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Nocturne Color Palette: an analogous blend from magenta to purple January 30, 2009

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Nocturne Flower Color Palette

Nocturne Flower Color Palette

This is the color palette and assortment of flowers I will be using in my reception floral arrangements.  I love the idea of having black and white everywhere (i.e. attire, linens, etc.) and then pops of color only in the flowers (i.e. centerpieces, bouquet, bouts).  I found the inspiration for this color palette in the 2008-2009 Color Trends Forecast by the California Flower Growers Association.  They referred to it as “Nocturne”.  I love the name, so I kept it…but I omitted some of the flowers that I did not like and I added some that I love–like the BIG violet ones in the center of this collage–VANDA ORCHIDS.  Love them.  They are huge, intensely bright, and covered with weird violet vanes.  Unfortunately, I seldom get to use them as they are very, very expensive.  So are some of the other types above–Cymbidium orchids and Phaleanopsis orchids are both pricey.  Callas, Lisianthus, Freesia and hydrangea are moderately priced; while Mokara orchids & Dendrobium orchids are pretty affordable.  I am also going to include some foliages in the mix such as Ruscus, Bear Grass, Ti Leaf, and regular green Pittosporum.  I have 3 types of centerpieces planned: 1) Short Round full cylinder; 2) 3 varying height cylinders with submerged flowers and floating candles at the top; 3) double silver candlesticks with floral rings and black taper candles.  I also will be doing my bouquet, some bouts and corsages and some bar arrangements and other random floral accents.  It is going to be stunning–and I cannot wait to see it altogether with the lighting of the room and the linens!  Only 28 more days until our reception!

To see/read more about my wedding DIY projects and floral ideas go to our WEDDING WEBSITE and scroll down to the bottom.

 

Since I’m on an Art Kick: Paintings from Summer ’08 January 29, 2009

Filed under: Fine Art — kiokreations @ 5:14 pm

 

Fountain at Chicago Botanic Garden in watercolor by Kristen Janes

Fountain at Chicago Botanic Garden in watercolor by Kristen Janes

This past summer I did an art show in Galena with my friend, Alexis Fraser, who is another amazing artist friend of mine.  (I have many since I majored in Fine Art in college).  The show was a total bust, meaning, I didn’t sell anything and Alexis barely made her entry fees back, but it did get me painting again this summer at least.  I think this lack of sales in the art market is because of the economy and lack of advertising of the organizers of the events. I mean, everyone is hurting to some degree, and when it comes down to it, wall art is not a necessity–but rather a beautiful thing to add ambiance and/or emotion to your space.  I think food and clothing might rank higher to most than artwork–and thus the low sales this past year.  I anticipate it being just as slow this year–so I think I will pass on doing shows altogether.  I digress.

This first piece was inspired by a photo I took at one of my many trips to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  I love being there, and my favorite garden is the English Walled Garden in which this fountain resides.  I cropped in on its face and did most of the detail work in blues and violets.  I also did the “salt sprinkling” technique in the background circle to get a textured effect.  It turned out really cool, and its one of Matt’s favorite pieces that I’ve ever done.

This next piece was also made in hopes to sell it at the show, but alas, it now hangs on my hallway-to-the-upstairs wall. Its another statue of a young girl with an otter wrapped around her feet. 

 

Watercolor by Kristen Janes

Watercolor by Kristen Janes

 

An Eye-Catching Orchid

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I just completed another work of art and had to share it! Inspired yet again by one of my sister’s photographs, I rendered this orchid with water droplets in colored pencil on bristol board, 11″ x 14″ in size. It shows up a little more purple than it really is (its more pink in person)…but it still looks great on here. I cannot wait to mat and frame it. I think I have the means to do so already available in our basement! I love when that happens!

All in all, I think I spent about 12 hours on this piece. I used my Berol Prismacolor colored pencils including the much desired BLENDING one, which I pretty much wore down to a nub. {Note to self: buy new blending pencil!!}  I am planning to go to Blick Art Supply today to get some more supplies for some other side projects I have going on so I will add that to the list. 

