8/29/11

More Progress -

Steadily working on the painting... I am painting a bit slower this week and I am choppin it up to the heat, day job and spider bites! Should be completed tomorrow though and I am so excited to get the final piece to the client!

8/27/11

"For Better Or Worse" by A.V.I.U.S. available now!

$5.00 !?! That is a STEAL! AVIUS again does not disappoint with his solo project which includes production and lyrics from some heavy hitters in the game!  Head on over to PRIME ELEMENTs website PrimeElement.com to purchase this album in hard copy. 
 This is Denver hip hop yall!
The album art work was produced by none other then Delton Demarest. This is an original concept, executed with oil paint and I am sure you will all agree, phenomenal! Please check out Deltons work and more images for the album here---> DeltonDemarestArts.com
For Better or Worse Track list

1.For Better or Worse (produced and cuts by DJ Babu /dilated peoples)

2.Carry it Home (feat Rhias / Air dubai)

3. Think of the Day (produced by Metty Dertmerchant / sweatshop union)

4. Same ol' Line (feat Fashawn and Evidence /dilated peoples)

5.Beyond the Haze (produced and feat. Metty Dertmerchant / sweatshop union)

6.. Nightmares (produced by High Res / fresh breath commitee)

7. Stressed (produced by Metty Dertmerchant and feat. Mos Eisley / sweatshop union)

8. Think of the Day remix (produced by Es NIne)
**all cuts by: Dj Cysko Rokwel except song 1
***Album art by Delton Demarest The album art work was produced by none other then Delton Demarest. This is an original concept, excuted with oil paint and I am sure you will all agree, phenominal! Please check out Deltons work and more images for the album here. DeltonDemarestArts.com

8/25/11

A quick peek - a bit o' progress

Just a quick little update on my commission. This is a 24"x30" wood panel. I am really into painting larger as of late! I will have more photos to post later ^__~

8/22/11

Commissioned Painting - Sketch

This is the final sketch for a painting I have been commissioned for by a lawyer in Phoenix AZ. I am incredibly excited to paint this!!! It was inspired by the beauty and strength of the Chicana woman and the natural sexual power women possess. It is also a inspired by Dia de Los Muertos, a traditional holiday honoring the dead. Check back during the week for some progress and a completed image!

8/16/11

A new ETSY SHOP ! ! !

I have created a new Etsy shop to further promote my work and purchasable items. I will mostly be putting prints for sell as well as smaller paintings and other items on this site. I will have more items posted by months end! I will post here when things become available for purchase! The link to my shop is

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KarmaLeighta?ref=pr_shop

I have this print for sale if interested!

8/13/11

THE CITY WE LOVE - ART SHOW TONIGHT IN SF!

The City We Love


941 Geary is pleased to present The City We Love, a large-scale group exhibition of works from artists living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. The show is co-curated by Justin Giarla and local graffiti practitioner APEX, and features new work from artists actively engaged in San Francisco’s graffiti and street art culture. The opening reception is on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 6-9 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through September 3.

Justin and APEX came together to organize this exhibition, with the shared motivation of wanting to show what’s going on right here, right now. The resulting exhibition is a modest sampling of what’s happening in the streets and studios of San Francisco, including work by locals APEX, Casey Gray, Chad Hasegawa, Chor Boogie, David Ball, D Young V, Ezra Li Estmont, Hugh Leeman, Jesse Hazelip, John Felix Arnold, Luke Todd, NEON, Siloette, Teen Witch and Vogue. With backgrounds as diverse as their respective artistic styles, the collection of works featured by this group of artists are as entrenched in conversation with each other in the gallery space as they are in the streets. 941 Geary’s expansive space serves as an ideal backdrop to the work: bold, graphic, daring, surprising and as unique as the city itself.

