Dragon appearance at Swankety Studio


During his first painting lesson, I asked him to first think about what he would like to paint. Without hesitation, he said “my DnD character”. (who happens to be a half dragon sorcerer)

We looked at komodo dragons for reference first. There was lots of pencil drawing and erasing of shapes to get the proportions right, and then the painting began.  Good times! xxoo Yabette



High Spirits with Stephanie Mufson

The adorable Stephanie Mufson is a creative force of talent, humor, and enterprising energy. She is another perfect third to the triangle foundation of this week’s Infinite Union:A 3 Woman Art Show. It’s especially wonderful that the Artist Reception on Saturday falls on her birthday and will be quite the celebration!

While she is currently creating constant commercial work as the manager of the Bay Area’s Parade Float and Prop House East West (Aka The Parade Guys) at pier 54 in San Francisco, she is also creating whimsical graphic art pieces. While their sculptural nature adds to the subject, their airy qualities of buoyant joy are quite evident!

"Floating II" mixed media, 32"x 20"
detail from “Floating II” mixed media, 32″x 20″

Here’s her thoughts on this current work: “Dark and Light. Interior and Exterior. Dreaming and awake. Us and Them. known and unknown. Alan Watts pointed out the obvious truism that you can’t have a front with out a back. They are inherently, inseparably connected, like two sides of the same coin.

The space in between, that liminal tunnel that connects one to its opposite, is the place that connects us all to each other and everything that is. And is not. And lost in the interwoven maze of material and metaphor, like a ship on the ocean, or a balloon amongst the stars, we find our selves tangled, alone. Together.”

"Floating" mixed media, 36x16"
detail from “Floating” mixed media, 36×16″

Make sure to catch Stephanie at the pop-up gallery at 66 6th St. in San Francisco this week from Friday December 13th, to Tuesday December 17th. XXOO Yabette

Considerations of Canton Creativity

Unexpected inspiration in downtown Canton happened yesterday. This place is known for The Football Hall of Fame, not public art. However, public art and a district of galleries and locally produced goods was a refreshing surprise tucked away in another industrial city of Ohio.

Upon my Canton visit with local delight, Jenny Spencer, I witnessed the art of Joseph Carl Close with this poignant metal and painted sculpture on a parking deck in the arts district alley. Executed with precision and depicting scenes of metal factory workers, political rebellion, native American traditions, and musical expression, this work speaks to the heart of rust belt residents. I was not immune to its energy of truth and beauty.

Public Art in Canton, OH by Joseph Carl Close.
Public Art in Canton, OH by Joseph Carl Close.
canton metal art police
Public Art in Canton, OH by Joseph Carl Close.

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Roots and Tenacles

The howl of the wolf, the roar of the lion and the call of the raven are swirling around inside me as I INTEND TO STAY. Yes, I am putting a foot in Akron, Ohio with full intentions of releasing the fury of creative energy of which I am capable. Thriving on the highest good of all community, I wish to bring so many with me in this new endeavor.

"Roots and Tentacles" acrylic on board 96x36" by Yabette Alfaro and Joshua Page
“Roots and Tentacles” acrylic on board 96×36″ by Yabette Alfaro and Joshua Page

This was the first painting as a result of a live art collaborative performance in Akron for Lil Red Presents. It activated me. All my senses thrive under the pressure of 3 hours, a giant canvas, and the scrutiny of being watched as I progress from 96×36″ of blank board to that tangible evidence of amazing energy that encapsulates the evening. I want to do more- so many more in fact, that Joshua and I are going to find busy places during the day around Akron and set up an impromptu live painting and community outreach performance every week this month.

Am I leaving San Francisco? Yes, eventually. But my foot is still on the West Coast as well. The 12 years of creative output, marketing mania, and forward thinking there have led to this.

Are you ready for this Ohio? I will stir it up with a passion for justice, community, love, and peace! xxooYabette