Ricky Sencion - Fine Artist

Ricky Sencion

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Ricky Sencion

Los Angeles, CA - United States

Ricky Sencion - Fine Artist

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LITTLE GIRLS

I am a first generation Mexican American and self-taught artist. I was born and raised in East LA. After living in New York and San Francisco for a 10-year period, I moved back to Los Angeles and in the summer of 1998, I started my series called Little Girls.

The idea stems from a drawing I completed 27 years ago while in high school. My Little Girls are a reflection of myself; they are simple, colorful, silly, and each has a little twist to her. I use mostly acrylic and pencil on 4Ēx6Ē canvas.

Why not a ďlittle boy?Ē

With a little boy I feel restricted to what I can imagine. With a little girl I feel freedom, joy, and an endless sense of possibility. Itís like playing with dolls and I get to play dress-up.

Currently, I'm also working on my latest photo series called LITTLE.LITTLE is a collection of photographs inspired from vintage toys by Fisher Priceís Little People. It is a series based on the reflections of a little boy now living as a 43-year old man. The images are culture driven and whimsical, as if seeing through a childís eyes.

As a little boy and even as a teenager, I loved playing games alone in my room. I spent hours creating worlds and imaginary friends. With LITTLE, I get to regress and play again. With LITTLE, I have the opportunity to express and share the random thoughts, ideas, and visions that pass through my head as go about daily life.




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WOWZA! What a beautiful day in LA! This past week I watched Rupualís Drag Race Finale. Along with that, Iíve been thinking about the word relevance in regards to art. During Rupaulís Drag Race, Roxxy Andrew has a breakdown on stage. It brough... 

Bansky to Blow

May 6th, 2013

Itís another gloomy day in LA, but this time around, I feel much better. Iím enjoying being home and being creative. Over the weekend, I finished reading Will Ellsworth-Jones book about street artist, Bansky, The Man Behind The Wall. Itís definit... 

Happy Sheep

April 30th, 2013

Oh boy, Iím just getting back from my long morning walk. I wanted to break down in tears as soon as I left my apartment. Though Iím easily affected by this gloomy LA weather, its more than that. Iím feeling discouraged with my art career. Immedia... 

Pink Sheep

April 24th, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday Mr. John Waters! 2 Days ago, on your actual 67th birthday, I finished reading Role Models, what a great coincidence and an amazing book. I felt like I took a college course, Cult 101. I learned so much about fashion, art, porno... 

FREE Ricky

April 15th, 2013

Sometime this week, possibly tomorrow, Iíll be starting my art campaign titled ĎFree Ricky.Ē I immediately thought of 80ís song 'Free Nelson Mandela' by Special A.K.A. But, it was more than just a song: it became a slogan against apartheid. In no... 

Troubled Waters

April 8th, 2013

Happy Monday! After all these years, I'm finally reading one of John Water's books; it's Role Models. And so of course, I started thinking about my troubled teenage years. But looking back they actually weren't so bad. As a Ďgothí teenager... 

Bullshit In The Art World

April 3rd, 2013

Bullshit is defined as ĎStupid or untrue talk or writing; nonsense.Ē After 2 months, Iíve finally finished reading Sarah Thortonís Seven Days in the Art World. As a behind the scene into the art world, it was an intriguing read. Itís a must read... 

Charming Queen

March 22nd, 2013

I think the Brits are coming! After all these years I never believed that a man would magically come into my life and make all my dreams come true; I never believed in prince charming until last night. The preview show, "Lie Down I Think I Love Yo... 

Happy Friday and here's to the 3 R's: Reading, Riding and Rules. After 4 years of not belonging to a gym, I finally decided to join again. After 20 years of belonging to a gym, I called it quits, mostly because of the Ďgay vanityí crap that our ga... 

Clean Yourself Up

March 9th, 2013

Ah, itís a beautiful Saturday in LA. Iím now on day 6 of 21 days of cleansing/detox. Will I make it? I think I will. A week before my Vegas trip last week, I started reading Clean by Alejandro Junger. Itís been 30 years since I fell in love with read... 

Stick It To Me

March 4th, 2013

Itís been a little while since I last posted. I just got back from 5 days in Vegas for the Travel Show; Iíve been consumed with work. For the past month during my morning walks, Iíve been placing stickers from my LITTLE Pop series out into the pub... 

Handicapped Pope

February 18th, 2013

It was only last week that news broke out that the Pope was resigning. Honestly, I was kind of happy. Any upheaval within the church reminds me of why I left it. There were too many questions and no answers in return. I was 17 years old when I tol... 

Time FLIES

February 11th, 2013

Lately Iíve been thinking about time. Does it fly or does it stand still? Weíve often heard the age-old saying, ďTime flies when youíre having fun.Ē But am I really having fun? I believe so; Iíve had 45 great years of life! Itís been an interesting ... 

Dicks Cocks and Penises

February 8th, 2013

I woke up this morning thinking about thingsÖ dicks, cocks, penises, pee-pees, wieners, weenies, pingas, vergas, organs, man hoods, horseys, schlongs, sausages, packages, its, you-know-whatís, you name itÖ (Actually if you can think of any other name... 

Sid And Coco

February 6th, 2013

OK, so Iím a few days late, but here is what I meant to post on Monday. What do Coco Chanel and Sid Vicious have in common? Nothing that I know of other than they both had a great sense of iconic style. And with a simple Google search, I come ... 

Got MLK

January 21st, 2013

In thinking about what to write this upcoming MLK Day, I thought Iíd repost what I wrote last year. I couldnít say it any better. It started with a dreamÖ Burr!!! Happy MLK Day. (And Inauguration Day.) I had a dream last night. Definitely not l... 

So I woke up this morning and thought is it really Friday again? Where did the week go? After almost 45 years of life, I've been lucky enough to live 2,312 Fridays in my lifetime! A few weeks ago while waiting in line to purchase a copy of 1000 P... 

Ego or Igor

January 15th, 2013

Oh boy, itís another chilly day in LaLa Land. In the 15 years Iíve lived here, I donít recall it ever being this cold. But I canít complain; life is good. I meant to post yesterday, but somehow the writing didnít come along. I couldnít get a cle... 

One Life No Drama

January 11th, 2013

Burr, it's chilly! Yesterday while on my morning walk I didnít think of something new or different, but somehow I felt this thought on a different level. As I walked past a man smoking a cigarette, I thought, ďWe get one chance at life, why take life... 

Good morning World! Since starting my LITTLE Pop series, I seem to be seeing spots everywhere. I think of them as dots, but theyíre actually periods, a punctuation mark. Many years ago I took a class on Adobe Photoshop, but since I never used ... 

Equality

January 4th, 2013

According to an online dictionary, equality- /iˈkwšlitē/ is defined as ďThe state of being equal, esp. in status, rights, and opportunities.Ē A few weeks ago while doing a Google search, surprisingly, I found Lincoln on top of a list o... 

Campbells Soup and Bottle Service

December 31st, 2012

Uh-oh! I woke this morning not feeling too well. Iím just getting back from a short walk and getting a couple of cans of Campbell soup. Itís my favorite thing to eat when Iím not @100%. It looks like Iíll be spending New Years Eve all alone and c... 

Its Like LIFE

December 28th, 2012

Ah yes, itís Friday! Honestly, it feels like it was just the Friday before. Itís weird to think that the New Year is just a few days away. My sense of time is off, but I canít complain. Itís a beautiful day! The piece here is simply titled "Red... 

Red

December 24th, 2012

Ah yes, itís finally XMAS Eve. Iím loving the drizzly day. After a little work, Iím driving up to Ontario to spend time with the family. After almost 45 years, I still love it and none of us have ever missed it. In honor of XMAS and of a lit... 

Imagine

December 17th, 2012

Iím back! I took a little week holiday break from writing. Last Monday, I woke up with not a clue about what to write so I decided that after almost 3 years of writing consistently, Iíd take a break. Iím also just getting back from my morning w... 

So what do Hitler, Barbie, and the Gerber Baby have in common? They were all part of my LITTLE Pop Art Show on Thursday night. They were the last 3 portraits I completed. After thinking I was all done, I realized that these 3 iconic figures were mean... 

War Sex and Art

December 3rd, 2012

Last night I dreamt about being attacked by giant 10-foot chickens/roosters. This dream was followed by yet another more interesting dream. I was deployed to 1940ís Nazi Germany. When our helicopter landed safely, everyone got off, but myself; ... 

BEAUTIFUL Monsters in New York

December 1st, 2012

Good Morning. Where has it gone already? Iím just getting back from a little workout at the gym. In the corner of the gym floor, I found a copy of New York magazine. On the cover was a portrait of President Obama by artists Craig Redman and Karl ... 

Meditations on Invisible Art

November 26th, 2012

A few weeks ago I started an online meditation challenge with Deepak Chopra. Itís been an interesting experience. Because I started a day late and missed one day, Iím two days behind; otherwise I would have finished up today. On Wednesday once Iím ... 

Unorthodox Miracles

November 24th, 2012

What a beautiful sunny Saturday in LA. I love this city! As I was walking to work early Wednesday morning and thinking about gratitude, the first thing that came to mind was my beloved city and this area called Miracle Mile. Iíve lived in this nei... 

Impure Thoughts

November 19th, 2012

Hola Monday! A few weeks ago while on my way to The Getty to see the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit with one of my favorite people in the world, Christine, I told her about my grade school confessions at St. Marrianes. In knowing I had to go to con... 

Ah yes itís F-day. Or at least it was; I was supposed to have posted this yesterday. In just about 3 weeks on December 6th, Iíll be debuting my latest series of digital photographs at Flight001. Itís all happening during the annual 3rd Street XMA... 

Catching Kubrick

November 12th, 2012

Hello Monday! This past Saturday I walked over to LACMA to see their latest exhibit: Stanley Kubrick. To my surprise, I loved it. Though Iím familiar with his movie titles, Iíve only seen three of them. (Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and Eyes Wi... 

Theres A Man In My Mirror

November 9th, 2012

Happy Friday. I love this chilly fall weather. On election Tuesday, I had a little Obama fever. More than anything, I believe he cares about our country. Today Iím continuing from my previous post. Iíve never been a big fan of Michael Jackson.... 

OBAMA 4 President

November 5th, 2012

After not posting over the weekend, here I am today on my favorite day of the week. Itís a beautiful sunny day in LA. While on my morning walk I sent in my ballot and cast my vote for Obama. Tomorrowís a big day! As Americans, weíre fortunate e... 

A Clown and Cheesy Man Crush

October 29th, 2012

Itís only noon and already I feel like Iíve been up for hours. Keeping in the Halloween spirit, Iím sort of leaving off from my previous post. About 10 years ago, life change unexpectedly. Itís not something I planned, but looking back on Hallow... 

