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Hippopotamus Painting

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It’s finished!

2013 Nicole Kristiana

Painting by Nicole Kristiana

Painting in blues and purples.
Original painting is 22.5″ x 30″ in gouache.
M. Graham Artist’s Gouache on 140lb Watercolor Paper. Paper has a deckled edge.

All patterns are completely original to the pieces, hand-done.

High quality archival limited edition prints available. Edition of 50 prints ea. at 3 sizes.
13″ x 19″, 8.5″ x 11″, 5″ x 7″

Matted prints finished sizes are standard frame sizes, so they can be framed easily.
18″ x 24″, 11″ x 14″, 8″ x 10″


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It’s nearing completion! This piece has a lot of detail. I’ve been working more and more with my patterns and have been loving working on this piece.

Doing the tight drawing has a meditative quality to it, and I’m enjoying the pride in workmanship of the fine patterning. I’m guessing I need about a week more and then ready for release!

Base painting:

First layer of detail and pattern!

Hello gorgeous!

Look at that face!


Coming to Bethany Beach, Fish Tales Decor!

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Just came back from a snowy, wet and cooooollllddd day at the beach. :)

Flakes were HUGE as we drove down! It wasn’t the type of snow that was supposed to stick, so no danger driving. It was surreal and pretty. Felt good to get out in to the wintery world, and I was happy to have Barnaby with us on his first road trip! It was delightful to share in his happiness of experiencing all the new things, even the startling pre-toll rumble strips. He was great, just shifted side-to-side once in a while and poked his head out at the tolls while I said “howdy” to the toll operator. It’s family tradition. It’s an awkward drawn out Hooooowwwwdeeee. Hysterial laughs every time:)

Got down to Bethany Beach, no problem, and met with the lovely folks at Fish Tales. :) Justin and Diane are wonderful and fun to talk to! I’m happy to say, my artwork will be in Fish Tales Decor in late March. I’m very excited to be in their store! Loved that they let Barnaby in to say hi! It’s fun to be in the chill beach mindset so early this year.

Here’s a little bit about the place:

Beach was cold, and I didn’t have time to re-layer properly before taking Barnaby out there, so it was short trip, but he loved it! He bounded around in the sand, and ran from the waves. Looked like this was the best thing he’d ever done and seen. The wind was tearing. Barnaby’s leash had my arm wobbling like a chicken’s when it caught in the wind. It was strong stormy mid-February ocean cold. My hands were icicles. Next time, I’ll be smarter and take my time to put the gear I brought with me actually on, but it was so worth it! Loved every minute! :D

Was a Great Day! Really excited to be in Fish Tales, hopefully, with many returns to Bethany Beach!


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Koi Fish by Nicole Kristiana


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My new year doesn’t start until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. My birthday is the same as his! So, the resolutions and need to self re-invent, are both delayed and doubled.
My need to self improve has a swift kick at the beginning of the year, reflecting on the last year and reflecting on being a year older.

My husband and I are determined this year to SAVE, and I’m bent on being healthier. So, we decided we were going to cook a lot and freeze it for “I don’t wanna cook,” nights.

I’m cooking a lot of bean recipes today in order to freeze, but I made this for lunch and it really turned out well.

Here’s today’s lunch.

Healthy 3 bean lunch

Makes enough for 2, I would say.

1 1/2 cups of cooked brown rice
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp freshly ground coriander
1 1/2 cups of 3 random kinds of dry beans soaked overnight (2 cups soaked)
4 stalks of celery
1 carrot
2 tbsp of butter
Salted snack pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons of Lizano Salsa Sauce (Any tangy sauce will do, even barbeque)
4 sprigs of cilantro (optional)

