Monthly Archives: September 2009

Portrait in Color

I’m finished! I may come back to it at some point, but I feel pretty good about my self portrait. It was a lot of fun to do. I think I might try my hand at a few more portraits after I work out some of the projects I have right now.

Without further ado, here is the finished piece.

copyright 2009 Christina Kester

copyright 2009 Christina Kester

Another Update on WIP

I’m just about to the coloring stage on my portrait.

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WIP Portrait Update

Here is the progress so far on my self portrait

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The start of a self portrait

I’ve been wanting to do a self portrait for some time now. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to go about doing it. I started playing around in photoshop and here is what I came up with. It is only a beginning. The plan is to add color after I have all of the values down. I’m also thinking about adding a sort of green woman mask. The beauty about digital is that I can change my mind very easily.

SelfPortrait1 copyIn other news, I am going to add more things to my zazzle store in the next week or two. Right now it is pretty bare.

I am also working on a celtic hummingbird piece as well as my alphabet. The block for letter A has been gessoed and is ready for painting.

New Painting

I just finished a painting from a sketch I did on a whim. It is not my most original, but I really like it. And it got accepted to Epilogue, which is juried.


The painting is 4×6 inches on coldpress watercolor paper. The medium is acrylic.

Inspiration 9-9-09

Trees. They are so varied and interesting.

Take these photos of bark. The first is from a pine tree in Rocky Mountain National Park, the second is from a poplar in a friend’s back yard.

Pine Bark

Poplar Bark

I love the color and shapes of the pine tree bark. The poplar has some great texture.

I’ve discovered that when I am in a slump creativity-wise, perhaps a block, drawing trees gets me back in the groove.

So go draw, and maybe hug, a tree 🙂

Inspiration 9-2-09

Taliesin’s giggle makes me want to make the world a better place. It inspires me to create something beautiful so that his laughter will have company in it’s beauty.