Freelance Artist to Watch: ELLEY BURCH | [Interview]


Good morning, loves!

I recently stumbled upon a freelance artist (Elley Burch) on Instagram that was shared by an account I follow. After seeing some of her work, I decided to reach out in regards to a pet portrait of my little fur babies & I am so glad I did!

Elley is extremely professional & an absolute joy to work with. Not to mention that her work is exceptional & I am so in love with this new piece that I get to display.


I got to have a chat with Elley about herself & her art, so keep reading to learn more:

1. Could you please introduce yourself for those who might be unfamiliar with your work (for now)?   😉

Hello! My name is Elley Burch and I am a freelance artist. My amazing husband and I recently got married and we are now living in Auburn, AL while he attends medical school. We often joke that there couldn’t be two people who are more different when it comes to interests and talents than we are. My husband is athletic and crazy smart (hence the medical school) while I love every area of the arts especially painting. If I could just create all day, I would.


2. When did you first realize you had a talent for drawing?

Since I was a little girl, my mom said I always was trying to color or make something. I just always had a love for art so my mom decided that I needed to be put into art classes to have a place for this love to grow and to transform. My teachers and family would always tell me that I had a talent but I didn’t really begin to believe it until I was in high school. Then from there everything began to take off. People would begin to hire me for small things and I would paint lots of banners and things for my cheer squad. Then and into college I made backdrops for various events and things of that sort. Slowly but surely business began to pick up and now here I am growing my skills and taking steps towards a career as an artist.


3. What made you decide to actually become an artist?

In some ways I always knew it was something I wanted to pursue. But it didn’t fully click until I realized that God gave me a talent for a purpose for something greater than myself. Ever since then, I have pursued every open door and am continually refining my skills.


4. It’s so important to support independent/new artists. It can be a fickle business.  What message do you have for other artists who are looking to make their mark?

Every aspiring artist or creative mind will always feel these two dreaded words in most conversations “starving artist”. This implies not only the lack of income but the lack of talent. Yes, at first you may not be at the skill level you desire or know that you can achieve. But that is where practice and passion come in. No matter what influences you, you must believe in yourself and continue to do what makes you happy. Paint and create things that give you joy and also stretch you! And most importantly, be open to the direction that your clients/inspiration takes you. You never know, it may have you unlock something special that you would of never found otherwise.


5. Do you have any upcoming projects we should keep our eyes open for?

Yes! I am working on a few ideas for brides! Without giving much away, this could be a special gift or even a special touch to any wedding. It is something very new to me and I am so excited to give it a try.


6. What is the best part about being an artist?

I simply have no limits to what I can create. There is no box to be put in and I am allowed to let my imagination come to life.


7. What are your aspirations for Elley Burch for 2019?

For 2019, I plan to expand my portfolio and gain a larger following. My desire is to not only to make beautiful and custom work for any and everybody but to provide each season and celebration with something creatively meaningful.


Here is a picture of the piece Elley made for me:



To contact Elley, or to simply find out more, visit




It’s Official! I’m a Rep for PURAVIDA! | #puravida #puravidabracelets


What’s up, everyone?! I am so stoked about this post, I can’t even control it haha!

I got the news today that I’m officially a rep for PURAVIDA! Anyone who knows me knows that I love to stack bracelets on bracelets on bracelets, so giving others the chance to do the same makes me a very happy woman lol.

You can check out their full bio over at, and also start to make your fabulous purchases. But first, I wanted to share a little bit of insight into why I’m so excited about this. “Pura Vida” is Spanish for “pure life” – something we should all be striving for, am I right? Each bracelet is handcrafted and helps to provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica.

So, as a lover of art, and as a supporter of hard work and creativity, join me in supporting these artists and all local artists who pour their hearts out to make trendy things for us to wear and share! Check out to order their limited edition 4th of July bracelets:


Feel free to tag me @thisiskristin_ in your pics on Insta and @thisiskristin_ on Twitter!


Young Artist Jiovanny Lopez creates drawings inspired by THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR #thepurge

Young Artist Jiovanny Lopez shares his creativity through drawings inspired by THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR

The successful franchise that electrified an entire culture and earned over $200 million in worldwide box office, expands its film universe with The Purge: Election Year from Universal Pictures.

Young Mexican artist Jiovanny Lopez is a big fan of the film series The Purge. For this reason he made several drawings to support the release of The Purge: Election Year. Jiovanny began drawing 2 years ago when he broke his collar bone playing Futbol. He turned to art as a form of therapy. In recent months he has managed to meet his favorite celebrities like Chicharito, Thalia and Eugenio Derbez through his artistic talent.

In support of The Purge: Election Year Jiovanny completed two drawings; one that highlights the iconic masks of this new film, something that the series has become famous for; as well as an additional sketch of actor Frank Grillo who is the main actor in all three installments and one of his favorite actors. Jiovanny mentions that this series has always inspired his creativity due to the impactful visuals and the legendary masks which have very well become characters in itself.

Just in time for the release of The Purge: Election Year, we invite you to enjoy the following time lapse video and photos showing the process as Jiovanny Lopez completes the Lady Liberty mask as seen in the film.

You can check out more of Jio’s drawings on his social media platforms:
Instagram: @AsDrawnByJio

The Purge: Election Year is in theaters this Fourth of July weekend.

