Collage Tip, Newest Giveaway – Hectic Lives!

Fragile

Fragile – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Art Squared Piece
4″ x 4″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.”

What a perfect piece to kick this off. Fragile. Much like I have been these past 6 months. Mentally, physically, and everything in between (if that’s at all possible).

I can’t begin to tell you what an amazing feeling it has been this week, slowly working towards my goal of regaining control over my lil life. I have found freedom within my art and a hope I forgot existed within my surroundings … a tediously slow process, but one well worth taking. After all, It is the difficult journeys, that are the most worthwhile.

Initially, I intended to write a full entry here, but as I began to – that dreaded ‘I’m so behind, I’m so utterly overwhelmed feeling‘ started to take me over once again. I will show you some photos of my studio this week.. and you’ll begin to understand why! I’m going to use the time I set aside for writing here, to continue cleaning, and creating in there today. Hopefully – I’ll get one step closer towards not having that one small thing hang over my head. Besides, art time always does me good!

 Beware of Dog

Beware of Dog – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Art Squared Piece
4″ x 4″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

“Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it”
~Hans Selye

Ha! I felt like that proverbial dog.. just ready to snap, at any given moment, for any given reason. Some days, I still do, but I feel myself rising out that with every small step I take. So very empowering!

 Bundled Up

Bundled Up – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 Desire

Desire – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

“Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify”
~Henry Thoreau

And that, IS my deepest desire right now. It’s why you haven’t seen me ‘around’ as much recently. In order to get everything in order, I have to step back from some things and take that time and use it a bit more wisely. Getting organized once again, is quite possibly the best thing I have done for myself in a very long time. My health, really set me back in that department.. and it’s time, long overdue – to put a full force effort into doing what needs done to thoroughly enjoy living again. Quite often, like most of us – I focus on what everyone else needs, it’s ‘me’ time now. A Huge undertaking, but as I mentioned earlier.. one that’s worth it.

I feel like a broken record some days.. but bear with me while I get everything in order, I promise – it’ll be well worth the wait! I have some fabulous ideas I can’t wait to take action on… but not until this is all done! So emails, etc will continue to take a backseat as I continue this Mission: Life Organization quest.

 Treasure

Treasure – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

Today’s Contest: The first 5 people to comment with their best organization/time management tip, will receive one of these brand new, fun David & Goliath Disco Queen Briefcase Purses! I’ll contact you using the email address you provide in the comments section for your address.

 Why Birds Sing

 Why Birds Sing

Why Birds Sing – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Today’s Creating Art Cards (Artist Trading Cards, ATC’s, ACEO’s) Tip!

Ever have a collage, that just doesn’t seem to seamlessly blend, when all elements don’t’ quite work together? Try unifying your collages with a wash of watered down gesso, tinted glaze, watercolor or even watered down paint.. apply a thin layer across your entire piece, or rub the glaze into the crevices. Spatter paint with a toothbrush across it all, spray walnut ink .. the possibilities are endless. Fear is what usually stops us from trying that one extra step – don’t let it get the best of you! What have you got to lose?

Come back tomorrow for another give-a-way and a new tip!

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 Strong Love

Strong Love – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 That Happy Time

That Happy Time – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 True Love

True Love – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Well now, I ended up writing anyway didn’t I? Still, not as much as I intended, so that’s progress! Well, my hands & wrist are sore from all this computer time… time for me to scoot off here, and go make some more sense of my studio!

Thanks for visiting! Chrysti

Today’s Art, Contest & Tip!

 The Flowers Showed Me Life

The Flowers Showed Me Life – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Art Squared Piece
4″ x 4″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“Every step you take, is a step away from where you used to be.”
~Brian Chargualaf

Not much to say tonight, exhausted.. but as promised here’s today’s tip & my new listings for tonight. Almost didn’t make my goal of listing daily, but raising the funds for the surgeries I need, is a powerful motivator! Plus, I get to play in my art studio guilt free tomorrow! Yippee!

 Memories

Memories – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“Some men see things as they are and say why… I dream of things that never were and say why not.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

Today’s Contest: The first 5 people to comment will receive an envelope stuffed full of decorative papers… I’ll email you to get your address with the email addy you provide on your comment :-)

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”
~Bruce Barton

 Kiss Your Sweetheart

Kiss Your Sweetheart – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Today’s Creating Art Cards (Artist Trading Cards, ATC’s, ACEO’s) Tip!

Use Quality Materials – Especially for your base. There’s just something about using mat board as a base for Art Cards that enhances their beauty. It shows care, quality, and feels like a miniature work of art. Not to mention the stability benefits it has – it prevents your work from getting bent, looks wonderful on an easel and helps make your card a charming keepsake that will last. Take pride in your work, and let it show!

Mat-board scraps are perfect for bases – ask your local framers if they will give them to you, or sell them to you at low cost. Many will be happy to recycle these!

Come back tomorrow for another give-a-way and a new tip!

 Reminisce

Reminisce – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Thanks for any early bids — they are what keeps me motivated to list!

-Chrysti

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Hello World! Depression, Hope & Possibility

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
Bernice Johnson Reagon 

Depression...Then Hope

1. another 2. Hello darkness, my old friend
3. even cowgirls get the blues
4. Light at the end of the tunnel 5. Thank You

As some of you know, these last few months have been particularly trying for me. Though not always easy (or successful), I put a sincere effort into maintaining a positive attitude throughout times like these… a life lesson, I wasn’t always aware of. Sadly, there was a time where circumstances like those of late, would have had me sitting & rocking on the edge of a roof not wanting to live.. yet not wanting to die. Looking back.. that event seems so surreal.