Disguising Myself

October 26th, 2012

Itís only a few days until Hallowís Eve; it has to be one of my favorite nights of the year. With the exception of maybe one year, for the past 20+ years Iíve been dressing up in some sort of eye-catching attire. This year will be no less; Iím thin... 

Sweet LITTLE Revenge

October 23rd, 2012

Happy Tuesday Late Afternoon. Iím writing a day late due to a little revenge. Not the real kind, but the ABC hit show by the same name. On Saturday afternoon after a little reading of Leigh Boweryís biography by his best friend, Sue Tilley, and a ... 

DAMN Today

October 19th, 2012

Good Morning World. ďDamn, youíre the best thing Iíve seen today.Ē Thatís exactly what the older black woman said to me as I walked by her car this past Monday afternoon. It made me smile, but then I thought, well itís an older black lady and seco... 

Welcome Back Kitty

October 15th, 2012

Ah itís my favorite day of the week, Monday! Welcome back. This past Thursday night, I returned home from Puerto Rico. We had another great siblings vacation. Iím already looking forward to next year; where will we end up? My return home ha... 

Dreams of Wigging Out

October 4th, 2012

For the past 3 months life felt like I was wigging out; I could've checked myself into an institution. But for the past almost 2 weeks, life is looking up. Later tonight, Iím heading to Puerto Rico with my siblings and in laws for a belated ... 

Happy Being Being Happy

September 29th, 2012

Happy Saturday! On my birthday this past Tuesday I had a mini breakthrough moment. This is what happened. I spent my day in Santa Monica/Venice. At Barnes and Noble, I found a book called Ishmael. At first I walked away and didnít buy it unti... 

Joy To The World

September 25th, 2012

Joy to the World! Itís notís XMAS, but weíre exactly 3 months away. Iím just coming home from my super-duper-early morning walk. There were tears in my eyes. Of joy or sadness, I couldnít tell at first. But before I begin, a very special Ha... 

I Dont Want To Be Jane Fonda

September 22nd, 2012

I donít want to be Jane Fonda. On Wednesday, I had a little meltdown. And so I called my great and beautiful friend, Micah in San Francisco. It had been a long time since we had talked. He told me, that many years ago, a close friend of his mother... 

Snow On A Hot Day

September 17th, 2012

Ah yes itís Monday and another hot day in LA. But in less than 3 weeks we wonít be complaining about the heat, my siblings, in-laws, and myself are heading to Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. Weíre celebrating my little sisters Blancaís belated 40th bi... 

Damaged

September 14th, 2012

Iím waking up feeling hungry and lazy on this already beautiful Friday day. What to eat, what to do? This week I started re-watching Damages. I first watched this show a few years back. I'm hooked yet again. One character tells another, ďYouíre on... 

Digitally Enhanced

September 10th, 2012

TGIM! I love my Mondays; especially that I donít have to work. Itís like I get to start off the week with time for me; itís important. Iím just coming back from my morning walk; I was thinking about words. I wasn't lost in translation; I was lost ... 

WE Are ALL In This TOGETHER

September 7th, 2012

Happy Friday. I was going to write about something else this week, except that I found myself watching live coverage of the DNC. In all my years, I donít ever recall watching this and I have to admit that I didnít watch the RNC; I probably would h... 

Strange Tuesday

September 4th, 2012

Ugh! After a 2-hour walk at 4am this morning, I'm now just getting up. Itís almost 10 a.m. Iím not sure why, but I couldnít sleep. It feels like itís going to be a strange Tuesday and the full moon has already passed. Iím I feeling the after effects?... 

Why Do We Speak

August 31st, 2012

As human beings, we can speak through our eyes, with our hands and body, but why do we have languages? Why do we speak? Is it a simple question? And what is Ďití? Iím curious to hear some thoughts on this, please. Pretty please. If you're reading ... 

Breaking Bad Habits

August 27th, 2012

Hello Monday! A couple of weeks ago, before heading off to NYC, my TV broke down. It went poof! A little over 4 years ago since the 2008 Olympics, I got cable for the first time. And since then, Iíve been watching more TV than Iíd like. This bre... 

Ooh La Land

August 25th, 2012

Ooh La Land! On Thursday day, I got back home to my beloved city of Los Angeles. As much as I love NYC, itís always great to sleep in my own bed. I knocked out for a few hours. Aside from a few hard days of work, my trip overall was fantastic! ... 

Date Me Gift

August 20th, 2012

Hello World! Iím just getting back to the apartment after a long days work at the NYC Gift Show. Itís been a great 5 days in NYC. Can I see myself living back here, I donít know? On Saturday after 4 hours of work, I took a 7-hour walk with me... 

Jesus Me Cricket

August 13th, 2012

Hello Monday. Itís finally over; the Olympics are now a blast from the past. This past Saturday after a long hike in Griffith Park with my sister Blanca, we went over to Wacko and The Luz De Jesus Gallery. I wanted to see the works of LA artist ... 

Please Quote Me On That

August 10th, 2012

Itís a beautiful sunny Friday! I have a feeling that as Jimmy Cliff sings, ďIt's gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin' dayĒ He also sings, ďOh yes, I can make it now the pain is gone. All of the bad feelings have disappearedĒ Though life has been ... 

Burn Out

August 6th, 2012

Good Morning Monday. I'm just getting back from a doctor's appointment; all is well. After 43 years of life one could say that burn out is possible, especially in the last couple of months. Life hasnít been so easy. After 10 days of Ol... 

Oh Leigh Pics

August 3rd, 2012

Good Morning World. My watching of the Olympics continues. I canít get enough! Todayís post is dedicated to pop icon and all around genius Leigh Bowery. Recently, I received my book of pictures of Leigh in all his glory. Olympics-Oh Leigh Pi... 

Olympic Smile

July 30th, 2012

Good Morning World. Iíve spent the last couple of days watching Olympic coverage. I plan to do the same today with maybe a little painting. Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, ďThe source of a true smile is an awake... 

Let The Games Begin

July 27th, 2012

Good morning world. Iím super excited about the start of the Olympics. It was 4 years ago that I got cable for the first time in my life; I wanted to watch the Olympics in Beijing. At the time I wondered about how having more channels would affect my... 

Boy Oh Boy

July 20th, 2012

Good Morning World! It couldnít be a more beautiful day in LA. Last night I finished reading a biography on Freddie Mercury, ďMercuryĒ by Leslie-Anne Jones. It was a fascinating read; how interesting it would have been to meet him. Later today, Ií... 

By The Grace

July 16th, 2012

Hello World. Itís Monday and in a few minutes Iím off on my morning walk. Last night while watching ďOprah Builds a NetworkĒ (a behind the scenes of her as CEO of OWN) she said something that struck a nerve. In struggling with the network, she sa... 

80s Boy

July 9th, 2012

If weekends could fly, then this past one was like an eagle; itís long gone. Iím just coming back from my morning walk, what a beautiful sunny day in LA. During the 80ís music was a great big part of my life; in many ways, it defined me. Or ra... 

A Little Grace

July 6th, 2012

Ah, itís Friday! But the way life has been happening, days donít seem to make a difference, other than I get to look forward to a day off tomorrow. Itís now been a years since I started my ďLITTLEĒ series. It seems like so long ago. Though I st... 

Play

July 2nd, 2012

Itís a gloomy Monday morning and Iím watching a little Wimbledon. Though I can see a little light at the end of the tunnel, life still feels dark. ☹ And as I wonder about everything getting back to normal, I realize that I donít want it to.... 

Divine Grace

June 25th, 2012

Itís a beautiful Monday morning and after a few days off from work, Iím feeling much better, lighter. On Friday, instead of blogging I chose to hike in Griffith Park with my cousin David. I needed a little break from writing and some quiet time ... 

Is GOD Missing

June 18th, 2012

After a dark couple of weeks, on this Monday life feels a little better. In thinking about this darkness, I wondered if maybe God is missing? I donít think of God as an entity, but rather a source of energy, of love. And so if this is the case, I... 

Sadness

June 15th, 2012

Iím keeping it short today ☹ If sadness lingers, I think itís been here too long and itís brought some friends, friends whom I havenít been able to identify. Either way, the past couple of weeks have been difficult and dark. Itís like Iím br... 

1000 Words

June 11th, 2012

Does a photo really say 1,000 words? Or is it me? Due to unforeseen circumstances, I didnít write on Friday. Here it is. Since Iíve been writing about Jesus, Berkeley, and Keith Haring, I thought Iíd share one last story, at least for now. It h... 

After a few days of not feeling so well, Iím feeling a little better. As I mentioned in last weekís post I didnít major in Art while at UC Berkeley. Because Mama and Papa were paying for college, I didnít think it was an option. Instead, I majo... 

Bezerkely and Bubbles

June 1st, 2012

Ah, itís Friday! And Iím not feeling too well, but itíll pass. Iím continuing where I left off, from my last post (sort of). I decided not to follow in my older brother and sisterís footsteps and attend Santa Clara University. I was sick of ... 

Oh Jesus

May 28th, 2012

WOW! Itís a glorious and beautiful Memorial Day Monday. Last night, I finished reading Keith Haringís biography. In the beginning of the book he says, ďSo anyway, after the Jesus thing I got into drugs.Ē As a teenager, Keith turned to Jesus and wa... 

Thank You Keith Haring

May 25th, 2012

Good Morning World! Keith Haring died on February 16th 1990. Itís strange to think that only two years later Iíd be living in New York City. Our life paths came so close. If he had survived AIDS, I have a feeling we would have met. I guess it ... 

LITTLE Beards

May 21st, 2012

Ah, I couldnít sleep last night so I went out for my morning walk at 4AM this morning. (Todayís post is a continuation from last Friday). Last Monday when I got back from Griffith Park after finishing Just Kids, I came home and I wrote. Afterwards... 

Just Kids

May 18th, 2012

Happy Friday! I'm super excited about today's post; it's a diary entry form earlier on in the week: Itís Monday May 14th 2012. I just finished reading Patti Smithsí book Just Kids.(Thank you Rachel for the recommendation!) Itís an amazing love st... 

Facebook Friends

May 14th, 2012

My weekend flew by. It feels like I closed my eyes on Thursday night and itís now Monday. Recently, a Facebook friend pointed out that our mutual FB friends were a bunch of Ďfreaks.í I loved it! I love the word freak. Though thereís often a negat... 

Super Mama

May 12th, 2012

Good Morning Saturday! Iím a day late in writing; I felt lazy yesterday. Hereís an early cheer to all the mothers out there and those to come. I canít imagine a greater superhero than Mama. She may not have the superpowers of some of our be... 

