Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Back to Tucson

Last week was eventful in the usual ways.  Trying to catch up on work and teaching after being away.  I did manage to finish my huge sculpture called "The Penguin Inside".

This is a crappy photo of it on my desk.  I don't have the space or lighting in our apartment to get a good shot of it.

Also Naomi decided to radically change her hairstyle for the sweltering summer that is already creeping in around here (yes, it's in the 90's!)...

Anyway it's chalk festival time again and early Saturday morning I rolled out of bed and dragged Naomi out to the car.  We were off to Tucson to create another chalk mural for their big 2 day festival.

This time I submitted a digital sketch (meaning I created a composite and played with it in photoshop).  It's called "Desert Cat" and looked like this....

This was not a picture I'd ever physically drawn (usually I work it out on paper or recreate a painting that I've done), so I was a bit nervous.

Anyway after an hour or two we were going strong. Without thinking about it too much I put 4 whiskers on the left and three on the right.  I hadn't noticed or cared at this point but later on a woman kept coming by, just begging me to fix it.  She obviously had OCD or something... It was driving her nuts. She was so adamant, but because I would have had to crawl across the drawing, I never did.

Me, busy shading his shoulder.

Around this point in the drawing a tiny, little boy came up behind me and said "IT'S A SQUIRREL!".  So I said "You're right!!" and his mother looked at me and said "Really?" 
"Ummm, no, not really."

Anyway, this is where we were when we stopped for lunch.

On our break we took a look at some of the other art...

Naomi loved Marisa Salazar's owl drawing.

This is my friend Matt Cotton starting his Grizzly bear mural.

A nice little drawing in the kid's zone.

Another one by spectators in the kid's zone.

From there we headed to the food court where the pizza place served her most of the pie when she asked for a slice.

On our way back to our site I snapped this photo of Wesley Fawcett Creigh's mural.

About 2 hours later we decided to stop for the day.

It was around this point that people kept commenting how cool it was that we made our mural match the wall behind us. (That was a surprise!)

Before we left for the hotel, we took another walk around.  This is Matt making more progress on his bear.

Gina Ribaudo's Day of The Dead mural looked fantastic out in the courtyard.

Back at the hotel we had an incredible view of Tucson from the 8th floor.  From here you can see the hot tub that we headed straight to.  I was pretty sore after drawing on the pavement all day.

The next morning we were back at it.  Here's Naomi finishing her work on the background.

 A lot of the kids at the festival were impressed with Naomi's skills and amazed she was only in 5th grade.

We finally finished around 12:30pm on Sunday!

I let Naomi do the final step of removing the tape -she was just itching to do it.

 And here it is... "The Desert Cat"!!
Before we drove all the way back home to Phoenix, we took a last look at the other murals....

 Linda Harrison Parsons was still busy with her mural.

 Jose Ignacio Garcia had finished his 3D scorpion and it looked amazing!

Reuben Moreno's image was coming along.

Martin Quinatanilla was nearly done as well.
Anyway it was a great event and I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again for the Phoenix Chalk festival on April 18th.  I was just notified that I'll be at the Tempe Marketplace this time!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last Days in Santa Fe

This was the fireplace in the condo (there was one in our place in Mexico and in San Diego as well).  For the first time in years we were in a place where it made sense to build a fire, so here we did, almost every night. It was Naomi's favorite activity.

   We also found a huge dog park about 2 blocks away with many, many hiking trails.

As you can see it was pretty rainy (and chilly) while we were there, but the park had some amazing views.

Our selfie on the trail.

We managed to stop in on the Georgie O'Keefe museum.

Inside the museum.

An art student was set up in front of this one drawing a copy.

I'm sharing this one because I'd never seen it before.

Walking near the plaza.

More hanging chiles at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

In the courtyard at The Museum of Art.

Mike with a statue lady.

Another storm's approaching.

Mike found the hobbit entrance.

You can't see it in the photo, but Chloe jotted down the poem that's written all over this painting in The New Mexico Museum of Art.  I should ask her what it said....

Anyway, Santa Fe was a nice break from the heat that's starting to build here in Phoenix.  On Monday after we got back I turned on the a/c for the first time since October.   The temperature here is already up to 90ºF some days. I did manage to get something done while I was away.....
I painted this image, "Trading Faces" in watercolor for a May exhibit in Llece, Italy at their provincial library.  It's already making the trip as I type this.

Also my kickstarter for "The Hiccup Monster" is slow going, but still going....

Also this weekend Naomi and I head to Tucson to create my mural for the chalk festival. Pictures of the mural are coming soon!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ghost Ranch, the foundry and the glassworks

For our second day in New Mexico we headed out on a drive over to Tesuque Village to visit the Tesuque glass works and the Shidoni foundry.

This is part of the showroom at the glass works.

There were many fascinating things including these glass eggs.

Of course there were chiles made of glass.

We watched a glass blowing demonstration.

He created a red, gold and green tumbler, and used a mold to press it into, which was interesting.

This is a wax cast of a sculpture that one of the artists was prepping to be cast in glass.

After the Glassworks we took a stroll thru the sculpture garden by the foundry.

There were many unusual sculptures.

This sculpture looks like an internal organ from .....something.

Phoebe really enjoyed posing with the statues.

This one is in front of the foundry.

Here she joined a line up.

Being a bird.

This statue has no face.

Chloe briefly got in on the act.

An interesting fish.

Phoebe with the statue children.

Mike with a rather strange demon statue.

One with an interesting hat and cape.

These statues were recently poured. In the back you can see the bumpy shapes of a sculpture in it's mold.

This one was inside the foundry and my photo doesn't do it justice.  It's a woman with a crow and it looks almost mechanized.  It was amazing.

Phoebe, of course found sculptures inside the gallery area to pose with as well.

After the foundry we went to the Tesuque Village Market for lunch.

Phoebe's sandwich with sweet potato fries.

From here we drove into the mountains.

On the road to the Ghost Ranch was this pretty little cabin.

The little cabin was very old, and abandoned.  I thought maybe it could be Georgia O'Keefe's house, but it turns out it wasn't, though I think it was nearby.

Naomi got a little sick of driving.

Ghost Ranch is a beautiful place.

This is called the Ghost house.  It was mostly empty, but they had a skull, and chilies of course.

Enjoying the painted horse.

A selfie before hiking to the labyrinth.

We all walked the labyrinth.

It actually takes a long time.

Oscar was walking it too until he decided to stop in front of me.

Eventually we all got to the middle.

Ghost Ranch was a beautiful place. I can why it so inspired Georgia O'Keefe.

Also this week I'm promoting a great opportunity for my readers to pre-order my book from my publisher.  "The Hiccup Monster" is a story about friendship and life with a strange creature with an odd condition. Click below and see the cool video...

“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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