“Voodoo Lounge” Video

September 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 2016, Americana, animation, Appaloosa, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Country, Folk, Kristin Bell, Music, Music Video, Roots, skeleton, voodoo, Voodoo Lounge | 2 Comments
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FREE Squirrel on a Fence Coloring Page

September 4, 2016 at 5:32 pm | Posted in 2016, Animals, Art, art journal, artist, arts & crafts, Color, coloring, coloring book, drawing, forest, Free, squirrel | Leave a comment

We have a family of squirrels that run around in our backyard. This is one of them resting on top of the fence. They enjoy hiding nuts in all of my mom’s plants and drinking from the cat’s water dish! haha. Feel free to print and color. Will fit on an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper.

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FREE Oregon Ducks Conquer All Coloring Page!

September 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm | Posted in 2016, Art, art journal, artist, arts & crafts, Beavers, Cartoon, Cheering, Color, coloring, coloring book, Ducks, Football Season, Free, go ducks, Huskies, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Oregon State University, rivalry, University of Oregon, University of Washington, Washington | Leave a comment

I had to make this, because my parents are big Oregon Ducks fans. They were watching the Ducks WIN today, so I thought I’d poke the Oregon State Beavers and the University of Washington Huskies with this comic. LOL. Feel free to download and print it off to color. It will fit on an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper. I recommend borderless printing if your printer can do that, but it isn’t necessary. Enjoy! Go Ducks!

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FREE Bike Coloring Page!

September 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Posted in 2016, Art, art journal, artist, artists, arts & crafts, bicycling, bike, Color, coloring, coloring book, Cycling, downloads, forest, Free, mountains, outdoors | Leave a comment

I just made this bike coloring page for a special person, but you all can enjoy it if you like. Feel free to download and color. It can be printed on an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper. Borderless printing is best if you can do that with your printer. Enjoy! :)

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FREE Kitty Coloring Page!

September 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm | Posted in 2016, Art, art journal, artist, arts & crafts, Cat Break, Cats, Color, Colorful, coloring, coloring book, Free, Illustrated, illustrator, Kitties, Kitty | Leave a comment

Hi everyone! Long time no see. I just made this kitty coloring page for everybody. You can download it and print it off on an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper. I suggest borderless printing if your printer has the capability to do that. I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to post any coloring you do.

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Christmas Ships Project for School

November 14, 2015 at 3:59 am | Posted in 2015, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, Christmas Songs, Christmas Traditions, design, graphic design, Holidays | Leave a comment

I’ve been working on this design project for my typography class. I chose to do an event series centered on the Christmas Ships that parade up and down the rivers near Portland, Oregon with Christmas lights. Find out more at http://christmasships.org if you are interested. Here is some of my work so far. There is a whole bunch more process work that I’m not posting, but this is where I’m at right now. We have to create a whole bunch of different parts for the whole campaign. You can click the below images to enlarge them too.

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Neutraface No. 2 Type Specimen Brochure I Made

August 20, 2015 at 3:44 am | Posted in 2014, artist, arts & crafts, design, graphic design, Neutraface No. 2, type specimen, typography | Leave a comment
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Wheee! A long while ago in school I made a type specimen brochure for Neutraface No. 2. Click the picture above or this link to see the PDF version. The printed version looks a bit different. I’ll try to post pics sometime.

New Brain-Neuron Fabric Gift Wrap Wallpaper!

December 8, 2014 at 7:20 am | Posted in 2014, Anxiety, Art, artist, arts & crafts, astrocytes, axon, axon hillock, Biology, Bipolar, body parts, Brain, Cartoon, cerebellum, clothing, craft, creative, dendrites, Depression, design, design your own fabric, doctor, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Fashion, frontal lobe, gift wrap, golgi apparatus, Health, Holidays, Illustrated, illustrator, Kristin Bell, Mania, Manic, Manic-Depressive, Mental Health, Mental Illness, myelin, neuron, neuron impulse, neuroscience, neurotransmitters, oligodendrocyte, Paranoid Schizophrenia, pillow, Pillows, Prefrontal Cortex, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, wrapping paper | Leave a comment

Hey Everybody! I recently made this new brain/neuron fabric and gift wrap! I made a giant brain pillow for my psychiatrist too, and he seemed to like it which was awesome! :) Here are some pics! Also, the fabric, gift wrap, and wall paper are available on spoonflower here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3713721

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My Octopus Fabric!

