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).




Thursday, July 28, 2016

A comic about meat and SDCC

Mike is home again now from San Diego Comic Con. He spent the week dressed as a chicken.... Really!



He's the one in the middle promoting his new project called "Mystery Meat" with writer, Cody Goodfellow (the pig man on the left). This is a link to the kickstarter, which is doing quite well as it just launched! 



Of course he did other things too. Like participate in the "Sketch-a-thon" over at the Cartoon Art Museum booth, and find publishers for a number of projects (which is great!).

I spent the week teaching kids and getting Phoebe over to her Theater intensive program at the Phoenix Theater downtown. She's in a production of Snoopy and working quite hard at it! Naomi's swim team is over so she been gearing up for her new school and Chloe's still in California camp counseling (is that a word? ), but she'll be home this weekend.


    In other news, photographer, Sharon Covert's mask series is being featured in Adore Noire magazine. She's including my credit for mask designs and had me describe my process for the magazine. Anyway I'm really excited!




Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mask making and Phoebe's trip to Seattle

With just a few classes on the weekend, this week's all about hiding inside for me. So I'm hiding from the heat and designing masks for my store.....

My desk is covered, and my storage bins are filling up! You can have one of these masks as your very own for a donation to my fundraiser for my Morocco residency! Check it out. :)

Last week Phoebe flew to Seattle on her own. Since she's 14, I could send her without signing her up for the minor traveling alone program where they guide the kids from one destination to the other, which adds a lot of cost to the ticket.  Unfortunately, after we left her at the gate in Phoenix she missed the announcement where they changed the departure gate and she missed her flight! The great thing was that she had to step up. She got herself booked on a new flight and over to the new gate and contacted us about the changes. Here she is in the Seattle airport.

She spent a week traveling around the city with her aunt and uncle!

All week they sent me some fabulous photos! Here they are on a ferris wheel by the waterfront.

Phoebe and Kristin by the waterfront.

And next to the ferris wheel!

They took the ferry to Whidbey Island.

Went to the Aquarium, hiking, and biking and of course the Space Needle.


In the end I'm pretty sure she had an amazing time!

Chloe left as well last week to be a camp counselor at a camp in the San Bernardino mountains in California. She doesn't send photos but she did call today, and said she was really enjoying working with the kids! 

In other news, our days inside resulted in a theft in our car. Everything was rummaged through and the GPS was gone. We seem to get robbed a lot at this point, but this is why we can't have nice things... Oh well. Stay cool and for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere who doesn't live in the freaking desert, enjoy the summer!


"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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