Sunday, July 26, 2015

Promo shots for my show and the miserable week

"An Intelligent Breed" by Carolyn Watson Dubisch -photo ©Duke Photography

About a week and half ago we brought some of my sculptures into Duke Photography for some promotional shots for my show next month.

"Reading in The Bath" by Carolyn Watson Dubisch- photo ©Duke Photography
The photographer, David Willhe, was very good, and seemed to enjoy shooting my art.

"The Gift" by Carolyn Watson Dubisch, photo ©Duke Photography
Anyway we got some good shots and now my art is up on the website here. I've also been working on some paintings for my show.  This is one of them....

The Garden Fairies by Carolyn Watson Dubisch

I'm painting six images on cut wood panels. I have finished almost five, so just one and half to go!

Unfortunately this last week was a pretty awful one. On Tuesday a nurse finally called me about my test results from the doctor. Apparently I'm pre-diabetic, which means now I have to eat better, exercise and test my blood sugar levels. On Wednesday I got a toothache and am now scheduled for a root canal next week. And then Thursday morning I was bit by a tiny insect on my ankle while walking the dog. I squashed it and didn't think about it for till the evening. Around 4pm it started itching and swelling.....

So when it looked like this I went to urgent care.  They put me on antibiotics and said to wait, and "It'll go down on it's own." So I came home and now after several days it looks like this...

Which is just so lovely. It doesn't hurt but I feel like a mutant growing another foot!  Anyway I've been hiding my ankle under a bandage and waiting for it to resolve itself, but it's really putting me in a bad mood.  Anyway here's hoping next week is a better one!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A holiday in Rimrock

Last weekend we traveled north out of the blistering city and  into the mountains for a 4th of July weekend with family.

It was amazing how a couple of hours outside of the city can make such a difference. It was so much cooler we decided to go for a hike (in the middle of the day!!)

We stopped at Montezuma's Well, which is a natural limestone sinkhole in Rimrock, AZ. It's also an archeological site that has ruins of dwellings of the Sinagua people.

This is Oscar at the beginning of the walk.  All along the trail were huge nests of harvester ants (big red ants), anyway they bit Oscar pretty fiercely.

Poor guy had to be carried back to the car.  He hung out in there with Naomi, who was very involved with her book.

Mike and I by the well at the top of the trail.

The well from above.

From there we hiked down to the creek that feeds the well.

Chloe near the creek.

Hiking down to the creek.

Mike from below.

A better picture of Mike.

On the walkway next to the creek.

From the creek we hiked back up to the well and took the trail down to the water.

These ancient stairs weren't exactly welcoming.

Hiking down to the well.

The hike down had some amazing views!

This is an ancient dwelling by the water's edge.

After Montezuma's Well we went to a family gathering for July 4th. 

Mike's Uncle Ray and Aunt Jill hosted us all (that's their labradoodle, Max,with them). They were kind enough to treat Oscar's bites with some benadryl, who bounced back immediately!

Mike's baby cousin, Joyce was walking all over the house.

It was a great day out of the city. From Jill and Ray's rooftop we ended the evening watching fireworks from the nearby casino.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Flying planes and LepreCon

Chloe is home from Aviation camp.  She spent the week learning about charting a course....

Listening to various speakers and practicing in simulators (which she gleefully crashed each and every time, including the helicopter one!)

On Thursday morning she flew a plane from Prescott to Scottsdale airport with the other girls in the camp. Then they toured an old airplane graveyard.

Inspecting a propeller.

So glad this wasn't the plane they were flying.

This one has many important parts missing.

Chloe and her friend by a tail fin.

....And in front of a large, green wreck.

She arrived home on Friday night, very happy to be home.  She's a vegan and their "vegetarian meals" consisted of a large block of uncooked tofu with soy sauce dumped on it.

Before she returned, on Friday afternoon we watched Phoebe in her month long theater camp's production "Honk". Unfortunately our camera was with Chloe at her Aviation camp, but she was fabulous!

In other news I finally received my proof of my new book...

