Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Temporary Art


  I don't know this guy but he's doing lovely job!


The work I'm doing on the Seussical sets and props is also temporary, though not quite as temporary as that.  This week I worked on Jojo's bathtub.  This tub was built by our director of sets, Paula Johnson.  


She gave me an image from Dr. Seuss's "McElligott's Pool".  This is after I drew it on.


Then I painted in the blue and red.


And here it is finished.


I also worked on these pieces for Horton's Nest.


Here they are added to the set piece (built by Paul Hillery) and the egg was created by Pam Raney from costumes.  Horton will sit up top for a lot of act 2 so they're adding a cushion.  Just a week and a half till opening night, and both Mike and I are on the makeup team.    Hmmm....I should probably figure out some of the face painting.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tick, Tick, Tick.....

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” -Dr. Seuss


"Seussical" is coming soon.  Really soon..... Here's the ad!



I spent this week working on this piano.  Here is Kerry Williams finishing the construction...


Once he finished up, I drew the paint design onto it.


On Tuesday night I stopped at blue....


And here it is.... drumroll....


So now the cat in the hat has a piano! YAY!

In other news, both Phoebe and Naomi received awards at a tediously long assembly at school yesterday....


Phoebe's in the back!


Here's Naomi!  To be fair I should say Chloe also received an environment award at her school in a different painfully long assembly ( in that she was the very last kid after over an hour to be called)...


It looks like she's emerging from the darkness, but really she's just standing in front of the curtains onstage.  Anyway, I'll be building a Seuss watering can this week... Cheers!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

On the radio...

It's that time again.... Well next Monday. We'll be doing our live show here...
Art of The Red River


This show we'll have my co-host Wade Zahares back from his trip and interviewing Diane Washburn from  A.W. Corporate Art Works.  Diane is a graduate in Art From the University of Maryland, and represents artists from across the United States.  Giving us her insight on the world of Corporate art.
Also on the show will be  Lulu award winner and Disney animator, Elizabeth Watasin.  She'll be talking about her very cool YA book  Wit's World :Never Was...




And our third and final guest on Monday, interviewed by Mike , will be the muli-talented and famous Shane Evans.  A children's book author and illustrator who's books been featured in such places as Oprah, Reading Rainbow, and Late Night with David Letterman.  He just (as in about a week ago won the Image Award from the N.A.A.C.P. for his book, My Brother Charlie, Written by Holly Robison Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete.

Shane also developed the popular “Shanna Show” for Playhouse Disney, which spun of into “Shane’s Kindergarten Countdown.”




Anyway it's all happening on Monday the 28th at 12pm central.


In other exciting news, two more of my books are on the Barnes and Noble site and available for the Nook!  The Horribles, Book One- yes the original creepy beginning!
And Las Personas Que Se Derriten En La Lluvia - The People That Melt in The Rain in Spanish!!
Not to worry if you have a kindle.... This means they will be on sale soon on amazon! 



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bicycle Lessons

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”
- Albert Einstein


This week I contacted the San Diego Bicycle coalition to find a bicycle instructor for Phoebe and Naomi. They've been complaining for ages that they're the only kids in their classes who can't ride a bicycle. We don't own any. We have no where to store them. We're not allowed to keep them on the patio because we live with an authoritarian HOA. The only place it's allowed is in the bike lock-up in the basement and that requires we pay a number of fees. It also means they would be all the way in the basement, so my kids will never bother to try to ride them. Anyway, with their huge Spring break coming (five weeks!!) I thought it would be good to have something for them to do. So now I just need to get a couple of helmets.

Mike is home from his show in Chicago. This is a quick sketch video he made in the airport while waiting hours for his plane....






YAY! It's Conan. :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

So many shows...

Opening night of "Seussical" inches closer.  Phoebe and Naomi (and most of the cast) had head shots taken by a photographer at rehearsal today (for publicity).  Tickets are on sale here , and I've finally really made progress with the Circus McGurkus Train....


Phoebe and Naomi helped me out last week and painted the backs black while I finished the chair.


Here's a blurry shot of the flats half painted.


A better photo of the front car.


One with black and one without. I did finish today, but my camera's in Chicago with Mike.   I have to say I miss Mike a lot more than my camera.  He's at the opening of this show.  He has several pieces showing in it, and it's quite a big deal.  His work is already hanging more locally here...



These aren't the greatest photos, but this is at the Chi Holistic Collective on 5th Avenue here in San Diego.   Stop by if you're in town!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Finishing the chair

As I brought the kids home from school today, my cat paraded in the door with a live lizard and released it in the house. Unfortunately, we needed to head right out again to work on the sets.


We're pushing to get things done on the play, so I spent the afternoon finishing up Mayzie's chair....



