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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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.

lovely weekend

August 19th, 2015 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

ArtWalk NTC was a great time, I met some wonderful artists and lovely folks walking around enjoying the art.

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Thank you all who stopped by to visit, it was a hot, humid weekend and seeing everyone’s smiling faces made the heat much more tolerable.
A success! Now back to painting.

 

Bear with me

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

Oh I am just full of puns today.

Must be a Tuesday-before-ArtWalk thing.

Just bearly finishing this guy before #artwalksd this weekend. :-) #cute #bear #art #acrylic

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thoughts on cats

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

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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!

Why do I paint what I paint?

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

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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!

Qanvas by Quiznos

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Yes, that would be Canvas, but with a Q.

I am going to art exhibit thursday evening to see my own artwork, as well as 49 other artists’ work.
The show benefits ArtReach, one of the nonprofits I work for, and is appropriately themed “super heroes,” riding on the start of this years Comic-Con convention in San Diego.

Artists were given a clean, unused Quiznos sandwich wrapper to use as their canvas (hence the Qanvas) and free license to create any super hero image they would like.

Here is a sneak peak at where I started with this project; with a little inspiration from my Great Grandmother Mabel, born in 1881, shown here with my mother and her sister in the mid 50’s. The Qanvas made for a challenging surface to paint on. Can’t say I’ve attempted to paint on a sandwich wrapper before this, but now I have. While challenging, I found it enjoyable to creatively tackle the difficulties, and successfully make this a personal tribute to a family member I never met except through black and white photos.

qanvasB4jkThe show is this Thursday, July 24th, at the Space 4 Art Gallery, downtown San Diego. For more information, visit this website.