September 18, 2013 § 3 Comments
Is the end of summer and beginning of fall treating you well? It sure is for me.
Exploration and sunny skies have taken up my time and left few afternoon for painting (just wait for the paintings to come thanks to the dark skies of Seattle to set in this autumn). But I thought I would share my most recent commission with you from the sunshine of Maldives. As a wedding gift to their cousins, good friends ‘o mine asked me to paint the couple something special for their wedding day.
Ahh…I think the only thing missing from the painting is a hammock.
With me in it.
July 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s Wednesday. And this is not a watercolor.
Today I trade my paintbrush for pictures to share with you my most recent escapade in Turkey!
I spent three weeks hopping around the country of Turkish Delight, Turkish Baths and 7 churches from Revelation. My first week was spent in Istanbul, second in Kayseri and the finale in the surreal land of Cappadocia.
We spent our days helping teach English, meeting new Turkish friends and exploring the historical city.
When a family I know announced they were spending the summer in Istanbul for work, I thought why not join? The city was unlike any other I had visited last year.
First, the city is huge…some estimates say 14 million, others 18…either way, its huge! People everywhere at all hours.
Second, the city is the only one in the world to straddle two continents. The Bosphorus Straight runs between the city, dividing the city between the continent of Europe and Asia. First time in Asia…whoopee!
Third, this place is old! While living in Europe last year, I became accustomed to visiting cathedrals 600 years old but Turkey is home to monuments and places that pre-date the time of Christ.
And lastly, this was my first experience in a Muslim culture. In 1493, Constantinople was conquered by Muslims, changing the name to Istanbul and continuing the Muslim rule today. I quickly became accustomed to daily calls to prayer and minarets poking through the cityscape.
Exploring the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, aka the Blue Mosque, built in 1616 and still used as a mosque.
Across the street is the Hagia Sophia, one of the most famous places in the world. Originally a church built the 6th century, then converted into a mosque in 1493 after the city was conquered by Muslims and has been a museum since the 1930s.
Hand painted ceramics in the Grand Bazar. I bargained my way to snag a few of these to bring home.
Exploring the Grand Bazar and some Turkish handmade goodies.
Some of the group at Taksim Square, the site of many of the current protests…looking pretty calm right now.
Enjoying cards with some of our new Turkish friends.
Snapshots from Kadıköy, the neighborhood on the Asia side where we stayed. It was a colorful neighborhood full of cozy coffee shops, antique stores and bustling restaurants.
While there I taught a few watercolor lessons…from the coast of Kadıköy to a Vacation Bible School with Turkish and gypsy kids. They were all excellent artists!
Check back soon for more posts from Turkey.
June 12, 2013 § 2 Comments
Today we visit the Bullitt Center, a newly opened office building in Capital Hill in Seattle, Washington. This isn’t just any office building, its the “greenest office building in the world.” Complete with a roof of solar panels, composting toilets and 250 year lifespan, the center is designed to function like a rainforest.
I visited the center during my November trip to Seattle and loved its environmental aspirations and exemplary Pacific Northwest design. Gone are the days of ‘green’ buildings looking like ugly spaceships.
In August I will be moving north to Seattle to work in an architecture firm. Looking forward to the upcoming adventures…but before that happens I will be graduating this weekend and traveling in Turkey for three weeks! Keep you posted on the paintings, projects and adventures.
December 26, 2012 § 1 Comment
August 22, 2012 § 1 Comment
Oh hey! Its Wednesday now isn’t it?
Its that time of year…
No, not Christmas. Wedding Season!
This weekend I had the joy of attending not one but TWO wonderful weddings. My cousin tied the knot Thursday followed by two of my dear friends, Alexander and Jessica joining in marriage Sunday. Whew! I am tired!
Jessica and I lived two doors down from one another in the dorms freshman year of college and quickly became great friends. We were part of the same bible study and later discipled together. She is truly a sister! It was such an honor to witness such a beautiful wedding and be part of this pretty girl’s bridal party!
And continuing with my proposal- themed wedding gifts. I painted these two fabulous friends a memory from their epic engagement.
