Van Gogh Bedroom in Arles

Last weekend I had the privilege of viewing Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” at the Norton Simon Museum of art in Pasadena. This is the 2nd version  of this painting which is on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago. There are three authentic versions of the Bedroom paintings described in his letters to his brother Theo. The paintings are easily discernible from one another by the pictures on the wall to the right of the bed. The paintings depicts van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles, France, known as the Yellow House.

In April of 1889, van Gogh sent the initial version to his brother regretting that it had been damaged by the flood of the Rhône while he was in the hospital in Arles. His brother Theo proposed to have it relined and sent back to him in order to copy it. This “repetition” in original scale was painted in September of 1889. Both paintings were then sent back to Theo.

Later in the summer of  1889, Van Gogh decided to redo some of his best compositions in a smaller size for his mother and sister. The Bedroom in Arles was amongst the subjects he chose to recreate, this is how he ended up with three versions.

Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles Second version, September 1889. Oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.
All three versions presented side-by-side, on the left is the first version which hangs in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the second version in the middle hangs at the Chicago Art Institute and the third version on the left is in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.
Close up of Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles Second version, 1889. Oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago. Enjoy! I know I did.

Getty Center “London Calling”

On Sunday I visited the J. Paul Getty Museum to catch their “London Calling” and “The Shimmer of Gold” exhibits. They were awesome!

Lucien Freud’s “Girl With A Kitten” 1947, adorns the entrance to the “London Calling” exhibit.
His infamous “Girl with a Dog” 1950-51. What an amazing painting. This is the second time I’ve seen it. How lucky am I?
“Bruce Bernard Seated”, 1996.
Detail of Bruce Bernard’s hand, look at the awesome brush strokes.
So my graphic design pet peeves are ligatures. Apparently they were hand-lettering ligatures in Italy during the 1400s. This is suppose to be a ligature of “ffi”. This is part of the “All That Glitters” exhibit.
The Coronation of the Virgin, 1420. Tempera and gold leaf on panel.
The Ascension, completed about 1431. Designed by Lorenzo Monaco and completed by Zanobi di Benedetto Strozzi and Battista di Biagio Sanguini, tempera and gold on parchment.


2016 Pomona Chalk Festival

Last Saturday I participated in this year’s Pomona Chalk Festival. The them was “My Favorite Book”. I recently received this wonderful book titled “Latinx Comic Book Storytelling” in the mail from the author Frederick Luis Aldama and it has the cover art of one of my favorite cartoonist of all time, Jaime Hernandez so I decided to chalk it!

“Latinx Comic Book Storytelling” cover art by Jaime Hernandez.
Making progress on my chalk square…
My finished square, I hope I did Jaime Hernandez justice, Love and Rockets Forever!

Renaissance Moment at Norton Simon

Last week I visited the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to look at the Renaissance art in their permanent collection. It’s nice to know that you don’t have to fly all the way to Florence, Italy to see work that was painted by Renaissance masters. They have a lovely collection and these are just a few of my favorites.

Saint Francis in Prayer by Francisco de Zurburan 1638-39.


St. Cecilia by Guido Reni, 1606.
Madonna and Child with Adoring Angel by Sandro Filipepi (Botticelli), 1468.
Madonna and Child with Book by Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael), 1502 – 03.
Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece by Guariento di Arpo, 1344.

2016 San Fernando Day of the Dead Chalk

This was my first time participating in the San Fernando Day of the Dead Chalk event and it was a lot of fun. The event is quaint and in its 3rd or 4th year. I loved it and can’t wait to do it again next year.

This was one of my favorite altares. There were so many beautiful ones. I love how colorful it was.
The theme of this year’s chalk event was “Rock and Roll Heaven” so naturally I chose to pay tribute to the legendary Lemmy Kilmister who passed less than a year ago. He was great.
With my finished square. I made a little offering to him of a jack-and-coke and a cigarette.
After leaving the chalk event, me and my friend Michelle stopped by Forest Lawn Cemetery and left our offering at his burial site. We light the candle, drank some jack and coke and put one marigold next to the cigarette.
His urn was placed in the “Columbarium of Sacred Trust” section, under a beautiful statue. He is directly across the green belt from another legend, Ronnie James Dio.
We couldn’t be in this cemetery without stopping by and placing flowers on Dio’s sarcophagus.
Peace be with them.

To see the squares of the other chalkers, look on my chalk blog here: girlwithchalk blogspot.

2016 Gesso Italiano Chalk Festival in San Diego

This year I attempted to chalk the Roman Colosseum. I had a great time chalking.

And so it begins…
Break time, enjoyed the “Chile-Mango-Limeade” from the Little Italy Farmer’s Market. Honestly, I cannot wait until I come back to the Farmer’s Market to get another one of these.
This is a pic of me working on the square. Photo by San Diego Photographer Steven Anderson. He always takes great photos!

Check out the squares from the other chalkers on my chalk blog here: GirlWithChalk Blogspot.

2016 Latino Comics Exhibit at Martin Luther King Library

Thanks to Kathryn Blackmer Reyes and San Jose State University, Martin Luther King Library for hosting a great exhibit. I am honored to be a part of this exhibit with such talented artists. The Latino comics will be on display in the library through Sept 30th, 5th floor Cultural Heritage Center, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Stop by if you are in the area.

Clockwise left to right: Crystal Gonzalez’s “In the Dark” graphic novel and plush, Gabriela Gamboa’s “Miss Lonely Hearts 2”, Jules Rivera’s “Misfortune High”, Liz Mayora’s “Monstrous Love Stories” and yours truly: Grasiela Rodriguez’s “Lunatic Fringe” and “Spadra”.
The art of Jose Cabrera, “Latino Warrior” and Rafael Navarro’s “Sonambulo”.
Jandro Gamboa and Bernyce Talley’s “Monty Gomez The Luchador”, Richard Dominguez’s “El Gato Negro” and artwork by Lalo Alcarez.
Javier Hernandez’s “El Muerto”, “The Coma”, “Les Vodouisants” and “El Muerto Mishmash”
Top row: Jaime Crespo’s “Tortilla”, Bottom: Carlos Saldana’s “Burrito” and unidentified comics (the ones I still need to buy!).

Latona Elementary School Mural

Yesterday I had the opportunity to paint a butterfly mural at Latona Elementary School in Los Angeles. This was part of the UCLA Volunteer day mural project. I love working on this project, I got a busload of kids from the 2016 UCLA Freshman class to help paint. This is a great way for the Bruins to give back to the community and it’s so much fun.

This is the “before” picture. I made the butterfly stencil and used chalk to transfer it to the wall.
Paint and supplies provided by UCLA.
These are some of the UCLA kids that helped.
Finished inside stair walls.
Finished outer stair walls.
Outer small school wall, stenciled it all the way out to the corner.
This is my attempt at a “panorama” shot.
The finished product.

Guillermo del Toro’s “At Home With Monsters”

Had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art yesterday to see Guillermo del Toro’s art collection on display. There were many unusual artworks, to say the least. It was an amazing exhibit.

The Angel Of Death from Hellboy II.
Ghost of Edith Cushing’s Mother from Crimson Peak.
Man, Myth and Magic Encyclopedia set. I sure loved to look at these when I worked at the library!
Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Medusa by Marc Davis.
This backdrop is a photo of what Guillermo’s house looks like when you enter the foyer.