Thursday, October 17, 2013

Send in the Clowns . . .



Okay, so if you were paying real close attention, I told you that I'd share the rest of the journal I created while on vacation (the sneak peek is over here) in this post. But, um, I lied. Well, not really lied, but rather was derailed from finishing it because of this little one. The inspiration hit and I went with it, sooooo instead, here is my latest painting: "Send in the Clowns. . . ."

She was created on a piece of heavy watercolor paper (Arches) that had been previously painted and left in my stash. I started by ripping the paper in an organic shape and then roughly sketching the figure of a clown onto the surface. I then colored her in using a combination of acrylic paints, watercolor crayons (Caran d'ache Neocolor 11), wax crayons (my new obsession - Caran d'ache Neocolor 1), neon acrylic gouaches, glittered gel pens and charcoal.

A progression shot

The piece was then further enhanced with some faint pencil marks, molding paste mixed with iridescent Stickles glitter and white acrylic for the clown collar and Swarovski crystals to define the neckline:


Lastly, an actual piece of yellow balloon was adhered to the drawn balloon with matte gel medium:


And there you have it! My little Clown . . . .


Thanks for taking a peek here and at all of the other Party posts:


Until next time,
Kristin xo

38 comments:

Netty said...

I love the way your pretty clown appeared to you. Great texture and layers of colourings. Happy PPF Kristin, Annette x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Hey Kristin, how are you?
Lady clown is supper and vibrant!
and thanks for detailed photos of process. waiting for rest of the AJ page..

Valerie-Jael said...

Powerful and vibrant painting! Valerie

Sunshineshelle said...

Ohh, this is STUNNING, it made me smile, so bright and basically jumps off the screen LOVE LOVE!!!

Olivier Violin said...

Bonjour Kristin,
Très jolie création, douce et poétique...
Bravo! :)

Christine said...

This is stunningly beautiful, i can even see it framed in a modern way.

Anne Manda said...

Lovely, fantastic piece, awesome colors and details!

missy k said...

Wow! What a stunning piece.

I love the wonderful colours you have used.

Karen x

Fida said...

lovvve it!

MeOfCourse said...

Love the progression. Awesome work. Thank you.

Karla B aka Lady Skyclad said...

Olá Kristin!Lindo trabalho! Beautiful work! Greetings from Brazil and Happy PF!

SLScheibe said...

How wonderful and colourful! This is so bright and fun! You have a lovely bold style of art :)

Linda said...

Oh Kristin she is STUNNING!!! I love everything about her-her expressive eyes, the colors-bravo!!

Tammie Dickerson said...

Love the bold colors! So pretty!

Ariel said...

This is awesome Kristin. Love all the details you've done on her.

Terri Corona said...

Such happy colors and wonderful layers! I really like the torn organic paper and I always appreciate progression shots. I like her so much I forgive you for being such a tease about your journal!

Giggles said...

Brilliant this is such a gorgeous piece....I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I don't like clowns either...but this reminds me of a french pierrot doll! One Halloween my daughter dressed up as one!

We are on the same page...I actually drew a serious face yesterday and was planning on making it all different colors! Love your use of color and texture here!! This is one of my favorite pieces this week! You should use it for a card line...or make a big canvas... seriously gorgeous...remember to hashtag pierrot doll for instagram!

Hugs Giggles

Cameron said...

I wish you could come to my house and "Kristin-ize" the whole thing!
Everything you touch is so bright and gorgeous and fabulous!

This clown is no different!
:)

Denise Spillane said...

Love it so colorful and fun

peggy gatto said...

Awesome collection!!!

OurJaipur.Com said...

Very Nice. . . . A G+ for ur Post and Have a Nice Day. . . :)

Fallingladies said...

Wow, i so love the bright happy colors on your wonderful clown! All the little extra touches are perfect!

Pia Rom said...

Oh my, this is such a stunning and joyful piece! How I love the bold and smooth colors! and the balloon looks very cool to! ♥ Conny
Piaroms Art Journaling

Alexandra said...

This is absolutely wonderful! I LOVE your color choice as well as the amazing detail. Especially on the neckline of the clown's costume! :)

Carin said...

Stunning Kristin! And I love that you can even work in some bling on a clown! Also, using a piece of a real balloon...genius! The whole thing is stunning and vibrant!

Kelly_Deal said...

This is gorgeous Kristin! Love the vibrancy! You're so talented!

Carmen said...

She just ziiiings off the screen! Wow - what colour!

The real balloon is just perfect :D Love her!

Erin K said...

You know, I agree with Cameron...I'd love for you to come to my place and add some of your awesome colours to my place! Such and adorable, colourful and sweet looking clown, who has a great sense of style with that crystal necklace she's wearing.

Such an neat idea to add in a real balloon to the art. <3

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

Wow turned out great- love the vibrant colors.

Jess said...

Ah those colours! So bright and cheerful! I love to see your process too. I've not used those crayons, they sound like fun, I want to play!
Jess x x

Eifelwicht said...

Wow Kristin, this is a stunnig piece of art! The colours are so vibrant, brilliant!

Tammie Lee said...

this is such a joy to see, a fun and beautiful piece.

Janelle Marks said...

I love all the bright colors and wonderful texture.

Annie said...

Wow this piece is just magical. I adore it. :)

Melinda c said...

it is wonderful...I normally dont like clowns but the sweet face and beautiful colors and textures make it so pretty!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Kristin! I absolutely LOVE these images, SO MUCH! Clowns usually scare me, but not this time! Your creativity and talent astound me each and every time. Thanks for sharing your gifts with all of us. I hope all is well with you and your family. Happy November!

iHanna said...

Such happy vibrant awesome colors. Well done!

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