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making of 'a long weekend'

Kristine Campbell
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I first visualized this piece in my apartment in Pilsen back in 2012. While it's original narrative wasn't quite as optimistic, I'm grateful that the dots connected and I had the opportunity, living inside this building, to bring the idea to life in a bigger and better way. 

The Story Behind 'A Long Weekend'

I remember fondly requesting off a five day stretch from work. I ACTUALLY thought that I could knock it out in a weekend. I saw the guys who did the previous one finish in a day, somehow that gave me a very misplaced sense of confidence?

Anyhow, we all have a story, some more tragic or challenging than others, some successful or overall happy ones. Regardless of our story, we can all relate in that the past, present and future all affects us in some way, shape or form. The elephant originates from being my spirit animal growing up(a bad joke from my sisters but now I love it!). I happened to stumble upon this stuffed animal antiquing one day and it just stood out. It didn't have any eyes, there was almost this sense of sadness about the poor guy. Myself feeling pretty lost at the time, felt an instant connection to this blind, inanimate children's toy and now here we are.

The pocket watch representing the past(note the chain is not connected to elephant) holding onto the past too tight, sometimes even the good parts, doesn't leave enough room for all that's in front of us and what's ahead. Instead, finding a way to have a healthy disconnect to it, still there to look back to but not tied to it. The lantern represents clarity in the present. Overwhelmed with clouded thoughts from the past, uncertainty of the future, but all anyone really has is this moment right now. So see it, feel it, experience it! The binoculars are for guidance towards the future-they don't help see the in between, but why would you want to? The suitcase is holding life's lessons, experiences and wisdom to take with along the way. The flowers very specifically chosen(sunflowers, thistle, roses, chrysanthemums and cyclamen) were not just for aesthetic reasons but while some are feminine and delicate on the outside, they are all flowers that hold strong traits, whether in fragrance, the stem, the ability to withstand cold and longevity symbolizing perseverance and strength. 

 Left: idea in Pilsen the trail of flowers ended with dried petals  Right: revised concept planning out paintcolor mixes  

Left: idea in Pilsen the trail of flowers ended with dried petals  Right: revised concept planning out paintcolor mixes  

 Day 1 09/05/15: I was fortunate enough to live right inside of this wall. Between materials, breaks and moving at my own pace, it made the process for this first timer a lot more manageable. This was a really exciting day though, I was scared as hell, the blue line whizzing by every few minutes behind me, but I'll never forget how exhilarating that first brush of paint was.

Day 1 09/05/15: I was fortunate enough to live right inside of this wall. Between materials, breaks and moving at my own pace, it made the process for this first timer a lot more manageable. This was a really exciting day though, I was scared as hell, the blue line whizzing by every few minutes behind me, but I'll never forget how exhilarating that first brush of paint was.

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 I'm terrible with scale and really admire the artists who can just hit the brick. I know my limitations up to this point and where my focus is better spent, so my projector has become an essential way for me to achieve my desired scale and head on aesthetic. I took each drawing I did, traced in black pen and projected each image one at a time to make sure the placement was just right (i looked like a crazy person during that part if anyone was watching)

I'm terrible with scale and really admire the artists who can just hit the brick. I know my limitations up to this point and where my focus is better spent, so my projector has become an essential way for me to achieve my desired scale and head on aesthetic. I took each drawing I did, traced in black pen and projected each image one at a time to make sure the placement was just right (i looked like a crazy person during that part if anyone was watching)

 Example of my drawing images to project- pocket watch

Example of my drawing images to project- pocket watch

 Bring on the color and the reality that 'holy crap this thing is going to take a second!'

Bring on the color and the reality that 'holy crap this thing is going to take a second!'

