HANDLE WITH CARE

 

Kristi Lynn Studio Mixed Media

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Sometimes our hearts are fragile and a little kindness goes a long way.

Will you be the kindness someone needs today?

 

 

 

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I AM YOURS

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The song says it all…

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DREAMER

Watercolor by Kristi LYnn Studio

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“The ninety and nine are with dreams, content,

but the hope of the world made new is the hundredth man

who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.”

~Edgar Allan Poe

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SHINE

Watercolor by Kristi Lynn Studio

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I love Matthew 5:14-16 as it reads in The Message:

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

Now, go bring out some God-colors in your world!

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BLOOM

Watercolor by Kristi Lynn Studio  “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.

Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

– Howard Thurman

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Be Still and Know….

"Be Still"  Watercolor painting by Kristi Lynn

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God,  above politics, above everything.”  Psalm 46:10 (The Message)

Who, me? Be still? The last few weeks have been anything but still.

This painting was born as a reminder to myself– a reminder to step out of the traffic of my life and take a long loving look at God. He’s got it all under control.

Ahhhhhhh. I feel better already.

 

 

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Mornings in the Studio

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In the morning, the house is quiet. The computer is not yet humming with it’s usual distractions and the day planner will wait. In the morning, the responsibilities of the day have not yet chipped away at my time, the inner critic has not yet chipped away at my heart, and the resistance has not yet chipped away at my conviction.

In the morning, I turn on the music and the muse and I create. This is when time stands still. The hours feel like minutes and my heart is full with possibilities. I say yes to God’s gifts and promise us both that I will never again let them go. It is a time of giving thanks and giving back to the Giver. It is a time of birthing the beauty He places on my heart.

In the morning, I delight in creating for and with my Creator, and He delights in me.Because He First Loved Me

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Time to think SUMMER!!!

For awhile there it felt like summer was just a figment of our imagination. We have had the longest winter and slowest spring.  Things are finally green and blooming around here and it feels wonderful!

wildflowers

I made good use of the cold dreary days of the past few weeks by giving my classroom storage closet a much needed purge. I’ve also poured over pinterest, gathering up ideas for the upcoming Great to Create SUMMER ART CLASSES.

march class edits

I am so excited about the classes I have planned for Summer 2014! I love to learn and play right alongside your young artists! That’s why I have decided cut back the class sizes. A smaller class allows me to interact more one-on-one and that’s more fun for us all!

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Another change for this summer…canvas! Yes, all paintings will be done on stretched canvas for these classes. There’s just something about painting on canvas that gives a young artist a special sense of pride in their creativity!

JosieThe younger class, CANVAS CREATIONS I, will find their painting inspiration from the stories and illustrations of fabulous children’s books. Books and art? Two of my favorite things!

The older kids class, CANVAS CREATIONS II, will spend each class learning from one of the masters–great painters in the history of art– by painting their own canvas in the master’s style. After studying the master’s myself this winter, I know just how fun it is to learn something new from something old!

Art is fun all on it’s own, but how about art with cupcakes, or ice cream, or manicures? Does it get any better? Girls ages 5-12 will have two awesome opportunities for PAINTING PARTIES this summer. Grab a friend and sign up together for some creative girlfriend fun!

Everything you need to know about Great to Create Summer Art Classes can be found on the CLASSES page. This is where you will REGISTER and PAY for classes. I’m excited to offer this easy new way to register and pay right here on my site!

I hope to see some familiar smiling faces and some new ones too at Great to Create Canvas Creations and Painting Parties!

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My Botticelli Study

My most recent painting comes from a study of Botticelli led by the talented and lovely Jenny Wentworth as a part of the online class “Studying Under the Masters.”

Come and follow along with my Botticelli journey from beginning to end…

Sketch with charcoal on gessoed birch board. Under-painted sky in Payne's Gray.

Sketch with charcoal on gessoed 11×14 birch board. Under-painted sky in Payne’s Gray.

 

Underpainting the landscape with yellows and greens.

