Art Mishaps 101 or…


6″ x 12″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here or at etsy, but you’d pay more there…

perhaps this post would better be called… why Chrysti is a big ol’ dolt.

With so many new canvas’s to post (and more to come), a big distaste for posting here just to sell, and too much on my plate to devote to a lengthy blog entry… I have decided to share with you some art mishaps that have happened upon me in the last few weeks. I swear – I have been all out of sorts. Like way out of sorts. I’m not sure a bigger airhead can be found!

Life's Deepest Joy

“Life’s Deepest Joy”
6″ x 6″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here or at etsy, but you’d pay more there…

Lesson #1: When watching tv and creating paper scrap quilts, pay more attention when applying lip balm, as glue sticks have an eerily similar shape. Thank Heavens for the whole nontoxic thing.

Lesson #2: When feverishly working on backgrounds in front of the tv (are we sensing a theme here?) with a quart of matte medium open right next to your Venti Iced Mocha… resist the urge to unwrap your straw and push it in without looking. You just may find that the straw ends up in your matte medium instead.

Lesson #3: Since we’re already on the Starbucks addiction – when in your studio, and singing at the top of your lungs while applying gobs of gel medium to a piece… be careful not to rest the brush inadvertently against your Venti Cinnamon Dolce Latte lid, as when you next to go to take a sip you may get an unpleasant surprise vs. the cinnamony goodness you expected.

Lesson #4: Mason Jar full of dirty paint brush remained water next to your glass of water… yeah, not such a good idea. It was bound to happen sooner or later.

Full of Love

“Full of Love”
6″ x 6″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here or at etsy, but you’d pay more there…

Lesson #5: Gloves really may be a good idea when working with inks and dyes. Nothing is more festive then bright red hands though!

Lesson #6: If you decide to be girly, and take the time to do your nails.. don’t hop right up into your studio and paint. It’ll all need to be redone.

Lesson #7: Needles go through fabric, not skin.

Lesson #8: There really is a reason why you are warned about toxic fumes in closed surfaces. Nail Polish Marbling, indoors… is NOT an odor you want in your house, or head. Granted, that happened awhile back…but I am still recovering!

Go With Your Heart

“Go With Your Heart”
6″ x 6″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here or at etsy, but you’d pay more there…

I’m sure I am forgetting a few… but ya get the idea. So can you prove me wrong — Or am I truly the biggest ditz out there these days? Have your own ‘mishaps’ to share? Blog them and let me know in the comments, or just leave a comment with your own silly blunders! Art airheads UNITE!


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Gladness, Sorrow and Promise

“A Gladness Mingled w/Sorrow”
11″ x 14″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh,NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here

I’ve been postponing writing about these pieces for quite some time now. Laziness? I dunno. I have had my reasons. It seems one of the things people enjoy most about my blog, is that I am so ‘open’ about myself, my disorders..and of course my art. A thought I have always found a bit odd if truth be told, as I feel that I am still fairly closed off.

The thing is: i have yet to find a way to adequately express what being bipolar is truly like. It is not that I lack the desire to — the chance to connect with others is a blessing I am grateful for daily. I have spent a lifetime, feeling ‘alone’ with these things… then the internet comes along, and bam! I find I am not. A blessing, a curse and a bit overwhelming in moments.

“Gentle Spirit”
11″ x 14″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here

I don’t want to be defined as someone who is Manic Depressive. Yet, it is an integral part of who I am. It fuels my creativity, it allows me to feel emotions on a level that most people will never, truly understand – (myself included) which in turn gives me the gift of being able to really connect with what is around me; people, nature, animals… my surroundings. But for every positive aspect it brings my to life, there is a negative one that goes hand in hand with it. So when I create pieces that seem to have a bit of longing, a bit of sadness, and a bit of joy — it’s often immensely personal, and almost a bit to introspective. Hence – it’s difficult to share.

I used to wonder.. why I start pieces, then let them sit for days, weeks, months..and yes sometimes even years before adding to it. Time has allowed me to realize that it is my own healing process, I work through my moods on canvas. Where one day I am sad, the next i see promise — as I have said many times before… art has some sort of metaphoric, visual healing process that no other medium has given me. It’s fascinating for me to look upon my work and see how I continue to transform, and learn to live with this illness that was given to me.

“Fly on Wall”
8″ x 8″ Mixed Media On Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~Chrysti~
For sale here

Within each piece are big chunks of who i am, how I see the world around me and what I long for most. Within each piece is the promise I see, the heartache I have felt and ultimately the joy I take in from in everything around me. Sound trite? To me, it is a huge step where from i was a decade or so ago — a time, in which seeing the positive side to things was immensely difficult for me. I hope, you too can take something from these pieces that I put so much of myself into. It is my hope, that they serve as an inspiring bit of promise to those that may need it and touch someone, as they have touched me.

