Pt. 1 Picked to the Bone, making sketches and learnin’

I’ve had this painting in my minds eye for a while. It’s a large size oil and it contains subjects and techniques I am not completely familiar with. Because of this the painting has sat there in my mind and grown instead of fading away. It now wants to be a series. But I don’t have the skills yet. I guess it’s time to start researching, sketching and practicing! This is going to be a journey.

…And it started at Pinterest. My favorite of the various social media sites. Mostly because it’s made up of pictures and I love pictures! The painting series I envision has skeletal bits, portraits, birds and landscapes. So these are the things I looked for.

My next step was to paint! Only one way to learn a painting technique and that’s to do it … and do it… and do it again until it works.

Here are some of my sketches:


birds watercolor sketch

I’ve also been creating little stand alone paintings but using the themes I have in mind for the larger oil paintings. While I paint I have many thoughts passing through my brain. On my mind lately are people who are in my life. The kinds of people who are here and the kinds I want to be with me. Sometimes I just feel like I’m being slowly drained and these types of people always seem so nice at first. I feel like they are little birds picking me to the bone. I’m also concentrating a lot on the technical difficulty in the subjects I’ve chosen. The skull and skeleton is complex but I’m not looking for exact reproduction. Decisions have to be made on what to highlight and what to leave out.

Here are some of the small scale stand alone paintings.  The two bottom ones are representations of the heart and root chakras. Stay posted for all of the chakra’s represented in drawings.
I’m really happy with how the bird and skull painting came out. I call it “Looking for Leftovers” and it as the exact ambiance I’m going for. It really feels like a win!
Looking For Left Overs Bird Skull Watercolor Painting Skull Watercolor Sketch

Heart Chakra Butterfly Skeleton Art Drawing Root Chakra Skeleton Bones Flower Art Drawing

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Ink Drawings on Brown Paper

Sea_TurtleFor about two years now I have been enjoying the use of my Steadler pens on a small square Bee paper drawing pad. They are small enough to take with me everywhere! My studio literally becomes where ever I am. I have used this flexibility of space as a means to bring more flexibility into my drawings. Where once my drawing skills were basically a means to an end to work out ideas for paintings they have now evolved coming into their own.

Here are some images of the drawings and some of me in various places creating the drawings. What a ride and its not over yet!

All of these drawings and more to come are in my etsy store Krislyninobscura. I have originals and prints. Check it out!

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Watershed Gallery Interview by Eugene Weekly

This is a little article I wanted to share written by the Eugene Weekly. They are talking to the owner of the Watershed Gallery here in Eugene. I went in and spoke to this warm hearted woman a few weeks back myself. After meeting her and seeing her space I found I just really wanted this gallery to succeed! Her openness and warmth were a welcome change from other experiences I have had speaking to galleries.

I love that the Watershed is going to be offering arts appreciation classes. I plan to take an artist writing workshop there soon.


Give the article a quick read to learn more!

Know Thyself Pt.1

It has been a busy and a bit crazy autumn for me this year. A few things have changed with me including my perspective on being an artist.

I have been creating and showing art for a little over ten years now. The last two years I have been attending school to finish my art degree, taking advantage of the bad situation of being laid off to better myself. I have been taking all the core classes required for a state level university because the first time around in college I went to a private college. Recently, I have come up against a brick wall. Math. They want me to have college level algebra and they won’t let me just take the class. So long story short I would have to take another year at least of math classes to continue or somehow test up to algebra level ability.

The other challenge I have been facing is the reality that art just isn’t selling right now. It could be argued that people need to focus on paying their bills in this bad economy. It could be argued our culture just doesn’t appreciate art enough to actually pay for it. Arguments could be made that my art style isn’t popular. And arguments can be made that I am going about selling the wrong way. All those could be right and all those could be wrong, to a degree anyway. It doesn’t matter because the fact is: I’m not selling.

So in an attempt to better understand myself and what is going on with me and to understand where I want to go with my life I am starting a project. Drawing has always been pretty meditative for me. I don’t have to focus so much on what I am doing so my brain is allowed to wander. Perhaps, as I draw my portraits working to get to that point where I actually make an accurate representation of myself on paper I will find in myself an accurate revelation of who I am and what I really want to do. It should be noted that my skills have never lain in portraiture.

Here is my first attempt. They will all be ballpoint pen on paper drawn from photo.

Here is the original photo. Looks like I have a lot of practice to do.