Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sometimes I need more information to complete a picture but don't have the budget or time to do an elaborate maquette or huge amounts of research. Kneaded eraser to the rescue! This thing has been stalactites, stalagmites, tombstones, a sci-fi piece of diagnostic tech, and various creatures. By sculpting something basic out of it I can get the angle of view and lighting I want. Other times I've used Sculpey to get a bit more detail.

Here are a few examples of the very helpful kneaded eraser. The plastic cover on the art book acted as a handy substitute for water reflections

mitzuk_kneadederaser1 mitzuk_kneadederaser2








I used these "stalagmites" in "Scorpio"

scorpio image created by christine mitzuk for llewellyn's 2015 astrological calendar









I used this kneaded tombstone in "Voodoo Queen (Woman of Power)"








Like a lot of things, making pictures requires flexibility in thinking and using what's available. To my mind, any tool that has more than one use is money well spent.

Edit: do NOT park on the street. It's not allowed and cars are being ticketed. There is FREE parking in the Wells Fargo ramp 1 block away.


Come check out the 23rd Annual Women's Art Festival. ONE DAY ONLY.
I will be selling holiday and birthday cards, prints, and originals. There will also be a few special holiday deals.

female character as fire elemental paired with a violin painted digitally in Photoshop by Christine Mitzuk
Fire Elemental

Over 125 Women Artists, Live Music, Food & Drink, Lots of fun!

watercolor of a flamingo wearing a Santa hat and strutting his stuff while other flamingos look surprised by Christine Mitzuk
Christmas Flamingo

Saturday, December 12th, 2015
9:30am - 4:30 pm
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Mpls
Plenty of free parking in Wells Fargo ramp within 1 block!

Free admission/$1 per person donation suggested to musician's tip fund.

candy cane oil painting front of greeting card
Holiday cards featuring my candy cane painting. Cards are approximately 4 3/4" x 7" with 5"x7" envelope. Sold in packs of 5 for $15 or singles for $4.

For more information:

Candy Cane holiday cards available here > shop now
Christmas Flamingo holiday cards available here > shop now

Coffee Hour, Artist Meet and Greet

pastel drawing of a pomegranate, dried calla lilies, and wheat by christine mitzuk
Persephone and Demeter

This Friday, November 6, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Cheryl Hawkins Tax and Accounting will be hosting a Coffee Hour and Artist Reception.
700 Seville Dr. #204 Jordan, MN 55352
(952) 222-8272

Several of my paintings, including the rare pastel "Persephone and Demeter", are on display and available for purchase. The show will be up till the end of November. Stop by for a visit, it's a lovely drive. If you have time you might also like to stop at the local apple orchard.

If you would like to view the art at another time, please contact Cheryl for viewing hours.