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Sunday
Dec142014

Available Originals Holiday Guide

A few shows have opened since I've been away and I wanted to provide everyone with a handy list of what's available for purchase (including some discount codes and purchase plans when available).

Here goes:

1. First we have four fun holiday paintings that I did awhile ago for another project and would love to have them make someone happy in their home. They each measure 8" x 11" and will be available for purchase in my own shop tomorrow, Monday, Dec 15th at 3pm EST for $325 a piece.

2. Get the Lead Out VI presented by Swoon Gallery. I had 4 pieces in this fantastic show and only 1 painting is left. "Annie" is acrylic on maple and measures 8.5" x 8.5" and is available for $475. Please visit Swoon Gallery's website for purchase details.

3. Flower Pepper Gallery's 3rd Anniversary Show. This was such a fun piece to paint I hope that these 3 silly characters can brighten someone's day. "Sunny, Goggin & Crump" is acrylic on maple and measures 9.75" x 11.75 x .75". It is available for purchase for $550 at Flower Pepper Gallery's website.

4. Crazy 4 Cult Back in LA presented by Gallery 1988. After my last Kubrick inspired piece I just couldn't help but do a painting inspired by one of my all time favorite movies, A Clockwork Orange. "Fuzzy Navel" is acrylic on maple and measures 8.5" x 8.5" x .75 and is available for purchase for $450 from G1988's website.

5. I also wanted to mention that Gallery 1988 is having their yearly sale. Use the code SALE88 through Dec 31st for 30% off past releases (does not include the above painting)! These are the 2 originals that do fall into that category along with some prints. Visit their website for what's available.

6. And finally, there are still a few originals from my Happy as Kings solo at Gallery Nucleus. They have some great deals (free shipping) and if you ask nicely they will do a payment plan for you! Visit their website for available pieces and prints.

I wish you all the best this holiday season and thank you for your continued support and well wishes. I'll be back to painting soon :)

xo

Kristin

Saturday
Dec132014

My Mom

This photo was taken of my Mom and Dad at Christmas in 1961. I'm posting it because they look wonderful and it's a little bit easier to look at old photos of my Mom right now.My Mom passed away peacefully one week ago on December 6th surrounded by her family. It's so surreal I can't quite put it into words. Everything will forever be different without her around. She took care of everyone - people and animals alike - that crossed her path. I'm not sure what I will do without her.

The good thing is that I have such a wonderful family that really took care of me and Ed and my Dad. My sister-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins visited and brought so much delicious home cooked food. My Dad, brother and nieces were so strong. Friends reconnected and gave me comfort. What else can I say but thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

I also want to thank everyone for their kind words and well wishes for me and my family. It means so much to know that even though we may have never met in person or don't know each other personally, you took some time to write a little something or just even to have read this post. 

Rest in peace Mom and thank you for everything.

Wednesday
Dec032014

41 Days

I've been quiet but wanted to write a little something about what I've been going through.

My mom has been in the hospital for 41 days and will not return home.

She's dying and it's the hardest thing I've ever experienced. I've temporarily relocated to my parents home, along with Ed and my pup to not only be closer to my mom but help my Dad out in this difficult time.

I go to the hospital early in every morning to sit by her bedside and stay until late at night. She is unresponsive at this point, in no pain and comfortable. It's all we can ask for at this point. I stroke her hand and talk softly to her. The last time she recognized me was the day I came back from my trip to California. She opened her eyes and smiled.

I don't know what else to say at this point other than be kind to those you love and make sure they know you love them. You never know what will happen day to day as my family has experienced.

Thank you for reading and for being so kind to me. I hope that my artwork will continue to bring smiles to your faces very soon.

-Kris

Monday
Nov102014

WonderGround Gallery Signing Event!

I am so happy to be heading back to WonderGround Gallery this Saturday to sign prints for three brand new pieces! I was asked to created paintings based on Chip and Dale (wonderful), angry Donald Duck (brilliant) and of course, what's becoming my go-to character of choice, Stitch (yayyyy!).

The most difficult part of creating these is coming up with a fresh, yet familiar situation for these iconic characters. As usual, this began by brainstorming with Ed for a few days, throwing ideas at each other in hopes that it will spark something fun. I also started to think of all the fun trips we used to take to Walt Disney World in Orlando and our favorite resorts there.

Then it hit me! Why not base each painting on a resort we've stayed at over the years? Brilliant!

So I started at The Wilderness Lodge for Chip and Dale and thought about the amazing breakfasts we used to eat before heading into the parks. Thus, "Chip and Dale's Balanced Breakfast" was born.

Then I moved onto Disney's Boardwalk Inn and how lovely it was to walk along the boardwalk during midday, listening to the waves lapping against the shoreline and the toot toot from the boats heading into Epcot. Then I imagined how Donald Duck would react to a walk along the beach and who he might encounter. Thus, "Crabby Donald" was born.

