Wednesday, February 26, 2014

HeartBreak Radio spot 02242014


So far 2014 has been nothing but good to me. I have already done things that I never have done before like have a solo art show, make music playlist and be on the RADIO. I'm going to be posting backwards. I've been trying to catch up with life. On February 24, I was on Hearbreak Radio on RadioSombra.org. You can check out the show in it's entirety here.


RadioSombra is located at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights and is hosted by Lady IMIX and DJ Phatrick. HeartBreak Radio is an hour long show featuring music of, well, heartbreak, every Monday at 10pm on radiosombra.org.

I was blessed to be asked by Lady IMIX to be on the show and talk about my current art show as well as five of my favorite heartbreak songs. 


Lady IMIX

I got an official Heartbreak Monday badge!


I sugar cracked them out with MILK cookies !

Live on the air!





I had so much fun in that hour! Very very grateful to be part of that night's episode.

Below is something I put together after being inspired from being on the show. It includes the five songs I selected but I extended it to a 55 minute mix.

It's raining in Los Angeles. It's perfect mood music










Thursday, January 30, 2014

"All the Right Weaponry" and "She Versus I"


"All the Right Weaponry" and "She Versus I" Featuring the Art of Alfie Numeric and Stephanie Takemoto
February 21 - March 21, 2014
Reception: Friday, February 21, 2014 6-10pm


Artform Studio is excited to be hosting a dual exhibition of two artists, Alfie Numeric and Stephanie Takemoto. Please join us in a powerhouse Tastemakers collaboration between art, music, fashion and food. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Friday, Feb 21st from 6-10pm.

The duo art show runs in conjunction with Artform Studio’s “Tastemakers,” a collaborative monthly event featuring resident designers and stylists of Artform Studio. This unique event calls upon each participant to unite their specialized skills, fostering an experience like no other. Hair styling and cuts by Sherry Younge adds an intriguing spin on live art. Influential designer Nena Soulfly will be showcasing her newest fashion design inspired by paintings in the show. Exceptional designer cupcakes by Little Sweeties and ChaCha Covers Nail Art will also be available, each drawing inspiration from the works on display.

This family- friendly event is FREE and open to the public.

Alfie Ebojo, better known as Alfie Numeric, is a multimedia artist and art advocate, working and residing in Los Angeles, California. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally and is a regular showcased artist at Thumbprint Gallery in San Diego. She currently holds a seat in the Board of Directors at FilAm Arts and is the Programming Chairperson for the nonprofit art organization where she works closely with community leaders, talented artists and esteemed academics in providing local programs and events to help advance the arts and diverse cultural heritage of Filipinos through arts services, presentation, and education.


 “All the Right Weaponry” stems from the swirling thoughts of igniting the female spirit and healing after reading Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” with Bell Hooks’ “All About Love.” This series is a reflection of Alfie Ebojo’s inner dialogue of the deconstruction and reconstruction the definition of what “female empowerment” means to her.


Stephanie Takemoto is a Los Angeles based, self-taught painter and illustrator who dreams of a life filled with endless creative possibilities. Her style is highly influenced by her mixed heritage, growing up amongst Japanese pop culture, manga, toys, urban vinyl, art nouveau, illustration, geek culture, pop surrealism, film, and the complexities of the female psyche.

Stephanie has exhibited in group shows across the U.S. and is a reoccurring artist with Thumbprint Gallery.


"She Versus I" is a collection of recent and past illustrative works examining the various aspects of the female psyche. Her signature can be found in the maze-like spiraled tresses adorning each of her painted muses. Her female characters are often portrayed in a quiet inner conflict of longing, desire and self-contemplation.


The exhibition will run from Feb 21 – March 21, 2014.
Estab­lished in 2005, the Art­form Stu­dio has been a pre­miere salon for vin­tage pho­tog­ra­phy, tele­vi­sion, film and the thriv­ing Los Ange­les artist com­mu­nity and hosts spe­cial events that embrace the evo­lu­tion of hair, make up, music, and fash­ion.
 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Busy busy



It feels super good to be working on a few new pieces. This recent transformation of focusing on health in all aspects- spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically- has raised my creative flow just a bit.

Currently, I am working on one mini solo show, one featured artist show, one group show and another solo show in August. All I can think about is creating and working out. Things are amazing since the wool have been pulled out off of my eyes and I see things in a very positive and loving light.

One of the most hardest part of the process is trusting it. And when you trust it, it's equally as hard to keep focus. It was easier when I just did one piece at a time but it's harder when I am trying to convey a full narrative. Working on a body of work is like working on a novel as opposed to writing short stories. It's a different discipline, a different way of looking at things.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Art Retreats: All the Right Weaponry

 
I have taken a long hiatus in making art just so that I can live life. Sometimes, life has to be experience before I can dive into making anything. I feel that the most strongest of my pieces are the ones that are truthful and real. They are autobiographical and something that I am currently making sense of at the moment.

The more and more I meditate and focus on my health (all aspects of it- spiritual, emotional, mental, physical), the stronger the creative flow becomes. But it also attracts a lot of opportunities, opportunities that at the moment are taking so much of my focus.

Sometimes, I need to take art retreats- a weekend to another city and post up and work. There are so many distractions at home and I have not had the strict discipline to shut them out. These art retreats also calms my wanderlust and allows me to not only shut out my immediate world but be able to retreat and travel and look at new things.