December 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Posted in 2013, Art, artist, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Kristin Bell, octopus, sewing, sewn | Leave a comment

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I’m pretty excited about how my octopus fabric turned out! It is totally weird! lol I drew the picture of the octopus on my iPad, and then got it printed through Spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2624270. I am not sure how I’m going to use the fabric just yet, but I thought I’d share it with you all! :) Oh, this is one yard of fabric.

iPad Dog Drawings

November 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Posted in 2013, animal portraits, Art, artist, artists, ArtRage, arts & crafts, Cartoon, creative, Dogs, drawings, iPad Air, iPad Art, Kristin Bell, Pets, portrait, Video | Leave a comment

Update: I’ve decided to do custom pet portraits! You can find out how to order one at my etsy shop here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByKristinBell/

DogLilyDogMikalaDogDixieDogLucySo, I’ve been doing some new drawings on my new iPad using ArtRage, and I made a little video about doing one of the drawings that I thought I’d share. I’m also posting four of the dogs that I’ve drawn so far. :)

Giant Frog Fabric Pillow

June 13, 2013 at 12:19 am | Posted in 2013, Animals, Art, artist, arts & crafts, fabric, fabric design, Frog, pillow, Pillows, sewing, sewn, spoonflower | 2 Comments

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I made this frog pillow from fabric I made thru spoonflower. I am going to give it to my friend Victoria who works at the clinic where I get my injections. She has to look at my butt a lot, so she totally deserves something special!!! hahaha. Here’s the frog fabric page: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2088013.

 

Spoonflower Now Has Giftwrap!

May 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Posted in 2013, Animals, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Cat Leap, Cats, Children, circles, Colorful, craft, creative, Cute, design, design your own fabric, dots, drawings, for sale, gift wrap, green, Happy, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Panda, panda bear, paper, spoonflower, stripes, unique wrapping paper, wrapping paper | Leave a comment

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In addition to wall decals, fabric, and wallpaper, Spoonflower.com now has gift wrap! I got two of my designs in the gift wrap. The first is the panda in circles, and the second is the small kitties playing! I LOVE the gift wrap! It is so much fun! Check it out if you get a chance and create your own too! :)

Unica Zürn, Hans Bellmer Presentation

March 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Posted in 2013, Academic, anagrams, analysis, Art, art history, artist, artists, Bipolar, bondage, College, death drive, drawings, female, fetish, Freud, Hans Bellmer, History, Homosexual, Kristin Bell, Manic-Depressive, Mental Health, Mental Illness, obsession, outsider art, Photography, presentation, psychoanalysis, Psychology, repression, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, school, Surrealism, Surrealist, Unica Zürn, University, Video, YouTube | Leave a comment

The Pink Brigade!

February 12, 2013 at 12:41 am | Posted in 2013, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Cats, craft, cuddle, Cute, dolls, fabric, Handmade, Happy, hearts, Hello Kitty, Kawaii, Kids, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, pig, piggy, pillow, Pink, plushies | 2 Comments

More handmade dolls, made by me! :) I made these for a cute little girl who going through a tough transition time right now. :) They have different coordinating fabrics on the back. :) This time I experimented with using little pre-made ribbon flowers instead of all bows. I think it looks great! :) What do you think?

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Lots of New Kitties!

