2013 Blog &Events
A Whale of a Time! 30"x48" mix media on canvas
Happy Holidays my friends!
This month has been hectic with many gatherings and goodies to eat.
The reception at the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery for Summation was packed. I so enjoyed looking at all the artwork and also talking to those people who liked my artwork "Blender".
I have been working on abstracts again. After working on a canvas twice, and wiping the artwork because it just didn't feel right, I decided to experiment. I remember how much I loved to create lines in life drawing so I used line, and loved the results so much that I'm going to create a series of them! Above is the first one of the line series.
Enjoy the holiday season!
Gladys' painting "Blender" was accepted for the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery show "Summation". Gladys will be at the art reception on Saturday December 14, 2013. The reception is from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025. Her painting will be on exhibit from Dec. 13, 2013 to Jan. 4th, 2014.
What's for Dinner? Oil on 8" x 24" canvas
I love December. There is something about the holidays, people in good cheer, the break in the routine, and all the yummy food.
I went to see the movie "The Book Thief" and just fell in love with it. A wonderful story, beautifully filmed, and wonderful characters. I must read the book now.
My newsletter was sent. You can sign up for it at my home page if you haven't already. I don't buy Christmas gifts really. I'm more into experiences, so my two young adult (son and daughter) will get a day with me at Disneyland for their gifts. I know it may be packed with people and cold, but the little kid in me is looking forward to it.
Above is what's on my easel right now, "What's for Dinner?", oil on canvas. Yeap, if you recognize the little papillon, it's our dog "Oliver". He seems to make it into my paintings more often lately.
Just a reminder that the annual sale is still going on until Dec. 21, 2013, if you are shopping for a special unique gift for yourself or others. Everything is marked 50% off!
Wishing you the best Holiday Season yet.
Gladys will have an art booth holiday sale from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on December 7, 2013 in Escondido, CA, at Harmony Grove. Join her for her holiday sale of original artwork.
November 30, 2013 - Publication Party!
Gladys Jimenez will be at the Publication Party for the book release of Summation V: The merging of Art and Poetry on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, located at 262 E. Grand Avenue. Gladys' artwork "Lady in Red" is in the publication, and available for sale.
November 24, 2013
I'm Buying Art
The end of another year is here. I feel blessed to have had good health, loved ones around me, and being able to express myself through my art and photography.
I just came back from the Publication Party at the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery. I was honored to be part of the talented artists in the publication "Summation 2013." My painting "Lady in Red" inspired 5 creative poets and I feel grateful to see how my art touched them.
I sold two paintings this month, my abstract work is still on exhibit at 57 Degrees, and having my first art booth sale next weekend.
Perhaps what I loved about this month most was that I was able to contribute to the life of another artist. I feel that where we spend our money is where our heart is, and mine is in the arts, thus I have given my time to children, volunteering in the local school teaching art, and have donated my artwork for charitable causes, but what makes me feel most blessed is buying an original piece of artwork from an artist.
"Fall in Mums" is the painting I purchased from Darrel McPherson. My art collection is still rather small, but each piece I add, is as though I bring more joy into my home to stay for good. Perhaps you don't understand what I'm trying to explain but if you have purchased artwork you enjoy from an artist, you may have an idea of what is like to contribute to something you believe in.
Darrel McPherson and me with my new acquisition
Art reception for the 57 Degrees art exhibit will be from 6:30 pm to 11 pm. Gladys will be at the art reception, were 14 of her abstract pieces will be on display. Stop by to view her artwork. The exhibit will be open for three months. 57 Degrees is located at 1735 Hancock St., San Diego, CA 92101.
October 24, 2013
The Gig is Over
I was surprised by how much people could dislike themselves, be frighten of a camera, and how even little children don't always smile. I learned to change my messages in hopes of making a difference in little kids by instead of asking them to say "cheese" to "I'm awesome", "I'm beautiful", "I'm handsome" and the like.
I only wish the job didn't required a set amount of time per person, so I could had better connect with each person who sat before me, to be photographed.
Now that this gig is almost over, I'll focus more on art. I have already began a series of small abstracts and I'm having so much fun creating them. See an example above.
November 30, 2013 I'll be at the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery at the publication party of Summation V. My painting "Lady in Red" is published in it and looking forward to the poet's reading their poems inspired by art. I hope to see some of you there.
Pink Icing Cupcake, 5"x7" oil on canvas
Hello my Friends,
On October 18 I'll be turning 50! Wow...such number seems to bring so many thoughts. I don't feel 50, more like 15 in a way, and after my 2012 health ordeal, looking to improve my way of living with more healthy habits.
I have done a series of small 8" x 10" abstracts during the last month. I'll be updating the website at the end of the month with the new work from summer until now. My photography gig has been interesting, but glad it's winding down so it will give me more time to update my art website, paint, and continue to learn more about creative gigs.
