Monday, August 31, 2015

Finishing the glow worm and summer storms

Last week as I set out to drive around the city, picking up kids from school a huge dust storm rolled in.


It was definitely pretty crazy with the wind and the sand and of course all the other drivers in this city who were still mesmerized by their cell phones.



Also last week I made huge progress on my glow worm for the Grand Ave. Festival. Here he is before painting.


I gave this one a green base coat.


From this angle you can see he's about 4 feet long.


Here he is on his back with some designs painted in.


Here he is finished from back.


The light green parts glow.


He's a pretty huge glowing sculpture now sitting in the corner of my bedroom, and I've already started the next glow worm!


In other news, you may remember this sculpture of mine that I made for my show downtown. He sold on the opening night, but now I've been commissioned to make another one. So I need to get sculpting on that now as well!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cakes and Candles and another sculpture



     Last week Chloe turned 17 years old! This massive cake with 7 layers was created by Phoebe who loves to experiment with pinterest recipes she finds. She make a gradation in the frosting (from light pink to dark pink). It was amazing!  

    Anyway, Chloe planned an outing to the water park with 4 friends and only one showed up. Between that and the fact that most of the family forgot her birthday this year she seemed a little bummed. Still she did get an excellent cake. :)


    Yesterday we celebrated Naomi's 12th birthday (which is actually Monday). She only invited one friend to join her at the dine-in theater.  



We brought them to see the new "Vacation" movie, that was so funny it had me in tears. Which was nice because yesterday started with Chloe's bicycle getting stolen off our patio, which then led me to be late to work and was shaping up to be a real downer of a day....

By the way this cake was also made by Phoebe. It's all chocolate with 4 layers and this chocolate ganache frosting she made. That child is getting very skilled!



I've been busy building the first of three glow worms for the Grand Ave. Festival this year. This is his head and thorax.


Next I added antennas.


These are legs ready to be added later.


And this will be his back end, still in progress. Anyway, much, much more to come! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throwback Thursday-The day we changed everything



On November 29th in 2007 we left our house in Greenville, NY and headed in a rental car to JFK international airport in NYC.


Here I am with our three girls and all our things. We'd decided to go with ten suitcases, 5 carry ons, and some personal items. That was everything we moved to Argentina with, whatever we could carry.


We just checked in and are about to get on the airport train, which circled us around the airport with amazing views out the window.


Eventually we found our gate.


Our flight was well past 10 at night, but we were there early and had hours to kill.


It got a little dull, but eventually we boarded our flight. We flew American Airlines and it was definitely quite miserable. For a 14 hour flight to Buenos Aires they showed ONE movie and then all we could watch was the little moving airplane cursor over a map that showed our slow progress over Central America. I do remember lightning and turbulence over the rainforest. Only Chloe and I were awake for it (possibly Mike as well). Sleeping in coach is a skill I have not yet mastered.


That morning we arrived and stumbled into the summer heat of Buenos Aires. We'd booked a hotel in town as the International airport was extremely far from the domestic one so connecting flights were too challenging to bother with. After a groggy day and restless night in a foreign city we found ourselves waiting at the airport again.


This was not our plane. 


By now the kids were getting used to airports.


I was a bit tired though.


Eventually though all the waiting paid off and they brought us to a plane.


A short flight later we found ourselves in our new home in Bariloche, Argentina. After that day we began our new life in South America, and it marked the beginning of our greatest adventure as a family,and I miss it, each and every day. 


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

School, School, School

All three of my girls are back in school!

Phoebe started yesterday and is ready for 8th grade. She's T.A. (teaching assistant) for her theater teacher and for her English teacher from last year. She's also back with her friends and is deeply concerned about which musical her theater group will be performing for the Spring Show.

Chloe's been at school for a week and a half now. She's also T.A. for her poetry class. She just completed her first drawing assignment for mixed media and I think it came out pretty awesome...


She had to show an action in three panels.

 Anyway, the big news is that after applying all over town we found an awesome school for Naomi. She's been accepted into BASIS. It seems to be some kind of genius school, she's studying latin, chemistry, biology and physics this term! Today was her first day, and she grabbed the last seat in the art class, and immediately connected with the other students who were also fans of the Percy Jackson books.

In other news my hand painted skate deck, "Off With Their Heads", sold out of the {9) Gallery last month, which makes me very happy. We also heard yesterday that we're getting a discount on our rent this month for the air conditioning fiasco last week which left us sweating it out for 7 days. So Whoohoo!! Happy Tuesday :) 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

First Friday Reception and the beginning of school


Last night was first Friday and the opening for my show "Books of Whimsy".  Unfortunately this crazy stuff called pouring rain came down from the sky, just before the gallery doors opened and chased away the small crowd that had gathered.


Some people did show up later on though, and fortunately my teenage daughter, Chloe showed up with friends, but it was a slow turnout.


Some people have indicated they would like to buy some art, including my boss, Julia who asked to reserve a painting and came all the way down from Scottsdale in the pouring rain.


Mike and I while listening to the fantastic live music of Mahlon Hawk, who performed for the reception.


Phoebe and Naomi went and took many photos in the gallery. The sculpture behind her "Reading in The Bath" was reserved that night for a buyer visiting from Holland. She wants me to ship it to Amsterdam once the show comes down, which should be challenging.


The Troll on display in the gallery.


The Gift in the gallery.


This is the "Little Ship" and "Book worm on a Paper Tree". Before the show I received a request to reserve the book worm as well.


Naomi with the "Clock tower". The gallery director told me that during story time in the children's room they marched all the kids into the gallery and did "Hickory Dickery Dock"  in front of my mouse sculpture. She said it was the cutest thing she's ever seen.


My sculpture "An Intelligent Breed" sat near the window. He was also reserved that night by the musician and his wife, Mahlon and Renee Hawk (they just remodeled). 


And here's a nice shot of Naomi by one of my paintings.


Mike and I in the gallery.

This week has been a crazy one. Late last week our a/c went out, which makes day to day life ever more challenging in the desert in the summer. Finally it was replaced on Thursday and we could all breathe again! 

Chloe finally returned after a month away and headed straight off to school on Monday. She's off to a good start in her senior year.  Phoebe starts 8th grade on Monday morning, and we're running around town trying to find a new school for Naomi, who just can't bring herself to return to her old school from last year(there was a lot of drama!).

In the mean time I'm going to be starting my next project. I'm building some glow worms to attach to a tree for this year's Grand Avenue festival. I'll be buying some glow in the dark paint so these look good when the sun goes down!





"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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