Monday, September 23, 2013

Another Red River Radio production....

Art of the Red River is back this month with two incredible artists...

First up we have cartoonist Fulton Beal.... 

"Fulton Beal is a cartoonist and illustrator from the great north state of Maine. From those early days when he first grasped a crayon and scribbled all over the walls of his parent’s house, Fulton hasn’t stopped drawing. Although he participated in schooling at one of the state universities for a couple of years, he is mostly self-taught, having studied classic comic strips and cartoons at any spare moment he could grasp. Wild and whimsical, weird and wacky, his work strives to give a smile or chuckle to the face of every viewer, and hopefully yours as well."

Calling in later we'll have artist, Russell Ritell joining us...

"Russell Ritell is a New York native and agraduate from the School of Visual arts in Manhattan. He has been working in traditional and digital media for more than 20 years. For the last 12 years he's been employed as a designer/animator, but he's also expanded his artistic range through fine art and conceptual projects. He created a large multi-media installation call "The Media Church" about TV and the news affecting social values, and has shown work centered on the BP oil spill and the economic depression.  His upcoming exhibit is called "Wild in The Streets" and opens Oct.12th at the Bau Gallery in Beacon, NY"

Join us for great conversations in art....

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Snail #2 gets pretty in purple....

In the last week or so I began painting the second snail for the Grand Ave. Festival in October.

I began with my everlasting jar of yellow paint I purchased in Argentina when I was working on "The Secret Garden".  Since then I've used it on sets for three Looking Glass Theatre productions and more paintings than I can count!

My next step was to paint his shell and white out his eyes.  The light bulbs I recycled for this snails eyes are much bigger.

Then I painted in his pupils (the bigger eyes on this one made his cuter I think!).  I also began a purple under painting on his head and body. (An under painting is sort of a base coat.)

Here he is starting to look more purple.

Then I put on the lighter purple.

Anyway after all that I got hot.  Really hot, so I moved him to the kitchen table.

When it's well over 100ºF it's better to work in the A/C.

So, here he is a slightly blurry picture of the second snail!

Now I just need a better place to store him than the kitchen table.

Anyway today is Mike's birthday and we are all going out for some IMAX fun this evening... Cheers!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Science Sunday

Sunday was hot here.  Which is like saying it rained in Seattle or it's cold in Antarctica... Anyway we decided to go out and check out The Arizona Science Center.

Right after you enter they have a courtyard full of watery inventions.

Chloe is using the wheel to make a water bubble.

Naomi is all for anything that might get her wet.

This is Phoebe by one of the fountains (and a very annoyed looking woman in the background).
Here, Phoebe is playing music with those funny looking tube thingys.

Inside the Science Center we found this very cool, steam powered, old timey bike!  Too bad we couldn't try it out.

At the Human Body exhibit, Mike, Chloe and Phoebe went inside the stomach.

An anatomically correct woman robot with see-through skin.

This activity was called "The Body Puzzle".

Mike and Phoebe spent a long time working on it. Apparently fitting all the organs into a human body is a challenging task.

A skeleton on a unicycle... Need I say more?

Upstairs was an earth science exhibit. I was just trying to photograph the word "LAND" and Mike, of course, but I also got a lady glaring at me with her baby.

Near the "AIR" station was a platform with big video screens all around.  It showed a film about different kinds of storms, a hurricane, a tornado, a dust storm, an earthquake and the viewers on the platform would get shook and rained on and wind would blow on them.  Anyway as I was getting rained on I realized that I'd experienced all these storms in real life including getting hit with the ash fall from a volcano eruption.  The only storm I'd never been in was a tornado, but I'm not too keen to complete the list, from what I've seen on the news, tornado's are best avoided.

....Anyway the Science Center was a great day out!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Monsoon Season" and another snail

This week began with rain.  On Sunday morning it took me off guard and our morning dog walk ended with getting absolutely drenched.  You'd think the next morning when the sky look dark and threatening I'd have learned my lesson and grabbed one of the many handy umbrellas we keep by the door on the way out, but no, we were caught again in the pouring rain.

By Wednesday the storms were headed north to Colorado and all that rain had the effect of pouring cold water on a hot stove.  The weather cooled all the way down to the high 70º's!  Unfortunately it's still September and the stove is still on.  We're back in the 100º's now.

The good news is that I'm making progress with my second snail for the Grand Ave Festival.  This week I'll be painting him all pretty, which is the fun part. The bad news is, my sculpture proposal of a large dancing skeleton got in to the Central Gallery's Dia De Los Muertos show! Except that I didn't receive the notification, so I assumed I was rejected. Just last weekend I dumped the old garden fountain I was going to use to build it on. A few days ago (weeks after the letters went out) I was asked to confirm... so I had to withdraw.

Mike's new semester teaching for the San Francisco Academy of Arts  has begun.  He's also been asked to build an online course called "Character Development for the Graphic Novel".  They're going to be flying him to San Francisco for filming the drawing demo videos soon.  IT's always such a drag when he goes away...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Waterfall in a box

Today on the dog walk I saw it again... Or rather I heard it and then I saw it. It's a roar, like river rapids, which is a little disorienting when you're standing on a street corner in the city.

It was coming from a big concrete box like this one.  Inside there was a waterfall....

The "boxes" are all around the city and are part of the Salt River Project, that irrigates the region and floods people's yards this time of year....

Naomi at the Salt River
The Salt River is why people have settled in this region for something like 1,000 years. Phoenix is not just some random spot in the desert where they decided to build a city... That would be Las Vegas.

Anyway, I started another snail but he's in a lot of uninteresting pieces right now, so I'll post some pictures later when he gets more interesting.

Recently Phoebe yelled to me, "Hey Mom! What's red and smells like blue paint?"
"Ummm... what?"
"Red Paint."

Yesterday I painted a "Hello Kitty House".  It's monochrome, but then I added red paint.

“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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