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 I remember when I finished the elephant, stepping back and thinking, 'what the hell just happened and how did I pull this off?' I needed this win, I was overwhelmed with what I had left to do, but this part gave me the confidence I needed to move onto the next piece. I would continue to use this strategy of taking this one step/object at a time to maintain an appropriate level of sanity

I remember when I finished the elephant, stepping back and thinking, 'what the hell just happened and how did I pull this off?' I needed this win, I was overwhelmed with what I had left to do, but this part gave me the confidence I needed to move onto the next piece. I would continue to use this strategy of taking this one step/object at a time to maintain an appropriate level of sanity

 This suitcase tested my patience on so many levels. Each of those lines was done one at a time with a small angle brush and my right arm holding the brush in my left hand steady as I guided it along. I for sure got lost in my head for a couple hours doing something so detailed yet repetitive, I really love when that happens 

This suitcase tested my patience on so many levels. Each of those lines was done one at a time with a small angle brush and my right arm holding the brush in my left hand steady as I guided it along. I for sure got lost in my head for a couple hours doing something so detailed yet repetitive, I really love when that happens 

 Fuzzy photos but i was so flippin' happy with these binoculars. I finished just in time for the paint to dry before it started drizzling!

Fuzzy photos but i was so flippin' happy with these binoculars. I finished just in time for the paint to dry before it started drizzling!

 I love my set up. Saving color mixes in tupperware that I of course never kept track of how to recreate them(still an ongoing struggle) I loved all my brushes. They got so filthy but lasted me this whole project

I love my set up. Saving color mixes in tupperware that I of course never kept track of how to recreate them(still an ongoing struggle) I loved all my brushes. They got so filthy but lasted me this whole project

 My first and only tag(during the process)! I thought it was polite they kept it within the color palette

My first and only tag(during the process)! I thought it was polite they kept it within the color palette

 This watch was really tough trying to create the depth of the ridges while not ruining the perspective of the all the circular shapes. Def had a couple redo's on this guy. It rained causing mud to fly up on the wall, one of Mother Nature's many pleasantries she threw my way!

This watch was really tough trying to create the depth of the ridges while not ruining the perspective of the all the circular shapes. Def had a couple redo's on this guy. It rained causing mud to fly up on the wall, one of Mother Nature's many pleasantries she threw my way!

 Here I started painting the thistle. If you look closely you can see my first run of 3 chrysanthemums that i painted over. I did that a few times with pieces but each was well worth it

Here I started painting the thistle. If you look closely you can see my first run of 3 chrysanthemums that i painted over. I did that a few times with pieces but each was well worth it

 Round 2 attempt at the chrysanthemums. Mixing the colors to create the proper depth and shadows for the petals was nervewracking the entire time it took me to do them

Round 2 attempt at the chrysanthemums. Mixing the colors to create the proper depth and shadows for the petals was nervewracking the entire time it took me to do them

 I don't know how I managed to pull off these flowers and achieve those colors for depth, but here we are! From time to time Emerson would come out and critique my work. It usually wasn't the response I was hoping for but none-the-less I carried on 

I don't know how I managed to pull off these flowers and achieve those colors for depth, but here we are! From time to time Emerson would come out and critique my work. It usually wasn't the response I was hoping for but none-the-less I carried on 

 This was taken on November 10th. Temps were dropping, thistle detail was added and laid out the seeded eucalyptus. Also Bang Bang coffee was life

This was taken on November 10th. Temps were dropping, thistle detail was added and laid out the seeded eucalyptus. Also Bang Bang coffee was life

 I spent more time cursing at the sunflowers than taking photos of their process. The yellow paint color I mixed was so thin, there might be 50 layers on there, someone is going to have to demolish that building for those things to come off. None-the-less, challenge accepted, I persevered and pretty happy with how they turned out. 

I spent more time cursing at the sunflowers than taking photos of their process. The yellow paint color I mixed was so thin, there might be 50 layers on there, someone is going to have to demolish that building for those things to come off. None-the-less, challenge accepted, I persevered and pretty happy with how they turned out. 

 Rose time!

Rose time!

 When I first planned this out I wanted to use the original brick as the background. When I realized I was going to have to rent and sandblast that entire wall, I opted to go back and paint in the brick myself. This is sometime in December and hand and footwarmers from Menards kept my extremities from falling off for the rest of the duration

When I first planned this out I wanted to use the original brick as the background. When I realized I was going to have to rent and sandblast that entire wall, I opted to go back and paint in the brick myself. This is sometime in December and hand and footwarmers from Menards kept my extremities from falling off for the rest of the duration

 So many bricks!

