For this activity I saw many pictures taking place in outdoor areas so I decided to take my death in doors and create a realistic scene. This was a really fun activity to do and have a great time setting up and trying to make it look as realistic was possible. These type of projects allow me to get creative and get a little out of my comfort zone which is pretty cool.


Wk10-Partner Interview-Christian Espinoza

This week for my partner interview I paired up with Christian Espinoza and was able to learn a lot about him in a small amount of time. Christian is from Harbor City which is not to far from Long Beach and is one of the reasons why Christian decided to attend CSULB since he wanted to stay close to home. This is his first year attending CSULB as a freshmen and is currently majoring in English but he said that there is a possibility that it could change. Christian comes from a pretty large family which was something we had in common since i also come from a big family and we were both able to agree that being an only child would suck. Family is really important to Christian, as it should be, and told me that without his family a lot of things in his life wouldn’t have been possible.

Aside from the general information i was able to find out about Christian we were able to talk about the hobbies that interest us. Christian told me that one thing he enjoys doing as a hobby is playing the guitar and has been a hobby since he was eight. He has been is several bands overtime but didn’t really enjoy the experiences he had when being in a band. Christian is still pursuing a career in music as he goes to school but he doesn’t see music as a main priority he sees it more as a hobby and he is hopeful his talent will get noticed. I was also able to find out that Christians favorite type of food is any kind of asian food but he is specifically a big fan of Korean BBQ, which was something we definitely had in common. Another thing we had in common was that we were both animal lovers and we were both owners of dogs who are very dear to our heart. Christian also enjoys going to the beach on his free time and loves to boogie board with his friends usually on the weekend.

I had a very interesting conversation with Christian and was able to learn a lot about him. We had many things in common which was really cool and exciting. Christian seems like he is a very self motivated person with a bright future and I can see him being really successful in the future. I was glad to talk to him because i was able to find out a lot of things about him that I probably wouldn’t know about him by just seeing him.

Wk10-Maggie Freed-Artist Interview

For this week I chose an art piece by Maggie Freed, which wasn’t titled but spoke for itself through the beautiful colors in the oil canvas. The oil canvas consisted of different shades of pink, red, black and all the colors complimented one another making this a beautiful canvas. I felt like the artist really emphasized on the colors because of the fact that she wanted the viewers to catch her message through the colors. Since this was a really abstract piece of art it quickly caught my attention and I tried my best to interpret what message the artist was trying to communicate to us. After standing there and just staring at the canvas, the colors began to make me feel a certain way and I was finally able to come up with my own interpretation of the art piece.

Since there was a lot of red in the canvas I got this feeling of love and passion since red is a color of intense emotion. I also realized that the canvas consisted of a lot of shades of black which is the complete opposite of red which made me think why the artist would mix these colors together. Through my own interpretation I felt like the artist was trying to interpret how the feelings of love battle with the feelings of hate and how it is a constant battle in life. I felt like the different shades of each color where a representation of when we have mixed emotions and we can’t decide on how to feel so we are not completely one sided on a certain emotion. Emotions are everything and play a major factor on how we live our lives and I felt like that was the message the artist was trying to get across to its viewers. This abstract piece of art made me think a lot which is why it really caught my attention because I like to analyze and reflect when viewing other peoples artistic work. I wanted to know if my interpretation of the art work was correct or not so I decided to look for Maggie and here what where her real intentions behind the canvas.

When talking to Maggie she said that the main purpose of her work was to explore anxiety and fear which made a lot of sense considering the colors. My interpertation was obviously wrong but what I did get right was that her canvas did represent emotion and she was really happy to hear I got that vibe from her art work. She told me that everyone interprets art differently and no matter if the artists does have a meaning behind an art piece the only thing that matters is that it made an impact in someones life. Art wasn’t meant to be straight forward it was meant to be abstract so that we take the time to appreciate its beauty. This was a really cool canvas that got me thinking really hard, which I enjoy, and was a piece of art I wouldn’t mind hanging on my own wall.  Maggie has a lot of talent and I could see her being really successful in the future because of her great artistic abilities.


