March 30, 2016

Hanging a wee show!



I've had a lot of fun this past week getting ready for an art show. I was asked to hang some of my paintings in the lovely art studio, Poppet Creative, run by the very talented Andrea Soos. She gave me a wall to fill, and I did! 

 It was great to see my paintings in a new way, not to mention, my garden! That's what struck me as I was laying them all out - all of those plants mean something to me and I've taken care of them over the years, and now they're living on in a totally different way.  Seeing my paintings framed and labelled and looking their best was also a real thrill.

I was really pleased with how it all came together and I was so happy to have this great opportunity. Poppet Creative is a studio that runs art classes for kids and adults so there will be a lot of creative people coming and going.

If you live in Victoria and want to stop by to take a peek, the studio has "open studio" times on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 which is a good time to come in and say hello.

March 11, 2016

I'm venturing out...


...into a bit more social media!

  You can now check me out on Instagram and Facebook and see more of what I'm up to on a daily basis. It's been really fun exploring some new ways to show my work and tell my story. I'm posting lots of plants, paintings and inspirations too. Hope to see you there!

Instagram: instagram.com/kristenjohnsart

Facebook: facebook.com/kristenjohnsart

March 03, 2016

New painting!


This week I've been swimming in all shades of red as I worked through this painting of a tulip. Tulips have such intense colour that we all love and I really wanted this painting to be vibrant, rich and bold. It's fairly small (8 x 8 inches) but it sure brightens things up wherever it's sitting. A lovely punch of colour sure is welcome in the house as we are finding our way out of winter. I think that's the reason why I was drawn to it this week - I need colour and I need Spring!


My favourite parts of making this painting were the beautiful shines in this piece, and the strong contours of the petals always hold my attention. I painted it on a cradled wood panel so it sits nicely on a shelf or mantel, or it can hang on a wall, of course. It is available in my shop ($130 USD) if you'd like it to come live at your house :)

One last shot for you...  in order to make a painting I have to go through some mess and so here's a little glimpse of my painting table this morning with the leftovers of this tulip - headphones and all. 


Thanks for visiting!
Kristen