Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Going to camp and letters for Eduardo

Christmas has come and gone and so has Chloe. Gone to winter camp in the California Mountains, I  mean....


Here's Mike and Chloe waiting in the cold wind for the ride in downtown Phoenix. While they loaded the luggage a schizophrenic man that was wandering by in the street came over and loaded his imaginary suitcase, then he ran off chasing an invisible dog. (At least I think he was schizophrenic, perhaps he was a prankster).  Anyway, she'll be back by New Years, the same day Phoebe leaves for encampment with her Girl Scout troop.

In the mean time I've been busy making masks like this one....

https://www.etsy.com/listing/261735195/owl-half-mask?ref=shop_home_active_1
And I just sold it from my shop!

 I've also been designing letters for a film called "Eduardo Munez" a dark comedy being filmed in the U.K. They need numerous interesting letters for use as props in the film.....

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Anyway it's been a lot of fun making these!

We finally went out to the theater and caught the new Star Wars movie 2 nights ago. My kids had a good time and so did we! Have an excellent 2017.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas from Arizona

Today we're shopping, wrapping and my kids are still asleep at 11:00am (it's great having teenagers!)

Have a good holiday!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December Days


It's winter in the valley, which means our oranges are ready for picking, if only I could reach them! They hang precariously over the courtyard so it's a bit challenging.  Our days are full of driving in circles. Getting the kids to school, driving to the store, to teach, and all over town for my kids' very busy schedules.

Chloe was fabulous in her school's production "Midsummer/Jersey" a few weeks ago. In fact all the kids were great! It was marred by an unfortunate incident though. It was produced by the theater department at her school, but performed across town in the Phoenix Little Theatre (not at the school). Halfway through the second performance someone who works in the office at the school messaged the theatre teacher and director to say that this list of girls in the show will be dress coded if they don't change their tops! The whole show takes place on a beach on the Jersey Shore and some girls wore bikini tops. It was rather extreme to do this and stress all the actors out. I also feel that this kind of thing is out of place in an art school. In the visual arts department they have a nude figure drawing class. In the dance department all the kids wear leotards and tights and perform in skin tight outfits. This isn't a business school.


Hanukah is over and Christmas is coming up fast. Really, really fast. How does time just slip away so quickly? Anyway I'm teaching and selling art online. I have a new etsy shop to sell my masks:



https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtisanMasks

I've been making a lot of them to stock my store and I've already made some sales (WhoHOO!)

Crow Mask
This one just shipped to Minneapolis 

Rabbit Mask

And this one is getting shared and liked all over the etsy website!

Anyway Mike is finishing up his semester and grading finals as well as working on a new comic project called "I am The Barbarian". He has opened up a store for 2 of his most popular paintings....

Sesame Strange

And his other spoof of SpongeBob (which was featured on MTV's website for a while)....

SpongeBob Strange Pants and Friends

Anyway now these are on t-shirts and posters and other products that may be of interest!!

I hope everyone has a great holiday or at least pulls through in one piece. Peace, Joy and Namaste.











Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Birthday, books and Hand Turkey....Always more hand turkeys

So... This awesome package came in the mail from my publisher....



YES!! My new book is out!!! If by any chance you contributed to my publisher's kickstarter and didn't get your copies, go to the site and fill out the survey so they can ship to a confirmed address.


Also this week was Phoebe's birthday, who is now an awesome 14 years old.  Here she is the night of her birthday onstage (yes, she performed that night!).  


She also made us all an amazing Tiramisu cake for that night after her show.


It was excellent (she's a really good cook).


The next night Phoebe went with her friends to the opening of Mockingjay 2, while they were out Naomi made her another great cake... Happy Birthday Phoebe!


I'm still making hand turkeys each day this month.


Take a look each day on my art blog here!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Installing my glow worms and The Grand Avenue Festival


On Friday morning Mike and Beatrice Moore, (one of the directors of the Grand Avenue festival) and Berto (a friend), and I managed to string up my two 4 ft long glow worms to a tree on Grand Avenue.


It was a perfect day to hang giant bugs.


I also wrapped the tree in glow webbing from Halloween.


The green one peered down at people passing by.


They are a bit creepy, but in a good way.


Anyway, yesterday was the big festival day. We came in the evening when the Papa parade had started...


People on stilts. (Sorry my camera hates the dark!)


A kung fu group.


The strange white aliens.


The street was decorated for many blocks. This is a knitted tree.



A garden of oddities (well, that's what I'm calling it, Beatrice Moore is the creator and I think she has a name for it.)


Her garden is full of strange creatures.


I could have studied at it all night!


There were bands playing.


This neon car.


This woven fence display!


And my glow worms.


Which unfortunately weren't glowing (they had too much direct light). Oh well, they did spend almost 2 months glowing in my bedroom each night, so I know they DO glow if it's dark enough.


Anyway we had a good night, and here's a picture of Phoebe, because she's awesome.


On a side note, I'm still doing hand turkeys each day thru November. Here's my Star Wars one from today. To see my daily turkeys, check out my art blog! Have an excellent week!






Monday, November 9, 2015

First Friday, a ticket to college and hand turkeys

This past weekend Mike headed down to Tucson comic con. It was a pretty good event, with the exception having to deal with the crazy guy searching his bags at the Greyhound station.



Since I had to teach on Saturday he went alone. Instead I went to Chloe's art opening at her school, since many of her pieces were chosen for the exhibit.

Chloe with her cut paper piece.
This one is her monoprint. Her print making teacher gave me a hug at the show and said she was amazed by how great Chloe has gotten this year! 


  And this is one of her life drawings. Chloe in fact had quite the weekend. On Saturday she got a letter from Hollins University in Virginia offering her a $108,000 scholarship for 4 years! This is her first big offer.  She was offered a couple really small scholarships to other schools, but this one means she may actually be able to go to college next year, with some additional loans and grants of course.


Saturday was the first day of a new session of my painting class. We did circle designs inspired by Atsuko Tanaka, a Japanese painter.

In other news...It's Thanksgiving time and I'm doing hand turkeys again!

Halloween is over!

Bacterial Hand Turkey


To keep up my daily hand turkeys you can check them out on my art blog here!






"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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