Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 -A most fabulous year!

Young Simba in progress

From head dresses for the Lion King

Scar finished

To crazy cow skull masks for a film in California.

My mask shop kept me very busy as the year began. I'm never doing just one thing though. I was also  teaching art to the children in this region and was gathering support and funds for my summer artist residency in Morocco. 

In May I traveled with my family across the globe to Tétouan, Morocco to work at Green Olive Arts on my sculptural installation "Night Over Tétouan".

Working at Green Olive Arts

The sculpture and our time there was a smashing success and was truly a life changing summer for all of us.

Night Over Tétouan un the the black light
It was an amazing journey exploring Morocco and meeting other artists and people from all over.

Drinking smoothies in M'diq, Morocco

This year I kept up with more than just teaching and mask making, I also continued with street painting for various events....

"The Moon Cat" at Phoenix Chalk Art Festival
I even traveled to the International Festival in Florida and met artists from all over the world.

Circling Fish at the Sarasota Chalk Art Festival, Florida

With Mike and I accepted into an artist residency at Shankill Castle in Ireland for summer of 2018 we have so much to look forward to this coming year, and we're so thankful!

Shankill Castle, Kilkenny County, Ireland

Tonight for New Years Eve we're following our annual tradition of catching the new Star Wars movie! As we enter into 2018, I'd like to wish you all a

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Home for the holidays and drawing the mandala

 Last Friday Chloe returned from school in Missouri. Last semester was pretty intense for her as she managed to get pretty sick from a virus she actually had at Thanksgiving when she left, but ignored until it got very bad.

  Fortunately she kept her grades up and even took on some modeling for Stephen's Life Magazine.

She even went to a release party for it.

Anyway, when she arrived here in Phoenix she was finally feeling better and ready to draw with me at the Cholla Library on Saturday.

Drawing at the library for the "Around the World Mandala Project" was interesting to say the least.

     Naomi came along as well to film our progress and rescue us when I realized we'd forgotten paint brushes and sunscreen.  Fortunately the library was next to the mall. She kept texting us that she was almost to the Walmart. Then she wrote to say that it was just a wall with Walmart written on it....Ugh. Eventually she found it though and I only got a mild sunburn.

    The funniest moment came when mall security cruised past and asked if we'd seen a man on a shopping cart scooter. Apparently he took off from the store in it. 

In the end we managed without paintbrushes, and made this awesome video....

Now to get ready for the holidays!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Around the World Mandala Project

   Ever since I went to the International Chalk Art Festival in Sarasota, Florida I became connected to street painters from all over the world. I even met real Italian "Madonnaris" (which means, essentially, professional street painters from Italy). It's big deal in the world of chalk art because it's a very old art form in Italy and to become a Madonnari you must be invited to participate in festivals there.

Gary Palmer with his mandala in Venice, Florida

  Anyway since I've returned my new friend,Gary Palmer, has invited me to participate in a event call the Around the World Mandala Project. Where street artists from all over the world simultaneously create large-scale public artworks in the form of mandalas in their home cities as a symbol of intentions of peace between peoples.

So now this is happening on Saturday, December 16th. Chloe will be back from college and has agreed to help me that day . This is great because she is the master of the mandala, she draws them incredibly well.

Here's my color sketch of what we'll be doing....

I have a lizard in the design because we're representing Phoenix. These are the other artists and their locations:

Vero Gonzalez in Monterrey, Mexico
Gary Palmer,Jessica Blumenthal and Ava Kasrabod in Venice Beach, California
Limnesh Augustine and Jincy Babu in Manama, Bahrain
Nathalie Berthon in Nice, France
Floya Jam in Toulon, France
Tim Ritter in Orlando, Florida

I'm looking forward to seeing all these amazing mandalas!!

In other news, Phoebe has secured a caricature job next week (her first!). She's been hired to draw the attendees at the Middle School Winter Formal. I'm really proud of her. Caricature is tough to do.

“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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