Sunday, January 27, 2013

Back on the air with "Art of The Red River"

We're returning this Monday with our third season of "Art Of The Red River". Our co-host,Wade Zahares will be traveling so Mike Dubisch and I will be launching us into our third year! It's sure to be some great conversations in art on Monday...
Kevin Clark at work on a mural in New York
Danceland, dance floor mural in Albany, NY

Joining us this month is professional muralist and decorative painter, Kevin Clark. Kevin  has been a full time muralist and decorative painter since graduating from Syracuse University in 1990. His paintings, murals and faux finishes are seen in breweries, shopping malls, schools, sporting arenas and countless homes and businesses in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts.

by comic book artist Kraig Rasmussen
Kraig's "Storycraft" event and podcast


 Also, Kraig Rasmussen returns to discuss with us his new podcast series "Storycraft" currently running on MonkeyGong.com . He describes himself as “a life long comic book artist, writer and rabid film geek.”  He is a fixture at Bay Area comic conventions like the Alternative Press Expo and SF Zine Fest.   Rasmussen is the creator of the popular character Rocketboy, and is also a founder and contributing artist of White Rabbit Magazine, a comic book anthology featuring the works of seven creators, perfect bound and printed in full color.

It should be an enlightening and interesting episode!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dear Universe,

When I said, 'Can my day get any worse?' it was a rhetorical question not a challenge.

We woke up to rain, an odd occurrence here in Phoenix, and even though I rushed her, Naomi was late. Again.  As I walked home with the dog I stepped in one of those puddles that looks an inch deep and then you're up to your knees.  So I walked home slowly with one drenched, cold foot in a squishing sneaker. Then the craziest thing happened as I came around the corner with Oscar. There was a woman (maybe 30yrs old) with 2 huge dogs, that immediately got very excited upon seeing my dog. They starting pulling her about so I pulled Oscar back. Suddenly they were dragging her on her stomach. "Oh my god! I'm so sorry!" is all I remember saying as I pulled Oscar out of sight and behind a wall so they couldn't see him. I just hoped she was able to get to her feet and get control.

The afternoon wasn't much better. After picking up the kids from school I found our COX bill in the mailbox. We had cancelled our cable last month in order to save the extra $60 they were charging for it, and this month instead of being $60 less it was over $500 more! I didn't have time to deal with it though as I needed to get Naomi to the eye doctor.  She failed the eye screening at school, twice, so I decided to get her checked.  Two and a half hours later and $54 poorer I learned that she has 20/20 vision! 

Oh well, that was yesterday.  Today is is a new day, and a better one.  Mike's been hired to teach for The Academy of Art in San Francisco.  It's online, so there's no commute!  Also both Mike and I will have our art on TV! The TNT show, "Perception", is setting up a fake comic con for a scene in their next season and they needed art to fill the different booths with.  I'm hoping I'll be played by Kate Winslet.

Now here's some gratuitous pictures of my cat, sleeping on a giant bear...




Have an excellent weekend!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Finishing the mutant's head

I spent the 3 day weekend getting the head to my mutant piñata complete.  Since I had most of the pieces already paper mached the next step was to put them together.

 This is a photo of attaching the small globes as eyes.  I also put in the ropes to add dimension.

Next I attached the horns I made to the top of his head.


While the horns dried in place I cut the second big globe to be a lower jaw, and attached the tongue.

The last step was to connect the 2 halves of the head.

from the side

(Naomi is working on her own project in the behind the head.)


Anyway, the mutant piñata head is done (for now)....

...But there's still lots more to do!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Remembering Martin Luther King

"We may all have come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." -Martin Luther King

I looked up quotes by Martin Luther King and out of over 300, this one jumped out at me. Mostly because it's still so relevant to civil rights struggles today in this country.  In 1963 my Dad marched on Washington with Dr. King.

Someone even snapped a picture of him and ran it in the paper (probably because he wore one of the ridiculous paper hats they handed out!).  It was something I've always been proud of him for.  

Today we decided to go down to a local festival honoring Martin Luther King...
When we got to the park we were greeted by this saxophone player.

 We walked about.


Then we spent all our money on expensive burritos and lemonade.

 
 While we watched one of the performances, we got kicked out because we brought the dog and dogs weren't allowed in the park today. What about animal rights? Oh well, I guess they could tell we'd already spent all our money.



Saturday, January 19, 2013

Building the head



I've started building my "Mutant Piñata" this weekend. I've decided to start with the head.

I paper mached the base and hung it out to dry.

The next step was to prepare the tongue, the horns and the eyes for paper mache.

I just taped together some balloons for horns.

Here they are drying.


This evening I added the upper teeth to the head.

Still a long way to go, but it's a start!

Yesterday we got some great news, Chloe will officially be attending The Metropolitan Arts Institute next year! Her place is secured.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A truck crashed into the house today.

At 9:28am as I made beds and gathered laundry, a loud BOOM! shook the condo.  My dog jumped six feet in the air and the cat bounced off the walls.  I was sure a meteor hit our roof.  I peeked out the window and saw a young Asian man look straight at me through the window as he drove a big truck down the complex driveway.  My husband, Mike ran outside in a panic and saw that he'd hit the eves of our roof with his truck....

