Friday, December 7, 2007

Illustrations

Little People
Adobe Illustrator
9"x9"


Metalic
Adobe Illustrator
9"x9"
Here are my very first illustrations done in my Vector and Raster class. I learned so much this semester in that class. I also made a website in Adobe Illustrator so once I get it up and running you can go to http://www.kristenmartin.com/ and see the rest of my work. For now have a great day and a wonderful holiday season!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Artwork

These are some charcoal and graphite drawings that I did a year ago. I would love to get my work from the summer up on here but its still in progress. I will post some images from my Illustraitor class soon though so dont forget to look for it soon.





















Friday, September 28, 2007

One Week's Worth of Food Around Our Planet


I got this from http://www.fixingtheplanet.com/one-weeks-worth-food-around-our-planet



Japan: The Ukita family of Kodaira City Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25




Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11 Favorite foods: fish, pasta with ragu, hot dogs, frozen fish sticks




Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07




United States: The Revis family of North Carolina Food expenditure for one week: $341.98 Favorite foods: spaghetti, potatoes, sesame chicken













Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09 Favorite foods: pizza, crab, pasta, chicken



Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27 Family recipe: Pig's knuckles with carrots, celery and parsnips



Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53 Family recipe: Okra and mutton



Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo Food expenditure for one week : $31.55 Family recipe : Potato soup with cabbage



Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03 Family recipe: Mushroom, cheese and pork



Kuwait: The Al Haggan family of Kuwait City Food expenditure for one week: 63.63 dinar or $221.45
Family recipe: Chicken biryani with basmati rice



China: The Dong family of Beijing Food expenditure for one week: 1,233.76 Yuan or $155.06
Favorite foods: fried shredded pork with sweet and sour sauce



United States: The Caven family of California Food expenditure for one week: $159.18
Favorite foods: beef stew, berry yogurt sundae, clam chowder, ice cream



Mongolia: The Batsuuri family of Ulaanbaatar Food expenditure for one week: 41,985.85 togrogs or $40.02 Family recipe: Mutton dumplings



Great Britain: The Bainton family of Cllingbourne Ducis Food expenditure for one week: 155.54 British Pounds or $253.15 Favorite foods: avocado, mayonnaise sandwich, prawn cocktail, chocolate fudge cake with cream



Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23 Favorite foods: soup with fresh sheep meat

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Art is so far beyond the paint brush. Its so far beyond me and I feel like I wont ever be any where but one step behind. Many people can reach it and hold on for the ride that it takes them on but I just feel behind.

I dont know if anyone knows how I feel but its a strange and frustraiting feeling.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

black and white

I find it hard to believe that there is such dichotomy in this world. Things so heady and scientific and often times rigid such as business, psychology, and medicine juxtaposed against feelings, beauty, pleasure: art, music, and literature. I realize these all have aspects of both worlds but for the most part, they are foreign when held next to each other, especially when digging into the inner workings and theories of each of these topics.

Its makes it seem like a black and white world, when really its not. I forget that sometmes.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

One day at a time

I went to an art therapy workshop today at St. Anthony's and heard the author of "Roads to the Unconcious: A Manual for Understanding Road Drawings" speak. It was amazing and I got to connect with a couple of local therapists and then tonight I bought a portfolio to carry my work around in.
It just takes one day at a time.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Rude awakening: Snobs of the art world

I met with a guy last night about getting a little of my art on a website. It didn't go how I had imagined it. The guy was late, snobbish, critical of my work and was rushed because of another appointment he had made. He also had not told me that I had to have the dimensions of the work, the title, a description, and an artist's statement ready for him. He wanted me to bull shit these things out of thin air...in a hurry, on his time frame. I told him that I wasn't going to because he had not informed me of what I needed when he set our appointment. He also kept insinuating that I didn't know how to take care of my work. Its people like him that makes me not want to show my work to anyone other than my friends, but I need to to grow and move into professionalism. It just hurts.
If it all turns out well, I will post a link to the site.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The red model. René Magritte. 1936. Oil on canvas
Where can I plant my feet or call my home


Friday, July 20, 2007

Somewhere I've never traveled

Someone be excited for me! I stretched my first canvas yesterday and it was so incredible. When I heard that I was going to get to do that I thought it was cool, but after doing it and as I was sitting and gessoing the canvas I just felt so real, like this is what I was made to do.
My next piece is going to be a surrealist piece having to do with the war. I've been looking for images of the war for a preliminary collage. I don't know how it is all going to come together, but I am so excited about it.


I have been studying surealist artists recently and they are really facinating. Besides Dali I never really knew about any of them.




Max Ernst, The fall of an Angel 1920

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lord's Army

I admit I used to love to sing "I'm in the Lord's Army" in bible school and what not, but on my way to the studio this morning I saw a big van with "God's army" on the back and it made me cringe. To use the analogy of Army you have to consider everything that the word entails. Enemies, guns, destruction, innocent blood shed, families away from their loved ones, often times famine and increased poverty...etc. Who exactly are Christians trying to kill? Now I realise that all that is meant by this metaphor is working for Christ to "save" others (from what to what I'm not sure) but do we really want to teach our children to wage war against non believers? There are other analogies that, while they are not as horrific, are still brutal. One that is often used and sometimes over used is workers harvesting a crop. Another example is being fishers of men. What I find interesting is that all of these analogies deal with something or someone intrusively taking something out of its natural habitat and ending its purpose and its life to fulfill the worker's or soldier's needs. Knowing this, how can we help but examine Christian Evangelism? Is Christian Evangelism done solely for the good of the "lost" or is it done for selfish reasons. Beyond that, is it done because it is something we want to do or because we were told to do it?
I wish the word Evangelism would fade from existance. Many of my friends and family have battle wounds from Christians in the name of Evangelism. What the wounded need, what we all need is friendship. Pure, unconditional friendship. This is the way Christ intended us to live. Sharing life with each other.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


eat, sleep, create. I love it.