Brewery Art Walk

After visiting the Art Walk of Downtown Santa Ana earlier this month I decided to also be in attendance at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles. I made the 40 minute drive from Orange County to Los Angeles with my girlfriend. I was very excited to see all of the art, and I got even more excited when I did not have to pay for parking or have to pay for an entry fee. It was a very fun experience and I am planning to return in the Spring for the next Art Walk.

I first spoke with James R. Eads. His focus in art with based off of printmaking, illustrations, and painting. When looking at his paintings I realized that there was a pattern of moons and a sense of affection between a man and women. James not only paints on a flat surface, he also expresses his artwork on objects such as chairs and guitars. He also sent about 15 of his paintings to an animator who electronically transfers the art into gifs.

After walking around for a bit I came across another exhibit that I was highly intrigued in. This exhibit was strictly only photography. The black and white landscape photos were taken by Jisel, the female seen below in the boots and the colored pictures were taken by Jim, the guy with the bud light in his hand. Most of the landscape photos were taken in Los Angeles, however the other photos were taken in places all around the United States. These two were a bit buzzed after drinking a couple of alcoholic beverages so my girlfriend and I had a  pretty funny conversation with the two of them.

Lastly, I spoke with Victoria Sebanz who focuses on poetry, photography, and mixed media.  She is a women of many talents. She has been an artist, dancer, educator, and a poet all of her life. She portrays feminism through her poetry and her art work. As you can see the majority of her artwork includes the female body and how beautiful it is inside and out. All of her work incorporates a Native American feel.


Week 9 Artist Conversation Vanessa Olivarez

Artist: Vanessa Olivarez

Exhibition: Don’t Be Careful, Be Gentle

Media: Sculpting, Photography

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery


Instagram: tokioni

Vanessa Olivarez is currently in her last year at the California State University of Long Beach. She plans on graduating in the Spring of 2017. She has been working hard on receiving her BFA in sculpting, and she will be rewarded in about 7 months. She has been in many art shows and galleries outside of school, however she usually only shows illustrations of her art pieces. Vanessa first entered college expecting to receive her degree in English, she always had a love for art but she thought that she would not be able to make a living off of a Bachelor’s Degree in Art. She decided to change her major to Art because she was not enjoying the classes that she was in. Her heart told her to pursue something that she loved, so she made the switch to art.

It took her about 2 months to complete her seesaw and to record her 2 videos. Her exhibition included a seesaw, two screen projections, and a television. I thought that the seesaw was made out of glass but I was later informed that it was made out of acrylic plastic. The two video projections were different including random clips which portrayed her life and the world. While one video played the other would show a women starring into a mirror looking at her reflection. The room was lit up with pink and blue lights, she decided to have these colors of light because there was a lot of pink and blue in her two videos that were being projected. She also chose these colors because she did not want her exhibition to be like the many others that we see, she wanted to be different. The television in the corner is an important part of the exhibition because it shows a medium between the 2 videos that were being projected.

Vanessa often finds herself having to decide between two things. In life you have to chose one thing and leave your next best option up in the air. Often times this can be stressful and you want to just be in the middle and have a little bit of both sides of the spectrum. At times she wants to be seen by everyone and at other times she wants to be invisible. Like a seesaw one thing must come down and the other must go up, you can not be in the middle. She portrays this greatly in her exhibition by only showing one video at a time and by having the television in the corner which portrays a medium between the two videos.

I often find myself with having two choose between two things. Sometimes I make the right decision and have positive effects but unfortunately there have been many times where I choose the wrong path and am left in the dirt. However I sometimes float in the middle of a decision and simply let fate choose for me, or let someone else make my decisions. After many years I have realized that I am more happy when I make my own decisions and accept my defeats, rather than leaving my decisions up to someone else. I really enjoyed Vanessa’s exhibition and look forward to seeing what decisions she makes in her future, and hopefully one day see her in some art shows soon.

Week 8 Art Experience Sketching in the Garden


This was actually my first time visiting the Japanese Garden on campus. I was amazed with how big it was and that we have a place that is so peaceful and beautiful that students can come to on their free time. I decided to sketch the same thing for my first 10 30-second sketches, I did this so that I could see the progress that I was making with each sketch. There are not too many changes from sketch to sketch but there are major changes from my first 30-second sketch and my last 30-second sketch. There was a lot more detail and I added a couple more features to my sketches. For my 5-minute sketch I decided to sketch one of the platforms that is near the entrance of the garden. I was kind of rushed when doing this so I actually finished with two minutes remaining, I decided to add more details in the platform and in the bushes. Surprisingly my sketch of my hand did nit come out too bad, however I did have to look down because I picked up my pencil for some reason. At the end of my 5 minutes I added some details to my hand to make it look more realistic. My favorite part of the Japanese Garden was the zen garden. I had never seen one before and I was in such a peaceful state when admiring it. I will definitely be back one day when I have an hour to waste. It is definitely worth the long walk from Upper Campus (where most of my classes are located).

