March 19, 2016 Panache Art Event

             Giverny, 16'x20" mixed media on canvas

Gladys will be at the Panache Event on March 19, 2016 at the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery. Gladys had the privilege of being invited to participate in Panache 2016 fundraising event for the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery in Escondido, CA. Only award-winning artist are invited to donate their artwork for this upscale event. She donated her painting "Giverny". The event is from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. You may also preview the artwalk during the 2nd Saturday artwork on March 12, 2016 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.


March 19, 2016 Art Reception - Centro Cultural de la Raza

       Artist's Self-Portrait, mix media on canvas.

Gladys will be at the art Reception at the Centro Cultural De La Raza, located at  2004 Park Blvd, San Diego, California 92101, on March 19, 2016 from 8:30pm to 10:00pm. The reception starts at 6:00pm. Gladys' painting “Artist's Self-Portrait” was juried into The Power of Feminine Energy group show. Exhibition Curator: Leticia Gomez Franco. Show will end April 3, 2016.


March 6, 2016


Photo by Gladys Jimenez, Tallahassee FL

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly". — Robert Kennedy

Hello Beautiful Art Friends,

I began a new painting based on the photograph above, which I took while in Tallahassee FL. I was so excited about capturing it's essence but I failed. You may not believe this but this is the first time I attempted to do a painting that I just couldn't get it to work. In the past I had talked to other artist who used to say their painting was not working and I couldn't understand what they meant but now I do.  Perhaps I was not challenging myself enough.

I worked on this painting for three days using oil on canvas and today I just wiped the entire canvas, smudging all the paint I had applied on it for the last three days. I was just not working. Too many trees and detailed branches, so much texture to capture and I just couldn't really see the entire image.  For some strange reason it didn't click for me. You see, usually I see an image and it's like jigsaw puzzle in my mind, I know which piece I'm going to paint first and then the next one, until it all falls into place, but I couldn't see the pieces on this photograph. One of my art teachers used to comment on how I see things because my paintings were always different than the rest of the class. But this is how I did and continue to see things.

I did learn during the process, and though I failed at my first attempt on an 18"x24" canvas, I am not giving up.  I am going to attempt doing it on an 8"x10" canvas tomorrow. You are probably thinking that it will be harder on a smaller canvas but I'm going to work with the shapes first, then the details, the  way I was taught in school where you cut in the dark, medium, and light shapes first.

So I'm off to the art supply store to get gesso so I can gesso the entire canvas I originally used for this painting and this way I can use it for another painting. Or may be even the same painting, after I do the smaller version.

And what if I can't make it work still? Well, at least I took a photograph that I absolutely love, that captured the essence of the place :)

With Love,