The engagement- Over Valentine’s Day weekend the couple took a photo- adventure through the snow dusted woods of Upstate New York. Alexander planned to pop the question sometime during their adventure and was waiting for the opportune moment. While exploring the two stumbled upon a lone bench in the woods with the following quote from Les Miserable
“Take my hand and lead me to salvation,
Take my love for love is everlasting.
And remember the truth that was once spoken:
To love another person is to see the face of God.”
— Les Miserable
What more romantic of a moment can a guy get?!? Just then Alexander bent to one knee and popped the question.
The rest was history.
I got a bit creative with their story and decided to turn the quote INTO the bench.
The wedding was absolutely breath-taking (but not as breath-taking as the stunning bride!) Enjoy the photos!
The Grace Maralyn in Atascadero.
Us bridesmaids all got to pick our own dresses- it turned out great!
Much love to all the newlyweds!
July 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
Well folks, I couldn’t stay away from watercolorWEDNESDAY. Yes, my year-long Europe excursion may have come to a close (sigh) but this adventure of life still continues (and boy is it grand!).
And in this wonderful adventure, I continue to paint and would love to share with you (because come on, who doesn’t like a weekly painting?!?)
I have traded the rolling hills (cough…bunny slopes) of Denmark for the majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada. A month ago I moved for an exciting internship in Lake Tahoe and by golly, this landscape is too beautiful to not paint!
I can’t promise to post something every Wednesday but I will try my best and we shall see where the summer leads.
So for now let me share with you my first painting from Truckee, California.
Welcome to Kirsten in the Mountains!
Welcome to Truckee, California. Truckee is a good ‘ol Western town located half an hour outside of Lake Tahoe, the most majestic and beautiful lake in all the world (personal opinion? NO! fact!).
The town was established as a railroad town in the post-Gold Rush era and was home to the weary survivors of the infamous Donner Party (whose story still gives me shivers). Today Truckee functions as the threshold to the Western Shores of Lake Tahoe.
Pictured here is the Truckee rail yard. The tracks are no longer used for passengers, just cargo, but its part of the historic Transcontinental Railroad of the Wild West. In fact, Truckee’s original name was Colburn Station.
I live close to the tracks so the constant hum and horn of the train follows me around the clock. I don’t mind though. I think of it as a good reminder for me to look around, take a pine-scented breath of fresh air and appreciate God’s work that surrounds me.
So next time you take a trip up to the mountains, don’t just ooo and ahh when you pass through Truckee. Get out, stretch your legs, take a walk around the historic downtown and explore all this quaint place has to offer.
For those of you greeting card lovers, I am thinking of doing a ‘Mountain-set” at the end of the summer. Stay tuned!
June 8, 2012 § 2 Comments
Finally complete and ready for sales…
watercolorWEDNESDAY original stationery sets!
and personally speaking, I think they are just swell!
I am selling two sets of prints– TRAVELS and COPENHAGEN. Each set includes 6 original prints from Kirsten in Copenhagen watercolorWEDNESDAY and matching envelopes.
Each set is for sale for $15 and all profits will be donated to my dear friends participating on mission trips with Cru this summer (check the projects out here).
If you are interested in buying a set or two (…or three), please go to my Etsy webpage to purchase. If you are a friend, family member or local (Bay Area resident) you are welcome to just send me an email and I will reserve a set or two (…or three) for you.
Each print is an original from one watercolorWEDNESDAY week. Travel paintings include adventures from Prague, Salzburg, Lund, Barcelona, Rome and Ireland. The Copenhagen set is a collection of my favorite paintings from that city I love! The back of each card includes the original text from each blog post related to the painting.
Here is a sneak peak…
For you newbies…what is watercolorWEDNESDAY?!? From August to May I was blessed with the opportunity to study and live in the magical city of Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout the year I explored Copenhagen and Europe through the lens of my watercolor brush. Every Wednesday I shared my work on my blog and it is now my pleasure to share my year and artwork with you.
Please enjoy and spread some love through these special cards.
Kirsten in Copenhagen
If Etsy link did not work, click http://www.etsy.com/shop/watercolorWEDNESDAY