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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Last show of April

April 27th, 2017 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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desert

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

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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!

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