Back to the Basics
September came by so fast, and so close to the end of the year.
I have been having fun working on my own paintings. Due to scheduling of my photography gig, I had to drop the oil painting 2 class, but no worries, I continue to paint the creative ideas I had wanted to do for a long time..
Above is a sample of "Blender", first in a series which I intend to do, called "Reflections".
I haven't participated in any art shows lately. It's my intention to work on new works of art and build a new portfolio for my fans. Perhaps next summer I can do my own show with all the new paintings that have not sold in the meantime.
I've been having a great summer, a bit too hot lately, but nevertheless, we have been having awesome skies with beautiful fluffy clouds, and the clouds that spread all across the sky like cotton balls, reflecting the sunlight. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets!
Blender, 16" x 20" oil on canvas
Here We Go Again...
Here we are in the middle of August and I just couldn't stay away from signing up for an oil painting 2 class at the local community college. Class starts next week :)
I had wanted to take a break because I wanted to create my own art, and then I realized what I really wanted to do was take a break from figure painting.
Time to paint other things, like butterflies...yes, I started painting butterflies, and look forward to painting still life paintings, and landscapes, and even more abstracts! The Butterfly Series will be posted on the website in September. At least the first three :)
I miss going to the art shows in Escondido on 2nd Saturday, but it's been a busy summer with the photography gig going until the end of November and now the new art class starting next week.
Love My New Place
It's been over a month at my new place and I must say, I'm surprised how much I like it here. I used to live in this area before I moved to Escondido, and find myself in awe to find myself so much happier here.
With my new transition, I applied for a temporary gig as a photographer and I was again nicely surprised to get the gig! A big thank you to those of you I asked for recommendations, as this is my first "Job" after many years, as I have always been self-employed with the exception of my first job after high school. I was really moved by the letters you wrote and the wonderful things you said about me. I will always be grateful for your kindness. Feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends :)
I did some photography back in my 20's and actually got a few awards and some photographs printed, but dropped it quickly when I discovered oil painting. I always enjoyed it and since I feel complete with my art classes for now, and not taking any more classes for a year, I was wondering about taking some photography classes at the local community college but then I thought, what better way to learn than working at a studio and getting paid for it.
I am learning so much already, and feel I can expand to different phases of photography in this company if I so desire, after my gig is up in late November...like Photoshop! Yeap, I only know basic stuff when it comes to editing images and it can be rather useful for my art.
I just finished two paintings. I will upload them next week to the website. I sent one to my mailing list with a special sale offer. If you haven't joined my mailing list, you can do so at my home page, at this website.
I am going to work on smaller artwork for the rest of the year. I will be creating a series of butterfly paintings...they seem to be popping up everywhere I go lately, so I take it as a sign that they need to be painted. Perhaps a symbol of my own transformation as I transition through so many changes this year. Very exciting!
Butterfly 1, 8"x10" oil on canvas
My Old Studio
This month was really tough. I moved...yeap, long hours of packing, having 3 garage sales, donating things, and even storing some things, as I down sized. How I had accumulated so much stuff that I don't need is hard to understand. I intend to change this from now on.
It took a lot of physical work, time, and help from friends, but glad it's over. New changes I'm still adapting too, as well as our dog Oliver, seem to be for the better.
In keeping with the spirit of down sizing and not keeping anything in my new place that I don't absolutely need, I am participating in the Escondido Art Association Starving Artist Sale. All the small artwork from my art school studies for the last year will be on sale there, about 23 pieces, from July 29-August 3, 2013. Get this...are you ready...All original artwork will be priced at $50.00 or less!!!! If you appreciate art as I do and would like to start or add to your collection, you don't want to miss this event. I'll be at the Gallery most of the day August 3, 2012 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Stop by and say hello.
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer.
Come to the Escondido Art Association. The EAA is located on Grand Avenue, in Escondido. All artwork will be priced at $50.00 or less and you can find about 20 of Gladys' original oil painting studies for sale. Some are even framed! Gladys will be at the gallery August 3, 2013 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Yosemite by Gladys Jimenez
What a Ride!
I hope July finds you well. Looking back at June all I have to say is "What a Ride!".
I began the month by traveling to Yosemite. My favorite place on Earth. I was hoping to take many photographs so I could do several studies for my oil paintings of this magnificent place but I was just caught up in the beauty of it instead. Participating in several hikes, the most difficult for me being Vernal Falls, but the most rewarding as well. You just can't beat that constant rainbow and view from the top :)
My daughter also graduated from Stanford. Very proud of her and the things she has accomplished, but mainly of who she has become.