Under-painting the landscape with yellows and greens.

 

Completed background.

Completed background.

Burnt Umber wash for hair and shadows

Burnt Umber wash for hair and shadows.

 

Under-painting a wash of gold for skintones and hair

Under-painting a wash of gold for skintones and hair.   Starting to look like Fiona from Shrek?

Begin layering skin tones with washes of mostly white

Begin layering skin tones with washes of mostly white.

Opps!  Lost too much shadow.  Add eye details.

Opps! Lost too much shadow. Add eye details.

 

Change hair. Warm up skin. Start reds for gown and lips.

Change hair. Warm up skin. Start reds for gown and lips.

 

Added charcoal shadow and really dislike that. Errrr....

Added charcoal shadow and regret that. Errrr….

 

Add wreath and necklace.

Highlights to hair and add wreath and necklace.

 

Re-work skin tones: burnt umber, cadmium yellow, titanium white.  Complete gown and jewels.

Re-work skin tones: burnt umber, cadmium yellow, titanium white. Complete gown and jewels. Work on eyes.

 

Decided to add veil. Wishing I had done it BERFORE the wreath! Veil is done with titanium white and glazing medium.

Decided to add veil. Wishing I had done it BERFORE the wreath! Veil is done with titanium white and glazing medium.

 

Brush on some red and orange pastels for the blushing cheeks.  Call it finished!

Brush on some red and orange pastels for the blushing cheeks. Call it finished!

 

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The Botticelli influence is demonstrated in the landscaped background, which was painted first – as Botticelli would have done. Her tousled hair is adorned with a wreath and veil as is often seen in Botticelli’s work. She wears jewels, a gown, and rosy red lips inspired from a variety of Botticelli paintings.

As I look back at the progression of the painting and see the different stages in photos, I can’t help but appreciate this line from the book “Art and Fear” by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

“The truth is that the piece of art which seems so profoundly right in it’s finished state may earlier have been only inches or seconds away from total collapse.”

Yes, it’s true.  Art takes courage!

 

 

 

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Painted Paper Garden

There are hints of spring in the air here in Michigan, so we are going to plant a garden.

It’s still to cold for that outside, but take a look at what blooms inside at Great to Create!

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Follow along to make your own Painted Paper Gardens at home!

SUPPLIES

tissue paper

cardstock or watercolor paper, any size

tempera or acrylic paints

white school glue

foam brushes

scissors

Step One: Painting Tissue Paper

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Spread out cheap plastic table cloth to protect your table.  ( I don’t recommend newspaper–we had a problem with it sticking!)

Lay out tissue paper.  White tissue paper works well, but color tissue paper is also a fun option.

Squeeze desired paint colors right out of the paint bottle onto your tissue paper, just like mustard on a hot dog!

Take a wet foam brush and gently spread the paint.  If you are doing this with young ones I recommend taping the tissue down to the table as the tissue paper wants to move around as you paint it.  Let dry completely.

Step Two: Cutting and Gluing

Choose your background paper.   I recommend something heavy weight like cardstock or watercolor paper because of all the gluing involved in this project. We used light blue cardstock, but a painted sky would be beautiful too!

Decide if you want to compose your garden horizontally or vertically.  Either option is great!

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Cut a 1-2 inch wide strip of green to fit across the bottom of the paper to create the grass. Glue down with white school glue.

Cut narrow strips of green in varying lengths for flower stems.  Glue down stems.

Now lets make the flowers!

At this point I encourage the children to experiment and create their own unique flower designs.  It helps to start by cutting out a simple circle the size that you would like your flower to be.Kristi Lynn Studio

Our  room was buzzing with creativity and exploration!   It was fun to watch these flowers bloom before my very eyes!

After about 20 more minutes of cutting and gluing, everyone had created their own colorful garden to take home and enjoy while we wait for the rest of the snow to melt.

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Great job, paper gardeners!  I bet those gardens bring cheer to everyone who sees them!

 

 

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