Tag Archives: watercolor

The Fox

My eldest son has been a little obsessed with foxes lately. So I decided to do something special for him last Christmas. He caught me working on it before it was finished, but I let him believe it was for the business.

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Fox walk-through – Christina Kester-Tallman

 

It was fun working with watercolor again. My son was really happy with the finished painting.

My current project is a new sign for my display at craft shows. I’m using a 12 x 24 inch Italian poplar plywood board. Here’s a peek at my current progress.

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My Art Goals

I recently joined a cooperative blog called Artist Ambition. The blog is about the challenges and exercises the participating artists give themselves in order to improve. As I sat down to write my introduction and wish list or plan, I realized that I am not as clear on what I want to achieve in my art as I thought. I have been so focused on the business side that I have forgotten the creative side. Joining this group of artists in their journeys into improve their art has opened my eyes to my own journey.

I want to bring more creativity into my work. My subject, themes, color schemes, and overall compositions are safe. Here’s my list to explore:

  • participate in Sketchfest whenever possible to expand subjects and themes
  • Anatomy studies – hands and feet; how the head, neck and torso go together; proportions ( have a tendency to draw very short legged people); and the core/torso
  • Color – explore limited color palettes and unusual colors. Do studies in reflected color
  • Composition – explore more dynamic figures and groups of figures
  • Environment – any… I need the practice

In the spirit of moving forward, here are some of my recent paintings. Yes, more fish. I’m actually going to do a lot more fish. Like the alphabet, it is a personal project.

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copyright 2012 Christina Kester

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copyright 2012 Christina Kester

Watercolor

I have a rocky relationship with watercolor. It is one of the first mediums I used, but it is also the one I am farthest from mastering. I cannot just paint over my mistakes like I do in acrylic. Another problem I face with watercolor is anticipating how the water and paint will behave. Then there is the waiting for washes to dry before moving on. For all of the patience I have for knotwork, I am not a patient painter. I do not like to stop and break from the creative trance.

Having said all of that, I love the luminous feel of watercolor. I know I can achieve some of that effect with acrylic, but is is not wholly the same.  So I have been playing with watercolors again. I do it while I paint with my son. The compositions are simple and the subject is always chosen by my son. He has been on a tree kick. I use different papers to see how water reacts differently on each surface. One of my goals is to avoid muddying the colors. I still have a lot to learn.

Here are a couple of my recent attempts.

copyright Christina Kester 2012

 

copyright Christina Kester 2012

Commission Sale

I would really like to get painting again. I miss it. I can’t do anything really big right now, because of my pyrography projects, but I am opening up 5 commission slots for small (4×6) paintings.  I’ll be offering these at a discounted rate of $15 plus shipping.

If you are interested, please comment or send me an email (fireoakstudio@gmail.com).

Here are some examples of previous paintings I’ve done of the same (or similar) size:

Sketch Fest and New Work

Last weekend I participated in Sketch Fest for the first time.  Sketch Fest takes place once a month and is, as described on the site, a “24 hour creative jam session with artists across the world, brought to you by Ellen Million Graphics.”  The artists pick prompts and do a 1 hour sketch of the subject.

Here are the two sketches I did for it.

Prompt – Prehistoric Cave Art (sold)

copyright Christina Kester 2011

 

Prompt – Pocket Frog (for sale on the Sketch Fest website)

copyright Christina Kester 2011

 

In other news, I have been doing a lot of pyrography this past month. Here is a look at my newest pieces. Most can be found for sale on my Art Fire shop here

copyright Christina Kester 2011

copyright Christina Kester 2011

copyright Christina Kester 2011

copyright Christina Kester 2011

copyright Christina Kester 2011

copyright Christina Kester 2011

copyright Christina Kester 2011

 

 

April 11 Update

Here’s my finished tattoo commission –

A character sketch for a really long term project –

Practice sketches from my sketchbook –

 

Commission Status –

Dog Nouveau – transfering drawing to canvas

Knotwork tattoo – finished

Anniversary Spoons – finished

Eagle Spoon – on hold, spot open

 

I have one spot open for commissions right now. It has to be something small and simple. I can do a decorated spoon ($15-30) or a 5×7 painting ($45-60). Please let me know if you are interested by sending an email to fireoakstudio@gmail.com

Shows

The Longmont Art Link is tonight from 6-9pm. I will be showing at Maternal Instincts at 519 Main Street.  I will also be doing a demonstration. I’ll be working on Letter F of my alphabet. So if you are interested in my painting methods and are in the Longmont, Colorado area, I’d love to meet you.

In other news, I had a portfolio review at Art Mart on Pearl Street in Boulder. I will find out within a week or so whether they want to have my work in their space. The review went pretty well and I felt I was prepared, sporting my portfolio, resume, price list, and business card.

In addition to my ongoing alphabet project, I am working on a series of fish paintings. So far I have gotten a really positive response. I plan on doing more Koi paintings, but I am also working on some fantasy fish, including a sturgeon/lion fish hybrid.

New Work:

copyright 2010 Christina Kester

copyright 2010 Christina Kester

copyright 2010 Christina Kester