No time for art competitions this month. I did meet with two art directors this month, one in Laguan Beach and the other in San Clemente (I just fell in love with this town!). It was interesting to see what they are looking for in art but couldn't shake the feeling that art galleries are not for me. My collectors like unique different art, and I'm happy to provide them with my art in a more organic way, through my website, Facebook, and through them getting to know me, as I them.
Many changes ahead, for one, I'm not taking any art classes this fall. Time to build up my own body of artwork for my collectors and new fans. Stay tune, as much is happening :)
June 3, 2013
Time to Slow Down
The semester is over and I am happy to have a bit of more free time. I got an A in my figure painting class with Michael Steirnagle, an A from in my head drawing class with Ken Joudrey, and a B in life drawing from Michael Steirnagle. It brings me awareness of how much I still need to learn and practice on my drawing skills. I believe the last two weeks I was finally able to understand a little bit more which lines needed to be darker, the straight lines, and how the muscles work. Specially after the final for life drawing were we needed to do a front and back full figure depicting the muscles of the human body in a creative way. Happy to report I got an A on my drawings, you can see one of them above.
I'll be in Palo Alto as well. My daughter graduates from Stanford University and I'm so proud of her. Then I get to spend some time with her and my son...what a treat!
Enjoy your summer.
Gladys will be at the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery Artist Reception. Her artwork "Museum" will be on displayed until August.
Gladys will be on July 4th, 2013 at Grape Day Park in Escondido. Her at booth will show smaller pieces of artwork, most of it new pieces, created for this event. The hours are 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Come stop by and say hello, and stay for the fireworks. Happy 4th!
Art, Love, and Travel, color pencils on illustration board
Yesterday was a good day for me art wise. I received the following email:
"You have been accepted into the exclusive Laguna ART Group™ by the jury. We have had over 4000 artist submissions to date and have only chosen 10% of those to be represented by the Laguna Beach Art Community (a network of ver 80 galleries) as well as on our iPhone and Android APPs. This APP is downloaded by 1000's of Collectors, Interior Designs, gallery owners as well as visitors to Laguna Beach for the Map of "Everything Art in Laguna Beach."
I am grateful and happy to be part of such a staple in the art industry. Looking forward to visiting all 80 galleries too :)
Tomorrow is the Boehm Gallery reception and open house at Palomar College. It's wonderful to see all the art departments exhibiting art done by students. I have several pieces up in the my art room at the college, from charcoals to paintings. As well as two pieces at the gallery.
There is also a small section where you can purchase great ceramics, glass, jewlery, and art, outside. And of course, free food provided by the teachers. Michael Steirnagle will be giving a painting demonstration so I will be there :)
May 20, 2013 - Bravura Gala Reception
Gladys will be at the Bravura Gala Reception on May 20, 2013. She will be awarded the First Prize in Visual Arts for her artwork "Self-Portrait". The reception is from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It will be held at Palomar College located at 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos, CA.
Today I joined the Escondido Art Association Plein Air Painting group at Felicita Park, in Escondido. I have painted landscapes before but this was my first plein air outing.
All I can say is that I was not prepared for plein air painting. I had to do my painting really fast because the light and shadows do change fast. I had to hold the canvas on one hand, painting with the other while fighting off the bugs climbing on me and my art supplies, as well as the stuff that would fall on my painting and paint from the trees. It was not easy to reach my supplies and the sun was hot.
Next time I will take a TV tray table to put my art supplies on, a stool would be helpful to sit on (instead of a rock), and bug spray. Hopefully area won't be too far from facilities. I guess I'm a city gal, although I love nature and taking long hikes and even camping, when it comes to painting, I prefer my studio.
Although it took me about 30 minutes to do this artwork, I was going for the impressionist style, I like my little painting under the circumstances it was painted on. My first oil landscape in years :)
I was surprised to see fake trees a long the park. The fake trees are used to cover up cell phone towers at the park. It's my understanding they are all over the place now. It was a beautiful day outdoors and so happy I got to experience plein air painting, as it was something I wanted to do for a long time.
First Place in Visual Arts
I'm thrilled to announce that this year's Award-Winning Literary Magazine, Bravura, has awarded me the first prize in Visual Arts for the self-portrait I entered in their annual contest. It comes with a cash prize too :)
I will be attending the Gala reception in San Marcos on May 20, 2013, were I'll receive the award. Looking forward to the publication to be released.
This Saturday is art walk here in Escondido. I'm looking forward to do my regular stops. I start at the Escondido Art Association, then The Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, a quick stop by Distinction Gallery and Traditional Gallery, and the final stop at Michael Steirnagle's art studio.
I've been working on figure painting for a year now, and I'm ready to do some landscaping paintings during the summer. Stay tune for new work.
