Neve Disguised as a Sea Monster. Etching

Sachami must battle the Sea Monster sent by  the evil Karawan.

Neve Frightens Sachami

Neve Frightens Sachami

*My second attempt at Etching, this time with soft ground and two colors.


Sachami at the Threshold of the Dark Forest. Etching Intaglio

Sachami Entering the Forest

Sachami Entering the Forest

Sometimes running away is only the beginning.

This is my very first Intaglio or etching! I have a lot to learn but the process is pretty fun and full of potential.

Bearded Venus “She Shines Strongly”


bearded venus by Jeanette Vieira

bearded venus by Jeanette Vieira




Could Venus really have been bald and bearded?

We may never know.

However ‘living’ bearded woman such as Zenobia whom have had strong, independent character combined with exotic sexual appeal makes this Venus all the more Mytho-rific.  I choose to believe the lore! 


Excerpt from “Folk Lore. Transactions of the Folk-Lore Society” 1945.

The Bearded Venus (text) by Alexander H Krappe.

In an interesting study published in France a few years before the First World War, the late Morris Jastrow commented on a curious passage occurring in a hymn to the goddess Istar and reading: “She has a beard like the god Asur.” This text has long been used to

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223 Light bulbs later… Tribute to Historic Neon

JUST IN: Special thanks to “WALKING AROUND IN SAN DIEGO” blogger, Jorge for  the box props.

After about 24 (wo)man hours and 223 light bulbs… I’ve finished my second Utility Box Project. Special thanks to my supporters, especially Dad and Dennis who came out and hung out while I worked.




Now, something silly… a poem about neon (Am I a dork?).

Last year I wrote this  for a little book I put together called “Neon Nostalgia and other Roadside Oddities”, I think it’s appropriate for this post.

The unassuming beauty of its half-lit, faded facade,

beats a nostalgic rhythm into your mind,

one lonely blink at a time.

Blink, blink…

Blink, blink…

the rhythem beats peacefully into the dawn

beckoning the next decade,

the next eon.

The location of the “Historic Neon” box is 68th and Imperial Ave.

Historic Neon Signs. Utility Box Painting.

My second utility box painting on Imperial Ave. SE San Diego. I’ll be working this week and maybe this weekend too – COME ON OUT AND SEE ME!

805 South to Imperial Ave.

Progress: Day 5

I’ll be out one more day, Saturday AM to finish it up.

Historic Neon Day 5 progress

Progress day 1 and day2.

Historic Neon Utility Box Painting Day 1

Historic Neon Utility Box Painting Day 2

My painting neighbor and friend Miguel. Check his work out at

He’s been working for several days (or weeks?) – his work is inspiring!

miguel godoy

“Living Half Girl” – Shadow vs Ego. Sideshow Banner


Living Half-Girl by Jeanette Vieira

Living Half-Girl by Jeanette Vieira

Today’s Paper: Utility Box Art Project

How exciting, the Utility Box Art project made the newspaper! Looks like all of the artists were well received along Imperial Ave in SE San Diego. I was very stoked to be a part of the community project and even made a bit in the paper.  Check it out!

December 4, 2008

A community mirror
Artists leave their mark on utility boxes to try to beautify Imperial Ave.
By Jennifer Vigil


Painting Sonsa Flora on a Utility Box

Painting Sonsa Flora on a Utility Box

Giant Cyclops Baby! Sideshow Banner

Relative & Absolute Truths

Relative & Absolute Truths

A note on Time:

 Think for a moment. Have you ever had the feeling that time flew? How about that feeling of time standing still? If you said yes to either one of these then you’ve experienced relative time. Relative time is time that you feel.On the other hand, you may be more aquatinted with  absolute time. This is the time you see on your watch, it is the time you wake up for work or set TIVO to record your favorite show. 

Recently I experienced relative time but I had no idea until AFTER I experienced it. The weekend went by and it felt like a whole week long of experiences, I got more out of my weekend!  Saturday and Sunday was the same forty-eight hours that it always is, but it felt so satisfyingly more. 

The Cyclops baby challenges our perception of time. 


Meanings/Inspiration of Neve:

  • Relative & Absolute Truths/ Time
  • Surya -opposition between relative and absolute truth
  • Cyclops himself! – Greek Mythology
  • The moon dial on my mother’s grandfather clock – I like to see both sun and moon at the same time!
  • Author James Baldwin’s “The Price of the Ticket” /Shipped Wrecked in the New World.
  • The Lovely Dani who inspired the drool and the wreckage

Public Art; Sprucing up Imperial Ave. San Diego

My concept was created with Sonsa Flora, my Mother Earth Archetype. She opens her arms with the sun and closes at night to sustain warmth. Like a flower she feels the heart beat of the earth, she is nature and the cycle of life.

Sonsa Flora. Public Utility Box. SE San Diego. Jeanette Vieira

Enjoy  Sonsa Flora on Imperial Ave in SE San Diego.

Located at/in front of:

5882 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92114

“Behind the Canvas” The Story of the Conjoined Lovers.

At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still, the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke – the language that  everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert…

It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, which no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He bad been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before  becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant…”

Said so well, I had to share these beautiful words about love from Paulo Coelho’s book “The Alchemist” (pg 97-98)