Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Clockwork Mouse

This is my "Clockwork Mouse" series of mini paintings for an exhibit in Folkstone's Creative Quarter of Kent in the U.K.  It opens this summer....





       Anyway, the kickstarter for my children's book, "The Hiccup Monster" was a success, and I'm busy working on my next sculpture for my solo show.  Also I've been invited to work another chalk festival in Scottsdale next month.  I hope it's not over 100ºF by then (unlikely though). Happy Thursday!



Monday, April 20, 2015

Another chalk festival, this time in Tempe!

Having the Phoenix Chalk festival this past Saturday meant that the week leading up to it was a jumble of preparation for me.  First I was interviewed for the Arizona Republic on Tuesday, and then I drew on camera for a TV spot on the CBS Morning Show, on Thursday (aired on Saturday, though).

Friday night I taught another paint party for a very nice lady's 50th birthday party.  During the party,  I had an Arizona moment when I realized I was one of three people there that hadn't been stung by a scorpion.  It was a bit alarming.

For the chalk festival I submitted a painting I sold in 2013 called "The Snake Mandala".


I redesigned it to be a square (which is what my space always is).  So it looked like this....


The morning of the festival came all too quickly (and early for a Saturday!). My daughter Phoebe was assisting me this time. We were unfortunately placed in the sun that morning as our umbrella was casting it's shadow in the wrong direction.


Here I am getting started with some base colors on the snake.


Every few minutes we had to take a sun break.  It was pretty hot that morning.

Finally the base colors were done.


Shade crept up on us as we added the details to the snake.

The morning was such a challenge.  Not just because of the sun, but because of our location next to the children's fountain.  Kids were splashing water about 4 feet from where we were working.

Here you can see the children in the background. I moved that trash can there to deflect some of the water.

After a morning of drawing in the sun and repairing water spots from excited toddlers, we were both ready for lunch!

On our way to the Chipotle we stopped to look at Lea Rankin's flower mural.

This is Ian Rankin and his daughter creating a giant trombone on the sidewalk.

After lunch we had shade which was awesome!  Here's Phoebe working on the edge.

Finally very close to our 6pm deadline we finished!

It was quite a relief to be done.  The one day festivals are always epic!  Anyway people kept asking me how long this would be up.  I had to answer that it would be two or three days at best this close to the slash zone!

This is me at the end of the day with Naomi (she came out with the rest of the family to pick us up).

As we left the Tempe Marketplace I snapped this photo of Lea Rankin's flower mural.  It came out pretty good! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Phoebe's play opens!

Last week I shipped off my painted bottle for the recycled art exhibit in Ares, Spain at CPI Conde de Fenosa (a university in the city). I've been accepting into a lot of international shows lately.  I wish I could afford to attend all these openings!!



On Easter morning I took Oscar for a walk around a local canyon in Paradise Valley, when we found a rather gruesome looking bunny's foot....


It didn't seem all that lucky so I left it there (I'm sure there's an Easter Bunny joke here, but I can't think of it.)

This past week we went to see "Parents Just Don't Understand"-The play Phoebe's been directing...

Here's a very blurry photo of her and her co-director Vivian onstage introducing the show (I took 7 shots and this was the best one!!).

From act one this is a scene that Phoebe directed about a nervous Dad giving his daughter a driving lesson. (She also designed and painted that backdrop behind them).

And another scene from act two called "The Talk" about a Dad and his son. The show was hilarious and the actors did a great job even though the kids ate some bad bagels in the hours before going onstage. Many of them were vomiting between scenes!! I couldn't believe how professionally they handled it.

Here's Phoebe after the show!!
 (Fortunately she only ate a little and just got a bit queasy.)
"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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