Contributed by Lou Simeone
Artist Kristina Nelson has spent years - many hundreds of hours - honing her skills as a crayon artist.
Wait a minute!
Yes, go ahead. Read that first line again. Kristina Nelson is a crayon artist.
Kristina Nelson has created the art featured here - and numerous other pieces - using the same simple, ordinary crayons that children use in their coloring books. But as you can clearly see, there is nothing simple nor ordinary about what Kristina creates with this medium.
Kristina earned a degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She then spent a year studying under Don Marco, one of the few and foremost crayon artists in the world, and later, set off to open her own studio.
In addition to selling prints of her crayon art, Kristina also accepts commissions. In the photos shown above you can see Kristina working in her studio on a commissioned crayon portrait of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Kristina's artwork is inspiring on multiple levels - the obvious is the demonstrated skill - another is ingenuity. It takes an inventive, resourceful, and extremely patient individual to transform a simple yet difficult medium such as crayons into something that could be perceived as having been created with the finest quality oils. You know what it's like when you color with crayon in different directions. It looks as if a madman was turned loose on an innocent sheet of paper. When you look at Kristina's art, it's as if she has tamed a wild horse - broken the beast of its chaotic, unpredictable nature, enabling it to become a gentle creature one can journey freely with and connect with emotionally.
When you look at a field of dandelions do you disregard them as nothing but weeds and move on, or do you see a field of beautiful, yellow flowers and stop to take in their beauty? A moment taken to pause today can change many years that follow.
How many of us have seen crayons as that field of beautiful, yellow flowers?
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