  “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”
Buddha

 Living with Tourette’s Syndrome, and Bipolar Disorder, has presented many challenges for me… the hardest of which, is fighting those ‘demons’ in my head. An internal struggle, that I have accepted will never cease. My best defense is self-awareness, and to achieve that.. I am constantly in the process of self discovery. As you get to know me, you will begin to see just how evident this is within my artwork… a tad ironic, considering my creativity is a blessing and gift that having these disorders provides. Admitting this, believing this, and embracing this .. is also my path to healing, my way to cope.

 “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
Oprah Winfrey

In early April, when just about everything in my life seemed so damned bleak to me.. I forced myself to begin a shift in my mental state. Little by little, day by day, literally.. just…
… o n e – s t e p …
… a t – a – t i m e …
I found myself waking up… that rebirth of self so many speak of, and we chalk off as silly or absurd…I found myself saying “Hello” to the world and all it’s endless possibilities once again…I had found hope, where I least expected it… within myself.

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“Hello World”
 Mixed Media Collage & Painting
One of a Kind 4″ x 4″ Canvas Panel
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

This beautiful piece, was created during that magical time. The adorable, vintage puppy with his hopeful, eager eyes.. looking ahead at what’s to come. A cheerful, whimsical world just awaiting him to discover it and if you look carefully, you can see the faint image of a newborn baby behind him, a symbolic image of that rebirth.

Though this is piece is small, it took hours to create .. no detail was left unturned. It has served as a powerful, inspiring reminder to me over these last 2 months, and it’s my wish now .. that it do the same for someone else.. so, it’s for sale here. You can read a bit more about this small treasure in the listing as well.

“Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.”
Chuck Palahniuk

 Learning is the discovery that something is possible
-Fritz Perls

Now go – discover something, anything …that you didn’t believe was possible.
-Chrysti

Hope and Better Days ..

Remember this post yesterday? Well, did I ever ‘Scream’!  True to myself, I did it unconventionally allowing it to take form in my newest altered art piece… and wow.. the healing power of creating art… never, never ceases to amaze me. I blogged about the background earlier, it was one of the Try It Tuesdays canvas’s I experimented with…see it here.

 A Better Day
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A Better Day
This life’s a rugged way for us, But there’s a better day for us
8″ x 8″ Mixed Media Collage & Painting on Canvas
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
Robert Ingersoll

Initially, I went up into my art room, just as crabby as could be .. really, I was in a downright foul mood. I chose this adorable vintage dog, as his sad face.. well, it just spoke to me. In that moment? I was that pitifully sad, almost hopeless puppy. His whole world began dark and gloomy.. but as I worked the piece.. something, well magical happened..

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

I wanted a better world, a more colorful world for the puppy…a happier place, as it’s what he so richly deserves. I wanted him to have wings, to soar.. to fly free.. My heart ached for him and I wanted him to have love, companionship…and hope for a better day. It was my desire that he find a whimsical world, where anything was possible. Little by little, both my mood and the piece began to transform before me.. it was an amazing experience.. and I am more then pleased with the result.

“We must learn to let go, to give up, to make room for the things we have prayed for and desired.”
Charles Fillmore

I’m gonna have a heck of a time parting with this piece, but alas.. finances (or my lack there of) need to win out this internal conflict.. so it’s for sale here. You can read a bit more about it there as well. It’s my hope, that this piece touches someone else, as it did me. It truly is a small part of me… amazing how that occurs isn’t it? Ahhh, better days ahead.

Remember Friends..
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
– Chrysti

Artwords – Indulgence

in·dulge (n-d lj)
v. in·dulged, in·dulg·ing, in·dulg·es
.1. To yield to the desires and whims of, especially to an excessive degree.

The theme for this week’s Artwords challenge was Indulgence … and what a source of inspiration it was! Though, I am not completely happy with this piece… I do so love what it represents…

Clicking the photo below will take you to a new window, and larger photo. I’m working on a better photograph…

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“Indulgence of the Soul”
8” x 8” Art Squared on Canvas
One of a Kind, Mixed Media Painting & Collage on Canvas
By Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

I admit it…I indulge myself in small ways daily .. a Starbucks… a long bath…overpriced lip balm.. all truly wonderful little bright spots in my day.. but somehow, all those trivial, minute diversions, keep me from what’s truly important.. the nurturing, and indulgence of my soul… I find that so often, I’m running from moment to moment.. kinda like living a connect the dots puzzle .. that by the time the day has come to an end.. I have overlooked the things that heal me, touch me.. that transform me…

Well,  Enough is Enough!

Creating this piece, was a baby step for me.. a tiny step towards awakening, and acknowledging that inner part of me that needs as much as time, as much indulging as those I love, as much devotion as I give to my work, and the 101 other ways I stretch myself too thin. I lost myself in the making of this .. each stroke of the brush, line of the pen pushing me forward in my quest… It is my sincere desire, that it serves as a powerful reminder to indulge & nurture your own soul.

I will be putting this up for sale soon.. and will keep y’all updated when I do. But, for now … it will remain in my studio as a daily reminder of what it is I truly need to allow myself to indulge in.

Which bring me to my next announcement.. I find myself craving some ‘me’ time .. you know the kind, no phones…no computer…no people.. just pure, simple, chosen solitude.. my 32nd birthday is fast approaching (June 3rd) .. and I’m thinking, that’s just what I may do to celebrate … can anyone suggest some spots around or within a few hours of Eastern N.C.?

“The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed; there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennuis, vanish,-all duties even.”
  —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

xoxo — Chrysti