It's a huge hardcover of my entire comic series "The Horribles" with a fabulous cover by Mike (Dubisch)!!! I was thrilled to be able debut it at LepreCon where we had a booth last weekend.

It was a smaller local con, but we met people, sold books and had a good time.

Also we had a chance to try out our new banners.  Which I think look pretty great. :)

On Sunday night after the convention we brought Naomi out to A.S.U. in Tempe for a sleepover, summer film camp in the college dorms.  We set her up in her own private room (with a view) for the week.  She wrote us to let us know that she was elected to be the director for the film her group was making!  I hope it's going well, I guess we'll see on Friday.

This week I also finished this painting last week for my upcoming solo show in August. It's one of just a few paintings (the rest are sculptures) that will be in the exhibit. It's called "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" and is painted on a shaped wooden panel. Have an excellent week!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Building Leonard and The She-Deck Show

The last few weeks between teaching and everything else, I've been busy with "Leonard"...

"Leonard" is a giant lizard sculpture for my upcoming solo show called "Books of Whimsy" (You know that thing I mention all the time and have been working on all year). Anyway here he is in progress. I used a pool noodle to create the right curve to his body.

I hand painted designs on this 6 dollar table I picked up at good will, mounted a book on it and like all my sculptures tried to create the illusion that Leonard was emerging from the book.

Anyway this is Leonard getting his base coat outside on the patio.

And here he is finished.  All pretty and ready for his big day!

Anyway Leonard is done and I'm on to the next one!

Last Friday was also the opening night of the "She-Deck" show sponsored by {9}Gallery downtown.
This is Chloe that night posing with her skate deck (just above her head).

And me with my "Alice in Wonderland" themed skate deck.

It was an impressive show, with some really talented local artists. These two are some of my favorites!

It's good to have a nice outing on a sweltering summer evening!

In other news my new big complied book of "The Horribles" is now available!!!

Anyway this week Chloe is away again at "Aviation" camp.  I signed a paper that said I was ok with her flying a plane (this kid has not even gotten her driver's license!) Anyway, if you see me walking around muttering and staring up at the skies, you now know why!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Survivng June in Phoenix

The title of this post sounds miserable, but actually June so far has stayed in the "pleasantly warm" range (meaning less than 100ºF on many days). We've even had rain. RAIN!!  On Monday when I was out to breakfast with Mike I overheard the waitress as she seated other customers...
"I heard it might rain today!"
"OH NO! I hate the rain."
"Really? Well, I'll be back for your order."
(When she said "Really?" -that meant, "Oh you're not from Arizona.")

Much of the last couple of weeks I've been running art camps for kids.  One day when it began to pour all the children screamed and began to dance in front of the big picture windows.  It was pretty hilarious. However like most things though the cooler weather(if you can call 98ºF that) is coming to an end and for next week it'll be up to 112ºF.

Off With Her Head ©2015 Carolyn Watson Dubisch

On Monday I heard the fabulous news that my skate deck that I'd designed and painted was selected to be in the "She -Deck" show at {9} The Gallery downtown.

 I was a little nervous as I'd never painted anything like a skate deck for a skateboard before.

Because it's an object, I went ahead and painted both sides.

The theme of the show is skate decks designed and painted by women and girls, so Chloe also decided to try her hand at it.

I was thrilled to learn her deck was also accepted!  The show will open on June 19th at 6pm.  Come on down if you're in the area (there will be free food and (probably) free booze!).

In other news Chloe took her S.A.T. last weekend, which she declared was super easy!  (sounds good, right?) and is getting packed for her trip to Las Vegas this weekend with her youth group. Phoebe's got us running her to theater camp at Valley Youth Theatre these days. They're putting on a big production of "Honk" at the end of the month. Naomi is working her way through a huge number of books that she has loaded onto her nook, given to her by my brother during her big trip to Washington.

Last week Mike and I celebrated 21 years of marriage with an evening of Ethiopian food and "Mad Max" (the new one) in 3D. The food was great and the movie was ridiculous!  Have an excellent week. :)

"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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