Sunday, December 31, 2006

Keep the Demons Down

Oil Pastel on Paper 11"x14"

Self Portrait 123006

Oil Pastel on Paper 11"x14"

Saturday, December 30, 2006

This is David Lynch's 55 second short filmed with an original Lumiere camera. 40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no synchronized sound was permitted, and (3) no more than three takes. Having seen all of the results (including Spike Lee's pithy effort) Lynch's film is unquestionably the most interesting. It makes me wish he would shoot an entire film with this stock. Remember while watching that all the effects are in-camera and there is no cutting for scenes.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Uncanny Sense of Self

The same old story...

Monday, October 09, 2006

Man Made

©Copyright 2006 Jason J. Loya

This is not on canvas. I built the piece into a wooden canvas frame starting with a masking tape skeleton and collage on top. The back is painted with acrylic and sealed with acrylic gel so the thing is solid.

It is made of paper, dictionary pages, animal biology notes, magnetic tape, masking tape, plastic, string, rubber bands, cellphone parts, ink, metal, plastic ants, and pencil. There may be some other things in there but it's hard to say.

Man Made is 30"x24"

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Vir Mulier Solivagus

oil, rubber bands, masking tape, electric tape, marker, string, plastic ants, band aid, paint brush bristles, paint brush handle, brown recluse spider, moth, plaster on canvas

This was my first oil painting - ever - re-worked a bit. I like it better now. What do you think?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

pieces of pain
and paint and
a stain
shaped like an onion
with skin of a rat
with fat
litter the place
where it rained
where I claimed
where I stayed
and layed my past
to rest a restless sleep...
pieces and grains
of saddened recall
and long lost lines in sand
litter the hall
and cause me to fall
in time with those
pieces of sand
through the glass

By Jason Loya 9.9.06

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Marker, oil pastel, string, metal, wire, rubber bands, plastic ants, colored pencil, masking tape, graphite, acrylic paint on canvas

Do you speak French? Do you have teeth? Are you all neat and tidy?

Monday, September 04, 2006

All Photographs Copyright 2006 Jason J. Loya

Do you?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Painting The Picnic

Marker on canvas

Is it art? Is it Le Pique Nique? Which one will satisfy you? In meatibus nostris solum vagamur.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Le Pique Nique

©Copyright 2006 Jason J. Loya

I covered up an old self portrait with this painting. I just didn't like it. I painted it back in around 1999 and finally had enough. So Le Pique Nique was born. I thought a lot about decay after I painted this one. It is oil, plastic ants, pencil, and twine on canvas -- 20"x30"

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Portrait of a Man

This is one of the first paintings that I ever did. It's from around 1994. Anything that I did before this was just a warm up - or I was doing a lot of drawing. I used oil and acrylic. It is 9"x12". I unearthed this painting recently and photographed it. Upon doing so, the image re-inspired me and I thought it would be interesting to digitally manipulate it in my computer (something I never do out of respect for the art). Since it had been so long and I had all but forgotten about this piece, I felt the move was justified. Here is the 21st century digital version:

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Some Useful Facts

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Oil on Canvas

This painting is the product of my frustration with a surreal painting that I was doing for just about the longest time. It was a painting with a house of sorts that had a face and a man curled up in the upper left window. On the roof, were two bugs -- one with the head of a dog...just like the dream that I had over a year ago. I had been working off and on for the past year on the relatively small canvas when finally I just lost all inspiration to go forward. Rather than trudge on and finish just because I had started, I decided to forget the surreal project altogether. I decided to just let my insides guide me as I covered up all the work I had done and when I finished a few days later, I was very happy. I used a lot of paint and a pallet knife. I also used rubber bands and the plastic ants that I had received in the mail in the middle of the process (perfect timing). I realize that the plasitc ants are difficult to make out on the screen so I have posted some close ups of the ants to accompany the painting. They are located on the far left in a dark area, on the upper right in a dark area, in the lower right next to the yellow arc, and at the bottom in a dark area. The yellow magnetic letter "F" is one that I found while I was shopping for a sofa. What a find! Please enjoy the painting.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

GIF: The Letter "F"

This is my first animation. It has nothing to do with fear, frown, first, fuck, fowl, farce, fool, foot, fault, form, fecal, fragment, fixate, fellow, feast, farms, flies, flee, fast, flock, fins, flapping, flail, flabbergasted, foal, fugitive, festivity, fallow, forest, fauna, foliage, fun, fellacious, fork, figments, far, for, freak, feign, feline, fantasy, furrow, flak, flakes, fickle, faking, flaunting, forraging, Fred, fist, free, fury, frenzy, fiction, feel, or fired. It simply is.

