Monday, August 22, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

Ok, at the risk of offending some, (as I clearly did on Facebook earlier today) I can't tell you how excited I am that the kids are going back to school. I have 4 children, one with autism who graduated but is seeking out his first job, one that just started college, one in high school AND college (Mr. Smartypants) and one in Jr. High. I love them all dearly and enjoyed my time with them this summer. HOWEVER....anyone that tries to work at home knows how difficult it can be with all the interruptions. I said in my title "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the YEEAARRRRR....."

Ok, celebration done. The junior higher is still at home, but I did manage to finish a painting I started on my Staycation. When I was painting it on the boat I knew the values were all off, so today I took the photo of it and turned it black and white so I could just deal with value. I had no color reference, except for memory of the day, and it was very very difficult. However, I do feel that I stayed true to the values, and that is a big plus for me, I tend to make everything too dark and intense.....


  1. Very inviting. I really like the sky and the sail.

  2. This is beautiful. I think you got the values and then the colors just right. Your "staycation" sounded fabulous!!

  3. Beautiful! I like the thick paint and your colors are gorgeous!

    I always loved it when the kids went back to school! And they were ready to go back, too. :-)

  4. Thanks everyone! Someday, all of us Facebook artists are going to have to have a reunion or paint-out somewhere.

  5. Kristen,

    You hit a cord with me! I have 4 kids as well, 21, 20, 11 & 9. I feel your pain totally!! I adore all my babes to no end and have always enjoyed being home with them but forget about trying to accomplish any serious amount of painting with even just one at home! Sept 8th cannot come too soooooooooooooooooon for moi. I miss painting to my heart's content and can't seem to get into the groove painting an hour here and there. I love your work and think this piece came out great- the texture is especially wonderful. I appreciate the follow on my blog too! Now following you.