Friday, March 22, 2013

PPF: "Just Be You"

"Just Be You"
16 x 20 Gallery wrapped canvas

Happy PPF! I had so much fun at last week's charity Auction and just read that our group donated more than $400 to help support the victims of Sandy Hook. Yay, us! Not only was I happy to contribute an item, but I was thrilled to have won one as well. Thanks again to Kristin & Eva for making it all possible.

This week I was able to finish off a large project that I had in the works, this 16 x 20 canvas with deep (1.5 inch) sides. She is entitled, "Just Be You" and has the words, "I Dare You" scribbled on the front. Here it is in it's entirety:

I Dare You

She was created on a heavily collaged background (using both vintage and new materials) and then drawn in with my non-dominant hand for the shape of the head, similar to some of the drawings I played with during 29 Faces. From there I quickly sketched in the features and then dry brushed several types of acrylics and acrylic Gouache to the surface for depth and detail. I'm still trying to be looser with my drawings for a "grungier" look and feel:

Cheek color applied with fingers. A single Swarovski Crystal earring on the left ear.

Final details include the use of color rich oil pastels, Stickles Glitter and iridescent stars on the surface.

Stickles Glitter applied to the hair

Here is a shot of the deep sides, which also serve to balance the bold magenta color on the surface:

Sides created with pigment rich oil pastels and varnish

Lastly, the words that issue a challenge:



I also wanted to share with you the gorgeous oil painting that I bid on for the Auction. It was created by the talented Gloria J. Zucaro and I am thrilled to have it. She even was kind enough to frame it for me:


Thank you Gloria, I love it! And thank you for stopping by today. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to this week . . . .


Kristin xo

40 comments:

Faye said...

The colors are gorgeous, Kristin!. Anything with glitter glue is an instant success in my book.

Gloria in CA said...

I like glitter glue too, cept I get so messy with it. Awesome work, love the colors and congrats on everyone who too part in the auction. Happy PPF!

Kim said...

I adore your Just Be You painting! What a beautiful piece. HPPF!

Erika said...

Your painting is amazing! At this time I am a fan of Pink - and your lady has a wonderful rouge, with it.
Waiting about spring ... and waiting and waiting : -
Hugs and love
Erika

Giggles said...

Kristin I LOVE LOVE LOVE her...wow she is so unique!! Just be you is perfect...love the colors...this is a favorite of mine!!

Kudos to you and the others for their contributions to Sandy Hook!

Hugs Giggles

Mary C. Nasser said...

Super portrait, Kristin!
The colors are brilliant!

That's wonderful that you have Gloria's painting in your home. I love her paintings, too. :)

♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

craftattack said...

Gorgeous colours, what a vibrant young lady she is! Enjoy the lovely painting from Gloria! Hugs, Valerie

Tracey Fletcher King said...

This is a fab piece and thanks for all those close ups so i can ooo and ahhh at all the details... and huge congrats on getting Gloria's painting... looks amazing... xx

SAMARA said...

Would you consider putting a subscribe by email gadget on your blog....I LOVE it!!!! The faces are unreal...you are amazing to commit to that. I admire your work, the color, the aliveness and your commitment. Please let me know when you have it, if you are willing to so that I can come back and subscribe. Thank you so very much. Lovies, Samara, Happy PPF

Cat Beringer said...

I love the combination of the name of your painting with the "I dare you." And of course, her fabulous hair!!

Christine said...

I love her hair, lovely large piece and Gloria's art is amazing too!

Joanna said...

Wow, Just Be You is fab! She's gorgeous and she has a brilliant message too :)

Gloria's artwork is beautiful, congratulations on being the winning bidder.

x

Zafaran said...

Love her! Especially her gorgeous hair! Love the message she gives too.

missy k said...

Stunning Kristin.... Love the colours and the dare!

Gloria's artwork is really special too.

Have a great weekend

Karen x

Dawn said...

Well done on the charity front and I love no ADORE these bright colours her hair is amaze! HPPF Dxx

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Wonderful colourful artwork. Well done on the auction. Gloria's piece is beautiful

denthe said...

Oh I LOVE her Kristin! Those colours are so yummy! Congrats on contributing to the auction, and that painting you received from Gloria is amazing|!

brandi said...

~congrats to you and those you joined in creating and gathering for such a wonderful cause...she is vibrant and full of life...and the painting you won is a beautiful one indeed...happy belated spring blessings to you and yours~

Linda said...

what a gorgeous painting!! Love your color palette and the affirming words along with it!

Manon said...

Woderful colours and I love the sparkle! I just noticed you will be doing the summer of color again YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAh :)
ManonX

peggy gatto said...

She is so sweet and charming and warm, touchable

Anne Manda said...

Wow, those awesome candy colors and delicious details! Love it!

Kokopelli said...

Love her! And you won Gloria's fab painting. Wow! Happy PPF! BTW, did you get my email? I thought it maybe got stuck in the spam folder.

Netty said...

congratulations on getting Gloria's beautiful painting.

Loving your terrific canvas with all its wonderful colours. Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Marji said...

Glitter in a painting just sounds so fun to me. I really like this one - and you scored with your auction purchase - great for you.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Once again - this is so fabulous. I love it all...the color, the sweet face, pink pony, words - LOVE. I am going to have to try drawing with the non-dominant hand too. Great way to do something different and challenge myself. Thank you for always inspiring me!! :)xo

Jenny said...

Oh Kristin... your canvas is stunning.... adore your beautiful girl and the vibrant colors.... the words are perfect... and love the wonderful painting that you won...

Jenny ♥

Jessica Sporn said...

Love her bright colors, the looser style, and the dare! xoxo Happy PPF on Saturday!

Ritu Dua said...

What a beauty...I totally totally love the colors here...bright cheerful and absolute fun...and her tiny lips do have a story to tell !

Daniele Valois said...

Yay you!!! <3

Ariel said...

Your painting with all its details looks gorgeous. Love her earring and the colors you have used. Have a great week.

Terri Corona said...

I just love this, very different but still you!

JKW said...

I love the background, you done so much with it. Blessings, Janet PPF

Carin said...

She is fabulous Kristin! It's sunny how this style is a bit different to your usual work, yet totally you. I love it :)

joanna said...

i love this painting, Kristin!! the colours are so bright and of course, love the crystal. it's so you :)
xoxo

Cameron said...

I love her bold confidence....and yours,too....non-dominant had and all ;P

viola wan said...

Your drawings are so awesome!!

Viola
http://wunderbarkleider.blogspot.com

Carmen said...

Oh now. Who knew grunge could be so bright and bold and fun? I'm in my element when it comes to grunge and I love the direction you are exploring at the moment :-)

Am behind (again) on blog reading so missed the auction news but many congratulations on raising such a good amount!

Catharina said...

I love your sweet work, adorable colours! So pretty! I am from now on your followers, and I´m looking forward to come back for more! Happy easter!

http://www.catharinaengberg.blogspot.se

scarlett said...

I know I said it on FB but I'll say it again....GORGEOUS!!