Sunday, 30 August 2009


Me and Tony went to Autobody today and got offered another show for next year.  Mine is going to happen June/ July.  I'll have lots of new pieces by then hopefully it will all connect :)

Saturday, 29 August 2009

An Art Exhibition Opportunity

Hey Hot Tamales,

I was trying to find a library around me so I could do research and I found an announcement for an art exhibition opportunity -talk about serendipity. I know it's not a "hot spot" location, but it's publicity and it gets your names around the Bay Area. I'm copying and pasting it for you guys if you're interested.

-Leslie Ann

San Mateo Public Library invites local artists to exhibit their
work at the San Mateo Main Library and at City Hall.
In October, the Art Exhibit Selection Committee will be reviewing art and
photography for inclusion in hanging exhibits in the galleries and artwork
for display in cases. The Committee is seeking art that represents the diversity
of our community, varied artistic styles and mediums. The jury process will
be for exhibitor bookings from January 2010 through December 2010.
Potential 2-dimensional exhibitors must have a minimum of fifteen (15)
pieces available to hang for the duration of the six-week exhibit period.
The Library has one display case on the 2nd floor for 3-dimensional artwork
and two locked glass cases are available at City Hall. Art pieces may be
available for sale, but that is not a requirement for exhibiting. Artists
interested in exhibiting are required to submit a CD with 5 to 10 examples
of their work and a completed Exhibitor Request Form (attached). In lieu
of submitting a CD, you may provide your website address with the specific
works you want the committee to view. Complete art galleries exhibition
details can be found in the Application Guidelines (attached).
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 5:00 PM.
Additional copies of the Application Guidelines and the Request Form can
be picked up at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West Third Avenue or
downloaded from the Library’s website:

Friday, 28 August 2009

A Painting -Only a Close-Up

I had to get some business cards prepared since I will be going to an event. As I was working on them, I took a picture of a close-up of one of my paintings. I thought that I would share a couple of the close-ups with you guys so you can see what I’ve been up to lately. I greatly apologize that what you are about to see will be of great disappointment when compared to the other Tamale works that have been posted. I guess that’s why I should just stick to writing. Anyways…

I couldn’t get a full shot of my painting, because my studio is a little cramped right now since I’m stretching a bunch of canvases (I’m working on a series using mixed-media. Each painting is 36”X36” –yes, I'm working with squares). When I get more room in there, I’ll attempt to get standard-sized pictures of some of my completed pieces.

And now, let the criticizing begin.

A Close-Up

An Even Closer Close-Up

Happy viewing,

Leslie Ann

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Mariah Carey Subliminal Interest in Us Tamales

It's true. Check it out at 0:31 and witness how she already pretends to be one us!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Zeitgeist Opening Featuring Victor, Tony, and Apryl

We had a show including a couple of us tamales and it was no joke.  The work was seriously very interesting and I would go as far to say it was BETTER than most Oakland art murmur openings.  If you get a chance you should totally check it out, more details at  In this post: some tamales art in the show.  (By the way, Tony's new piece blew me away, very sophisticated)

Tuesday, 18 August 2009


More progress with my Koi and Fish theme! As you may have known, I have an interest in Kirigami and other kinds of paper cutting. Being able to make detailed and intricate works from paper is a challenge, and its really engaging, drawing with a knife! So, for inspiration I started looking at the Chinese traditional art of Jianzhi, as well as other forms from all over the world.

Here are some examples of paper cuttings that I've done recently. The red fish was my first one, done on origami paper. The black and white fish was 2nd, and I used black Artigan paper for that one.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009


Look at how sweet computer art looks! I did all with vectors in Illustrator.  I'm thinking maybe to do a show entirely digital.  I guess I would have editions like printmaking but if I get to work on it the pieces would be at least 5' x 5' .  I was also considering doing a digital/ traditional painting collage.  You know, just something to bring this new medium to a better light from the designer side to the fine art side.

I could also print out big stencils ;)

Monday, 10 August 2009

Here's a teaser of one of the pieces that I'm going to include into the "zeitgeist" show.

This is a photo showing just one component of the whole artwork. I was experimenting with this piece but I also had a a basis of what I wanted before I started. WHat I thought was interesting while I was working on this piece, was that I was discovering and adding a lot to the piece while I was making it. That's one thing about art-making that is intriguing to me.

Sorry that I can't post the pictures of the final piece, but if you can make it to autobody fine arts gallery in Alameda on the 21st then you'll be able to see it and plenty of other artist's works.
Let me go ahead and post the link for that show.

Hope you can make it.


Wednesday, 5 August 2009


So I tried out some Xylol (am emulsifier) today, md the results were very disappointing. I was hoping to get nice bold and clear results from the rubbings but I only got some very light and grainy transfers.

I was going to use this technique to create a neat collage effect with some cut outs i made, but I'll have to try something else now. All is not lost though, I can still draw over this and use some water colours or acrylic washes to bring some life into my idea.

By the way! I discovered a *new* drawing technique! I can draw on cheap tracing paper and then colour over it with markers and use a colourless blender to melt the colours together creating a "watercolour" effect. After that, I draw over the marker with coloured pencil and create extremely bold highlights. When the object is placed on top of a white or black background, it glows and pops off the paper; it's pretty neat!


Sunday, 2 August 2009

Self Portrait

I'm working on this self-portrait.  I guess I decide to start one because I just graduated and it'd be interesting to see how I see myself after all these years.