Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What's New in the Studio

Watercolor and Acrylic, brush and knife © Kristye Addison Dudley 2011

I am sure you have been wondering where the paintings are. Well, I am happy to report, I have been painting! I am currently working on two commissions. One is a wedding gift and the other is a gift from a student to his mentor.

Both are figures and feel very blessed to be creating them for my collectors. I really love commissions and the development process between myself and my clients. They provide photos, feelings, quotes or a general concept and I look for inspiration to transform that into a visual medium that can speak volumes to others.

While I am working on those I continue to work on smaller pieces too. This magnolia study was really fun (yes my work is fun). Since I am also a graphic designer, I have to sometimes force myself to loosen up and paint "outside" of the lines. I wanted to leave just enough of the form of the flower and the leaves to show the shape without taking away the airiness of the soft petals.

I hope you have a great week,

Memorial Day as an Air Force wife

This is my first Memorial Day as a military wife. I didn't have any expectations, in fact I spent this day staying away from the fan fair, no fireworks, or flag waving. I really didn't want to think about the sacrifices so many families have made.

My husband will be up for his first tour within the next year. It's hard for me to wrap my head around what he may be asked to do. But I am so proud of him and all of those who serve to protect and to liberate others.

Please continue to pray for our soliders, their families and for those who make the decisions that impact so many.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Life in Bloom

This week I have been trying to take photos of magnolias to paint. Each day while driving out of the gate, I see beautiful flowers in bloom. I say to myself, isn't that beautiful, I will have to take a picture when I have more time. Of course when I return, the flowers have wilted, been abused by the heavy spring rain, or they are closed waiting to bloom another day.

But early one morning I slowed down, I pulled the car over and took a photo of this flower still dripping with morning dew.  Why is it so easy to run on auto pilot than to actually live a meaningful enriched life?

These flowers remind me to live life in full bloom. Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Weekend and if you can, take the time to stop to smell the "magnolias".

Love and peace,

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Access to Art Around the World - Google Art Project

Amit Sood TED Talk
I have to admit that I am sort of a closet geek. I think I get this from my father, who always had at least 3 cameras and computers around him at one time. He even had some spy cameras. A little writing pen and another was hidden in his glasses!

Well I have not indulged myself as much as my Dad, but I do enjoy my latest gadget gift. For mother's day my husband got Apple TV for me (us).  I just figured out that I can watch movies from my phone on my TV. I am overjoyed.

I have been watching these great videos on my iPhone from TED. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. These speaches are definately big screen worthy.  The one I have attached today is about Google's new art project. www.googleartproject.com.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Just Breathe

Road from Main House to Studio at Selah Ranch during retreat.
On the last night of the retreat, myself, Cathy, Jane and Lori (my new buddies in art) couldn't stop painting. So after dinner, we went back down to the studio space and painted until 9:45 pm! On the drive down I was also taking pictures.

For just this short time, I felt free. The only thing I had to do was create, play and breathe. I wish I could reproduce that in my everyday life. Maybe I can, I just need to start with breathing first, then I can create and play.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Latest Painting from Retreat. Acrylic on canvas, using palette knife.

Stepping out of the box and into the world

I am venturing out into the big world of blogging. I hope this provides and opportunity for you to get to know me and for me to get to know you.

I just returned from the most amazing art retreat and workshop at Selah Ranch with Texas Contemporary Artist Laurie Justus Pace. The weekend was more than just about painting, I had a chance to connect with some amazing women at the retreat. I really tried to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.

I have always enjoyed acrylic painting, but I tried oils. I love figure painting, so I tried a landscape. I tend to lean toward earth tones, so I painted with bold bright colors. The whole expreience has enriched my life and I look forward to building new relationships with my friends.

This was the longest amount of time I have spent away from my 1 year old daughter KJ. She is of course the most beautiful child on the planet in my eyes. When I returned home, my sweetie pie had two new teeth!!! They grow so fast. My husband was also very happy to see me after a weekend of chasing around a newly walking toddler.

More pictures to come from the retreat. Check back to see more