Week 13- Artisit Conversations- Jeff Dulla


This week, I was memorized by Jeff Dulla’s piece, “Chaos”. This brilliant piece was done with oil on canvas, it incorporates many lovely colors that create movement that tells a story within it. To different people it may look like different things or a different story to be told. When I first looked at this piece I was fascinated by the colors that seemed to blend into one another. The first picture I saw was one under water, the gold was a palace like the one in The Little Mermaid and my eyes focused on the swirling blues and greens. Then my eyes reached the red flames and lava and I thought of it as an underwater volcano or two oceanic plates diverging, spewing lava from the lithosphere.

But then I noticed the black pillar spitting out blackness and the iridescent appearance of the colors below and I knew this was a tale of beautiful destruction, an oil spill. The more I looked at the piece in this new light, I gained more evidence to the theory. In the blues behind the black pillar there are buildings and stairs. In the oranges that before looked like flames to me, there are numerous buildings appearing to be of Asian descent. The volcano is flying lava a crossed this city. Next to it, The oil being brought up from the Earth, only to pollute it. Next to it on the left, there is either a beautiful waterfall or a damaging dam break. And once where I saw a palace and ocean life, I see a civilization being eroded and sucked into the abyss of the green whirlpool, houses and animals being pulled in. I tried to decided if this was man’s doing or if it was by natural causes, and I decided it was both. It seems almost apocalyptic, damage by natural and artificial causes causing chaos and the destruction of our world. And that was exactly what Jeff Dulla wanted me to see: the interaction of forces that impact nature.

Jeff Dulla creates pieces like this to evoke emotions by appealing to our senses. He does this by making his works complex, something that makes the viewers in awe and wonder. He paints, imagining the flow of the universe, which I can definitely see when I look at chaos, with the movements and blending of colors. He highlights the elements and the Earth. Dulla’s goal is to change people’s consciousness and make them aware of what we, as humans, do to our environment. Also, that we are a small part of a bigger picture. Of life, nature, and the universe. I for one, received his message loud and clear and think this “Chaos” is brilliant.

You can learn more about Jeff and his work at:



Week 13-Classmate Conversation-Kari Maehara


This week, I met the lovely Kari Maehara.

Kari is a freshman at Cal State Long Beach and is currently undeclared as a major. Though she is undeclared, she is thinking of working in the health field, possibly in health science or as a child development major. She is interested in health science because she has always been fascinated with oral care and would possibly like to be a hygienist. However, Kari loves kids, so child development might be more up her alley. Either way, I think she would do great in what ever she decides to do, as I can see her ding either one.

Kari is a local to the Long Beach area and went to high school at Los Almitos, in a neighboring city. Though she is from the area, she currently is dorming at Parkside to gain the full college experience that it very important to her. In fact, when Kari started at CSULB in the fall she rushed and joined Gamma Phi Beta as a way to get the experience and gain friendships. I thought it was cool she was apart of this sorority because my best friend at Sac State is in the same one and even sits on the Panhellenic council. Kari had a much different experience. She did make some friends, but found it wasn’t for her. Which is pretty common. I know how expensive being in a sorority can be, some people often find it is a lot like paying for friends. And if it were me, it might be a little too emotional spending so much time with a ton of girls.

For fun, Kari goes running and hiking. I enjoy hiking as well and she recommended a few spots I should try out, which I appreciated coming from Northern California. Also like me, Kari enjoys drawing, painting, and going to the movies with her friends.

I loved meeting Kari, to learn more about her, you can visit her site at:


Week 12- Classmate Conversation- Conny Ramirez

This week I met the lovely Conny Ramirez. Conny is an undecided freshman at Cal State Long Beach, where she commutes to from Paramount, CA. Though Conny is currently undecided, Conny is thinking of becoming a Biology or a major in healthcare. Surprisingly, Conny’s first choice for college was not CSULB because she really was interested in San Francisco State. Though she has never been to Northern California, she has always been fascinated by San Francisco because of the weather and nature. This was common ground for me, because coming from Northern Califronia, I also enjoy the crisp weather and beautiful trees and mountains.

For fun, Conny enjoys reading, fashion, hanging out with friends, and traveling. When it comes to reading, Conny enjoys reading sci-fy’s and books about utopian societies. She is currently reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which I was excited to hear because I have read them as well. Conny also enjoys fashion. She watches shows like fashion police and frequently goes on sites like pintrest and polyboard to put together cute outfits. With her friends, Conny has fun making videos for youtube, creating blogs, going on adventures and getting lost, and going shopping. Her experiences going on buses with her friends to go explore and get lost by taking the wrong routes reminded me and my friends from Northern California doing similar things. I truly is fun adventuring, the freedom and care-free nature I think is what appeals people to do things like that. Conny has visited Las Vegas, Texas, and Mexico, mostly to visit family members. She travels to Mexico about once a year to see her grandfather and his girlfriend, which I thought was sweet. Like me, family seems important to Conny.

Fun fact: If Conny could, her dream place to live would be Colorado because of her love for mountains and nature.

