Friday, October 26, 2012

Paint Party Friday!

"Sasha"
12 x 18 on Watercolor Paper

Happy PPF!

So there's a cool story behind this piece. Wanna hear it? Okay, so I was working on some arty thing last week (oh, it must have been the journal page below) and as I normally do, I put a few WIP pictures on Instagram. Well, I got the sweetest message from one of my husband's childhood friends (who's become a good friend of mine over the years) saying that she would love to have a piece of my art in her home. I took that as the biggest compliment and coyly wrote back that I could "arrange something like that" before I set to work on creating something just for her. . . .

I knew that I wanted to paint something and that I would like it to embody some of the beautiful, magical qualities that remind me of her. So I got to work. This is a big piece of paper, so I took several days drawing and painting it. I then came up with a saying that I thought would both whimsical and meaningful to her:

"You are magic, light and rainbow sprinkles. Yay, You." 


And as I worked on her, I continued to post WIP pictures on Instagram, knowing that she would see it. I snickered to myself when she would say how much she liked it, and looked forward to the day when I got to tell her that it is all for her. 



Today is that day. Sasha, this is for you. I hope (okay, I know) you like it.  But I hope you enjoy it in your home. And thank you for always being so sweet and supportive of me. This makes my day!


Thanks for listening,
Kristin xo

41 comments:

Carin said...

Kristin, you are just the coolest! That is such a nice thing to do. And the result is stunning. Sasha is one lucky lady. Oh, and you ignored my question on IG when your Etsy is opening lol.

Kristin said...

Gasp! Oh, sorry! I will be opening my Etsy VERY soon . . . xo!

missy k said...

She's beautiful and is going to be loved and treasured for sure.

Have a great weekend!

Karenx

Gloria said...

I love your drawing, the colors, and especially the mushrooms!

Netty said...

wow your painting is a wonderful gift and one am sure will be treasured. Happy PPF, Annette x

Christine said...

what a sweet gift!

Faye said...

What a special and wonderful piece of art!

Laurie said...

that is just the best kind of surprise, its truly beautiful and I just know she will be thrilled,

Tam Hess said...

What beautiful purple hair and those mushrooms, so charming! Such a sweet gift. :) I'm so excited to see what everyone is up to this week. I love all the inspiration....feeds my soul. Lucky to have you guys!

Janet said...

What a nice thing to do for your friend...and what a beautiful painting it is!

Gina Sismilich said...

What a wonderful gift to give - a piece of yourself! That is a lovely painting.

Jessica Sporn said...

This is beautiful. Sasha is very lucky! And I love how you "snuck it up" on her. What a great surprise and treat. Happy PPF!

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

What an amazing painting for someone special. Isn't it fun to make a piece of art with a specific person in mind. I think that they turn out the best. Really beautiful. Happy PPF

Jenny said...

Oh beautiful Kristin.... such a gorgeous girl for your friend... she is adorable... and I just love the words within her hair... I am sure she will treasure it...

Jenny ♥

aimee said...

yay! i just found you on instagram. i'm @artsyville. adorable painting and i love the story behind it!

Terri Neggers said...

What a wonderful friend you are, she must be so thrilled. I absolutely LOVE it! That swoop of hair with the saying in it, and the mushrooms on top, so creative, and I love how it puts her face to the side so it's not centered, but the whole thing is so balanced. And I love the contrast of the purple and green.

Mary C. Nasser said...

What a wonderful painting and story behind it! I just started using Instagram and it is so fun and inspiring!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Janelle said...

You are the coolest sweetest friend ever. This is a great painting. I love your style so much. Congrats on your Etsy shop opening soon.

chrissies said...

Just amazing and the story behind it made me smile-you are a very lovely person as well as a talented artist.

Best Wishes Chrissie xx

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Lucky Sasha... this is awesome... of course she will love it, and I am sure pretty much everyone who sees it will love it as well...xx

Cameron said...

This piece is gorgeous, Kristin! The lettering....amazing, the toadstools....too cute, the lavender hair....yes! All incredible!!
Lucky Sasha!

Ellie said...

She is absolutely gorgeous! I love the bright colours and the quote. Congrats on your store opening soon!

denthe said...

So beautiful! I'm sure she will be thrilled. Love those mushroooms ☺

Theresa Plas said...

Sweet and whimsical! Great Job Kristin and big congrats on your commission:)

Linda said...

oh my she's so beautiful-I'm certain you made your recipient so very happy!

EVA said...

It is a beautiful and magical painting! I am sure Sasha will be delighted!

Giggles said...

Kristin this is awesome....love the color and whimsy! I imagine she will too!! Just gorgeous!! A piece done with so much love and it shows!!

Hugs Giggles

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! She is beautiful ~ your friend will love it! ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

La Abela said...

Cute girl and very special blue seems right? Saludos

Joanna said...

Lucky lucky Sasha!!!! Beautiful artwork which will be treasured :)

xxx

Ritu Dua said...

She is amazingly beautiful and it is the angelic innocent look in her eyes that makes me admire her so very much :) I love the quote too!

bohemiannie! art said...

Oh I love it and I know she will!

carlarey said...

Awww...that story made me well up a little. This is beautiful, and she will love it.

Kristin said...

Thank you Janet! I wish I could respond to you personally, but I so appreciate your popping by to visit, xoxo!

Silje said...

Beautiful painting and what a beautiful story! I love it!!

Mandy said...

she is perfect...xxx

Linda Brightwingsofsummer said...

A great post, and fab artwork!

Erin K said...

What a sweet and awesome thing to do! Lucky Sasha, I know she'll go gaga when she gets this beautiful painting. I love the purple hair and how the drawing just sweeps into a lovely mushroom.

Gloria said...

What a great gift. Someone is very lucky. Really awesome piece. Love the colors.

Heather Henry said...

OH....she is so very pretty, I know she is going to treasure this always. Very lucky girl! I love the swirl and the toadstools too. So very whimsy!!! :D
Have a beautiful day! Hope all is well with you!

Viola said...

This is absolutely Gorgeous!! =) and I also love your heading! :)