Friday, January 4, 2013

A commitment to ART:)

For me a rich life is equal parts hard work in the office, plenty of play time and exercise for both my mind and body, quality time spent with friends and family and a creative outlet to express my inner most whatever.  I really want to try and create more this year and I want to support artists I love by buying their art.  I recently bought a print from one of my most favorite artists Ilaria Novelli, and she included this original for me.  It brings tears to my eyes to see it hanging on my wall.
Here is the print I bought from her.   I picked out the same purple frame for both.
 I think this is my favorite room in the house now.  Ilaria you always have a place to stay here, you and the girls:)
 I even think she has inspired me to paint a bit.  I have been working on these blank toys and having a lot of fun with them.
Here are a few that I have finished.
 My work space.

I also finished up another sugar skull in a shadow box.
So far this year is off to a killer start.  I am happy, healthy, motivated and grateful.  Have a great weekend everyone!


Ivy Black said...

Wonderful! I love Ilaria's work...she's brilliant. You're going great guns yourself and I'm much taken with your work space and what you've been up to. A great start to the New Year!xxxxxxxxx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I love the new artwork you've acquired. Your little painted toys are ridiculously cute!!! You obviously are artistically talented, too. My stuff never comes out looking so adorable. I have also made a commitment to supporting artists. Art makes me feel more alive :)

Lucy Nation said...

Wow, I love your spare bedroom (I'm assuming that's what it is?) Ilaria's work is fantastic. I love the extra print she sent you. Your styles are so alike so they suit your home perfectly. I also love your colourful work area xx

Penny-Rose said...

I love the art you purchased - and how cool that the artist included an original for you!! Its good to be inspired by others, I really like the figurines you have painted. Also, I must tell you that I LOVE the leggings with the colour swatches in your earlier post - never seen anything like it here in NZ.

Anonymous said...

Your work space just radiates happiness and productivity Krista! I'm excited for you. ;)

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Wow, you're so lucky to have such a cool workspace. And your spare room is such fun, I'd love to come and stay. You did such a great job on the little monsters!
New Year's Resolutions of the Stars!

Helga! said...

You are one of THE most amazing beings I have ever met!
I suspect Ila is in the same mould! She's so bloody talented, and so are you! You're both inspiring me;I used to do a bit of arty crafty stuff, but for some reason haven't for years...I reckon I might just have to get my arse back into it.

Anonymous said...

I love the new prints!!!

Your painted toys are ADORABLE!!

I am eying the owl pillow so i can make one--CUTE!!

The sugar skull picture is way-cool!! what an awesome thing to do with barbie heads. I 'm keeping my eyes peeled for some for you!

I LOL'd when I saw your workspace!!
We are kindred spirits as i have my stuff organized in bins and such. I readily admit to being a tad OCD and I function better if things are :tidy: (I have my markers and colored pencils organized by color!!!)

I'm with you on NEEDING to be able to create regularly. My goal this year is to do more!!! creating!!!!

thorne garnet said...

Cool work space, mine's a hot mess right now. Where the heck is my hot glue gun?

Trees said...

I am ever so jealous of your work space! I really have such limited space. I love the little toys you painted, they are really awesome. Rich did a couple a few years back when we were living overseas but we haven't found anything similar here so far. I also LOVE the prints you bought - it feels so good to support local artists! :D

pastcaring said...

Such gorgeous pictures from darling Ila, she is so talented, and so kind as well.
And you have talent and creativity in abundance, Krista, so get your art groove on and show us what you can do! Love seeing your little painted figures, your sugar skull, and your art/craft space.
I don't want to say it like a resolution, but I really would like to try and make something to wear this year. Vix has been encouraging me to try, so I'm gonna! I usually think of myself as completely uncreative (is that even a word?) but I think I should give sewing a try.
I love that you are so positive and busy and upbeat - can I borrow some of that?! xxxxxx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

My gob is hanging open in utter amazement at your INCREDIBLE skills!! I LOVE your Barbie shadow box SO, SO much - time you opened an Etsy shop - I would DEFINITELY BUY ONE!!!!!!!!! Your figures are gorgeous and their wee faces are so full of character, I love the green dog with the red patch:). Edie is amazing isn't she? I'm so happy you scored that beautiful painting and it sits so happily with the extra she made especially for you:). That room is sleeping/chilling/crafting heaven! Happy New Year to you darling, I'm so happy you're in my life:) xoxoxo

Nerd Burger said...

You've been soo busy. I love all the skull/barbie shadow boxes. Very rad. Can you please make a store so i can buy one?

Anonymous said...

I love the room with the framed works so much!!!You should be my interior designer, I'd love to organize my working space in such a great way, possibly with loads of pink and creepy-cute things!!I like how much we inspire each other to do art, we are a community of unique beings and we all need to express ourselves!!
The toys you made are wonderful, it's definitely something I want to try, the colours you used are so bright and every character is priceless!!
I love you more than painting!!

two squirrels said...

Oh that is the cutiest room!!! It just makes you want to sit and daydream!!!! The prints are just gorgeous, she is one very talented lady.
Happy painting lovely lady!
Love v

Misfits Vintage said...

Oh man, those prints are AMAZING! She is beautiful and YOU are beautiful the ART is beautiful! I also LOVE the owl cushion and your work space - it's so clean and bright and just perfect for creating! Happy Happy new year! Sarah xxx

CityScape Skybaby said...

I love your workspace and your spare room with Ila's artwork in it Krista, and your artwork! It's all so inspiring. I'd like to be a lot more creative this year too, I feel like I need to treat myself better this year and taking some time for myself to be more creative is part of that. xx

delia hornbook said...

WOW so much gorgeous colour im loving your work space no wonder you feel so inspired you have such a great eye for colour. Those little figures you painted up are great. Enjoy your wall art and heres to a great year ahead full of laughter and fun, dee xx

Mary Lou said...

oh this is so much pink fabulousness i love it, larias art is absolutely amazing and wow i really love how you arranged your room, you really should work as interior designer;)
big kiss,mary

Miss Simmonds Says said...

Ila is an absolute favourite artist of mine too, love at first sight art wise. I love Ouija Board, I need to get it framed. And the painting she did especially for you is wonderful. I really love those toys!! I want to paint some. Mike would love them too. Big love - keep being creative xxxxxx

Cristi said...

I love your that bedroom so much, I could just lie there and enjoy all the eye candy! And, those little pillow creatures give me such a smile want to just squeeze them!

And, your toys are truly artistic! You have an amazing since of colors and how to put them together...really an art Sista! People take classes just to try to get as good as you are naturally!!;)

I'd love to see what you'd come up with if you had some shapes 3d printed. This is a cool and very creative artistic expression...they really makes me happy with their supreme cuteness!!!:)

Melanie said...

Creative expression feeds our soul and the world would be a better place with more art. I love your creations and your colour and your energy. Your sugar skull is creepy compelling. Excellent!!

Forest City Fashionista said...

I recently attended an exhibit of toys created by indie artists in the city where I live, and most made from the figures like the ones like you painted. It was fun to see what they came up with, starting with the same blank figure. I love the little turquoise and red puppy.

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