My first order of business is to announce that "ding ding ding!" we have a winner! Peg in Lake Oswego is the winner of my new subscriber drawing and the new owner of "Tabor to Hood". Thanks so much to all my new subscribers and congrats Peg!
This was painted during January's Strada Easel Challenge, which brings me to my next bit of news. I'm starting the September Strada Easel Challenge tomorrow! This means I will paint or draw from life for 30 days straight. Ah, the things I will paint...sunflowers, barns, landscapes...I honestly don't know for sure! But I have for sure decided to add to the mix the Artist Support Pledge! This is an international art movement designed to help artists support other artists during Covid-19. For every $1000 in sales, I pledge to pay it forward and help another artist by purchasing their work. This has been very encouraging to me personally and I have connected to some amazing artistis I didn't know about before. And even better for art collectors, all the paintings I am offering will be $200 or less. This means you can buy one of my paintings before the paint is even dry! There are several ways you can find my Strada/Support Pledge Paintings: Follow my Instagram @kristinasellers and watch my daily posts, or check the Strada Easel collection found on the home page of my website. My newsletter subscribers are the first to hear about it! Thanks in advance for your support.
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area and would like to see some of my art in person I am currently featured in the Marilyn Affolter Fine Art Gallery in Mcminnville, Oregon and in Chrisman Frame and Art Gallery in Lake Oswego.
I also have paintings available online at the Pittock Mansion and the Arts Council of Lake Oswego. I'm also excited to share one more announcement. I checked my email the other day and a very unexpected honor came my way. My painting "Lavish Blooms" was accepted into the American Impressionist Society's online show! Some of my very favorite American artists are in this show so it's kind of blowing my mind. This is the first time I've ever been accepted into an AIS show, and believe me, I have applied before. It feels like I got straight A's or something!
I truly hope each one of you is keeping safe and well during these hard times. There have been many days when all I can do is count my blessings, pray and continue with my art. Beauty is a powerful force of nature God has given us and I hope my art can in some way tap into that and encourage you. It's nowhere near Thanksgiving yet, but that doesn't mean we can't start our praise and gratitude today.