Warmly, Chrysti

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Speaking Through Silence & My Newest Piece…

Music of the Soul

“Music of the Soul”
An Original, One of a Kind, Mixed Media Painting & Assemblage w/Beeswax
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist ~ Chrysti ~

Size: 6″ x 6″ x 3/4″ D
Created On: Gallery Wrapped Canvas; Ready to Hang!
For Sale Here

I completed this piece in April ’07 — all but one part, the caption. Last week, as I sat down.. the words just began to form…

“Through silence you speak the music of your soul”

I smiled to myself, as I realized that is slowly becoming my own, personal mantra.

The last few months, have not only been extremely productive, but also very challenging for me. I have come face to face with myself, over & over again… both my strengths, and my weaknesses have been practically shoved in front of me as I have spent large amounts of time alone, in isolation — simply trying to get caught up, and establish new routines. More time to myself means more silence, and more time to over contemplate every aspect of my life. Too much time in fact. For someone with bipolar disorder, this can often be a one way, fast track into extreme depression.

What I initially found frightening — that face to face time with myself, has since turned into an enlightening experience, as I find myself embracing my own, personal evolution. I am learning to trust in my own instincts, to trust a bit more in myself and a bit less in what other people think.. to not only trust but to seek that inner silence, that we all tend to push aside. A process I am beginning to find comforting, and not at all scary. See, we really do have a purpose for every part of our life — even if we can’t recognize it at the time.

Blocking out all that external ‘noise’, has truly brought clarity to me, and a newfound strength that is manifesting itself through my art, my photography, my accomplishments, and most importantly in who I am, and who I want to become. A lifelong, never ending process for all of us.

Music of the Soul - Close-Up

For Sale Here

“Silence tells the seeker in us to love, to love himself.
It tells us it is wrong to hate ourselves because of our imperfections.
When the seeker loves himself, loves the Divine within himself,
he eventually realists the Ultimate Truth.”

So go on, take a few silent moments for yourself today… you never know what you may discover, if you just give it a chance.


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Surgery Update & What’s Your Art Worth?

Yep, it’s really me — the lost art blogger!


OOAK Original Mixed Media Painting & Collage
8″ x 8″ Art Squared on Canvas Board
By: Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti
On Sale @ Etsy

** Last Week of this original painting being offered at the Sale Price ! **

(I’m experimenting with a different way to post my blog entries today, in hopes that it will solve the formatting trouble I’ve been experiencing — thus not blogging as often)

I just wanted to take a quick moment today, to update everyone on my progress as I continue my recovery from surgery. This week, I am finally feeling HUGE relief from both the pain & swelling, I’m optimistic that from this point on recovery goes quickly and smoothly.. about 3-4 more weeks, and healing should be complete!

I can’t thank y’all enough for the thoughts, RAKs, emails & positive thoughts you’ve been sending my way! I’m jumping back in the game this week, focusing on my art, and getting my sites revamped, and up & running, so I’ll still be scarce! I will try and get all the things I have to blog about — up ASAP! Tutorials, new art, and a lot more!

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“Love is the Beauty of The Soul”
OOAK Original Mixed Media Painting & Collage
6″ x 6″ x .5″
Art Squared on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
By: Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti
On Sale @ Etsy

** Last Week of this original painting being offered at the Sale Price ! **

The following came to me as a bulletin on MySpace today, not sure who the original source is ( anyone?) But I’d love to credit it properly. Definitely food for thought — and I’d love to hear yours!

Say NO to free Art!Author Unknown

“Every day, there are more and more Craigs List posts seeking “artists” for everything from auto graphics to comic books to corporate logo designs. More people are finding themselves in need of some form of illustrative service. But what they’re NOT doing, unfortunately, is realizing how rare someone with these particular talents can be.

To those who are “seeking artists”, let me ask you; How many people do you know, personally, with the talent and skill to perform the services you need? A dozen? Five? One? …none?

More than likely, you don’t know any. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be posting on craigslist to find them. And this is not really a surprise.

In this country, there are almost twice as many neurosurgeons as there are professional illustrators. There are eleven times as many certified mechanics. There are SEVENTY times as many people in the IT field.

So, given that they are less rare, and therefore less in demand, would it make sense to ask your mechanic to work on your car for free? Would you look him in the eye, with a straight face, and tell him that his compensation would be the ability to have his work shown to others as you drive down the street? Would you offer a neurosurgeon the “opportunity” to add your name to his resume as payment for removing that pesky tumor? (Maybe you could offer him “a few bucks” for “materials”. What a deal!)

Would you be able to seriously even CONSIDER offering your web hosting service the chance to have people see their work, by viewing your website, as their payment for hosting you? If you answered “yes” to ANY of the above, you’re obviously insane.

If you answered “no”, then kudos to you for living in the real world.

But then tell me… why would you think it is okay to live out the same, delusional, ridiculous fantasy when seeking someone whose abilities are even less in supply than these folks? Graphic artists, illustrators, painters, etc., are skilled tradesmen. As such, to consider them as, or deal with them as, anything less than professionals fully deserving of your respect is both insulting and a bad reflection on you as a sane, reasonable person. In short, it makes you look like a twit.

