Thursday, July 28, 2016

A comic about meat and SDCC

Mike is home again now from San Diego Comic Con. He spent the week dressed as a chicken.... Really!



He's the one in the middle promoting his new project called "Mystery Meat" with writer, Cody Goodfellow (the pig man on the left). This is a link to the kickstarter, which is doing quite well as it just launched! 



Of course he did other things too. Like participate in the "Sketch-a-thon" over at the Cartoon Art Museum booth, and find publishers for a number of projects (which is great!).

I spent the week teaching kids and getting Phoebe over to her Theater intensive program at the Phoenix Theater downtown. She's in a production of Snoopy and working quite hard at it! Naomi's swim team is over so she been gearing up for her new school and Chloe's still in California camp counseling (is that a word? ), but she'll be home this weekend.


    In other news, photographer, Sharon Covert's mask series is being featured in Adore Noire magazine. She's including my credit for mask designs and had me describe my process for the magazine. Anyway I'm really excited!




Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mask making and Phoebe's trip to Seattle

With just a few classes on the weekend, this week's all about hiding inside for me. So I'm hiding from the heat and designing masks for my store.....

My desk is covered, and my storage bins are filling up! You can have one of these masks as your very own for a donation to my fundraiser for my Morocco residency! Check it out. :)

Last week Phoebe flew to Seattle on her own. Since she's 14, I could send her without signing her up for the minor traveling alone program where they guide the kids from one destination to the other, which adds a lot of cost to the ticket.  Unfortunately, after we left her at the gate in Phoenix she missed the announcement where they changed the departure gate and she missed her flight! The great thing was that she had to step up. She got herself booked on a new flight and over to the new gate and contacted us about the changes. Here she is in the Seattle airport.

She spent a week traveling around the city with her aunt and uncle!

All week they sent me some fabulous photos! Here they are on a ferris wheel by the waterfront.

Phoebe and Kristin by the waterfront.

And next to the ferris wheel!

They took the ferry to Whidbey Island.

Went to the Aquarium, hiking, and biking and of course the Space Needle.


In the end I'm pretty sure she had an amazing time!

Chloe left as well last week to be a camp counselor at a camp in the San Bernardino mountains in California. She doesn't send photos but she did call today, and said she was really enjoying working with the kids! 

In other news, our days inside resulted in a theft in our car. Everything was rummaged through and the GPS was gone. We seem to get robbed a lot at this point, but this is why we can't have nice things... Oh well. Stay cool and for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere who doesn't live in the freaking desert, enjoy the summer!


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Under the desert sun

The past week and half has been the usual for summer in Phoenix. Just "surface of the sun" weather. Step outside and get inside as fast as you can.  It's a tough place to come home to in the summer.



I've been consumed with running summer camps for Abrakadoodle, Inc. in Scottsdale. By the end of the week some of the kids were tired of face painting so we went with feet painting!


The kids LOVED it and we had a lot of fun!

It was a challenging week for teaching though. I teach at different sites all over the Valley and need to lug supplies with me. Generally not a problem but my rolling cart broke and I needed to move a lot of supplies under the desert sun.

I'm also still promoting my fundraiser for my artist residency in Morocco. There are many books and masks and even paintings available as gifts for anyone who donates (think of it as shopping!)


This is my frog mask that I just finished.


It's one of many masks you could choose from from my fundraiser!

Chloe and Heidi in Little Italy, San Diego

Chloe spent the last 10 days visiting her old friend Heidi in San Diego.  Heidi is a bit nutty and at one point signed them both up to volunteer at the Food Festival dressed as sushi for the day! I truly wish I had a photo of her as a sushi..... Anyway this morning I sit drinking one of the hundreds of packets of Thai coffee Heidi's family sent her home with. Like the package says "It's tasty AND delicious"!!
"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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