I’ve always been service-oriented. Since I was young, I liked the feeling of doing volunteer work, such as trick-or-treating for UNICEF, instead of going door to door just for the candy. I liked to make things and sell them, especially if it was something that would help others. One summer, when I was about 9, I made handwoven potholders with one of those little square looms.
New England Quaint Meets Burgeoning Art SceneArtists will find both beauty and history in York Harbor, Maine. This seaside community is part of the town of York (population 12,000), which dates back to the 1600s and was one of the first European settlements in New England.Between 1890 and 1910, Gilded Age tycoons arrived and built rambling summer cottages along the seaside cliffs.
Have you ever drooled over the look of those old-fashioned photos? You know the kind. The black and white, soft focus photos that have slight additions of color? Those hand-tinted photos of the past have a unique, recognizable look to them. As artists, we can create something similar. I love the look of the “Hammond Blended Pencil Technique.
Figure in Graphite and Oilby Gail PostalConnie has modeled for me several times over the years. She has a dignity and nobility about her that makes her seem much larger than life, and I try to convey this in my paintings.Color is pure joy. I have probably a million different colors but only use a few—the most intense and transparent.
3 Ways to Feed Your Need for TextureArtists have voracious appetites for texture–for new ways of seeing marks appear on a surface and teasing out forms with different strokes. In Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries, I’ve found a feast for our senses. Texture pours off the page. Painters and illustrators use pen and ink, watercolor, pastel and more to hook us into their orbit and keep our eyes locked to their works.
Self-Portrait by Kristin Kunc, oil on linen, 2011.As you probably well know, Im online…a lot. And Id like to think of myself as somewhat well informed about artist websites. Im on them all the time—whether it is through an email someone sends me, a link on a blog I read, or my own searches of American art or global artists, Im always finding interesting artists through their websites.