So many bricks!

 Painting in the mortar

Painting in the mortar

 Christmas Eve. The fire was helping to keep the paint from freezing while I was freezing my buns off. Almost done with the brick, but a bit challenged trying to figure out how I was going to create a 'faux wood' flooring and finish shadowing effect behind all of the objects. On the plus side I had beer, my brow game was strong and I was looking forward to taking a break and spending the whole next day with my fam!

Christmas Eve. The fire was helping to keep the paint from freezing while I was freezing my buns off. Almost done with the brick, but a bit challenged trying to figure out how I was going to create a 'faux wood' flooring and finish shadowing effect behind all of the objects. On the plus side I had beer, my brow game was strong and I was looking forward to taking a break and spending the whole next day with my fam!

 As artists we are without a doubt our own worst critics. Then once in a while(hopefully more frequently than not) we find ourselves taking a step back from something we thought we had become so incredibly lost in and realize that even in our most unconscious state, we knew exactly where we were going the whole time. I honestly don't know where I'd be if I never took the risk to embark on such a challenging yet overwhelming rewarding adventure. Everyone and their mother had always told me 'it's all about the journey' and this piece solidified my belief in that. Every challenge that presented itself from my inexperience of technique, materials and efficiency to mother nature's heat, humidity, wind, rain snow and freezing temps to the little victories and priceless memories of sharing this with those I hold close and even the strangers walking by just to chat-I really experienced it all with this one and I couldn't have imagined it any other way.

As artists we are without a doubt our own worst critics. Then once in a while(hopefully more frequently than not) we find ourselves taking a step back from something we thought we had become so incredibly lost in and realize that even in our most unconscious state, we knew exactly where we were going the whole time. I honestly don't know where I'd be if I never took the risk to embark on such a challenging yet overwhelming rewarding adventure. Everyone and their mother had always told me 'it's all about the journey' and this piece solidified my belief in that. Every challenge that presented itself from my inexperience of technique, materials and efficiency to mother nature's heat, humidity, wind, rain snow and freezing temps to the little victories and priceless memories of sharing this with those I hold close and even the strangers walking by just to chat-I really experienced it all with this one and I couldn't have imagined it any other way.

Bucktown Arts Fest 2017

Kristine Campbell

Bucktown Arts Fest was my first art show. I was over the moon at the opportunity to showcase my work and bring the 'medley of mediums' if you will all together. One of the first things I did was sit down and visualize/sketch out what I wanted the booth as a whole to look like. I knew I really wanted to create and experience when someone stepped into my booth, for it to feel comfortable like you were stepping into someone's living room. With a minimal budget and a little elbow grease, the making of this booth has been hands down one of my most personally and professionally rewarding experiences to date!

 Fun fact: I was having trouble coming up with signage for my booth, I looked up and saw my great-grandma's embroidery wheel hang on my workspace wall and it's one of my favorite things about this. Her husband(my great-grandpa Charlie) made the newspaper/magazine rack next to the chair!

Fun fact: I was having trouble coming up with signage for my booth, I looked up and saw my great-grandma's embroidery wheel hang on my workspace wall and it's one of my favorite things about this. Her husband(my great-grandpa Charlie) made the newspaper/magazine rack next to the chair!

 Scarlett(my inspiration behind the Rascal's & Relics Raccoon Print!) her husband Dan and daughter Genevieve

Scarlett(my inspiration behind the Rascal's & Relics Raccoon Print!) her husband Dan and daughter Genevieve

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 my friend Justin is the creative genius behind CUT Floral and who's work inspired much of my floral including the Dahlia Print and skirt

my friend Justin is the creative genius behind CUT Floral and who's work inspired much of my floral including the Dahlia Print and skirt

 Fun Fact: I cut off the leftover selvage from the backing fabric to my handmade pillows  to add a pop of color to these otherwise uninspiring glass containers for my buttons!

Fun Fact: I cut off the leftover selvage from the backing fabric to my handmade pillows  to add a pop of color to these otherwise uninspiring glass containers for my buttons!