Taurus Me

May 7th, 2012

Happy Birthday to all my Taurus friends! Over the years Iíve often been amazed at the amount of Taurans in my life; itís like we connect in an uber special way. A special shout out to Angel, Nene, and Mama! Before I continue, let me apologize if... 

Not Here

May 4th, 2012

Welcome back to me! After being disconnected from the Ďrealí world for almost 7 days, Iím back from Tulum, Mexico. What an amazing time we had celebrating my brothers 50 birthday and 'life' in general! I couldnít have asked for a better vacation. I f... 

VIVA Mexico

April 27th, 2012

Viva Mexico! Buenos! Friday! In just a short bit Iím boarding a plane to MEXICO! Woohoo! Iím in need of a vacation and still feeling hung over from my little rendezvous at Pop Tart gallery. After all this time, I finally picked up my self-portrait... 

Earth Being

April 23rd, 2012

Happy Belated Earth Day! According to the World Wide Web, population Earth is 6,840,507,003. And though I havenít lived on any other planet, I canít imagine existing anywhere else. Being on Earth has been the best thing ever. In thinking of o... 

What Would Dalai Do

April 20th, 2012

The other morning I found myself asking this question. What would the Dalai do? Though I was thinking of the Dalia Lama, I of course thought of Salvador Dali; the pronunciation of their names is close enough. But depending on who was answering the q... 

Joe Blows

April 18th, 2012

Happy Gorgeous Monday. Joe blows! His real name is Joe Sorren, an artist from Flagstaff, Arizona. His work 'blew' me away. Not since seeing Marlene Dumas, 4 years ago at MOCA, has an artist inspired me. I was immediately drawn to his work, the bea... 

Nothing Anything Everything

April 13th, 2012

Happy Friday 13th ďThe world doesnít owe us anything; it owes us nothing. If anything, we owe the world everything.Ē Ė Me The piece here is titled, ďYou Are Not Here.Ē The many maps indicating where we are, Ďyou are here,í inspires it. But what... 

Soul Bro

April 9th, 2012

Soul Bro Itís not the latest in Soul Food cuisine nor the newest reality show on the BET, itís the way I see the relationship between my older brother, Johnny, and I. Tomorrow, April 10th, my Broí is turning 50. Happy Birthday! And though we h... 

Transgender GRACE

April 6th, 2012

Happy Friday! If patience is a virtue then grace is a transgender houseplant. At least thatís the story Iím telling. On Monday, I finally broke down and decided to bring a little life into my abode; I bought a houseplant. Itís been years sin... 

Art Walk Daily

April 2nd, 2012

Good Morning World! Itís another beautiful day in my beloved city of LA, where not many people walk, though in the past couple of years, I have noticed a slight change in pedestrian foot traffic. Thereís no better way to feel the city; thereís art... 

Dear John

March 30th, 2012

Dear John This is not your typical Dear John letter, though in some ways it is. I want to thank you so very much for always being there; I know I can always count on you to hear me out. How many times have I drunk dialed you late at night? Too... 

An Artist Lives Here

March 26th, 2012

Ah yes, itís Monday and Iím just getting in from my morning walk. My apartment is a mess, but an artist lives here. My LITTLE people keep taking over and I find myself unable to keep them under wraps. But itís a good thing; it means that inspirat... 

X Cited

March 23rd, 2012

ďTumble outta bed And stumble to the kitchen Pour myself a cup of ambition Yawnin' and stretchin' and try to come to life.Ē - Dolly Parton (9to5) Ah yes, I'm up early today. Itís Friday and itís so good to have a day off from work. Hereís a ... 

A LITTLE Obsession

March 19th, 2012

Hello Monday. What a GORGEOUS day in LaLa Land! I'm on day 7 of 9 days of work. I need a break! On July 4th, 2012, I posted my first image from my LITTLE series. I can't believe it's been over 8 months since my obsession with Fisher Price Littl... 

Lucky Me Lucky You

March 17th, 2012

Iím a-day-late in writing yesterdayís post. But itís been a long week of work, overall a good week. Iím loving the rainy day, sort of wish I could stay home and chill, but Iíve got more work to do. Though the saga of the mini breakdown continues,... 

Golden Breath

March 12th, 2012

Hello World! Ugh, Iím feeling like caca; I canít breathe. Just a few days ago, my allergies kicked in and last night, they hit hard. I feel exhausted and worn out. I had a terrible nights sleep, but luckily I had a dream of working with graffiti a... 

Open Your Heart

March 9th, 2012

Open your heart Madonna sung about it in the 80ís. Was she onto something much deeper than she intended? Iím still feeling aftershocks from the breakdown 2 weeks ago. The other morning as I found myself struggling for understanding, I stood in... 

After a couple of weeks and almost 600 pages, I finally finished reading Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Though itís a fascinating read, a couple of times I came close to calling it quits. I found some of Jobs behavior and antics quite despi... 

WOWZA! Itís another beautiful day in LA! Iím just getting in from a very long morning walk and feeling grateful. Just last week on a very late Thursday night on February 23rd I was, as Digby at work would say, ďbecoming unglued.Ē I was on the verg... 

He Who Seeks Beauty

February 27th, 2012

Hey Monday, Lunes, Lundi! Itís after the Oscars, boring! Aside from ďThe DescendantsĒ co-writer Jim Rash making fun of Angelina Jolie and her awkward sexy pose on stage, I found the fashions and show uneventful! Over the weekend, I watched the ... 

Footprints

February 24th, 2012

Hello World! A few weeks ago, I found myself watching ďNo Impact Man.Ē The documentary follows the Beavan familyís yearlong project as they curiously explore the idea of sustainability while living in New York City. I was inspired! Iím not sure why,... 

A Moment of Shhh

February 20th, 2012

Iím just getting back from a little work/breakfast meeting. Iím so grateful to work with a small yet amazing group of beings. (Annatte, Digby, and Sam). I canít imagine a better crew! Thank you for making my job not only easier, but joyful. Thi... 

Sweetness

February 13th, 2012

Good Morning Monday. This past Saturday, I ran a 5K race honoring my angel, Mr. William Yurak. Considering I had not run a 5K in over 5 years, it wasnít so bad; I didnít feel too sore the following day. Maybe thereís a new runner in me, time will ... 

I Believe In Angels

February 10th, 2012

TGIF! Before I begin, let me warn you that Iíll be shedding tears while writing today. Tomorrow is going to be a big day. I believe in angels. (Iím already in tears). Iím so lucky to have two of them in my life. Their names are Sam and Bill (... 

Weighing Madonna

February 6th, 2012

Uh-oh! I just came back from the doctors for a check-up and I gained a few pounds. Iím up to 179lbs; itís the most Iíve ever weighed. What am I going to do about it? Iím not sure. I thought I was eating pretty healthy, obviously, something isn't wo... 

Bravely HIGH

February 3rd, 2012

Good Morning my beloved LA. Itís great to be back from the Big Apple! Itís now time to get back to normal, as much as normal can be. Iím looking forward to getting back to my writing, my art, my daily morning walks, and life in general. Whil... 

Old New York New New York Now New York Okay, Iíve officially been in NYC for over 24 hours. Before I say anything else, Iím always amazed by the amount of beautiful men roaming the streets of my beloved city. WOWZA! It was amazing! Though I donít... 

Cheers to Cheer and Cheerios

January 23rd, 2012

Ah! Iím loving the rain this early morning. I love the sound of water; itís soothing to my soul. I plan on staying home all day and doing some reading, writing, and maybe some painting. I may even go out for a walk in the rain. Recently, I reali... 

When PIGS Fly

January 21st, 2012

Good morning Saturday! Yes Iím a day late in posting, but yesterday,I had a long day of work and afterwards a long drive to Palm Springs. Weíve often heard the phrase, ďWhen pigs fly.Ē According to Wikipedia, the phrase refers to ďA figure of... 

I Have A Dream

January 16th, 2012

Burr!!! Happy MLK Day. I had a dream last night. Definitely not like the one Mr. King spoke of almost 50 years ago. I dreamt of myself as a little 6-year old boy unknowingly riding on a bus with an older version of myself. When little me went ... 

Ole Barcelona

January 13th, 2012

Happy Friday! Itís another beautiful day in L. A. This year, aside from working on my book, Iím planning a trip to Barcelona. Believe it or not, Iíve never been across the Atlantic. For the past couple of years, somethingís been calling me to go ... 

Balancing Book

January 9th, 2012

Ugh-oh! I almost forgot to post today. After a long morning walk, Iíve been cleaning all day. It's time to de-clutter! It's strange to think itís been only 7 days since the start of the New Year, so far so good. In a post from 2011, I mentioned... 

Whats Wrong With Our World

January 6th, 2012

On New Years Day I finally watched Tom Shadyacís documentary movie, ďI Am.Ē What a great way to start the year! Since seeing him interviewed on The Oprah Show some months ago, Iíve been anxiously awaiting to see the movie. Itís only been a few da... 

Friendships

January 2nd, 2012

Itís official; itís a brand New Year! Hip-Hip-Hurray! Iím wishing a happy and belated B-day to my great, beautiful, and most amazing friend, Christine. She was born on New Years day 1969. Weíve been friends for almost 25 years; I love her dear... 

Leading Examples

December 30th, 2011

Good morning last day Friday of 2011! How often do we hear the phrase, ďLeading brand, leading doctors recommended, leading blah, blah, blah? What would it be like if we were to apply this to our everyday lives and to be the leading examples of h... 

The Day After

December 26th, 2011

Ah, itís the day after XMAS and it already feels good. Spending a day with the family is always a treat for me; I had a great time as usual. For the first time, all the siblings and nephews played a game of soccer on a very sunny XMAS day. We may not... 

Merry F ing XMAS

December 23rd, 2011

Merry Fíing XMAS! Great morning world. Iím not normally one to use a Ďbadí word, but after a long holiday season, it feels appropriate. Iíve got 2 more days of work before itís all over and I can take a long breathe. Iím not sure why, but for ... 

Ho Ho Ho

December 19th, 2011

Ugh, I rarely ever go out on Sunday nights, yet last night I went out to WEHO and today Iím feeling the after effects. The other day while driving, I saw a billboard of Hot In Cleveland. It had the 3 younger women wearing red sweaters with the w... 

Fa La La La La La La

December 17th, 2011

Iím waking up late this Saturday morning. And yet again, I didnít post yesterday. My brain cells are running on empty. Thereís less than 7 ten days to go before XMAS. Fa La La La La La! I wonder who came up with the idea of this being the season to b... 

Feel The Burn

December 13th, 2011

Okay, so I didnít write yesterday. Iím a day late. Life has been a bit crazy and because of the holidays, Iíve been consumed with work. But after a long day, (I was supposed to have a day off) I watched Janie Fonda on the Rosie show. WOW! Iíve re... 

