Monday, August 22, 2016

You say tomato...I say FUN!

Every August brings heat, a new school year and yes, Nashville's Tomato Arts Fest.

I love this festival.  It takes place in the funky, kind of artsy area of East Nashville.  The people are fun.  The whole community seems to participate ~ although they kind of have to since all the vendor tents are in front of their homes! There is a run, a parade, a doggie fashion show, live bands, every kind of tomato you can think to eat and yes, ART!  Even fun tomato art.

Here are some photo highlights of my Tomato Arts day last week:

A couple pieces of tomato art to celebrate the day!

Parade festivities beginning...everyone in red and many in costume! Pets and children welcome. 

My booth set up.  It was a new configuration for me, and I think it worked well.

This lady bought my piece, "Becoming Free", because she was so moved by it.  She works in Africa and was just visiting home, but it will become part of her permanent home.

A birthday gift to herself for her new home and a celebration of five-years being cancer free, this customer was a joy to talk to!  I love meeting my customers.

If you live local, and have not been, you must come out next year.  I promise two things, you will sweat and you will have fun!

Thank you for all who came out and met me for the first time ~ I enjoyed meeting you and sharing my art with you for a moment.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's New In the Studio

Happy Summer! I am so excited to share with you what is new this summer in the studio!
Want to know what's new?  First of all ~ new logo?  What do you think?

Palette Bangles~ a line of bracelets made from my old painting palettes.  100% of profits go straight to Palette with A Purpose program.  This quarter I am giving all money to kids here in the middle Tennessee area aging out of foster care.  What kinds of things do they need, you ask?  Everything! Think: gas cards, food cars, backpacks (and other college supplies), laptops, clothes, etc.  I can't wait to see how many kids I am able to help out.  Let me know if you want to help too!  I will be sharing more about these on my social media platforms and doing some Flash sales ~ so stay tuned!
Block Art ~ I am taking some of my popular art prints and mounting them on to wooden blocks.  These pieces are versatile as they require no "wall space" and can sit on desks, shelves and tables.  Perfectly priced at $25 and under so they make a nice gift too!  These are available at Fireflies, C'est Moi and at my studio.  Just message me through my Kirsten Reed Art Facebook page.
I am also working on several commission projects for clients.  These are always my most challenging and most rewarding pieces!  I am not going to lie, I get full of doubt every single time.  "What if they don't like it?" kind of thoughts try to keep me from bringing my best to the canvas, but I always conquer those fears!  I will be taking orders for commissions for Christmas up through October 1.  Let me know if you have a special gift in mind for someone so we can work together!  Here are a few recent commissions I did:
I am also preparing for my whirlwind of fall shows kicking off in August with the Nashville Tomato Arts Festival (a true favorite of mine)!  I am looking to add an event in September or early October, so this schedule is tentative.
I hope to see you at one or all of these events!
2016 Art Show Schedule
13 Tomato Arts Festival
2-6 Birmingham Christmas Village *
18-19 Made South Holiday Market
2-4 Brentwood Academy Fine Arts Show *
9-10  Studio Be Artist's Market (Nashville)
*indicates I am waiting for confirmation at time of writing.

Monday, February 15, 2016


This new piece coming out of my studio this week is my abstract interpretation of flowers falling.  The art mixes cool blues and hues of green and is complimented with hints of yellow and browns.  This piece would be a lovely statement piece providing a pop of color.  If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please contact me.

36"x36" acrylic on canvas.
Available. $518.00

Falling Kirsten Reed Art WM

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Friday, February 12, 2016

New Pieces at C'est Moi

So the winter doldrums have kicked in and you need a piece of art to brighten up your place?  I just delivered these beauties to C'est Moi in Brentwood.  Visit or call them and they'll be happy to ship to!

Be Happy When I Grow Up
8"x8" mixed media/ acrylic on canvas

Butterfly Love in Blue & Gold
36"x36" acrylic on canvas

Close up of Butterfly Love

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How to re-energize your muse in 60 seconds!

