open studio tours

October 12th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Man it’s nice to be on the other side of summer and enjoying a much cooler breeze! I am also enjoying going outside during the day and feeling the lovely warmth of the sun on my skin. It actually feels pleasant.

Last month I participated in the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition weekend event and month long gallery show. I sold the piece in the gallery and sold a bunch of art in my booth at the exposition. I was also reminded of why I am so happy I moved here- the people. I met the sweetest, kindest, coolest, creative fun beautiful people at that show, and have never felt more at home.

This month is the famed Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours! It is a large event with 135 artists participating all over the Morongo Basin for two weekends. All you need to do is grab a catalogue with a map and pick out who you want to go see in their studio- and meet the artist face to face and buy art directly from them. I’m in studio #65 in Joshua Tree and I will be open both weekends. Grab your friends and drive out to the desert this weekend or the next! Such a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a weirdly beautiful desert art environment.

With the Studio Tours is a Group show at 29 Palms Art Gallery for the participants of the tours. Great work all around- go check it out, it’s up until the 30th, and they have a chili dinner fundraiser on the 22nd.


Also this month is Inktober, and for those of you who know about last year’s inktober endeavor, it sure is entertaining. Basically the premise is that you draw (with ink) every day and post it on social media with the hashtag #inktober. It’s a great way to practice drawing and then posting that drawing without overworking it for weeks. Follow along (or catch up) at my instagram page: @jessiekeylon (and click “follow” while you’re at it)

one thing at a time…

August 28th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Another month, another ArtWalk. A couple of weeks ago I packed my car and drove to San Diego to participate in the lovely ArtWalk art festival in the Liberty Station complex. The weather was perfect and the people were absolutely wonderful. Many people went home with a little part of me (I do hope they post pictures of their new paintings in their new digs- oh please do!) and I packed up after the long work-end and came home.

Now I am looking forward to September. Out here in the desert it supposedly means the monsoon season which includes humid weather, thunderstorms and flooding. Should be fun! At least my car will finally get it’s annual accidental carwash.

September 17th and 18th is a weekend festival and gallery show I’ve been looking forward to. It’s the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition and the festival will be held on “the lawn” at the 29 Palms Inn while the juried gallery show will at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. The reception and awards night is Saturday September 17th but the show runs all month. I will be there all weekend with all my latest works for sale. If you’re in the neighborhood it would be lovely to have you stop by and say hi!

I’m also planning for the biggest local arts event of the year, the HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours two weekend in October, but one thing at a time!
One event at a time, one painting at a time, one day at a time, one breath at a time.



July 15th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)



There was a time when I was a kid that I didn’t like my long crooked toes (or the fact I was taller than my elementary school teachers, or the fact that I was good at art, a mere “hobby”).

While it is such a relief to be on this side of that story as an adult, I am still shedding remnants of that negative habit pattern. Slivers of insecurities that are not mine, were never mine; taken from adult remarks or peer evaluations or images on the television.

Remember that today when you look in the mirror and self criticize, no matter how trivial the issue. You are not your insecurities. You are perfect. Now go do something you want to do.


May 28th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Almost two full months of living in the desert and I am getting the hang of it all.

A little extra water, sunscreen, lotion, hat and I am good to go (and by a little, I mean a lot)

Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego was a nice break to hang out in the coastal region (thank you all who came out and bought some art!), but I found myself glad to be back amongst the dry dusty prickly allure of my new town. The art scene here is hoppin. Sure it may not be a well polished, plastic Los Angeles gallery who’s who scene; instead it’s a brash unabashed and free to create without constraints who’s who scene. Just entered a piece for a group show next month (I’ll let you know if I get in) and I look forward to meeting my fellow weirdo artists out here. This town is crawling with them!

Also it’s springtime still, and for the last couple of months the weather has been absolutely lovely with critters going at it and producing the cutest mini-critters, which are now at every turn. I know this weather will not last, the cacti flowers will fade and the intensity of the sun will dramatically increase to hellish levels, but I still love it. It’s so beautiful and peaceful and surprisingly alive in it’s desolateness.

I leave you with a shot of a baby bunny on my front porch.


onwards to the art festival!

April 28th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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The Subaru is packed and ready to go to San Diego! All of my art has been carefully padded in order to get to YOU safely. Join me this weekend at #artwalksandiego in #sandiego I will be in tent #910 facing Blick art supplies on the same block as Filippi’s. See you there!



ArtWalk San Diego

April 25th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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I’ve been busy putting together my finished art pieces and prints for you folks in San Diego!

Yes it’s true I don’t live in San Diego anymore, but I will be visiting this weekend in order to participate in this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy near downtown San Diego. I have a great spot on India Street where I will be gazing at Blick Art Supplies.

Come on down Saturday or Sunday to tent #910. Also on that block will be my friends at Scripps Health, who will be letting everyone participate in a huge coloring sheet mural which I designed and inked out.

If I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to you, now is the chance to come by in person and say hello (and then goodbye), all while stocking up on some new art for you walls.

See you this weekend!

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new digs

April 11th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

What a whirlwind it has been the last month or so. We picked up our life in San Diego, packed it all in boxes on a truck and headed northeast to the little desert community of Joshua Tree, CA. We had been looking for a house here for almost two years and had pretty much given up the search when nothing seemed like a good fit. As some of you may know that when you are searching for something, sometimes you can only find it after you give up the search. So this lovely house popped up on the market and we took a look at it and boom, fast forward to today: new town, new home, new studio, and new perspective.

After I unpack these last remaining boxes and get some art up on these bare walls, I am looking forward to settling into the desert life. Excited to share the things I discover and how this environment will impact my artwork. Good times!


New friends

February 13th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

These guys are keeping me company lately. The studio can be kind of quiet and lonely sometimes and these guys have enough personality to fill in the silence.

I started with a small batch of just over a dozen and already half are on their way to a gallery in Orange County (more on that later), so I am starting a new batch of 50 different critters in fabulous neckware.

These will be up for sale at ArtWalk end of April here in San Diego along with everything else I can possibly produce between now and then. If you can’t wait until then, you can email me for details. In the meanwhile these guys would love to say hello.



busy little paintings

February 1st, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I started with 15 of these 4×4 little wooden panels, started drawing circles on them, painted some awesome colors, and now I am adding creatures.
I like them so much, I just ordered 50 more. I can’t wait until they get here. Oh the possibilities! Back to painting I go.



November 12th, 2015 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This weekend is the opening of a group show at the Sparks Gallery in downtown San Diego. I have two pieces on display; my large tree painting, “Bend” and a curious piece,”curator.” The theme is “Wandering in the Dream Field” and a professional harpist will be playing during the opening. To attend the opening you must RSVP on their facebook event page here.

With this gallery opening, I am embracing the vulnerability of putting myself out there. Exposing my fears, exposing my thoughts and embracing myself as an artist. A very introspective time; a very healing time. The painting below I just finished today.

Have a great weekend everyone, honor yourself and your feelings.