Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lots of masks and a new school

        I knew it would happen sooner or later, but my youngest, Naomi, has grown very tired of online school. Spending days and nights at home all the time has become tedious. The lack of teacher interaction, and social interaction became isolating. So this week Naomi took the plunge and started at our local high school. We drive her in because for some reason mornings are hectic, but she has a student pass for the train and makes her own way home. She's back in guitar class, and is taking Spanish for the first time since we lived in Argentina! 

        In the meantime I'm making many masks. These two are called "Nite Nite" and "Peekaboo". They are very, very large. I also had a HUGE order from the TNT network's costume department for a series called "Tell me your secrets". They wanted 13 masks in a week. I had at one point 29 masks I was working on at once! It was so much I had to take my store offline for 5 days. Now unfortunately it made orders slow down to a trickle. I think I need the break though.

This is one of my other orders. A mask of the cat from Coraline.

A child size skull mask.

And these two are still in progress in my studio, Pinky and the Brain. As you can see they are quite large. (For comparison I put one of my plaster bases in the photo).

     Anyway it's been a bit crazy weather wise here. Lots of storms and so much rain on Saturday I couldn't make it to my drawing and painting classes in Peoria. The roads were so flooded I almost got stranded!! Fortunately I made it home and managed to cancel the classes.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Electric Desert and a break in

Most of my time these days is spent doing this. Mask making starts to spin out of control this time of year as Halloween approaches. Also my teaching schedule has been pretty intense, so I've been going non stop. I was really looking forward to a break.

Not this kind of break though. Unfortunately on Tuesday, during a dry spell in the storm,(Yes! A storm from Mexico hit us...It was fantastic!). We made the mistake of leaving our GPS visible from the car window and someone stole it again. The worst part about getting robbed, other than the inconvenience and glass EVERYWHERE, is the reaction of people you tell. You shouldn't leave things in your car, you should insure everything, blah, blah, blah. I can't afford to insure everything I own. I do insure my car, but like always with insurance this isn't covered.  Anyway it turns out some people have never been robbed, which is strange. The only place I haven't been robbed or ripped off is when I lived on a mountain in the Catskills of New York, 45 minutes from anything (even a grocery store). Of course, then we had bear troubles, which is a whole other problem.

The break I was looking forward to is this. We went to the"Electric Desert" event at the Desert Botanical Gardens.

The lights on the cacti was stunning.

The light shows were incredible. Especially the music and light on the mountains around the gardens, but most of our photos are as clear as this one.

I did get this nice shot of Mike drawing on the interactive mural though. This was actually painted and designed by my friend Kyllan Maney, who is an excellent local artist.

It was a pretty spectacular night and great to get away from my pile of mask orders!

“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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