Destination Love YOU

December 9th, 2011

After 2 very long days, Iím home and ready to chill out at home. Iím exhausted! I want to thank everyone who came by for the opening of LITTLE at Flight001. After a lot of work, it felt so good to have it finally set up. It looked beautiful and m... 

Lets Make A Book Deal

December 5th, 2011

Iíve been up super early today, still feeling under the weather. This little bug of cooties is not going away. Iím making some coffee and going for my morning walk, burr! Ever since leaving high school, Iíve wanted to write a book. For a many year... 

POSITIVELY Equal

December 2nd, 2011

HEYA! Iím just slightly waking up and going back to bed for a bit before work. Iím feeling a bit under the weather, UGH! Yesterday was the 30-year anniversary of HIV/ AIDS. According to the CDC website about 33.3 million people have passed away.... 

LITTLE Curiosity

November 28th, 2011

Hello Monday Iím just waking up after some heavy dreaming. After almost 1 year of continuously blogging every Monday and Friday, I missed writing this past Friday. I had started my post early in the morning, but could not find the right Ďthank ... 

Destination Heaven

November 21st, 2011

Whoa! What a beautifully cool Monday day. This past Saturday, my aunt, Tia Challo passed away. After months of being ill, she has gone home. As Iím waking up seeing this beautiful sunny blue-sky day, a day after the rain, Iíd like to think she ha... 

Welcome Aboard

November 18th, 2011

Ah, Friday! A couple of weeks ago, I officially introduced my LITTLE line of greeting cards into all 6 Flight001 retail stores, YEA! The cards are titled ďLITTLE Tourists;Ē theyíre inspired by my 8 years of working at this travel boutique on 3rd S... 

The Good Husband

November 14th, 2011

Hello Monday! What a beautiful day for a morning walk. On Sundays, my favorite thing to do after work is to come home, make dinner, chill out with a little TV and call it an early night. Last Sunday evening, I found myself with nothing interesti... 

Special Saturday Edition

November 12th, 2011

Itís Saturday afternoon and after being out and about for a bit, I'm now lounging around. Iím inspired to do a special Saturday post. I recently had a sale of one of my prints here on the FAA website. Itís my Little Girl, titled ďI Have A Feeling... 

50 Dollars LITTLE Xmas GIFT

November 11th, 2011

Good Morning World! I woke up not feeling well, but as the saying goes, itíll pass. Iíll try my best to keep it short and simple. Christmas is almost here. Give the gift of LITTLE! The 8x10 photo print will be signed and framed in an 11íx14í ... 

The Sound Of Water A Musical

November 7th, 2011

Burrrr! I donít feel like getting up and going for a morning walk. I sort of wish it was raining again; it would make my decision easier. But with a little coffee, I should be okay. Though yesterday, I did love waking up to the rain, it all feels so ... 

Invisibly Yours

November 4th, 2011

Yesterday morning, a few minutes before 6AM,I arrived at Pan Pacific Park for my morning walk. I was surprised to see that the early birds were already out and about. It being so early, I thought Iíd be a little invisible but luckily I wasnít alone. ... 

Becoming A Rose

October 31st, 2011

Happy Halloween! Iím waking up late after some tough dreams of being in a mansion looking for a place to hide from gangster killers. Lately, Iíve been watching the new Rosie OíDonnell show on OWN. Even though Iíve enjoyed her in the past, especial... 

Yes No Maybe So

October 28th, 2011

Ugh, itís too cold and I want to lie in bed under the sheets! But Iíve decided to get up and get my day going. Itís a simple decision, but itís a decision nonetheless. Itís my little voice telling me to get up, make some coffee, and write. Oprah call... 

I See YOU

October 24th, 2011

Last night after watching a mini marathon of CBSís new TV show A Gifted Man starring Patrick Wilson, I started todayís post. The show's about a doctor and his dead wife whoís a sort of angel in his life. The show makes me laugh, itís brought tears to... 

FREE Gift Without Purchase

October 21st, 2011

So on Monday, I blogged about something. I was curious! And I was surprised that I had NO feedback or replies ☹. I felt disappointment. Were my expectations too high? Iím not sure, but I thought Iíd pass it on. Itís not often that we get so... 

For Adults Only

October 17th, 2011

The other morning while making the simple decision to reclose my eyes after being up at 4:00 am, I thought I could either go for a walk or rest. I decided to rest and thought: Iím an adult. For 20+ years I have now been an adult. I think about this... 

2000 Stairs and A Nazi Compound

October 14th, 2011

On Monday, feeling uneasy about hiking alone, I went to the Sullivan Trail in Santa Monica and I came across Murphyís Ranch. Back in the 40ís during World War II, this place was a Nazi compound built by Winona and Norman Stephens, a wealthy America... 

A Howl at The Moon

October 12th, 2011

Iím reluctantly waking up after the most erotic and sexy dream at an unbelievable all-nude male and female strip joint. WOW! Iíll never forget it! There were 100ís of dancers doing the most irreverent of things. So beautiful! Where it came from, I do... 

Imagination

October 7th, 2011

I woke up early this morning, but lay in bed for a bit; itís Friday! And I wasnít feeling up for a morning walk. Iím off to work and afterwards, a little tennis with Alex. My plantar fasciitis is feeling better and my right knee, since surgery 20... 

Nutty Nuder

October 3rd, 2011

Ah! A morning Monday walk, always the best! I thought Iíd write about something I may have already written before, but with a different header. Though, I talk to myself quite a bit, Iím still surprised by some of the Sh*T that comes out of my mou... 

I Love You Potato

October 3rd, 2011

Buenos Dias Friday! I'm up early again yet again. Iíve come back from a morning walk and a little yoga at the park. Ah, so good! For quite some time now, before lying down to sleep, I wish myself a good night and tell myself, ďI love you papa.Ē... 

Plus One and Dinosaurs

September 26th, 2011

Happy September 26th. Iím now 43 years young, plus one day. Already, Iíve been up super early, curious about the day. Iím just coming back from my morning walk and hungry for breakfast. Iíve got on more day of exploring our city. For the pas... 

Good Morning World!!! Itís my 43rd birthday this Sunday. While on my morning walk this past week, thinking about what to write today, the first thing to come to mind were words spoken by Meryl Streep in the Hours. She says to her daughter, ďI ... 

Greetings and Good-Bye

September 19th, 2011

Greetings Monday! Iím waking up and already indecisive about whether to go for a hike up Runyon Canyon or a morning walk around Pan Pacific Park? I guess Iíll decide after a cup of coffee, but Iím leaning toward the park; itís near by, easier, an... 

This Is It

September 16th, 2011

Good Morning Friday! As I was driving to work yesterday and feeling a bit anxious and strange, I thought about these words: ĎThis is it.í I may have written about this before, but here I go again. Many years ago, I thought about these words and r... 

Center Court

September 12th, 2011

Iím waking up late this Monday morning. After watching too much 9/11 stuff before bedtime, I was having dreams of terrorist attacks on our home in East LA. Ugh! But luckily, as I was opening my eyes, I felt like I heard clapping and roars of cheers. ... 

911 A Little Prayer

September 9th, 2011

Good Morning World. For as long as I can remember, Iíve been praying. Except for the short time I didnít when I realized that I wouldnít burn in hell for not praying before bedtime. It happened around 17 years of age. I fell asleep knowing I hadní... 

Everything is Possible

September 5th, 2011

Iím up early this Labor Day Monday. Iím off for a quick morning walk, a little US Open, and then a few hours of work. Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day Weekend. I canít believe summer is already over, but here in LA, it never really ends.... 

Dont Play With Me

September 2nd, 2011

Ah coffee! I must wake up. I canít believe itís been only 2 months since I started my series, ĎLITTLE.í It feels like Iíve been doing it forever. As a kid, I used to love playing alone. I could spend hours creating worlds and imaginary friends; ... 

I Can Handle Aliens

August 29th, 2011

After a good night sleep, I woke up early this Monday morning; it feels good! Iím off for a morning hike and then Iím back home to work on some more ďLITTLEĒ and possibly a little painting. Weíll see how the mood strikes after my hike. This pas... 

Wack O Doodle

August 26th, 2011

Good Morning World! In a little while, Iím off to my friend Veroís place to help her with a little art project. Iíve been looking forward to it all week; itís always great to be around her. Though I havenít known her for a very long time, I love ... 

Imagine Peace

August 22nd, 2011

Iím just getting back from a late morning walk. I had a hard time getting up; I was dreaming of Oprah, Barbara Walters, Maya Angelou, and the Real Housewives (no one in particular). I belonged to their click and they were throwing a fundraiser. It ... 

A Letter to Lee Alexander McQueen Dear Lee On Wednesday, I received Savage Beauty in the mail. I was so excited to flip through the pages and to see your work from the exhibit at The Met in NYC. I will keep my fingers crossed that maybe one day... 

Superheroes

August 15th, 2011

OMG! I almost forgot to write! I planned on writing after my morning walk, but after breakfast, I got caught up in photographing my Little People. In the past month, they have so consumed my life. Itís been an interesting experience! I'm so grateful ... 

Alexander McQueen

August 12th, 2011

I woke up this morning and the first thing I realized is that I had dreamt of being at Alexander McQueenís funeral with my mother; she had a plus one on her invite. Iím not sure how I came to dream this, but I loved it. I also loved that I looked fab... 

Jury Duty

August 8th, 2011

Iím up early this Monday morning; Iíve got to report for Jury duty. Itís my first time doing so Iím curious about the process. Iím taking my journal, a book to read, and lots of snacks! Iím feeling much better from my foot pain and I canít wait fo... 

Ouch

August 5th, 2011

Oh Boy! I'm in so much pain; it hurts to walk. Looks like I have plantar fasciitis. I did not get much sleep because of it. After writing, I am planning on closing my eyes for a couple of hours. On a great note, itís been good to wake up early ... 

Real Housewives

August 1st, 2011

I couldnít get up this Monday morning. Iím still feeling a bit groggy. After my doctorís appointment for a check-up, Iím coming back home to work on my ĎLittleí series. I have so many more ideas. Yesterday, I was thinking how weird itís been to no... 

Ah

July 30th, 2011

Ah! Monday, itís so good! I just came back from a hike up Runyon Park. I hadnít done it in some time. Coming down the hill, I got a little teary eyed as I thought about some recent words. ďI have everything I already need.Ē Twice in the past week,... 

LITTLE Joys

July 29th, 2011

Ah, yes itís Friday. Itís grey and cool outside. Iím having my morning coffee and about to head off to work. Great News Alert! A few weeks ago and for the first time, I submitted photos from my ĎLittleí series to a ĎStill Lifeí juried exhibition ... 

