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I’m Not Dead!

Posted in Art, Updates on December 2, 2014 by Kris

I know, it seems like I’ve died. I swear I haven’t given up on my creativity. Life has been happening and unfortunately keeping my blogs up to date falls to the bottom of my “to do” list (underneath “sleeping” and “petting cats,” I guess). I haven’t been doing much for graphic design lately, but I’ve been doing a lot more artwork. Here are some pieces I’ve finished recently:

I’ll take a better photo eventually, but this is a painting of my cat Jack that I created to hang over the TV in my living room. I don’t often display my own artwork (I’d much rather display other people’s artwork) but I thought it might be nice to pay homage to one of my furry pals. The downside is that Jack’s ego has blown up to epic proportions and now he thinks he’s a celebrity.

I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
Medium: Canvas, Acrylic, Embroidery Thread, Yarn, Buttons, Clothespins, Twine
Year: 2014

This is one of those pieces that I spent an extremely long time creating, and when it was finally finished I wasn’t even sure if I liked it. In fact, I’m still not sure if I like it.

Damaged Goods
Medium: Acrylic, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

This was an incredibly fun piece to make. I basically drenched pieces of tissue paper in Mod Podge and “painted” with it on a canvas-board. I love the texture. It’s hard to see from the photo, but in person it has a lot of fun texture.

Feeling Kind Of Anxious
Medium: Acrylic, Glitter
Year: 2013

This was probably one of the most fun pieces I’ve ever created. I painted this geometric design with acrylic, and then adhered matching glitter to each section. I got glitter everywhere, but it was totally worth it.

She’s Lost Control
Medium: Acrylic, Sequins, Rhinestones
Year: 2014

Sticking with the “craft supplies used in fine art” theme, I painted a geometric rainbow circle design and filled it in with matching sequins. It took forever to do, but the end result is pretty cool (and shiny). I’m just glad I had tweezers.

Kurious Oranj
Medium: Watercolor, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

As you can see, I’ve been into using tissue paper in my artwork lately. I love that it’s sort of like watercolor because it’s semi-transparent.

Stand On The Horizon
Medium: Watercolor, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

Another piece in the same vein as Kurious Oranj, but with a wider variety of color.

High Fidelity
Medium: Record Sleeves, 45 RPM Record, Cardboard, Tissue Paper, Buttons, Plastic, Metal
Year: 2013

I’m an avid collector of vinyl, and I have boxes full of 45 RPM records. Needless to say, I have extra sleeves and a pile of records that unfortunately skip and aren’t playable. I didn’t want to throw them away, so I hung onto a few of them for the sake of art. I finally decided to make something with one of the records and a bunch of the sleeves, and this is the result. I used a bunch of other things to create a turntable collage. It’s kind of silly, I guess, but I like it.

So, as you can see, I haven’t been idle. I have more pieces completed, but I just need to take decent photos of them. I hope to keep this blog updated more often than I have the past few years, so check back often! I also updated the links to the right of the blog, and there’s now a Kris Heding Art & Design Tumblr, Twitter, and a new Facebook page. Stalk me there!

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Ten Works @ The Gremlin Theatre

Posted in Art, Updates on September 10, 2010 by Kris

Good news! Ten pieces of my artwork will be on display at The Gremlin Theatre from September 11th through September 26th during Theatre Pro Rata‘s run of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. You can view the display before you check out the play, but if you just want to go see the display for free (without seeing the show), you can do so by arriving an hour before showtime.

The play runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 2:00 P.M. There’s a “Pay What You Can” performance on Monday, September 13th at 7:30 P.M. Details about the show can be found on Theatre Pro Rata’s website.

The ten pieces will be paintings, drawings and collages from the past 12 years or so. There are three brand new pieces included in the display! I’m very excited.

I hope you can check it out. It’s my first solo exhibit. The play is also fantastic, so you might as well make an evening of it!

Vote For Theatre Pro Rata!

Posted in Graphic Design, Theatre, Updates on August 26, 2010 by Kris

Every year there is an awards ceremony for local theatre companies here in Minnesota called the IVEY Awards. This year, Theatre Pro Rata is up for an Advertising Award. The postcard for Marisol is the nominee (a group effort between myself, photographer Charlie Gorrill and artist Bryan Fisher). Please cast your vote! It would mean a lot to Theatre Pro Rata, and it would mean a lot to me as well.

