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Status: Feeling Awesome!

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM
It's been a busy month, but I am finally home and back in my studio. Spring is finally here, the flowers are in bloom and pretty soon I will be able to keep my patio door/ window open again! Since my last blog entry, I've traveled to New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island and back to Jersey. With only a backpack, I felt like I was living on the subway for a week lol I enjoyed every minute of it too! The trip started out perfectly by visiting a few goofballs, I consider brothers. Bobbie and Sean. Bobbie surprised me by asking me to be his groomsmen and we grabbed the best pizza in the world (my opinion, Tacconelli's) and then had a few more drinks than planned. Congratulations Sean and Dani on Aidan James, future NY Giant! Shoutout to Crazy Glenn Wernig, Bobbie, Chris and Hana for letting me crash at their places during this trip! The NY Waste show was great, I don't know how we packed all of those people into that gallery but somehow we did! Thanks Lucky for the company, you were a killer host! Even though it was a business trip, I'm very thankful to have seen my cousins, aunts and uncles. When I flew back to Portland, I hit the ground running. I shipped "Hawaiian Honey" to a spring juried show in North Carolina then got ready for the Sip Classic in McMinnville, OR. After the 3-day event of selling art and drinking (horrible life, I know), I then met up with some friends to work on the Life pop-up experience project. I painted a mural or a large evil octopus. You can see my Instagram for pictures. The actual event dinner was last Saturday and it consisted of storytelling through Art, a delicious 8 course meal and magic. If you live in the Portland area, definitely sign up for this event and get on the list! After going out for St. Patrick's day on Friday and running the Shamrock run Sunday morning, it feels great to get back to work! My next show will be "Hortlandia" plant and art sale inside The Portland Expo Center, April 15th & 16th! Come on down and say hello! For all commissions, collaborations and good vibes, email me directly at [email protected]

NY Waste Magazine 20th Anniversary!

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 7:55 PM
Wednesday morning I will be en route to one of the greatest cities in the world! New York City. (NYC used to be THE greatest city until I went to Paris, now it's a tie). Nearly ten years ago, I was a bellmen at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas and I had the privilege of helping this awesome punk rock chick with her bags. Her name was Lucky. Blonde with an English accent, leather and studs from high heel to toe. I NEVER like to talk about my art, especially back then, but she was very down to earth and made conversation with me. She mentioned she was in town for Viva Las Vegas (The Rockabilly Festival) so I showed her my Frankenstein portrait on my phone. She loved it and wanted to use it for her magazine. We've been friends ever since. Lucky, if you're reading this, thank for letting be a distant relative in the NY Waste family! There will be art from 15 NY Waste artists on display during the month of March at Gallery on A in East Village. Work of mine on display will be "Poison Heart" and "The Agonist".

The He(art) Collection

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 12:45 PM
Painting an anatomical heart. I know what you're thinking, real original, right? If you want to do some investigating, you're only a pinterest search away from finding a few shy of a million stylized anatomical hearts online. So, why do it? For some time now, this has been in the works per my wife's request to paint these weird things. Being an OR (Operating Room) nurse on the Heart Team for a few years, she loved (no pun intended) the idea to bring my work and hers together in a painting. Just recently, I had this idea of putting all aspects of our life together in a collection. I figured I'd take on the challenge of creating something original from something unoriginal. Another motivation behind this collection is to spread Organ donor awareness. When you get your driver's license, you must choose whether you're a donor or not. I'll be the first one to agree, it's a little morbid for you to sit there in the DMV and think about getting in a fatal car crash and paramedics salvaging your vital organs. Especially for 16 year olds that just start out driving. You just want to get that little pass of freedom and go. Let's face it, you have important places to be like the mall, the beach, the movies, job, etc. Over the past 5 years, someone close to me has had CHF (Congestive Heart Failure). This person has been on and off the transplant list, constantly getting the run-around. I have no idea how they are feeling, but I can see the struggle in their eyes (as stubborn as they are). This can all be avoided if there were more donors out there. To summarize this new collection, it's done all out of Love ; ) -CG

The Garden Collection

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 1:40 AM
I've decided to start a flower collection. It will not be what you think. This is a new take on one of my old paintings. Back in 2008, one of my very first painting was a green skeleton on their knees, the head was a rose bulb lying on the ground with loose petals scattered. It was one of the first paintings I ever sold. This new collection will not be as morbid, however, it will still be a little weird. In a fun way. I am starting a line of flower people. These flower people represent growth and new beginnings. I am in a different place in my life and not as dark anymore. I felt bitter, guilty, angry, sad once. It seems that was a lifetime ago. It's time to get back in the studio and create something beautiful for all of mankind to enjoy. An idea that love is the answer. Aside from implied motion, these paintings take on a life of their own that words cannot describe. Using a vibrant color palette, these images are current and exciting to display! Stay tuned! -CG

My head is still screwed on tight!

