2022 had been a wonderful, productive summer. I painted and printed, framed and sold artwork as I’ve never done before, had an open house on the Silver Thread Studio Tour, an exhibit in downtown Creede and had lots of visitors come to my home. And the wildflowers that I sowed too late for any hope of growing and for the first time at 8852′ bloomed with abandon!
I thought I was going to die on the vine. Peaceful contemplation, friends and art helped me survive.
Christine Mercer Kraft
Then, I had a huge loss; of my mother, of my husband’s health. Bittersweet experiences. There are no words for the loss of my mother. Grief lingers, shouts at me when I least expect it, I find peace, then it all repeats. The upside is, skillful surgeons have fixed up my husband’s heart and all is well with him and we continue living life together. Thanks to friends and family that got me though all of this.
I’m now facing Springtime reflecting on the upsides of 2022. Below are some the prints and paintings I produced and a few photos of my opening!
After three weeks of being very busy: attending my high school reunion, enjoying company from Kansas City and Durango, making a trip to Newport Beach, CA to attend a graduation and award ceremony for a very accomplished niece, I’ve been able to be in the studio again!
Below are my newest prints. In today’s lingo, you may confuse a fine art “print” (a one of a kind hand pulled print) and a giclee “print” (a reproduction of a piece of artwork in a limited edition). The artwork below are one of a kind original paintings I did then transferred to fine art paper. They are called Monotypes (one of a kind).
You will be able to meet me and see them in person if you visit my studio during the Silver Thread Studio Tour in Creede, CO August 16th. Or, at my exhibition for the month of September at the Creede Hotel!
The first five prints are 22 x 30″ unframed The last two prints are 6 x 10″ unframed
I assisted Stephen Quiller (www.quillergallery.com) in his water media painting workshop this past week at the 4UR in Creede, Colorado. Amidst the hubbub of assisting the attendees and Steve, I was able to participate some and work on a few pieces with his techniques. These are a combination of casein, acrylic, and gouache. The 4UR is an idyllic ranch with a five star restaurant, staff and views. I had a great time being there and meeting new friends!
This is very much like Steve’s demonstration painting, but it does have my own marks and style present on it.
This is a painting of the Bosque Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, painted from reference I took when we were there in March. Below are a few shots of the workshop on the 4UR.
These will be framed and available for delivery in the Spring. If you are interested in purchasing these original artworks, please contact me for more information and prices. If you are interested in this artwork as a reproduction, please contact me.
One of a kind images. My work from January & February. As of now, these are unframed, but I’ll be doing that soon. They range in size from 22×30″ to 6″x6″. Click on photos for details and to click through the slides.
Monotypes are one of a kind prints, made by creating an original painting on a surface, called a plate. Then, by placing paper on top of the plate and pulling it through a printing press with the correct amount of pressure applied, the painting transfers to the paper that results in the artwork being created. These are original one of a kind prints, although as you can see below, I created a “ghost” print by pulling the same plate through the press again for a “ghostly” image.
The first two images I created from impressions I’ve had of the area I live in–the moon reflecting on the flowing or frozen Rio Grande River or upon glassy snow. Snowfall, is how the snow appears on the small spruce and fir trees in the mountains–big undisturbed clumps of fluffiness. And the last two are from a memory I have of flying a kite with my next door 80 year old neighbor and a little boy named Grayson this past summer.
Contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of this work. Thanks!
On September 18th, the Creede Arts Council held their 2nd Annual Steamroller Event. Below is my printed woodcut, available for sale through the CAC auction website. (I also have one available for sale). One half of the proceeds goes to the Creede Arts Council and the other half to me. There are other artist’s prints available for sale as well from that event.