Here is the final, framed version of the piece below (you can see it is way more pink that the scanned one above):

 

Orchid in Colored Pencil by Kristen Janes

Orchid in Colored Pencil by Kristen Janes

 

More Art that’s All About Chicago! January 26, 2009

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"The City Speaks" by Jennifer Lockwood

"The City Speaks" by Jennifer Lockwood

This poster hangs over my couch and I am constantly asked “where’d you get that?!” so I figured I would share my source! This is a print of a piece by a Wisconsin artist, Jennifer Lockwood it is called “The City Speaks”. It is the Chicago Skyline made up of little clips of paper that she maticulously clipped out of newspapers, advertisements, posters, postcards and anything she could find that had anything Chicago-ish mentioned.  I can look at this for hours trying to see all of the places (some now gone i.e. Marshall Field’s) that are listed among the tiny clippings.  I love these piece.  It is literally all about Chicago and it was done in such an innovative way.  She also offers prints of a Milwaukee street scene and Sailboats on Lake Geneva made in a similar style.

 

Close up of "The City Speaks"

Close up of "The City Speaks"

 

ORK Posters=Love

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My Chicago Neighborhood Map from ORK Posters

My Chicago Neighborhood Map from ORK Posters

So, my sister bought me this Chicago Neighborhood Map last Xmas ’07 and I immediately had it framed so I could hang it with pride.  Its been hanging in our small loft space at the top of our stairs for over a year, really getting little attention–UNTIL NOW!  I got this great “Loop Desk” from Crate and Barrel from my Uncle Doug (it was off our wedding registry).  I love it, and it really works in the space.  Now I sit at my MacBook Pro and work on digital art projects, apply for jobs and BLOG and proudly look up at my Ork Poster!  Its great.  And another plus–It has inspired me to make some Chicago Skyline art.  I have already started to sketch the skyline out on some canvases…next step will be to start painting them. Can’t wait…perhaps I will start tomorrow.

Besides appreciating the graphic look of my Ork Poster, I like the fact that Jenny Beorkrem, the artist that created it (and many other city neighborhood maps including Boston, Manhattan, San Francisco, Seattle + more!) currently resides in our fine city.  I love buying from locals! 

You can see more of her work here:
http://www.orkposters.com/ 

 

Chicago Ork Poster by Jenny Beorkrem

Chicago Ork Poster by Jenny Beorkrem

 

A Birthday Gift for my 10-day Twin January 25, 2009

Filed under: Fine Art — kiokreations @ 10:48 pm
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A watercolor work of art

"Pointy" -a watercolor work of art by Kristen Janes

Recently, my husband (Matt) suggested I start painting again–since it really is one of my passions and in the past it always made me happy. So, I busted out all of my watercolor paper, watercolors, canvases, acrylic paints, brushes, pencils, bristol board, etc. and just started brainstorming some ideas.  I invited over my fellow artist friend, Hillary, and we motivated each other to start painting.  

My sister’s birthday is next week, so I thought I’d use some of her lovely photography as inspiration for a painting. Thus, “Pointy” was born. This is a photo she took when we were at Monches Farm in Wisconsin with our Mom.  Its some sort of little chubby boy statue that is pointing at its face and just happened to have a bug land on his cheek when she shot the photo. Weird, but cool. The original photo had this random guy in the background, so I edited him out when I did the painting.  I really think the rusting turned out great–it looks very rough in texture (much like rust-duh) which was my goal. 

I am hoping to give this to her this week. I bought mat-board and a frame at Hobby Lobby and cut the mat tonight (I have a bevel-edge matte-cutter at home or course).  

So, to explain the rest of my title to this post, the “10-day twin” thing is in reference to the fact that my sister and I are, as they say, “Irish Twins”. For 10 days every year, we are the same age.  She will be 26 on February 2nd (Groundhog’s Day) and I won’t be 27 until February 12th (Lincoln’s Birthday) so for 10 whole days we are the same age. This used to make for easy party planning on my parents when we were young–they just used to throw one birthday party with all of our friends in the middle of the 10 day span. We have all these photos of a double-trouble Chuck E. Cheese birthday for the both of us.  Good times. 

You can see the framed version I will be giving her for her birthday at our “joint-birthday with our mom dinner” on Saturday at Pappadeaux in Arlington Heights.  I heart Pappadeaux’s Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers in a jar–one of my favorite desserts of all time!

Here is the final framed version below:

 

Watercolor painting by Kristen Janes

Watercolor painting by Kristen Janes

 

A wedding that WOWS in Woodridge January 24, 2009

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I just completed another wedding today which was held at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge, IL. The couple, Kanako and Tasin, chose red, white and black for their wedding colors and everything turned out perfectly!  

See more photos on my flickr page HERE!