Monday, October 24, 2016

It's raining in Portland and other things that won't surprise you

It's been a while since I posted. Mostly because I've been making masks nearly continuously since I've returned from Portland. My first Halloween running my mask store has been incredibly challenging and I've learned that I have a lot to learn.

Our trip to Portland was.... wet. It rained the whole time during the H.P. Lovecraft film festival and Cthulucon. We spent a lot of time at our table selling books and masks.

While it was nice to get away from my studio, that didn't mean I wasn't working.  I was on deadline to illustrate a book called "Teens of Character, Book 2", so I had plenty of painting to do.

This is one of the illustrations from the book. I sat at the booth, painting for the first 2 days.

Mike participated in the Pickman's Apprentice Art Competition again. There were a lot of artists competing, it was quite an event.

This is Mike's finished painting.

This is Liv Rainey-Smith's print.

...And Nick Gucker with his contest winning art!

I did enjoy our trip however. It was fantastic to see old friends and spend so many days not driving.

Anyway we flew home after 3 days and I started making masks immediately when I walked in the door., as many orders came in while I was gone. This one is a special commisson I just completed  of a zombie mask...

Right now it's on it's way to New Jersey...

Have a Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Segways and masks

Last weekend for Mike's birthday we went on a Segway tour of Tempe Town Lake.

Phoebe and I all geared up.
The tour started at dusk and we had to spend some time practicing.

Naomi practicing

The segways are very easy to use since they're based on how you shift your weight, but some things about it are very counter intuitive. Anyway as we set off for our lake tour it was pretty exciting as the segways are actually a lot of fun to ride!

Pit stop
The tour was really quite fascinating. We passed under a railway bridge that crossed over the lake and our tour guide, Josh, said that it was the oldest bridge that crossed the lake and when it was rebuilt they proved it's stability to the residents by walking an elephant across it. Not because an elephant is heavier than a train, but because an elephant won't walk on a surface that isn't structurally sound.

Anyway halfway through the tour we made a pit stop at a local Starbucks. I was glad because shifting back and forth makes your feet ache.

All of us by the lake

Anyway this is a photo the tour guide took of us by the lake. It was moments later that we had our calamity. We sped along by the lake when the tour guide slowed us down . Each person in the group stopped more and more suddenly when Mike in the back went off the path and lost control. As our guide went over to help Mike back on track, we waited to the side. Naomi can to wait near me and her segway tapped my wheel. I didn't react right and and suddenly I was on the ground with the segway rolling over my foot. I wound up pretty beat up, but we finished the tour.  Still I'd consider doing a segway tour again, it was a lot a great experience up to that point.

With Halloween approaching my mask orders have exploded so I'm in a panicky place these days (especially since I have other deadlines).

Dr Finkelstein and a brown armadillo

These are 2 custom masks that I shipped out a few days ago. Right now I have eight masks on my table in progress and three packed up by the door. Every day I ship more and new orders come in and of course my kids got me sick so I'm pretty doped up on cold medicine. On the plus side Mike and I are getting out of town next weekend for the HP Lovecraft film fest in Portland, OR. It won't be great for my mask orders but it will be fabulous to fly away for a few days!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tree Creatures and international exhibits.

The last couple of weeks I've been swamped with work (my mask shop is having a Halloween sale that's really picked up speed).  Also I'm trying to complete my "Tree Creatures Installation" for the Flower Fantasy Show at the Grand Ave. Festival.

I've made progress with the one on the left...

This is his face before painting.

After painting the base color.

Top of the tree with flowers added.

Here you can see I attached a 2 foot stake to install it into the planter.

Anyway, I've been so busy with mask orders, a book illustration job, and work I needed to send off to other shows that he's now sitting here on my desk. Hopefully this weekend I will finish him up and start on the next one.

“The House in The Woods” 
This is my little painting for the  “Brüder Grimm” exhibit at the Wesersagen Museum in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. Opening in November till January. I shipped it off this week.
"It's a Beautiful Day"

I also sent off this painting to Turkey for the Bicycle and Tourism Show at Baliskasir University going up in November.

An Arizona Iris
And finally this is my entry into the show "Irises" for the Hotel Iris in Alexandrov, Russia, for an exhibit in 2017.  

Here, you are gazing upon the delicious cinnamon cake that the girls and I made Mike for his birthday a few days ago. Tomorrow we're going on a segway tour of Tempe town lake to celebrate (mostly because I've always wanted to try one of those things.) Have an excellent week!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tongue tied

This year we have long commute to get the kids to their new school through the beginning of rush hour traffic, so I'm spending the time brushing up on my French. It's coming back pretty quickly  C'est vraiment super!

The reason I'm brushing up on French is so I can hopefully communicate when I arrive in Morocco next May. Of course my Spanish will be useful as well, but the best language to know is Moroccan Arabic.... So I'm studying that too. It makes my head spin keeping track of all though, and honestly, when it comes to the written Arabic I'm pretty lost already.

