A little bit kooky & quirky. Always fun and looking on the bright side even if it gets ridiculous!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Polka Dot Mirror

In continuing to de-traditionalize my too traditional house, I tackled a small alcove in my dining room.
Step 1:  Bought a $50 mirror from Home Sense.
Step 2:  Taped then painted black the white edges and small edge around the perimeter & then dragged a jagged tool through the paint while it was still wet to break up the black.
Step 3:  Used various sizes of circle & line stencils cut from cereal box cardboard & a stencil brush to paint on polk dots & stripes.
Step 4:  Varnish in gloss (yet to be done)

I forgot to take a photo of the original white mirror before I started.  In this photo the sides and small edge around the perimeter are already painted black & some of the polka dots have been painted.















The light white is the original colour of the mirror.
The painted black edge of the originally white mirror.


Close up of the stenciled polka dots.


De-traditionalization of this nook is complete!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Line of Royalty









My living room is too traditional.  It doesn't reflect who I am.  So I bought a new couch and some other stuff, painted the walls and then painted these 3 "Line of Royalty" members to untraditionalize the place.  Detraditionalize?  They hang right next to more traditional artwork . Whimsical paintings to the rescue.

15 1/2" x 19" framed to 20 1/2" x 28 1/2"
acrylic & silver, gold or copper leaf

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Which Came 1st?


























Which came 1st?  The "Tobogganeer" family or the real family?  A client's family in Ontario decided to re-create a commissioned piece received by the mom for Christmas this year.  What a great idea!  Brilliant!

5x7 matted to 8x10
ink and watercolour on watercolour paper

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Freewheelin' Poetry

OK, so this is adorable.  Thank you to my friend Esther Sinasac for taking inspiration from my artwork.  Maybe I will now take inspiration from her poetry!

THE FREEWHEELERS by Esther Sinasac
(based on the artwork of Connie Christensen)
Wheelin’ it down the street on my bike
Free as a bird, my wheels take me by
The white picket fences and perfect green lawns
Come along with me! Oh do come along.

Ride in my little red wagon
Come one, come all
Who will ride in my little red wagon?
Behind these wheels, who will I haul?

A camel with lips on whose head rests a crown
A beaver and a moose, singing True North songs
The Mounties stand guard
The wedding preparations full speed ahead
The cupcakes are made
The baker is delivering before heading to bed

To a party we are going
Bring the wine, cheese and your babe!
Bring your prettiest flamingo
And your fanciest giraffe
A bouquet of flowers
But please make me laugh

The party critters arrive with glitter to spare
The butterflies follow the princess heading to the fair
Take me riding down highways
Through deserts and past twinkling lagoons
Up mountains and fishing, be it midnight or high noon
The wheels on my bike spin round and round
I hope one day to be freewheelin’ through your fine town.














Yes Virginia, Camels Do Have Lips
8x10 matted to 11x14
ink & water colour on water colour paper
$125 Cdn (+ shipping)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Scoundrels!
















These 'Freewheelers' are a little bit, um. . . scruffier than my usual rather innocent cyclists.  These guys have more than a few rough edges after being out on the town.  Maybe the cigar was too much?

'Midnight Marauders'
ink & water colour on paper
8x10 matted to 11x14
$125 CDN (+ shipping)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More Greeting Cards















The 1st run of greeting cards has almost sold out so I'm now offering cards from the 2nd run.  They are of the same subjects, but have a bit more 'embellishment'  meaning, they have borders.

5x7 with envelopes
$5 each or 4 for $18 Cdn (+ shipping)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Over Hill and Bale











Another fun landscape.  Marshmallows?  Nope, white plastic wrapped bales waiting to be picked up. 

"Over Hill and Bale"
20x10
acrylic on birch board, unframed
$280 CDN (+ shipping)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Christmas Cards

So a moose, a bear, a beaver and a snowman were tobogganing down a hill. . .

These snowmen are like the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz - no brains.  Sure they have the perfect multi marshmallow roasters, but that's not all that's going to get roasted.

I have brand new greeting cards available now.  Just contact me.
5x7 card with envelope

$5 each or 5 for $20 Cdn. (+ shipping)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I Get It!



























I get it.  I really do!  After all, I'm in the same boat.  Art buyers have to make choices.  Sometimes decisions between paying the same price for a necessity and a piece of art they really love.  Lot's of people love art, but it's just not a necessity to them.  So that's why I am always so grateful, honoured & tickled pink when someone chooses to put their hard earned  money towards purchasing a piece of art I have made.  You know who you are out there.  Thanks so much!

