12/3/11

giveaway!!

I am beyond excited to announce this week's giveaway...
The amazing Kelli Murray Larson is giving away one of her beautiful prints to a lucky winner!

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I discovered and started following Kelli my freshman year of college. I have seen her style morph and change from being a rougher almost street style, to very soft and understated, with neutral tones and textures. I've loved every minute of it. I was a fine arts major when I first found Kelli, and she immediately became (and is still) a HUGE inspiration to me. Not just her style and the way she painted, (and her wonderful clothes, that's another story) what really drew me to her was how she always had a deeper intention in all of her work. There was always something in her paintings that spoke to me.

I was (and STILL am) a huge fan of Jedidiah Clothing Co. where Kelli has been the head designer.
Summer '09 I had the chance to intern at Jedidiah, meet Kelli (I was star struck to say the least)
and work with their fabulous clothing co. I saw that these people had a purpose greater than simply making clothes, they wanted to help the people around them- caring for those in need.

So that is why I love Kelli and Jedidiah- and that is also why I am SO happy to be giving one of you one of her beautiful pieces!
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Kelli answered a few questions about her inspiration, her life now as a new mamma, and being
an artist. Enjoy!

Where does your inspiration come from?
I am inspired by a lot of things.  But mostly, I am inspired by the people around me, by fashion, blogs, nature & animals, and all things vintage.  

A lot of your work seems to have a deeper meaning within it, where would you say this comes from?
I love to create with a feeling or an emotion in mind.  Usually that being love, or hope or just happiness.  I am a dreamer at heart and my art is a reflection of who I am.  

How has your worked changed since getting married and having a new baby?
To be honest, I have not had much time to work as of late :)  Taking care of baby while still working part time is a tricky balance.  But the little amount of personal art I have done since she has entered my world I would say has definitely been softer and more delicate and refined.  I feel like my art continues to trend that way.  I think one day I would like to create a whole line of nursery art. ONE DAY! :)

What is the best part about being an artist?
While I LOVE the process of actually creating art and taking it from concept to completion, I think the BEST part about being an artist is finding out that my work inspired someone or made a difference in their life in one way or another.  That is the most fulfilling thing and biggest motivator to keep doing what I do.

The most difficult?
Sometimes I just get plain burnt out.  My job is creative ( I am a graphic designer / merchandiser for a clothing company) and my passion/hobby is creative. So my mind is always on creative overload.  I often have to push aside my work-a-holic tendencies and really live in the moment.  Press "hold" on my art ideas and "to-do" lists and enjoy my everyday life.  i.e my husband, my baby, a good meal.  Balance is key to happiness!

How do you stay inspired to create?
I guess this goes hand in hand with how I answered the above question.  It's definitely a challenge to constantly create. And it's near impossible to constantly create GOOD. For me, I need time to rest my mind.  Usually it is after a few days of not creating anything at all that I am most excited to start on a project.


Thanks so much Kelli! You inspire me and so many others :)

You can check out Kelli's blog, Etsy Shop, Lookbook.nu for more goodness :)

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Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday! So go comment peeps!

25 comments:

Emilee Sutherland said...

Oh. my. goodness. I am SUCH a huge fan of Kelly as well! I've been following her for years and I seriously started jumping up and down when I saw this giveaway! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win!!!

neveryawning said...

I absolutely love Kelli and her art work! I would really love to have another print of hers for my home. She is so amazing and it was because of her art that I realized that the art that I do for my art classes for school should reflect my style and be something that I would be proud to keep in my home, that it should not be whatever I think my professors want to see and I'll subsequently throw away after I get my grade. Before finding Kelli's work I thought that the dreamy, feminine aesthetic was not welcome in the "serious art world". But I was, of course, so wrong! Now I only do my art in my style and the feedback I have received from my classmates and professors has greatly improved! I have Kelli and her amazing art to thank or that. :)

omgstfu said...

Love this! Her family is adorable and her art is amazing!

Imaginary Fiction. said...

This is so amazing! I actually found out about her through an art blogging magazine. So cool! I hope I win!!

julie pickett said...

What a beautiful family! I can see why she is an inspiration to you!

April linh said...

Eep! So excited about this! I've been following Kelli for a while and she is such an inspiration! I hope I hope I win!

Rachel - De Ma Cuisine said...

What a beautiful piece!

Jacquie said...

I love it. So cool you gave back ground on her as well. I love the piece!

Adrianna said...

Love this print. I've been following Kelli for awhile now, too.

Anonymous said...

Love the colors! It's beautiful! Never heard of her before but I love her style!

Susee Glover

Lauren Miller said...

Oh, I love Kelli and her beautiful artwork! She has pure talent!

Heather said...

I really love Kelli's painting style. I discovered her artwork by accident when house hunting. One of the houses I saw had been used as a gallery by local artists who had painted one of a kind murals on all of the walls. We seriously considered buying the house so we could preserve the art. It took me over a year to be able to identify the artists and find Kelli and buy some of her work. Thanks for the insight into the artist herself.

The Mess in Messenger said...

Kelli is amazing and I have been following her for a couple years. I would love to have this print in my 3 year olds room where the door reads "never stop exploring"

Lauren Calderon said...

I love Kelli as well! I had her on my Mentoring Monday posts! She is an amazing designer!
Lauren
Http://activeforfashion.com

cpm said...

Oh my goodness! This is AWESOME! I really hope I win this as a MERRY CHRISTMAS present to me :)

Tawny Burgess said...

I remember you talking about her in small group. It's so cool that you have fostered a relationship with her :) Her work is beautiful too! Thank you for doing this fun give aways :D

Tamara said...

Oh I love this print!! :)

Andrea Cenon said...

The slouchy beanie is awesome, it complements the intricately drawn hair (: Awesome!

Young Swan Designs said...

Beautiful aesthetic, line detail... with warm vintage-inspired tones :) Will look for her on Etsy :)

Marshall Bang said...

omg such a GORGEOUS family!!!!!!! Love this and LOVE YOU!!! :)

rachel said...

LOVE that print :)

Jess Stephens (JStephens@botanicaflorist.com said...

Kelli is the best! I have been following her work for years and can't get enough of it! I love that even though her style has changed through the years, she has always stayed true to herself and her faith. I love that you can see that through her work. That is awesome that you have kept that relationship with her. Anyone would be blessed to be friends with her and her sweet spirit.

Rin Dawson said...

Such A beautiful print Would go wonderfully in my new room!
www.paperedthoughts.blogpost.com
rin.dawson@ymail.com

Superkitina said...

What a lovely drawning!

tiny dancer said...

Fabulous giveaway! She is such a talented artist and I adore her work :)

Tasia
rufflesandsequins (at) gmail (dot) com

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