acclimation

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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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dreamy

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.

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meow

October 29th, 2015 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s national cat day, y’all.

I’ve also been pretty darn consistent with the Inktober challenge. Only missed one day when we were off in the desert. I will be making that one up though, I promise.

Happy #nationalcatday to you. #inktober #instaart #watercolor #watercolour #winsorandnewton #cat #meow

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come on people!

October 5th, 2015 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I am participating in Inktober. It’s October with ink. Quite a challenge that I stumbled into on October 1st after innocently posting a portion of an inked artwork (my first out of 31). I then came across many, many other artists tagging their creations with #inktober. “What is this inktober?” I asked myself, and through the magic of the internet I found out 3 seconds later. Draw in ink, take a picture, post it with the tag. A great way to practice and motivate myself, and saturate the internet with my artwork for people to enjoy.

So for the entire month of October I will be creating daily sketches, drawings, and artwork with ink and posting them on my social media accounts. Yes social media, I am in. I was reflecting on that for today’s post:

Strangely wise

September 9th, 2015 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I love popping into the local Japanese Diaso store from time to time. They have a great selection of useful household and personal items, and some unique things I never knew I needed. My current favorite section is the stationary section, full of colorful pens, Sumi brushes, inks, and cute pencil cases. Some of these have sentimental phrases that kind of make sense, though the clarity has been lost in translation. You get more of the feeling of the message, rather than the logical, literal sense. I like these. It helps me get into the figurative, emotive, experiential world, where images and words have more meaning than their literal counterparts. Go now, to the nearest Japanese store.