Self Portrait, First Place in Visual Arts, 18" x 24" Oil on canvas
Our Beloved Chance
Happy to report that my drawing of my previous drawing teacher, Doug Durrant, was chosen for the student art show for 2013. The reception is May 3, 2013, between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The show runs until May 18, 2013.
The Boehm Gallery is located at Palomar College,1140 W Mission Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069, for more information you may call (760) 744-1150.
Bottle, 12" x 12" oil on canvas
Why Do I Bother to Create
A friend who is very analytical and not creative at all, once asked me what was the use of creating so much artwork, as I have been creating. I had to respond with my reasons for creating art.
I create because it feeds my soul...I am following my soul's desire and it's not something I can stop doing without feeling I'm starving my soul, and possibly depression of not being able to express myself (I have experienced a dark night of the soul after I took a period of two years of not creating)..., quite simply, it is my destiny.
An artist never paints for just money, that would be in insult to the creator that gave us this gift, and the artist that only creates for money even if their skills are perfect, the artwork lacks feeling and energy. I am not saying you should not commercialize your artwork, yes, we must sell our artwork as we artist also have bills to pay, food to buy and a mortgage to pay...but I am saying if it's just something you do for money, as any other career that you can do just for money, then you are missing out on living your call. When you do what you love, it doesn't feel like work at all.
To an artist, painting or creating is as essential as food if not more. We are willing to sacrifice everything for our art, including financial gains, relationships (as our art takes most of our time), anything that will get in the way of us creating. We are a strange breed, but I know of no other activity that makes me feel so grateful and thankful to be alive than when I am painting. I enter the BLISS zone when I paint and am just so lucky to be able to do so on a regular basis.
February 13, 2013
Fundraising, Art Classes and Events
This month I participated in the Artful Inches event at the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery. It was part of a fundraiser where artist came together to create beautiful art, which would be sold by the art gallery by the inch. All funds went to help high school students to exhibit their artwork.
Much artwork to do, so back to my easel. Enjoy your day.
Feb 16, 2013 - 57 Degrees Art Exhibit. Gladys will be at the art reception for most of the time from 6:00 pm until 11 pm. Stop by to view her artwork. Four of her pieces will be on exhibit for two months.
You have to have heART Exhibit at Escondido Art Association. Gladys will be at the art reception at 5:00 pm for 45 minutes. This exhibit will be available for one month. Three of Gladys' pieces will be on display. Her artwork Mr. Rooster, Deer, and Music and Dancing.
January 30, 2013
Art, Art and More Art...
I'm so happy to announce that for the month of February, my work will be on exhibit at three galleries. There will be on piece, "Diana", at the Municipal Art Gallery. Three pieces at the Escondido Art Association, "Deer", "Mr. Rooster", and "Music and Dancing". Those will be on exhibit for one month. At 57 Degrees, down town San Diego, for two months I will have on exhibit "Red Barn", "The Southwest", "Lady in Red", and "Michael Hanlon". So very excited to be at this exhibit among other fellow artists.
Today I taught an art class to 5th graders. I volunteer at the local elementary school since 1998. I had so much fun teaching them about art, complementary colors, and Paul Klee. Kids have such a thirst for art and happy to be able to do my share my love for art with them. I wish more people donated art supplies so we could reach more children. Volunteers are available but without the supplies even with our most creative resources, it's tough to do. The non-profit organization I founded to raise funds for art supplies is Boldly Creating Life Foundation. If it's in your heart to promote the arts to children, please stop at the website http://www.bclf.org and make a donation. It will be greatly appreciated by me, the children, teachers, and families. Of course, your donation is tax deductible.
I hope to see you at one of the art reception events. Please do stop by and greet me, I would love to meet you, or see you again if you are a fan.
Red Barn, 48"x36" oil on canvas
Lady in Red, 16"x20" oil on canvas
First week of the new year I picked up my painting "Lady in Red" from the art gallery. I was thrilled to hear great feedback from the art gallery staff. This was the annual Summation 2012 event where poets write poems about the artwork they like. I hear my artwork made it into the publication again this year...sweet :)
I spent sometime visiting my friend, Darren McPhearson's art gallery. His work and the work of other artists are in display here. Some beautiful pieces here.
I asked every gallery I visit, if they are open to answering, about art sales. They all tell me that the economy changed and so did their sales. Not as many as there were in the past. Makes me wonder if art galleries in other large cities are having the same experience. Don't know...have you seen any red dots on the art galleries you have visited recently? Usually art galleries put a red dot by artwork that has sold.
Good thing we artist make art because of our passion and love for it, it's like eating, something we need to do regardless of how much the food cost. On the other side, it would be great to sell more art :)
I completed two new pieces, Red Barn and Christmas Tree. Looking forward to exhibiting them in a gallery because in the end, art galleries help you share your love of art with the world around you.
May this new year bring you health, contentment, peace and love.