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Wk9-Partner Interview- Jonathan Garcia

For the partner interview this week I paired up with Jonathan Garcia and really enjoyed our conversation. Jonathan is a third year at Cal State Long Beach and says he has enjoyed every minute of his college career. For Jonathan the college experience has really changed his life and has allowed him to learn more about himself as a person as the years have progressed. He is from South Gate which is not to far from Long Beach so Jonathan is pretty familiar with the area and its perks. At the moment he is undeclared but claims he wants to major in health care administration and has been taking classes towards that major but just hasn’t declared yet. He comes from a big family and enjoys that since he is always able to talk to something when something important comes up. We were able to relate in this area because I also come from a big family which is great because I always have someone there for me or someone to just hangout with when I’m bored.

One thing we really had in common was that we both are really into cars. we had an extensive conversation about cars and their mechanics and had very similar thoughts. His favorite type of cars are Chevrolets and mostly the older more classic ones that are very rare. My favorite car are Porches which is a commonality since we both like cars with speed and muscle. One thing that I found really interesting is that he is very involved in drag racing and has been to many drag racing events and explained to me all the details of the events, which made me want to go to one someday. His favorite type of music is Hip-Hop and most rap as long as it is not too main stream. He really enjoys to listen to politically attacking music because he likes to hear what others have to say about certain issues going on in the world. Jonathan is also a proud owner of a red nose pit bull  which is very dear to his heart since it has been in his family since he was an infant.

Jonathans main goal in life is to help others and make a difference in someones life by doing so. He believes that if we give back to the community sooner or later the community will give back to us as individuals. Jonathan believes that we all have a purpose in life and if we don’t act on it and make an impact on this earth then our lives are not meaningful. Jonathan is a very wise young man and it was good to have a conversation with him because I learned a lot about him as a person and his beliefs.

Wk9-Christine Hudson-Artist Interview

For this week the art piece I chose was by Christine Hudson, which was exhibited in the Merlino Galllery. This art piece caught my attention right away as soon as I walked into the gallery because of the fact that it was located on the floor and it consisted of what seemed to be hundreds of teeth. This piece was a little out of the ordinary since it isn’t an everyday thing to walk into a room with hundreds of teeth on the floor which I found a little weird. I didn’t walk in because I was sure if we could walk into the gallery because I was really scared to walk on the ceramic teeth that were placed on the floor and to have precaution i just decided to look from outside the gallery. This piece was mind bobbling for me because I had no idea what the art project meant or what it represented so I knew I had to do my research on it.

After asking questions and doing my research I found out that the art piece was inspired by one of her friends that had committed suicide. She was in the middle of an art project that required her to make ceramic teeth when she heard the news, which took a great toll on her. As a stress reliever she decided to keep making ceramic teeth to try to cope with her friends death and from there she decided to turn it into an art piece. When I heard this story it really touched me and moved me because it made me realize that we need to cherish the people that we love because one moment they can be here and the next they can be gone. This piece was very inspiring and I love art that has a meaning behind it because it makes it that more special.

This art piece didn’t have a variation of colors nor did it have any fancy details but it was an art piece that came from the heart. It was an art piece that has a story behind it and emotion behind it which makes it that much more of a special project. This has been one of my favorite projects of the year simply because of the inspiring story behind it and the artist motivation. The artist had a message she wanted to get out through her art and wanted to create something that people can remember her friend by, which is very moving. Christine is a very talented artist with a good heart and I can’t wait to see what other art projects see has in store.

