Thursday, May 31, 2018

Things keep happening

Things like Chloe coming home from college. (YAY! She's done with 2 years of college). She's also a straight A student, and since she goes to school out of state it's nice when she comes home.

Phoebe is still busy with her activism. She went to a protest called "The Poor Person's Campaign". It wasn't a huge march, but it was a call for a moral revival in American politics and this country.

Someone waiting before the march

Anyway, everywhere the group marched they were followed by the police department's new camera that has facial recognition software.


So that's the wave of the future. If you watch enough "Black Mirror" this can keep you up at night.

Since school is out and the kids are "around" we all went out last weekend to see the new Star Wars movie "Solo". Honestly we all had a really great time. It's strange that I heard some people are boycotting this movie, because they were unhappy with choices the director made in the last Star Wars movie.  It was really a lot of fun to see!

Anyway I'm working on masks for a show in London right now and some orders to Australia. In fact only one mask I'm making is for a client in the US. Maybe I could successfully relocate my mask shop outside of the country. It looks very promising in fact. Hmmmmmm......

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dreaming of Ireland and Irregular Jellybeans

Tree tunnel in Dublin

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

I admit that I'm a dreamer. I spend my free moments obsessing on countries and cities across the world that I must see someday. I've read 38 books set on the African continent, because I want to learn more about Africa. I can't possibly see the whole world, but I will learn all I can about it.

We are now just over three weeks away from our trip to Ireland, where Mike and I will will spend June and July working at an art residency at Shankill Castle in the countryside.  We're bring all three of our daughters and it's kind of precious for us because as my kids get older and their lives move away from us, I'm not sure how many more family trips there will be.

I have just 2 more days of teaching at the school. So far my only "end of the year" teacher gift is a bag of irregular jellybeans. They're kind of lumpy, some taste good, others are a little off.

I'm also making masks for a prop comic (please let him send me customer photos!!) and another production of Midsummer's Night Dream, and my mask making workshop begins on Tuesday for teens and adults, aside from all that I need to get us all ready to leave for a month.... No problem.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

An exhibit in Mesa


Last weekend we went to an art opening at the Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art. The art of Patti Warashina was in the first room and it was truly unusual.


A smiling cat.


Mike and Phoebe studying a sculpture.


The way she sculpted animals was unusual and very human.


This is a picture of Max Ginsberg's piece unfortunately it's at an extreme angle. This artist was there and had flown in from NY. He talked to us for a while, and it turns out he actually taught at the School of Visual Arts in NYC where Mike and I both attended and met.


Here's the painting from the internet. It's a typical cross section of people that you'd see all the time in New York. Amazing to see in person.



An incredible and disturbing sculpture of a middle aged woman throwing a tantrum.


The sculpture in the courtyard by the band.


The opening was a huge event with music and food and a cash bar.  I was watching the band and realizing I really wanted some water but the food line was pretty long. Phoebe says "Don't worry I'll text Naomi. " (who was already in line.)
"No, no, I'll go." So I waited and got some water and a few snacks.
2 hours later I was sitting and painting a mask at home and Naomi rushes out of her room and gets me a tub of paint water. "Phoebe texted me to get you some water. "



This week I was contacted by a buyer who purchased my sculpture " An Intelligent Breed".  She sent me a photo of his new location in Sun City West,  Arizona. She said they call him Paco, and I think he looks fantastic here!!

Anyway coming soon is my next mask making workshop at the Cholla Library. I'm really excited because this time I'm working with adults! 

A Moroccan Iftar meal (or break fast meal)

Lastly, Ramadan has begun again and I'd just like to wish my friends in Morocco a Blessed Ramadan!!  

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Another Chalk festival and a trip to Seattle

While the teachers continued to strike downtown, Phoebe and I spent a day at Westgate Entertainment Center creating another chalk mural of Bast.

For this festival we were asked to draw our mural on an oversized canvas so it could be auctioned later on.


Since this was a one day festival we started early and basically worked continuously all day long.


Unfortunately I had forgotten my phone and camera, so all of these photos are "borrowed" from people at the festival.


This is late in the afternoon.


This is nearly done, but not quite.


And this is the final shot. We took till about 6pm to finish. It was 97º that day and then when we went to look for our car it was no where to be found. We wandered through the parking lot for 40 minutes, until.... well, it was just where I left it, but the parking lot just looked so different at 6:30pm than it did when it was empty early that morning.


        Last weekend Mike and I traveled to Seattle to visit with my brother, Duncan and his wife Kristin. 


They took me out to the Space Needle, which was under construction.


The view from the tower was spectacular.


Even with all the building going on.


Downstairs was the Chihuly exhibit and a couple of Star Wars. :)


Chihuly is a world renowned glass artist and the exhibit was an incredible experience.


The exhibit wove inside and out into the garden.


It was nice to be outside, as the temperature in Seattle was about 20º cooler than Phoenix right now.


There was so much to see at the exhibit.


Red glass horns.


Boat full of globes.


Duncan and Casey, their dog, on the beach.

It was a great visit, but Mike also came to launch his new magazine, Forbidden Futures, at Crypticon, Seattle.


I didn't make it to the con, but I did swing by the after party for the magazine.


This is Mike drawing one of the attendees who was dressed as Vampirella .


It came out pretty good!!

Anyway it was great to see Duncan and Kristin again and get out of the city just as it's heating up.
The teacher's strike has ended now and I'm back to teaching and mask making this week! In the mean time we're trying to get organized for our big trip to Ireland this summer.


“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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