Feel free to copy and paste it on your site but do me a favor and let me know so I can see it. I'd be flattered.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Handmade Hole II

Similar to Handmade Hole but darker in color and appearance. The two were recently on display at Runway Boutique in Los Angeles. People were surprisingly receptive to the emotion associated with the piece. Please feel free to take a closer look.

Mixed Media on Canvas

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Left Self

This is a left handed self portrait from a couple years ago.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Self Portrait 5/06

This is me as of a couple days ago...yes, I know, it's the Leno metamorphosis...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Alter Ego

This is a painting that I did for an "alter ego" assignment in high school. It must have been 1994... It is rather small but that is what I was comfortable with at the time.

Manic Depression

This is an acrylic painting that I did around 1997 with paint and a top secret technique to give it texture ;-) Hints of color rest in the overwhelming grey.

Final Curtain

This is the last acrylic painting that I did in '99 before I started oil painting. I never actually finished it...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Rusted Nails

This is one of the first acrylic paintings I've ever done. It dates back to about 1994.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Self Portrait 4/06

It's me.

Oil Pastel on Paper

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


This is a drawing that I did on my apartment's bedroom wall with a pencil. I plan to paint over it with blue paint so it will not exist in reality for very long. It's not a masterpiece but it came from the dark recesses of my mind and I thought I'd share.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

One Word Said

©Copyright 1996 Jason J. Loya

I did this piece when I was about 18 years old. It is made of acrylic paint and paper towels. Best when viewed while listening to Metallica's Shortest Straw.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

A Bit of Darkness...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Noise: Scene 7 -- Inside

Written, Directed, Edited, and Shot by Jason J. Loya
Starring: Joshua Loya & Maddy Brener
Hair and Makeup by Erika Larrondo
Gaffer: Robyn Gorgos
Locations: Lindy Loya

Wednesday, March 15, 2006



If the video doesn't play, please refresh your screen.

Written, Directed, Edited, and Shot by Jason J. Loya
Starring: Katy Boggio & Tim Smith
Hair and Makeup by Erika Larrondo

Friday, March 03, 2006


Oil on canvas; 30"x40"

This is a painting that I did for my mom in 2003. It is actually one of a very few paintings that I have done explicitly for someone else. She loves the montains and one day handed me a newspaper with a picture of the Angeles Crest Mountains at sunrise. It was a very simple four tone silhouette picture and she handed it to me saying jokingly, "why don't you paint this for me?" She knows that I am not a landscape artist and in fact she is not a big fan of my modern style. So I secretly painted it for her over the course of three months and gave it to her for Christmas. I took the simple silhouette and added my own flavor, giving it the soul that my mom so loves about her mountains - the light changing qualities, the mood changing qualities, the peace and serenity of the Mountains.

Monday, February 27, 2006

More about Hand Made Hole

I received an interesting and very negative comment about the piece shown below and thought I'd clarify. It has been mistaken twice for an attempt at surrealism which is odd because it is not even a painting. It is a mixed media abstract conceptual piece using rubber bands and various other media. I do have a few pieces in my collection that are more surreal. Over the course of my twelve plus years as a painter, I've dabbled in various styles and media - of course always with the purpose of challenging myself to grow and enrich my expression. In any case, I have always done whatever comes to me and have been quite successful with that approach. In this case, Hand Made Hole is an expression of the pain and confusion surounding some very personal events in my life including the sudden destruction of my marriage and the chaos and agony that followed. It is in no way under the sun even remotely surreal. I appreciate all comments on my work but appreciate it even more if you take the time to view several pieces before jumping to any conclusions about me as an artist. My work is uniquely varied in style and it therefore takes a close look at more than just one painting to understand what I do. Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Hand Made Hole

©Copyright 2006 Jason J. Loya
Mixed Media on Canvas

This piece is made of rubber bands and pieces of torns up drawings that brought back bad memories...oh yes -- and a hand made hole. It has to do with self-inflicted pain, relationships, and interconnectivity.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Portrait of Treachery

Pastel and Pencil on Paper
©Copyright 2005 Jason J. Loya


Pastel on Paper
©Copyright 2005 Jason J. Loya