meet the artist – Kristen Robinson
Today we meet Kristen Robinson, a multi talented artist who works in paint, paper, jewelry and fabric. Pretty much anything she can get her hands on! Kristen describes her style as Modern Romance. Here we ask her questions about her art and upcoming projects.
What are you currently working on? I just wrapped up the photo shoot for my next book with Ruth Rae, which will be on Mixed Media Collage. Also, I am working on the second release of my jewelry line Rue Romantique by Kristen Robinson.
What is a favorite piece of art you created and why? I would have to say my favorite piece remains one of the first pieces I ever created in terms of Mixed Media. While I love the colors, composition and theme and I cannot help but be proud that it was not only my first cover but my first submission to a magazine.
Who are your art heroes? I am absolutely enthralled with Henri Matisse; his color choices and use of line have always offered a bounty of creativity that I feel has yet to be matched. Joseph Cornell has always been a huge influence to me, his work was perhaps the first that spoke to me in a story like fashion rather than just artistic in nature. I would be remiss to leave out Coco Chanel as her style and fierce determination has always impressed and inspired me.
What qualities make your art distinctively you? My use of tone on tone as well as specific imagery definitely defines not only my style but makes my work quite easy to identify as my own.
Where do you create? I am so very blessed to have my studio within my home – the perfect antidote for allowing creativity to flow when it strikes.
When do you create? I am very structured in my work schedule primarily because we have a young son. I begin my day at 8:30 after I’ve dropped the little man at school and visited the gym. The work day ends as soon as the school bus pulls up in front of the house in the afternoon.
What do you do when you hit a creative block? I have to be honest for the first time in decades I experienced this a few weeks ago. While this is something that is not out of the norm for artists it is not good when one is working on a book. I took more than a moment to step back and really focus on my daily routine; enjoying the moments that surrounded me rather than dwell on this block I was experiencing. I journaled, I talked with a dear friend who offered up a wealth of support and I looked for new inspiration within my studio. I found that once I gave myself permission to do what I love and stay true myself all was fine and I was able to move forward.
What do you listen to when you create? I listen to truly everything. Right now James Blunt seems to be my go to – a true soundtrack in the studio.
What other things do you like to do creatively? I love to cook as well as bake, there is something so incredibly fulfilling when doing so for others. Writing has and always will be a huge passion one I am fortunate enough to maintain through writing books and articles.
Tell us about any commercial art endeavors: My second book was just released with Northlight – Making Etched Metal Jewelry. My jewelry line Rue Romantique will have its second release in January of 2014. I continue to publish with both Stampington and Interweave and look forward to the release of my third book next summer.
What are your passions outside of art? Family time is number for me and continues to be my favorite way to spend free time.
I absolutely love attending boot camp classes as well as boxing. Because these classes are really the antithesis of who I am as an artist and person in every day life I find them not only challenging but also a bit freeing.
What are your preferred tools: It is so hard to choose just a few as I must say all of the brushes are amazing not to mention the contour tools allow one to unleash a bounty of creativity. If I had to choose my go to the flat wash brush would be it as it is not only perfectly for applying washes, but also shading, dry brushing and creating drips.
What tools from Princeton do you like? I really enjoy the mini blade angle as is perfect for applying dimensional agents in a linear manner.
Do you have a special or signature technique that you use Princeton Products or brushes for? The large contour tool is not only my favorite for spreading molding paste but it is also perfect for spreading gel medium, smoothing down paper and removing any bubbles that might appear when adhering collage elements.
To shop: www.KristenRobinson.etsy.com
For more about Kristen: www.KristenRobinson.net