Art Battle - Painting

Last night, I attended another Art Battle event. The challenge, as always is to make a painting in 20 mins. The first round, I started painting some abstract geometry, than I destroyed and turned into a face, than I destroyed the face and finished with a huge EYE!! 👁 People said they enjoyed watching how my painting transformed.

The second round, I started painting a portrait, but I changed it and changed it… and the second painting is the result!!

This event is a competition based on votes. And most of the artists rehearse the painting and paint something “people will like” -usually like animals or faces. But I am not a crowd pleaser, and don’t care about winning as much. I never know what I am gonna do. I let the energy and the adrenaline of the moment take control of me! And because of this, I usually go through 3 or 4 different paintings in the span of 20 mins! Transforming from a figurative into an abstract, and abstract into figurative!! I really loose myself in the moment!!

This is what LIVE Painting means to me! Is a Live Performance! Is risking it, putting your soul and heart and jumping to the moment while others are watching!! Every time I do this, I learn more and more about me as an artist.

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Painting at Castro St. Fair

I got up early on Sunday morning, because I had to go and take down my show at Hotel Biron. After wrapping and loading to the car all my huge paintings, I made my way to the Castro Area to meet with the Artspan crew. Some how I managed to forget my easel, and I had to improvise using boxes and tape to hold my canvas down. Due to this, I abandoned the idea of painting the scenery and opted for some abstract expressionist painting!!

Here is the result of 6 hours of painting outdoors while other people are watching!

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Outdoor Painting

This past Sunday I had the pleasure to paint outdoors in Angel’s Island. This was part of a poetry and art event Quiet Lightning Poetry Park Events http://quietlightning.org/poetry-in-parks-2019/.

I don’t have much experience painting outdoors. And when I am painting I usually go for something unconventional or abstract. But the site and the view to the bay was so pretty! I was instantly inspired! I jump to the canvas and started painting the landscape, while listening to some beautiful poetry!!

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Ireland

I fell in Love with Ireland since my first visit back in 2010. Every time I go, I feel as if I just landed in the middle of a fairytale. I have the opportunity to visit little villages, located right in the middle of nowhere. At least is “nowhere” for me, who is unable to distinguish one green field with sheep from another green field with sheep. For a city person, the agricultural land is like a foreign language, written in a non-alphabetic script. However if I was to spend enough time living there, I would eventually learn to find my way around, like the locals did. Because no matter how wild, abstract or chaotic the environment is, we all eventually find some sort of order, sequence or a rhythm to follow.

But I rather not get too familiar yet with the landscape and instead, I want to enjoy the magic experience of being in the middle of nowhere.

Where twirling green patterns burst from everywhere, and drops of rain make everything sparkle, and you can hear the tin whistle, the pipes and the fiddles, traveling through the fields like children in a caravan. While the sun gets busy embroidering a rainbow across the Irish sky.

Pinot’s Palette Experience!!

I am very disappointed and demoralized by my recent experience at Pinot’s Palette/Fillmore location.

Back in May I was offered the opportunity to teach on Saturday nights. After interviewing with the owner and doing my first class, they hired me! But I was never given any paperwork. The owner told me I was going to be paid every 2 weeks, and that the artist receives the tips of the night.

Basically- the owner, is very shady.

On my second class, he didn’t give me the tips. Although I saw the tip jar filled with bills.

When I questioned him about it, he gave me some bullshit answer, and sent me the tips for the night later 🙄 I think he assumed: this is one of those latinas who is afraid to speak up! 🤨 and assumed I would never questioned him about it.

I learned from the other artists (mind you, they are White) that they get their tips immediately after each class. And that they are also in the “payroll system”- they submit their hours to the payroll company and they get paid on time.

So...after bringing up the “tips” issue, I also demanded that I am put in the payroll system.

He hands me a bunch of paper work to complete, which I do. And asked for proof of citizenship, which I provided by texting him a pic of my password.

2 weeks later, after a class, I inquired about payment and my tips. He tells me “we will make you whole next week, send the hours to the store manager”. (I don’t insist, because he is obviously very drunk, as he likes to join in the sipping aspect of the night) and I leave.

The next day, I sent my hours to the store manager and I also make a point that I did not receive my tips. The store manager shoots a text back, telling me he doesn’t handle any of that and to talk to the owner, who was being copied on the texts.

The following Saturday, I had an art event at Seccesion and I asked one of the other artists to fill in for me.

I still haven’t gotten paid.

I sent a text, again and asked, where is my payment and where are my tips. The owner tells me that he is taking off for Hawaii and requested my address so he can mail me the check. He also, asked for my hours AGAIN!!

Another week, and I get no check! I get to work on Saturday night and the store manager is there!! I asked if the owner perhaps left my check with him. He said No. 🤨 He also tells me, that I received some negative feedback from the last class, that “I was rushing and people couldn’t follow my instructions”... at first I was super demoralized!! Because I know well that I always take my time to help each person. When suddenly I realized that the class he was referring, was the class I did not teach! And the feedback wasn’t for me, but the person who replaced me. I get no apologies for this, and no payment either! 🙄

It’s been 4 weeks now, and I have no check. Fed up, I sent a text to the owner demanding payment and also asking if I am in the payroll system!! He apologized for forgetting to mail the check and asked if he could Venmo the money. I said sure. But please put me in the payroll system so that this doesn’t happen again!! He continues to ignored my questions about the payroll. At 2 AM in the morning, I get a notification from Venmo that payment was sent. I let him and his wife know that I received the payment. And sent a message demanding the following: Check every 2 weeks, tips right after each class.

Suddenly... I have been silently booted out! 🤨 Obviously, demanding fair treatment is unacceptable! and they don’t want me back! 😕 Shady business owners, always taking advantage of the latino immigrants! 😏👎🏼 You find them everywhere!!

You can make the border wall as high as you want! But nothing is more scary than the invisible walls we face everywhere, once we make it here!!

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Chaos and Fractals

For the last 3 to 4 years, I have been an explorer. Walking around the city, looking for shadows, reflections and rhythms. Looking where no one else is looking. Converting any experience into an Artistic experience, regardless of the nature of the experience. 

I've observed shadows and the random patterns they create, the distortions of reflections, the chaos and the rhythms that is everywhere. These observations of my surroundings is what inspired me to create a series of paintings based on Patterns, Rhythms and Abstract Forms.  

I am happy to announce my SOLO PAINTING EXHIBIT: CHAOS AND FRACTALS - a collection of 21 paintings, based in all my observations (so far!). Please join me on Thursday August 1st, from 6PM to 9PM for the Opening Reception - at HOTEL BIRON - Wine Bar and Art Gallery located at 45 ROSE ST SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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Live Painting at 111 Minna Gallery

I was invited to paint live for an event, at 111 Minna Gallery. I don’t get money for this. I do it because I enjoy it. Although I have decided to start charging for any other Live Painting event.

The experience at Minna was a peculiar one!  I painted on stage and the only light I had available was a very dimmed color light. I couldn’t distinguish any of the colors I was using to paint. The easel  was set up way too low and couldn’t figure out how to fix it. 

On top of that, I had arrived late, due to horrible traffic; I was exhausted, my eyes were sore due to lack of sleep, and my back was killing me! 

There were only two alternatives: paint and do your best! Or get irritated and paint and see what happens!! 

I decided to go with the first! Blindly, I started applying colors here and there, and I moved all around the easel, and painted without looking directly at the canvas. 

I painted and I did my best!  

And this is the result! 👇🏼 

The feedback I got was incredible! Made it all worth it! 😊 

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