November Doodle and the Emerging Artists Awards

‘Café au lait’ by Crysti Couture (Watermark not on original work)

That swirling mass of awesomeness above is my first work committed to canvas. It is titled ‘Cafe au lait’ and is a 16×20 acrylic on canvas piece. It took me a week to finish it and it was originally going to be a brown, peridot and amethyst but quite honestly, I felt I would have ruined it with so much color.

I also entered this work into Downtown Niche’s ‘Emerging Artist’ contest, whereas I was delighted to be informed I am one of finalists to be judged privately on Thursday November 18th, 2010. Winners will be published in Issue #10 of Downtown Niche Magazine scheduled to be released in January of 2011.

This was my entry description:

When I began creating this piece, I wanted to refer to something that evokes feelings of warmth in this brisk season of fall. Simultaneously, I also wanted to incorporate a pleasant motif that created a sense of continuity throughout the work.

Thus ‘Café au lait’ came to be; pleasant shades of brown softly mingling with creamy white.  Two shades so distinctly different yet when paired together are reminiscent of a delectable and deeply satisfying drink.

I wanted to ensure that the work was also kept modern. Downtown Niche is a very popular and avant-garde publication which is known among many fashionable, young El Pasoans as the go-to resource for local information, honest reviews and the classiest event showcases. I wanted to make certain that ‘Café au lait’, should it be a finalist, would convey an air of subtle sophistication.

‘Café au lait’ was completed on November 5th, 2010. It is a work completely composed of acrylic on canvas and its dimensions are 16W x 20H.


To top it all off, Downtown Niche is throwing us a swank little get together, isn’t that awesome of them? Win or lose, I am really looking forward to this event! Hoping that I will post an overview of the party this weekend.

Sprinklers at Memorial

Things I Love Tuesday [9]

Another Tuesday and a myriad of reasons to feel super thankful and happy about. Sure, I’ve had some really crappy days in between but when I’m writing a T.I.L.T, I can’t help but forget about them! These past several weeks have been very busy for me, full of promise, potential and adventure!

{meeting new artists} There is an amazing influx of local artists making the rounds all over El Paso lately: I met a set of very talented artists at Chalk the Block and just the other day I finally made it down to La Parada, also known as First Fridays El Paso.

{a new writing project} Thanks to my dear friend Perla, I wouldn’t have met Kariem, who has given me the pleasure of being a part of an awesome and liberating new project! It started out by getting invited to a photo shoot she had for Bikini HD… I got to talking with her director and we really got along!

After showing him some of my work, he asked me to be the script writer for a new feature length video for BikiniHD. Check out more information on this project at IndieGoGo.

{letting the inner kid play} This month was all about having honest-to-goodness fun! Disney On Ice, playing in sprinklers, and going to Spooktacular…we can just say it was ‘for the kids’ but I can say that I fully enjoyed every moment!

{#happiness} I started sharing random things that make me happy on Twitter, using the #happiness hashtag. Here are a couple of things that make me swoon:

Receiving anonymous gifts ♥ House full of the scent of Nag Champa and Patchouli ♥  ‘Miss Alissa by Eagles of Death Metal ♥ Sharpie Pens ♥ The feeling my skin has when I’ve emerged from a refrigerated building out into the sun ♥ Sparkly purple fingernails ♥ Pringles Bendy Straws

What is making you happy this week?