I can’t seem to get in enough time to make as much progress as I’d like. I like the short sessions, and I’d like to spend more time working on art. More than 45min at a time. I need like, an hour and a half or two. And I need a bigger space.

I’ve been told that I work fast, which is why I work with smaller pieces. Also, space is a thing too. But I’d like to go bigger. I just have to make the space.

I typically have 25 pieces cut out to work with. I go through them one by one. These were all done this morning. Warm-ups only. I feel better knowing that because most look incomplete.

I am really mostly focused on colour right now, the outcome, or the way it looks has kind of taken a back seat. Not gonna lie though, I am aiming to make a finished product. It’s hard to remember I am just trying to memorize and learn which colours work amazingly together. I love colour!

These last two look like they go together, but they don’t.

I can understand how colours work together because I have a cheat sheet. But making an image that works is another thing altogether. I shouldn’t worry too much about the outcome yet, I’m just starting. I have a long way to go. Yay for starting and not giving up cause it’s difficult.


By Afonso Abstract Art

Hello, my name is Kristina. I always knew I was a creative-type person but I just didn’t have a name for it in grade two. I grew up working in my dad's art gallery. After high school, I pursued art at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC; and from there, went onto obtain a bachelor of design with honours at the University of Alberta.

Kandinsky said, “it is evident therefore, that colour harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration of the human soul.”

I make minimalist, gestural, abstract art. I aim for integrity; the only idea I follow is to be true and honest to my art. I hope that viewers feel a sense of freedom and austerity.

Typically, the material inspires me, followed closely by a compulsion to draw, which ends up leading me. Usually, I do not have a specific idea in mind. I do everything spontaneously, but not always, I have my considered portions. It’s never the same though. It’s unpredictable.

I love to work with oils and pencil. Watercolour is not far behind. Willow bark and conte are also in the top five.