Thank You Rebecca Sherman

July 22nd, 2011

Hello Friday! Itís always good to meet you. I must say a very big Thank You to fellow FAA artist Rebecca Sherman-http://rebecca-sherman.artistwebsites.com. In recent weeks, she has posted such beautiful feedback about my work. In ďMe and My ... 

Happy Birthday

July 18th, 2011

I couldnít get up this Monday morning. Coffee, coffee! And it looks like another beautiful sunny day in LA. Going for a walk in a few minutes; I think Iíll take a different route, for variety sake. Well, Carmageddon was very quiet this weekend an... 

Carmageddon in LA

July 15th, 2011

Iím waking up late on this Friday; Carmageddon in LaLa Land is about to start. A 10-mile stretch of 405 Freeway will be closed from Friday evening to early Monday morning. Luckily, I donít live anywhere near there, nor will I be in car stuck in tra... 

Silly Rabbit

July 11th, 2011

Good Morning Monday! Iím writing from bed and just finished reading The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren. Interesting to think that as a gay man and an ex-runner, I had never read the book before. Though I didnít absolutely love it, I did like... 

Tim Burton

July 8th, 2011

Yea, itís Friday! This past Monday, I saw the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA. Amazing! Inspiring! Crowded! Way crowded! I canít wait to see it again, with much less of a crowd. Though I have not been a big fan of his work, I left feeling inspired.... 

Glee

July 4th, 2011

Happy Freedom Day! I thought Iíd be writing about freedom and democracy on this 4th of July, but instead Iím writing about Glee. Since the Glee phenomena started 2 years ago, Iíve only watched one episode, maybe 2. But last night, I found myself watc... 

Light My Fire

July 1st, 2011

Friday! Blue skies, and a little Wimbledon. So far so good! After some heavy dreaming with Rafa Nadal, wolves, and carjackers, I have a bit of a headache this morning. My brain is feeling quiet and Iím not really sure what to write about. In th... 

Dancing With Lucy

June 27th, 2011

Oh Monday, itís always good to wake up today knowing I have some time for me. Iíve got some running around to do, but itís all good. This past Friday, I had a very short and beautiful dream. It dreamed with Lucille Ball. For a very brief moment... 

A Little Band Aid

June 24th, 2011

Hello Friday! Iím up early watching Wimbledon; I can watch it all day, but Iím off to work in a little while. Boy, itís been a tough week, almost two weeks. I havenít been able to get out of this funk. A Libra horoscope from this week says, ... 

Pretty Eyes 168

June 20th, 2011

Iíve been up early this grey Monday. Itís the start of Wimbledon! Iíll be watching it all day and maybe doing some light painting. Itís past 9AM and Iíve already taken my first nap. On Saturday with my great friend Christine, a.k.a Still High 1... 

Short Sweet and Simple

June 17th, 2011

Itís great to be Friday! Woohoo! Iíll keep it short, sweet and simple. Iím not very tall; Iím only 5í8. Iíd like to think Iím sweet, at least most of the time. And as for simple, come on; itís like my middle name. I live my life as simple as possi... 

Free Houscleaning

June 13th, 2011

Boy oh boy! Itís Monday and Iím having a hard time waking up. Iím not offering free housecleaning, but the other day while washing dishes, I thought about getting a housecleaner. Iíve never had one before. Then I remembered how much I used to l... 

Rainbows Are Gay

June 10th, 2011

Happy Friday! I got an early start to my day- 5:00 Am to be exact. After some work and an afternoon nap, I feeling like Iím getting a late start. But here I am, ready for round two. Happy Gay Pride! Itís Pride in LA this weekend. Itís been year... 

Thermostat or Thermometer

June 6th, 2011

Good morning Monday Grey! Iím just getting back from my morning walk and I canít tell if itís going to be sunny or cool; the clouds just came back. I havenít yet planned the rest of my day, but most likely, I wonít be leaving the apartment. Th... 

50th Wedding Anniversary

June 3rd, 2011

Good Morning! Itís Friday and I had a hard time getting up. In 2 separate dreams, I was about to be killed! No matter how scary my dreams may be, I look forward to going to sleep every night. Tomorrow, we are celebrating my parentís 50th wedding ... 

Open Open Open

May 30th, 2011

"Open, Open, Open!' Peace and blessings on this Memorial Monday day that we remember our troops who have passed away. Itís not my birthday, nor is it XMAS, nor the yearly Mervynís Sale. Itís Andre Agassiís autobiography called ďOpen!Ē ďOpen,... 

Thank You Oprah

May 27th, 2011

O No O Kay I must admit that for 2 days, I got caught up watching the Oprah Show Spectacular along with her farewell show on Wednesday And more surprised am I is that I got emotional watching it. In the past couple of years, I have not watc... 

Go Lightly

May 23rd, 2011

Bonjour! Uh-oh! Itís only 6am and Iím already hungry. Iím up earlier than lately, as lately has been 8am. After a morning walk and some light grocery shopping, Iím coming back home to do some painting, reading, and eating, of course! ďI hav... 

Freaky Dita

May 20th, 2011

Itís feeling a bit like a Ďfreakyí Friday! Last night, I left my computer here at work and so I woke up this morning without Internet service. At first it felt weird, but then I realized how good it felt to wake up quietly without the mad rush to... 

Who s Madonna

May 16th, 2011

Itís Monday already and I donít have any coffee at home. I'm off to Trader Joes to buy a little ĎCup of Joes.í Over the weekend, I hiked near the Hollywood sign with my sister Blanca and my godson Michael; my legs are feeling the soreness. When I ... 

Good Morning Friday. Iím feeling groggy; my dreams had me all over the place. This past week, I started re-watching Sex in The City for the umpteenth time. As Steveís walking away in the rain, Miranda chases him down and says, ďMaybe I can believe... 

Oh Monday, Iím not so excited today as I usually am; maybe itíll kick in. The other night while at a bar in West Hollywood, I kissed a guy and I donít know if I liked it! This year, Iím turning 43 years old and I had just realized last year th... 

Number 1

May 6th, 2011

Happy belated Cinco de Mayo! Happy early Motherís Day! Iím a first generation Mexican American. Up until my senior year in high school I felt a shame for being Mexican. I felt less than; I felt like I didnít belong. It wasnít until my college year... 

Little Voices

May 2nd, 2011

Boy did this week fly by. I canít believe itís Monday again. After a morning walk and some breakfast, Iím sitting down to paint for a short time. Later today, Iím meeting up with my good friend Micah, whoís visiting from San Francisco; I love ... 

Royal Grace

April 29th, 2011

Iím up early this beautiful Friday morning. Not to watch the wedding, but because I had dreams of flying and being chased, in the end by an octopus! The only curiosity I had about this Ďroyalí wedding was the dress and simply out of fashion curios... 

Silliness and Beauty

April 25th, 2011

I love you Monday! For many years now, Monday has been my day off from work. I love waking up early, knowing that I have a day to myself. As I write, Iím drinking some Trader Joes medium roast coffee. Afterwards, Iím off for a little walk on ... 

Happy Earth Day

April 22nd, 2011

Good Morning Earth Day! I'm feeling lazy. How nice to write from bed today. Interesting, that as I age, my love for this place we call home, only gets bigger and bigger. And just like the apartment I call home, I do my best to take care of E... 

Remembering Monsters

April 18th, 2011

Good morning Monday, why so grey? I had a hard time waking up, the dreams kept coming. Next week, I will be unveiling my latest blog. It is called Remembering Monsters. As a little boy, Mama says I told stories of monsters; she called them Ďlos ... 

New York State of Mind

April 15th, 2011

Oh New York! Very late Tuesday night, I arrived back home from NYC. Thanks to Brad, I was able to go to New York City and celebrate my brotherís 49th birthday. The piece here is titled ďSiblings #1.Ē It is 1 of a 5 set piece from my Evolution s... 

Pom Poms and Friends

April 7th, 2011

NYC, here I come! John, my older brother is turning 49. Early tomorrow morning, I am leaving town with my sister Blanca and her man, Joe. Earlier this year, my brother commissioned me to paint a Little Girl for his dear friend Pam. The piece here i... 

You Owe Me

April 4th, 2011

Itís early this Monday morning. I got up at 4:30 am and decided to start my day. I enjoy having Mondays free from work: itís a day just for myself. In the past couple of months, I have been spending my Monday evenings with my close friend Chris... 

Dali World

April 1st, 2011

Oh yes itís Friday and Iím up early. Itís gonna be a long day; first work and then an evening at the Alvaradoís for an always fun an interesting ĎFriday Night!í Okay, so I have struggled with this piece. Itís titled "Burning Giraffe and Me.Ē For m... 

Supermodel Attack

March 28th, 2011

Happy Beautiful Monday! ďAnd just like that Charlotte Poughkeepsied in her pants. Miranda was right, when something was really really funny, I laughed.Ē I love this scene in Sex and the City. After all these years, seeing Carrie laugh still makes... 

My Egg My Life

March 25th, 2011

My Egg My Life Iím getting a late start on this cloudy, rainy sort of sunny day. But Iíve got my Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask on and Iíll be ready to go soon. Ta dah! Here is the final piece inspired by David LaChapelle/ Pamela An... 

Number 6

March 23rd, 2011

Just a quickie before I reveal the finished piece on Friday. It's step #6 of my LaChapelle/ Pamela Anderson Little Girl. Right before I come to realize that a Little Girl is finished, I step away, sometimes, for a few minutes, sometimes for a day... 

Visions

March 21st, 2011

Happy Monday and 2nd day of Spring! After yesterday, I was hoping for some more rain. I am planning to stay in and paint and eat and nap. Over the weekend, I painted very little. I was stuck on my Dali inspired piece and from there I felt no ot... 

Stepping UP

March 18th, 2011

Good Morning. I had a hard time getting up, as the dreams felt heavy. Without going into detail, they had something to do with stepping up to the plate and moving forward with my art. I will have to reflect on it and see what more I can do. What am I... 

Traces Of Me

March 16th, 2011

Burrr, it's early! Iíll keep it short today as I just wanted to post the 3rd step of my LaChapelle/ Pamela Anderson piece. When I first started my Little Girls in 1998, I never traced them from sketches, instead I copied them freehand onto the c... 

Peace

March 14th, 2011

Good Monday Morning! This past Saturday, I went out to the unveiling of ďYour Face HereĒ at Pop Tart Gallery; it was a beautiful exhibit and I LOVED my portrait. I looked so young and fresh, ha! The piece here is step #2 of my LaChapelle/ Pa... 

POP TART and Eggs

March 11th, 2011

Good Morning My Beautiful Sunny LA! A few months ago, I posted about the 6 steps it takes to bring one of my Little Girls to life; I found it interesting, so Iíve decided to do it yet again. A photo of David LaChapelle featuring Pamela Anderson co... 

