On Saturday, AvantGarden Art Gallery held a public sidewalk art show, right outside the gallery, celebrating women artists and artwork representing women. In correlation with International Women's Day, we were able to highlight these artists, with yours truly included, and share with the downtown city of Santa Ana. It was a beautiful day and so many people passed by and asked questions! It was a delight!
During these times, it is important to remember there women who are among us and who have come before us. I am in the creation right now of a collection Celebrating Women who I find important in my own history and culture of significance. My work will be represented through graphic arts. Stay tuned to see how this collection unfolds!
I was so incredibly moved by this show. This group of women came together and shared their perspectives of how the land changes through climate change, people’s heritage, etc.
I also attended a zoom talk where the artists all came together and discussed what their art meant, where it came from and their hopes for the future.
I was so inspired and just viewed them as all possible mentors. There is this group called Southern California’s women cascus for Art and I want to join it and see what it’s about and i have hope i can be one of those artists one day exhibiting and sharing and yearning to use my art to change the world. We are in sun unsettling times that. This art means so much not only to me but to the People it represents and the pepole of the world.
One woman’s piece was taking pieces of paper and using templates of political figure’s faces and then putting them on different buildings in different cities on the roofs and then the SMOG left a marking like a stencil of the template’s shape, which was the faces. It is so awe inspiring in different ways, like who someone thought to make art in this way and then who omg the amount of smog. It was incredible what an idea!
Another women calculated different stats about Mexican Americans and crated these abstract geometrical mandala in brown ink which was Relly interesting bc each brown area represented the statistic. And then she further discussed more of her work and how she stumbled upon this body of work while at an antique shop whereas she was looking at a Greek statue and how white and pristine they were and decided to take them and start painting them brown. What an interesting concept! Redefining her own view of white pride or whatever it is. I watched the entire 2.5 hour talk *ehile doing laundry of course) and i just it was amazing.
Today I had the great pleasure of creating my artwork in front of a live audience. This was only my second time but I feel I am getting the hang of it! It is pretty amazing to be able to set up a little “studio” just with some tables and easels and work for the day like any other day in my studio at home. Of course, those doubting thoughts fly through the head, but thankfully I have a support system to flush those little critters in my head. So thank you to those people, you know how you are!
In the midst of also homeschooling my lovely little daughter, I am also finding the (little) time to create my art. I have become yet another student of a few classes as well and I am learning new techniques to incorporate which I am totally excited to share.
This is one of the paintings I created the night before, and I was able to finish today.
I am in love with the metallic paints and I never want to part from them! The way they shimmer as you walk past a painting just gets me.
My style has grown SO much over the years. And phew, has it been a journey! But I sure am lucky to finally be here, creating and a sharing the work I always imagined doing. You can even see some of my work here at the Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana, Orange County, California. The new Galeria of Imagination just opened up and it is such a wonderFULL space of collaborating artists. If you’re interested in showing your own art there, please reach out to the Gallery Coordinator, Mrs. Yenny Bernal for more information. She has such an infectious passion for art and created this community and continues to manifest it for the artists, by artists.
So much Love and Gratitude to You All,