The interesting thing about all three postcard designs for the 2009-2010 season is that they’re all inspired by another work of art.

Marisol was inspired by “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.


The Spanish Tragedy was inspired by “La Pieta” by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Traveling Light was inspired by the album cover for The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” designed by Peter Blake.


Kinda cool, huh?

Say Like The French Say Interview

Posted in Graphic Design, Music, Updates on August 2, 2010 by Kris

Say Like The French Say were interviewed for Alternativ News (a French blog), and there’s a brief mention of the artwork for their album, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. Click here to read the interview (it’s in English at the bottom of the page). This is the excerpt about the artwork:

Speaking Of Sunny Day [Real Estate], what about the Diary-ish artwork?

All: Haha.
Adam: Well, to be honest…
David: Adam was skeptical at first.
Adam: Haha… David and I had been playing a lot of Lego Star Wars on the Xbox when we first started playing as a band. And I thought it’d be funny if someone did a rendering of Legos, and then David took it a step further to use real Legos.
David: Yep. And so… my friend Kris and I, and our significant others, had some beers and played with Legos, and took pictures, haha. And that’s what happened. I don’t think it was… and full disclosure here, Diary is one of my favorite albums of all time… but I don’t think that it was intended to be… It didn’t look like that until Kris took the pictures.
Tom: Those aren’t actually Legos.
David: On Diary? Yeah, those were Fisher Price people. But I can see how it would be construed as Sunny Day Real Estate, I absolutely get that. I’m not gonna lie and say “Who’s Sunny Day Real Estate?!”
Adam: And I think we’re ok with it.
David: Yeah, I’m not gonna bulls**t anybody about it.
Adam: It’s better than looking like Justin Bieber’s cover.
David: Absolutely. Absolutely… because, you know what? We’re not that pretty.
James: We’re not that pretty.
Tom: Who?
James: And he’s in town tonight! Bieber fever is here, dude.
David: You need a catchy last name like that, Adam. “Gears fever” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Adam: “Gears for Fears”?
All: Haha.

I’m so proud of those boys!

Rockin’ Resin

Posted in Updates on June 16, 2010 by Kris

Some of you may not know that I’m really into a variety of crafts as well as art and graphic design. One of those crafts is beading and jewelry-making. On July 21st from 6:00 – 9:00 PM and August 18th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Beadniks at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, I will be teaching a class called Rockin’ Resin. For $25 (plus the cost of supplies), you can make a really fun steampunk-inspired necklace using antique brass elements, chain, charms and a resin frame you can customize any way you like. Visit the Beadniks website to view the class calendar. You can call 952-854-9951 to reserve your spot in the class. You get 10% off of all supplies the day of the class.

It’s easy and fun to make. The resin pendant is awesome. It uses Magic Glos, which hardens in 15 minutes under a UV lamp. In the version of the necklace I made, I used all sorts of fun beads and charms. I used large faceted Red Tiger Eye, some small faceted Pyrite, Swarovski crystals, enameled metal gears, copper-plated ceramic beads, and a bunch of Vintaj elements. What’s great about it is that you can swap out certain elements for other ones, if you want to alter it to your tastes.

So, if you want to make a fun project and are in the Twin Cities area, sign up! I’d love to have you in my class.

Updates: May 27, 2010

Posted in Updates on May 27, 2010 by Kris

It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper “update.”

The first update is that the “Foot in the Door 4” exhibit is only going to be open for a couple more weeks. Make sure to get to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts by June 13th!

The second update is that I’m currently working on the artwork for the first album by Say Like The French Say. I’m not going to say much about it right now, but it involves Legos, and the title of the album is “This Is Why We Can’t  Have Nice Things.” It’s been so much fun working on the artwork for this one. It should be done fairly soon, so stay tuned.

The third update is that I will be finished with my A.S. degree in Graphic Design on June 19th. I’m very excited!

“Foot In The Door IV” Video

Posted in Art, Updates on March 30, 2010 by Kris

Here’s a great video of every piece in the “Foot In The Door IV” exhibit:

My piece is about 4:45 into the video. It goes fast, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled.

You still have until June 13th to see the exhibit! It’s a good one, and I highly recommend going at least twice to fully take in all of the pieces in the exhibit. It’s a lot of work. For details, click here. My piece is located at 346-03.