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Akiane Kramarik

Once again I’m putting this together one the run. I told my husband that if we survive the first quarter, we’ll skate through the year . . . . That said, my favorite artist is Akiane Kramarik who was born on July 9, 1994.

I bought a print of one of this piece she painted when she was nine years old. She has had no painting lessons, ever. Needless to say, she is a prodigy. Her story is remarkable. Born into a home of atheists, she started experiencing visions from God that translated into her art and eventually into her parents’ receiving Christ. I chose “faces” as my subject matter for she is quoted as saying, “Faces are more meaningful to me than anything else, you cannot live without seeing and touching them.”


Notice in the portrait you see a little wisp right in front of Christ’s mouth. Now look at the firefighter’s picture.


Akiane’s inspiration for her art and literature comes from her visions, dreams, observations of people, nature and God. In the photo of my grandsons, young Brayden’s stance and posture are awe inspiring to say the least. I can almost hear a choir singing in the background, "Oh come let us adore Him . . . ."

I could not find all the photos I had in mind, but I think these capture a fraction of what Akiane’s paintings speak to me. I used ivory grid paper because it is a soft neutral color that will complement a variety of colors and photos. I used to metal Marvel-style stickers with superhero faces to embellish the pages and graphic novel scraps from a Close To My Heart hero kit to help tell my story.

Shared by Diane Cook on March 21, 2013 | Memory Date: March 21, 2013
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I LOVE all the face photos!!! In the past, I have taken up close photos of my family and just used the eyes in a project... so cool. Great job capturing and using these photos!!!
Posted By: Billi Glenn  |  April 2, 2013 at 6:16 am   
Wonderful story and your page is a nice take on the prompt.
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  March 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm   
Your feature photo of your grandson certainly captures a moment of awe. He seems perfectly theatrically posed for the camera; what a moment in time to capture candidly! Faces do reveal so much, no doubt you know the story behind them all in your layout!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  March 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm   
What a wonderful story behind the artist! Brayden is just adorable :) Nice layout.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  March 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm   
The photo of Brayden is pricless!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  March 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm   
The face photos are great...and the one of your grandson is precious! The story of the artist in and of itself is inspirational. Thanks for sharing! (And I know what you mean about getting through the first quarter!)
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  March 23, 2013 at 1:45 am   
Very nice page Diane. I love all of the pictures of the faces! The story about the artist gave me goose bumps. Wow, incredible. Thank you for sharing.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  March 23, 2013 at 12:22 am   
So sorry for the typos. I did run spell and grammar check, but Microsoft must have been taking a break today. I'll do better next time.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  March 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm   
What a beautiful inspiration! And the photos you chose fit the page perfectly!
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  March 22, 2013 at 11:50 am   

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