Monday, March 19, 2012


Magpie Tales
You were hard to like and so were you
it was never hard to love either of you
those threads were sewn into my fabric

Your moods missled sparks in all directions
your reactions impervious to shrapnel shards
bloody barbs not neat round balls

quietly, quietly building
emotions buried under layers of earth
generations buried a million billion years deep

Wall sprouting like bronze tulips
malfunctioning cogs identical
yet unable to fit together

Reflective guts
compared and contrasted
little wonder none of us lasted

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Framed Canvas - Easy Peasy

Framing a canvas is very different from framing a watercolor or poster.

It requires an open back frame, wire clips and the ability to attach a wire across the back. Rather than struggle with installing circular wire screws for the wire across the back, we just used a heavy duty stapler and stapled the wire to the back of the frame.

The wire clips are used to attach the canvas to the frame.  I purchased the clips at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 and the package includes a nice little visual instruction. It is so easy to do and literally takes seconds.Trust me nothing hard about this job.
by Kristen Haskell
11" x 14"

This abstract reminds me of the movement of water on a lake's surface. Sometimes, when I squint on a very bright day, I see almost a block pattern of sparkle when I look at actual water. However, when I look at this painting, I see a flow almost like the flow of life. You start out a kid and your responsibilities are minimal, as you age you become more concentrated, busier with more responsibilities, kind of like the center of this painting, where everything starts to over lap. Later in life things begin to slow down again and the flow is more stream like. So, water or life, you decide but this is how I see "Flow" and how it came to be. 

The frame I chose is solid black, it was $21.99 at Hobby Lobby but I purchased it for 50% off. I am pretty happy with my $12.00 frame. I think it really finishes the piece. 

by Kristen Haskell
8" x 10"

I know that I already posted a picture of this painting but I wanted to show it again in the new frame. This frame was $17.99 but once again I took advantage of the 50% off sale and out the door  it was under $10.00. 

I think the two paintings will look nice hung together.

Peacock Dress
by Kristen Haskell
16" x 20"

Again, I posted this painting when I completed it in January, unframed. I just brought it home framed from the studio, where it hung in the window for the past few months. Last week a lady inquired about purchasing it but I was not ready to let it go. This painting was such a labor of love that I need to keep it for a while. 

What if you don't want to frame a canvas?

by Kristen Haskell
16" x 20"

This painting is hanging without a frame. The sides are really incorporated into the actual painting. This is a gallery wrapped canvas and it typically remains unframed. However, it can be framed but it will be costly and requires custom framing from a professional framing or fine art store. I personally would never frame this type of canvas because the art is incorporated into the sides. I enjoy this type of canvas but it is three times more expensive that what I normally purchase. Yet, every so often the art and the artist demand it!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

How many hobbies can one person try?

The answer to that is, as many as you can afford! I am not a DYIer but lately there are so many cute things on Pinterest, that I have to ask myself that very question. How many hobbies can I try? I am not a baker, but if I baked, I would love to make a cake like this.

 I paint so I am always looking for are a few that caught my eye on Pinterest.

Here are a few neat things for the DIYers out there!

Can't even imagine how hard this is! Better leave this for Pearl!

This is more like it! Totally do-able, heck even I could do this!

Needle and thread... anyone?

The above photos are a few of my pins. You can repin them for yourself by creating your own virtual bulletin boards. The beautiful thing about pinning is that if you click on the actual pin (not here but in Pinterest) it will take you back to the originating site. Often there are detailed instructions or basic information about the picture. 

Beware, Pinterest and pinning is addictive but it is the best on-line magazine without advertisements I know of. There are tons of categories; which, make it nice to see only the things that interest you. Happy pinning.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's time for a new look

My favorite season is spring. I love the spring. If I could have it my way I would have two weeks of winter, and fifty other weeks divided between spring, summer and fall. I might even like to give spring a little bigger helping of those weeks.

Even at this moment, I look out my window and my large crab apple tree is budding with green signs of life peeking through. Another week or so and it will be in full bloom with gorgeous white flowers. Yet my spring happiness won't be complete until I see the forsythia bloom. That is my precursor for the season. It just always seems to come first here.

I enjoyed the look of my winter blog but as the seasons change so must my blog. So in the next few days be looking for a new look. You know I am a sucker for comments, so just for kicks, I would love to hear what you think of my current look. 

all images borrowed from Google images

Monday, March 5, 2012


A WIP or rather work in progress is about all I can post today. After my previous abstract, I decided to try another but this time instead of creating depth; I wanted to go for a magnified look of the crystal sparkle you see on a lake's surface on a sunny day. I am not sure I achieved it; however, it was fun to do and the colors are pleasing to me.

When I finally finish it, I will post another picture but for now here is my WIP. I would love to hear your comments, good or bad, they are all welcome. Or hold off and wait for the finished piece if you like.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I normally work from a picture for inspiration but this piece was created from a dream I had. In the dream swirls of metal, brick, shingles, barbed wire and forsythia were being sucked up into the sky. This was a day dream or the kind of dream you have when you are awake for 36 hours. I slept about an hour total then I proceed to get my vision on the canvas. 

It was a prophetic piece. That night, after I finished all but the fine details, six tornadoes were reported in our area. It was the first of the season and another eleven followed up the next night and tomorrow we are in for additional severe weather. It is the beginning of the season. 

I hate tornadoes and what they do. I believe we are in for one heck of a season, why else would I paint the season opener?

by Kristen Haskell
8" x 10"