A little peek inside the sketchbook and mind of artist, Kristie Vargo


Finally. I gave in! “That’s it,” I said, “I’m doing it all in colored pencil”. It was a complete retrain of my brain. I had to go back to my school days and relearn how to layer pencil pigment, which in the case of the ones I use is oily, and blend them to create the perfect mix. It amazed me the richness and depth of color. I was enjoying it so much that I set aside my paintbrushes…and my mom gifted me the full set of Prismacolor pencils. Even better than the box of 64 WITH the sharpener.

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Even as a child, I was fascinated with stones. I just called them rocks back then, but I would pluck them from the ground whenever I saw one that caught my eye . . . or beg my parents to let me buy some while on vacation near the beach. Fast forward a whole bunch of years and I’m still drawn to those shiny rocks I now know as crystals. It was no surprise that I had the inspiration to paint them. And then I could not stop. So far, I’ve completed 13 watercolor paintings with a longer list waiting their turn.

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Bonjour, Margaux!

Margaux! It's a fabulous name, n'est pas? I have loved it forever and when I had the inspiration to illustrate her, I knew it was perfect. Margaux was born out of a passion for Paris, a dream to live there since I was five,  and the joy of living life to its fullest. Here's the long and short of it. 

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