- Somehow get 2, 3/4 cup servings of brown rice. (From the freezer that you’ve made before, freshly cooked or use brown instant rice.)
- Cover the beans with fresh water and boullion with 3 inches of the stock at the top. Cook the beans for about an hour.
- In the mean time, slice your celery stalks at a 45 degree angle, about an 1/8″ thick. The cut is important to flavor.
- Then, peel your carrot, but also use the peeler to cut ribbons of the carrot for sauteing. Just peel the good parts also and keep them in a separate pile.
- Get your pan nice and hot.
- Add 1/2 the butter and saute the carrot and celery.
- Add the cooked beans and a little bit of the stock water, maybe a 1/2 cup?
- Cook to reduce the liquid and add black pepper, fresh coriander and the Lizano sauce.
- Mix that up for about a minute.
- Serve up the beans, carrot, celery mixture over the rice, top with the remaining butter, pumpkin seeds and cilantro.

Don’t know how many calories it is, but it’s got to be on the low side. It worked out to be about $0.75 for the total meal.


Ahh fun! Unique Boho Monkey Art Print

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Really enjoyed working on this piece. The original is 18″ x 24″ with gouache, black marker and gold paint pen.
He’s fun and vibrant! He’s got unique patterns and a lot of beautiful color in him.

Like most of my work, he’s whimsical without being saccharine. He’s great for an exotic space, maybe even a neat touch to a jungle or zoo themed room! Fantastic for a monkey collector since he’s so unique!

Bohemian Monkey Art Print

I’m thinking of getting a small run of Giclee prints done at actual size. Please get in touch with me if you’d like to pre-order a hand signed limited edition giclee for Spring!


Happiness is life with a dog!

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I got up this morning, around 7 am, first, to let Barnaby out, then, back to bed until I actually got up around 8. As I started out of bed, down where my feet need to go, there was himself, head on a decorator pillow, tucked into draped blankets. Quite comfy! He takes a minute to get up. He has to stretch a lot, you see. He’s growing so fast, like bamboo! 4 weeks ago, he was 22 lbs, now he’s 38, Dr. says he’ll be over 50 lbs by next visit in only 4 more weeks.

I am tickled delighted at how Barnaby yawns at me when he’s getting up. First, he sticks his tongue out really far, then begins his yawn. It really looks like he’s closing his eyes and sticking his tongue out at you. The adorableness is accented by the baby teeth fangs peeking around the pink tongue, kind of baby puppy vampire looking.

I got Barnaby his breakfast, for which he bounces! Today was one of his favorites, he got Wild Pacific Stream canned food mixed in with his crunchy Xs… hmmm. I just got his food storage mostly sorted with a find from goodwill! I was so excited by the pie tin front. I hope to find more for the kitchen. I like a very warm kitchen, so mine is all in reds and light wood. It’s very cozy. Inspired, I also got him this neat bowl and water set off Etsy.

Pet food container solution

Airtight pet food storage.

And, of course, here are some pictures of Barnaby himself!

MOM! No more pictures, please!

Busy with my friend Ms Kitty and my toys!

After playing in the snow and having dinner...

Barnaby's artist-made tag from Etsy.


Nicole Kristiana Studio Coupon!

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15% OFF EVERYTHING! Coupon Code BOHOHOLIDAY2012 on Etsy!

Nicole Kristiana Studio Holiday Sale!

Coupon Code BOHOHOLIDAY2012

Until December 16, 2012!

On my Etsy site.


I was busy getting married!

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Sorry it’s been a while folks, but I’m headed back to the studio this week.
Ross and I got married on September 29, 2012, so that took most of my time this summer!
Look for updates and new artwork coming soon! :)

September 29, 2012


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Here are some Photos from this year’s festival!

I’m sure I’ll be posting more! These images were taken by my friend Sloane, so grateful for her help on Saturday, particularly in the early morning. :)

Weather for the show was just perfect, and a great time was had by ALL. Must say a HUGE thank you to Valerie and the other Bellefonte Arts organizers for making the day so great!

Nicole Kristiana Studio Booth at the Bellefonte Arts Festival 2012

Inventory Book on the table!