Men's dress shirt by Ted Baker
"exuberant shirting with geometric florals, long sleeves, button cuffs, cotton, machine wash, imported"
$125 CDN (+ shipping) at Hudson's Bay

''Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Wilderness"
ink & watercolour on watercolour paper
8x10 matted to 11x14
should never be washed (or dry cleaned for that matter), domestic
$125 CDN (+ shipping)


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Larger Sized Freewheelers

Here's a custom "Freewheeler" made in the new larger size 8x10 matted to 11x14.  The bigger size painting allows for more personal stuff to be included.  The buyer of this one gave it to her husband for his 60th birthday.  Looks like he is a rather active kind of guy.

ink & watercolour on watercolour paper

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"Moon Over Condo"



While I was rummaging through my handed down grandmother's cedar chest looking for something else, I stumbled across this. I made it many, many years ago in my dad's shop/garage/barn from scrap pieces of wood and metal. It's early evidence of creativity.  
I remember I was just gluing pieces of wood together and voila! A primitive sculpture.

"Moon Over Condo"
approximately 4" x 4"
$ - priceless

Monday, June 26, 2017

DIY Tote Bag



I purchased this tree leather tote bag from Lee Valley, a great Canadian company.  The description says it can be painted, so I did!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Larger Bubble Tree


There is a common tree found throughout North America that has nearly rounded leaves with a sharp point at the end.  The trunk is scarred with dark notches and lines.  In the wind the leaves flutter furiously giving the tree the name “Trembling Aspen”.

Bubble Trees are my interpretation of Trembling Aspens.  I omit the pointy part at the end of the leaf and end up with a simple circle.  These leaves are painted in various colours, sizes and opaqueness and when scattered lightly over the lyrically hanging branches create an overall effect that is fresh and simple. 

For more, go to my website.

"Nature's Rhythm"
30x30
acrylic, gold & silver leaf on wide profile canvas
$1260 Cdn (+ shipping)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Elegant Trees

One more small Bubble Tree.  This one has soft greys, blues and browns with a smattering of  gold.  Moving on to larger pieces. 

"On A Clear Day"
12x12 
acrylic and gold leaf on wide profile canvas
$215 (+ shipping)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Bubble Tree Painting

I love orange and pink and red together.  Very bold, but also very cheerful and slightly irrational.  A teensy bit like me.

"It's All In Our Hearts"
12x12
acrylic and silver leaf on wide profile canvas
$215 Cdn (+ shipping)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

This One is a Beauty



I just completed and hung a commissioned Bubble Tree for clients.  After consulting with them on the overall feeling they desired for the piece as well as their preferred size and colour, I think the completed painting is beautiful.  I titled it after the sentiment of the painting which also happens to correspond to the new owners' charm and grace.  

"A Quiet Elegance"
48x24
acrylic, gold & silver leaf on canvas
SOLD

Friday, June 2, 2017

Peaceful Trees

A soft and peaceful new Bubble Tree to add to the series.

'In Dove Light'
acrylic, gold & silver leaf on wide profile canvas
$215 (+ shipping)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Abstract Circle Painting

Gradually working my up to larger abstract circle paintings. The last 2 were only 10x10.  This one is 12x12.  That's inches ;)  Enormous.

"Bubble Up"
12x12
acrylic on wide profile canvas
$215 (+ shipping)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Abstract Circles


While the 1st of the new abstract circle paintings had more pink in it, this 2nd painting is more on the blue side of things with just a dab or two of silver leaf peeking out.

"Be There Or Be Square"
10x10
acrylic & silver leaf on wide profile canvas
$150 (+ shipping)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Abstract Circle Painting


Bubble Trees have morphed into abstract circle paintings. Fun, fun and fun.

"Spitting Image"
10x10
acrylic on wide profile canvas
$150 (+ shipping)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Frankenstein



















How come ALL books don't come with a built in ribbon bookmark?  Is it such an old fashioned idea that the ribbon only comes in books published in 1818 like this one? - FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

















We went to to a Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (BARK) concert last night when what do our wondering eyes see?  Why it's special guests Ian Tyson and then Murray McLaughlin.  All great Canadian musicians.  Except for when we accidentally overpaid for parking, a good evening was had by all!

Friday, March 3, 2017

New Larger Sized Freewheelers

















I've completed several new larger size Freewheelers.  Here are 2.  They're 8x10 matted to 11x14 so would fit into that size frame.  As they are ink and watercolour, the paintings do need to be under glass for protection.   It's the same whimsy, just bigger!  See my website ConnieChristensen.ca for more images.

ink & watercolour on paper
$135 CDN (+ shipping)

Friday, February 24, 2017

More Sandrine Pelissier Flowers














Can you see the flowers in the 1st photos before I negative painted around them as shown in the 2nd photos?
1st one is done on clayboard which I really liked.  Very smooth and good for use with ink.
2nd one is done on Yupo paper paper - another new thing for me.
Sadrine Pelissier technique

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sandrine Pelissier Workshop




















I am fresh off a 2 day workshop with Sandrine Pelissier hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists (FDA). It was so much fun.  Using ink, acrylics, all sorts of drawing implements and a negative painting technique we created several floral paintings.
This 1 was painted on canvas board.  You can probably see the weave.  I'll post 2 more paintings in the next few days which were painted on different, smoother surfaces.