People always like to say “I’m not very good at painting” or “I can’t do that!” My favorite part is when we’re done and they step back and realize yes they can!! It’s especially gratifying to help people realize their potential and spread joy, zen and calm while doing so. I mean – let’s be frank – I paint with everyone step by step to help show technique, colors, etc. so I’m totally in my happy place too:)
As you can see, I’ve had some truly awesome paint parties lately with really cool subject matter! We painted a deer bust where the night starry sky was inside the bust as well as a UC Davis Sigma Alpha paint party of a bull skull with their sorority colors/flower. Both outcomes were equally beautiful and DEFINITELY “hang-worthy.”
My littlest girl, Laura, is so excited about her new room mural! I FINALLY finished it….only 3 years late (I originally wanted to have this for her nursey when she was born). It might actually be better this way because I got to see her excited reaction to it – she kept saying it was “Ahhhhmmmmaaaaaazzzzing!” See the video of her reaction below.
I used interior home paint for the majority of the project. I found the colors I needed (luckily) in the discounted accidents/wrong color section of the local paint store so it was quite cost effective in that way as well. The animals are comprised of some red, white, black and yellow acrylic paint to make them pop. The murals are roughly 8’x12′ on each side of her room.
To start, I painted the two walls of her room yellow, sketched out the forrest in chalk, painted the trees, then the animals and finished with final touch ups last. It’s inspired by Snow White both in love of animals in the forrest and color scheme.
The baby bear was included to honor my daughter’s middle name-sake, my Grandma Darlene. My grandma collected ceramic bears and was truly the mama bear of my Dad’s entire family (5 kids, over 20 grandkids). She was taken too soon unfortunately and I think of her often.
Now my oldest daughter is itching to start her room LOL. Lucy is quite creative so she will be painting it with me. Stay tuned for her room transformation next! xo
We had this hilarious, albeit well-intentioned, family portrait for years that my late Grandpa John had commissioned as a Christmas present. Check out my nose, LOL!! My parents used to hang it in the hallway, right in my line of sight, and it would CREEP ME OUT! Nothing like waking up in the middle of the night to our strange, slightly warped faces staring at me:)
Anyhow, my parents finally decided to say la vie to the portrait and asked that I paint something over it. I had a little fun with the portrait first but ended up painting a nice tribute to my mom’s dog Joseph, or Jojo, that passed away December 2017. Jojo loved looking outside at the birds and squirrels in their beautiful yard so this seemed a fitting interpretation of that.
I covered the portrait with white gesso, used acrylic paint for the image (many layers in fact) and it took about ten hours in all. The painting was about 2’x3′ and all it required was changing the hardware on the back of the painting so it will now hang horizontal (instead of vertical originally).
R.I.P. Jojo, love your older non-fur sis
I was commissioned to paint a triptych for a baby boy’s sports themed nursery. He has an anxious big brother waiting to meet him and since mommy’s first labor went quick, I knew I had to crank these out before baby boy arrives soon!!
Mommy and Daddy’s favorite sports teams are the Raiders, Warriors and A’s. I painted the logos on 11×14″ for the two smaller and 12×16″ for the larger middle piece. I also chose to put them on primary color backgrounds that hopefully ties the three very different teams and sports logos together.
While I typically shy away from faces and people because it’s not my strong suit, I really like how the Raider tough guy turned out:) Also, I apologize to the die hard A’s fans out there, but I had to redirect the elephant’s trunk and bat he’s holding just a little so they’d fit better on the canvas.
Can’t wait to meet you little guy xo
Love, Auntie Kristi
Mahalo to Diana and her friends for having me this afternoon to paint with them! She chose a beautiful Hawaiian Seascape and we added the umbrella/beach chair. The variety, creativity and uniqueness of each artist was truly impressive. We used acrylic paint on a 12×16″ canvas. I pre-sketch the canvases so we can get straight to the fun part – painting!! Book yours today – I come to you with all the supplies:) Happy Saturday indeed.
So, apparently I’m decent at face painting! I tried my hand in it at a couple of recent celebrations – my daughter’s 5th birthday and Menchie’s Grand Opening (in Sacramento) – and REALLY enjoyed spreading happiness through art in this new way:)
I am $40 per hour and ready to help make your celebration even better with some fun face painting! I can paint just about anything and enjoy a challenge if you don’t see what you like in my inspiration sheets/images.
I was commissioned, thanks to a referral from teacher at my kiddos daycare/school:), to paint three murals in three separate rooms at Impact Church in Sacramento. It was over a span of three months and the format included two religious quotes with artistic embellishment (which varied depending on the room). Painting scripture and text, which was very specific and controlled, was difficult yet rewarding because it really turned out great.
I used acrylic paint and the murals tended to be about 3×4′ in size. It was a pleasure working with them and I was so happy to bring some life to their grey walls in the children play rooms!