Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crazy. Sexy. Drippy.

Day 30 (Last day of the month!) of Art Every Day Month

This month I made a piece of art every day. The process has been so satisfying that I plan on continuing the theme of daily creation on NiGHTandRei. I plan on posting new videos as well. For the final day of the project I am posting my third edit to my most recent painting. I am starting to define the innermost image from the background bit by bit. I am excited to see where it goes next.
Stay tuned! ;)    Click here for painting update!    


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The WILD come out at NIGHT

Now that Thanksgiving is over, all everyone talks about are Christmas gifts.
This year, it's all about making gifts, since I'm still not making bank. I am thinking about either handmade cards or ornaments-- the more fun it is to make, the more special it will be.
Today I wanted to highlight some items made by me and a friend that might make nice gifts for someone special on your list. ;)

Handmade jewelry by my friend Genie Sanchez. Genie and I worked together shooting live music for a video production company in LA years ago. Since then, Genie has been photographing the Sunset Strip as ...totallylikeduh! and is currently the resident photographer for the Viper Room. Check out her gallery and visit her blog
Little Queen by Genie Sanchez
Welcome Home by Genie Sanchez

I was inspired by Dia de los Muertos this year to create some colorful earrings and bracelets. The embroidery floss design takes me back to my first experimentation with crafting: friendship bracelets. I think these earrings have personality and punch. They are perfect for a girl who is comfortable standing out. All the jewelry is sold exclusively on

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Art Encounters of the San Francisco Kind

Day 23 of Art Every Day Month
Photo taken at Faultline Studios. Recording session for Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown with Volta Videography.

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SF MOMA. "Contribute your own art section". My favorite gallery at the museum.

Taken during a walk to Noe Valley. Check out the artist here.

Finally, there's even art on the way home. 24th St. Bart Station, San Francisco.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I ain't afraid of a little color...

Day 22 of Art Every Day Month

Water-based oil on canvas.

Corresponding Shapes like Puzzle Pieces from the Clay

Day 20 and 21 of Art Every Day Month

more pictures here.

My mind is starting to get organized. I am trying to see how all the parts make up the whole.

All art intrigues me, I am overwhelmed.
But in a good way.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Be inspired every day

Day 19 of Art Every Day Month

Today I was disappointed that I did not make a brand new piece to post. I sat down to touch-up the piece I started yesterday. Immediately I had new ideas and felt confident about taking it in a newer, more promising direction.
I was in a clearer place today. I had talked out some of my frustrations and was feeling more optimistic.
As a result, my work shined.

So from here on, I will continue to not just create, but be inspired by something new every day.
Jessica's Kitchen_Day 2

I am really happy with the improvements. It feels more 'me'.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Today is heavy like too much wine

Day 18 of Art Every Day Month

Jessica's Kitchen Plaque

Today's piece is a housewarming gift that I was asked to make for someone in my boyfriend's family. I stopped painting because the blues started to bleed. I will touch it up tomorrow and add a hook to the back for hanging.

Today, lonely and confused prevail.
 Jessica's Kitchen _prep

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ceramics class a lesson in acceptance

Day 17 of Art Every day Month
Ceramic ash tray and other creations
The piece I started in ceramics class today actually never got to live. Two hours in, I messed it up and had to toss it aside. That's life on the pottery wheel. Rough.

But I decided that today's lesson was about letting things go.
Remembering that some days, you won't 'get it', but that doesn't make you a failure, just human.

So I do not have evidence of even an attempted piece!
But I found the pieces I made at a previous class and decided to paint and glaze one that I plan to give to my boyfriend. It's so he can keep all his ashes in one place in the backyard ;)
Ceramic ash tray
Unfortunately with the glaze on, you can't see the painting I did on the clay. Stay tuned for it's final look!
Create in Clay -Emeryville, CA
More pictures here and for information about the place I went to make these, go to

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Meditative circles mellow me out

Day 16 of Art Every Day Month
Dotted Drawing
Dotted Drawing2

After the craziness of throwing a party and driving all over california this weekend, I was looking forward to relaxing: cuddling on the couch, drinking apple cider, drawing with my smelly markers.
This is a design I've been working on for four days now, it's comprised of tiny circles and a few curvy lines.
I am intrigued by the process (since the meticulousness is unlike my typical style) and curious if this method will show up in more of my art.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My paintings hang out at Antioch

Day 15 of Art Every Day Month
Latin Girl_2011
These four paintings are now officially hanging on Antioch University Los Angeles's campus walls.
This Friday, artistic work from the AULA community will be featured at AULA's annual event, Artistic Uprising. As of September, I have officially completed my masters degree at AULA and I am so proud to present my work for this special event.

Proceeds from the sale of each of my paintings will benefit The Bridge Program. This is a wonderful program created by Antioch that provides free education to low-income adults. Artistic Uprising features art, live performance, and music. If you are in the L.A. area, I highly recommend this event. All of the artwork will be on display on the campus halls until late December. 

Support free education and art-- we need more of both!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Artistic altar dedicated to lost loves

Day 14 of Art Every Day Month

Altar Photos2
(above) My great-grandma Reyes and aunt Josie
Halloween grandparents
(above) My grandma Edna and grandpa Joe on Halloween.

As you may have noticed from previous posts, the Dia de los Muertos tradition has greatly inspired my art and outlook. This year I painted my face and participated in a Day of the Dead celebration in San Francisco. This is my first altar and I look forward to creating more in the years to come.

This altar also served as an interesting display for some of the art I featured at our Campa Creatives party on saturday. My grandma Rosemary contributed some photos to the altar, as well as my little sister Makayla, who lost her buddy, Daisy recently. I also had a green ceramic vase displayed, which was handmade by my artistic grandma, Edna, who passed away when I was a baby.

To me, the altar is a very satisfying dedication to these wonderful people who have passed. They are a part of my history, part of the story of who I am. By creating an artistic display, I feel like I am creating a visual representation of who these people were and what they mean to me and my family.

More pictures from the party can be found here.