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I am a multimedia, hands-on creative artist and poet with a San Diego based home studio. Having always been too curious and too creative, I have continually studied a variety of artistic disciplines and philosophies throughout my life with established teachers, artists and schools. This, paired with a life long investigation into spirituality, has given me a large "creative tool kit" from which to draw - and permission to (respectively) play with, break, challenge, modify, ignore and celebrate the rules related to the aforementioned studies. I am a strong believer in kids, family, individual creativity, community and our environment. Together, through individuals sharing their talents, amazing art can happen. I continue to study and enjoy all creative expressions. Some common characteristics found within my work are: re-purposing everyday items and discard-able things, harmonizing opposites, playing with current beliefs and assumptions with a whimsical twist, and delicately blending spontaneity with discipline. The end results are simple, balanced expressions of wonder and joy.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Yoga Class




Yoga Class


I wish I could explain how this was possible -
it took what seemed like a life time of openness,
and it re-formed with one quick motion of a hand...
I think it took only a second...
but, then again Grace is like that -
timeless,
formless
and
always
predictably surprising



Monday, December 12, 2011

Colander Chandelier






Another fun-foodie-light design with Dad, the master of electricity (gong).
I love the way the cords flow out from the main colander like noodles...

Cheese Grater Pendant Lights and Blue Cheese Painting


My Dad, master of electricity (gong) , and I had fun playing and making these for over the serving bar.
The True Blue cheese picture in the background came around to join in on the fun...

Raoul Wished He Could Flamenco Instead Of Just Being A Flamingo












Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

A favorite hang and home of The Spicy Jesus

One of my favorite San Francisco, USA places (and there are many!)
We stop here after a pilgrimage to the Muir Woods. The food is fine, but the visuals are YUMMY!





...though I believe he is actually smiling (that's just what I see...)


Which brings up a point:
Why is Jesus always depicted so somber?
He was/is a King of Love! - which sounds pretty happy to me.
(maybe he was missing a top incisor or something)
I might just have to make a portrait of him smiling.
I'm actually working on a mixed media portrait now of Billy Shakes (ie, William Shakespeare) smiling, with flowers in his hair and ribbons of prose... a little more accurate than the one portrait we're all accustomed to. He's looking more like the personality that wrote Much Ado, 12th, Midsummers etc.
Craig says that he is looking quite light of foot.
Interesting... it is the feminine nature that knows such passions...
and didn't Gwenith don a beard to hide herself from the bard in Shakespeare In Love...







Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Penelope Bluenose returns to Crazee Burger










Wolfgang invited Penelope Bluenose to return to Crazee Burger, but this time to their new location in Old Town.

... I wonder what her favorite burger would be.

Perhaps the ostrich with lemon chive cream sauce,

a pinot grigio
on the rocks

fries
with a ribbon of smokey ketchup

she'd keep her pinky finger up
whilst dining
,
naturally

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Invention - The Eye Of The Beholder Paintings (part 2) - Word Art










The technique highlights how the viewer of a painting or piece of visual art is also the artist of the piece. Like when one is reading – the visual world of the reader is ignited and guided by the author, but the ultimate story comes alive, uniquely, within each reader. Art too, though the physical art piece is right in front of the viewer, comes alive, uniquely, within each viewer --- each reader/viewer interprets stimuli through their own unique dictionary of terms, judgments and reactions. I have started the series by touching on basic painting subject matter i.e. portrait, still life, landscape, cityscape, seascape etc. and am moving through artistic movements, specific famous paintings, iconic painters, expanding into iconic images and characters -- from any realm, historical period and events. All the while using less and less words within the painting. Ultimately, demonstrating how a word or name is defined within the viewer themselves. And that the mind can become so quick to define a visual stimuli (aka: make an assumption) that the viewer no longer takes the time to actually “see” and “process” or experience what is actually, physically in front of them. The mind is painting a whole scene within the viewer that is full of emotion, feeling and evoking an experience that actually has little to do with the actual moment. The viewer is just standing in front of a painted white canvas hanging on a wall...
A canvas that has a few marks of ink on it...
Marks of ink that happen to be in shapes of what our culture has all agreed upon: to stand for a sound...
Symbols our mind’s have recognized when put together make, what we define, as a word...
These words stand for defined concepts (and when spoken, make familiar sounds or when read, silently or aloud, trigger a picture/experience within the mind and ultimately within the body of the individual).
Depending on the subject matter of the series painting, the trigger can be quite evident.
This awareness is possible for the viewer, because the viewer can see that the canvases in front of them offers them so very little and yet the viewer is experiencing something quite profound.
Ultimately, through the end section of the series, the viewer is offered the opportunity to realize that they are the actual artist of all of the paintings they've seen, the realization can be quite expansive... often lighting smiles and laughter. Quite beautiful.




