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And on to something new…

After 21 panels of ‘doodle designs’, I’ve moved on, for now at least, to more complex, layered and textured designs while still working on wooden squares. Here are two (left one already sold!).

The buyer was kind enough to send me a photo of this piece in situ. I love how the figures on the cabinet doors reflect the figures on the art.

Just got a new shipment of wooden squares so watch this space.

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Artful Gifting 2020

It’s that time of year – small, giftable, shippable, affordable art, even in a time of covid could be a nice thing. After figuring out I could offer free shipping on all my recent ‘squares’, I signed up for a virtual art market run by Artspan which allowed people to visit my ‘booth’ (live video chat with me and my art) but no one showed up!! The organizer did a lot of marketing, as did I, but I guess it didn’t ‘stick’.

So next, I coerced a friendly gallerist to let their walls be populated by a small group of artists for a ‘real’ Holiday Art Market – despite the rising pandemic numbers, San Francisco is still fairly safe, possibly because most of us really do observe Covid protocols. So, we can have 6 people there at a time, including staff. We’re halfway through now, one weeknight and one weekend gone and one of each to go. So far two of my boxed painted bird cards have found new homes and one amazing photograph of artist, Jeff Griffiths has also been sold. Also in the show are street photographer, JB Higgins and Collage artist, Linda Mcgilvray, in addition to Gallery owner Michael Endicott who kindly hung his amazing metal printed photo pieces in the back half of the gallery. Here are a few pictures.

If you read this before the show ends, and you’re in the area, do stop in! Five starving artists need you! Details below:

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The El Rey Theater

My friend Linda who edits the Sundial, the newsletter of the Ingleside neighborhood in San Francisco, asked if she could use my recent photo of the once-upon-a-time movie theater on Ocean Avenue. I was flattered. Here it is.

The El Rey opened on November 14, 1931, with Maurice Chevalier in “The Smiling Lieutenant” and had its last hurrah on Tuesday 29 March 1977 when the International Hookers Film Festival ran a noon to midnight marathon of ‘Irma La Douce,’ ‘Sweet Charity,’ ‘Some Came Running,’ ‘Three Penny Opera’ (1931), and ‘Pandora’s Box’ (1929). The theater doors closed for good on April 1st, 1977. Later that year the building morphed into a Pentecostal Church but eventually was foreclosed upon – turned out God didn’t pay the mortgage.

There’s a nice mural on it now – don’t know its artist(s), but it looks good despite the emptiness inside. I wonder if any of the interior art deco survives.

Posted in photographs, San Francisco

So, I’ve Gone Square-Happy

I’ve now completed 12 10″ squares and 3 11×14″ panels in my Intersections series and started on a new series called Orbitals. It’s just so much fun! Here’s an image of all the ‘Intersections’ (even though some look like mothers & babies; some like flowers or a dancer and some just what they all are – doodles!
Click on this image to download and print the pdf file if you think you might be interested in any of them. They are quite giftable and I’m offering free shipping within the continental US!

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In the Galleries for November

Kind of crazy to have work in three different galleries this month, but there it is! As the month opened, I have three pieces in the Reflective Show at the SFWA Gallery, 3 more pieces at the Mission Street Drawing Room Annex’s ‘Future Tense‘ Show and for the first week of the month 3 of my latest ‘Intersection’ squares at the Live Worms Gallery’s Respite Show. Now we’re heading into the end of the year, waiting for election finalities, remembering what it’s like to have cold weather, bracing for months more of Covid living, and producing artwork nonstop. HELP – I’m running out of space!

Here’s what is/was on display in November:

3 “Intersection” Squares in the Respite Exhibition at Live Worms.

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Post Open Studio – Time to Catch my Breath

My last post was nearly a month ago. I certainly haven’t been sitting around wondering what to do with myself, but today I’m determined to bring my art recording a bit more up-to-date. The show at Live Worms ended; The Virtual Open Studios is over (though for some indeterminate time into the future, the virtual exhibit hall – and my ‘booth’ are still accessible, sans the live video chat. If you’re curious to see my video and slides from October 4th, go HERE.

