Is there life beyond oil paint?

As much as I love oil paints, I have to say it is hard to work on after I get home from 11 hours a day of working and commuting. I'm trying to find a new method of working that might not be faster, but is easier to work on and clean up after the day job. My experiment here is a quick little sketch with graphite and charcoal, and then painting on top with watercolor. So far it's working out and I think I will even try thin layers of oil paint on top...

Spectrum

I will have a piece featured in this years edition of Spectrum! Spectrum 22--So excited! I'm not sure which piece yet-just saw my name on the list of selected artists. Yes!! This lovely cover piece is by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme.

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Happenings

This Saturday July 5 2014, I will have a piece (Somnolent) in the Hive Gallery Group Show.  I also now have permanent gallery space at Hive Gallery, behind the group show gallery space!! I am so excited to have space here and I am grateful to Ken Dougherty for inviting me to join. Hive Gallery is located at 729 S. Spring St LA 90014, and the show will be up until August 2.

I will be live painting the night of August 8 at King King which is a 21 plus club located at 6555 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028. This is a Dolab/DoArt event! Solidisco, Steedlord and Marcelo Moxy will be performing.  I'm excited as live painting is so much fun!

If you haven't checked out the "I Heart LA" group exhibition at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery, please do! I'm not sure how much longer the pieces will be displaying, so go see it soon! My piece "Wallflower" is hanging there along with some beautiful pieces by a range of different LA artists.  Jeanie Madsen Gallery is located at 1431 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica Ca 90401. This show is a collaboration with Jeanie Madsen and LC from Thinkspace Gallery (aka Mr. NumberOnederful)

That's all for now!!


Illuminate Album Release Party

I had the best time live painting at Maki Hsieh's album release party Illuminate! Illya from Roam Creative gallery ( a beautiful little gallery with an enchanting zen vibe located in Topanga) assembled a great group of live painters for the event including such talents as Dave Zaboski, Michael Pukac and Ngene Mwaura.  Lots of great music and talented, creative vendors helped to create an eclectic community vibe full of fun and dancing.  I connected with many amazing people and am happy and grateful to have participated in the event.  I look forward to more live painting in my future! Which just so happens to be at King King on August 8 with Soldisco + Steed Lord performing :)



Dreams and Happenings

I'm honored and excited to have my work showing in various places around Los Angeles! Yay!! First, I have two pieces, Somnolent and 4th Etheric up at Studio C Gallery in the ONEIRA: I DREAM THE SELF group show.  This show was a beautiful one for me to partake in because of my deep interest in dream work.  There was a long period in my life where I woke up each and every morning to write about and contemplate on the incredibly vivid dreams from the night before, and in doing so created many positive and lasting changes in my life as a result.  I remember right before I left a deeply damaging relationship, I had reoccurring dreams involving myself having tails-long serpent tails or short furry deer tails--tails, tails, tails, and more tails.  One particular night, I dreamt of having a beautiful, iridescent mermaid tail.  I was on the edge of a cliff overlooking an incredibly deep part of an ocean..and I was terrified to jump off...in fact, in real life I am afraid of being underwater and I still cannot swim...but in the dream I felt my tail growing larger and stronger, more vivid in color with each moment.  It gave me the courage to jump into the water where in the dream I actually experienced the beauty and strength of swimming freely and without fear, under the deep water with whales, dolphins and colorful fish, breathing naturally in the water like I had been one with it since birth.  I felt completely free, strong, happy, connected with the universe and so very alive.  I literally woke up and left the relationship the next day.  Of course, there had been many other steps leading up to my courage and I don't imply that the dream is the only thing that gave me the strength to leave, but the dream was a symbol of my strength and readiness, and I will never forget the beauty of that dream or what it meant to me to wake up from it.  Dreamwork is very special to me, and I know I am not alone in my feelings toward this. So many of us seek and find answers within our dreams.  We face our fears and live out our desires.  Emotions are vivid and alive, and, if we desire, we can control our dreams, shape them, turn them around, face our fears and in doing so come closer to turning our waking lives into that which we dream about.

ONEIRA: I DREAM THE SELF is an all women art show concerning the world of dreams and what it means to ourselves as artists and women.  We will have a closing reception this coming Saturday June 14 from 6 to 9 at STUDIO C GALLERY--Santa Fe Art Colony 2349 So. Santa Fe Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90058 For more information: studiocla148@gmail.com / 323 363-2188.  There are some creative pieces in the show! Peggy Nichols, Kaleeka Bond, Kathryn Jacobi, Hanneke Naterop and Kimberly Webber are just a few of the other talented female artists who participated in the show! This Sat will be the last day to see everyone's work together in this powerful show--so come by.

