Friday, July 24, 2009

Jaff Seijas

The August 2009 Digital Color Artist of the Month is Jaff Seijas. Jaff works on paper and canvas. His paintings and drawings are products of a rich and unique imagination in pursuit of self-actualization. He currently resides in Paris, France, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Jeff studied at the Atlanta College of Art and with Dutch artist Nan Hoover & William VanHettinga. He has had gallery showings since 1970. His work has been shown in New Jersey, Georgia, Oregon, Florida, the Carolinas, California and New Mexico. Also in Amsterdam, Munich and Paris. His Secret Lives Scrapbooks series, Aspects of the Masculine was exhibited at Gallery Nicholas Flamel in Paris this year.

New Contemporary Artists and Galleries
The following artists registered in the last month. To view the work of an artist enter the artist's name at To see these most recent artists go to

1. Jason Jenkins. Large scale dark deep thought surrealism.
2. Debra Bretton Robinson. Acrylics on canvas and collage on wood.
3. Jonathon Baker. Art pirate.
4. d.a.gordon dart. Contemporary American Primitive, illustrator and sculptor.
5. Nabakishore Chanda. Spontaneous expression of creative impulse.
6. Franco Anselmi. Abstract animals from Italy.

Eva Gyorffy, Bob Dornberg, Donna C. Willis, Judy Puckett and Kevin Barr have added new artwork to their galleries.

Southern California Art Calendar
Summer is a rich time filled with among other marvelous events, the Santa Barbara Solstice parade, Gallery Night Out (a new incarnation of the Miracle Mile Artwalk) the Laguna Beach Artwalk, the Sawdust Festival and the Pasadena Chalk Festival.

At the Pasadena Chalk Festival, large, beautiful, temporary artworks are created in chalk on the pavement. Some are original pieces, and others are reproductions of works such as famous paintings. Each artist created a smaller work on canvas, maybe a foot square, which was generally (but not always) a miniature version of the sidewalk chalk work. One artist, whose chalk creation was a reproduction of the Let It Be album cover, had a set of four minis at silent auction. Ringo's portrait was only bringing in about half as much as the other Beatles'.

A terrific list of Southern California Art Walks, Open Studio Tours, & Art Festivals can be found at: See you there.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
At the Huntington, the American galleries have been expanded and completely reinstalled. There was even a new room with bold abstracts, quite unexpected for the Huntington. A girl was overheard critiquing a huge abstract Frankenthaler to her father: "That is not art!" The giant stinky flower (Amorphophallus titanum) had bloomed in the Huntington's conservatory a few weeks earlier. This was the third blooming ever at the Huntington, and one of a small number ever in the country.

Ad-free Galleries With No Commission
Artists with Digital Consciousness Gallery Service can create and edit on-line galleries from a control panel. These galleries contain no ads and are among the most prominent pages on Digital Consciousness. Artists may sell artwork from their galleries free of commission. Gallery Service requires registration and $30 a year. Registration is free and registered artists may create an Artist Page without purchasing Gallery Service. Registered Artists can use the Edit link at the bottom of their Artist Page to edit their Artist Page or to upgrade to Gallery Service.