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Monday
Apr142014

Violet and Blue

I was asked to participate in the Imaginary Friends show opening at Gallery Nucleus this Saturday and I couldn't have been happier. C'mon, my whole life is made up of imaginary friends. Big furry monsters seem to inhabit every corner of my home so this was a no brainer.

I present, "Violet and Blue" acrylic on maple 10" x 11.5"

Everytime I look at these two I smile. I hope they have the same effect on you.

If anyone is interested, there is an exclusive online preview that will go out the day before the show opens where you can not only see all the artwork from the show, but purchase it as well. All you need to do is sign up here.

Thursday
Apr102014

Dooooodddyyyy!!!!

Ten years ago Katie Cromwell and Jensen Karp opened Gallery 1988 on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles. Tomorrow they celebrate the gallery's anniversary by throwing one heck of a show. It's called "The Subtle Art of Pop-Culture" and the line up for this one is truly amazing. I'm honored to have made the cut and was challenged to create a pop culture piece on the...well, subtle side. Something that would take people a second to figure out.

Picture a country club with lots of beautiful people swimming serenely in the pool. Sipping drinks and sunning themselves.

Add a healthy dose of rowdy caddies and one candy bar.

Ring a bell?

I present, "Doody". Enjoy and congratulations to Katie and Jensen for creating Gallery 1988.

Monday
Mar312014

Snow Golem and Fire Wolf Pup

Coming up this Thursday is the opening of the Adventure Time group art show presented by Gallery 1988, Cartoon Network and Rook. The show will only be at their West location for 4 days! So RSVP is required for the opening - just email RSVPgallery1988@gmail.com

I decided to do a piece based off one of my favorite episodes, "Thank You". It's a sweet story of the Snow Golem and a lost Fire Wolf Pup and their unorthodox friendship. I call it

"Wooooo" 10" x 13" x .75" acrylic on maple

Besides the original there will be a small edition of prints available for a limited amount of time. This means, grab them while you can or they're gone forever! 

If you can't make the opening all remaining artwork will be posted online Friday at nineteeneightyeight.com

Enjoy!

 

 

Friday
Mar212014

Who wants a Lemur?

My show, I'm Not Hungry, at Gallery 1988 (East) comes to an end tomorrow. I painted my heart out for months and there are 30 originals hanging on those walls.

29 of those originals have sold. I'm flabbergasted, speechless. I couldn't have predicted this outcome in a million years. So much love for everyone who came out and bought one to support me. I hope they bring you smiles for years to come!

But hey...what about that last one? That Black and White Ruffed Lemur with his favorite fruit dancing on his head?

It's "Lee"!

He was one of the most fun to paint (love that fur!) and I'm sure he'll find a good home. You can see all the pieces from my show, purchase prints and maybe even good ol' "Lee" over at Gallery 1988.

Thanks everyone!

Monday
Mar032014

Thankful

How to encapsulate what just happened is going to be difficult.

But I'll try :)

Ed and I landed to a beautiful sunny day in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. We got our In N' Out grilled cheese, fries and Neapolitan shake fix and were enjoying the 70 degree afternoon.

We knew it wasn't going to last...

Friday morning we awoke to torrential rain. News reports of mudslides, water spouts, thunderstorms and smoldering boulders falling down the mountains. Los Angeles ended up getting 4.5" of rain.

We started to get the feeling that people might not want to venture to my show opening seeing as accidents on the freeway were happening all over the place. We wanted everyone to be safe. We wanted California to get some much needed rain. I wasn't going to be selfish and resigned myself to the fact that not a lot was going to happen that night.

During a break in the storm, we drove over to Gallery 1988. Katie and John had done a wonderful job hanging the show, I couldn't have been happier! 

A few people waited outside the closer it got to 7pm and the rain held off. Until 1 minute to 7, just before they were going to open the doors the loudest thunderclap and flash of lightening hit outside. The heavens opened up like someone just dropped a huge bucket of water over the street. I kid you not, I hadn't seen anything like it in my life.

"Quick! Get everyone inside!"

Pretty quickly red dots started to appear under the artwork. People were buying! More people started coming in, soaked to the bone and the night was off to a soggy, but awesome start. I was so touched that everyone had braved what was clearly a dangerous situation to support me. I can't thank them enough. I also want to thank the people that tried they're best to make it but couldn't due to the storm. It just means so much to me.

I got to meet so many of my fans who've supported me over the years. People who I've only know over the internet. Even got to see "Slice and Dice" tattooed on this gal's forearm - brilliant, overwhelming and super fun - many thanks Lindsey!

By the end of the night, I met so many wonderful, kind people and sold half the show. I still can't believe it.

The next day I was back at WonderGround Gallery premiering my "Stitch in Space". I was giddy to see that Stitch and his big tongue were still greeting guests in 15 ft banner form in Downtown Disney.

I was so happy to have met Gregg Visintainer, Jasmine Becket-Griffith and got to see Noah once again.

Such wonderful, kind, talented people, I felt truly honored to be sitting with them at that signing table.

Did I mention it rained? Yup, so many people braved the downpours once again to come to our event I was so touched. Thank you!

Later that afternoon we met up with our good friends and spent a quiet evening at their home with their pups watching tv. We got a good night's rest and headed back to Disneyland for a little r&r.

