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Tide And Blossom Show Recap – Beer and Buddies!

FINALLY! A Post! Sorry it’s so late. I have been spending my evenings sleeping since the show. Wow. I should do this sleeping thing more often. I feel amazing.

The Short Version

THANK YOU for all those that came out to the opening night of Tide & Blossom at 8 Ball Art Gallery! You guys made it FAAAAAAAAb-u-lus!. The vibe was wonderful, welcoming, mellow. People hung out and chatted, there were drinks, couches, snacks, and hugs. It was tremendously rewarding to have you show up. And for all those who could not make it, but sent messages and good luck wishes, you warmed my heart! Here’s to you guys!

Also, the show will be up until December 5th, so if you want to swing by the 8 Ball Art Gallery , feel free to check it out. There are affordable art prints available! Get some early holiday shopping done.

The Whole Sheboodle – and PHOTOS!

For this show I became a shut-in for most of the year. I still work full-time as a designer at an advertising agency. During the more intense weeks the schedule went something like this:

• Work at design job all day.
• Take the train home from work.
• Eat dinner.
• Shower.
• Change into painting/sculpting clothes.
• Drink tea or coffee, definitely caffeinated while pondering workflow.
• Decide mood based on workflow then turn on music.
• Work into the wee hours of the morning.
• Around 2 or 3 put on pajamas.
• Sleep 4-5 hours.
• Take train to work.
• Start the whole cycle over again.

Weekends were the best because my goodness, I could work all day!

I was not nearly as stressed as last year. Last year I would have nightmares that no one would show and that my pieces would fall off the wall and shatter. I’d wake up in a sweat. This year, I knew at least 10 people would show in person for sure, and I had enough experience to have confidence in my process. So, I had that going for me.

I was excited. I knew all this work was going to be up, seen, and shared (by at least 10 people).

Then…YOU MADE IT AWESOME! SO MANY MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE!!! You sent messages! You shared on facebook! You re-tweeted and got the word out! Those that were able to come, we partied! This is how we party! 

To make the event extra special, we had some great brews from Paperback Brewing Company. (Thank you guys so much!) They  were so generous with their brews at the opening. They really set the mood and had people chatting over them tasty hops. The handcrafted beers at this event were The Refined Bachelor IPA, In The Red Red Ale, and The Sleeping Monarch Milk Stout. Soooo delish. Follow them on Facebook, maybe they’ll post when you can get a taste!

And now for the photos you guys sent me. Thank you for messaging, tagging (woot #TideAndBlossom!!) and sharing. I made sure to not have my phone on me because I wanted to talk with you all and not miss a thing – so I couldn’t take any photos!

Some More People Just Need To Know They Rock

Special thanks to my Husband. Without you, at my best I would be the frantic, scrappy artist, dumpster diving for wood and scampering around in badly ventilated sheds. With you I have a professional face to show the world, a Studio and an Art Lab (photos coming soon!) to work in, and the courage to take on Behemoths like art shows. Also, thank you for your patience while I spent all my time, and lots of your time, getting ready for this show.

Special thanks to the amazing photographer Chris Rigg. There is only so far a little photo of mine will go. Because of you, the Muertitas have gotten so much internet love, have award winning prints, and have been invited to magazine publications! (More on that last one later.)

And special thanks to B.J. – you helped set-up, drive Muertitas around at 3 AM, to and fro, stop and go, helped paint the Art-Lab, bought food, and are always offering a car ride or a tequila shot.

The experience of a lifetime, twice over now. Thank you for reading this far, for following this long, and for caring this much. Let’s see what the future holds!

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Come to my November Shows in Burbank and Hollywood!

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You Are Invited!
Last year’s solo show at 8 Ball was amazing, easily one of the best gallery experiences I have ever had. It was a great group of supporters, and the lounge in the back was perfect for conversation and drinks.

8 Ball Gallery is having me back again this year for my new solo show called “Tide & Blossom”. We are having the opening reception November 8th. There is no entry fee, just come on in and celebrate. There will be Muertitas, paintings, prints, and refreshments.

Pre-Sale PDF
I will be sending the Pre-Sale PDF between November 5th and 6th. If you would like to be on that email list and buy Muertitas before the show opens, sign up to be on the newsletter here by November 5th.

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Opening Reception Saturday
November 8, 2014 7-11 PM
3424 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank 91505
(818) 859-7562
Sharing this event is encouraged!

