Live Painting at One Santa Fe Art Walk

Excited for my next live painting event! I will be dancing around and making an abstract expressionist mess over at One Santa Fe in downtown Los Angeles this coming Saturday, April 6th from 12-5pm. ~ Come experience live art, live music,  food and shops ~    

Artist Journal #39

4/20/18 They are like garments. They are like ghosts. They are like figures. They hang; they pull. They inform. They skew. 4/23/18 Repetition is the monster. Style is the box. Series is the limitation – the boundaries – the empty hole cascading into nothing. Titling is the definition. Completion is the destination. No destinations –… Continue reading Artist Journal #39

Artist Journal #38

4/7/18 I think the issue I’m running into is not so much fabrication as it is presentation. Dirty inside clean. Chaos inside precision. Energy under control. Maybe focusing less on ‘tightening’ or responding to the initial image with refining layers, but instead letting the refinement happen in the presentation – the hanging, isolating apparatus. A… Continue reading Artist Journal #38

Artist Journal #37

12/18/17 ART SHARE Not simply hanging art. This is a chance to curate, not just hang. There will be other group shows where work can be hung. This is a chance to say something, to relay information to the viewer beyond the painted image. The collage series – faces in obscurity, collaged with high end… Continue reading Artist Journal #37

Artist Journal #36

12/13/17 I need to go back to the beginning; where the initial idea for the series surfaced. The history of the fabric swatches. There in lies my seeking of adventure, my exploration of the spaces around me, my obsession with abandoned buildings and repurposing lost forgotten remnants of time. These forms don’t exist elsewhere. They… Continue reading Artist Journal #36

Twilight On The Pier / Live Painting

This past September into October, I was honored to be a part of the annual Twilight On The Pier art and music festival on the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California! I was one of three artists painting live and it was my first experience working outside the studio with it’s benefits and limitations. Here… Continue reading Twilight On The Pier / Live Painting

New Series – Out of the Mist

Finished a series of small paintings on paper for a new series in the works entitled “Out of the Mist”. I plan to create a larger set in this series, playing with the same layers of black on white and white on black with a touch of color. Inspired by the famous abstract expressionists Motherwell… Continue reading New Series – Out of the Mist

Stitched Stagnation: New Drawing Series

This series was created for my most recent show in downtown Los Angeles at Basic Flowers as part of Wet Silk: Illustrated Edition. Touching back to sewing paper with the new addition of vellum as a layering device. The process began with a small old drawing from my study abroad trip to France back in… Continue reading Stitched Stagnation: New Drawing Series

Publication in TUBE Magazine

“Optical Journeys: Joyce Nojima and Kayla Cloonan at En Em Art Space” by Justina Martino A lovely write-up on the show “Deceptive Clarity” at my representing gallery in Sacramento, CA: EN EM Art Space. M.A. in Art History and Gallery Assistant for EN EM Art Space, Justina Martino. “Deceptive Clarity features Kayla Cloonan’s large multi-media… Continue reading Publication in TUBE Magazine

Progress in the Studio: Work for EN EM Art Space

Finally photographed some of the stuff I’ve been working on in the studio the last few months. This is work for a series to be shown at my first show with my new representing gallery EN EM Art Space! The show is in Sacramento, CA and will be on display from October 1 – November… Continue reading Progress in the Studio: Work for EN EM Art Space