Oh LaChapelle

March 7th, 2011

A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary of David LaChapelle, the photographer. Not to be confused with David Chapelle the comedian. I was inspired by seeing him at work and listening to him talk about his thoughts and ideas. I think heís somewhat ... 

Can We Talk

March 4th, 2011

Happy Friday Morning! Itís grey outside and a bit chilly in my apartment, burrrr! A few weeks ago, I accidentally got caught watching the new reality show staring Joan and Melissa Rivers- Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best on The WE Network. The... 

Best Dressed

February 28th, 2011

Itís a beautiful Monday morning. Yesterday evening after work, I considered going out to a bar to watch the Oscars, but instead I decided to stay home in sweat pants and a t-shirt; Iím glad I did. I was so unimpressed with the fashions and as for ... 

Academy Award Winner

February 25th, 2011

Itís a grey Friday morning and Iím feeling a little groggy. The Oscars are this Sunday night. Iím looking forward to seeing the show, mostly to see the fashions and sor some inspiration for my Little Girls. ďAcademy Award WinnerÖĒ Iím sure that a... 

Vote For Me

February 21st, 2011

Happy Monday! Itís Presidents Day! Ah Ha! I just realized that Presidents Day is in honor of George Washingtonís birthday. I guess I can learn something new every day. Or maybe I forgot something I had already learned in grade school? According... 

Last Valentine

February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentines Day! Iím waking up from some heavy dreams and I'm about to go for a little morning walk. Itís been over 6 months since Jason and I split up. I miss him and think of him daily. Iím hoping that with time, we I can be a part of ea... 

Life

February 10th, 2011

Another glorious day in LA! As I was walking home the other night, I was thinking about my blogs. And though not consistently, I realized that it has now been 2 years since I started writing about my process as an artist and how it relates to ever... 

Meditations on Spirit

February 7th, 2011

Itís a Great Monday Morning! Iím about to do a little meditation and then go for a morning walk. For the past month and a half, I have sat down each morning, if only for a minute or two, and I have meditated. Life has felt different; I have gone o... 

Going Through

February 1st, 2011

Buenos Dias! Iím getting my day started with a little coffee and a quick workout at home. Possibly heading downtown for a walk and some inspiration. Yesterday, I spent all day painting and after some struggle, I finished the piece here. Itís titl... 

And The Winner Is

January 28th, 2011

And the Winner Is Itís that time of the year; Award Season has begun. Over the years, I have painted my share of Little Girls that have been inspired by the fashions worn during award seasons. For this past Golden Globes, I was hoping to have a ... 

Next to New

January 24th, 2011

Iím just getting back from my morning walk; itís another gorgeous sunny day in LA. Iím about to eat a little breakfast before I sit down and start painting. Itís a little over 3 weeks since the start of the New Year and I continue to be motivated ... 

Imagining Dreams

January 19th, 2011

Yesterday morning, I went out for a run. As a kid, I didnít dream of being a doctor, a lawyer, not even a priest (ha!), I dreamt of being an Olympic runner. At 11 years of age, the dream abruptly ended when the kids at school made fun a boy because o... 

Great Loves

January 13th, 2011

Iím just getting home from an early morning walk, what a beautiful day it is! This past Friday, I spent an evening with my great loves Vero and Alex. How beautiful it is to have people in your life that allow you to be Ďyou.í Veroís mom made a tas... 

My Muse Mama

January 7th, 2011

Okay, so it's been some time since I have posted. Just yesterday, I finished my first Little Girl of the New Year. While home for Christmas , my sister Moni found a photo of Mama and her mother. I believe, other than a glamour shot, there isnít... 

Being Love

October 27th, 2010

I meant to write yesterday, but didnít. After a workout at the gym, I headed out to the downtown library in search of books by Erich Fromm. Just the other day while watching an episode of CSI, Lawrence Fishburneís character tells his co-worker, ďďThe... 

Beginings

October 23rd, 2010

In a few minutes, Iím off to the art store- theyíre having a SALE! Recently, for 31 continuous days, I took a self-portrait and digitally enhanced it. I wasnít sure what I was going to do with them. Possibly just leaving them as they were. But af... 

Surrender

October 20th, 2010

Itís another rainy day in LA. For the past couple of days, I have not felt well. I woke up this morning feeling heavy and in need of wanting to write. I have not posted for quite some time. But after reading an article about the importance of Ď... 

Beautiful Possibilities

September 29th, 2010

WOW! I haven't written in some time, but I felt compelled to do so today. We woke up to a most beautiful sunrise and just now, we had a most spectacular sunset here in LA. I saw a double rainbow, some lightning, scattered clouds, a few raindrops, and... 

Pot in My Pot

September 6th, 2010

It's feeling like Sunday today. After a walk this morning, I came home and made myself some 'chilaquiles,' again! One of the best things about being an adult is that I can eat whatever I want, when I want. If I want breakfast for dinner then that's w... 

Pooping Corn

September 5th, 2010

It's a beautiful Sunday day. I got back from the gym and I just finished eating 'chilaquiles' with some refried beans and a cold glass of milk. They were the best I've ever made. As a kid, it was my favorite thing to eat on Sundays. Inspiration c... 

Sketchy Girls

September 4th, 2010

I've been writing, but I haven't posted here in a little over a week. After posting for 40 days straight, I needed some time off. For reasons unknown, I've been wanting to sketch for the past week. Of what exactly, I don't know. I even bought a br... 

Best In Show

August 25th, 2010

This morning I headed out to the gym wearing brand new sneakers. I remembered being a kid and wanting to race the kids at school when I wore new sneakers. I thought I could run faster. I remembered being a kid at Assumption Elementary School and ... 

Let It Shine

August 24th, 2010

Iím just getting back from a little walk in downtown. Iíve been thinking about rereading The Artist Way by Julia Cameron and so I went in search of it at the Central Library. Instead, I found another of her books, Walking In This World. Iím hoping fo... 

Thank You Thank You

August 23rd, 2010

I am catching up with life after the art show this weekend. Not only was it a success, but I also had a great time and the opportunity to meet plenty of new faces. I want to thank everyone who not only came to see the exhibit, but to everyone who h... 

Choices

August 22nd, 2010

Itís another beautiful sunny day. All is quiet this Sunday morning. Iím having a little coffee and about to jump into the shower and head back to Sunset Junction. Yesterday, my art show at The Collective went well; it was a long day. Top Ten List... 

Wonder Man Wonder Woman

August 21st, 2010

Itís a beautiful Saturday morning and Iím about to jump in the shower and head out to my art show. Wish me luck. Rush, rush. Top Ten List of Books #2) Demian by Herman Hesse. I read Siddhartha by Hesse in school and didnít understand it unti... 

I Found Love

August 20th, 2010

A few days ago I completed my 30 days of continuous blogging. I have kept at it, as I need 5 more days to go to finish up my 30-day project of ďIn the News.Ē Aside from photocopying an image inspired by the dayís news and adding my twist to it, I ha... 

Sexy Exit

August 20th, 2010

Iím feeling exhausted and hot this Thursday evening. I just want to call it an early night and get some rest before the long weekend coming up. I will be at my art show all day Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow I will finish up with last minute details. ... 

Missing Fortunes

August 18th, 2010

Iím just getting back from setting up my show @ The Collective. Many, many thanks to Christine and Jason. Itís been a two month long project and now itís finally done. It looks better than I imagined. I will take photos before it all starts this week... 

Clearing Clutter

August 17th, 2010

This time, he didnít tell me he loved me. On a street corner, I ran into the guy who a few days ago told me he loved me. This time, he was ranting about Ďbeing slaves to the American dream.í It wasnít until I had walked away that I wished I had told ... 

Obama In La La Land

August 16th, 2010

Obamaís in LA! Iím just getting home. The streets are closed all over the place and the bus took a major detour. In the 12 years that I have lived in LA, I have never seen traffic jam like this: itís a parking lot out there. Good luck to my fellow An... 

Liberty

August 15th, 2010

Itís a beautiful sunny Sunday day and after yesterdayís ramble of thoughts, I am feeling much better. As I was walking back from the supermarket, I felt peace. I felt gratitude. I am so enjoying my latest project on postcards. For the last 5 days... 

Wow

August 14th, 2010

WOW!!! My head is spinning out of control; itís rambling and it wonít shut up. I wish I could hit the pause button or put it in time out. Iím hoping that it runs out of tape. I want to laugh and cry at the same time. I think this is whatís called Ďon... 

Ug Oh Its Friday the 13th

August 13th, 2010

Iím just getting back from the gym and Iím about to have a little something to eat- some oatmeal with honey, flaxseed, and blueberries. Other than writing, I have lots to accomplish today on Friday 13th. Number 13 is my lucky number, but today,... 

Homeless

August 12th, 2010

The other day, as I was walking around downtown, I saw a homeless man crying as he passed me by. I didn't say anything. A few minutes later, as I was walking out of the library, he was coming down the escalator and he was shouting every bad word poss... 

Im Guilty

August 11th, 2010

It's a beautiful Wednesday and I'm about to run out for a little while and do some walking and of course lots of thinking. I'm guilty! I must admit that for the last two days, I did not finish my pieces for my "In the News" project. I have the art... 

Try Me

August 10th, 2010

On my way to the gym this morning, I thought about what my friend John told me 20 years ago. He placed a pencil on a table and told me to, "Try and pick it up." I went to the table and easily picked up the pencil. He said, "I didn't say pick it up, I... 

Tilting The Scales

August 9th, 2010

I just finished dinner, a bowl of pinto beans with an avocado filled flour tortilla, followed by a small bowl of ice cream. This morning, as I was reading the LA Times in search for inspiration for my "In The News" piece, on the front page was an... 

Mona Chelita

August 8th, 2010

It's a beautiful Sunday day and I'm home watching a little tennis and doing some painting. It's my older sister's birthday today. Feliz Cumpleanos!!! Her name is Glicelda, but mostly she goes by Celdie or my personal favorite, Chela or Chelita. ... 

A Birdie Told Me

August 7th, 2010

I'm just getting back from a day spent in Santa Monica and Venice. It was nice to wander around with no plan, no direction. On yesterdays blog, I posted a piece titled "Me and My Birdie." I know it's gramatically incorrect, but it's just words. I ... 

Too Much To Tell

August 6th, 2010

Okay, so here I go. But before I begin, the sober drought is over; after 31 days of sobriety, I had my first drinks last night and came home with a feathery birthday hat of I donít know whose birthday. On yesterdayís blog, I chose a piece of ... 

Too Early To Tell

August 5th, 2010

Last night, I promised myself that I would get up early this morning and go out for a run. And so @ 5:30am, I went out for a run. It wasnít too bad; itís been some time since Iíve been out running so early in the morning. As I ran past a homeless man... 

