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. :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Kids on the Move

Last week was a flurry of travel for my kids who had just wrapped up their school years. It began on Tuesday at 4am, when we dropped a very excited Phoebe off at the airport for her big school trip to Washington DC...

Then she was off first to Virginia and then on to the capitol.

Phoebe by the Lincoln Memorial.

She had a fabulous time traveling with her friends. She also was thrilled to be visiting places that she spent the year learning about in her Social Studies class.

And here she is by the reflecting pool. The day after Phoebe flew east, we were at the airport again.  This time for Naomi, who was off to visit her Aunt Kristin and Uncle Duncan up in Washington State. Here she is waiting to board at Phoenix airport...

She had a good flight (all on her own!) and met them in Seattle.

Here she is on the ferry with my brother Duncan going to Whidbey Island.

Naomi on Whidbey Island with their dog Casey on the beach.

In a climbing gym in Seattle.

Naomi, Duncan and Kristin on top of the space needle.  She came home today more than a little sad that her big trip was over!

Chloe also took a trip last week with the Girl Scouts to tour through L.A. Here she is at the LaBrea Tar Pits.  

And walking through the museum.

At one of the exhibits.

Dino Bones!

She also toured the prop house for Waner Bros Studio. She tried on the sorting hat from Harry Potter.  As soon as it touched her head it shouted "Another Weasley!!" and placed her in Gryffindor.

On the Warner Bros Studio tour she saw the Ellen set.

As well as the set for "Pretty Little Liars"!!

She was home on Sunday night and clearly had a blast!  In the meantime Mike and I wound up alone for almost two whole days!! We also had a nice time. ;)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Last Days of school and chalk art in Scottsdale

A little over a week ago Phoebe completed 7th grade and has been hanging about the house, writing list after list of things to pack for her big trip to Washington DC.  She's going with her school and will be leaving at 4am tomorrow morning!!  She's a bit excited to say the least.

On Thursday Naomi joined her on summer break and has been reading one book after another, and prepping for her big summer trip to Seattle, Washington to visit my brother and sister-in-law. She's really excited and will be flying all on her own for the first time!

Chloe is finishing her Junior year, and still has three more days of school left next week. She has finals and the SAT coming up on June 6th, but still took time to assist me this weekend at the Fairmont resort in Scottsdale for their Carnival themed chalk festival.

Since the images had to be "Boardwalk" themed, I scrolled through illustrations I already created instead of designing anything new.  I decided to try and recreate 2 images from my short film...

It was only about 87ºF on Sunday so we lucked out considering it's late May.

Here I am working on the first mural.

Here it is in progress.

                These murals were smaller than I usually do, but we had to do two in one day, so it added up to more work in the end.

This is my only picture of Chloe working.  She was a great assistant though.

Unfortunately this is my best shot of the final mural we did that day.

Again, not great photos but here you can see both murals complete.

Chalk artists had been coming in all weekend.  These are some of the best finished murals I saw...

A ferris wheel at night.

The elephant on the unicycle.

And this candy apple mural photographs amazingly well!

Anyway, I have some kids who need help packing, have a great holiday weekend!
"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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