Tag for photos and chats is #TideAndBlossom

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Exhibit up through Friday Dec 5, 2014

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Hollywood Forever Día De Los Muertos

This famous cemetery is hosting Día De Los Muertos for the 15th year in a row, making its party a Quinceañera! Come celebrate and remember those who have passed with joy and merriment.

My pieces have the honor of being be in the Cathedral Mausoleum Art Exhibit curated by international artist Luis Villanueva, but there is so much more. Artists from all over the country set up incredible altars along the winding paths. During the day you are able to see all the details, and in the evening the cemetery really comes to life when the altars light up.

This is a big event, so plan ahead about parking. Pre-Purchase your tickets on their website to avoid lines the day of the event. Calaca apparel encouraged! Families are welcome!

There is NO Pre-Sale for my art. I will be there for the duration of the event, and if I am lucky enough to have someone connect with a Muertita and want to give her a home, they pay for my time right then and there.

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Art show held in the Mausoleum
Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014
12pm – 12am
Event is one day!

General Admission: $20 per person

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Event Website   |   Google Map

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Showing at LA Day Of The Dead

I got into Los Angeles Día De Los Muertos (LA Day Of The Dead) , held at the Hollywood Forever cemetery! I was lucky enough to have a few pieces in 2012, and it is a thrill to be able to show there again. The art show is held at the big Mausoleum on the cemetery ground, but there is so much more!

The event takes over the entire cemetery. People set up magnificent altars to celebrate the lives of those we lost. The mood is of merriment and joy. The music, food, and dancing are unforgettable. It is an amazing experience. This is not a Halloween thing. This is a badass cultural event sharing its glory with the world. Anyone gets to come party and paint their faces and get dressed up and have a great time!

Check out more at ladeadofthedead.com

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November 2014 Solo Show Announcement

It’s official!

8 Ball Art Gallery in Burbank has generously agreed to host a second solo show of my sculptures and paintings!  The day is Saturday November 8, the weekend after Día De Los Muertos. Mark your calendars. I hope to see you there!

And as always, to get pre-sale Muertitas a few days before the show, and for sparse announcements sent to your email, sign up for my mailing list by clicking HERE.

November Solo Show Announcement

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London Recap!

Its been just over a month since we returned from London, but it feels like a week since arriving from an experience of a lifetime.

From the 1,000 photos on my phone that had to be sifted through, I present a select few! Thank you to all who recommended what to visit and who to see. Special thanks to the Brick Lane Gallery for the opportunity, to Tessa Yee for her professionalism and warmth, and all the assistants who did a wonderful job of hanging my work and kept the wine flowing.

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It began with an email from Brick Lane Gallery after they found me on Behance: An invitation to a 2 week group show in in London, with only 2.5 months to prepare new work. After considering the tight deadline, credit card limits, and traveling with such fragile work, the fact remained I didn’t know if this was my first or last chance for an opportunity like this. The decision was made that I had to go for it. I dove headfirst into casting, painting, finding/buying luggage to carry art, and making sure my daytime work with the great people at Home Brew was still a top priority. Finally, after late nights and full weekends, I was packed and ready to go!
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Think Tank Gallery Recap

I’ll be sending out another email from my mailing list before I go to London, so make sure you are signed up if you want pre-sale info, and post-sale info when I get back 😉 Yup, Muertitas will be available to buy after all these shows mellow out.

Speaking of shows, Think Tank on Saturday night was a great time! It was an honor to be part of  a show with so many great artists with a breadth of impressive work. Two artists I was especially excited to meet are below in the highlights. Thank you so much to those who were able to come out! (Full album here on FLICKR.)

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Let’s hear it for Rens, the guy behind Assembly Line Collective!
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Made it  to Think Tank Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.
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My brother came out from far away lands and surprised me to the point where I lost it and people stared (Check out those faces in the background.). THANKS “LITTLE” BRO!
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(Note: beautiful tentacle earrings are hand made by The Comfy Hedgehog)

Feelin’ da LOVE.
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Great crowd.
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Yup. Dats Allison Torneros, AKA Hueman. She was kind enough to pose for a photo and listen to me tell her how cool her art is. Been following her, as I do most artists, online. Her juxtapositions of tender/sexy women in dreamlike, fractioned palettes are so powerful. Her work also keeps evolving, and it is great to watch. Her street art is just brilliant. Super sweet I got a photo with her.
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What!? My art got to be right next to hers?! Awww yeahhhh!
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Artist Adonna Khare has an amazing story. If you don’t know it already, a little synopsis here.  She was disarmingly kind. As we chatted she shared a really cool factoid: when her art goes up in a space, she re-works it to fit that space. This means there is no protective sealant during the shows, and she never really finishes and seals a piece until after its travelled a bit and is bought and framed. I really attracted to her work online, which is sad only because my monitor is not as big as her work. Her surreal style makes powerful beasts interact with their environment in such a way that creates tense, energetic compositions. Looking at her pieces is like tripping down a train of feelings. However, I had no idea how impressive these pieces are in person. I was really lucky to meet her and see these pieces.
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This is made with pencils, erasers, and a sock. Just think about that. I still do.
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London, you are next. THIS WEEK! EEEEK!