January 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Posted in 2012, 2013, Animals, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Birds, Books, Color, Colorful, cozy, craft, Cute, design, dolls, dots, fabric, feathers, feline, Friends, Fun, green, Handmade, Happy, hearts, Hello Kitty, Holidays, Kawaii, Kids, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, ornament, parrots, plushies, polka dots, ribbon, scarf, sewing, sewn, snowman, Stuffed Animals, Valentine | Leave a comment

I’ve been busy over the holidays making more and more kitties! They are so fun! :) Here are pictures of some more of them. :)

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Cupid Fabric Just Rolled In! Yay!

December 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Posted in 2012, 2013, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Colorful, craft, creative, cupid, Cute, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Handmade, Happy, heart, hearts, hobby, Holidays, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, Love, Pillows, quilting, spoonflower, Valentine, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

I wanted to share the cupid fabric I made with you guys! It just came today and I love it! I went a little crazy with the cupids! haha. If you are interested in checking out these and other designs I’ve created, click on this link: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/kristinbell

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White Background Cupid Wrapping Paper! Yay!

December 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, craft, creative, cupid, Cute, design, design your own fabric, fabric, fabric design, Holidays, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, sewing, spoonflower, Valentine, Valentine's Day, wrapping paper | Leave a comment

I just got my white-backed cupid wrapping paper today! I love it! Supercute! :) I made the drawings of the cupids on my ipad and then adjusted everything in Photoshop. Then I sent it off to spoonflower and viola! Here is the link to the page for this design on spoonflower if you are interested: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1636589

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Beautiful Cupid Wrapping Paper!

December 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, cupid, Cute, design, design your own fabric, Holidays, Illustrated, Kristin Bell, Love, spoonflower, Valentine, Valentine's Day, wrapping paper | Leave a comment

I know…it is a bit early for Valentine’s day, but while Spoonflower.com is still making holiday wrapping paper I figured I would get my cupid design printed! It turned out to be so great! I love it!  The paper is nice and thick too, so you could use it for things other than wrapping. If you’d like to check out the design, it is available at this link: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1636622.

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Kitty Pirate! Eh, Matey?!?

December 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, Cute, dolls, Handmade, Hello Kitty, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, ornament, pillow, pirate, plushies, sewing, sewn, Toy | 2 Comments

Made this pirate kitty for my friend’s son. His pants are removable. Bit of an OOPS in the fabric placement for the crotch area on the front. Luckily the pants cover it! haha. He’s also got an eye patch (but no eyes) and a bow tie. I hope he enjoys his matey! Arrrggggh!!! :)

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Some New Kitty (or Bear?) Ornament Dolls

December 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Posted in 2012, artist, arts & crafts, Beach, Bears, blue, Cats, Children, Christmas, craft, creative, Cute, design, dolls, fabric, feline, Friends, Fun, green, Handmade, Happy, Hello Kitty, hobby, Holidays, Horses, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, ornament, pillow, plushies, sewing, sewn, Toy, yellow | Leave a comment

I can’t figure out now if these are actually kitties or bears or some weird hybrid! lol. I decided to make some of these kitties for different people using different fabrics. Here we have: green kitty, beach kitty and horse kitty! :) SWEET! I’m currently in love with these little things! lol

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Hello Kitty Holiday Doll Made by Moi!

December 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, craft, Cute, design, dolls, Handmade, Hello Kitty, Holidays, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, ornament, pillow, red, sewing, sewn | 2 Comments

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My supernice friend Debby gave me some Hello Kitty holiday fabric and I decided to make a Hello Kitty ornament doll with it. I made two other smaller ones, but their hands were shaped more weird, so I enlarge the pattern I designed and came up with this Hello Kitty! I thought she could do with a skirt/apron too! hehe. The red stripes are the back. Even though she has no real face, I think she is pretty cute! :)

JOY!

November 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, Decorating, elves, fabric, Holidays, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, pillow, sewing, sewn | Leave a comment

I just finished this JOY decoration. I turned my wreath into the ‘O’ and then I made a ‘J’ and a ‘Y.’ Not too shabby I say. It isn’t perfect, but I like it a lot! Yay!

