Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Colorful 2012!


"The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color."
- Hans Hofmann

I. Am. So. Looking forward to what this year has to offer. There's a sweet feeling in the air, a crisp determination, a warm fuzzy that you get in the pit of your stomach when you know something good is coming  . . . I don't know how to explain it better than that, but I'm grateful to start this new year full of promise, possibilities . . . and color . . . .

Wanna know what I'm doing?

I'm starting the year on a beautiful note with Life Book. The community and camaraderie over there is amazing and I'm eager to begin the year's worth of insights and education by Tam and 15 other guest artists. I'll be there all year, and will be sharing most of what I do there with you here as well.

I'm looking forward to this year's new Our World Our Art, the next installment of the former One World One Heart focusing on art and artists. It's gonna be a great party, which usually begins in January . . . .

I'll be participating in Paint Party Friday and Sunday Postcard Art as often as possible. The weekly check-in's and communication with other artists are incredibly inspiring and so much fun. 

Speaking of color, I am thrilled to be hosting another installment of The Summer of Color! This year's theme, Ice Cream Inspirations should prove to be cool and colorful . . . .

Of course, there may be other possibilities to play that I don't yet know of. I promise to take every opportunity that brings me closer to another goal of mine this year: To make something of my art. Professionally. There, I said it (gulp). . . .

And on a personal note, I am optimistic that this will be the year of babies. I want one. Still. And I'm eager to see if 2012 brings the baby that we so desperately want here in our home.

Having said that, I'd like to share with you a recent (gorgeous, sweet and loving) addition that makes "baby" on the forefront of my mind right now: Kendra's new puppy! 

Brand new baby girl!

How sweet is she? We lost our family dog last year and this little one is just what we needed to bring a little light and energy back into our home. She's the first puppy Kendra and I have ever had, and I have to say, we're already in love!

So here's to new babies, new art, new adventures and a whole lot of color. I look forward to sharing it with you all . . . .

Kristin xo

23 comments:

scrapwordsmom said...

Beautiful, art-filled goals Miss Kristin!! Love them all:)

You continue to be a bright spot in my life:)

Love to you in 2012!!

That puppy is an absolute sweetheart!!!

craftattack said...

Sounds like your year is off to a good start. The puppy is totally sweet, and hope you get that baby you want some much! Hugs, Valerie

WrightStuff said...

Oh she looks so soft like velvet - what a dreamboat!

Hope you have a wonderfully creative year my friend.

peggy gatto said...

Cheers to all of your family!!!

Carin said...

Looks like you have a fun year ahead of you with all these courses (I hope to take part in the summer of colour this year too...sorry, color lol) and that new sweet baby girl of yours. You already know what I think you should call her. Enjoy your year sweet Kristin.

Carolyn Phillips said...

Beautiful pic and wonderful goals.

I'm looking forward to Our World, Our Art as well. Last years event was a major encouragement for me, and along with Summer of Colour one of the things that pushed me forward and changed things for me.

Hoping and praying this is a good year for you, a year of blessing and happiness.

PaperPumpkin said...

What exciting anticipation!!! I want your new puppy too. I love her smoky coloring....too cute! I look forward to your next Summer of Color, dear friend! Baby blessings to you. Kathy

Daniele Valois said...

I heart you!!!

Joyce said...

So looking forward to the Summer of Color! It was so much fun last year. Congrats on the new puppy. Hopefully a new little brother or sister for Kendra is next. She will make the best big sister for some lucky boy or girl.

Joanna said...

Oh my gosh! Where to start...Happy New Year Kristin! Your puppy is absolutely gorgeous, your daughter must be over the moon! Yay to another summer of color :D I've actually got a blog post I haven't got to yet regarding a piece from last year...such a rewarding & inspirational summer it was! I wish I was doing life book with you :(

You'll be in the thoughts & prayers that you get the baby that you want so dearly.

Lots of good thoughts, till next time!

xoxo joanna

laurie said...

such a wonderful post and what a sweet puppy!

Janelle said...

I have already been thinking up ideas for different ice cream flavors. I'm looking forward to participating this summer. I too have been enjoying the first week of Lifebook. Good luck with all the training that comes along with a new puppy. "Mocha" could be a fun name. I hope that you can find a baby who needs you and your family.

Gloria said...

Hi Kristin. That is a very good way to start the year. Your new baby is beautiful. Looks very comfy too.:) Happy New Year. Hope you get the baby you so want. Take care.

sugar Creek said...

Ok first I want new pencils now after I seen that photo!! I did find a good deal at Hobby Lobby, I just might have to go back!!
Second that puppy!! I want! Cashmere or Cash or Cashy for short, cause she is so shiny!
And guess what? I did get published in an issue! Actually two so far!! xx

Jenny said...

Beautiful post Kristin... and I truly hope all your dreams for 2012 do come true... ALL of them...
LOVE LOVE LOVE Kendra's new puppy... 'Bronte' is my suggestion...

Jenny x

E Makes Art said...

Happy new year to you my friend!! I feel the same as you..grateful for this new year, a fresh start all full of possibilities... and hopefully a day of art and fun together!! Hey, speaking of... Zinnia is having a call for artists for a Valentine show!! It's for pieces 5x5 or smaller and if they choose your work it'll be on display starting the night of a Pasadena art walk!! I'm going to try to send in a few pieces... hopefully. I'll forward the email in case you're not on their list. I think you should make something and send it in. Could be fun! Anywho... sounds like a good year is in store for you! I hope you get all that your heart desires... and more!! You truly deserve it.

xoE

Oh, and I love that new pic of Kendra in the snow!! Her smile makes me smile every time!

Diane said...

Looking forward to sharing this year with you Kristin--Love your outlook on every aspect of your life--hope 2012 is the best yet for you and your family (love the new addition too :)

Heather said...

Happy new Year!
I love your enthusiastism for the new year...and that puppy face is just too darn cute!!!!
Best of luck in all of your endeavors and may all of your dreams come true!
xoxo

Kristin said...

Thank you all for your sweet Puppy Name suggestions! We have (finally) all agreed on a name and the winner is inspired by our last name:
She's now "Dutch"!
Kristin xo

Georgie Horn said...

What a nice surprise at the end of your posting! Dutch is going to have a very happy, color-filled home! Can't wait for summer! Come by for some puddin n pie...
http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2012/01/its-dik-and-dot-oh-my.html

missy k said...

I wish you everything you wish for yourself.... and I truly hope all your dreams come true.

I love your puppy.... she is SO sweet, great name too!

Scarlett Clay said...

You are amazing,so many exciting art projects and challenges..(sigh)) Thank you so much for sharing all of your projects, it's the next best thing to participating...I feel like I can somehow be in the loop as long as I can see what you are working on and what you are involved in! You are such a TALENTED artist, just keep on keepin' on :)
*the puppy is adorable, soooo sweet*
~Scarlett

Amy said...

ooooooo....sweetness!!!! What is the name? or what is the breed? I love her..can't wait to see photo's of her grow..along with Kendra!