Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tree Creatures and international exhibits.

The last couple of weeks I've been swamped with work (my mask shop is having a Halloween sale that's really picked up speed).  Also I'm trying to complete my "Tree Creatures Installation" for the Flower Fantasy Show at the Grand Ave. Festival.


I've made progress with the one on the left...


This is his face before painting.


After painting the base color.



Top of the tree with flowers added.


Here you can see I attached a 2 foot stake to install it into the planter.


Anyway, I've been so busy with mask orders, a book illustration job, and work I needed to send off to other shows that he's now sitting here on my desk. Hopefully this weekend I will finish him up and start on the next one.

“The House in The Woods” 
This is my little painting for the  “Brüder Grimm” exhibit at the Wesersagen Museum in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. Opening in November till January. I shipped it off this week.
"It's a Beautiful Day"

I also sent off this painting to Turkey for the Bicycle and Tourism Show at Baliskasir University going up in November.

An Arizona Iris
And finally this is my entry into the show "Irises" for the Hotel Iris in Alexandrov, Russia, for an exhibit in 2017.  


Here, you are gazing upon the delicious cinnamon cake that the girls and I made Mike for his birthday a few days ago. Tomorrow we're going on a segway tour of Tempe town lake to celebrate (mostly because I've always wanted to try one of those things.) Have an excellent week!








Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tongue tied

This year we have long commute to get the kids to their new school through the beginning of rush hour traffic, so I'm spending the time brushing up on my French. It's coming back pretty quickly  C'est vraiment super!



The reason I'm brushing up on French is so I can hopefully communicate when I arrive in Morocco next May. Of course my Spanish will be useful as well, but the best language to know is Moroccan Arabic.... So I'm studying that too. It makes my head spin keeping track of all though, and honestly, when it comes to the written Arabic I'm pretty lost already.

Anyway, I've been working hard on applying to artist grants, as honestly, my GoFundme is pretty stagnant. Though some wonderful people have actually pledged some money and I'm insanely grateful to them! Anyway I'm coming up on a deadline for the fourth grant I've found that I qualify for (fingers crossed).



In other news, Chloe has been accepted into the Kappa Delta sorority. Which is good, I think. Actually, I know nothing about this kind of thing as I just went to an art school in NYC, but she's excited, so that's all I need to know!
"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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