Week 8 Classmate Conversation Justin Pena


This week I interviewed Justin Pena. He is currently in his 2nd year at CSULB. He is an electrical engineering major, he likes math and science. He also enjoys to do art and read on his free time. Some other things he also enjoys to do are taking pictures, sketching, cooking and playing video games. His favorite type of music is classical rock. I asked what he usually likes to do on the weekends when he does not have too much homework to get finished, he said that he likes to go to the beach and enjoy the sun. I then went onto the question of the week, which was “Would you be supportive of your child wanting to pursue an art career?” He said that he would be supportive because he would respect and support any decision his child had when it came to school. He believes that his child would have the ability to make a contribution to society.

Week 7 Artist Conversation Nathaniel Paderanga

Exhibition Information

Artist: Nathaniel Paderanga

Exhibition: Social

Media: Drawing and Painting

Gallery: Dr. Masine Merlino Gallery

Website: in progress

Instagram: theartofnate_

Nathaniel is an undergraduate, currently in his last semester at CSULB. He is on his way to receive his BFA in Drawing and Painting. He transferred to CSULB 3 years ago from a community college in San Diego. While attending community college he was planning and working on becoming a chemistry major but as time went on he decided that chemistry was not that interesting to him, so he made a big decision in changing to become an art major. This gallery is specially dedicated to the life of Karen S. Paderanga.

In Nathaniel’s gallery this week he showcased his Social exhibition which includes seven paintings including both portraits and landscapes. He uses shapes, color, form and balance, with an oil paint medium, to create a composition. His art is heavily influenced by  old masters and contemporary artists who specialize in the importance of light and shadows. Caravaggio is an old master who he is influenced by and Kim Cogan is a contemporary artist that influences him. He begins his painting with an underdrawing of the composition using charcoal on the surface. He then studies the value in order to bring out the darks and lights that go over the the compositional drawing. Finally he continuously redefines areas with paint until it fulfills his needs.

Through his paintings he is trying to bring forward the social issues and highlight the underlying conflicts in situations that are deemed ordinary. It takes him approximately two months to complete each painting and it took him about two years to get this exhibition ready. The message of his painting “Get Together” is that technology takes over our lives, and a get together with friends or family turns into being on phones and watching tv the whole time. In this painting you can also see the dog just laying on the Clippers rug, he is bored because the two boys are on their phones paying no attention to him/her.

I agree with the social issues and the underlying conflicts in situations that the artist is portraying through his art. I admire his art and believe that his art could one day be seen in a famous gallery. I have experienced going to a family gathering or going to a friend’s house to hangout and then all the fun is taken away when everyone decides to reach into their pockets/purses to get their phones. It’s not only when everyone is on their phones, if even one person decides to take their phone out during a conversation it tends to kill the whole mood. Our lives are being taken over by technology and we are relying on it so much that our social lives are all going downhill.

Week 6 Art Experience(s) Flip book / Zine

Flip book: When assigned this weeks art experience, I quickly chose to make a flip book over creating a zine. This week I waited until the last day to complete my assignments. I was a bit overwhelmed when it was time to do my flip book. I was having a hard time figuring out what I could draw and how I was going to draw it. After about an hour of being indecisive, I came up with the idea of drawing a car being driven off a cliff. After finishing my 10 drawings, I decided to add in a sunrise to fill in some of the empty space. The whole process of creating my flip book was actually a lot easier than I had expected it to be and I overwhelmed myself for no reason.

Zine: I also decided to create a zine of my very own. The idea of “hAngry” came to mind because I was getting frustrated when my girlfriend and I could not pick somewhere where to eat. All the foods that I illustrated in my zine were foods that we discussed when trying to make a choice. We ended up going to El Pollo Loco (so I guess you can say that we settled with tacos.) My favorite part of the whole process was drawing all the foods and adding angry faces. I have always enjoyed drawing and especially drawing cartoons. Overall, I had fun making my zine, however, it was time consuming.

The Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana

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During the weekend, my girlfriend and I went to the Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana. Hannah had been before, but it was my first time. This event is held every first Saturday of the month. At the art festival, there is live music and a variety of art. We saw paintings, sculptures, beautiful photography, etc. We even saw a zine! There are multiple galleries to see. I highly recommend visiting the Art Walk. I had a great time!