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Good Evening Everybody!


Well, I survived the world-wind that some people called March & April! If you aren't following me on Twitter or Facebook, it's been an interesting few months. I got married, went to Paris and recently finished a commissioned painting for Senior Art Director, Nelson Lowry of Laika Studios. Laika is the company responsible for movies like "Coraline" and "Paranorman" (in theaters this summer!). I am now working on a piece for the lead investigator of Paranormal Hot Squad, Jodie Parks. Between writing my top secret project and a small list of commissioned work, I am currently not taking on any other projects at this time. I should have lots of new candy for Scarefest 2012 folk to wrap their eyes around as well as tshirts, come Sept! I'm looking forward to another fun weekend up in Kentucky with Aaron, Amy, Eric and Adam.

I'm constantly meeting different officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs to start an "Art Therapy" class for the new VA hospital opening December 2012! I got to see the new building and it looks amazing! I will keep fueling the undying fire until this damn class gets established! It's a bit of a waiting game though, wish me luck.

As some of you may know, business can be like a game of chess sometimes. You may have to take a step back in your endeavors to take two steps forward. This is exactly what I plan to do. Next month, will be my last month at the Arts Factory. It has nothing to do with relationships with the owners or business flow. I am simply out-growing my gallery space and will need a bigger space. I plan to take some time off of showing, so I can create more pieces to cut loose into this world. The opening of my new space will be sometime in the beginning of 2013. I am excited to get started on my visions, for as of right now, only I know what they look like. I will remain easy to get a hold of, I am only an email, tweet, fb post away! If you are in the Las Vegas area June 1st, come by and say hello! With my birthday being June 3rd, there will be cake! My cousin will also be there selling paracord wrist bands, a new found talent of his!

I will be opened from 6pm-9pm on Thursday May 31st and 6pm-12am on First Friday. (Studio #125 inside The Arts Factory, LV)

Remember, you are the chemists of your own future. Keep being you. Be great. -CG  \m/\m/


"My Heart Still Beats Your Name"

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM
She calls my name. Fragile whispers carry through the wind and caress my ear. Fragrance of a time I once treasured glides off of her skin and dances past my face one last time before disappearing. The gaze from her heavenly eyes brings warmth to my soul. Thoughts of holding her in my arms try to consume me. ?Although I am tempted, I will not move, for I am the foundation. My body is of the earth, my boots are rooted in the dirt. My eyes stay focused on the battlefield from afar. I am her security. Holding the knife, my grip gets tighter.? I decided to stop there. This actually way longer but I wanted to save this piece for my book I'm writing. Hope you enjoyed it! Happy Valentines Day everyone! Thank you for all of the kind tweets and emails this morning! As you know, it's February. I am up to running 4 miles. After a quick trip to California to see Machinehead, I will be participating a charity event on Saturday and the Rhino Course Sunday! My ultimate goal is to run the half marathon (Rock n Roll Marathon) this December! This Saturday, Feb 18th, I will be participating in "My Bloody Valentine" inside of Massive Tattoo. Part of the proceeds go to the no-kill animal shelter! On March 31st, I will be at The Amargosa Hotel & Opera House for Desert Para Con! For more info on these upcoming events contact me via Twitter or email [email protected] Hope to see you all there! Keep fighting the good fight, people! Only YOU can make change you desire! Be Great.

Mind of Perdition

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM
I woke up from an early grave today. My mind could no longer wander. It was on this morning that my brain was held captive by the ideals and formalities of man. As I fall to my knees, this glitch repeated itself though I begged for mercy. Like brothers fighting to the death, salt water that had a peaceful pocket of hope is now trying to earn its spot in my eye. The steep, narrow ledge was once used to stylize an infamous skyscraper now resembles my eyelid. Anxiety pushes each tear off this ledge one by one until they volunteer to plunge to their death. For this house isn't a home anymore, this sadness which takes on liquid form has to find a different purpose in life now. I keep it all inside, like a family struggle. I don't want the world to witness my inner-fate. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am chasing something rather then getting chased. Once again, an old year has passed and a new year awaits to be conquered. So much has been accomplished in 2011. Lots of different work was done (both 3D & 2D), lots of friends made and now I'm starting this blog! There's many plans in the works for the new year. Be sure to pick up your copy of The Spirit Digest ( www.thespiritdigest.com ) so you can see more of my mug and/or check out a story from my hometown, Amityville. Unitl next month, I bid farewell.

