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end of spring

May 25th, 2017 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The month of May has flown by incredibly fast. Such a beautiful month to be outside in the desert enjoying the remaining flowers (still going!) and watching the bright greens fade to golden hues. The baby bunnies are still numerous and spastically cute and the quail families are scurrying around with their dozen little ones.

It was nice to have a little break from participating in major Art Shows, although I have been joining some of the other local artists on Sundays in downtown Joshua Tree for the weekly Arts and Crafts Festival. It’s a small, intimate show with mostly tourists and a few locals walking around looking for local handmade treasures and it’s keeping me on my toes and in good shape for the bigger upcoming shows (literally, my body is becoming a muscular tent setting-up machine). I’ll be there most Sundays for now, unless I’m out of town.

I will be packing up my car once again next week and heading to my hometown of Thousand Oaks for their annual ArtWalk on June 3-4, 10-5 pm. Looking forward to visiting with family and seeing some familiar places and faces.

Now go outside and enjoy the last bits of spring!


Last show of April

April 27th, 2017 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Today I am packing up the Subaru for a lovely drive tomorrow down to San Diego for this weekend’s Mission Federal ArtWalk.

**Artist plug: I will be on Fir Street, around the corner from Blick Art Supply, tent #717. See you there this weekend! 11-6 each day.**

It is the fourth and final showing of my art this month. What a month it has been! Every show is a wonderful blend of connecting with all sorts of amazing people and the satisfaction of sending off my creations to their new homes. This weekend will be one of my favorites, as I spent 11 years in San Diego, and visited this particular ArtWalk when I was looking for my first apartment in the area. Oh have I changed since then, and it feels like these shows have been part of that journey.

May will bring a little more calm into my life, though some Sundays I will be setting up my tent at the weekly Joshua Tree Arts and Crafts Festival, where the Farmers market is on Saturdays. Half a day, hanging out with locals and tourists, selling a few things here and there, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

As I am packing my car with paintings and prints, I keep catching the eye of this guy.


He and I have spent some quality time together. Inspired by the quail who peck around the dirt outside my studio window and who’s calls echo throughout the sunsets, his little personality brings me joy every time I look at him. I’ve used him for my newsletter and my new business cards this year, and my favorite description of him was from a British lady at the Indian Wells Art Show. She described him as “cheeky.” I couldn’t agree more.




Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival

April 7th, 2017 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

April is a busy month for me as I check off art festivals one weekend after another. Last weekend was in the beautiful tennis gardens in Indian Wells. What a lovely weekend it was! After my tent survived the epic wind storm (though a few others did not) the weather was warm and calm. Met some great folks and even was awarded a third place ribbon for painting. All in all I give last weekend a thumbs up.


And now I head to the Oasis Visitors Center in 29 Palms for the 25th Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival. The weather forecast? Wind. I guess that is something to get used to out here in the California desert. We will be sheltered by a building, so hopefully nobody’s art goes flying into the cacti. See y’all there!

Later this month, a one day Arts and Crafts show in downtown Joshua Tree on the 23rd (where the farmers market is held) and Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego, April 29th and 30th.

May is looking to be a bit quieter.

Indian Wells Arts Festival

March 30th, 2017 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This weekend is the Indian Wells Arts Festival in the Palm Desert area of California. Looks like it will be beautiful weather for the three day event, though today I will be setting up my tent in the middle of a wind storm. Ah the fun part of doing outdoor art shows. Hope everything will be there in the morning!

I am looking forward to this event, the Tennis Gardens of the Indian Wells Tennis Club look prestine and beautiful and I have heard nothing but good things about the art festival itself.

Just have a few last things to pack in my car (like the new painting below) and I will be off! See you there.


Spring again

March 10th, 2017 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Did we just skip over winter? It was not intentional. Winter is beautiful here- the snow covered mountains, the ice filled bird baths, the internal arthritic ache of cold hands. I thoroughly enjoyed my first winter here. Cold but doable. It is usually quiet and peaceful here, but the winter was extra quiet and extra peaceful. Most of the bunnies and birds and critters were hiding away, and the most wildlife I would see somedays would be a couple of ravens.

The last few weeks have changed drastically. Now everything is coated in green and starting to flower. There are furry, feathered and scaley creatures at every turn, and the babies. The BABIES! So distracting to see baby bunnies that could fit in your palm, jumping around spastically with their fuzzball bodies and tiny ears. Difficult to get any work done with that scene outside my window, but at the same time it sure is inspiring.


Since it’s spring, it means festival season has begun. My first is the Indian Wells Art Festival in a couple of weeks on March 31- April 2nd at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. My first time doing this show, and I am excited! Looks like a beautiful location, and I have so much work that is ready to be shown off (and sent to their new homes).

The very next weekend will be the Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival at the Oasis Visitors Center in 29 palms.

Later in April, in San Diego, will be the Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy.

It will be a busy April.

As I cast aside my heavy sweaters in favor of lighter weight fabrics, I feel like I am coming out of hibernation, coming out of the winter studio where I have been wrapped in a blanket, sipping tea as I add layers upon layers of paint on canvas after canvas. Spring is the season of reaching out and doing cleaning and embracing new things.


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)

photo 9

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!



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