I also have my Wallflower piece up at the JEANIE MADSEN GALLERY, 1431 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica.  Penny Marshall, Chico Brown and Mercedes joined forces with Jeanie Madsen and LC from Cannibal Flower to create a red carpet charity event for Reach Back LA called I HEART LA in which a group of LA artists all contributed work--20% of the art work sales go straight to Reach Back LA!  The show will be up for another month so please go check it out--The gallery is right across the water in Santa Monica where there are plenty of super yummy places to eat right around the street--make a date night of it and go check out some art, the ocean and eat some delicious food :)

I will be participating in the LA ART WALK downtown this coming Thursday June 12, 2014.  My Reconstruction painting will be showing along with a couple of my figure paintings at the DOVE BISCUIT STUDIO which is a gallery located above THE LAST BOOKSTORE.  DOVE BISCUIT is a gallery run by Robin McGough who is an amazing man I just met and already discovered is not afraid to tell his story and live his truth authentically.  I am honored to met him, plus I think he has some super cool pieces in his gallery worth checking out! Come down to LA ART WALK this coming Thursday, June 12 from 6 to midnight. 453 S Spring St Suite M-4, Los Angeles, California 90013

Lastly, this coming Saturday June 14 at Lot 613, which is located at 613 Imperial St, Los Angeles 90021,  I will be LIVE PAINTING for the ILLUMINATE event! "THE CRUZ COALITION, THE GOOD VIBE, BURNLA and ROAM CREATIVE join forces for the one-time only  ILLUMINATE which benefits Maki Hsieh's debut album "Illuminate"! Featuring two stages of epicness and an artisan courtyard full of light, love and glow. Kick-off your most amazing summer with masters of bass and harmony, light workers, live painters, and co-creators of light and love. $15 first tier, $25 at the door at http://illuminate-fundraiser.eventbrite.com."   Other live painters include Michael Pukac, Dave Zabowski, David Art Lawell, Aaron Mostow, Ngene Mwaura, Yuki Miyazaki and Joey Rotten--should be super fun! I will be live painting starting at 9, and MAYBE going all the way to 4 in the morning--we'll see how far I go! 

That's it for now! :) 

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Getting out of the home and my head

It has been quite some time since I've written on a public blog! I started one a few years back on blogspot under the title Zoetic, but it's been a minute since I've touched it.  I love the idea of blogs and love reading what other people are up to in theirs...let's see if I can integrate writing in my own blog more frequently into my life.  I write all the time in journals, so it sounds like it won't be tooo hard of a transition!

I've spent so much time alone in my studio and working for Bioworld creating graphics for the apparel industry that I've felt strongly for some time that it's waaay past due for me to go out into the world and start hanging out with other artists to talk with them, connect, be inspired, see how they live their lives and what they are up to.  So lately, over the past few weeks, I have been getting involved in live painting events! This terrified me at first, but that's all the more reason for me to continue doing it! Actually, it's still a bit scary.  As an artist and a bit of a perfectionist, I'm so critical of myself and my own procedures and outcomes that why in the world would I want to display the very thing I'm critical of and the manner in which I create the things I am critical of? The little voices in my head (FEAR) tell me I'm not ready yet, I'm not good enough yet, I don't paint fast enough, I don't spend enough time in the week drawing and painting yet, I don't want to be seen or heard, who do I think I am?? 

The older I get and the deeper I allow myself to develop as well as really get to know and listen to myself, to pay attention to my intuition, what my body tells me and how I want to progress my life, the easier it is to FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY.  Everyone has those little voices inside--it's part of our interesting and complex psychological makeup as human beings.  I have been choosing lately to observe my own feelings and behaviors from almost an outsiders perspective...to know that I am NOT those feelings--I allow them to come, I allow myself to feel them fully but not to let them stop me. In feeling them fully, they tend to warp and change and exit my body which helps rather than hinders. Additionally,  what's the worse that can happen anyway? I create a shitty painting, but no one is going to remember and think about it and point at me, laughing anyway....the only one affected is ME and I have been through much much much worse in my life for a shitty painting to stop me :) plus it all chalks up to those 10,000 hours of experience everyone has to go through anyway....and so far it pushes me to paint faster and make more strokes that actually count...

And you know what? It turns out live painting is SO MUCH FUN!!! The people involved are super enlightened it seems (so far at least), there's always great djs playing in the background, I get to meet other artists and tons of people, I'm usually dancing and painting at the same time--feeling the fear and doing it anyway has paid off--again! Out of the three times I've live painted, I've only scraped the painting once.

My first event was for the DoArt Foundation at Angel City Brewery for Heritage Day.  Super fun scene with food trucks, lots of art and vendors, some other live painters, bands, flowing beer, etc.  My next event was a huge one--Lightning in A Bottle Music and Art Festival which is a camping event I have gone to for the past three years featuring electronic music, bands, yoga, african dance, tantra classes, organic food, drumming and sooo much more.  I was incredibly honored to have been chosen this year as one of the 50 featured artists painting, including artists like Mear One, Van Saro, John Park, Angelina Christina and a ton more-- 16,000 people were in attendance and I got to paint as long as I wanted for four days straight--which was absolutely amazing! 

I will be at ILLUMINATE June 14, 2014 painting from 9pm to 4am.  Michael Pukac who I briefly met at LIB will be one of the other featured artists and he is a PRO at this live painting stuff. I got to watch him in action at LIB and he is also teaching a class at ROAM in Topanga that I will definitely be attending coming up shortly.  I can't wait to hear what he has to share in Topanga.