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The material you see here comes from that magical city, Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have been going through drawers as part of my decluttering project with The Life- changing Magic of Tidying Up- The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and found two collages, loads of beautiful art magazines and some cutouts. As mentioned […]

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“What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor any thing, that I hold as suspect as love, for it penetrates the soul more than any other thing. Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does. Therefore, unless you have those weapons that subdue it, the […]

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These collages are starting to need a change of byline for SketchBloom: Art Therapy. Oh well;) Above, a work in progress (and, darling aren’t we all?)..not sure which way it will go. In the midst of nude painting to be done from memory (and I have started sketching, too bad the final product won’t be […]

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As Stephen King used to address his imaginary interlocutor… Dear Reader, Conscious of my erratic posting frequency lately and sudden absences and reappearances, I feel it is right to append few words to this latest image and not once more slink out without, if not an explanation, at least a taste for things to come. […]

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The process… The story behind the collage base : When starting a new collage, I find I always need a catalyst, an incipit. In order to tell the visual narratives of my collage I always like to continue an imaginary dialogue started by another artist, graphic designer etc. The base of this latest collage is […]

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A beginning of a collage over my father’s drawing.

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  These collages start with a drawing my father sketches out on thin notebook paper; I then proceed to create possible scenarios. And this is the conversation at the end of the day with my mother, a retired judge — which i have entitled: Talking about art with my (practical, realist) mother [Me , retiring […]

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I have been thinking and wanting to explore collages again since this summer, when I was so inspired by Hector Perez and his students’ work with SoCal Ex–but not until today I finally acted on that impulse. I have two works done and one almost complete. Two to share, and one part of a larger, […]

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All images are from a research project completed by my student, Mariam Thomas, on Architects as Artists and their rendering/design techniques. The relationship between architecture and art, and the study of practitioners who are also artists (with the mindframe of artists), whose design process transcends design practices and pragmatism to include enlightment, discoveries and art- wonderings […]

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Painting and Collages

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On Sunday I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon at my friend Jana Freeman’s Way Art Yonder Studio for one of her monthly open studio days. I met Jana at my school, first we were friendly colleagues then mischievous friends, and now she is living the Dream running her own art studio and hosting […]

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I just got back from another lovely stay at my personal retreat away from the world and telephone connection: Bahía De Los Ángeles in Baja California, Mexico. I brought *all* my watercolor stuff with me (acquired some pretty awesome new pearly Japanese watercolor pods) but, typically, not watercolor paper- so the first experiment on drawing […]

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Dear Single Reader, You might have thought I had disappeared, and would be the third person in a week to ask me what happened to my sketchbloom…but I’m back for the summer. An international conference in Hong Kong , research writing /presentations and academia have absorbed me until the end of June…not to mention that […]

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I‘m working on a couple of deadlines ( or three) for another version of my Self-Storage Cities paper and related major presentation ( which involves writing a script and turning an academic paper into a story!). I am exploring new formats and taking layout and storytelling to the next level. The layout study above  is […]

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A Mi Tijuana Milton Ríos Spanish | English La olvidada, la 100 por ciento criticada!.. A la que puedes dar mil opiniones sobre ella La única que es coherente con su equilibrio Entre las cosas buenas y malas! La ciudad malvada… la maravillada, La llena de narcos! Artistas, multicolores y muchos tantos… Esta ciudad… ciudad […]

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Hello Stranger! In case you are wondering what happened to me and why I’ve gone M.I.A during the month of February and most of March, the board above is one of the reasons. As it happened in 2010, our school underwent an enormous accreditation visit, which meant preparing for months collecting, documenting and providing evidences. […]

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These ‘art therapy’ sessions did much good in helping me find time for art, but it is time to move on and find the discipline within me.

