Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Year in Review 2014 | Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"The Journey" © Kristye Addison Dudley

 
This painting was commissioned by a collector and good friend of mine, Chris Draft.
He also uses the artwork for the logo for his foundation. Chris Draft Family Foundation  
He also heads up Team Draft after the death of his wife, my close friend Keasha, to lung cancer.
He has made it his mission to change the face of Lung Cancer.
Keasha was not a smoker, but her life was still taken too soon by cancer.
Please visit the links to learn more.



I took some time at the end of the year to reflect on the highs and the lows. The biggest change in my art career was the daily painting challenge I accomplished in the Spring. It really sparked my passion for painting, and helped me grow as an artist. It also reintroduced me to social media through my friends online,  collectors, other artist and prospective galleries. My work is being represented in a local gallery and I am teaching my first palette knife class this year. So it really was such a positive experience. I have been a bit stingy with my work in the past, so sharing my work online daily was a real eye opener. I also started to earn new commissions on a regular basis, which is one of my favorite things about being a professional artsit

The thing that I felt that I lost in the daily paint/post workflow was a sense of balance in my daily life. I missed posting more about my life. I started to feel like a factory, to get the work online and I didn't give myself time to reflect on the work or on what was going on with me in between canvases. I was burning both ends of the candle trying to meet my daily goals. In 2015, I am trying to find the right mix of consistency and peace. Finding days to paint and days to be online. 

I actually went on a "Facebook Fast" from November to February. I didn't post anything about my work during that time and I limited my personal posts as well. I just needed a bitmap break. There's a book that I read called "I'd Rather Be in the Studio" by Alyson B. Stanfield. And I found that managing the digital part of my work, really kept me from painting. 

On a personal level, my daughter started Pre-K 4 and my son joined the terrific 2s. My husband earned a new leadership position at work and my once busy schedule as a freelance graphic designer began to creep to a very slow pace. Our family came to a realization that I will becoming a full time stay at home mom in the near future. Oh and this 41 year old mamma earned her Zumba Instructor Certification. Now I am teaching Zumba a couple of time a month. Getting me back in touch with my old cheerleader self that I missed so much.

For someone who has been working full time for the majority of past 20 years and then telecommuting/painting from a quite, neat home for the past 8 of those years, this is an awaking of sorts. I, like most moms, find a certain level of "Mommy Guilt" about the time I spend with my children. I know mothers who are SAHMs who wonder if their kids get enough socialization. Then there are mothers, like me, who worry about missing the best part of their child's day while they are in school. Well now I will be fortunate enough to get to experience a little bit of both of these worlds, with a little less worry.

This summer, it's going to be me and the littles. I am really going to try and enjoy this time and not worry about the house being torn upside down and inside out (which it most likey will be). Will I be painting every day? Not unless finger painting with colored pudding counts. But I am sure I will find new inspiration in my family.

So, here's to 2015 and putting it back in perspective. Here's to the Journey.
Be Blessed,
Kristye

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Rejoice in Gladness | Abstract Dancer Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"Rejoice In Gladness" © Kristye Addison Dudley

15" x 30" Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas Using Palette Knife

Contemporary Female Dancer

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Joyful Worship | Abstract Ballet Dancer Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"Joyful Worship" © Kristye Addison Dudley


24" x 36" Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas Using Palette Knife

Contemporary Female Dancer

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Kristye


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tender Grace | Abstract Ballet Dancer Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

 
"Tender Grace" © Kristye Addison Dudley


24" x 36" Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas Using Palette Knife

Contemporary Female Dancer

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Kristye


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tribute of Faith | Abstract Ballet Dancer Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"Tribute of Faith" © Kristye Addison Dudley

24" x 24" Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas Using Palette Knife

Contemporary Female Dancer

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Flying High | Abstract Dancer Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"Flying High" © Kristye Addison Dudley


24" x 24" Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas Using Palette Knife

Contemporary Female Dancer

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Cheerful Heart | Abstract Ballet Dancer Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"Cheerful Heart" © Kristye Addison Dudley

