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March Gladness

March was a busy month, and went by in a flash! Pardon the tardiness of this blog post! I spent most of the month getting settled in to gallery life and planning for the my gallery’s next art exhibition.

Gallery life has been a nice adjustment for me. The 6-hour gallery hours and 1-2 weeks of time off between art exhibitions allow me to maintain a pleasant work/life balance. Sure beats the ol’ 8-to-5 schedule I used to work! The only thing I miss is having coworkers to chat with. However, it’s been really awesome to meet new people at the gallery! I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from gallery visitors so far, and at each opening reception, I make more art friends!

As Open Mind Art Space’s first art exhibition was coming to a close, I was on a search for artists for its second show. I went on my first studio visit as a gallerist to check out the work of two artists that I ended up selecting. I drove over to the Downtown LA Fashion District, where artists Ashley Mistriel and Theresa Knopf share a cozy art studio inside of the old Bendix Building. Other artist studios in the building were also open for viewing at the time, so it turned out to be a pretty cool field trip! After selecting their work, I realized I had some extra wall space in my gallery for a third artist, so they recommended another artist they attended grad school at CSUN with: Kate Parsons. All of their works complement each other so well, and I am so happy with how the show came together! Their work will be on view until May 7th. Here is the link for the show’s Press Release. Also, please feel free to follow my gallery’s Instagram account to see all the latest happenings.

For my March self-portrait, I continued with examining individual features of my face. This time, I chose to draw my mouth/lips. And to change it up a little, I decided to do quick blind drawings, which means I only looked at the mirror the whole time and drew without looking at the page. Then after each quick doodle, I looked down to reset my pen on the page. I noticed that my focus and speed changed throughout the exercise, yielding slightly different results each time. It was a great way to get myself to let go of my usual urge to include every little detail. The best part of it was that it took a very short amount of time to complete!


Self Portrait (Blind Study of Lips) – March 2016, Gel Pen on Paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″

In completely non-art related news, I celebrated a satisfying victory after my March Madness college basketball bracket won me a nice little chunk of extra spending money. Woo hoo! All in all, I’d say it was a great month! 😀


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