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Los Angeles Art Show This Saturday

This Saturday! #artshow Facebook event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405285999724458/?fref=ts

L.A. Art Show This Saturday
Assembly Line Collective’s 10 Year Anniversary Art Show at
Think Tank Gallery
“The Decade”
939 Maple Ave. Suite 200
Los Angeles, California 90015
Saturday, March 8, 2014 • 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Facebook Event

Pre-Sale
Pre-sale will open up at the Assembly Line Collective Shop sometime between Thursday night and Friday. You will be able to purchase Muertitas through that link when it’s live, or in person at the show.

Personal Note
This is an amazing opportunity for me. The other artists showing are well established in the L.A. art scene, and it is a thrill to be able to hang onto their coattails as well as meet them in person. Special thanks to Rens for including me and a few other newbies!
I have been working for a few months to make these Muertitas especially archival, less fragile, and with higher detail through resin casting.
My new process is posted here on my blog.

Hope to see you there!

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My London Group Show Announcement will be coming in the next week or so 🙂

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Art Show In London!

I was invited by the Brick Lane Gallery in London to exhibit my art in a 10 day group show!

HOLY SMACKA-MOLY!

However, shipping out my Muertitas and paintings is very expensive. It is actually much cheaper to fly myself out and my art personally.

SO I’LL BE GOING TO THE LONDON for the FIRST TIME EVER! 

But the real kicker:  I have the group show in downtown Los Angeles in the beginning of March, and this Brick Lane show is mid March….

I have a lot of work to do. February, you will kick my ass.

But, It will be worth it. Also, if you recommend any artsy locations, classic pubs, or great comic shops, just let me know. Really, any place you’ve been that you love and would recommend to a first timer.

As usual, if you want to stay updated of when Muertita’s go on sale, which is usually after shows, please sign up for MY MAILING LIST HERE. 

And here is my SHOWS PAGE on my website which gets updated when there is a show!

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Wild Ride and Falling Off The Grid

This last weekend we dropped off the Muertitas and watercolor paintings from my first solo show to their new homes. Jamie of 8 Ball Gallery drove, while Rosie the squirrel was our navigator!
Just finished dropping off the last of the #muertita clan with Jamie the driver and Rosie the navigator. It was nuts!

Although the show is over, the thrill of it will stay with me for a long while still. It’s one thing to make the art, but something else entirely to have you connect with a piece and bring it into your home. Thank you to friends, family, newcomers, and cheer squads for helping make this year so rewarding and the show such a great time.

New Show in MARCH 2014!

SO EXCITED to tell you, I have been invited by the Assembly Line Collective to be part of a group show at in Downtown LA at Think Tank Gallery at the beginning of March. It really is an honor since there will be many artists with a lot of draw (giggle). Two especially prolific and talented artists I admire WILL BE SHOWING THERE:  Allison Torneros and Jennifer Healy!

The fact that I get to show in the same space as these guys is blowing my mind. I get about 15 feet of wall. All the large paintings and Muertitas have sold, so I have 2 months to step up my game.

I guess I should stop messing around on here and make some art!

Good Peeps

Thank you to all of you for sharing these artsy adventures and getting it out there. If there was no internet, and no happy links, the Muertita Clan and my stories and paintings would sit silently in the recesses of art sheds and bookcases, growing in numbers as they creep out the neighbors and the UPS guy.

Have a wonderful holiday, and a great new year. Time for self inflicted sleepless nights!

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2,000 Likes! First solo art show almost completely sold out!

So excited about 2,000 likes! Thank you for making my very first solo show such a success! Save for one painting, and one Mini-Muertita, ALL PIECES SOLD! The show will still be up until Friday this week at 8 Ball Gallery in Burbank, if you want to see them in person before they all head off to their new homes.

You have been such a great support, and you keep me going when coffee has failed. Have a lovely week! I foresee a celebratory FREE art raffle giveaway in your future – stay tuned 🙂

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