Art + Design to define YOU...and creative gifts too!

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My wish is that my work inspires you heart to smile ~ Darla

Monday, February 28, 2011

Creativity for Cabin Fever

I love art! 

Composition, brush strokes of paints, Discovering new tools...and canvas.
Landscape Beginning Acrylic  2 hour Painting workshop

I love to learn, to read and create.  

And I love to share my passion with other creative souls.  

So I do.

Floral beginning acrylic 2 hour painting workshop

Do you like art?  Playing with paint?  Learning about your inner artist?  

Join me in a workshop!  

Children's Mini Mosaic Masterpiece workshop 

Visit my calendar tab of upcoming Workshops.  

Let's get creative...and cure that cabin fever!

Do you have another project idea in mind?  Share it with me!  

Have a creative day! 

~ Darla

I am all ears for everything Ingrid Michaelson sings. What music are you listening to today?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Come and join us at our monthly Arts Council Meeting! Tonight our guest speaker is Malinda Hartong of Hartong Digital Media. Lot's of creative things happing in YOUR neighborhood! For more info.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

And the winner is.....Honeysuckle Pink!

I see lots of Pink, rose, magenta, blush
and now Honeysuckle too! 

I had my "aha moment" a few days ago.  Since then I have been researching the Internet, my magazines, books etc. to get ideas to create some concept/design boards.  Every artist and designer needs inspiration, honestly it is a very rare moment when the stars are aliened and beautiful art/design just flows with out planning. 

So in my research to create concept boards around Spring trends and Mom's day and I found


This powerful punch of color is everywhere!

If you know me well you would know I am not a pink girl. 
I rarely wear it, perhaps when I actually have lipstick on.  And the only place in my home that has PINK is in my daughters room.  

Pantone states “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

I have to say this Pink trend is growing on me.  
I am ready for some uplifting spirits.  If this color chases away the winter blues then bring on the blush!  

I could even wear it (in small does) or even add a pink pillow in the family room too. 

This adorable pink rose pillow is perfect for a girly room with silver and white...ooh.

What are your thoughts on the color for 2011?  Please share...I would love to hear! 

Have a rosy day!~ Darla

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day from Darla Kirchner Designs!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just a little something warm & sweet...from
me to you!

I hope your Valentine's Day is
warm, wonderful and filled with lots of love.

xoxo, Darla

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Love Story

I love a Love Story...

Recently a client commissioned me for a very special event.  Her dad was getting married.  She and her sister were told not to bring gifts, but...She thought of me. 

What do you give someone who really doesn't need anything?  Something special to commerate a very special event?   This is why I love what I do too!  

12 x 12 Mixed Media on canvas Framed.  Contact Studio for details. 

The three of us met and brainstormed ideas, colors options and here is the result.  I entwined each of the families names, their wedding date, the couples names and mixed in hearts of course!  

I was excited to receive the nicest email today from my client stating "Everyone loved the gift!".  It made my day so I wanted to share.  I do love a love story!

I think I have my Valentines Day gift for my hubby....what about you?

Take care,

~ Darla

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A glimse into my happy place

Hello there...Happy February! 

It is cold here...snowy, gray and challenging to find inspiration.  

So, I thought I would share with you a glimpse into my happy place. 

Today Jack Frost took a deep breath and blew HARD.  Much of the center of the country is under a weather storm.  
Here in SW Ohio we woke up to ice!  Yippee! 

I love the not so much.  Beautiful to look at, not to drive or walk on.
So I thought I would share with you a piece I created for one of my classes.  I needed some inspiration and saw it propped on my filing cabinet in my office.  Sigh. 

 It was pretty easy to paint mostly because I love the water. 

Paint what you love... 

Seascape Acyclic painting on 9 x 12 Canvas board  See Classes Tab for Workshop details!  

In fact I am pretending to be there now.  Warm and sunny with a nice breeze.  The soft sand between my toes.  
This is one of my favorite happy places.  

Where is yours? 

I dream I am there walking with my husband as the kids chase our dog Wrigley.  A mid morning stroll.  Then I will go back to my studio ( that overlooks the water of course) and paint. 

A little slice of Heaven.  Hey a girl can doesn't have to be a big slice. 

Dreaming BIG today...I feel warmer already!

~ xoxo Darla