Meanwhile, I seem to have made up for lost time creating new artworks. In the past two weeks, I finally got time to get my hands full of glue and paint again and created four new 18×12″ pieces.

Hope you like them!

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Back to Abstracts and prepping for my Art Season (!)

Since my last post I did several abstract pieces, but only one this month – in the beginning of this apocolytic wildfire time, this one got born. I call it Combustion (click to see larger image).

An other exciting event that kept me away from my art supplies was getting invited to participate in the second show at the reopened Live Worms Gallery in North Beach. For those unfamiliar, Live Worms (once upon a time a hardware store with a live worm tank for local fishermen) has been a well-loved gathering space for artsy types for many years. Here’s a glimpse of opening day.  I have 6 of my Mixed Media pieces there and there are 11 more artists showing.  Certainly worth visiting if you’re so inclinded.  Opening hours are Tuesday 3-6 and Wednesday through Sunday 1 – 6.  It’s at 1345 Grant Avenue, and I’ll be there on and off so let me know if you’d like to meet there.

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August

First, it’s like a breath of fresh air (not something we have much of these days) to have some of my work on the walls of a bricks and mortar gallery! The Abstract Thinking show scheduled for April at the SFWA Gallery is now live until September 29th. I had all three of my abstract photograph-based pieces accepted into that show and they’re in good company. If you can get yourself to the inner sunset on a Thursday through Sunday – 11:30-5:30), do have a look! Here are my three pieces in the gallery:

Meanwhile, this month I woke up one morning with a new art project firmly in my mind. I have now completed a series of six “Square Dances” which I am happy to show here all together. I seem to have done three sets of ‘pairs’ based on the color of the background paper I used to cover the substrate before I started with squares, so if you don’t mind, I’ll show them in those pairs: red & blue, black, white and shiny, and pink.

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July was a quilt kind of month

After splashing out in some new abstract directions, I needed some structure for a bit. My July Quilt Series (currently with 4 pieces) gave me a meditative process choosing tones and varying contrasts. I would love some comments.

I did also do a few abstracts – you can see them on my Mixed Media page!

I also started selling masks from the abstracts! Why not? I have one and it’s very comfortable (after I added a noseclip). Here are a couple of happy customers:
If you’re so inclined to get my art on merch, scroll down from the prints to the ‘products’! I promise it wasn’t my idea, but my shopping cart site keeps adding swag… See https://jessica-levant.pixels.com and go to the Mixed Media collection.

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And then it was June

After the murder of George Floyd and the worldwide outbursts against the horrors that have been going on for decades, June didn’t start on an upbeat. Somehow in my funk over the state of life, and with Covid-19 still imprisoning those of us cautious enough to avoid the public, a piece of art emerged. It took a long time and a lot of correcting and tearing up and starting over. I called it ‘Even the Clowns are Crying‘, and to me it speaks of sadness – but others have said it looks happy. In any case it happened and it exhausted me.


So the next thing I did was intentionally ‘light’. Always a lover of Magritte, I played with two of is famous pieces, his self-portrait where he covers his face with an apple, and his ‘Ceci n’esst pas une pipe’. This one is called simply ‘Pas une Poire‘ and gives me joy.

 
 


My third piece happened suddenly after a multi-talented musician I know asked me and a friend to listen to some music she had written and performed to get some opinions on what might go on her next CD. I loved all the the six pieces, but the last which she called Fiesta Bistro, and featured her lively, exotic and masterful flute playing, mingled into my dreams. The next morning I began working on what I came to call ‘Blue Rondo’ . I had no idea the central piece of this image resembled a flute! So for this piece, I thank Gaea Schell for the unconscious inspiration.


And then I went wild. I had a photograph of a dragonfish from a magazine. The shape and colors fasciinated me. I started playing with it on paper expanding the color spectrum and repeating the shapes. I wasn’t sure where was going with it or even if I would keep it – but then it came together. When I look at it across the room ow, it makes me want to dance. Not surprisingly, I named it ‘Dance of the Dragonfish’.

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