Go Ask Alice

August 4th, 2010

Iím just getting home from the gym. Itís a noisy Wednesday afternoon; the guy across the street will blow leaves for almost 2 hours. Yesterday, if I thought of something to confess, I would do so today. When I was 15 years old, I stole a pair of ... 

Confessions

August 3rd, 2010

It's early this Tuesday morning. I had some dreams last night about some 'mean girls', who weren't very nice to me and also that I made a porn video while Jason watched- weird. Last night, I must confess that I got teary-eyed at the season final... 

Monday Monday

August 3rd, 2010

Out of curiosity, I looked up the meaning of the word Monday. It means "the second day of the week, the first day of the work week." The names of the week stem from Roman mythology, (Monday- meaning moon/ luna in Spanish). Interesting that this past ... 

This Magic Moment

August 1st, 2010

Yesterday as I walked to the 99 cents store, (in search of prune juice and a magnifying mirror-just in case you wanted to know) I was reading Paulo Coehlo's "By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept." It's been 13 years since I last read it. In it, he... 

In The News

July 31st, 2010

What a gloomy Saturday morning. Jason is at the gym and was so kind to go buy me my newspaper this morning. 27 days of soberness including no smoking, 17 days of blogging continually, and now I am 5 days into my 30 day commitment of working on ... 

Johnny Be Good

July 30th, 2010

It's a beautiful sunny Friday day with a cool breeze. Even after my workout and for no apparent reason, I'm feeling "muddy, muddy." Hmmmm? Shall I think about it or should I just feel it out and know that it will pass? Anywho, yesterday evening ... 

Safety First

July 29th, 2010

Three years today, Jason's grandmother Lester passed away. She raised him since he was a kid; a few weeks ago, he warned me that the month of July would be tough for him. Though I never met her, she has come to be a part of my life. I know she's an ... 

Crossing Lines

July 28th, 2010

Two days ago I wrote about a man named Frank Raymond Clark who had passed away. What I didnít write is that I took a small wooden cross that was left at his little memorial on a street corner. Though I didnít know him, I took it to remind me of him;... 

Remembering Kindergarten

July 27th, 2010

This morning as I walked to the gym, I read Robert Fulghumís ďAll I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.Ē I love the simple and beautiful stories. Itís my third time reading it though I hadnít picked up the book in quite some time. Half way thro... 

Frankly Graced

July 27th, 2010

This morning as I walked to the bus stop, I noticed a memorial of flowers on the corner across the street. His name was Frank Raymond Clark. He was struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Along with the flowers, was an anonymous type written note te... 

Wordless

July 25th, 2010

Happy Sunday! Jason and I are off to downtown for The Renegade Craft Fair and Summertramp. It's another sunny day in LA. I don't have much to say and so I will leave it at that. The piece here is titled "Wordly." I chose this piece today becau... 

Lonely Bologna

July 24th, 2010

The follwoing are notes from what I wrote early this morning: "It's a beautiful hot sunny day in downtown LA. I am sunbathing in a little grassy area on the grounds of the Bonaventure Hotel. It is so quiet, I love it! I could barely hear the cars ... 

Lights Camera Action

July 23rd, 2010

So last night I was woken up by the sensor lights on the building next door; Iíve complained to management about them, but so far have had not luck. Itís like having spotlights pointed into the bedroom preparing for a reality show. Jason and I sle... 

An Honest Idiot

July 22nd, 2010

This morning, while riding the bike at the gym, a guy behind me started running on a treadmill, a very noisy treadmill. Rather than hop onto one of the many available quiet ones, he continued running. I thought, ďWhat an Fíing idiot!Ē Was he clueless... 

Oh Cherries

July 22nd, 2010

Jason and I just got home from spending the day with my great friend Christine and her little sister Yolanda. Christine and I go back some 20+ years. Tonight, I will keep it short; I just want to lay down and crash. The piece here is titled "Chri... 

Hi Hitler

July 20th, 2010

I just got home an hour ago and after devouring 2 beef tostadas, I am now chilling out. Yesterday, out of great curiosity, I started reading a biography on Hitler. 80 pages into the book and the thing that has caught my attention of all things are th... 

Meet Me Halfway

July 20th, 2010

Itís late night this Monday and Jason is out working. Itís day 5 of blogging for 30 days straight and we are 15 days in of staying alcohol free; we are half way there! It hasnít really been an issue, but I know that I will want a very tasty Martini... 

Run Mona Run

July 18th, 2010

Itís an absolutely gorgeous sunny Sunday early morning. Jason and I will be off to the Ďnewí LA Flea Market at Dodger stadium and later Palos Verdes. Happy Birthday to my sister Monica; I call her Mona. The piece here is titled ďHomecoming Mo... 

Remembering Monsters

July 17th, 2010

Another Scorching HOT day in LA. I just got back from a 2 hour hike in Runyon Park. I was hoping to catch a little of the British Open, but no luck. Jason is quietly sleeping a few inches away. As a little boy, Mama says I told stories of monste... 

Help S O S

July 16th, 2010

Another Scorching HOT day in LA! S. O. S! I need your HELP. I am working on a series of Little Girls featuring iconic female images from artists past and present. Please, please post! I would appreciate it so very much. I have, of course, the ... 

30 Free Trial

July 15th, 2010

Inspired by the 30 days of being alcohol free, I have decided to blog for the next 30 days starting today. Weíll see what happens and how much Iíll have to say over this period of time. Iíve never been one to place restrictions on myself, but I am op... 

Alcohol Free

July 14th, 2010

It's early and a beautiful sunny day on this Wednesday morning. It's day 10 of not drinking alochol, except for the mouthwash. Haha! Otherwise, so far, so good. I had a moment a few days ago and the first thing I wanted was to have one drink, but it ... 

Into My Wild

July 7th, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Jason and I. Today, we've been together for one whole year. This morning, we made breakfast and finished watching Into the Wild with Emil Hirsch. I saw the movie back in 2007 when it first came out: it had a great impact in my li... 

Oh Brother Oh Frida

July 5th, 2010

Oh brother, I finally finished reading Gandhi's autobiography. I didn't care for it very much. In the end, I just wanted to be done with and move onto another book. What to read? What to read? Out of curiousity, I'm thinking about possibly reading a... 

Pre-Frida

June 27th, 2010

The greyish piece here is the fourth step of my Frida inspired Little Girl. Getting to this step is always a good feeling. From there, I put on a frist layer of paint. It is the main piece featured here. Once I have arrived to this step, I someti... 

Curiosity I Dare You

June 20th, 2010

It's a beautifully sunny Sunday day and I just go up this morning. Jason is still sleeping. Yesterday, we spent all day inside our apartment; we ate, we napped, we watched the U.S Open and movies. It's pretty awesome to do so with the person I love. ... 

Losing My R

June 18th, 2010

It's a hot friday afternoon and I'm feeling pooped from last night. I had way too much to drink and I don't remember everything. I know that Jason and I had our words and I know that I wasn't very kind. He has been very patient and loving to me. I ad... 

Processing Frida

June 12th, 2010

It's a quiet Saturday June gloomy day. Jason is at work and I'm finishing up a Modigliani inspired Little Girl. I'm almost there. In a bit, I may start on another of my Picasso's or I may just take a nap. I would like to have a set of about forty pi... 

My Little Miracles

June 10th, 2010

I woke up early this morning even after a late night out at The Collective Art Gallery opening of BITCHES. Jason purchased a small piece for me. Thank You Oded for providing us artists' a place to show our work. I'll look forward to the next opening ... 

Beauty in The World

June 7th, 2010

It's a hot Monday evening. Got home from work a little while ago. Feeling pooped! Made some refried beans and Mexican rice for dinner. I may go out for a walk and to the supermarket. This past week, I got my inspiration for the Brooklyn Art Librar... 

Oh Gandhi Im Hungry

June 4th, 2010

I am up early this Friday morning unable to fall asleep and feeling hungry already. Jason didn't come home tonight. Inspired by reading Gandhi's autobiography, I have been eating lighter foods for the past couple of days, thus the hunger. I have... 

Balancing Difference

June 4th, 2010

It's Thursday night and I'm laying low. Not going to the fashion to see Jason. Not feeling up to being social this evening. It's all good. The piece to the left is a from my series called Evolution. It's a set of 3 pieces titled Balancing Differe... 

Purple Cow, Purple Cow

June 2nd, 2010

It's a weird Wednesday afternoon. Waiting for some oatmeal to cook. Life with Jason is now over. It feels sad and strange. He wants silence from me and so I will give him silence. "It's godly," he said. I'll leave it at that for now. Yesterday, I ... 

Thanks To A Thief

June 1st, 2010

Yesterday, I got back from my trip to SF. Lot's of good eating. Now, I am watching a little French Open and thinking about how to get back into a painting rythm. Aside from pulling out some unfinished pieces, I started to do last minute touch-ups... 

Mamas Vitamins

May 21st, 2010

On May 20th 1938, God sent us a gift. Yesterday was Mama's 72nd birthday. For some time now, we have thought that she would not be around. We have celebrated birthdays and Holidays thinking that they would be her last. Living with ALS has not been ea... 

Feeling Connections

May 20th, 2010

It's a beautiful sunny Thursday morning and Jason is still asleep on the couch. 'I did it Ethel, the dress is mine.' After writing yesterday, I went to the gym downtown and worked out with weights. As I left, I decided to run a little. 50 minutes... 

Imagine

May 19th, 2010

It's a grey Wednesday morning and I woke up thinking about John Lennon's song 'Imagine.' It's been in my thoughts for the past couple of days. "...Imagine all those people livin for today." Sounds like heaven. I'm 60 pages into reading Ghandi's a... 

Becoming Me

May 13th, 2010

It's a beautiful Thursday morning and it's quite loud today with the construction crew next door. When is it going to be finally done????? 626 pages later, I am finished with Nelson Mandela's autobiography. What I loved most about the book was the... 

Planting Musts

May 11th, 2010

In honor of our recent Mother's Day, I have posted a piece featuring Mama. The piece to the left is titled 'Mama and Her Ninos.' I took the image from a photo of her and the 5 of us kids when we were very young and visiting Mexico. Mama has alway... 

Picasso Picasso

May 6th, 2010

Jason got home very late from work last night or really early this morning and so instead of going back to sleep, I started my day and headed to the gym. Yesterday, I wrote about feeling in a rut and not knowing how to get myself inspired. As I left ... 

New Feature

May 5th, 2010

I'm excited about this new slide feature. wooohooo!!!  

It's a beautiful Cinco de Mayo and in honor of today, the piece to the left is titled Chelita Mexican Flower Girl. It is a portrait of my older sister Glicelda as a flower girl for someones wedding day. This piece took some time do as I had to tape o... 