And last, but not least, was the Polynesian. Heading back home to this resort after a 'tough' day at the parks was always so comforting. Warm, tropical breezes, the soft strumming of a ukelele and a cozy bed to rest your head on. "Stitch Serenade" was born.

I will be signing alongside Joey Chou, Brian Crosby, Eunjung June Kim and Lyla Warren

from 11am till 1pm on November 15th at WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney® District, Ananheim, CA. For more information you can click here.

For purchase inquiries, feel free to contact Disney Merchandise Guest Services number at 877-560-6477 on/after November 15th.

Tuesday
Nov042014

I'm a Monster!

***Update: the original is available for purchase online at Hero Complex as well as limited edition prints. Proceeds go to benefit Grateful Arts***

I am happy to announce that I will have a painting in Pop 2 Action presented by Gratitude Collaborative and Hero Complex Gallery opening November 7 and running through November 9th (yes! that's one weekend only). The show is a collection of artwork inspired by pop culture (with a somewhat hidden reference to 'grateful') to help support Grateful Arts. For more information please visit Gratitude Collaborative.

For my painting I wanted to do something related to Arrested Development as it's given me so much joy over the years. After wracking my brain for an idea, I woke up one night and the phrase, "I'm a Monster" was going through my head. Anyone familiar with the show will know that was Buster's key phrase after losing his hand to a seal with a bowtie. He was also a big fan of grape juice :)

I really hope that you all love this square, fuzzy monster shape because I had such a fun time doing Buster, I decided to use it for a bunch of other upcoming shows. I'll post about those very shortly.

I also hope that you all take a moment to reflect on what makes you grateful. It could be anything from your family to the gal that made your coffee this morning and gave you a smile. It doesn't have to be much - just as long as we all remember that there's always something to be grateful for, no matter how small or insignificant we think it may be. Like painting silly monsters with big smiles.

 

Thursday
Oct302014

Forever Go Together - Oreos Print on Wood

Hey everybody! Look who I discovered:

"Forever Go Together"

We had such a great time with Mr. Waffle that I paired up with the good folks over at Prints on Wood again for a timed print release of these happy fellas.

Each fine art wood print is 8 x 10 in. (20.32 x 25.4 cm) and will be signed and numbered on 1/2" sustainable Birch with a bright white finish. One of the actual prints can be seen below.

Available for purchase now through Friday, November 7th at 12 pm PST. 

Cost is $55.

 

Tuesday
Oct282014

Bad Dads V at Spoke Art

I am so happy to once again be participating in Spoke Art's latest Wes Anderson inspired show, Bad Dads V. This year, like many others, I'm sure, I was thoroughly inspired by his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. More specifically, that lovely Courtesan au Chocolat. I present, "Serve Fresh."

She is acrylic on maple and measures 9.75" x 9.75". For purchase inquiries, please contact spokeartgallery@gmail.com. There will also be 30 limited edition prints available from the gallery.

The show has a two day opening with a costume party on Friday, October 31st and then continuing again on Saturday, November 1st. To find out more you can visit their event page on facebook here.

Sunday
Oct192014

Autumn SALE!

I'm having an impromptu sale and retiring some of my best sellers! Check it out here http://shop.cuddlyrigormortis.com/category/sale As always, once retired prints are sold out, I won't make them anymore. Sale is through Sunday, October 26th - have fun shopping!

Tuesday
Oct142014

Hello Kitty Exhibition at JANM

This past weekend marked the opening of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, the first large-scale Hello Kitty museum retrospective in the United States. It is presented by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and was curated by Christine Yano, PhD, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of the Los Angeles pop culture boutique JapanLA.

I am over the moon that Jamie asked me to take part in this exhibition and I can't thank her enough for her kindness! My painting, "Garden Party" is currently hanging on the museum's wall (a museum for goodness sake) as well a limited edition of 100 prints for sale in the museum shop.

 

I was also floored to see that Time.com did an article about the exhibition and included my painting in a series of only 10 images to represent the show.

 

Even though the exhibit will be travelling for 3 years to museums around the world, the painting is available for purchase through JapanLA by contacting hellokittyart@japanla.com.

If you're near the museum, I highly recommend checking the show out.

I, myself, can't wait to see it when I get back out that way in November. Very exciting!

Enjoy :D

Thursday
Oct092014

Candy Corn Parade Original Painting

Who's ready for some trick or treating? This cheerful trio is!
Once again I needed a little break from painting and decided the best way to do that was by painting, of course.
"Kanny Korns" is an original acrylic painting measuring 10" x 4.75" on a maple panel and will be available for purchase in my shop tomorrow. Check out all the details here.

Best of luck!