Joining art associations

I joined two art associations, one is Harcourt House, the other is Alberta Community Art Clubs Association. It was reasonably priced to join and I get to hang out with other artists, plus enter my work. I get a chance to be juried which means I’ll be able to see how my art compares to other people’s work. That is really exciting because it’s entirely nerve-wracking but it will give me an idea of where I need to beef up my work 🥩

Mark making on sticky pad with pencil by afonsoabstractart
Felt and oil pastel and oil on 140lb watecolour paper by afonsoabstractart
Mark making with felt and pencil on acid paper
Mark making with felt and pencil by afonsoabstractart

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.