As you can see I added the black lines to complete the "Seussian" look.


This is it when I finished.


As we put it away in storage, Les, the stage manager said we could have it after the play was over and Naomi was so-o excited.  I suddenly had a vision of our living room decorated with Seussical props.
Not really a Martha Stewart direction but it would be free!  Now to find that lizard...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Distractions

Yesterday was a troubling anniversary.  It was my mother's birthday and my father's  "death day".  So I spent  a lot of time distracting myself with work on "Seussical"...


This will be Mayzie's chaise lounge for the Palm Beach scene ( built by Mike Collier).  I was asked to paint it "Seussian".  So we started off with a coat of yellow...


Then today I added some stripes....



It's still not done but we're almost there...


I'll finish it up tomorrow.  They've decided to use this puppet created by Karen Muldrew from the costumes department to add to the back of the chair...


She made them for her puppet shows and has offered up some of her others as well....


This is Marylen Haines our director holding up the ostrich....



... And Kath Hillery (from props) holding one of the fish for Mcgillicutty's pool.  The puppets will be a great addition I'm sure!   As for the circus train I've been working on, progress continues, slowly...


They're face down and drying.  Tomorrow they'll look better when we move forward with paint.
We're getting to that last few weeks of crunch time on the play so the pressure's on!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New and Horrible


Here it is!!! My new e-book and the third "Horribles" e-book just came out this week! It's available for the kindle (as you can see)... 
But if you prefer to shop at "Barnes & Noble" it came up for sale yesterday as a "Nook Book" !!!
And here's my little blurb about it...

When Sylvia gets trapped in a tomb in the graveyard she shrieks so loud and so long the dead rise. They flood into town and wreak havoc large and small. Read the comic series everyone's talking about!

Read the third book in the series of "The Horribles"


Anyway, I am really excited about it (in case you can't tell).  I was also happy to see that some of my other (older) ebooks came up for sale on these sites as well...
 To the left is the kindle edition on Amazon and this is the link for it on the Nook at Barnes & Noble.
Here is the First Issue of "The People That Melt in The Rain"on the kindle...Here it is on The Nook.

And the Issue #0 of "The People That Melt in The Rain"... Which isn't on Barnes & Noble yet, but I think it's coming soon!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Building the flats

Now that we're done with the backdrop we are moving on to building the "Circus McGurkus" train for the play...


This is the design for the back car that I worked out a few weeks ago, and Mike just finished the design for the front car...


Which looks great with the giraffe thing sticking his head out.  Anyway we started setting up the flats (large set pieces) this weekend.


We set up some foam core and re enforced it with some wood dowels. These have to be very light as two child actors will be holding them up as they peer through the windows of the train.


Then we cut the boards to the train shape.  As you can see they are in 2 pieces so they will fit in my car.  They are ready to be transported so I can work on them at home this week.


This is one half of one flat drying on my patio.  I paper mached it to create a "shell" around the piece.  This will make the foam core stronger and more protected without making it very heavy .  It will also be better (less likely to warp) for when we paint it.


I had some extra paper mache so I put some on one of the other pieces.

I was worried this would be an astonishingly dull post so I searched online for a writing prompt to find something fascinating to add. So I find this...

Write from the point of view of a freshly scrubbed floor.

So I sat here thinking and thinking of what it would be like to be a freshly scrubbed floor.  All wet and sore, and I decided that I'd rather drink that beer sitting in my fridge and forget about it.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Coming into Focus

Yesterday was the second show of Art of The Red River! My co-host Wade Zahares, was on a plane to Miami during the live broadcast so my husband, Mike, filled in for him. We also had two amazing artists to talk with. Glen Garner, a pop-surrealist artist from Copenhagen, Denmark. His work has been in galleries across Europe and this piece was sold in a recent exhibit at Galleri Elsie Toft in Kolding, Denmark.


Our second guest was Travis Louie, a popular New York based artist who's monsterous victorian portraits have swept through the art world in the U.S. and has an amazing new book coming out of his work called "Travis Louie's Curiousities"

The Great Guggamugga

The show went well with a small technical difficulty in the beginning, but all in all we're finding our groove as talk show hosts and even though Wade will be back for the next one, Mike has decided that he will stay on as a regular host as well.  Which is great the way the show is taking shape! To listen to the archived show click here!

Over the weekend Chloe told me she's been having trouble reading the board in school.  So on the drive to school yesterday Mike tested her eyes with street signs...  She could hardly read any until they were on top of them.  It's no wonder she was banned from the go-carts at "Boomers" for repeated crashing!  It turns out she's extremely near-sighted and the optometrist couldn't believe she had not said anything for so long! She's got her new glasses now (which I think look amazing!), and was astonished at everything around her. So now she's studying the ground, the sky and world in focus!



"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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