It poured but as we sat under an umbrella and ate warm grilled cheese sandwiches and hot tomato soup I realized that this was one of the best weekends of my life. Surrounded by wonderful people like Gallery 1988 (Jensen, Katie, John, Amber and Nikki - THANK YOU!!!), all my fans, the crew at WonderGround (Sonia and Martha thanks for everything!!!), new and old friends, I truly am blessed.

The sun finally came out, warmed us up and we had a great ending to a great adventure.

I will never forget it!

If you're interested, there are still 3 originals left as well as limited edition prints at G1988.

If you're interested in "Stitch in Space" (original, deluxe prints and postcards) then you can call 714-300-7004 – that is WonderGround's sister shop Vault 28 - and place an order over the phone or call Disney Merchandise Guest Services number at 877-560-6477.

Thanks again :D

xo

Kris

Thursday
Feb202014

New Stitch For WonderGround Gallery

I'm having a hard time processing what next weekend will entail. My first full gallery solo with Gallery 1988 and the very next day I'll be back signing at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney.

Seriously?

How did this happen - to me? I've got a serious dose of imposter syndrome so I'm just waiting for someone to tap me on the back and say, 'We made a mistake - please leave.'

But before that happens, I'll show off my latest Stitch painting for WonderGround Gallery, "Stitch in Space" (can't help but yell it everytime I say it):

I always loved that scene in "Lilo and Stitch" when they're outside the grocery store. What if Stitch got in that Space Adventure ride and it really took off? I kept the background loose like a children's drawing to help emphasize that this is taking place in Stitch's imagination while rendering the ship and Stitch fully. I really had a blast with this one (pardon the pun).

This piece is 18" x 18" acrylic on cradled maple panel

For WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. Part of the artist showcase March 1st with the super talented Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Noah, Gregg Visintainer and me! I'll be there signing from 11am till 1pm - so if you can't make it to my solo opening the night before at Gallery 1988 c'mon down to Disneyland and say hello!

Tuesday
Feb112014

I'm Not Hungry solo at Gallery 1988!

I am crazy with anticipation waiting for this show. It's been just about ten months since I started this and it's almost here!

As you can see, I'm continuing my I'm Not Hungry theme with 30 brand new paintings. I've got everything from dogs and cats to red pandas and vultures. I'll have limited edition prints available as well as a goodie or two for those that can make the actual opening.

For those that can't, I highly recommend you subscribing to Gallery 1988's newsletter on the front page of their website so you can know the instant the remaining artwork is posted online March 1st.

We're going to keep these guys underwraps until Feb 28th but here's "Meathead" to keep you going.

Ed and I will be flying out for the opening so we would love to see lots of you there!

Many thanks to the great folks at Gallery 1988 for giving me this opportunity and for you all as well - I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for all your support.

:D

-Kristin

Wednesday
Jan292014

"Limon" original painting

What do you get when a lime marries a lemon?

"Limon"

8" x 4.75" acrylic on maple

Will be available for purchase in my shop tomorrow (that's Thursday, January 30th) at 3pm EST. Good luck!

Saturday
Jan182014

Twice-Told Tales

"There were once a cock and a hen who wanted to take a journey together. So the cock built a beautiful carriage, which had four red wheels, and harnessed four mice to it." That's how the Brothers Grimm tale, 'Herr Korbes' begins and that is the inspiration for my latest painting, "Visiting Herr Korbes"

It's for the Twice-Told Tales show at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, Ca and it opens January 25th. It is, as you may have guessed, a tribute to the Brothers Grimm. I just got word that this piece has sold already - even before the preview went out! But if you're still interested in the other wonderful works in the show, please email contact@flower-pepper.com to be put on the list.

Here's some details - enjoy!


Friday
Dec062013

A Christmas Story and LOTR

***Both shows opened with a bang and I wanted to give you the update! My Christmas Story painting sold but there are limited edition prints now available at Gallery 1988. You can still purchase my LOTR original here and/or purchase exclusive prints from Gallery Nucleus. Thanks!***

Next week I have the pleasure of showing in two huge shows. First up is Crazy4Cult 7: Back in NYC opening Friday, December 13th. When I got the list of cult movies I immediately chose A Christmas Story. Classic, sheer joy and comfort come to mind when I watch this movie and I couldn't think of anything else better than to pay tribute to it. I took some of the memorable scenes - the decoder ring, the pink bunny suit and the coup de grâce, the red rider bb gun incident and put them together in this piece. "Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us."

"Unthinkable Disasters Descend" acrylic on maple, 8" x 10"

The very next day, Out of the Shire: A Tribute Exhibition to Middle-Earth opens at Gallery Nucleus. I must admit that although I'm a fan of LOTR, I had a tough time coaxing an idea out. Then it just hit me like a flash - ring...horses... - carousel! What can I tell you, but that's how it happened. Months of thinking and thinking and then three words later I've got my idea.

"Lord of the Brass Ring" acrylic on maple, 11" x 13.25"

As with all my work, I hope that they both bring a smile to your face and some of the fun that I have painting them leaks out. Eww, I'm sure I could put that better. Ummm...the fun I have painting ooozes over the edge? No, certainly not. Well, you get the point.

:)