful work!

Kelly said...

beautiful!

Amy said...

Hey, Kristin thanks for inviting your friend to my blog! That was very kind of you to do so. I wanted to thank you ..and so I have on my blog in honor of you..I altered my very first vintage image inspired by you! So Thanks for being such a grand friend to me and always supportive of my art journey in trying new things..

Cheryl said...

LOL.... so darn funny! and CAUTE TOO! Dang it, now I'm going to have to say that all the time lol
~Cheryl

missy k said...

Thats funny! Great work and I love the colour.

Karen

johanna said...

hahaha, i really had a BIG laugh about this quote!! i must remember this...
and your piece is marvellous, wonderful colors!

Nan said...

This is so bright and pretty and I had to laugh at the quote...very close to home for me as I have been switching sizes for a couple months!

joanna said...

I love it Kristin!! the quote is real funny and love her earings! she kinda reminds me of Lucille Ball!
xoxo

Diane said...

This is great, and I HAVE to remember that quote. And I hadn't seen your post furthur down that you were published in Somerset, but I was reading my new issue, and saw the article. I'm so happy for you, and to be featured on The Last Page--something to really boast about--congratulations!!

Zuzu's Blog said...

love it. the work on the cut out bust is awesome and very effective. great detail too... and i love that quote....

WrightStuff said...

Blue and orange - my chosen colours too! This is so funny. It cheered me up no end as I realised I can still fit into my earrings too!! Great stuff. Love it love it.

Trudy Callan said...

Kristin, that is amazing.

Below is a general message I am sending to all of The Artistic Mother's Group. I want to thank you for being such an awesome participant in our group and always leaving encouraging comments for others.

I want to make sure that as much as possible that everyone else in the group is aware of when you post something for our group so that you will receive visits. We now have 99 participants. That is so great! Because we are so large, it is not possible to visit each and every post that every member puts up; so when you post something related to The Artistic Mother's Art group, I would suggest that you start your title off with "Artistic Mother" to maximize your chances of others from the group paying you a visit. I look at the blog roll for our group every day; and when I see those words, I automatically know that this is a post that I don't want to miss. Please continue to check the blog roll on my blog for Artistic Mother Group related posts on a regular basis so that we can continue to encourage one another in our efforts to do a little something creative each day. Only five show at a time. Just click "Show All" to see all of the blogs.

Trudy
Host of The Artistic Mother's Art Group
www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

Martina2801 said...

Kristin, your canvas is so stunning! Amazing interpretation of the theme.

scrapwordsmom said...

This canvas is great, Krisen!! Love it!!:) I am in the process of learning all this stuff so I appreciate you sharing how and what you used.

Carin said...

Love this piece! Absolutely gorgeous! And just love that quote (think I'll use that myself!)!

scrapwordsmom said...

I hope it's okay...I featured you in my FB post today on my Words of Me Project Fan Page!!

Faye said...

What a wonderful piece of art! I love the inscription; I love the coloration, I love those earrings!

http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

Love this beautiful canvas creation.
It's absolutely marvellous.

Jingle said...

elegant!

*jean* said...

fabulous!! and it made me giggle too!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Kristin,
I have something so neat to tell you! Yesterday when I left the message on your blog, I was given a word to decode in order to leave the message....Then, I saw it---usually it is a nonsense word. THIS
time it said, "BLESS!" I about fainted!

I thought it meant that you are blessed and I had to tell you that. I just wrote about it on my prayer blog. It's at: http://Ioweitalltohim.blogspot.com

I thought it was amazing...
Cindy
xoxox

Julia Christie said...

Hi Kristin - I love this piece. Orange and blue are two of my favs!

Great job!

Oxana said...

Hi Kristin! So beautiful and elegant!!! I love this piece!
Hugs
Oxana

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Kristin,
Wow, now I know what the "Bless" was all about--how wonderful!! Maybe that was so you'd know that God is blessing your beautiful family...how precious!
Hugs,
Cindy

Mandy said...

how cute is this....that quote really made me smile!!!lol...xxx

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

OMGosh ... I can still wear my high school earrings too! :)) Love your amusing canvas!
Inka

Michelle said...

This is completely awesome... I want it on a t-shirt!