Anyway, I've been working hard on applying to artist grants, as honestly, my GoFundme is pretty stagnant. Though some wonderful people have actually pledged some money and I'm insanely grateful to them! Anyway I'm coming up on a deadline for the fourth grant I've found that I qualify for (fingers crossed).

In other news, Chloe has been accepted into the Kappa Delta sorority. Which is good, I think. Actually, I know nothing about this kind of thing as I just went to an art school in NYC, but she's excited, so that's all I need to know!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tree Creatures and Naomi's 13

This week Naomi had her 13th birthday. As she recently became vegan I gave it my best shot at creating a vegan birthday cake.  It took me all day and three tries (with a minor disaster at the end, that involved chopping it up and covering large areas with strawberries)....

Here it is!! Fortunately it tasted good too. :)

Anyway, she's officially a teenager now.

We got her a guitar. She just started taking guitar at school and now she can practice at home. 

In other news I'm building these tree creatures for the "Flower Fantasy exhibit" at the Grand Avenue Festival. They will be added to the planters that line the street. I'm thinking I need to add some flowers to the design though, also I need to work around the plants that are already in the planters.

Chloe's been settling in to college and has been assigned her foster cat. She fosters a pet at the dorm and does some work at the shelter for a sizable grant towards tuition. She said cat "training" was just three hours of scooping litter. Anyway she said she'd send a photo of the cat when it finally emerges from under her bed.

Anyway have a fabulous Tuesday!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Off to college and the meat comic

At 4:15 am on Thursday I was awake and was off dragging Chloe out of bed and trying to keep up with Mike who sprung out of bed at the first blimp of the alarm. Mike and Chloe were headed to the airport, and flying to Missouri for "move in day" at the dorms.

Here they are in flight.

         After dropping them off I made my way out of the airport, and everything went south. I took the wrong elevator bank and wound up on the opposite side of the parking garage that is built to be a duplicate of the other side. I stood in the duplicate spot (where I was sure I'd parked) freaking out! The numbers were even rubbed off and repainted askew the same way as in the other lot in that row (all other rows are fine). I was sure the car was stolen. I called for help and basically this happens all day (and night long). They hire these people to drive lost travelers to their cars on the other side.  What's important though, is that they made their flight.

Hours later I was on the phone with Mike. They had rented a car with an awful GPS that was sending them 3 hours out of their way through some of the loveliest back roads Missouri had to offer (meanwhile Chloe was missing orientation.) So I sorted it out here on Google maps and navigated them back on track.

They made it though! They even wore the shirts they sent for move in day. :P

Chloe has already made a bunch of friends, and started classes today.

Here she is with her new roommate. They were both chosen to be part of the fostering program this year. Her campus is pet friendly and they have a program where the students who apply and get in are asked to foster an animal from the local shelter for a significant grant towards tuition/expenses.  Mike said there were many beautiful dogs moving in at the dorm. Chloe and her roommate will be getting their cats this week!

While Mike was traveling he was also promoting the last days of his kickstarter for a slightly disturbing comic about meat written by horror writer Cody Goodfellow.  It was a smashing success!

In other news my rabbit mask is on the cover of Adore Noir magazine this month. Photographer Sharon Covert did a whole series using my masks and they are featured inside as well. The photos are to be in another print magazine next month as well as in a gallery exhibit in LA. 

I'm continuing to promote my fundraiser for my artist residency in Morocco. This is my first residency and I truly hope everything falls into place to make it possible!

Have a fabulous Monday!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Sun

   It's always there. ALWAYS. The heat is bad this time of year, but it's the sunshine and the constant glare that pains me. Phoenix, you see is the second sunniest city in the world. THE WORLD. The sunniest one is just a few hours away in Yuma, Arizona.

When most people think of the sun it's like this.

When I think of the sun it's more like this.

The glare burns a hole in my head through my eyes as I scramble for my only protection... My $10 sunglasses. The light reflects off everything even the pavement for some reason, and then we hit November and the weather outside is pleasant all at once, but the sun still shines. My eyes hurt from it. My head hurts from it. On the other hand I don't want to live in the cold and the dark. There must be some middle ground.

This week Naomi and Phoebe started their new school, up in Glendale. It's called the Arizona Conservatory For Arts and Academics. Naomi has entered the middle school and is starting off with guitar and ballet as her arts choices and Phoebe is studying visual arts and advertising. They attend long days from 7:30am till 4pm, but the school has Fridays off so kids can come in for tutoring or rehearsals for any performance classes. They seem to be adapting well (especially to the 3 day weekend part).

Chloe opening gifts

The most incredible vegan chocolate cake made by Naomi for Chloe's big day.
    This week Chloe turned 18! On the morning of her birthday I said "Hey now you're 18!"
"Yes, now I can uuuuuh..."
"Well you can join the military."
"No, Mom, I have a heart murmur."
"Right, well, you can register to vote."
"I did that months ago...."
"Oh yeah, well, now  you can be prosecuted as adult!"
"YAY!" (then she rolled her eyes).

"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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