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!

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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!

 

 

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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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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pathway

October 17th, 2014 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Days like today, when the leaves are transforming ordinary gutters into Goldsworthy-worthy stripes of orange, I can’t help but feel the change of the season, and with that, a change of perspective.

It takes me back, several sketchbook eras ago, to see my life in segments, stepping stones, sequential stages to the point where I stand now.
From my current perspective, I want to be “there” already. I want to be enlightened, free of doubt, making it as an artist (define that please).
After looking back to see the sequential, crucial stages I went through, I realize how much I have grown. I am “there” if you asked my 22 year-old self.

Choices in life brought me here. I could have studied art in college, but I didn’t. Perhaps that would have been the easy way to do it. Perhaps if I had gone to art school, I would be in a great job with a big company, making art for movies or games or cartoon shows or commercial packaging. That would be great. But it would not be me. I used to kick myself for not taking that route to “success” but now I realize that it is someone else’s definition of success, not mine. I need substance, I need meaningful interaction. Turning out cute drawings to promote profit in other people’s businesses is a great career choice, just not for me.

Are there wrong paths to take in life? Are there even any paths to take other than the one we are on?

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