Week 9: Art Activity – Graffiti Writing


For this week’s activity, we were suppose to go out and find somewhere legal to spray paint. But I felt like many legal places already are full of enough names and pictures and decided to do mine at home. I was nervous to spray it at first because I didn’t want to ruin it, yet it happened anyways. I found another big piece of paper at home and started over. I actually really liked how it turned out considering it was difficult to actually have control over the spray. The windy weather did not help as well. I had to spray over my letters a couple of times to darken up the color. For my graffiti, I chose two colors, silver and light blue. I wanted a color that was near to black and white for a more dimensional effect and it worked. I had to study many graffiti art on Google and even searched how others would write the name “Kathy” in graffiti.

What I learned from this experience is that it is harder than it looks. I think if I had more paper, I would be more comfortable with the spray and be able to actually make it look better, but I was very limited. I thought it was really fun to spray paint since I’ve never done it before. I’m planning on saving my extra paint so that maybe once if I head over to LA and find a place to graffiti such as Venice. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to feel free with their art because once you spray it, you just have to go with it.


Week 9: Artist Conversation – Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition Information

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Recuerdos 
Media: Dolls, clothes, piano, shelves, closet
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

About the Artist

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is from Chino, California. However, she moved to Long Beach to study at Cal State Long Beach. She is on her way to graduation and earning a degree in the Bachelors of Fine Arts. She is currently a sculpting major. For this upcoming year, she is expecting to apply for grad school. Initially, she was a painting major but found it dull and decided she didn’t want to work with paint and found her passion in sculpting.

Formal Analysis

The sculpture portrays a little antique room. It contained dressers, a drawer, a piano, and even clothes. Although the clothes were neatly stuffed inside, the sculpture looked messy because it had the closet door opened and drawers slightly. The organization demonstrates as if someone has been ruffling around the room. There is no certain color scheme but are mostly solid and has a more dull, old look to it. However, it does not look run down.

IMG_1576.jpgAnother part of the sculpture displays a variety of dolls. There is not pattern to how it was organized but all the dolls have a place where it can be seen. The larger ones in the back while the smaller ones are in the front. However, there are a few scattered dolls with veils on them that are slightly more noticeable that others.


Looking at the whole sculpture, there are mostly dolls scattered around. There is a mix of sizes between the assortment. The color of the shelves, drawer, closet, and piano is all yellow, yet the room is full of color.

Content Analysis 

Dulce Soledad Ibarra major inspiration for her sculpture is her aunt. She used to collect “tacky objects” after a celebration or event has ended. It represents the good memories and spirits that were occurring that day. It allows the collector to revisit those old, happy times. However, those ideas connect to her aunt. For Dulce herself, she mentions that she will never understand the preciousness of the objects her aunt has left behind because she is not aware of the memory it holds. She does think that that holding onto things creates the act of hoarding, yet they can symbolize such importance to a person. Nevertheless, they are still monumental presently which is the reason she has created this sculpture.

Synthesis/My Experience 

Walking into the exhibit, I would’ve slept in it if it had a bed. It felt like a room from the past. There was many dolls that seem to have special meaning behind it. The way the sculpture was created, I can see the thought and organization of it. It wasn’t just a small room with a closet and drawers but I appreciated how some of it was opened and some closed. My favorite part, which is the main attraction of the sculpture are the dolls. They make wonder what meaning behind each of them, how long it actually took to collect, how old they are–I have so many questions about them. Overall, I enjoyed the experience and the antique image of it all.


Week 8: Art Activity – Finger Painting


Finger painting was a positive yet negative experience. I actually haven’t painted with my fingers before so it was my first time–or at least I don’t remember. It was harder than I imagined. I would dip my finger into the paint and when I started dragging my finger along the paper, it would suddenly disappear and I would have to go back over and over again for the color to evenly spread. Even though it would evenly spread after going over the line, I would have drawn only about 1/3 a line and it would vanish. I also thought it was very messy. I did not have a cup of water next to me but washing my fingers with my wide hands into a cup is probably not very comfortable. I actually became impatient with using my fingers because I would keep dipping my fingers repeatedly into the paint. I also didn’t really feel free with the paint. Although I had a bad experience with finger painting, I thought about other painters who do paint with their body or fingers. I appreciate them a lot more because I can feel their struggle now. I thought it was also harder to control as well because brushes actually have small to extra large sizes yet fingers are only a slightly different size. I would definitely recommend this to someone who enjoys being messy and letting themselves go to create art with their body or fingers.

Week 8: Classmate Conversation – Alicia


It was a pleasure meeting Alicia! She is so easy to talk to and has such a positive vibe. She lives in Temecula so she dorms at Long Beach. She is a second year as well and majors in psychology. Her passion is working with children so she wants to be in a field where she can engage with the youngsters. However, she is an indecisive person so she is having a hard time deciding what specifically she wants just yet. Luckily, she still has about two years before she graduates and hopefully figures it out by then. Other than enjoy working with kids, she spends her leisure time at Disneyland! She just recently purchased an annual pass with her mom. Maybe you’ll be able to bump into her and meet her bubbly personality as well!

Week 7: Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition Information

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Toilet seat covers,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: MaccabeeShelley.com
Instagram: Juliana Bustillo – @juliaanaaaab, Tidawhitney Lek – @tidawhitney

About the Artists

Juliana Bustillo born in Texas until the age of three but moved to East LA, where she was raised. She currently attends Cal State Long Beach and is on a mission to obtain her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Her major is painting and drawing. Spring 2017 is her last semester at CSULB and is planning to move to the east coast where she wants to earn a Masters degree. She has always been good at drawing since her younger years but she has never thought that it would ever be a serious career. She has even won awards when her drawings were entered in a competition. However, in college she was more interested after taking some art classes and started pursing an art major.