Here is me, in a hotel room in San Francisco, working on the current series, "All the Right Weaponry"

ReSketch

 
It's been a few months but today I finally recieved the ReSketch project book that I backed on Kickstarter. The idea came about from Shawn Smith of Shawnimals noticed that there are tons of unused paper scraps sitting in warehouses. He wanted to start a project where he takes all these unused paper and bound them together and what you have is a 100 page sketch book with different textures and colors, helping to ignite creativity and push the artist to accomodate each page with a different perspective.



The amazing part is that he got several established artists to participate in this project. At the level I donated, I get to choose the artist (only 30 books made of each artist) and I get a SIGNED copy as well as Shawn's work laser etched in the back. So excited to see the Tara McPherson sketch book in my hand right now. They also added a workbook of creative prompts, something I had no idea i was going to get but I'm so thankful in getting.


Each page is different in color, texture and weight. I can see myself playing with different mediums with each page.

I am extremely happy with this kickback and glad that I was able to help launch this project off the ground!

Links to check out:
http://resketch.org/
http://www.shawnimals.com/
http://www.taramcpherson.com/

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

El Velorio 2013

I have been showcasing at Antonio Pelayo's Dia De Los Muertos show, El Velorio, since the beginning and it only keeps getting better. He teams up with local artists and organizers and each year they pick a nonprofit organization who will benefit from part of our proceeds.

This year's show was held at Plaza De La Raza. The proceeds were also donated to PDLR so that they can continue to advocate and nurture arts in Lincoln Heights.


 
Walking in, they transformed their fountain into a huge altar, celebrating the memories of our ancestors.
 



Got to bump into the homie, Codak. He is busy with his own work but found time to come out and support all his friends that were showcased. In fact, he was in his painting gear.

 
 
Below are works from Man One, Asylm, Eye One and Deffer.
 
Also shown were Pablo Dumas, Erica Friend, Isaac Pelayo and Amenah.

 
Speaking of Isaac, he's Antonio's son and already we can see that the apple does NOT fall far from the tree. Not even 18 and he's already killing the graphite and is tattooing as well. Look for him.
 
Like Father, Like Son.
 
Shout out to this girl, Geissel!
 
 
This place was paaaaaacked!
Well because LA SONORA DINAMITA performed!
 
 
 
 One of my pieces



Dfrnt Times, a wife and husband team
 
 
Carol Friend

 
 
Celerina Pelayo


Erica Friend

Mia of Dfrnt Times live painting

All in all, it is such an amazing event. We were able to fill up that entire art center and there was something for everyone.. face painting, art show, vendors, concert, food vendors, workshops. I can't wait for next year!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Turkey Trot 10k 2013

The Turkey Trot 5k/10k has been going on for years and I finally managed to catch one. I figured what was a great way to start the holiday but with a nice little 6+mile run through Downtown LA before I stuff myself with holiday goodies.


It wasn't so bad. In fact, I think the race was well-organized and fun. There were plenty of vendors and booths. The trucker hats were cool (I now have something to thrash during my training runs) and the crowd was just big enough (seriously, I don't think many people would want to do this on a holiday.) In fact, the hardest thing was trying to get out of my warm bed and drive east to Downtown LA.

 
 
And speaking of hard, that is just the kind of liquor MC Foley hit right before the race. Yes, that is a flask, my friends. But I mean, her blog isn't called Alky to Athlete for nothing. I likened her to the Drunken Master of any old school flick. She just happens to be at her best when she got a little bit of happy juice in her!
 


 
 
The overall run was pleasant. There were some hills but they were not too bad. If you are doing the 10k you are pretty much doing the course twice, which is not so bad because then you know how where to map yourself. The volunteers are a mix of highschool and college and they are all very friendly and encouraging. I certainly enjoyed myself and the fact that I only paid $20 from Living Social made this event even better.



Dedicated this medal to all the friends who took the time and energy to train me out of love. Love the fact that people step up and see me trying to meet my goals and they go out of their way to help me reach it...
 
 
Double Trouble.. my sis and I off to WeHo to get mimosas.
(Isn't she a bad influence on me??)

Bio-Exorcist : A Beetlejuice Tribute Art Show


 
2013 marks the 25th anniversary for Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. I was blessed to be asked to participate Deadmundo and Sketch's show, Bio- Exorcist. FINALLY, I was able to do this show. They have been inviting me to do one of their themed artshows for a couple of years but timing has been a bit hectic.
 
I decided to do a portrait of Lydia in my style. This is a 12"x12" mixed media on canvas piece, specifically done for this show.


"Say My Name"
2013
Mixed Media on Canvas

Unfortunately, I was tied up in an event and missed most of the opening. I manage to get a couple of flicks of other artists' work. From the pics that I have seen on Instagram (#deadsketch), the event was a huge success. Even though I grabbed the tail end of it, there was a huge crowd outside the gallery just hanging out.


 
 
 
Top pic taken from Instagram



 
 
 
This piece is the cutest. Done by 4 year old Dahlia, she asked if she can hang this piece up. She said she painted "beetles but forgot to paint the juice." My friend, artist Jake Prendez shown below, bought the piece off from her.. soooooooo cute!

 
 
Some work in progress shots:




 
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Summer Fruits

It's been too hot to cook but thank God for farmers markets. I've been resorting on just keeping my dinners and meals simple.