Life Is Constant

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 3:45 AM
Life is constant. Some days, that's a good thing and some days it's a bad thing. This was one of the many thoughts I had today. When I say many, I don't mean that as in, "Christian, pay attention to me. You think too much." I mean it as in some day my thoughts will come out of my brain in rope form and strangle me to death. This world is such an obscure entity. For as fast as a life can be created, whether by mistake or on purpose, Death comes just as easily. The Earth is anxious to get fed and it will get its' way no matter what. Friends will often say I talk about experiencing "worldly" happenings. I thrive on it. Anything from racing against the rooster's wake up call to the top of a mountain for the sunrise, to walking into a dive bar restroom only to see random addicts shoot up. It's all "of the world" and it's exciting. (Lets just be clear, I have never partaken in any of those hard drugs, nor do I plan to) Will you ever catch me at a country saloon? Probably....fucking.....never. Unless if it's to ride the mechanical bull, but that's about it. Being the metalhead I am, it's been about 4 months with what feels to be a broken nose and finger, yet I will always go back into the pits. It just feels good. Being at Scarefest inspired me a lot. I not only got to know Aaron, Adam and Eric a lot better, I also met lots of great people. People wonder what my next move is going to be, so I guess you can say that this blog is for every one of you that inspired me! You can work so hard in life to afford tangible items. Clothes, TV's, game consoles, or even collectibles. One day, while exiting your front door, someone comes in through the back to take what is rightfully yours. There is absolutely no way that anyone could ever take away my weekend at Scarefest from me. The friends I've made cannot be stolen, nor can my memory escape me of our good times. That is what life is about. At year's end, there are lots of great things happening. I did the "Classically Playful" photoshoot last week in pitch dark. Photographer and friend, George Bugbee knew of a great place to shoot. Little did I know, we were treading close to the gates of Hell. Walking down a dark tunnel in the middle of Sin City was a perfect way to spend my Monday night. If I'd only knew the NY Giants were gonna play horrible that night, I would've wanted to take some more photos. Shortly after my venture for bloody psycho pictures, friend Manny Avila and myself finished our Batman mural outside of my gallery. It surprised the hell out of me, this being our first mural and all. We worked so well together and I'm looking forward to the next one! In the near future my sister might also help me with one as well! "Metal Injection" my newest painting, is about 60% done. Once I get that done, I will continue where I left off with Aaron Goodwin's collection. On the side, I am continuing artwork for metal band, "Where The Fallen Lie" as well as other art for Camel Hump Recording Studio ( www.camelhumpmusic.com ) In other news, I am now a member of Dark Media City. You can join too! Go to www.darkmediacity.com. I will also be featured in the newest issue of The Spirits Digest. ( www.thespiritdigest.com ) The issue will come out right before Christmas and will also feature a certain house from a certain town I grew up in! Until next time, I bid farewell. -CG

Scarefest Ticket Giveaway!

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Who wants some tickets??? Well here's an easy way to win them....... "I'm not reading no funny books mama. Our bodies come and go, but this blood is forever!" Tell me what movie this quote is from, the character/Actor or actoress that said it, find them on twitter and mention them in your tweet with your answer(Include their twitter SN name for example, my name is: @CGabriel_art) First one I receive a tweet from with those THREE things gets a pair of glorious Scarefest tickets (2). (Note: If your tweet doesn't include all 3 things I've asked for, it will not count) There will be 2 runner-up prizes, a print of your choice. This giveaway starts at 3pm eastern, so any early tweets will be ignored. Sorry, have to be fair : ) CLUE: This person will be at Scarefest! As Jennifer Kirkland would say, "Good Luck y'all!" lol

Summer nights

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Running with Riley just now; Perfect summer night weather, smell of bbq's still aflame and children playing in the streets. As I run with my best friend by my side, I start to think, "Maybe you can't master true love until you've mastered true hate"? Whatever it was, I didn't want it to end. So I ran the extra mile. I will now sit in my studio and do what I love to do. Create.


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