Saturday, March 19, 2011

Portrait Information and A Painting Update

This has been a very exciting couple of days.  I was truly humbled and honored to be featured on Heather Armstong's Blog last Thursday.  Her kind words about my work meant so much to me.  (To be honest, my goal is to make every client go "Holy Crap!" ...much better than "Eh, it's OK")

Within minutes of her post going live I had thousands of visitors to my blog and my Etsy Shop.  The response has been overwhelming, and in such a great way.  The positive words, the genuine kindness about my work, and enthusiasm for my style has been amazing.

Heather took a big chance on me, and I am only now beginning to comprehend what that means.  By sharing that painting, she basically has said "I believe in Kristina's work".  Believes in my work.  It is hard to put into words how that makes me feel.

I am not taking this opportunity lightly!  I hope that I treat every new visitor and client with respect and fairness.  I look forward to creating many more beautiful pieces, and I am so excited that so many clients are drawn to my colorful and eclectic style.  I have several portrait commissions lined up, and if I can take on yours, I will do so, depending on the schedule.

Here is a little more information on my Custom Portrait Process.

In the meantime...as I order new supplies and get ready to start on new orders...I really want to finish up the model in the red skirt and striped vest!


This media is awesome to work with.   A primed panel, I spread a thin layer of a modeling paste/gesso/paint mix that gave it a textured layer similar to venetian plaster.  Glazing and painting several layers on top of that, I am building up a lot of color and interest on the surface.


So I better finish this one VERY SOON!

Thank you so much for checking out my blog and my work. Cheers!





7 comments:

Susan Roux said...

Your work is awesome and you deserve the good fortune coming your way. I love this story and went to see Heather's blog to read what she wrote. I'm very happy for you.

This painting is beautiful.

merlotmom said...

I came your way after reading Heather's blog. Your work is gorgeous! I'm envious of Heather for having one of your portraits and envious of you for having such amazing talent. Good luck to you. You deserve it.

SAHSHA said...

Hello.. I was blown away by your work on Leta. Would love for you to do a portrait of my baby boy... but it will be awhile before I find a really awesome picture...
In the meantime I will have a super time discovering your works..
Oh do you do pets? I am dying for a typtich of my Sahsha beans.
Thanks.

-Sahsha's Mummy

krystyna81 said...

Susan...thank you so much!

I have been trying very hard to not only work really hard, but listen to God, the Universe, whoever happens to be talking to me that day. If he tells me to paint, I paint, if he tells me to focus on family, I focus on family, etc.

And..of course...work really hard and be ready for opportunity if it should arise :)

krystyna81 said...

merlotmom, thank you so much :)

krystyna81 said...

Sasha...oh yeah! pets too :) Keep snapping pictures and I'll be here when you're ready!

Martha Kisling said...

Congratulations on all of the positive attention - your art is fantastic!