From the curators:

“I just felt that it was time to focus on doing a show with just San Francisco artists, there’s a stronger community in San Francisco than people realize. The artists that we work with are here because they love it, they could easily make it in Los Angeles or New York, but they (just like us) choose to be here.” – Justin Giarla

“There are always lots of (San Francisco-based) artists that get picked up and taken out of the city, you know, to play on the international street art scene. But this is the place they call home, and just from a street art perspective – we’re getting some locals together to see just what’s happening here in our streets, right now. It just seemed like something we need to do.” -APEX

Established in 2010 in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, 941 Geary is an innovative exhibition space housed in a 3,000 square foot converted warehouse. 941 Geary highlights the works of internationally recognized contemporary artists and provides them with a space in which to activate the projects, installations, and exhibitions that push the boundaries of their own creative practice. Building on the success of White Walls and Shooting Gallery, curator Justin Giarla dedicates this exhibition space as a gift to San Francisco, offering its programming to the local and global arts venue as a way to engage in a cross-cultural dialogue and present 941Geary as the flagship gallery of the Urban Contemporary genre.

Media Opportunities:

Interview with the artists featured in The City We Love

Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla

Interview with co-curator and graffiti artist APEX

High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information:

The City We Love: An Exhibition of Bay Area Artists
Opening Reception – August 13, 2011, 6-9 pm
On View Through September 3, 2011,
@ 941 Geary (www.941geary.com)
941 Geary St,
San Francisco, CA


http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100238360078420

A few new sketches!


8/11/11

Mane Rok & DeeJay Tense "This One's" (Timeline remix)

Our friends have made an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G song and have also had an equally amazing video produced for it. I was a participant in the video as well!

Tonight there will be a viewing at CHAC Please come check this out!

6 remixes have been commisioned of "This One's" by various members of Colorado Hip-Hop.


Each remix is being sold at www.manerok1.bandcamp.com with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Denver Cop Watch.

Ever been to a book signing that included an acclaimed Hip-Hop video and musician? Well, that's what we've got going on August 11 from 5:30-7:30 at CHAC in downtown Denver!

Derek Blass, author of the recently released cop thriller entitled, "Enemy in Blue," and Mane Rok, a Denver MC who just released an amazing video for his song "This One's," have teamed up to bring the issue of police brutality to your consciousness. Both of their work pays homage to incidents of police brutality in Denver, such as the murders of Frank Lobato and Paul Childs.

Come watch a showing of the video for "This One's," get the free food and drinks while they last, and buy "Enemy in Blue" or get your copy signed. This is the perfect opportunity to support your local artists that have the tenacity to deal with cutting edge issues!

"Enemy in Blue" is available for purchase on Amazon, at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Enem​y-Blue-Derek-Blass/dp/0615​481035/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&​qid=1312305796&sr=8-1

8/8/11

* My first major accomplishment *


During my sophomore year in high school I decided to enter a school-wide contest to design our high school flag. I went to Evergreen high school - the home of the cougars. I came up with this design which beat 24 other students and I also won a $100! At the time, I was an incredibly shy kid and was forced to walk from the top bleachers down to the gymnasium floor to accept the award in front of our entire school. Embarrassed... but incredibly excited! Then, during my senior year in high school, Alumni Jeff Ashby, an astronaut with NASA was embarking on a flight into space and wanted to take something from Evergreen High with him...Lucky for me it was the flag! The article is about the flight and Jeff Ashby which I recently found going through old photos with my grandfather, and the flag is in a glass case still on display at Evergreen High School. I have tried numerous times to find out where they made the flag to try and get one for myself but the info is long gone and I have no idea when they stopped flying it. This is the actual flag which flew in space ^__^
Here is a link to the space flight info! http://www.spacefacts.de/mission/english/sts-93.htm

8/2/11

FINALLY! A full image!


A full shot of a painting I previously posted. The painting is 2'x3' and was done for my wonderful little sister who is leaving this week for Law School! I am SO incredibly proud of her and thrilled for the adventure and lessons which await on the California coast :) I am also excited to have a warm beach to visit!