Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Books and Birthdays

Today is the first day of Thanksgiving break.  It began with trying the takeout Chinese food restaurant around the corner, and resulted in Chloe vomiting through the night.  She's recovering on the couch and her slightly traumatized friend that slept over has gone home.  We're hoping she'll be back on her feet for our journey up to Sedona for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Today my copies of one of my new books came in the mail.....


Santa Gets Healthy makes a great gift for the small children in your life!! 

Anyway, this week Phoebe had a big performance with her theater group.  Here she is onstage...


She's on the left. Unfortunately it's not the greatest shot.  All the kid's did a fabulous job and Chloe in particular really had a great time in the audience.


Phoebe turned 13 earlier this week as well, which means we have 2 teens in our house now (we're surviving).  She had a cake, but her big celebration is this weekend, when her friends come over and they go to see "Beauty and The Beast" at the Orpheum Theater.

I finished another sculpture for my show next summer....



It's called "A Tale of Misfortune" 


I'm also still creating hand turkeys for the next two days.  Check them out here!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hand Turkeys and Books of Whimsy

Road Kill Hand Turkey
This month's hand turkeys have been coming along (I do one each day until Thanksgiving).

Yellow Submarine


I've been doing this for a few years now, so I'm starting to be at a point where I'll be happy to take requests (so feel free to message me or make suggestions in the comments.)

Really big Hand Turkey

Anyway aside from turkeys and teaching I began work on my upcoming solo show, opening next August, called "Books of Whimsy".  This is the sketch for one of the pieces.


It's called "The Troll".  And here he is finished....


Now I've begun work on this sculpture...

A Tale of Misfortune
Here it is in progress....


Anyway, the polar vortex has reached all the way down to Phoenix and our temperatures have plummeted down to ....  69ºF.  The kids at Chloe's school are bundled up!  (or so she says).

This week is Phoebe's birthday and on Thursday she'll be in her theater group's fall performance, called "The Antics of The Performing Arts" .  Chloe is also performing with her theater group at Thesp-Con next weekend.  I won't see that one though as I'd have to buy a ticket to the whole convention just to watch her in one skit!  (Also I teach that day.) 

Have a great week and stay warm!


Monday, November 10, 2014

The Grand Avenue Festival

The past week was a busy one that began with civil war night at the Middle school.


Phoebe presented about Sojourner Truth,a slave woman and inspirational speaker (later in life). She did a fabulous job!


Chloe's school participates in the city wide First Friday event every month and this month she had one of her poems on display.


One of her drawings was also selected.


Saturday morning began at the crack of dawn with Mike and I driving over to Grand Avenue to hang my Sea Monster for the Festival.


Here's Mike busy tying him to his fence.


The location behind the fence has a mural in progress that was getting completed during the festival.


Me with the Sea Monster.


After this I had to rush off and teach 2 art classes in Scottsdale.


Walking around Grand Avenue you could find the article about the festival posted in the windows.  The colorful page is the poster I designed.


The poster itself was of course in many windows as well.


We returned that evening for the parade (except for Naomi who went to a birthday party where she was the only guest that showed up). This is Audrey 2 (the plant from Little Shop of Horrors) decorating the sidewalk.


Mike viewing the sidewalk art show.


There were many classic cars-This one had a glowing bottom.


Waiting for the parade.


This is the "Wig garden" by Beatrice Moore.


This is one of the stilt walkers and a man with many heads walking past in the PAPA parade.


A slightly blurry picture of the drummers and the girls with glowing hoops.


Ok-most of my pictures of the parade are blurry.... My camera hates the night. ☹


This one is better... I think.


Anyway here's Chloe and Phoebe by a classic car.  As they walked through the festival they were stopped by a man who asked them if they were twins, and if they were over 18, because he had a modeling job for them.  They got a great life experience in avoiding weirdos.


This is Mike walking through the Goblin Market at the end of the street.  Unfortunately my camera really, really hates night time.  So this is the only picture that's even visible.  Oh well.  It was a much bigger festival this year and we had quite a nice night out!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Sea Monster is finished and a walk in the park


Near the end of last week I finished painting the tail of my Sea Monster.


After completion I decided to lay all the sections together across the studio.  


I think this is my biggest sculpture yet!! Anyway I hang him up on Grand Avenue on Saturday morning for the festival.  I'll have to be up extra early and hang him before my art classes out in Scottsdale.



In the last week we've had a significant temperature change.  It's been about 60-70ºF in the afternoons here, which close to winter temperatures for us.  In honor of the fantastic new weather and the fact that it's only a five minute drive from our new place, Mike and I decided to take a walk around Capitol Park.


It's full of sculptures and memorials, some of which are just massive, like this one for the Navajo code breakers.


This sculpture of a little family is for workers.  


I really liked the interaction of the subjects.


The very colorful Desert Storm Memorial.


The sculpture for Vietnam was more on the grim and gruesome side.


I loved this one, under a pagoda near the center of the park was the Korean War Memorial.


It reminded me of the Yokohama Friendship Bell we used to ring for the New Year when we lived in San Diego.


The K-9 War memorial for dogs that have served in the military and on the police force.  


Pointing at you right now is one of the massive guns from a war ship. I think this was for WW2, but I can't remember (sorry there were A LOT of memorials in that park).  

There wasn't, however anything up for the recent engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Then we saw a huge area sectioned off and under construction and we thought, maybe that was it, but it turned out to be for some rich Senator.


Anyway this is me and Oscar in front of the huge door for the Department of Agriculture, that is clearly run by people the size of Hagrid.

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In other news, it is November and that means I'm drawing a hand turkey each and every day until Thanksgiving!! Check them out on my art blog here!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Painting the Monster

Progress on my Sea Monster sculpture has been pretty steady since we moved to the new apartment.
His head getting painted
I had some panicky moments figuring out the first section, but eventually it was done...


If you recall-he's being built in three sections.


I was storing the pieces outside on our patio for a while, but some guy with a leaf blower (I think he works here) blew leaves all over them and I had to clean them off.


Anyway in the last 2 days I finished painting the center section, so I put the first 2 pieces together for a photo op.


I was standing on a chair but it was still hard to capture a photo of both pieces. So Mike grabbed the step stool for me...


Ok... I'm trying but it's hard to take photos like this.  So I got off the step stool.


So here he is from the ground. Once the tail is done he'll be 12 feet long! Unfortunately the last section was damaged in the move, so I spent last night repairing the tail and making it sturdier. Today I'll start painting!

In the mean time the move has distracted me from getting my kids ready for Halloween, so I'm running in circles doing that today. :)  Happy Wednesday!
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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