I enjoyed getting to know Conny, if you would like to learn more about her you can visit her site at: https://connyramirez.wordpress.com/

Week 12- Artist Conversation- Angie Samblotte & Lacy McCune

This week I fell in love with “Taking my Time in the Paradigm” works by Angie Samblotte and Lacy McCune.

I had the pleasure of meeting Angie Samblotte to talk about the works and her part. Angie is a student at CSULB and wants to be an illustrator. Angie is thinking about doing free-lancing for an editorial or galleries and is very excited for her future. Angie did most of the drawing works, but also helped worked with McCune on the concepts and sculptured tree. The concept of the works were paradigms nature produced that they wanted to explore. They wanted others to experience their thoughts through the art.

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One of my favorite works done by Angie Samblotte was this piece titled “Awkward Hug”. Angie stated that this is what an awkward hug feels like: it is stiff and seems to last forever. She was inspired to do this piece because of an awkward hug she experienced, and felt other people could relate to this experience. I personally thought it was a genius concept. Being a hopeless romantic, when I saw this piece I thought of harmony and of two people growing together in love and throughout their life. This could be a love of two friends that grew up together, or the growing of a romantic couple, maybe in marriage, growing together threw time.

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This second image was my favorite, and was from the works titled “Daily Death”. I understood the concept to personify the leafs, that many people do not usually see as “alive”. One of the papers that made up the piece was on the ground and had a shoe-step mark on it. I wasn’t sure if that was produced on purpose or if someone in the galleries was being careless. When I spoke to Angie Samlotte about the piece, she stated that it was inspired by the death of leaves when they fall off of trees. Again, I thought the concept was genius. She stated that they are separated from us, and them falling is so mundane to us, nothing of special interest. Angie, however, thinks of the death of the leaves as an art. She thinks others see the leaves as trash that people often step on-which explains the footprint. She wanted to display the loss of life, which can be seen in the tormented fave of the leaf pictured above. It is actually quite sad.

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This piece was titled “Family Portrait, Delicately Interconnected”. Though I didn’t speak to Angie about this particular piece, the name helped me understand what the works were trying to convey. Usually in a house, we have pictures up of all our family members, showing our lineage and who we are related to. This piece tells us that we are connected to trees, that in a way, they are our family because they are living things as well that we co-exist with. Another genius concept.

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I really liked the overall look of these pieces displayed like a living room. I wondered if it was a living room set outside or a living room inside with grass as a natural carpet. Angie told be it could be either one. I think this is trying to show that our home is the Earth and it is beautiful and provides the things we produce artificially. Grass is our natural carpet. We do not need to make our own decor for the Earth is beautiful in its own, without the “concrete jungle”. Just my observation though.

You can learn more about Angie Samblotte and her work at: http://www.angiesamblotte.com/

Week 12- Activity Feedback

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My three favorite activities while in the Art 110 class in order were:

1. Week 5, Counter factual Identity. I really loved this activity because it gave me an excuse to dress a little differently than people would expect and express myself. What was interesting was that with this identity, I felt more like myself. Since then, I have changed my style to more closely reflect my counter-factual identity, turns out, it might be my true identity!

2. Week 10, Landscapes. I really loved this activity because I love photography. Also, I am a criminal justice major and it was a lot of fun creating a scene that would make the photograph interesting. I liked posing and getting my make up done as well. It gave me the chance to let my creativity come through.

3. Week 4, Plaster Casting. I mostly liked this activity because of my experience going to the beach with some of the class mates. It was fun helping them and hanging out while we waited for the plaster to harden. Also, my foot came out pretty well and I was proud of it.

My least favorite activities while in Art 110 class in order were:

1. Week 7, Painting. I unfortunately did not get to do this activity but wasn’t really excited to do it. When I first saw an activity titled painting I was really excited to actually paint. Having worked with spray paint I knew there wouldn’t be much detail involved, which I love to have in my art. Also, I wasn’t too happy about doing my name in bubble letters, it seemed sort of boring and I already knew I was bad at doing bubble letters. Plus I didn’t have a space to do it and did not have the money to drive to Venice.

2. Week 2, Instagram. It was hard coming up with four pictures to post. While I’m in school, my life isn’t exactly thrilling and I had a hard time finding what to post and posted things I normally wouldn’t. I noticed the same thing with other students in the class. I also wouldn’t normally post that many pictures in one day unless I’m doing something exciting. A lot of followers find it annoying.

3. Week 6, Drawing. I didn’t do this activity either because I was looking forward to actually drawing and sketching something beautiful out with lots of detail and realism, but that wasn’t the activity. I also have an android and androids can’t get the app French Girls. I tried on my ipod, but my ipod was too old to get the update that was needed to use the app, it was disappointing.

