Friday, March 7, 2014

Follow Your Heart. . .

"Follow Your Heart"
Loose Journal Page on 9 x 12 Watercolor Paper

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
- Steve Jobs

Happy PPF!

I hope this finds you happy, well and with paint somewhere on your clothes. If you're anything like me, then you have paint on almost everything. It's kinda like a badge of honor. Makes me feel legit ;) 

Anyway, I worked on a loose journal page again this week; playing with splotchy inks, metallic pens, an Amsterdam stencil and my new favorite tomato-red color. Looking at this page, I've decided that I must clean off my work desk and surround myself with other supplies. I've been using the same colors and goods for far too long now - I think I need to rotate my stash. . . .

Having said that, I do love this stencil. It reminds me of our honeymoon in Amsterdam - 
and I love the effect of simple white acrylic mixed with molding paste

The heart and headband are created with a glue pen and fine gold glitter

Here she is. I think I may actually journal on this one - her neck looks a bit bare . . .


I'm taking The Littlest Mouse to the La Quinta Arts Festival today - it's supposed to be one of the best in the country and it's right here in my backyard. I bribe the kid to go with me every year by talking up the frozen lemonade. (She falls for it every time) . . .

Have a great week,
Kristin xo


34 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful journal page, love the colours, don't change! Valerie

Marji said...

Beautiful page! Funny, I'm going through the same thing in my art - the need to change things up a bit and try some new colors and stuff. I too tend to just grab my favorites and what's closest to me on my work table (which of course are the favorites). Have fun with mixing it up a bit - know that the favorites will be there waiting for you if you feel the need to come back to them :)

MeOfCourse said...

This piece took a lot of thought and it's wonderful. Love that gold glitter. Great job Kristin and have fun at the Arts Festival. Happy PPF!

thidu said...

Gorgeous piece, love the design. Very original!
Have a great day!
Nora

Annabelle said...

Love the composition, texture, and provoking thought to this painting . Lovely, lovely work. Love Steve Jobs' quote and looks like you took it to heart!

Annabelle : )

Gillena Cox said...

a lot of work and a beautiful result

have a nice Friday

much love...

Faye said...

You can always be counted on to post some really gorgeous colors. Your woman in green is so pretty.

Linda said...

oh she is just gorgeous Kristin!!! She looks like an Irish princess-just in time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day :)

Netty said...

Loving your gorgeous girl and such a fab page Kristin. Happy PPF, Annette x

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

Terri Corona said...

She's gorgeous! Looks very bohemian to me. And I really like that stencil, I have a thing for maps. I wonder if they have other cities as well...my mind is spinning..

Sue Marrazzo said...

Incredible!,,

Carin Cullen said...

But, but, but...blue, green, and yellows are my fave, and you do them so well!!!!

Seriously though hun, follow your heart (hee hee) because anything you do is stunning! And this beautiful mama certainly is!

Christine said...

she is stunning!

Michellem said...

LOVE the touches of glitter and the map stencil is amazing with your gorgeous girl! Wish I could go to the art festival with you. There used to be loads of those types of events in Florida when we lived there but a serious lack of them in KY where we live now.

Tammie Lee said...

this turned out lovely. your colors are so appealing.

sugar Creek said...

Oh my she's so cool!! Love it!!

Giggles said...

Stunning work...and I too love the lip color it looks more orange than red...This color combo is really a favorite of mine! Her neck is gorgeous and love the bit of gold...really really nice work Kristin!

Enjoy the art fest, and the frozen lemonade! We know your munchkin would join you anyway....cuz she loves you sooooooooooo much!!

Hugs Giggles

denthe said...

Beautiful girl, and I really love that background. The colors and shapes are wonderful.

Jana TangledPen said...

This is wonderful! I love the Amsterdam stencil... where did you find it?!
Happy PPF <3
Jana

Tam Hess said...

What fun your piece is today. Wonderful colors and design. I especially like the Amsterdam Stencil. Have a fun day!

I'm late as usual!
Happy PPF :)
Tam

Carmen said...

I do love that stencil! And your colours - they are so you!

As for paint. Craig asked which one of the bloody kids had got paint all over the PC keyboard the other day. I was like "Ummmmmm....." I did 'fess up. Eventually! :P

Sandy said...

I love your lady I am just learning to draw faces and am hooked at the moment can see me being hooked for a while as they all turn out a little different..
Happy PPF
Sandy :)

Beverley Baird said...

What a gorgeous piece! Love Jobs' quote!

Mary Ann Potter said...

She's gorgeous. Your work is so inspirational. I just thought of something --- the time for the Summer of Color is nearer every day. Art is life is art is life, etc.! Have a blessed day!

kirstin @ LillIBean Designs said...

This is such a gorgeous painting. I love the greens + the addition of the stencil is fantastic.

Nicola said...

Hi Kristin,

What a gorgeous journal page! Those colours are my absolute favourite and that stencil really ads something! Gorgeous work!

Lady Lilith said...

Nice. I love the title you chose.

Annie said...

Your artwork is just adorable. I sat and had my afternoon coffee and caught up on your blog. I love visiting here :)

Sharon Fritchman said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Kristen! I love the colors you used and her face is so beautiful!!! And the quote by Steve Jobs is awesome. I try to live by that motto and also try to teach my kids to do so, too! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us, my friend!

Kelly_Deal said...

Beautiful Kristin! Love the bright colors!

missy k said...

Ahh she's gorgeous.

I LOVE the colours you use... they are just so you!

I got the Senneliers and I am enjoying playing with them.... I get a bit scared of new things. Even 'stash'.

Hope you enjoyed the festival and that the frozen lemonade lived up to its rep!

Karen xxx

Natasha said...

I even have paint on my good clothes that i swore never to paint in. When will i learn?! :)

Very cool stencil and you use those colours do well. I think we do have signature colours or go through signature colour phases. I can't get enough teal. It appears on nearly everything even if it ends up mostly used up.

Natasha said...

Covered up not used up.

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