A few things you need to know;

1. It is not a “great opportunity” for an artist to have his work seen on your car/’zine/website/bedroom wall, etc. It IS a “great opportunity” for YOU to have their work there.

2. It is not clever to seek a “student” or “beginner” in an attempt to get work for free. It’s ignorant and insulting. They may be “students”, but that does not mean they don’t deserve to be paid for their hard work. You were a “student” once, too. Would you have taken that job at McDonalds with no pay, because you were learning essential job skills for the real world? Yes, your proposition it JUST as stupid.

3. The chance to have their name on something that is going to be seen by other people, whether it’s one or one million, is NOT a valid enticement. Neither is the right to add that work to their “portfolio”. They get to do those things ANYWAY, after being paid as they should. It’s not compensation. It’s their right, and it’s a given.

4. Stop thinking that you’re giving them some great chance to work. Once they skip over your silly ad, as they should, the next ad is usually for someone who lives in the real world, and as such, will pay them. There are far more jobs needing these skills than there are people who possess these skills.

5. Students DO need “experience”. But they do NOT need to get it by giving their work away. In fact, this does not even offer them the experience they need. Anyone who will not/can not pay them is obviously the type of person or business they should be ashamed to have on their resume anyway. Do you think professional contractors list the experience” they got while nailing down a loose step at their grandmother’s house when they were seventeen? If you your company or gig was worth listing as desired experience, it would be able to pay for the services it received. The only experience they will get doing free work for you is a lesson learned in what kinds of scrubs they should not lower themselves to deal with.

6. (This one is FOR the artists out there, please pay attention.) Some will ask you to “submit work for consideration”. They may even be posing as some sort of “contest”. These are almost always scams. They will take the work submitted by many artists seeking to win the “contest”, or be “chosen” for the gig, and find what they like most. They will then usually have someone who works for them, or someone who works incredibly cheap because they have no originality or talent of their own, reproduce that same work, or even just make slight modifications to it, and claim it as their own. You will NOT be paid, you will NOT win the contest. The only people who win, here, are the underhanded folks who run these ads. This is speculative, or “spec”, work. It’s risky at best, and a complete scam at worst. I urge you to avoid it, completely.

So to artists/designers/illustrators looking for work, do everyone a favor, ESPECIALLY yourselves, and avoid people who do not intend to pay you. Whether they are “spec” gigs, or just some guy who wants a free mural on his living room walls. They need you. You do NOT need them. Say NO to free art. And for those who are looking for someone to do work for free…please wake up and join the real world. The only thing you’re accomplishing is to insult those with the skills you need. Get a clue.

If you agree with the above important information, please pass it along. The more people know, the faster we can correct this.”

So, what do YOU think about that author’s post?

Yours in Art – Chrysti

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How Tweet It Is!

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 I received the long awaited Sanctuary fat book last week, and WOWZA was it amazing! A Much needed pick me up! A HUGE Thanks to all those invloved!

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Here’s my prior posts about it.. and the rest of the artwork I created..

 Sanctuary Fat Book & Digital Art

TONS of Bird Art here, Sanctuary Chunky Book!

Gone to the Birds

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Jill is indeed an excellent host, and I was oh so thrilled with the results, and artwork everyone created.  

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There were some flakes/last minute drop-outs from the chunky book project.. and I haven’t decided yet what to do with the extra pages, I may sell them.. or donate them.. raffle them.. or repurpose them into another bird fat book… I welcome ideas! They took me at least an hour a page.. some up to 4 hours.. so I don’t want to waste them.. 

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Tired of seeing my artwork?

Here’s some of the other participants work in this amazing book!

Jill B’s Page

Jill Shows one of the Books..

Dawn Sellers Struts Her Stuff

Heather B Made GORGEOUS Pages!

Debbie’s Page

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I never did finish posting my pages — so the art throughout this post, is the last of the 40 some originals I created! Click the pics to see them larger, and in a new window..

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Always, Chrysti

Gone to the Birds

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Just a quick pop on here tonight, (those freebie kits for this week’s mega deal take a lot of time to assemble!)showcasing more of the Sanctuary (bird) chunky book art pages .. I have them all completed, but not all are photographed yet.. here’s what I did manage to get pics of before this hectic week began…

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Please keep in mind, the photos aren’t all accurate, some of the colors/shades didn’t turn out well.. or the texture, and the metallic accents are damn near impossible to really show in a still photo. At any rate, these still give a pretty good idea :-) Just click on a photo, to see it open larger in a new window .. and please, let me know what you think of these — Good or Bad thoughts please!

Remember, to send me your links if you are also a part of this book, when I post the remaining pages, I’ll be sure to add your links as well! Well, I really gotta get off here, and back to packing orders!

For those that hadn’t seen the previous posts & pages about this project… Look here & also here!

Enjoy! — Chrysti

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P.S. As for my grumpiness yesterday — I’d rather not revisit it!

All pages are 4″ x 4″, on 140lb Watercolor Paper. Mixed Media & Collage.

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