ArtWalk NTC 2015

August 3rd, 2015 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

By now you may have heard the rumors that I have a tent at this year’s San Diego ArtWalk at NTC/Liberty station.

Everyone (in my house) is talking about it.

Good thing for you though, because there is unlimited room and free admission, and tons of parking.
(there’s even a Trader Joe’s down the street for groceries afterwards!)

So in (less than) two weeks if you find yourself itching to look at and purchase some beautiful artwork from local artists,
you know where to go.

I will be in tent #131 ready to say hello to you when you arrive. Until then, I have some paintings to finish.


It’s true, I have been cranking out the artwork lately, getting ready for the ArtWalk NTC event in 2 weeks.

Two weeks. yup. Sure I am ready. Ready to go. In two weeks.
If you are in town, please stop on by to say hello and keep me on my toes!

I don’t have pictures of the pieces I just finished this week, but here’s an old one I did a few months ago to celebrate the arrival a friend’s new little one.

Happy Blue Moon y’all


something aboot a bridge

July 17th, 2015 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We went to Vancouver, British Columbia last week and it was amazing.

The nature is on steroids, and the people are inherently nice.


There is much of the world I have not seen, but Vancouver would be on my list of out-of-country places to move. I even started unconsciously picking up the subtle accent (nothing bad aboot it)

Back to painting! Back to being an artist. Back to being who I am meant to be, not who anyone else thinks I should be. It’s a well talked about concept, but a whole other thing to put it into everyday life.

Here’s to crossing that bridge:

Suspended over the treetops as I cross another bridge. #canada #bridge #seatosky #shift

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Working on my tree today, looking forward to seeing it hang in my booth at #artwalkntc this august!

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thoughts on cats

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



I have never lived with a cat. Before my husband and I married, he was adopted by a stray petite, sweet one eyed kitty (legend had it she had a fight with a raccoon) and she stayed with me one night. My apartment had fleas afterwards. Other than that, I have never lived with a cat.

When the Artist Republic 4 Tomorrow gallery in Laguna Beach asked if I would participate in their upcoming cat show, I balked. I know nothing about cats. I”m not even sure I trust them- they always seem to know too much… planning for revenge…

But alas, I agreed and ended up with the kitty above. This was a very fun project to work on, fun to come up with the objects inside (my favorites are the bread clip and the thumbdrive). So glad I decided to participate!

The show runs Through the 26th of April, I recommend heading over to the gallery in Laguna Beach if you find yourself in the area!


January 30th, 2015 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


We went to Joshua Tree last weekend for a getaway and to visit the meditation center.

If you have not been to that region, it is the high desert, specifically the Mojave desert, and it’s, well, it’s a desert.
It’s warm and dry. Since it is January, it was not sweltering hot, just nice and sunny. Saturday the wind picked up as we hiked amongst the strange looking trees in Joshua Tree National Park, but all was warm and pleasant during the day, and slightly chilly during the evening.

It wasn’t until we got back Sunday night until we realized the effect of the the dry desert air.

I instantly went into the cold that was threatening since the week before, and my nose was incredibly dry and flaky skin around my nostrils.
Our lips were chapped, our throats were dry, our eyes felt itchy, our skin tight and dehydrated.   (this after 2 days in the desert- are we coastal or what?)

It was obvious to us that we did not prepare for our trip.

Note to self: next time we go to the desert- drink 10x more water and slather on 10x more chapstick and bring the coconut oil!



healthy new year

December 31st, 2014 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


I don’t think I am alone here when I say my pants are fitting a bit tighter after the holidays.

When I look back at the past month or two of eating habits and exercise routines (or lack thereof), I can’t help but cringe. I’ve given in. I’ve let go. I’ve consumed our neighbor’s delicious cookies with ease, and my nephew’s chocolate gifts with reckless abandon. I’ve given up morning walks for sleeping in, and evening walks for watching movies. And now we arrive on the cusp of the new year, thinking over the past 12 months and wondering what new things the next months will provide.

So in pure cliche New Year’s form, I’m putting it out on the internet that I need to put the chocolate and cheesy crackers down and stop mindlessly snacking with the idea that food will keep my fingers and toes warmer. I’m going to go on a walk to warm up and then snuggle up in bed to watch a movie to stay warm. I’m going to make fresh ginger tea instead of rich hot chocolate, and most importantly, I’m going to love myself whether I do these things or not, whether I loose pound or two or not, because in reality, everything is okay.

Happy new year, everyone!

the internets

December 21st, 2014 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Have you ever gotten sucked into the internet time-warp and come out of the other side with a slight hang over,
several hours behind, and feeling like you just got off a 23 hour flight to the other side of the world?

