affirmation

July 15th, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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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.

busy little paintings

February 1st, 2016 | Posted by jesskeylon in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I started with 15 of these 4×4 little wooden panels, started drawing circles on them, painted some awesome colors, and now I am adding creatures.
I like them so much, I just ordered 50 more. I can’t wait until they get here. Oh the possibilities! Back to painting I go.

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dreamy

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

This weekend is the opening of a group show at the Sparks Gallery in downtown San Diego. I have two pieces on display; my large tree painting, “Bend” and a curious piece,”curator.” The theme is “Wandering in the Dream Field” and a professional harpist will be playing during the opening. To attend the opening you must RSVP on their facebook event page here.

With this gallery opening, I am embracing the vulnerability of putting myself out there. Exposing my fears, exposing my thoughts and embracing myself as an artist. A very introspective time; a very healing time. The painting below I just finished today.

Have a great weekend everyone, honor yourself and your feelings.

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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 - (0 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.