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Open Mind is Now Open

Wow, I am still coming down from all the excitement after the grand opening of my new art gallery this past weekend!  There was a great turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy the art, hors d’oeuvres, booze and fellow minglers.  The artists, Erik Benjamins and Kristen Dikio, were a pleasure to collaborate with – just like the good ol’ days of when we were undergrads at LMU.  It was such a heartwarming experience to see everything come together and to be in the company of friends, family and fellow art enthusiasts.

As I reflect and look back to that eureka moment when I decided to open an art gallery, I remember thinking that maybe it would be too far-fetched of an endeavor.  But I didn’t want to be deterred by doubt anymore, because I was finally ready to have the art career I had been dreaming about for so long.  So every time my brain was overcome by those evil what-if’s, I tried my best to ignore them.  I found that meditation really helped with that.  And when challenges arose, I channeled my positive energy into the universe and trusted that everything would turn out alright.  Call me crazy, but it worked every time!  I feel inclined to say, “I can’t believe I did it!”, but I think if I didn’t believe in myself, then I wouldn’t have been able to do it!  Having the support of my family and friends along the way, and an awesome contractor to ease all my construction worries, also made the whole process a lot easier, too 🙂

Now, I am settling into gallery life and am finding that my gallery is a really cozy and peaceful place.  After all, that’s what I was going for when I designed the space!  My hope is that people will want to come here to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA, and have a moment of Zen with the art.


Open Mind Art Space – West Los Angeles, CA

For my February self-portrait, I sketched my right eye.  I wanted to do something a little different this month and start to look at the individual features of my face in more detail. Using pencil for this study helped me to focus on line quality and shading. And as much as it bothered me, I even drew in those pesky eyebrow stubbles that made me want to reach for some tweezers the entire time I was looking in the mirror.  I completed this drawing on Leap Day. Glad I had the extra day in February to get this one done!


Self Portrait (Study of Right Eye) – February 2016, Graphite on Paper, 11″ x 14″




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