Bruno Mars and The Killers

So I was among the lucky Time Warner customers that did not get to see half time when it was actually showing. This, by the way, was the only half time show I’ve ever been excited about because of Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, so I was pretty bummed. One of my friends was able to send me a link to the actual performance (and not a bunch of youtube trash named Bruno Mars Halftime Show that ended up being some random person talking about the performance) and WOW I was really inspired! Unfortunately that link is gone now, of course, but I was able to find one that works (just click on the pic below):


Bruno killed it on those drums!! What an entrance! The dancing, the singing, the splits! It was an amazing performance. And then The Red Hot Chili Peppers came out and rocked it! All the energy on the stage was great. What a cool musical pairing!


The night before this performance, I got to watch a DVR’d episode of “Live from the Artist’s Den” featuring my FAVORITE band of all time, The Killers! I was in awe. So inspiring to an artist, even though I’m a visual artist, to perfect my craft, to truly express myself, without fear, and 100% confidence. Brandon Flowers and the look in his eyes when he does what he does best, it is spellbinding. So that was my weekend, full of cooking and working of course, as usual, but two days of being completely inspired by music. I got the chills and the itch to create!



THE LOOK. IN THE EYES. That is what being an artist of any kind is all about.

Started Oil Painting Again!




I bought some wood panels that I had custom made from a local wood craftsman. He drilled holes in the back for easy hanging as well. I haven’t painted in oils in YEARS. My oil paints were mostly stuck together at the lid and took all of my strength to pry apart, but this was the result of yesterday’s painting session, not finished yet, but a happy work in progress!

Heavenly Skull at the Museum of Ventura County

Had a great time in Ventura today vending at the Museum of Ventura County. The weather was beautiful and had yummy Thai food from Rice on Main St. Didn’t make a lot of sales but made a lot of great contacts. The artists and creatives in the 805 are awesome! Very glad I ventured out today. I’ll be listing a lot of new items on etsy this week. For more info on my shop, check out!





Eating Fear: Epic Metal

Check out a local 805 band, Eating Fear!

Eating fear has been steadily growing not only locally, but internationally since 2011. Their band delivers a unique brand of metal, encompassing elements of the brutal Black/Death sound which can give way to beautiful; groove melodies and soundscapes. They are an epic experience in the extreme music scene. Using a creative and destructive force, Eating Fear demands your attention! With their history, music and intense live performances, they WILL have it!


Currently the band is actively touring with more well known metal acts such as Abigail Williams & Bonded By Blood. The band continues to plan national and international shows, so stay tuned!

Eating Fear artwork by Danny Meza
Eating Fear artwork by Danny Meza

Eating Fear artwork by none other than the extremely talented artist, Danny Meza!

Artist Spotlight: Luis Tinoco

I have the distinct pleasure of being in an art show with artist Luis Tinoco. The show is at Muddy Waters Coffee House in Santa Barbara, CA. If you’re in the area, go check it out! It will be up until November 30. The first time I found Luis’ art online it was this piece:


I was an instant fan! Here’s another one of my favorites:


Mr. Tinoco has been drawing since he was a kid, but got disillusioned with the lack of knowledge he was getting from college. He decided to take a short break and has since been mostly self taught. His work ranges from digital to traditional, but he prefers the traditional “because it’s more tangible.”

Currently, Luis is working on a series of portraits, mainly in oils. “The human face has always been a great fascination of mine. I’m working on a series right now in between creating work for shows, consisting of only females and comprised of influences from Casey Baugh, Shawn Barber, Aaron Nagle, David Kassan, Sean Cheetham and Tim Okamura.”

Here’s an example of a more recent oil portrait:


Beautiful! And here’s his piece from the Noches de Muertos: LOTERIA show at Muddy Waters in SB before it got framed:


Follow this artist at:

Instagram: grimhearts1985

Prints on Society6:



Preparing for art show and LEGO coaching

It’s been super busy since school started. Rocky and I have a pretty good rhythm down and are used to it being just the two of us during the day. CJ started his FLL LEGO Robotics league. Did I mention Carlos and I are coaching? It’s REALLY intense. It’s a lot more involved than the Jr FLL was. In any case, it’s really great to see him excel in this!

I’ve also got an art show coming up where both Carlos and I will have pieces up, and I will be vending as well. More info to come!

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