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  Another month of quickening days, of white skies, of scorching heat, of California monsoons has gone by. The weather in San Diego has been positively schizophrenic.  Life has been full (I dislike the word “busy”), heartbreaking and healing at turns, magic, adventurous, challenging and with an overall trend of daily progress towards balance, harmony […]

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Did you know I was a painter? I know, hard to tell from this blog, where I have focused ,on the art-making side, on drawing and collages ( no art studio, less place for canvases). But I was a painter, an acrylic one, before I learned how to draw, architecture and other things, before sketching, […]

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Not knowing where to start, we can start from here, from tonight. Of all the nights, why not tonight? I picked up my electronic pen, my fingertips, so many times, only to put it/them back in the drawer. Fragile, breakable souls…we get overwhelmed so easily…we take so much time to process. Life is always a […]

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Picture the two of you lamp-shopping at IKEA, orchestrating a from-scratch dinner, and generally being capital-T Together. Refinery29.com … No Te Enamores De Una Mujer Que Lee. [Do Not Fall in Love With A Woman Who Reads] By Martha Rivera-Garrido No te enamores de una mujer que lee, de una mujer que siente demasiado, de […]

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    On Being an Artist Noelle Kocot   Saturn seems habitual, The way it rages in the sky When we’re not looking. On this note, the trees still sing To me, and I long for this Mottled world.  Patterns Of the lamplight on this leather, The sun, listening. My brother, my sister, I was […]

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As promised months ago (ehm), finally, the  series on my larger-than-life father, Gianni Aiello, begins. My father is the son of a fisherman, and his life is the sea.  He is a true Calabrese, wandering about as a young man but returning to settle in his native land, by his Ionian shore.  After helping his […]

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These are visual notes of a different kind.

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An apropos message from the Universe tonight- in form of a collage. This is a promising exhibit at the UCSD University Art Gallery- up until December 6. In my non-teaching/working hours (very few since October) I have turned from an artist to a professional architecture/art/urban design event goer, organizer, supporter, disseminator and even instigator. I […]

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The fastest drawings, right before leaving. So many watercolor sheets to fill, and beautiful travel magazines to cut up for my collages. I had to leave them behind and go… Until another summer.

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Just completed a watercolor/collage on a drawing by my father.

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Bassemah takes on Ghadah

Earlier this year I acquired two books from my lovely blogsister Ghadah Alkandari at PrettyGreenBullet. One was to keep…the other to collage. Here I asked my dear friend Bassemah, of Palestinian origins, to respond to one of Ghadah’s drawings. She chose this one. We spent an afternoon doing art in her warm San Diego home, […]

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A Moon Over Berkeley [We Became Art for a Moment] There is no need to seek her For she is the Moon Her stunning face hangs over me Never lets a night go without The ache of her beauty Do you see the small star by her? Her shadow is cast over the city Like […]

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I was recently reunited with luggage lost 45 days ago. Three items were missing: a bottle of Cinema Eau De Parfum by Yves Saint Laurent, a beloved collaged orange umbrella bought in Barcelona and a pair of Sketchers shoes. Go figure. Immediately i set out to substitute my lost umbrella. As said in one Law […]

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I want to share these two poems by Ilyas Abu Shabaku, which were given to me as a gift. Poetry is a candle in a dark room: our job in this life may just be to burn as bright as torches, as bright and as alive and loud as we can, for each glorious day we have […]

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Nets To Rietta Wallenda Tightrope acrobats dance above safety nets (or not) Nerves taut like violin chords Pulsing on neck, tendons stiff. / The fisherman spreads his father’s nets Repaired a thousand times, damaged again He sews his wounds on the beach Fastens the corks The old man with the young eyes who listens to […]

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Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. From Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers Charles Simonds began building clay villages, ruins and what he termed ” dwellings for imaginary civilizations of little people” in the […]

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From The Best American Poetry:   The title of the book began as a very sophisticated literary joke, an allusion to John Donne’s “Meditations on Emergent Occasions.” But as sometimes happened in O’Hara’s poetry, the joke turned out to have a surplus of meaning. His poems are meditations — but not the kind that comes […]

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Well, this is no good! August is almost here and once again balmy summer days flew by with traveling, urban escapades and some R&R…while the postings have been mighty sparse. I have been a curious tourist in my own city and state, and, in between summer courses,  the roamings included a visit to Joshua Tree National Park, Much […]