Merry Little Elves Wreath

November 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, elves, Handmade, Happy, Holidays, Kristin Bell, merry, pillow, Pillows, plushies, sewing, sewn, wreath | Leave a comment

I just completed this little wreath that I made to go with my candy canes! It turned out fairly well for my first ever attempt at such a project! Yay!!!

Some New Pillows!

November 24, 2012 at 2:34 am | Posted in 2012, Angelica Kauffman, Art, art history, artist, arts & crafts, body parts, Cat Break, Cats, craft, creative, cuddle, Cute, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, feline, female, feminist, for sale, Fun, funny, gender, Goofy, Grrls/Women, Handmade, Happy, Humor, In Other Words, Kristin Bell, Magic, Mary Moser, pillow, Pillows, plushies, Portland, sewing, sewn | Leave a comment

Here are some new pillows I’ve been working on. I’m going to be selling on consignment at In Other Words in Portland, Oregon. I’m pretty excited about it! The first one is Henry Miller Magic cat with red stripes. The second one is Judy the Utie(rus) with minis on the back. The third one is a pillow of Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser having tea.

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Tea with Angelica and Mary

November 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Posted in American History, Angelica Kauffman, antebellum, Art, art history, artist, arts & crafts, Cartoon, drawings, History, kara walker, Kristin Bell, Mary Moser, mixed media, Royal Academy of Art, Saartjie Baartman, satire, tea, teapot | Leave a comment

This is my newest piece called “Tea with Angelica and Mary.” Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser have just seated themselves for some tea that they pour from their Saartjie Baartman teapot. Above them is their silhouette of a nameless dead white guy who has apparently posed for Kara Walker.

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Kara Walker at Reed Until Nov. 18, 2012 FREE

November 2, 2012 at 2:12 am | Posted in 2012, antebellum, Art, art history, artist, controversial, gallery, gender, kara walker, Kristin Bell, OR, Race, Reed College, sexuality, Slavery, things to do | 2 Comments

Hey Y’all! Anyone out there in the Portland, Oregon area should check out Kara Walker’s art exhibit at Reed College in the Cooley Gallery. Here’s a link with more info. about the exhibit. On the link there is also audio of Kara Walker’s talk that she gave at Reed a few weeks ago.  It is FREE and going on until November 18, 2012. Kara Walker is an internationally famous and controversial artist whose work touches on the themes of antebellum America, race, sexuality, gender, stereotypes and the legacies of slavery. She has been vaulted into art world super stardom by her silhouette works, but at the same time has been denounced for her questionable imagery.

See Kara Walker on Art21 Here

Angelica Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian, 1741-1807)

October 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Posted in 18th century, Angelica Kauffman, Art, art history, artist, Austrian, founder, Kristin Bell, neoclassical, painter, Painting, rococo, Swiss, Switzerland, the Royal Academy, woman, women | 1 Comment

Angelica Kauffman Self-Portrait with Bust of Minerva

Perhaps the most internationally famous and prolific female artist of the 18th century, Kauffman was a child prodigy. She was born in Chur, Switzerland but grew up in Schwarzenberg, Austria where her father, Johann Joseph Kauffman, also a painter, encouraged his daughter to hone her musical and artistic talents. When Kauffman’s mother, Cleophea Luz Kauffman, died in 1757, Kauffman decided to give up her music and devote herself to painting.

Angelica Kauffman, Allegory of Poetry and Music (Self-Portrait)

Throughout Kauffman’s life she traveled extensively. In 1764 Kauffman moved to Rome. At this point in her life she was already famous. On a trip through Venice she met Lady Bridget Wentworth Murray who encouraged her to come to England. Kauffman moved to London in 1766 and by 1768 had become a founding member of the Royal Academy. Her fame made her ripe for scandalous talk and she also became acquainted with many other famous people of her time including Goethe (1749-1832), who was a close friend. Her first marriage, which was annulled, was to a bigamist, and her second marriage in 1781 was to Antonio Zucchi (1726-1795), also a painter, who gave up his career to run Kauffman’s affairs.

