Friday, November 30, 2012

My latest Mandala

Last week I found some sizable wooden plates at Goodwill.  I brought them home and painted this one.... I think it's rather pretty.  The iridescent paint is working quite well.  I've decided I'll be doing these as a series for a while.  This mandala drawing I did last week is currently up on eBay...

In other news:
My kids are busy with school....

A long time ago, there was no such thing as school, and children spent their days learning a trade, a phrase which here means "standing around doing tedious tasks under the instruction of a bossy adult." In time, however, people realized that the children could be allowed to sit, and the first school was invented.”-Lemony Snicket

They are adjusting quite well to their new schools at this point.  It's actually a struggle for me because for the first time ever they are in three different schools.  Which makes me feel like I'm being pulled in three different directions (which they literally are from my house, no one's school is really "on the way" to the other).  The schools here have an "activity fee" which was $50 we had to pay at enrollment to cover field trips and other events.  This is actually quite awesome, because since they started they have ALL been on field trips and had numerous special assemblies.  In California they NEEDED to do this but instead of asking parents for money they simply hardly did much in the way of outings or events.  It's nice to see them getting out of the classroom so much.

And on a final note I came in second place on this hand turkey contest!  This is the turkey that won...
Hand Turkey Spock
YAY! Star Trek!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving in Sedona

Like loads of people we headed out of town for the holiday weekend..
This was our cottage at the Sedona Pines Resort.

I loved the beautiful mandala that hung over the breakfast nook.

 On Thanksgiving day we headed over to Rim Rock for the afternoon.

We enjoyed a fantastic meal with family.

Mike's little cousin has gotten so big!
 The next couple of days we enjoyed the amenities of the resort.

We attempted mini-golf again.

Naomi got VERY into the game. 

We went to Sedona's main street area to explore.

Discovered a shop full of Christmas.

Nothing says Christmas like a glittery gun.

For the evening we hiked into the Peace Park up to the Amitabha Stupa.

There were many offerings left on the trail.

Almost there!

Arriving at the stupa.

We studied the offerings at the base of the Amitabha Stupa. I still don't know what the bowls of water are for.

We hiked a little further to the big buddha perched on the cliff above.
The girls carefully built some rock towers near the base.

Mike studying the Tara Stupa.

As we hiked around the Peace Park we found the smaller Tara Stupa.
Sedona is a beautiful place.

This week my hand turkeys were featured in several articles.  There was this one in the Huffington post , and this one at, and this one went up on Sunday! Yay publicity!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

More great artists!

Art of the Red River is back on Monday and our first guest will be Robert Elrod.  Robert is a self-taught artist who works with a variety of mediums including pencil, color pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic and digital. Robert’s artwork has appeared on the covers of several novels and anthologies from small-press horror authors and publishers, including Permuted Press. Tickling A Dead Man: Stories About George is his self-published comic book in which he relentlessly tortures his misanthropic title character by forcing him to face his deepest fears and anxieties. His comics also appear within the pages of the “Best New Zombie Tales” series from Books of the Dead Press.

Next on the show is Seattle based artist, Elizabeth Rose Stanton.  She's a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is certified in scientific Illustration from the University of Washington. Her children's book "Henny" will be released in the spring of 2014 by Simon & Shuster's Paula Wiseman Books. She's represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media, New York.
Our final guest is illustrator, David Biedrzycki. David's  art has graced the cover of KidSoft magazine, New England Aquarium billboards and children's software packaging, such as "The Amazon Trail" and  "Odell Down Under." His clients include Celestial Seasonings, After the Fall Juices, IBM, and Newsweek. David has collaborated with children's author Jerry Pallotta on The Beetle Alphabet Book, The Boat Alphabet Book, and The Freshwater Alphabet Book. He lives in Medfield, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children. Join us for great conversations in art.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A birthday bash, a tree lighting fiasco, and turkeys, turkeys, turkeys...