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The Fabric City is finally finished! Yay! Back to collages and sketches now. From this… …to a process of cutting and puzzle-making… to this: Tomorrow the ‘city’  will be cut and applied to a presently plain backpack and signed. I also want to share this impromptu jewelry design, my second, kindly modeled! Finally, work inspired by […]

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“Here is a splendid volume from the Terry Gillam school of fictional photography… The book comes in a sturdy slipcase and features complex landscapes, painstakingly created, and digitally peopled by actors playing out scenes which conjure up a mystical Middle Eastern civilisation. Enigmatic, but beautiful.” AG Magazine “This is a beautifully structured text with an […]

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    Photo from Inspired Goodness.   Founded in 2008, Inspired Goodness is a custom invitation and paper goods studio located in Brooklyn, NY.   —————————————————————————-   Notable books:   A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines De La Fressange      

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    The Pretty Parking Lot   I have dreamt of perfect poems faded like dewdrops upon awakening   About mice and buildings built by men   Cities are sentences that haunt me   Book thieves, foreign movies… the line is thin between memories and reverie   The fog has lifted the rain felt soft […]

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    This is another collaborative work with my father. Some of the collage images are taken from the Muji catalog. Muji is an innovative design brand from Japan.

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The Flâneur: A Radical-Chic Icon

” There was the pedestrian who wedged himself into the crowd, but there was also the flâneur who demanded elbow room and was unwilling to forego the life of the gentleman of leisure. His leisurely appearance as a personality is his protest against the division of labour which makes people into specialists. It was also […]

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Oh, Valentine

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One more post before the month is over. I still have a lot of sketches to share and  am working on finding time to do some more collages (wow, the previous sentence needs to have more conviction to it!). Lots of changes going on around the world…. I am just sitting and seeing it all turn. […]

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    Christmas Day finds me in Amsterdam this year, on my way to Milano. Internet access may be intermittent the next few weeks, and while I plan to do art and sketch (well, as much sketching as subzero temperatures will allow), I won’t have my scanner so the quality of the drawings, collages and […]

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This has started to be a weekly blog, and I am not too happy about it. This Quarter has been so intense in a stupendous way: I am involved in a myriad of exciting projects at the school and became involved in new committees – and that has meant less free time, but an overall […]

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I noticed Jill Spurgin’s eyecatching work in a poster tucked in a stairway of my school. Naturally I had to investigate. She is having an Artist Reception here in San Diego. Jill Spurgin Embroidery and Textiles Friday November 19, from 5-8 PM Prudential California Realty Building 890 West Washington St. (corner of Washington & Goldfinch) […]

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Apologies for the absence of the recent days, I have so much to share, as always, yet the days have been filled with preparations for our Architecture school’s NAAB Accreditation. It is an all-school process and effort and we have all been preparing for months; there is an energy and purpose as we all pull […]

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I am fading out, but wanted to post few mementos from the weekend of Art I just had, from the San Diego Art Fair at The Hilton Downtown (missed the gallery:() Friday, to Barrio Logan on Saturday Sept. 5 with the events at Periscope (child of the dear Petar Perisic) and Space For Art (child […]

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Happy September. Post coming late today, but it is a new month and I hope this, my birthday month (yay) will be better than the last- and all summer for that matter.  Lots of challenges and growth but…they don’t call them growing pains for nothing. In my classes today we shared links on artists, visual notes, […]

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From St Loup’s secrets & lies: All you have to do is take these lies and make them true… …manier les mots, les soupeser, en explorer le sens, es une manière de faire l’amour, surtout lorsque ce qu’on écrit est inspiré par quelqu’un, ou promis à quelqu’un. Marguerite Yourcenar Quoi? L’Éternité, Paris, Gallimard, 1988, p. […]

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After some meetings today I stopped by the library, Futo coffee in hand, and indulged in my favorite Architecture periodicals: Domus, Architectural Review and Harvard Design Magazine. An article on Surrealist Houses launched an expansive search on the Architecture of René Magritte; will share some of the findings here. I am also thinking about watercolor […]