So have I. It’s embarrassing to admit, and I could be making so many drawings and paintings with this lost time.
I could be writing and addressing these darn cards already (yes I know, 5 days left until Christmas, and I still have not sent out a single card- Don’t worry Grandma! Yours will go out in the mail on Monday, I promise…unless I get sucked back into the abyss)

On the other hand, I now know what Jimmy Fallon and Oprah did on the Tonight Show, I have warm-fuzzy feelings from watching this dog run, and I am well versed in the archives of Kate Beaton’s brilliant comics.

Happy Saturday night, may you be doing things more exciting than staring at a digital rectangle.

Mabel (a.k.a. Super Mabel)

November 24th, 2014 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


This summer you may remember that I took part in a fundraising art show in collaboration with Quiznos, for San Diego Comic Con.

They came to me with a theme of Superheros, gave me a Quiznos wrapper mounted on a board, and gave me a deadline. The theme made me think of the usual superheros I grew up with; Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Greatest American Hero, Powdered Toast Man, etc. As tempting as it was to bring one of these characters back from the grave, it just didn’t feel right to use the creative mojo from someone else’s creation.

I let the project sit on the back burners of my mind for about a month, until I the day realized the deadline was only a week away. Motivated by the lack of time, I turned to my most current obsession of the moment, family photographs. My mother is an avid, experienced genealogist, and had sent me some burned DVDs of family photos from both my mother’s and father’s sides. I have several of these photos printed out on my inspiration board, mostly as a cheerleading squad of old, dead people whom I’ve never met. They still cheer me on with their vaguely familiar facial features, their lives lived in a manner that is completely unknown and mysterious to me, and the eery feeling that the evolution of our family bloodline from hundreds of years of struggle and emotional sleepwalking, has all come to a breaking point with me, sitting here with my modern technology, an unexplainable connection to past, and an unnerving empathy of the world around me.

Out of all of this, one photo stood out. An older lady, solid and unfazed by being infront of a camera, stood awkwardly unapologetic with two little girls (one of whom would become my mother). Mabel was her name and she was born in 1881, grew up in Kansas on a farm, had 8 children (one of whom would become my grandfather), and moved to California during the depression when her sons came here for work. My mother remembers her vaguely as being old and frail, and she died a few years after this photo was taken.

The only thing she was missing was a super hero cape and mask. In just a few days I had finished the painting, added a polyurethane sealant on top, and shipped it to the gallery curator, to be seen on the fundraiser night.

The Quiznos Qanvas Fundraiser was a success, and raised over $10,000 for local artists and non-profits. Mabel now lives with someone else in San Diego, but I hear she is doing well, and has a very comfortable spot on the wall.


Why do I paint what I paint?

November 10th, 2014 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Why did you choose an Octopus?
Why did you choose to paint him with a sitar?

If you’d like me to make something up in order to sound deep or contemplative and moody, I can. However, usually I just paint. I just paint, then realize something looks octopus-like, then I paint some more, and realize this octopus needs to be doing something. Then I think of a guitar in it’s tentacles, but that seems so boring and expected. Cue a George Harrison song, and a sitar-playing octopus is born, so I just paint.

I used to wish I had some deep philosophical reasoning behind the paintings I make, so that when people stop in front of one in a gallery, they read the artist’s blurb and look back at the painting in awe thinking, “it’s so profound” or, “this artist must be smarter and more philosophical than I, because I have no idea what these words mean, and what they have to do with this painting, but in order to save face as an intellectual art connoisseur, I will nod my head and say how profound this is.”

I have often been confused with some artist’s blurbs about their paintings, and sometimes I think of what it would be like if I chose to bullshit my way through a blurb in order to sound like a profoundly deep artist:

This painting represents the 8 tentacled monster inside of all of us, writhing and slithering through the dense ocean of uncertainty. The sitar, protectively cluched tightly against the body of the octopus, represents the yearning to be the creator of our lives, and to construct an environment of beauty around us, no matter the opinions or rejections of those around us. The eye of the octopus stares straight at the viewer, daring them to object to the song it is about to play.

That’s not bad. I just made it up. Is this how artists create their blurbs about their paintings? Or do most artist plan it out, have the foresight to think about how each element of the painting will have meaning, and to execute the painting according to this plan? If so, I am not this kind of artist. I am one who creates, doesn’t worry about why or what or if it makes sense, and then afterwards, I get to decipher what my unconscious was trying to say.

Last night we went to the reception at the AR4T gallery in Laguna Beach. The octopus was joined my about 70 other pieces all with the loose theme of Art and Nature. Great Gallery, great people. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area. This show runs until November 30th. I met the woman who bought the octopus. I am glad it’s going to a musically creative home. Happy travels, octopus!

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