Monday, October 17, 2011

Invention - The Eye Of The Beholder Paintings (part 2)


This new style of artwork accentuates the viewer’s point of view.



The style offers an opportunity for the viewer to observe how their eyes actually move over a painting or piece of artwork. First the focal point, then how the eye travels around the piece while their brain, simultaneously, is filling in the picture: uniquely, within the viewer’s mind the picture reveals itself.


Stripping a picture down to it’s pure artistic elements, then substituting the visual stimulation into words (except composition) offers the viewer a rare, clean canvas in which a multitude of self-observational opportunities are presented.

I love to feel the act of discovery – when viewing this style of artwork, I can actually observe my mind filling in the details of the painting. It is great to view a piece with someone next to me, so we can laugh at our assumptions and personal definitions. There is a chance to discuss what emotional reactions arise from what we think we see in the picture and how the experience is uniquely ours... even the colors we fill in or the details that reveal themselves through us without any external stimuli or artist request.
Viewing a piece together with others and sharing our unique experiences opens up a space within each of us. That space, that breath, is really the whole point of this series. To take a thick thought and let it go... like yoga art --- one can go into a dense definition within the mind and breathe some space into it, lighting a smile, a laugh or finding relaxation in the process.

Each piece includes nondescript items found within a usual landscape, sill life or portrait.
In most pieces color is purposely excluded.
Although visually there is a lot of white space around the black word objects and content, when the viewer truly sees their whole picture, the space disappears and only the viewer’s invisible interpretation is revealed.

The series next step is to move into icons and one or two word definitions --- where a mental/cultural definition surpasses any visual stimuli.
A large blank canvas with one or two very small words can reveal a very clear and definite picture that is no longer studied or observed from a point of openness, discovery or exploration but stands completely defined.
Where on a big white canvas a few black letters, together, arranged in a particular order can ignite a mind's view. Beliefs, emotions, opinions flood in a split second of re-cognition and the canvas is brought to life -- full, bright and completely empty

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Invention - The Eye Of The Beholder Paintings (part 1)




This new art series demonstrates form/art through words... highlighting assumptions.

Each viewer sees differently - each bring their own unique dictionary, emotional encyclopedia and visual thesaurus with which they inwardly interpret their outside world.

Stripping down the forms - simplifying it's stimulating factors offers the viewer an opportunity to actually see what they bring to their viewing experience. An opportunity to expand their consciousness, their awareness and maybe even open some space within themselves to discover and or explore new possibilities.

This style can magnify the tightly interwoven relationship between perspective and perception...
An art form as an transformational tool...

An exercise in composition...

A conversation piece...

A controversial work of art...

A new movement...


or just something to light One's smile



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Easel Art Show Aug 2011 San Diego, CA - USA