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Something eye-opening occurred at my school yesterday. I attended the exhibit for SoCal -Ex : Exploratory Design Workshop, completed by Professor Hector Perez and his students. Here are the specific of the Workshop: 6 Explorers Andrea Benavides/Alfredo Melly/Henry Palomino/Charles Santamaria/Nancy Tariga 25 Days July 12-August 5 10 Field Trips San Diego/La Jolla/Del Mar/San Juan Capistrano/Los Angeles/Santa […]

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From Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951). Cheshire Cat: Oh, by the way, if you’d really like to know, he went that way.  Alice: Who did?  Cheshire Cat: The White  Rabbit.  Alice: He did? Cheshire Cat: He did what?  Alice: Went that way.   Cheshire Cat: Who did?   Alice: The White Rabbit.   Cheshire Cat: What rabbit?   Alice: […]

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Soundtrack of  ‘Apart’ Soundtrack of  ‘The Center cannot hold’ Soundtrack of ‘Spooning (one. is broken)’ More on Gordon Matta-Clark

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What have you been doing? I’ve been reading about Utopian Architecture and speaking Art with my wonderful students. I’ve been breaking LCD monitors and buying inferior ones on Craigslist (which does not have a return policy). I have decluttered my place, simplified my life (hello facebook/Big Brother withdrawals), embraced yoga and precariousness. I have been […]

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I spent the better part of last night ‘curating’ and putting up a small show of my students’ work. Last quarter I promised my Neoclassic to Modern Art students I  would organize an exhibit of their art in the main foyer of our school and I am happy to announce that that’s one promise kept:) […]

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Art is a wound turned into light. Georges Braque (Thank You Lamees)

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This was my small parting gift to my art-sister Ghadah. I went to Kuwait without a proper gift for her, so I thought I would leave her with a low-tech collage, on tracing paper, of my trip. In keeping with the theme of censorship, which fascinated me- and was the basis for a project of a […]

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San Francisco – Cafe’ De La Presse Legendary Literary Cafe’ a stone’s throw from the French Embassy.  The staff’s uniforms were très French, the atmosphere European, and the cappuccino was ….flawless. All photographs taken with Lumix (Panasonic) camera, Leica wide lens. San Diego: Newschool of Architecture and Design – Cafe’ A la Carte Bringing coffee, culture […]

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I‘m back. I have been asked to write a post on my sketching tools, and it took a while to organize my ‘shooting session’. Also, less than ten days ago, the unthinkable happened: my artist pouch went missing.  This was followed by a period of ‘mourning’ and this drawing to put on a sign (yes, I am […]

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On Sunday November 1, I was graciously invited by students from my school to join in a field trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. On the way there, we watched a video about the design and construction of the museum, and the controversy between the architect, Richard Meier, and the artist, Robert Irwin. […]

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F R A G M E N T S is a series that I am starting to ‘salvage’ pieces of artworks in my digital trunk. I sometimes find old artwork that, while it may not work perfectly on the whole, still contains interesting textures or details. The image above is part of a larger digital […]

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I have been experimenting with sepia tones done using espresso and with watercolors. I am teaching a Rendering and Delineation class and the work done as demonstration for the students was great inspiration to continue sketching and using different ways to color the initial drawing. I suggested to my students a technique that I found […]

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UPDATE: Great timing. NYT just published an article on Polyvore 11 hours ago! The site will now get a lot of attention. You know you heard about it first here;) This collage was created with Polyvore, an online tool which allows users to compose collections using everyday objects of consumptions.   More than a game, […]

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It all started with a visit to the Desert Garden at the Huntington Library. As I was shooting the cacti, these fragile, blue-green plants, the image of a community came to mind, a community that had the desert garden for habitat, where nature functioned thanks to symbiosis. I thought about overlaying the images of the […]

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My portfolio albums:  please click on the tabs on top of the page for my in-progress portfolio of work. Drawing Painting and Collages Photography Check back often as I am digitizing all my work:) …this is a Long awaited moment. I wanted to have my small corner of the online galaxy since 2002, and I […]

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