12" x 12" Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas Using Palette Knife

Contemporary Female Dancer

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Thankful Adoration | Abstract Ballet Dancer Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"Thankful Adoration"© Kristye Addison Dudley


12" x 12" Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas Using Palette Knife

Contemporary Female Dancer

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Grateful Spirit | Abstract Figurative Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"Grateful Spirit" © Kristye Addison Dudley

12" x 12" Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas Using Palette Knife

Contemporary Female Dancer

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Attitude of Praise | Abstract Dancer Painting by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

"Attitude Of Praise" © Kristye Addison Dudley
15" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas Purchase Original or Prints


I have been away from posting for a while. I have been busy in teh studio painging for a show, A Touch of a Woman at G Gallery in McDonough, GA.

It was a great night, my little boy (2 yrs old) and my daughter (4 years old) experienced their first art show of mine and fortunately no artwork was harmed-whew. My dear husband entertained them.


I met some wonderful ladies on the square during ladies night out. And the best surprise of all, my dear friend Tiffani and her mother came by to support me.


 

This is one of the works that were on display at the show.


Be blessed,
Kristye


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

SOLD - Freedom Abstract Ballet Dancer by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

Freedom © Kristye Addison Dudley
8" x 10" Acrylic on Canvas Purchase Prints
Graceful ballet dancer expressing freedom in her movement by Contemporary Fine Artist Kristye Addison Dudley.
 

Be Blessed,
Kristye

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Orleans Landscape by Contemporary Kristye Addison Dudley

St Charles Street © Kristye Addison Dudley
8" x 10"  Watercolor and Ink on Paper Purchase Prints

My husband and I enjoyed a Music Festival each night during our trip to New Orleans. The nights were loud and full of dancing. The days, however, were filled with relaxing walks through the Garden District. The old trees stretched across quite streets and wrapped us in light shadows in the hot summer heat. We had such an amazing trip, we can't wait to go back.

Be blessed,
Kristye

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

St Charles Trolley Landscape by Contemporary Kristye Addison Dudley

St Charles Trolley © Kristye Addison Dudley
10" x 8" Watercolor and Ink on Paper Purchase Prints
This is the second sketch from our vacation in New Orleans this summer. We were able to walk out of our hotel and catch the trolley right on St Charles Street. This historic street is one of the main routes of the Mardi Gras Parade and has traces of beads in the tree lined streets all year round. The sights and sounds of the city were mesmerizing. We can't wait to go back.

Be blessed,
Kristye

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Monday, August 18, 2014

New Orleans Porch View by Contemporary Kristye Addison Dudley

New Orleans Porch View © Kristye Addison Gallery
8" x 10" Watercolor and Ink on Paper Purchase Prints
 In July my husband and I took a much needed vacation without our toddlers to New Orleans. While there we stayed in the quiet Garden District neighborhood. A great mix of old architecture, history, charm and friendly local vibe. One afternoon I found a cool spot to sketch and this is my first sketch of my great view under a shaded tree.

Be Blessed,
Kristye

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Toy Fire Truck by Contemporary Artist Kristye Addison Dudley

Toy Fire Truck © Kristye Addison Dudley
10" x 8" Watercolor on Paper Purchase Prints

I am working on a unique portrait. A portrait of a 2 year old little girl and 5 year old little boy siblings' favorite toys. This is their mother's way to preserve this very sweet time in their lives. As I prepared for this work, it was very easy to find inspiration since my living room is usually sprinkled with the playthings of my 2 year old boy and 4 year old little girl. 

I'll post more on the commission as it progresses.

Be blessed,
Kristye

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

SOLD - Dragonfly Triptych by Contemporary Artisit Kristye Addison Dudley

Dragonfly Triptych © Kristye Addison Dudley
(3) 8" x 10" watercolor on canvas

This commission has made it to it's home in Atlanta, GA. In this bright watercolor I chose to leave the background open and use this simplicity to create lightness as if the draonflies are playing in flight.

Be blessed,
Kristye

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