Tidawhitney Lek was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She is attending Cal State Long Beach as a super senior. She is earning her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Her major is drawing and painting. Her plans after graduation is to go to grad school in the east coast. She has always enjoyed drawing and it would be the most accessible for her. She was not able to paint because her mom could not afford it. So she used what she had which is water and a bucket and drew on the concrete floor. Although she came into college with thoughts about having a stable, paying job rather than pursue art, she asked herself, “If I don’t do art, will I be happy?” and her reply was “No.”

Formal Analysis 


The materials in the making of the gallery are made with toilet seat covers. White and black covers are scattered all over the place to give a more abstract and dimension. However, it is also constructed with shapes and patterns which are equally symmetrical. It is hung all along the top of ceiling and hanging freely down to the floor. It shows a The two opposite colors, it gives the white more emphases while the black creates a dark space. In the picture, there is black and white paper mixed ad crumpled together that allows viewers to see.

Content Analysis 

In Juliana and Tidawhitney’s gallery, they wanted to play with Doodles in Space. Their idea was creating a duality since they initially engage with many colors most of the time so the concept of black and white came into play. They decided to have only two colors with black being an inside and white being outside. It was meant to be an installation. They also chose toilet seat covers to use because it has a very unique transparency that you would not be able to get in store. They also thought about having doodles within their gallery. Doodles are thought of mindless drawing and they wanted to show viewers that it is not always the case. Doodles can have symbolism within themselves which was beautifully displayed in the Doodles in Space exhibit.

Synthesis/My Experience

When I first went into the gallery, I was a bit confused because there was such a small alley way to enter and it made me feel like I was entering a secret space. I thought it was very interesting with being a room that was covered in black and white. I was also a bit confused with a large ruffle of black and white paper in the corner. However, once I took my time observing the whole area, I thought it was really cool to see the dimensions that were in play within their artwork. The most I enjoyed in their piece were the patterns and shapes they created. To me, it added structure and was definitely eye-catching. Overall, I thought this was a really unique exhibit because they used toilet seat covers rather than getting paper from the store.

Week 7: Cattleya Reyes


Cattleya Reyes is a Filipino freshman at Cal State Long Beach. She is working towards nursing and is currently in pre-nursing. She lives in Anaheim with her younger brother, mom, and dad. It is coincidentally the same city I live in as well! She commutes to school everyday. She works at Yogurtland, her first job, since last June. Although she is very busy with school and does not have much time to play sports, she enjoyed basketball and track&field in high school. Additionally, she travels a lot with her family and has gone out of the country as well. However, she has only visited one foreign country, which is her home country, the Philippines. I also found out we had a couple things in common which was shopping and spending impulsively. We both agreed it was a bad habit we had to end before we spend all our money! We both snacking on hot cheetos as well. In the end, we hit it off great and exchanged our phones numbers, hoping to catch up outside of class!

Week 6: Art Activity – Flip Books

Recently, my life has become busy with a lot of studying and work each day while also trying to balance my social and family life. There are only so many days in a week and so many hours in a day. I have created this little flip book from Sunday to Saturday that I wish I was living. It consists of the basic necessities such as eating, sleeping, and going out for some activities. Then doing it all over for the week. What a dream!

Although I am not very great at drawing, I tried my best to make this little flip book! I enjoy drawing because it shows a person’s art and style, no matter how bad it is, rather than print it from online. I actually thought this was one of my best drawings I ever drew. Normally, it would be a struggle to draw objects because I don’t remember what they look like but for some reason, it didn’t turn out too bad. It took me about thirty minutes to an hour to make. However, what I hope to improve on next time is my creativity and drawing. I would definitely have made a cute little comic as a flip book. I would recommend this to any who loves drawing and enjoy making a little book for others to view and smile at.

Week 6: Artist Conversation


A puppy, just a few months old, was adopted by a family of three. They resided on the countryside of the area. The puppy loved the fresh air and open space he had everyday. It was peaceful and quiet which the puppy loved. He also enjoyed his time with other animals since he lived on a farm such as chickens, cows, and pigs. His best friend is the only son within the family. They would always keep each other company since there wasn’t much to do in the countryside. Their favorite activity to do with each other was playing fetch. They would play with a soccer ball, softball, basketball, tennis ball, any ball really that they could get a hold of. They would play so often that mother would yell for them to get back inside before it got too dark. They were inseparable.

One day, they were all on a road trip to the city. Of course, there were many cars and pedestrians going from one way to the other. A truck coming from one side of the intersection did not stop at a red light. Sadly, he struck their car and the whole family have unfortunately passed. The dog, however, survived. He was taken to an animal hospital as he had abrasions and was bleeding profusely.

Within a week of healing, he was back on his feet and missing his best friend. He knew in his heart he would never see him again. He adapted himself in an adoption center. He had not touched his food for days. A city family had passed by and believed they could give him the love and affection his first family did. However, that was not the case. When he arrived into his new home, he enjoyed the coziness of it. But when he ran out into the backyard, it was a small, cramp one. He only hears honks and smell pollution. He was saddened and ran back inside. He became a very disobedient and stubborn dog. He wanted to go back to the country. The family tried everything they could to keep him comfortable but he was still uncontrollable.

This dog became furious and his heart was broken. He hated the city. He hated all the people. He hated the minimal space he had. He missed his animal friends. His heart was meant to be in the country. He eventually ran away from his new home and made it back to the country where he first resided. The new family had taken him in. Although it was not the same, he was the happiest he’s been in a while.