Friday, November 22, 2013

Rainy day and misty mountains


It rained all night, which makes my kids happy and my dog miserable.


So on my dog walk this morning he just stopped under the awning of the Golden Phoenix Chinese food restaurant and wouldn't budge.  There I stood staring at the misty mountains that surround this city while the rain came down.  A peaceful, yet, moist experience.

In the meantime I continue to make hand turkeys.  One a day on my art blog till Thanksgiving, be sure to check them out!

Tomorrow we all go ice skating to celebrate Phoebe's 12th birthday, and yesterday I survived a dental nightmare.  I'm now the proud owner of a temporary crown on my molar.  Yes, I said temporary.  Which means I have to go BACK!!!  AARGH!

Monday, November 18, 2013

The future and the past

On the morning dog walk I found a child's fortune teller near the gates of the Elementary school. Apparently in the future I will marry a turtle.


Also in the future, next Saturday to be exact, we'll be celebrating Phoebe's 12th birthday party at an ice skating rink downtown with 16 of her closest friends!


The other thing my future holds is hand turkeys. I've been doing one a day until Thanksgiving over on my art blog.... So feel free to check them out!!

Now for the past....Last week was Phoebe's big performance.  She played an operator in a comedy skit for her theater group's variety show.  She was fantastic.


Today on Facebook I was asked to share 8 things about myself.  It seems like a bloggy thing to do so here they are.  I should warn you, though, only half of these things are true...

1. As a child, in Scotland, when traveling by train, my father instructed my brother and sister and I to fight whenever other passengers would peer into our cabin looking for seats. We always had a private cabin.
2. On Saturday nights I dress in black spandex and fight vampires. Since vampires aren't real there's very little actual fighting, unless Halloween falls on a Saturday.

3. I used to be a professional snake handler.

4. As a child my siblings and I used to sneak around the funeral home daring each other to touch the bodies on display.

5. Once I found $600,000 dollars in a laundry hamper, hidden in the bushes, while walking the dog. My dog peed on it so I left it there.

6. Sometimes I go to the airport and hand out flowers, then I come back 20 minutes later and try to get them back.

7. As a child I found a dead cat frozen in the ice by my family's lake house. The next morning he showed up crying, all wet and covered in ice chips on our back porch. So we kept him and named him "Zombie Boy".

8. Once I awoke in a field in rural Pennsylvania with no memory of the previous three hours. Next to me was my boyfriend, suffering the same memory gap. (No, we hadn't been drinking or doing drugs).

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Drawing pictures on the sidewalk

Saturday began at 3:40am when I got up and stumbled into the shower.   Then after forcing my 15 year old daughter to do my hair and makeup at 4am we headed off in thru the dark and empty city to the ABC news station.  I was going to be on the ABC morning show to promote the Tempe Marketplace's chalk festival.

They set me up to draw on the sidewalk under the lights outside the studio.


They needed me to do a demonstration drawing on film in under 30 minutes.

They cut to my progress on the drawing before and after each commercial break.

In the end, it came out pretty good.  Then they interviewed me about the festival and my drawing. Mike actually got up with me and came along because I was terribly nervous.  After the shoot, we went home, picked up some bagels and dragged our children out of bed.  Then we headed off to Tempe so I could get started on my mural for the festival. 


Phoebe had agreed to assist me.  Here she is working on the green cactus.  This is also the only in progress photo I have as Chloe was in charge of the camera, but about a million other people took pictures of me working that day (they also took a lot of pictures of my dog who sat nearby guarding me all day long).

We were right next to the big community mural.  Here are some kids working hard on their own little images.


This is the "Harvest Mural" in progress. I know it looks a lot like the one I did for ABC, but it's a much larger and elaborate image by a different artist.


 This is the Veteran's mural coming along nicely.

This Native American was amazing .

Around 1pm after working continuously I managed to finish my owl mural.

This morning I'm in recovery.... Man, do my knees hurt!


Friday, November 8, 2013

Jack-o-lanterns, a movie and the turkeys are back!

Hello again. It's November,  I know, but I thought it might be fun to share these photos of making our jack-o-lanterns this year....

Mike helping Phoebe clean up the top.

Phoebe carved her own.

For some reason I thought this was spooky!

Phoebe's looked great all lit up!

Naomi did a good job on hers as well.  (Chloe was too lazy to carve one, so her's sat whole and untouched on our doorstep... teenagers!)

Oscar posing
That turned out to be okay though.  Jack-o-lanterns last about 2 days in Arizona and California.  In upstate NY it was much longer as the temperature stayed at about 40-60ºF there during the day, as opposed to our 85ºF days here.  So we still have one pumpkin.

The girls took charge of cooking up the seeds as well.

They did a great job as even I ate a bunch. I usually don't like the pumpkin seeds, but I guess I've been doing it all wrong!

A couple days ago I drove Chloe and her "crew" to the local arcade to film their first movie for her film making class.

The kids worked really well together.  I hope I get to see it when they're done!

It's November so that means I'm posting a hand turkey each day on my art blog!

Of course I'm doing other things, like trying to stay on top of the Santa Claus children's book I've been hired to illustrate and this weekend is destined to be full of craziness.  On Saturday morning at 5am I have to go downtown to Fox's studio where they're going to film me drawing a chalk art piece on the side walk to promote the Tempe Chalk Festival.  Then, by 8am, I have to check in at the Temp Marketplace to draw my chalk mural at the festival ... all day long.  I know I should be worried about the art I'm going to draw, but all I can think about is what I'll wear.
"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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