May 21, 2018

618 El Sol

Elsol618 El Sol
12x12 inches :: original oil painting with collage on canvasboard
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I was recently at a dinner event to celebrate El Sol Academy, a public charter school in Santa Ana. I took an image of a historic house which is part of the campus, all prettily dressed up with twinkle lights. It's a building that is incubating lots of wonderful ideas for continued excellent educational programming. I referenced that photo to paint this work and then decided to add collage to it. El Sol ... y las estrellas brillantes.



May 12, 2018

617 Paris Ferris


617 Paris Ferris
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image of a Ferris Wheel by @sincerelyjules for this work.

May 02, 2018

616 I Am Titanium

Titanium616 I Am Titanium
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on cradled board
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Recently when I was demo painting in my crowded studio during an art walk, I was feeling great as lots of people were giving me great feedback about my process, my subject, and my color palette. I felt so understood.

At one point, this guy came up to me and said "Duuuuddddeee are you using Titanium White?" And I said "Yeah, that's one of the tubes of paint I'm using." And then he said "Wow. That's my favorite color. I learned about Titanium White through a Bob Ross video. I think it's a totally awesome color!" And he hung around some more enjoying the scene, mingling with other people, and then went along his merry way.

I thought to myself: What a fun weirdo ... probably really stoned and definitely misunderstanding my work as he fixates on his funny penchant for Titanium White.

The idea of being misunderstood has sometimes gotten in the way of my expressing myself. But the thing I realize is that it's not the end of the world to be misunderstood. And sometimes, I think misunderstandings or misinterpretations can open up very unusual realities, dreams, and universes where new funky ideas can blossom. Like I can see a whole short story/musical built around this dude who loves Titanium White and who goes on to creating huge murals with lots of Titanium White while rocking out to music by Sia.

Speaking of music by Sia ... I just about collapsed when I saw Michael J. Woodard performing Titanium. What a performance. And what a song.

I referenced my paint tube and paint brush for this work. #allaprima #goldenartistcolors #titaniumwhite #sia #michaeljwoodard

You shout it out
But I can't hear a word you say
I'm talking loud not saying much
I'm criticized but all your bullets ricochet
You shoot me down, but I get up
I'm bulletproof nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall, I am titanium
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium, I am titanium, I am titanium, I am titanium
Cut me down
But it's you who has further to fall
Ghost town, haunted love
Raise your voice, sticks and stones may break my bones
I'm talking loud not saying much
I'm bulletproof nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am

May 01, 2018

Pam Garrison :: Studio Crescendoh July 28-29, 2018

Mixed Media Play
2-dayWorkshop :: July 28-29, 2018
with Pam Garrison

207 N. Broadway Street, Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Explore and expand your creative instincts with Pam Garrison as she guides you in exercises, demonstrations and play in mixed media art journals we’ll make on day one and wood panels she’ll provide. We’ll use water colors, acrylics, and other favorite mark making tools as she’ll bring all her favorite supplies to share. This class is appropriate for every level of artist.

Day One:
We’ll make mixed media art journals, crafted to be just your style, and then begin our experiments with mediums and marks on them. Lots of demonstrations, guided play touching on lettering, florals, doodling, colors, composition, abstract mark making.

Day Two:
We’ll take our play out of the pages and onto a wood panel that will be provided. We’ll continue our demonstrations and explorations and have great fun making art while learning and expanding your own creative instincts.

Please bring:
Favorite makers/pens/markers
Small selection of watercolor and acrylic brushes if you have them already
Water color set if you have one
Glue stick or favorite paper adhesive

All other materials will be provided. Class kit fee of $25 due and collected in class by the instructor.

  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Pam who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like C4 Deli, Chapter One4th Street Market, Cafe Calacas, and The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Pam who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM


  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies.

Please read class policies for Studio CRESCENDOh here. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.

JULY 28-19, 2018
Price :: 280

April 22, 2018

615 Abuelito

Tony615 Abuelito
18x24 inches :: acrylic on stretched canvas


This is a commissioned piece that I did for a client who wanted to honor his beloved abuelito. It was a joy to paint.

April 11, 2018

614 Cora

Cora614 Cora
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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This work is first dedicated to Cora, the protagonist in The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Through the pages of this book, I've escaped to places and escaped from places with Cora. Not just places but states of mind, states of emotion ... sometimes with intent and sometimes without. Magically, actually.

Cora's journey reminds me of the places I travel in terms of my emotions ... wanting to stay at an emotion and hold onto it ... but in spite of my strong will to either stay or to go, it seems that the traveling happens in spite of my will. I just wake up sometimes and think to myself ... why am I at peace? I wanted to stay in the grief. I wanted to stay in the hurt. How did I arrive at peace? And then another time I'll wake up and wonder how I got to melancholy when I was basking in the warmth of and joy of sun. Am I moving forward? Or am I weaving in and out of tracks real and imagined? Does joy rest in hurt? Does hurt rest in peace?

This work is also dedicated to singer, Michael J. Woddard, whose recent performance of Golden Slumbers by The Beatles took my breath away. And made me think that surely, once there was a way ... and perhaps a way still, as we weave in and out of tracks that might be underground and imagined or on the ground and under the real blue sky ... sometimes through our will and sometimes magically.


March 25, 2018

613 Stormy Weather

Stormy2613 Stormy Weather
20x20 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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March 24, 2018

612 Emma

Emma2612 Emma
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image of Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the Parkland massacre for this work. What an inspiration she is.

March 18, 2018

611 Flower Girl

Flowergirl611 Flower Girl
8x10 inches :: original watercolor/ink/gouache/pencil on paper, mounted on cradled wood with stapled dried flower and string wrapped and tied.

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I started this demo painting yesterday during my watercolor and gouache and ink and paper workshop and finished it today.

March 17, 2018

610 Pale Pink Dress

Dress610 Pale Pink Dress
8x10 inches :: Watercolor and ink and gouache and pencil on paper mounted on wood with masking tape


This is one of the demo works I made while teaching my watercolor and gouache class today in Studio Crescendoh.

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