Friday, April 2, 2021

20 Years Ago Today

I am sharing this post as a reminder to myself (and anyone else that might need to hear it) that dreaming big and not being afraid to go for it can lead to some pretty amazing adventures.

Today marks the 20 year anniversary of that time this mural (and my friend & business partner, Zoë, and I) were on the Oprah show after a whirlwind trip to Racine Wisconsin (and Chicago!) to paint a surprise mural for one of Oprah’s angels, Julia Burney (now Witherspoon).


In April 2001, our mural and decorative painting business was still just a fledgling company... I was a young, wide-eyed dreamer who was only a few months away from getting married. When Zoë and I saw Julia’s inspiring (and close to our hearts) story, I had no doubts about what I wanted to to. I wanted to volunteer to paint a mural for her new reading center, so I immediately emailed Oprah... No second guessing, no hesitation, no questioning whether or not it was a crazy idea.


Looking back, there is a lot that I can learn from my younger self. So, to celebrate this special day, I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that I knew then (without even realizing it!!), but need a reminder of now:

1. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. So, you might as well PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE.

2. POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS, if you...

3. DREAM BIG, WORK HARD, and GO FOR IT!

4. It’s okay to be nervous... Feel the fear, but DO IT ANYWAY! And, finally...

5. FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD.

If you’re interested in reading more about my time on Oprah, you can find the whole story on my website HERE.

I would love to hear about what big dreams YOU are dreaming today!
(Please share them with me in the comments!)

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The 100 Day Project: Days 61 - 100 (Highlights)

Finishing up 2020 with the last of #The100DayProject2020...

(To see previous posts about the project, please click HERE.)


62/100: High on a hill were three party goats, weird.
Layee odl layee hee hoo!
(This is the colored version of the last image of my last post.)


62/100: You never know where you're going to see a party animal...


66/100: What does a well-mannered duck bring to a potluck?
Cheese and quackers, of course!


67/100: Did someone say garden party?!?


72/100: Close En-COW-nters


73/100: The party was great until...
The balloon drop.


81/100: A squirrel in a king costume.


85/100: A parrot in a cowboy costume.


87/100: Hang in there!


88/100: #100DaysofPartyAnimals Election Edition


89/100: Festive or a moosetake?


91/100: Hanging around...


94/100: Woo-hoo! 2020 AFC East Champions! Go Bills!


95/100: Holy mackerel... It's SANTA CLAWS!!


96-99/100: It all started with a question...
What is the squid emoji doing?!?
Is he... A French Impressionist Painter? A disco dancer?
Or maybe a football player?



100/100: Happy Moose Year! (I know, I know, it's a stretch...)

For my final image in the series, I thought it would be fun
to come full circle by re-interpreting day one’s character
in the looser style I’ve been playing with lately.

Having a moose in his underwear also seemed like an appropriate image
to finish off 2020 since one of the surprising (and recurring) themes of the year
has been a general lack of pants... (It’s definitely been a year like no other.)

Wishing you all the best in 2021 (with or without pants)!


Friday, December 18, 2020

The 100 Day Project: Days 21 - 60 (Highlights)

It's time for a blog update about my #100DayProject2020
(before it's 2021!)...

21/100
By the time Wendell finally arrived, the party was over.

24/100
A purrmaid for Mermay.


25/100
May the 4th be with you.
#StarWarsDay + #Mermay + #100DaysofPartyAnimals 
= An out of this world #FurMayParty!


30/100
A (mer)Bear Hug (in honor of Mother's Day 2020).


36/100
A peek into my process.


41/100
A furmaid merpup.


45/100
Rainbows and unicorns and mermaids, oh my!


46/100
Monkeying around...


49/100
Lion fish? Sea lion? Furmaid?


51/100
An extra special party animal for the start of the second half of #The100DayProject.


52/100
Celebrating my friend, Dee Romito's, release of the first book in her



54/100
After a full day of celebrating, this birthday bunny is all tuckered out.


60/100
High on a hill were three party goats, weird.
(Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo!)


If you'd like to see more from this project,
please visit me on Instagram.



Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The 100 Day Project: Days 11 - 20

In case you missed my last post, I started the 100 day project on April 7th.
Here are the latest bunch of party animals...
11/100: Sure, Dolores may not have technically *needed* a mask, but she was always a bit of an overachiever... and that definitely included masquerade ball accessorizing. 

12/100: Randy wondered if coming to the party might have been a mistake...

13/100: Phineas is ready to party, but transportation is turning out to be trickier than anticipated.


14/100: This party animal crashed last night's zoom meeting... 
(At least he brought toilet paper!)

15/100: A sketchy start inspired by Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day.

16/100: When Steve goes to a party, there's usually a lot of swatting and shooing. But an Earth Day Party?!? He's a VIP VIB!


17/100: Despite his glum appearance, Glenn was truly having the time of his life.

18, 19, and 20/100: A few feathered friends...

For more regular updates, you can find me on Instagram.


Friday, April 17, 2020

The 100 Day Project: Days 1 - 10


I've joined #The100DayChallenge! If you're on Instagram and would like daily updates, you can follow my progress @kristindudish. I also thought it would be fun to share the project in groups of 10 here on the blog. The theme I've chosen is #100DaysofPartyAnimals. 


1/100: Well, there is certainly no moosetaking that Clark is the life of the party!



2/100: Coco's pre-party preparations may have led to some overly enthusiastic color choices... The (possibly) good news? Her normal skunky aroma (off putting to some) has been overshadowed by the distinct smell of hair dye.




3/100: Laverne never shows up to a party empty handed, and her blue ribbon square pie is always a crowd pleaser.




4/100: Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... This is the start of my next party animal. (Pool party, anyone?)



5/100: Pete was so excited to have actually been invited to a pool party, he may have gone a bit overboard in his preparations.



6/100: As an expert in a different holiday, Jerry was excited to be invited to a Halloween party. Unfortunately, his costume making skills were not nearly as advanced as his egg decorating talents.



7/100: A scribbly sketchy start of an idea.



8/100: Binkwee loves book birthday parties, and he is extra excited about ANTI/HERO written by the fabulous Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta with amazing art by Maca Gil! Happy Pub Day!




9/100: "Masquerade", acrylic on fabric (attached to an old cabinet door), 2011. One of the things I've been doing during quarantine is cleaning (and trying to organize) my studio. While going through a closet, I discovered this "party animal" that I painted in 2011... I'm thinking I may need to create an updated version for The 100 Day Challenge.




10/100: Playing with an idea inspired by yesterday's post...


Please be sure to let me know if you're doing the challenge too - I'd love to see what you've been creating for it!


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