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{Bibliophilia} Pinocchio: Jim Dine

I’ve been diving into my art books a lot lately – rediscovering favorite artists to introduce to my drawing class. It’s safe to say that I’m a bibliophile through and through. I haven’t traveled to Europe yet (a dream of mine) but I do own tons of books. Jim Dine is one of my favorite artists. He’s so versatile and I really appreciate his drawing style. When I found his Pinocchio book, I was so excited. It matches my love of puppets and drawing all in one beautiful book. 

I was preparing for class today and thought it would be nice to photograph a few of my favorite drawings from the book to share.  
I also found this great interview with Jim at the Tate. The exhibit looks fantastic! I wish I could’ve seen this in person- oh those hanging books!
I’m showing this work in class tonight and thought I’d share it with you too. Do you have a favorite artist? 

{New Year} A new start…

Is blogging like riding a bicycle? 

I’m about to find out…

This blog has been producing nothing but the sound of crickets for the last few years. It was strange really- after blogging religiously for years, I just stopped. The blogging break started with giving myself permission to take a hiatus due to larger production demands with KLTworks. Then I ended up just filling the time. I could say that instagram filled my blogging void, but that isn’t entirely true. I use instagram for a quick creative outlet, more than a way to document inspiration like I used blogging. As a small business owner (that consists of just me – no employees) & being a mom, time is spread thin anyway, but social media adds a whole new element to the game. I started to feel too accessible – almost longing for the days before computers (yes, I remember those days well).  I was also feeling a bit like I was treading water- some days more successfully than others. My business was turning into being all about production, with no time to design & create which coupled with my mom duties changing because my son was entering grade school. I’ve spent the last year in particular, restructuring, re-prioritizing, & re-grouping – I think I’m ready to start blogging again. I’ve figured a few things out. 


Next week I’m going to start teaching at the local college again- it came from an unfortunate reason, but I’m grateful for the opportunity.  I taught painting/drawing at this college for 12 years – it’s where I met my husband, who teaches ceramics in the same department. I haven’t taught for nearly 7 years – since a few weeks before Sayer was born actually. I’m nervous & excited to teach drawing fundamentals this quarter. I thought it would be fun to incorporate blogging again with this drawing class. I’ve been pinning away on my drawing/painting & installation boards, revisiting shows & books from artists that I was able to see in person during my MFA studies at SVA. It feels good to jump back to what seems like second nature – I look forward to rediscovering  & exploring it all with anyone that still reads blogs.  
So, Happy 2015! It’s nice to be back… Kristin

{Music Monday} Music to draw…

My 4yr old is like a little, curious sponge & I find it fascinating. I bought, Here Comes Science (They Might Be Giants) for him when he was 1 in total anticipation for the day he would love listening to it. I forgot about it until I was cruising through the itunes library in our old computer a few weeks ago (we recently moved the computer into my studio). The album came with very cool videos to the songs as well & Sayer & I re-discovered them one rainy Saturday while we were in the studio together. It was absolutely the most timely & perfect discovery. While he loves the entire album (the solar system is also drawn frequently), he is particularly taken with the Bloodmobile. 


He listens, sings, & draws the song non-stop. When he watches the video, he pauses it – draws something- plays it – pauses it – draws – plays… you get the idea. He loves the “H” (for human body) encyclopedia at grandma & grandpa’s house & uses our anatomy books when he is home as reference. He draws the insides of the human body whenever he gets a chance. It can entertain him for a long time. There are little pieces of paper, big pieces of paper & sketchbooks full of pictures around the house. I find the heart, lungs, & kidneys everywhere. He & Chris even made a human heart & lungs in clay the other day- they’re just waiting to be fired in the kiln. 

Sayer always draws whatever he is interested in at the time, obsessively. For awhile, it was presidents & money. There were little pieces of green paper with George Washington or Obama scattered about. So, I’m always curious as to what I will find in his cubby at preschool. His teachers are awesome about encouraging individuality & his cubby is usually overflowing. Last week, while everyone else had soft, & fluffy cotton ball covered sheep puppets, this was Sayer’s … 


Wow, that’s powerful music that can inspire such dedication. When I think about what is really playing in my studio these days… I have to be honest-  it’s Here Comes Science most of the time (it is quickly changed when I have the place to myself). Sayer got to go to the doctor today for his yearly check up & had the opportunity to share all of his drawings, new knowledge & Bloodmobile love – so how could I not choose this song for Music Monday? Happy Music Monday everyone! What is on repeat in your ipod/stereo? 

{La Petite} Sayer’s Book Corner #4…

What’s the book that is inspiring all of this drawing you ask? Here’s a hint…. it was my favorite drawing book when I was a kid.  Find out over at La Petite Magazine – Sayer’s Book Corner #4 is up!

{Everyday Inspiration} I heart Milton Glaser…

I’ve been on a bit of a Milton Glaser kick again lately because I recently watched Milton Glaser: Inform & Delight & loved it. I’ve been thinking about drawing a lot in the last few weeks as I’m trying to come up with a few more thread drawing characters. In a search for inspiration (some call it stalling) I found this video. I’ve been thinking about Milton’s words today – I’ve even said some of them in my days of teaching drawing. But it’s always nice for me to get a little reminder. Is drawing a part of your life? If so, how?


* just a little side note:
I’ve been experiencing some blogger issues & haven’t been able to upload photos in the last few days. But, thanks to Heather & Sandi– I posted a different way this time. Thanks to my late night twitter buddies!

{Everyday Inspiration} I heart Milton Glaser…

I’ve been on a bit of a Milton Glaser kick again lately because I recently watched Milton Glaser: Inform & Delight & loved it. I’ve been thinking about drawing a lot in the last few weeks as I’m trying to come up with a few more thread drawing characters. In a search for inspiration (some call it stalling) I found this video. I’ve been thinking about Milton’s words today – I’ve even said some of them in my days of teaching drawing. But it’s always nice for me to get a little reminder. Is drawing a part of your life? If so, how?


* just a little side note:
I’ve been experiencing some blogger issues & haven’t been able to upload photos in the last few days. But, thanks to Heather & Sandi– I posted a different way this time. Thanks to my late night twitter buddies!

{Music Monday} Draw…

Three main ingredients for a fun rainy day inside with kiddo: 

1. chalk board wall (with plenty of chalk included)
2. Ed Emberly drawing books
3. Barenaked Ladies, Snack Time cd 

Mix all together & DRAW!  Happy Music Monday! What’s your favorite rainy day activity?

{Music Monday} Draw…

Three main ingredients for a fun rainy day inside with kiddo: 

1. chalk board wall (with plenty of chalk included)
2. Ed Emberly drawing books
3. Barenaked Ladies, Snack Time cd 

Mix all together & DRAW!  Happy Music Monday! What’s your favorite rainy day activity?