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Wk8-Partner Interview-Albert Macias

For the partner interview I paired up with Albert Macias and found out very interesting facts about him. Albert is a local from Long Beach who graduated from Warren High School from the class of 2014 and was very active at his high school. He was part of his marching band in high school and was part of the leadership group that set up big events at school such as rallies and sports events. I was also able to find out that he is really musically talented and is able to play three instruments, which he learned as he grew up. Albert is a business major and has the hopes to someday get involved in the fashion business and has had this thought ever since he can remember.

His family has been involved in the fashion business in some sort of way for a long time. His mom started off in the fashion business when she came over to the United States at the age of 16 to make a living and ever since her children have followed her foot steps. His brother is also currently involved in the fashion industry and wants to keep the tradition going and also get into the fashion industry since it is his passion. One of his main goals as of now is that he is trying to create his own brand to sell his own clothing which will target people who struggle financially. he is planning on making clothing that is quality and affordable for everyone that way more people will be interested in his clothing.

Albert has many great ideas and is a very talented young man. I can see him being really successful in the fashion industry and I would definitely buy some of his clothing. I had a very interesting and fun conversation with Albert and was able to get to know him a little more as a person which was really cool. I wish him all the luck in reaching his goals and dreams and i wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up with a big clothing line.

Wk8-Artist Interview-Christopher Wilden

The art piece I chose this week was from the “Then and Now” exhibit by Christopher Wilden and it was a portrait that demonstrated two hands in a prayer position with the words “Tap to Pray” at the top. What made me pick this art piece was the fact that as I was observing the piece I realized that in between the hands there was a phone, which really sparked my attention. The art piece was very simple and there wasn’t much to see but when I see art like this I know there has to be a greater meaning to it. I started to analyze the portrait and tried to interpret what the artists message was and had a hard time trying to think of something but then something moved me and I was able to interpret the portrait in a way that really touched me.

When people tend to pray they tend to focus on one thing and that is meditating on God and canceling out all distractions that can ruin their focus. What I interpreted from the phone being in the prayer hands was that now a day because of all the technology that is given to us, we don’t take the time to focus on one thing and enjoy the beauty of life. We are so distracted by all the technology put in front of us that we don’t take the time to appreciate everything going on around us and the things that are actually important. I feel like the artist was trying to communicate to us that we need to stop idolizing the materialistic things and pay more attention to the things that actually can effect us or the people that actually care for us. We are so consumed by technology that it has made us a very anti-social world compared to how it used to be. we need to start checking ourselves and our values and what we spend most of our time doing because I know that personally I do spend a lot of my time on my tech devices.

This art piece opened my eyes and made me realize that i need to start making some changes in my life and re-establish my focus on the important things in life. The artist wasn’t around to ask him questions about his artwork which was really a bummer but even then I was able to get a lot out of his work. This was probably one of the most motivating and eye opening art pieces that I have come across in the year and has really changed my view on certain things. I have made it a personal goal to try my best to stay away from all the technology distractions and focus more of my attention on things such as my social skills and meditating and reflecting on my life. I know it won’t be a easy task but I know that it is achievable and in the end it will benefit me.


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For my new website my goal is to inspire people to explore the world. My website doesn’t target a specific audience because I believe that everyone needs to venture out and explore the beauties of this planet. Lately I’ve been traveling a lot to places like Florida, Arizona, New Jersey and most recently New York, and my traveling experiences have really changed my life. I realized how much this world has to offer and that I don’t have to limit myself to California when it comes to searching for jobs or when I start planning on were to establish my life for good. My goal is to make my audience realize that there are so much opportunities out there and our calling may be in other places and we need to take chances and leave our comfort zones if we plan on being successful. To make my goal possible I am planning on posting pictures of beautiful places all around the world to motivate people to travel and go out an explore.



For my painting experience I didn’t have time to go out and get the full experience and right my name out on the Venice Beach walls but I did take the time to create my bubble letters on paper. I had a great time expanding the artistic side of me even though I realized I don’t have that much artistic talent. I really enjoyed this activity and hope that everyone else did because it help me get out of my comfort zone and actually try to be artistic.