Here's another painting progression in photos-- Bloom.
My aim was to pump up the color vibrancy even more than usual on this piece to create a magical realism feel. Inspired by memories of being a very small girl standing among the tall stands of sunflowers & delphiniums in the family garden.
"Bloom" diptych, 40x40 inches, acrylic on canvas. ©2013 Kristina Wentzell
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Looking for a fun night out?
How about hosting an art party for your friends right in your home? Keene artist, Kristina Wentzell now offers Art Parties in the Monadnock area. “Art parties are fun and relaxing” says Wentzell “they allow friends to share laughs, some wine, and really get into the creative spirit. And the best part is that everyone goes home with a piece of art they can be proud of.”
Art Parties are geared towards all levels from beginners on up. Kristina will come to your home and provide all the art supplies and materials, three hours of instruction, and set-up and clean-up. Each person will receive an original piece of art to take home.
Following Kristina’s step by step guides and instructions, participants create bright, colorful flower paintings. “I try to keep my teaching light and hands-on—I especially love working with people who think they ‘can’t do art’ and seeing the look of surprise and joy on their faces when they create something beautiful. Usually it’s because someone long ago in their past told them they were ‘no good at art’ and they mistakenly believed them.”
Choose from one of the offered tutorials or choose one of the floral paint/collage parties.
Go HERE for more information.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Looking for something fun and different to chase
away the winter blues?
Spend a night sharing some laughs and wine with your friends while creating something beautiful.
Art, Wine & Fun Night puts the emphasis on FUN! Art Nights are stress-free & casual where beginners are encouraged. Kristina will guide you step by step through the process of creating your own work of art. All materials are provided and everyone will go home with a painting they can be proud of.
5-6pm happy hour meet and greet (drink and food specials)
6-9pm art making
Kristina will provide step by step instructions on creating a springtime bouquet in a green vase. The poppies, cosmos & delphinium will surely get you in the mood for springtime. This is a made in two parts: first the acrylic painting and then collage elements are added.
What is included
-full set up and clean up
-all materials & art supplies
- 3 hours of instruction
-everyone goes home with an 11x14 inch painting
-cost is $50 per person (food & drink not included)
What if I’ve never painted before?
Beginners are encouraged! I will guide you step by step on how to create a beautiful piece of art. I strongly believe that everyone is capable of making art—come relax and enjoy the creative process.
What if I want to paint something different?
I would never want to squash anyone’s creativity! While I do encourage beginners to follow along with my instructions, if you would like to paint something else you are welcome to do so! I am still happy to provide critique and advice if you like.
Go HERE to register or call Kristina at 603-903-5902
Stay tuned for upcoming classes.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I have lots of things planned for my studio this year from returning to many of my favorite outdoor art shows (hello Portland & Newburyport) to expanding the very successful Keene Art Tour to TWO open studios and of course to art making.
There will be lots of that too.
Stay tuned for updates on Art Parties, a new series based on the beloved Victorian language of flowers, and more.
Oh, and you can enter for a chance to win art every month!
Pop on over to my Facebook page for all the details. The next giveaway will be announced in early February.
|art from December's giveaway contest|
Posted by Kristina Wentzell at 2:40 PM
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
100 Paintings for $100 or Less Holiday Art Sale
Saturday, December 7th 2013
10am to 4pm
This is my last open studio of the year! I'm cleaning out, painting, baking, & decorating up a storm. There will be many original oils and mixed media paintings priced at $100 or less (get a preview here). Also prints on canvas and paper, note cards and large paintings at 50% off.
December 7th, 10am to 4pm, 87 Ashuelot Street, Keene NH
Posted by Kristina Wentzell at 10:36 AM
Sunday, December 1, 2013
How to make a stained glass poppy votiveHere's a fun little project that would make a lovely teacher or hostess gift for the holidays.
- glass jar (recycled or purchased)
- modge podge--gloss finish
- paint brush (1/2 inch flat brush or similar)
- tissue paper in red, orange, light blue, navy blue, 3 shades of green (lighter is better)
- small candle
1. Using red tissue paper, cut out approximately a dozen small ovals about 1.5 inches or so in diameter and several elongated triangles as pictured. These will be the poppy flowers and buds. Using the paint brush, brush a thin layer of Modge Podge on the glass--it will go on white and dry clear. Lay down one of the ovals and paint over the tissue with the Modge Podge. Make sure to completely cover the tissue paper, going over the edges and smoothing out any bumps in the tissue and any globs of Modge Podge. Arrange the poppy flowers and buds going around the glass about half way up. Some can be a bit higher, some lower. Vary the arrangement--some flowers can overlap a bit, etc.
2. Using the light blue tissue paper, rip it into small pieces, roughly an inch or so in size. Going around the glass, using the same technique start laying in the sky. Make sure to completely cover the top of the glass all the way up to the rim, overlapping blue over blue as you go. Carefully cover the spaces around the poppy flowers with blue going about half way down the glass.
3. Using the 2 lightest shades of green tissue paper, rip it into small pieces as you did with the blue. Cover the bottom half of the glass, going in and around the poppy flowers making sure to go all the way to the bottom of the glass making sure there are no clear spaces left.
4. Using the dark shade of green (or two if you have them) cut up long, skinny stems. Going around the glass, place a stem for every poppy flower and bud, making sure stem goes all the way to the bottom of the glass. Curve the stems or cross one over the other.
5. Using red and orange tissue papers, rip up some small pieces. Going around the glass, add some extra layers to some of the poppies and buds with red and orange. Think of it as painting with tissue paper--these layers will add extra dimension and shading when the light shines through.
6. Using the navy blue tissue, rip up some tiny oval center shapes and place one on each poppy.
7. Go over the entire glass, smoothing out any globs of Modge Podge and painting down any bits of tissue what aren't smooth. Make sure you have covered the entire glass with color.
8. Let it dry and you are ready to place a small candle inside.