Week 15 – Artist Conversation – Patricia Martin

Artist: Patricia Martin

Exhibition: Art Galleries Holiday Sale

Media: Different clothing materials and natural colors

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: patriciamartinartist.com

Instagram: N/A

Patricia is working on her Masters in Fine Arts at CSULB. This week, only some of her art was displayed as part of the Holiday Sale. She had several scarves on sale. She uses beautiful natural colors in her scarves. She worked on color reproduction as an undergraduate.  An example of how to make natural colors that she shared with us was boiling bugs, leaves, and bark together and then put the material in that solution. Patricia has her own business where she teaches art privately. Her lessons can be found at her website.


Most of these scarves in the picture above were made by Patricia. She is clearly very talented in creating materials and beautiful colors. The colors found on her scarves are very natural earthy-looking colors with the occasional rose-like pink.

They are not the kind of clothing I would personally wear, but I have seen many other people, mostly women, wear scarves much like hers. I think they are beautiful and very well made.


Week 15 – Art Activity – Finger Painting

This week I did some fingerpainting! It made me feel like a little kid again. It was strange not using a brush, but also very fun. I just wish I had more paint to work with. It was actually easier than I expected. I thought painting something abstract would be difficult, but it was actually quite easy and fun! I wasn’t stressed about making something that actually looked like an object. I just threw some colors on paper and went wild with my fingers. The fact that I wasn’t aiming to make anything in particular while fingerpainting already makes it very different from our graffiti activity, for which we were spray painting our name. Also, the method of painting was obviously different. I actually found it much easier to control what I wanted to make using the spray paint than my fingers.

Wk14 – Art Activity – Instagram

This week, the class had to post at least 4 photos each on Instragram with the hashtag #art110f16. It didn’t take much work on any of our parts, but I think it made a really beautiful and diverse collage of images.

Some of these images are beautiful in their own right, while others may just be okay looking photos of random objects or scenes. BUT, when you smash them all together in this collage type thing that results after searching the hashtag, you get this beautiful series of images. I uploaded two screenshots of differents sections of the images next to each other. I enjoy looking at this set of images as a whole and then going into each individual photo and analyzing them. It’s amazing what can be done with technology and websites like Instagram. I barely used my Instagram before this activity, but this kind of inspired me to be more active on it.

Here are some of the images I posted myself.

Wk14 – Classmate Conversation – Daniel Schmitz

This week I met with my classmate Daniel Schmitz. He is a super senior studying molecular and cellular biology. He’ll be graduating this spring and is going to apply to the Stemcell Biotechnology Certificate Program. He’s currently gaining experience in scientific research by working in Dr. Pace’s lab at Cal State Long Beach. In his free time, he likes to play guitar and board games. He also has a couple dogs and a couple chickens (kind of unusual for someone in southern California). I asked him the QOTW “what do you think college will be like in 2036?” His answer was that he thinks colleges will move away from sitting in a classroom and become more web-based with all the advances in technology we’re having. However, he thinks that overall it won’t change much because the college learning environment is somewhat a long-standing tradition. I agree with Daniel for the most part, but I think technology is going to become increasingly pervasive in college. Here’s a picture of me and this goofy guy!


ABRCMS Poster Presentation


This week I attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. I had a fantastic experience at this conference. I presented a poster on my research and had to present it to three different judges over the period of an hour and a half for a chance to win a poster presentation award. I thought I knocked my presentation out of the park with the first and third judges, but I didn’t think the second one went so well because I couldn’t seem to get the idea across to him. BUT! I was awarded one of the poster presentation awards!! So, I must have done well enough to impress the second judge as well. I was super excited! Other than my poster presentation, I talked to many recruiters at different graduate school programs. It was a great networking opportunity for me and I am definitely happy that I attended the conference this year.

Wk11 – Artist Conversation – Kyle Kruse

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Film, Sculpture, and wood

Gallery: Marylyn Werby Gallery

Website: kylekruseart.com

Instagram: kyle.kruse

Kyle is finishing up his last semester of his BFA in Print Making at CSULB. After he graduates, he has intentions of moving to the United Kingdom or to New York. He is considering pursuing an MFA in Visual Anthropology. He is particularly interested in Greek mythology and it inspires most of his work.


Much of Kyle’s work makes use of dark imagery. The wooden mask that he carved is very jagged and looks as though parts of it are burnt. The first image shows another wooden sculpture that is much smoother to the touch but has images on it that tend to be more jagged.

Kyle said that he is trying to create a very sensory experience for everyone that comes to this exhibit. He tries to make use of visuals, smells, and touch. He wants everyone that experiences this exhibit to feel something about it even if they just think it is dark and creepy.

I think he did a great job of accomplishing this. His exhibit made me feel spooked as soon as I entered. I was intrigued though. His work is great and made me want to understand it more. It was creepy and interesting at the same time.