Although she is best known for her portraiture, Kauffman also painted grand history paintings which were deemed the highest forms of art in her day, but were normally made by men. Her works are considered Neoclassical but can include touches of Rococo. She painted for royalty, but also made a living selling her portraits to the upper-class. The largest collection of Kauffman’s work is held in the Vorarlberger Landesmuseum in Austria. — Kristin Bell, 2012

Sources: Natter, Tobias G., ed. Angelica Kauffman: A Woman of Immense Talent. Germany: Hatje Canz Verlag, 2007.

Rosenthal, Angela. Angelica Kauffman: Art and Sensibility. New Haven: Yale Press, 2006.

Hollis Sigler (American, 1948-2001)

October 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Posted in 1990's, Art, art history, art journal, artist, breast cancer, cancer, death, Hollis Sigler, pain, painter, Painting, sickness | Leave a comment

Thought you all might like to know about Hollis Sigler. I’m just reading her Breast Cancer Journal right now. I’m not going to write a whole bio here, but just wanted to alert you to her work. She is best known for her images that relate to her struggle with breast cancer. Her story is very moving. Check out more about her at the Hammer Gallery and here.

Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux (French, 1767-1840)

October 28, 2012 at 12:30 am | Posted in 18th century, Art, art history, artist, Bowes Museum, female, France, French, History, Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux, Napoleon, painter, Painting, Paris, woman | Leave a comment

Self-Portrait, Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux

A lesser known contemporary of the popular Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), Philiberte Ledoux was born in Paris in 1767 and never married. According to the Chronique Des Arts et de la Curiosité, she may have been the daughter of painter Paul-Guillaume Ledoux who died in 1781. She is known to have participated in the Salons of 1793, 1796, 1799, 1802, 1804, 1805, 1808, 1810, 1814, and 1819 in Paris. Although she did not attend an academy, she did study under French painter, Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805), who was educated at the Royal Academy in Paris.

“A Girl Leaning on Her Hand” by Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux

Philiberte Ledoux was mainly known for her paintings of women and children who were depicted in 18th century French styles. While history does not seem to remember much about her, she must have a been an artist of some repute, because she is cited as the painter of a portrait of Elénore Denuelle (born Louise Cathreine Elénore Denuelle de la Plaigne 1787-1868) who was the mistress of Emperor Napoleon I of France (1769-1821). It is alleged that Denuelle had an illegitimate child with Napoleon I. This child acted as proof that Napoleon I was not impotent and led to his divorce of Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814).

“Élénore Denuelle de la Plaigne” by Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux

Philiberte Ledoux died in the neighborhood of Belleville in Paris in 1840, but many of her paintings are extant, several of which hang in the Bowes Museum in the town of Barnard Castle in Teesdale, Durham, England. — Kristin Bell, 2012.

Sources:

Chronique Des Arts et de la Curiosité: Supplément a La Gazette Des Beaux-Arts, vol. 3 (1865): 331.

Evans, Howard V. and Charlotte B. Evans. “Women Artists in Eighteenth-Century France.” Man and Nature/ L’homme eet la nature, vol. 1 (1982): 199-207.

Fleischman, Hector. An Unknown Son of Napoleon. New York : John Lane Company, 1914.

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Lindsey’s Experience with Schizophrenia

September 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Posted in 2012, Anti-anxiety meds, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Art, artist, Haldol, Health, insanity, Kristin Bell, Lindsey Cormier, Medicine, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, Seroquel, Zyprexa | 2 Comments

 Hey check out Lindsey’s vlog! Great to hear her story! :) She is also an amazing artist! Check out her art at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lindseycormier

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