Sunday, November 22, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

I SOLEMNLY SWEAR...

I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art
John Baldessari, 1971
installation at MOCA

John Baldessari is an art god.  I took the pledge: I will not make any more boring art.

LIVING JUST TO FIND EMOTION

Living Just To Find Emotion
acrylic on canvas
24" x 36"

You know you're now singing that oh so famous Journey song... sorry if it's stuck in your head. Music and art continue to go hand in hand for me; there was something about that particular line in that particular song that inspired this painting.  I mean, nobody can underestimate the power of Steve Perry's insane vocal capabilities to inspire, right?!  That's what happened here, and this was the outcome.

Click on the video below to check out a time-lapse of this piece from start to finish:


ARE YOU JEALOUS (OF MY FAVORITE COLORS?)



My artwork in a nutshell. I chose the song (one of my faves), 'Gotita de Mezcal' by the amazing Lila Downs. Enjoy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

KISS THE SKY

Kiss The Sky
acrylic on canvas
60" x 72"

March 14, 2015 was a big day for me... to say the least. I delivered and installed my first commissioned painting for the extraordinary guitarist Brian Ray - who is just as incredibly warm and gracious as he is talented.  

How did it all come about? Well, it all began with Instagram.  Brian came across this painting of mine that I had posted on my feed:

A Certain Slant of Sunlight
acrylic on canvas
24" x 30"

Needless to say I was flattered to receive a message on my Instagram feed from Brian showing interest in my work. He asked me how large the painting was and when I told him the dimensions, he mentioned that he was possibly interested in something around the size of 5' x 6,' and if I would maybe be interested in doing something like that.  It all seemed rather serendipitous: I always wanted to work larger and I had just moved into a new studio that would allow me to do so... of course I said yes!

Once Brian formally commissioned me to do the piece, I couldn't wait to start.

the beginning stages

Color is definitely my thing. Much of this painting is inspired by the highly saturated sunsets that often occur in Los Angeles and the Southern California area. There is this feeling of looking down onto a busy, vibrant LA city street at rush hour while the sun is setting.  There are elements of beauty and chaos; but there is also a feeling of harmony and togetherness.

detail
studio view
feeling blissful: completion

I also took inspiration from all of the great natural light and design elements in the living space where this painting was ultimately installed. 

And of course music often plays a role in my painting process. There is something that seemed to fit so perfectly with the overall feeling of this piece and that oh so famous Hendrix lyric.

installation day
everything in its right place

Since this all came about largely due to Instagram, I used it as a way to show the painting as it progressed. I photographed the painting at various stages: from just a few lines of color on the canvas to the final product. I put a few of those images together and created a short video documenting the progression:



Reflecting back on the entire process, it feels like a dream. I am so grateful that I had this amazing opportunity - it is truly special to create a piece for someone.  I have a lot of wonderful memories that I have taken away from this experience, so... "Excuse me while I kiss the sky."

Room View w/Painting (Photo Credit: Brian Ray)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ART ON VIDEO

Here's a short video showing my work in action: three layers of plexiglass painted with acrylic.  My cousin Alejandra's band, Mamita Box, provided the snippet of music. Without further ado I bring you Plaid #9 in twelve seconds...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MÉXICO TE TE LLEVO EN EL CORAZÓN

downtown San Luis Potosi at sunset

My mom is from San Luis Potosi, SLP.  Where is that you ask?  It is a city in central Mexico and I was lucky enough to spend two weeks there in July. As a kid I used to visit every summer with my parents and brothers. This time around, I travelled from LA with my mom and met up with various family members; it actually turned out to be a mini family reunion. Downtown San Luis Potosi is made up of colonial architecture and various plazas. My family's house is near downtown and being in the heart of the city, I was able to photograph some of the landmarks which make up its overall beauty.

Guanajuato in the rain

The state of San Luis Potosi shares a border with nine other states.  While I was there, I visited three cities in the state of Guanajuato: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, and Leon. My favorite (besides San Luis of course) was Guanajuato.  Guanajuato, GTO is a magical place. It is the birthplace of one of Mexico's greatest artists, Diego Rivera; and it is an epicenter of cultural vibrancy. If you are ever in Central Mexico GO TO GUANAJUATO!!! You should also visit San Miguel de Allende because it is gorgeous (and they have delicious churros con chocolate); just beware, there are loads of tourists there.. especially on the weekends.

hallway in Bellas Artes - San Miguel Allende

So here is a photographic journal of my vacation in Mexico. The food is amazing (if you are ever in San Luis, you must try Enchiladas Potosinas).  The people are warm and friendly.  And, Mexico is beautiful.  As an artist, I came back totally inspired with a desire to explore more of this wondrous place.  The real heart of Mexico is not what is portrayed in the media or in Hollywood movies: stereotypes and ignorance sucks!  México te llevo en el corazón!



SAN LUIS POTOSI, SLP

entrance to the courtyard in my uncle's house
the sunny side of the street
the Cathedral in SLP
church bell
la Iglesia de la Compañía
my favorite sculpture by artist: Federico Silva
my first Lucha Libre experience in SLP
 4-hour marathon of lucha libre

SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, GTO

every street in San Miguel is even more beautiful than the next
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
"knock, knock".. lots of great doors in San Miguel
colorful courtyards everywhere
with my cousin, Alejandra and "Frida"
oh lord.. churros con chocolate!!!

GUANAJUATO, GTO

the road from San Miguel to Guanajuato
the entire city is just as beautiful as this
the mercado in Guanajuato
with my mom, aunt, and uncle in Guanajuato
lovely music,  lovelier people
with my mom in front of Diego Rivera's birthplace
Diego Rivera: “An artist is above all a human being, profoundly human to the core. If the artist can’t feel everything that humanity feels, if the artist isn’t capable of loving until he forgets himself and sacrifices himself if necessary, if he won’t put down his magic brush and head the fight against the oppressor, then he isn’t a great artist.”