Nelson Mandela

April 28th, 2010

A week ago, I started reading Nelson Mandela's autobiograpy and 350 pages into it I am loving it. What a story!!! And surprisingly, it's been an easy read. He named his second daughter Zenani "... which means 'What have you brought to the world?' - a... 

Weeds Weeds Weeds

April 20th, 2010

Okay, so here I go. I haven't written in a few days and I've been feeling somewhat strange. I'm not sure how to descibe or even understand what I'm feeling. Things between Jason and I are strange, I'm feeling stuckm creatively, and I'm not sure how I... 

Thank You Marlene Dumas

April 15th, 2010

It's an early sunny Thursday morning and I'm drinking some coffee before I head off to the gym and the library downtown. The piece to the left is titled 'The Bride in Me.' It is a self-portrait inspired by Marlene Dumas. Here is a copy of what I wrot... 

Drag Queens

April 15th, 2010

It's late night this Wednesday night. Below is copy from my old website. In honor of gay pride month (June 2009), I did my Ďlittle girlsí of some personally favorite drag performers. Over the years, I have had the privilege of seeing them perform... 

Bean Burritos

April 8th, 2010

On my drive home yesterday, I was thinking about Papa. For the past couple of days I've been working near Mama and Papas home. After 49 years of marriage, he is now taking care of her as she has been living with ALS for the past 7 some years. For the... 

X Rated

April 3rd, 2010

It's been some time since I last wrote. I have my ideas, but I've just been a bit lazy about it. A friend once told me that whenever I told stories, I told the 'X-Rated' versions and not the PG-13 version. She wasn't refering to them being pornogr... 

Blog Blog Blog

March 27th, 2010

Blog blog blog. Blah Blah Blah. It's a beautiful Saurday morning. I'll keep it short and simple. Sometimes not saying much is best. May you all have a most beautiful Satiurday day. WooHooo!!! The piece to the left is titled Aurora Queen of the... 

Condoms Condoms Condoms

March 25th, 2010

It's a grey Thursday morning. My allergies are still here and Jason is stiring in bed. I have finished my 3 Jerome Caja inspired pieces. It felt like it took me forever. The piece to the left is titled The Virgin in Me. The 3 pieces are self-port... 

Running Free

March 21st, 2010

It's Marathon Sunday here in LA. Looks like the sun wants to come out. Due to the change in course, it will no longer be going by the apartment here. I would normally be waking up with louds screaming today. I kind of miss it. In the past, I would go... 

Stroke by Stroke

March 20th, 2010

It's a quiet Saturday monring. Waiting for Jason to get up so that we may head off the the gym downtown. Yesterday, I finished piece #2 from the Jerome Caja inspired pieces and I am now working on finishing the last and final piece. This last pie... 

Sex in the City

March 19th, 2010

Waking up this morning feeling very congested with allergies. Ughhh!!! I think I will stay home today do some painting and watch some March Madness. Go Bears! (CAL). As I wrote yesterday, I will begin transferring over some of my writings from ... 

Copy Cat

March 18th, 2010

I'm waking up a little late this Thursday monring and feeling very congested from allergies. I took a benadryl last night and it helped with sleeping, but I had a hard time waking up. I am excited about the new feature on FAA. Having our own sit... 

Differently

March 17th, 2010

Another beautiful day in LA. I had a great chat with Jason last night. And it reminded me of one day telling a close friend that since I was a kid, I always felt diffrent. A good different. I felt that I have always marched to a different beat in way... 

Coming Out

March 16th, 2010

It's another beautiful sunny day in LA. I'm off to the gym with Jason in a few minutes. It's no big deal, but I thought I'd come out and let everyone know I'm gay. I've been out for some 20 years. It feels a little weid writing it down as I haven... 

Friendly Weekend

March 15th, 2010

Just got back last night after a weekend at Alex and Vero'. I met Alex 25 years ago while vacationing in Mexico. 2 years ago, he married the love of his life-Veronica. The piece to the left is titled Her Love, His Light, Their Life. It is inspired by... 

Walking in LA

March 12th, 2010

I got up early this chilly Friday morning and I walked about a mile to the offices here in Ontario, California. The song says 'Only a nobody walks in LA.' I've been living without a car in the heart of Los Angeles where you do see people walking arou... 

Committed

March 11th, 2010

It's late this Thursday day and I'm beat from a long day of work. I'm just about to head home to Mama and Papa's one more night before I get back to LA. This morning, I woke up thinking about a night some 13 years ago when I had a conversation w... 

Gray Morning

March 9th, 2010

I didn't blog yesterday as I got caught up with work. I'm away from home for a week. It will be strange not painting. I was able to finish one of the Jerome Caja inspired pieces on Sunday. I'm hoping to have the other 2 pieces finished by the end of ... 

Oscar Oscar

March 7th, 2010

I'm having a little coffee and taking it easy. It's Oscar sunday and it's a beautiful sunny day. This time of year, has always been an inspiration for my Little Girls. I'm looking forward to seeing the fashion on the red carpet, especially this year.... 

Oh No

March 6th, 2010

Oh no! I didn't blog for 2 days. I was away all day yesterday and there is no real excuse for the day before. I am up early this Saturday morning and it looks like it's going to rain. Jason and I have tickets to go see the first showing of Alice ... 

A Will To Live

March 3rd, 2010

I'm just getting home from the doctor's office. It felt like I spent hours there. I got some x-rays on my knees. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I won't have to do an MRI. After having major knee surgery 20 years ago, I'm a little afraid of havin... 

Pennies From Heaven

March 2nd, 2010

Just finished having some lunch and feeling a bit hungover from last night. About to get some shut-eyes before I do a little painting. I didn't paint yesterday so I have to take a few steps forward on the Jerome Caja inspired pieces. As I was wal... 

Courage

March 1st, 2010

Just getting home this afternoon from a long day of being out and about. Time for a little rest. I'm not sure if I will get any painting done today. In the past 2 days, I did start my Jerome Caja Inspired pieces. Painting on condoms has not been so d... 

Soft- Belly

February 28th, 2010

As I rode the bus home from the gym downtown on this sunny Sunday day, I was reading Stephen Levine's A Year To Live. In it he writes about meditating from a 'soft-belly' place. Not a soft-belly from cookies and potato chips, but from a place of lett... 

Looks like it won't keep raining for the day and the skies may be clearing up. I'm off for a slow walk to the art store. My leg is feeling much better. Today I will start painting on the condoms and see how the paint sits. Unlike my other Little G... 

Okay So I Cheated a Little

February 26th, 2010

Laying very low this overcast Friday day and over the weekend. I'm hoping that my leg feels better. It's not as swollen as before. I'm not feeling too inspired to do any painting, but hopefully something will trigger me. I'm keeping my fingers cr... 

41 Some Years Ago

February 25th, 2010

Buenos Dias My leg is still hurting lots and just hanging in there. Yesterday, I spent the entire day laying down with my leg up and iced. Today I am off to the taping of the Ellen Show and I'm excited about taking her my painting of her and Porti... 

Dropped on The Dance Floor

February 24th, 2010

Ouch!!!! It's a grey Tuesday morning and I'm in a lot of pain. Last night while out dancing you can say I was 'dropped on the dance floor.' I twisted my leg while attempting to dip a friend. Looks like I will be laying around and doing some reading a... 

I Did it Ethel the Dress is Mine

February 23rd, 2010

I got up at 4am this morning. I could not sleep after Jason, my partner-in-crime, came home. I felt congested with allergies and so I got up and did some reading and writing before heading off to the gym. In A Year to Live, Stephen Levine writes abou... 

Ok Ok Im Trying

February 22nd, 2010

Waking up from some strange and heavy dreams. Feeling a bit groggy. After my walk in a few minutes, I am coming home and sitting down to paint. I've got to finish my 'Teacher's Pet' piece. Not finishing it up is making me feel stuck like I can't move... 

Oh Jerome

February 21st, 2010

It's a quiet Sunday morning so far. I am off for a walk in a few minutes. Not sure if I will do any painting today. The "Teacher' piece is getting there and I can't wait until it's done. How do I get myself to sit down and paint this afternoon. Maybe... 

Falling Down

February 20th, 2010

I just got back from a run. I ran longer than I had run in a very long time. And as I ran, I kept thinking what if I fall down. The scabs on my knees are healing from a bad fall 2 weeks ago. But I kept running because I love to run. And I thought, I ... 

A Muse

February 19th, 2010

Another overcast day here in LA. I'm off to the gym and then coming home to do some painting. After the library yesterday, I did not want to paint at all. Zero! I needed a break. I will work on my 'Teacher' piece. It still needs a lot of layers. T... 

The Ellen Show

February 18th, 2010

It's an overcast day and feeling hungry this morning. I am off to the Downtown Public Library in a few minutes. Looking for inspiration and possibly a good book to read. After stuggling yesterday, I was able to work on my piece inspired by Marlene Du... 

Uhura Stars in Space

February 17th, 2010

Another beautiful day in LA, yet a bit nosiy due to the construciton going on next door. I will sit down and paint a little later on. After not feeling inspired yesterday, I was able to sit down and start 3 new pieces inspired by Angel Botello. His w... 

Inspiration

February 16th, 2010

Thinking about inspiration. Wondering what to do. Not feeling inspired to sit down and paint. Thinking about Marlene Dumas and how unbelievably inspired I was almost 2 years ago when I saw her exhibit at the MOCA. I actually cried as I stood in front... 

My First Little Girl

February 15th, 2010

It's another beautiful sunny day in LA. Did not get much inspiration from being at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, but still had a great day walking around. This 'Little Girl' to the left is called In Red Light District. It is the very first in the ser... 

Whoopi

February 14th, 2010

Last year after my first art show at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown LA, I was fortunate enough to receive a phone call from a close friend who let me know that Whoopi Goldberg was in town for a day and that it would be okay for me to drop of the pr... 

A Thing Called Love

February 14th, 2010

It's a beautiful Sunday morning here in Los Angeles and I'm off to the Rose Bowl Flea Market looking for inspirations. Before I head off, I want to wish everyone a beautiful Valentine's Day. I drew this piece called 'Love' at the age of 15. It's... 

Billy Holiday

February 13th, 2010

I've been working on my 'little girl' series for the past 11 years. This July will be the 12th year anniversary of the first appearance. I didn't realize 'til a few years ago that I had the habit of turning on the cd player and listening to Billie Ho... 

Holy Mama

February 10th, 2010

Holy Mama! A few days ago was Papaís 76th birthday. In 41 years, I donít recall ever giving him a gift. About a month ago, while visiting Mama and Papa I took a photo of Mama hanging on the wall and asked him if I could bring it home to sketch. It...