What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Exposed and Protected


Kristy Blackwell

Whether Toronto-based artist Kristy Blackwell is painting or drawing (or both), her artwork is fantastically, amazingly realistic. Her subjects show great depth, managing to exude strength while still sneaking flashes of their vulnerability. The combination, typically shown on a featureless background, is really powerful. Her work exudes such confidence, I thought for sure the artist was a woman of advanced age. I was surprised to learn she is only approaching middle age. An old soul, clearly.

“Kristy Blackwell… is always experimenting with materials and palettes, but her subject matter remains consistent – the depiction of strength alongside vulnerability, and the psychological barrier between the inner mind and the infinite. There is common understanding in these personal images: beauty in sadness and in fortitude, beauty in the exposed and in the protected.”

-About Kristy Blackwell

You can see all of Kristy Blackwell’s inspiring work on her website and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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11”x14” #oilpainting on #goldleaf panel

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Another little. 5”x7” #oilpainting on #panel

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Getting started.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “Exposed and Protected

  1. Any artist who can do people and animals too has it. I don’t and can’t do either.

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  2. Much appreciation for her skill and uniqueness 😊

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  3. These are so good. I am especially impressed by her rendering of flesh tones. I love the bold use of colour and my eyes are especially drawn to the pieces that incorporate gold. It’s the magpie in me.

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