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ARTISTS PARTICIPATING:
ALKAABY, - Iraq
Jorge Albertella, Argentina
Cathy Baker, (San Diego : California)
Tia Ballentine, (La Mesa : California)
Megan Bedford, (San Diego : California)
Ally Benbrook, (El Cajon : California)
Kaye Benton, (San Diego : California)
Justin Bower (Los Angeles, California)
Sean Brannon, (San Diego : California)
Manuelita Brown, (Encinitas : California)
Jordan Cantwell, (San Diego : California)
Sebastian Castillo, ( San Diego : California)
Randy Conner, (La Jolla : California)
Monica Cuyto, (Palm Springs : California)
Nathalie Davis, (San Marcos : California)
Raphael Delgado, (Sacramento : California)
Joseph Demaree, (Encinitas : California)
Leticia Demeuse, (Carlsbad : California)
Sven De Hagar, (Stockholm : Sweden)
John De Jesus, New Mexico
Marisol De Las Casas, (San Diego : California)
Ariel Diaz, (Carlsbad : California)
David Diaz, (Carlsbad : California)
Linda Drake, (El Cajon : California)
Joanne Dramko, (San Diego : California)
Jocelyn Duke, (Los Angeles : California)
Alicia Dunn, (Del Mar : California)
Tatjana Edelweisseparra, (Carlsbad : California)
Jason Farai, (San Diego : California)
J. Feather, (San Diego : California)
Nica Ferguson, (La Jolla : California)
Giedre Ferraz, (San Diego : California)
Natalya Fiore, (Coronado : California)
Matt Foderer, (San Diego : California)
Patti Fox, (San Diego : California)
Estela Gama, (San Diego : California)
Nicholas Gecan, (San Diego : California)
Miguel Angel Godoy, (San Diego : California)
Barbara Gothard, (San Diego : California)
Victoria Granados, (Encinitas : California)
Julia C. R. Gray, (San Diego : California)
Novelo Dominic Grecko, (Chula Vista : California)
Roxanne Grooms, (San Diego : California)
Abel Guzman, (San Diego : California)
Paulina Hammeken, (Miami : Florida)
Renetta Happe, (San Diego : California)
Georgia Hoopes (San Diego, California)
Jason Humphrey, (El Cajon : California)
Adam Jahnke, (San Diego : California)
JUSTINE, (San Diego : California)
Steven Krasnoff, (San Diego : California)
Guy Ilan Laks, (Los Angeles : California)
Patricia Lamborn, (San Diego : California)
Aaron Landman, (Los Angeles : California)
Vanessa Landry, (Chula Vista : California)
Leslie Lemberg, (San Diego : California)
Gail Liebig, (Solana : California)
Jen Lonack, (San Diego : California)
Mackenzie Longwell, (San Diego : California)
Raynaldo Lubas, (National City : California)
ManRabbit, (San Diego : California)
Mary MacLaren, (San Diego : California)
Stephanie Bell May, (Rancho Santa Fe : California)
Janet McCarty, (San Diego : California)
Monica Marinuzzi, (San Diego : California)
Mason Molina, (Oceanside : California)
Jill Mollenhauer, (San Diego : California)
Monty Montgomery, (San Diego : California)
Maxx Moses, (San Diego : California)
Lindsey Nobel, (Los Angeles : California)
W.E. Pugh, (San Diego : California)
Malotte and Rae, (San Diego : California)
Greg Holden Regan,(San Diego : California)
Denise Rich, (San Diego : California)
Alison Rash, (Los Angeles : California)
Brian Rediker, (San Diego : California)
Danielle Rittenhouse, (Albuquerque : New Mexico)
Jessica Rose (San Diego, California)
Michael Rosenfeld (Los Angeles, California)
Lori Sandstrom, (San Diego : California)
Carl Schmidt, (San Diego : California)
Laura Seeley, (San Diego : California)
Erik Skoldberg, (San Diego : California)
Alime Spellmeier, (San Diego : California)
Sarah Stieber, (La Jolla : California)
Cherry Sweig, (Poway : California)
Vania Elletra Tam, Italy
Heidi Thompson (Canada)
Alicia Tirado, (Chula Vista : California)
Mario Torero, (San Diego : California)
Chris Trueman, (San Francisco: California)
Palo Uber (United Kingdom)
David Uecker, (Cardiff : California)
Gary Walker, (Escondido : California)
Rich Walker, (San Diego : California)
Jeff Williams, (Americuf : Georgia)
Duke Windsor, (San Diego : California)
Eric Wixon, (San Diego : California)
Cynthia Yosef, (Solana Beach: California)
Anita Yufe, (Bonita : California)
Charles Zuppardi, (San Diego : California)
Cecilia Zieba, (Carlsbad : California)
Natasha Zupan (Mallorca, Spain)
Vania Elletra Tam

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Love of Art


The space within is where art is born
The content of the finished product is irrelevant (mindless)
It's ability to remind the viewer of this Space within themselves is it's only value