Overall, this class was a ton of fun. At first I was apprehensive about finding new students to interview every week because I have always been a bit shy. But as time went on, I’ve really come out of my shell and I love it. I think that is my favorite part of the class, besides seeing the art work in the galleries. I found with every person I met, that even if they were completely different than me, that we could always find some common ground to relate on. I think that is an important quality to have in life, to be able to relate to people in a personal or professional realm. I loved going to the galleries each week. What I mostly loved was finding out what message the artist was trying to convey and comparing it the message I received. Two of the most useful activities were probably the kickstart and eportfolio activities. I dreaded doing both of them because I was unfamiliar with both. But, I found that these are probably two activities that will help me professionally in the future.

Something that might make the class better is if a couple of the activities, like drawing or painting, were done more traditionally because there are many people who, like myself, enjoy actually painting with paint or drawing with pencils/pens. I feel like there would be much more creativity with this approach.

Week 12- Activity- Teach One (Origami)

The art concept I would like to teach you today is Origami, which is a traditional art form in Japan. Many people know what origami is, but they don’t really understand how it started, that there are different mediums, and that there are different techniques to origami. The word origami comes from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”, and is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Origami started in the 17th century AD during the Edo era and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s.

There is evidence that the art form of origami originated in China for funerals. In Japan, the earliest reference to origami is in a short poem by Ihara Saikaku in 1680, which described paper butterflies in a dream. Origami butterflies were used during the celebration of Shinto weddings to represent the bride and groom, so paperfolding became a significant part of the Japanese ceremonies by the Heian period (794–1185).

The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make more intricate designs. Basic folds include valley and mountain folds, pleats, reverse folds, squash folds, and sinks. The best known origami sculpture is probably the Japanese paper crane. Usually, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper and can be different colors or prints. Normal copy paper is used for simple folds, such as the crane and waterbomb. Heavier weight papers can be wet-folded. This not-well-known technique allows for rounded sculpting of the model, which becomes rigid and sturdy when it is dry, which I found interesting. My favorite origami medium is foil-backed paper, as its name implies, is a sheet of thin foil glued to a sheet of thin paper. There is also hand-made tissue foil, which is made by gluing a thin piece of tissue paper to kitchen aluminium foil. Both types of foil materials are suitable for complex models. In Japan, Washi is the traditional origami paper used. Washi is tougher than ordinary paper and is made from wood pulp,but can also be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat.

There are many different types of origami practiced.

Action origami: Action origami includes origami that flies, or uses the movement of a person’s hands, applied at a certain part on the model, to move another flap or limb.

Modular origami: Modular origami consists of putting a number of identical pieces together to form a complex model. Usually, the individual pieces are simple but the final assembly may be tricky.

Wet-folding: Wet-folding is an origami technique for making models with gentle curves rather than geometric straight folds and flat surfaces. Also, it can be used to produce natural looking animal models.

Pureland origami: Pureland origami is origami with the restriction that only one fold is done at a time. More complex folds like reverse folds are not allowed.

I chose to teach about origami this week because I went to a seminar on Tuesday that talked about Japanese culture and art. Their culture fascinates me and I thought it was funny that this art form is pretty mainstream yet there is so much people do not know about it. Thank you!

Week 11- Activity- Student Choice (Gouache Painting)

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This week, I experimented more with my new-found favorite medium, gouache!

Actually,I started using gouache after being inspired by this class. I wanted to make the piece for this week extra-special so I worked with some charcoal and colored pencil as well. The pictures above show the progression of the painting. All in all, it took me about seven hours to complete, mostly because of the fine lines and detail. I have done a few cherry blossom paintings before and my boyfriend wanted me to make him one. This activity finally gave me the motivation to do it. He asked me to do black and white cherry blossoms with doodles in the background. He recently started a second job as a sushi chef, so I thought I’d make my painting Asian-inspired. I decided to use red as an accent color to make the whole picture “pop”.

First, I used red color pencil to draw an outline of the Mandarin writing and the cherry blossom branch. The three characters at the bottom say “I love you”, the two above that are “perseverance”  because relationships take a lot of overcoming obstacles. I drew a yin and yang because he is the light to balance me out. On the right side from the top, the characters represent our Chinese zodiac signs, saying “Dog + Pig” because he is the year of the dog and I am the year of the boar. Plus, I thought it was kind of funny. The characters below that say “Together Forever” and the one below that is “lust”. I already knew I wanted to incorporate a lotus flower so I placed that around the lust because lotus flowers often symbolize fertility. After I outlined all of this in pencil, I painted with gouache and filled in the lotus flower with charcoal to give it a different texture and more dimension.

After all this, it didn’t feel complete, I needed more to the back ground. I then searched “Chinese paintings” on google and found that many had two birds. I wanted my birds to be in flight and moving in a circular pattern around each other to resemble “Infinity”. I had them circle the forever characters to give it an “always and forever” meaning, explaining the infinity sign I later added in. I painted the birds in gouache as well. I then decided I loved the look of the charcoal and wanted more of that. I thought the picture looked to feminine for my boyfriend and decided “What’s more masculine and Chinese than a dragon?” I outlined the dragon in gouache and filled him in with the charcoal to give him synthetic scales. Then I added a few doodles to compliment the scheme in gouache and viola!

I had a lot of fun with this painting and will be experimenting more with gouache in the future.