Last weekend was Phoebe's big day, or days I should say as she had a sleepover (yawn!).
This was the cake.  There was quite a discussion about it.  First she cautiously approached me and said "Mom, I'm not going to have to have a lemon cake, am I?" (see this post)
"No, of course not. You can have any kind of cake you like! ....With lemon frosting."

Then she decided my bundt pan was not good enough.  So I searched the cabinet and found an old duck shaped pan from Naomi's 2nd birthday and made it with that. Quite honestly I expected her to freak out on me when I picked her and her friends up from school, but they were thrilled and decorated it together as a party activity. Who can predict pre-teens?

Anyway they went to the Phoenix Art Museum, then ate pizza, watched movies and hardly slept.

On Saturday I heard that Philip Philips was giving a free concert at the Athems Outlet for the tree lighting ceremony.  All I can say is that going to it seemed like a good idea at the time.  It wasn't. Everyone else also decided to go, which means we got stuck in the hugest traffic jam, parked blocks away and arrived as he finished singing.
We saw him light the Christmas tree though.  Which was huge and very pretty.

Hand Turkey #12, ©Carolyn Watson Dubisch

I'm still posting a hand turkey a day on Facebook and on my art blog until Thanksgiving (which means until tomorrow.)  This one (above) is sold!  It's actually done in pen and ink and digitally colored, but the buyer wanted it in color.  So I hand colored the original....
It looks better in person as this photo is very blurry.

Hand Turkey #5 -by Carolyn Watson Dubisch after René Magritte
I also placed this hand turkey up for
Hand Turkey #9 by ©Carolyn Watson Dubisch

And this hand turkey is up for auction here.  They're priced well and make a unique holiday gift!  Only two days left.   In the mean time have a lovely Thanksgiving!  (And for my readers outside of the United States have an excellent Thursday!)

Monday, November 12, 2012

The archeological park and another parade!

With all three girls home for a long weekend, I've decided it keeps me saner if we go out on the town.  Yesterday we headed over to the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park, which is a 1,500 year old Hohokam village right here in the city (next to the airport of all places, so if you're laid over in Phoenix it's something to do!).

Phoebe outside the museum and at the start of the trail.

Naomi posing as we head out.
As you can see the park provides really huge and excellent umbrellas for rain or shine.

Chloe on the trail
Chloe however refused to grab one (she also refused to use the one I gave her).  She's already known at school as that sunscreen girl, I guess umbrellas are just too much.  I told her that people with melanin aren't as aware of what it's like to have a painful sunburn that lasts 2 to 3 weeks.  For me and my kids it means loading up on painkillers and crying yourself to sleep night after night till it finally subsides.

A painted rock
Naomi looking around a structure
Craftsmen worked here during the day.
These adobe structures were very interesting.  The best part was going inside...
The park was a great day out.  We also enjoyed the Native American dancers out front. 

Today was Veterans Day so we headed up the street to watch the parade.  This u-haul led the parade.  I guess it was sponsored by u-haul or something.

Rosie the riveter
This is a balloon of "Rosie the Riveter" from the Norman Rockwell painting.

These soldiers were carrying the biggest American flag I've ever seen.

I think it's too large for any flag pole.

This is a nuclear fire truck for putting out radioactive fires from the Palo Verde nuclear plant. Not sure how I feel about this, should I be bothered there's a nuclear reactor right outside the city, or just glad they have one of these awesome trucks?  I'll go with the second one.

Anyway, America's ginormous balls were out on display.

Here are some men being pulled by small horses.  They helped make up for the severe lack of Shiners in this parade.

We were positioned near the end of the parade and poor Uncle Sam was not doing well.

As you can see from the back his legs were rolling up he'd lost so much air.  In fact right after they past us the balloon handlers saw they were close to the end and started running with him.

This is the "Phoenix" a military ship named for the city. (It's actually a replica, the real one's much larger.)

After a couple hours we headed home for lunch, which included fresh squeezed lemonade.

Lemon bars
This is our other weekend activity.  Making lemon food.

Candied lemon peels
In fact I'm making lemon pie tonight. We're not making much headway on all the lemons though I picked at least 10 more off the tree this weekend!

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)


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