kristen@kristenoneillart.com

Picky, Cheap … Determined!

A few years back I wanted a website. Everywhere I looked I saw websites for artists that could be set up but required a monthly fee. No monthly fee for me, I’m cheap! (cheap, broke, and frugal all have my photo next to them in the dictionary). Even Dave Ramsey once made fun of how cheap my wedding ring is ($70). So there I am, wanting a website but not a bill. I got a “HTML for dummies” book (from the library!) and coded myself a simple five page website. It took two weeks. I started with no clue on what I was doing. It was exciting when it worked and super frustrating when it didn’t. My brother called one day while I was sitting in front of my computer coding. I told him that my problem was that I was picky and cheap. Everything I liked always was the expensive way and that was why I was sitting there struggling with HTML. He laughed and said, “Its okay to be picky and cheap when you add in determined.” Aha! I didn’t have to change myself. I didn’t have to stop being these things, I just had to add in determination. I could do that! I had that silly art website for three years. I was so proud of it. However, I finally realized that I needed it to do more than I was capable of doing. Sure, I could learn it, but the time it would take was needed for other things. This time being cheap was to pay for some initial help, this time through the Abundant Artist,...

Spring Special for Mother’s Day – Forever Flowers!

I love flowers, but I hate it when they start to droop and drop petals and pollen bits all over my kitchen table. I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling. This has inspired my Spring Special for Mother’s Day. Buy a painting and I will ship it to your mom, gift wrapped, and with a handwritten note with your message! I recommend one of the 6″x6″ wood panels from my 13 Weeks of Spring series. They are easy to hang and there is no framing needed. Mother’s Day is May 10th, 2015. How about flowers that will last forever? Follow me here: Share this...

Facing Fear and False Beliefs

This weekend I was on the climbing wall for the first time and doing just fine until I looked out. Realizing how high I was (about 25 feet which felt like 200) I panicked. Adrenaline coursed through my body. My palms got sweaty, which only happens to me when I am totally in the grips of fear. And then all the reasons on why I couldn’t, why I shouldn’t go any higher started flooding into my head. Now, to be clear, I was tied in. My awesome sister-in-law Jenni was belaying me, she has done this sort of thing thousands of times. Everything was fine. But fear had just reared its ugly head. And fear is a very large monster. Why am I climbing when I am afraid of heights? Because the only reason I wasn’t climbing was because I was afraid of heights. So there I am, on the side of wall telling myself why it is okay to quit. I already reached my first height goal. My hands are sweaty, that can’t be safe! It is my first time and I’ve done great for a beginner! I’m panicking. Why should I stay up here and panic? I yelled down to Jenni that I was coming down. She looked up and simply said, “but you’re not at the top.” So I took a few deep breaths and I made my choice. Climb. I climbed and the fear subsided a bit. It was still there, as the remnants of adrenaline don’t disappear in an instant. But it was overtaken by satisfaction, joy and a great sense of accomplishment. Why...

Reconnecting you to nature

I need to be around nature. Desperately. Trust me, I get a bit odd (well, more odd) without it. I learned this while I went to school in Chicago. There I was, living in a big city during the cold, gray winter and I realized, “I am a landscape painter!” Also, that I really love the color green. It is necessary, like food and air. I honestly had had no clue before then. While in Chicago I had a teacher that teased me that if I kept painting trees I’d have a whole forest by the end of the semester. Yep. He’d figured out my plan. One summer between school years I lived in Yosemite National Park. I figured lots of nature could balance out lots of city. There I learned a few life lessons. One, the people that work the raft rental stand lose faith in humanity first. It’s not their fault. They get asked questions like “does the river go in a circle” (why, yes! It was designed by M.C. Escher!). We all start to lose it after a while. There is no privacy.  Two, for the most part, people don’t look when they take photos. Now, there is a whole bunch of people standing around on Sentinel Bridge with cameras I drool over, taking beautiful photographs. I am not speaking of them. But, so many people travel so far to get to such a wonderful place and they just snap photos left and right and never really SEE what they are looking at. Waterfall, tree, tree, rock, waterfall, river. Yes, but what color was the sand...