So now the roof looks like this.


Mike was sure he'd stop as his whole front end was pretty damaged but he just cruised down the drive and out of the complex.  So now we're just waiting for the police to show up.  It took me awhile to stop shaking (it's been hours and the cat's still freaked!).

In other news, the vote for which piñata I should build for "The Mutant Piñata Show" resulted in this one...
So stay tuned for the progress, I'll start the build this weekend!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Voting for Mutants and another Sparkly Event

I've decided to enter the "Mutant Piñata Show" at the Pie Factory.  Sounds good right?

Anyway, yes, it's a real thing, and I made two designs for possible piñatas. However, I'm leaving it up to you, my readers, as to which one I should build. The choices are below so be sure and vote!!

 I'll be documenting the build on here of course and the show when it opens!



In other news last weekend we headed over to the last day of Glendale's Glitter and Glow event.


For the entire month of December and half of January Glendale's Historic District is a crazy festival with beautiful light displays, and glowing giant hot air balloons.

Here they are steadying the basket before inflating the balloon.

In the back you can see this balloon as it inflates.

 
It makes quite a spectacle inflating these giant, glowing balloons and filling the streets with them. It drew a huge crowd as well, even though it was freezing cold that night. 

There were other things going on as well. Such as these odd plastic balls children were rolling about in.


Of course my kids wanted to try, but I bought them some overpriced fudge instead.  We also brought the new dog, Oscar,along that night to see how he'd do in a crowd. He was a little shy, but overall, he did really well.

I think we'll try it again next year!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The things we kept

Christmas break has come and gone, but most of what came has stayed past the lazy vacation days. In particular.... This guy....

Phoebe and Oscar
Without tags or a microchip, Oscar (or Oz as we also call him) is here to stay.

We've learned from the vet that he's a year and a half old, so he's not getting any bigger. He hardly barks and like many rescue dogs he follows us around.  Especially Mike and I. 

We're treating the ear infection he acquired from his days on the street .  He doesn't like the treatments.
He walks to Naomi's school with us each day, because he really likes the kids.


 And everyone likes him.  Except my cat, Izzy, but she's watching him.

"Someone's been sleeping in my bed and he's still there!"

This giant bear is also still hanging around.

In other news I've been busy painting more mandalas.  This one is up on eBay this week!
It's going to be year of the snake in 2013!



Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to school!

Today my kids returned to school and I got stuff done!  Lots of important stuff!!!

... And I'm sure they did too, which is good because they watched so much TV over winter break I was quite sure they'd jellied their brains.

In other news, Mike and I were needing an author photo for a recent interview about "The People That Melt in The Rain", so we took these....

They're not perfect, but not too bad so I thought I'd share. :)

Anyway to all you students out there, Happy Second Semester!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

The New Year and the dog in the road

・*:•.★.•·*☆ ┢┦aΡpy New Year ☆★. •·*★. •·* 



The New Year crept up on us and we were going to go out to an old west ghost town for an event, but we were feeling too rundown from Christmas travel, so we followed our usual tradition of making ridiculous hats.

Naomi's hat was very clever. She attached a list of crazy resolutions.

Phoebe made a panda hat (and numerous others)

Chloe was apparently too old for this activity but agreed to wear one Phoebe made for a photo.  Next year she says she's determined to go to a party for New Years (I guess staying in was way too lame.)

This is the hat they made for Izzy.  Here she is doing her best impression of "Grumpy Cat".


... And of course we made some hats. Very silly hats.


Since the kids are on break still we took them hiking over by the Salt River.


Which was great for photos, but a little dull when it came to walking.

So from here we went up the road to Papago park.

There were some pretty good trails over there.

And some pretty hills.

I wish I could say she was studying the ancient petroglyphs, but it's just graffiti .

We hiked through this tunnel that had been befouled  by horses.

Up the cacti trail.

Phoebe at the top

To the top of this hill.

Chloe and Phoebe enjoying the view.

It didn't take long to find the horses that stank up the tunnel.

It was good to get everyone out of the house.

Lately my kids just been reading and watching too much TV while Mike and I try to meet deadlines, ship art and run errands, which is exactly what we were doing down at the huge (5 lanes) intersection of Indian School Road and 7th street yesterday.  As we approached the light we saw a small brown dog running on the sidewalk with no collar.  Mike quick pulled into a parking lot as we watched the little dog jet straight into the road. He survived somehow and made it back to the sidewalk. We pulled out trying to get over when suddenly he was in the road again and next to our car! Mike threw open his door and we called him in. He jumped in and collapsed exhausted in my seat.

Here's his photo.  As you can see I'm clearly ready for a job as the photographer over at animal control. (All their photos are this crappy!)

Here's a better one of him sleeping. We're calling him "Oz" for now, but if he has a sad and desperate owner out there, hopefully we can find him.  If not, well, he's welcome to hang around with us.







"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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