Artistic inspiration fills the streets for the Canoga Park Art Walk Artists and families gathered Aug. 16, 2013, at the Canoga Park Art Walk, where crowds came to experience artists create murals in real time.
LA.COM wanted to know what inspired the artists as well as what three paintings they would buy if they had all the money in the world to do so.
The live artists painting during Art Walk were Levi Ponce, Tommy Face, Changes and Booleep. Art vendors included Duke Santiago, Adam Garrett, Monica Adrian and Chris "Ralski" Amesquita.
LA.COM caught up with San Fernando muralist Levi Ponce, the talented artist whose most recent work was 'A tribute to Michelangelo' at Continental Arts Art supplies store. Ponce was painting a portrait of TV's The Fonz on Owensmouth north of Sherman way:
When asked if he felt a lot of pressure doing live paintings, he said, "Not really. It's the same thing. I picked the best show of all, (and) I get to perform with my back toward the audience, so I don't have to worry about the rest. If you're shy, you can just turn around and not look at (people)."
LA.COM asked Ponce if he was a graffiti artist, though he said he is not, if you go by the typical graffiti-style standards: He does not use spray cans, which are a big part of graffiti culture. He owns an airbrush but does not use it in his paintings.
The three pieces of art Ponce would buy are Michelangelo's,"The Pietà," Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper," and Raphael's self-portrait.
Also painting at the event was Los Angeles native Tommy Face, a local, independent artist and founder of the Ignorant Art Collective. Face's work is reminiscent of American Indian totem poles. When asked if these inspired him, he stated, "I think a lot of Old World tribal kind of art inspires me, like Aztec, Mayan ... old Viking stuff like the brutish faces that are really expressive is what I'm most interested in." He strives to bring independent art and community art together.
The three paintings Tommy Face would buy are all created by the same artist, C215, which is the moniker of Christian Guémy, a French street artist hailing from Paris who has been described as France's answer to Banksy. C215 primarily uses stencils to produce his art.
Vendors also included Duke Santiago, who is self-taught and inspired by other artists in Los Angeles. He decided to try the arts and has only been painting a year and a half. His paintings included poems that spanned across multiple canvases. His inspirations are the City of Los Angeles and bright colors.
LA.COM asked Santiago if his art-style was influenced by Surrealism, he responded, "I dig symbolism, double meanings, and reality being malleable to our perceptions, along with experimenting with a variety of styles, imagery, and color."
Duke Santiago three pieces of art he would buy would be ,"the piece you want to buy
First-time vendors at this event included Adam Garrett of Stain Glass Car-toons. His art is inspired by hotrods, and the dark and lusty things in life. All his work is about low-riders, classic cars from the '50s, and tattoo art. Garrett describe his art as being kind of like Norman Rockwell but hardcore, a little slice of life with a little Americana from the past but slightly more edgy. Garrett grew up as a punk rocker and rockabilly. He was into greasers and a time when things were different. His art can be found at the NohoArtist Village in North Hollywood and at Venice Beach. The three pieces of art he would buy are a Salvador Dali, an M.C. Escher and a Norman Rockwell.
Also displaying his art in Canoga Park was Chris "Ralski" Amesquita, whose wicked art is based on his trials with his health. He takes those who look at his art on a conceptual journey to explore your "MHNHN" (imagination). Having had multiple stomach operations, he expressed the experience through art. "To me, life is about taking chances, experiencing both good and bad, and challenging yourself to face obstacles while having fun with the madness rather than hiding from it. It's one thing to talk about what you are going to do and another thing to share what you have done." He can be found at ralski.com
Designers Daniel Cervantes from Mela's Closet Huesito's Charms had charms and designs handmade jewelry. Cervantes customizes clothes with her paintings on denim, she does all the artwork on the denim jackets, she will customize, bleaches, dye, rip them up, and distresses them for a unique style. She designs handmade jewelry . She can be found at melascloset.com and contacted at email@example.com
Fine artist Molly Rutschman was set up at participating business Green Thumb Nursery, she has been a participant at least 3 times. Her works on display consisted mostly of watercolors, which is the (in this writers opinion) a most difficult medium to master. "I started out with acrylics ,as soon as I tried watercolors they moved and moved together and I loved that in facts so I have been sticking with that." She encourages everyone to try them. Molly Rutschman is a licensed educational school psychologist.She works with the learning disabled and is also a school psychologist.
As well as Jake Freeland who is inspired by the he 3 primary colors, had some psychedelic paintings on display.
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