How I Lost 3 Hours of my Life…

1Anyone remember when MTV used to actually be Music Television?? You know…where they actually showed music videos, and the majority of their other shows included some sort of music trivia? Gone are those days.

I tweeted out yesterday that I was going to avoid watching the VMA’s last night until MTV starts going back to their roots. Unfortunately though, my niece wanted to watch the show to try and catch a glimpse of 5 Seconds of Summer or One Direction (no such luck for her). Instead, I lost three hours of my life watching a show that was absolutely embarrassing.

It all started with Nicki Minaj basically having sex on stage with her dancers. Watching that performance with an eleven-year-old had me speechless….and not in a good way. Now, if you follow the music industry drama or have social media, you know that Nicki went on a Kanye 2.0 rant on Twitter recently about how people only get nominated for awards if they’re a certain “color” or body type. This sparked comments from Taylor Swift, who apparently took it as a personal attack on her. Now, Nicki Minaj has every right to say what she wants about this topic…anyone does…BUT, it’s not because she’s black and it’s not because of her body type. It’s because of performances like the one she put on last night. Music is no longer about music. It’s about how shocking your performance can be. That being said…I think Taylor Swift is a great artist, and she basically wins at life, but I don’t necessarily think she should be nominated for every single award she could possibly be nominated for. I mean, why in the world is she still winning country awards?? However, Taylor Swift doesn’t talk shit about any other artist, and she’s classy in general. Same with Beyonce. Artists like them focus on their own music and don’t sit there worrying about who’s winning what or who’s going to be the most obscene just to get people talking. Beyonce and Taylor Swift could sit on stage in their pajamas singing Christmas Carols and it would have people talking about how amazing they are. Same with Tori Kelly and The Weeknd last night. Make it about the MUSIC!!!

Bringing the shock factor brings me to another person at the VMA’s last night…Miley Cyrus. Can someone please explain to me WHY she hosted that show last night?? When my niece used to watch Hannah Montana and we’d see interviews with her, she always seemed like a sweet, wholesome girl. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know very well that it was a character she was playing, but even in recent years when she was dating Liam Hemsworth, she had her little edge but was still decent. I respected that she expressed her freedom of speech, but don’t do it just to get people to talk about you. Who admits that anyway?? MTV knew what they were doing when they asked her to host, and judging by her “nip slip,” questionable beef with Nicki Minaj and ridiculous outfits on stage…they got exactly what they wanted from her. Even in her little monologue to open the show she said she hasn’t done anything in her career to warrant hosting an awards show. Got that right!

I’m only 31 years old and I have always been in love with music. I used to really look forward to watching the VMA’s, and now I could honestly care less if they’re on or not. Music is about creativity and expressing yourself through this incredible medium that not all of us get a chance to experience. We experience it through the artist. I’m sorry, but as a lover of music, I would much rather watch a simple and powerful performance with an artist singing live than watch someone pushing a dancer’s face into their crotch and grinding like nobody’s business.

Oh…and for all of you tweeting out that you’ll be voting for Kanye West for President in 2020…please stop. Stop it forever. Kanye West is an amazing artist. There’s no denying that. It’s everything else about Kanye West that makes me want to bang my head on a desk. Again, stop complaining about who’s winning or losing an award. If you would’ve won, someone else would’ve lost! It’s how it goes. You don’t have to agree with it, and sometimes they get it wrong. In fact, a lot of the time they get it wrong! Just like giving him the platform to rant…rant…rant by giving him the video vanguard award last night (which was presented by Taylor Swift). Come on now, MTV. Talk about trying to up the ratings by promoting that the award would be presented by the one person he went up on stage to interrupt because she won over Beyonce. I’m just over it. I WANT MUSIC!!

**Side Note: This was literally me through the parts I watched of this show last night


I don’t give three shits about who has beef with whom and who said what about whom. I want to hear music. I want to watch their videos. I want to see what they’ve been working on while those of us in the real world are busting our asses 9-5 at a job that gets us nowhere. You have this incredible platform to inspire others and to leave your mark on the industry. Wouldn’t you rather make your career about the actual music instead of having people say, “OMG, did you see how vulgar Nicki Minaj’s performance was at the VMA’s?” or “Wow…so Kanye went on another random rant last night and couldn’t seem to finish a single thought during his speech?” I would rather people talk about how they’re tired of my surprise face when I win an award (Taylor Swift).

Now that I just went on a Kanye 3.0 rant, I think I’ll get back to my job and try to pretend I didn’t watch the show last night. Especially because it lacked Justin Timberlake’s presence. Get it together MTV. Go back to your roots and play some damn music. What you SHOULD’VE done was have Motley Crue on the show to give a farewell performance to the industry. Bring back TRL and other similar shows. If YouTube and Vevo have taken your music video viewers, then please consider changing your name to RTV (Reality Television) because that’s exactly what the channel has become. I don’t care to watch a show about teenagers being pregnant. I truly used to love you, but we need to break up. It’s not me, it’s you.

Thank you and good night. LOL!!

VIDEO: 29 Ways to Stay Creative

I recently took a Mass Communication course and we had to watch this particular video as part of an assignment. I thought it gave some helpful tips on how to stay creative, so I’m sharing it here. 😊


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