As blessed as I feel to be able to commute downstairs in my pajamas with a cup of joe in hand and go to work, some days, I walk into my studio and I feel stuck.  I am overwhelmed with "things to do" and my muse has gone in to hibernation.

Yesterday was such a day.  I have been scrambling with a busier than usual personal life as my husband mends from heart surgery, while juggling show season, ornament making and some commission work. I think my muse went to take a nap somewhere because I stared at several empty canvases knowing I NEEDED to finish some work but completely paralyzed to do so!


Well I decided to give myself a break.  Yup.  (And a time limit.)

I gave myself exactly 60 seconds to put "something on canvas" ~ no time to think or perfect, just paint loose and free.  No agonizing over color mixing or perfect drawings or "what am I feeling?"...nope!  Just 60 seconds and some paint on a palette. 

I didn't have time for it. And I let myself be okay with the fact that what I would put down would probably be garbage.  I decided to step in to a judgement-free minute and go for it!

And you know what?  I actually had fun!  

And I kind of like what I painted.  It looks nothing like my regular style, but it pushed me and it woke my muse.  The rest of the day I attacked my work load with a new vigor and at the end of the day I was happily covered in paint with some work ready for my show this weekend.

Here is a photo documentation of my little experiment.  

The first one is after 60 seconds.  After that I continued to give myself timelines that were short.

I think I might call this piece "Awakening".

I challenge you to give yourself a break, some permission to be free and play! You might just wake your muse!

I added this post to a link party over at A Colorful Journey.  Check this out to find other inspirational posts by artists!

Let's Play!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pre-Order Your Custom Art Angels for Holidays!

Next week Fireflies, Spring Hill's premier gift boutique will be hosting their Holiday Open House.  This year each vendor is offering custom-made gifts and items "ready-to-go" for your shopping ease!

I will be taking orders for my popular 4x6" angel canvases.  If you come that day, you will have an opportunity to order your own angel ~ customized.  Whatever hair color, hair style, skin tone, or canvas color scheme.  You can even pick a bible verse, if you want, for me to add at the bottom of her dress.

Here are some photos of how my angels look.

Original angel artwork canvases are perfect gifts for friends, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, mentors and co-workers.  Each piece will be signed and come wrapped with a note saying it was custom-made especially for them.  What a one-of-a-kind gift! And for only $38 plus tax (and shipping if not local).

Can't make it to Fireflies?  Contact me directly via email ( and I will send you a custom order form to fill out.

All orders must be placed by December 12, 2015 in order to be ready for local pick up by December 23.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Everything is Groovin' with StencilGirl Bloghop

I am one of those people that links a song to everything.  So when I got to play with this amazing Groove Tool (by Momenta) I of course cued up "Groovin'...on a Sunday afternoon" in my head as I painted.  

I absolutely loved working with this little gem!  And although it has many functions - sanding, inking, distressing and painting - I only used it for painting with some stencils for this post. 
But oh-- I just know I will be using it again and again!

So on to the project...
I began by using a little 5"x7" canvas I had created with packing tape from my ®GelliPlate when I was cleaning it.  Since the canvas had lots of gold and a bit of teal, I stuck with that color palette.
Nothing but tape so far.

I grabbed the Lila stencil by Lizzy Mayne and laid it on the canvas and used some teal paint with the Groove Tool. woohoo! It was fun, easy and so quick and neat!

I repeated the process with brown paint and the Warped Holes stencil, also by Lizzy Mayne.

I purposely went only around the edges because I wanted space to draw.  Using my stabilo MarksAll Pencil I sketched in a bee on the left side of the canvas.

I then added in Maria McGuire's Tiny Medallion stencil in the bottom right corner; first with brown and then with gold. 

And then, I had to had the phrase "Don't worry Bee Happy" which I did with the help of Carolyn Dube's Vintage Typewriter stencil in lowercase.

And that was it ~ that's how I went groovin with the Groove Tool !  Cue the music! #grooveon

What? You want a groovy little tool too? You can purchase directly through Momenta here, or Joann's, Michael's and Hobby Lobby.  Go get your groove on!

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Here are the tools I used in today's project:

The Groove Tool and a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate to one lucky winner!

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