The Girl Goes Big

I had a vision or maybe just a crazy idea, but either way I followed it. I had an idea to paint a 360 degree mural. I wanted it to feel like you were walking into a painting.  I love over-sized Art work. How it makes you feel small but leaves you inspired and in Awe.

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I found the inspiration in a vintage Vogue magazine. I’m not done using this as inspiration, I can see much more art being inspired by these photos.

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With this project I challenged myself to not buy any new supplies and to only use what we already had.

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To every project, there is the starting point. And this time I was not afraid.

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I never worry about the first layer. It’s fun and play. It’s the reason I paint. I allow myself to just try ANYthing. To be the learner who doesn’t need to know but rather a time of exploration and experiment. It’s where I find my freedom.

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Once I let myself go, I am open to every color that wants to play.

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I love to put colors together. I love the action of painting with a brush. To me it’s a dance. Sometimes I lead and sometimes I follow.

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Every brush stroke is another thought. A contemplation, a ponder, an abstract of the conscious that manifest itself in color.

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At this point I got stuck. I knew what I wanted put I didn’t trust I could do it. My friends came in and reminded me of my dreams and encouraged me to Keep Going! The older I get, the more accepting of the fact that there are times I need people to encourage me. That I am part of the collective dream and how important it is to have a tribe.

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Valerie who is my number one cheerleader came in and did some finishing touches.

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And there she is, “The Girl Goes Big”

I didn’t end up painting a 360 degree mural. I am ok with that, I knew with this project that I was gonna have to let some things go, in order to see where she wanted to go.

I learned a lot during this time. Sometimes an idea pulls you to see how far you will go. Sometimes in the process you have to lead and sometimes you have to follow. That process is as important as the finished project. And if you’re lucky enough to find your tribe, the ones that encourage to keep going, then you can go BIG!

And now I am curious on where this girl wants to go next?

You can view “The Girl Goes Big” at the Magoski Arts Colony  in Fullerton, CA until the end of the year.

 

 

Kindness Noted

This summer I had the pleasure and honor to create three artist edition journals for the Kindness Noted Project. You can find more information {here} to read more about how Kindness Noted started and how with a simple act of kindness we can change our world. Because really it can be so simple.

I challenged myself to create three different books. This book was inspired by Alice and Wonderland, because it’s always a kind thing to share tea!


This book was inspired by the Abalone we found on our recent road trip.


And this one was inspired by the colors of the ocean.

Film Process


Film Process is not cheap. No matter how you go about doing it. Even if you tried to get color film developed, it’s expenisive and it’s hard to find places that will do it. So film photography remains an Art, as well as a Science. A slow process experiment.





But no matter what you get, it’s always worth the wait.

Film Cameras


One of my personal philosophies in life is to always stay the student. Learning new things allows me to remain humble and attentive. And since I am just learning, I give myself the freedom to experiment, play and make mistakes. I find my freedom in not needing to know everything, but rather in being a learner. 


That lead me to another adventure in art. I recently unpacked these vintage film cameras that were handed down to me by my dad. I did a little research, cleaned them up and got new batteries. 

Most of the cameras that I have are from my dad. He use to work for PanAm airlines and would come home from work, either finding them on the airplanes or get them as gifts from travelers around the world

The first camera I tried was the Canon Canonet QL19.  It was introduced in March of 1965 and is a 35mm rangefinder. This camera is the first one I put black and white film in. I wasn’t sure it was even going to work, and sure enough it doesn’t work. But it’s still a beauty. 


I then tried the Olympus 35RC,  also a 35mm rangefinder and was built in the 70’s. Noah found this camera at an estate sale. I tried this camera and it hasn’t been my favorite. I like that it’s small,but you can’t do as many manual options as I would like. 


I then tried The canon AE-1 which was also from my dad. The Canon AE1 is from the early 80’s and was a very common camera for it’s time. When I pulled this one out recently it wasn’t working but Noah figured out how to fix it, and now it’s working. I like that it has more options to learn from and I love the clarity of the lens. So far it’s been my favorite.

The Man Who Left His Exsistence


This is work I did for the San Francisco show “Realms of the Autogenous Self”  show held at The Convent Arts Collective.

Title: “The Man Who Walked Out of His Existence.”

In a rural little town that is full of unlimited possibilities, we stumbled across these shoes. Alone they marked the existence of a Man. Without a trace and no footsteps in sight, the man left, leaving only what we can speculate of a life that was too much or not enough. In one moment he gave it all up, and walked into another realm. 

Original photography transfer on wood. 5.1 X 5.1 

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