I think that the most awesome art events happen at L.A. Artcore. Lydia Takeshita, it's founder (1979) has facilitated its growth and the professional
development of the artists she exhibits. You can contact them at email@example.com. Another person of note is Dale Youngman.
She is innovative and curates alot of special projects. I met her thru Downtown Artshare last year. Chim Maya gallery also has great exhibits
I was one of three artists selected in the United States as a Polish Pallet artist. Twenty artists were selected in all from Italy, Slovakia, Ukraine and Poland to take part in a two week residency in Oswiecim, near Cracow in Southern Poland. I am being sponsored by Lark Gallery and am honored and excited to be taking part.
I was contacted recently by Hair's How Magazine in Moscow, Russia! They feel to quote them, "that my barbershop paintings are amazing, unique and
extremely interesting". I was happily surprised. They will be featuring some of them in the Fall 2012 issue. You can look under current
shows to get their link. They are a high fashion magazine that is very respected there. The past 3 months I have veered away from my collage process in order to develop a new body of barbershop paintings and people and places pencil pieces. I will be in exhibit with this work in May of 2014 thru LA Artcore and am excited to be in this community based gallery. Since February I have been working on one barber piece. Each one is so detailed since I draw into it while painting and also do alot of underpainting. After 3 months of work, Jacob's Doll House is completed. Thank god we can oil out the canvas! It is a process but I seem to always be wanting to fill the space. I have been doing alot of color studies as well, happy to be alone again and not working on a degree. At least I got thruough the BA and with honors! Amazing. My materials to continue the surgery pieces are in a seeable spot in my studio so that when I am ready I can get to it easily. De-cluttering in the last month as well, in order to get to work more easily. Half the battle is won if your art area is ready and waiting I've always enjoyed layering and tearing whether it's paper or layers of paint on a surface. and love to draw.
I now have 10 completed surgery pieces. I finished the 3 large panels with images and design. It's a tryptik that is 48" x 60" and a sophisitcated abstract. I have posted it and have also completed three new graphites that are posted.
I am happiest when painting for hours and not answering the phone or email. I have found that I can't do email and the web on the same day as creating. I've tried. After email or Facebook I feel like I have been drained. I have been doing experiments to see how long I can go without checking that stuff. Usually it's worked out to about every 3 days without getting into trouble. It's tricky. What can I say? I am not a multi-tasker so I do my best. I love silence or books on tape when I'm creating. When it's quiet I feel so clear and every real sound is unique. I have offered a few of my works, a collage and a portrait as an affordable print so hope that some of you will check it out. I have made a gallery for the upbeat collage pieces and for the dark post surgical ones currently being created.
There are 7 more pencil pieces on large white paper I have been doing. Although I reference the children from old photos of my brothers and I it is not a "journal". I take sketches that I do at cafes and mix them into the work to make a statement about how we live in this fast paced society where technology controls our lives and children face a dark future. This is how I feel.
The guitars on Sunset were auctioned at Julien's in Beverly Hills. Mine was in the top ten above the bidding price but they still haven't let me know who purchased it. I hope someday that I will meet some of the people who have bought my work. I have never been able to find out who some of you are, so if you have collected my work please let me know. I won't bother you but it would be great to list you on a resume at least and just to know for my records.
The "Portrait of the Fallen Project" to honor the Fallen Heroes from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars went well and the head of the project, Sherry Moore is really happy with my portrait. They are establishing a memorial that identifies each soldier with an artist rendering of their image- one artist, one soldier. Sherry Moore is an amazing lady and a veteran who wants to make people aware of the sacrifices by soldiers, their bravery and the horrors of war. Many families in Iraq and Afghanistan have been torn apart as well losing family members and their homes. My soldier was only 21 and knew going in that he could die. He has the face of an angel. My son, Spencer is 20, so as a mom, I really identify.
Keep checking updates at my site, jodibonassiart.com.