Saturday, August 30, 2014

We made it !!!

After trains, planes, buses and taxi's we finally made it! The only thing we did not get on was a boat...and a bicycle......very jet lagged and groggy, but happy.  The best thing so far is hearing the church bells chime every hour. Fantastico. Here are a few photos of the city I took while walking around trying to find a grocery store.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Up and Moving to Italy

Frida and I are now en route to Florence, Italy! She is the biggest trooper ever- going on 29 hours of traveling due to flight delays- still stuck in the airport in Frankfurt.....we press are a few pics from the various airport terminals that we spent 6-8 hours in each.

Note to self: dogs throw up when accidentally given fizzy water instead of flat....

Not sure who's luggage this is but it's kinda cool.

Doggie relief station in the Washington DC airport - she wasn't having it.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Redoing/Updating Mural

This past month I have been working on updating (basically redoing) an existing mural that looks as though it was originally created in the 1970's or early 80's. Although the design already existed, it was fun choosing a brand new color palette. I hired one of my best friends Victoria Howard, who is a fantastic artist to help me out, which made the whole thing even more fun. The clients are wonderful and I was really fortunate to get the project! Frida was glad as well, and art directed a bit as you can see in the photos.......

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Leaving The Comfort Zone of Los Angeles....

Dear Barnsdall,
We need to talk. I still love you, but I just need some space. I never cheated on you. I'm just trying to do what's right for both of us. It's been quite a ride: 17 years of teaching art to kids up on the hill. Today was my last class. It's not you, it's me. I think you're an amazing school. There's no one else, I swear. I'm just not ready to settle down. So it's really over, then. I guess we're breaking up. I hope we can still be friends. What, you want my key back? What do you mean, get out? Fine! Come end of August, I'm picking up my stuff.... Hello, Italy! :))))

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Painted shirt

Maybe someday I will get over this gargoyle thing. In the meantime, here is the back of a shirt I painted on of a made up creature....(ignore the wrinkles! need to find my iron.)

Arctic Circle Expedition

Woohooo! I am over the top excited that I have been accepted into The Arctic Circle artist residency expedition, which sails out of Norway on an old viking sailing vessel for two weeks in 2015. There will be approx 14-20  international artists plus scientists, and the captain and crew leaving out the of northern most town in the world with over 1,000 people: Longyearbyen, Norway. We will be working on our own artwork plus collaborating together to concept and create artwork that engages in the central issues of our time. Below are some photos of previous voyages, and for more information the website link is :)))))) Exactly 441 days until departure.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

3D Sculpture Using Trash For The Armature

Now that I have created quite a few pieces of two dimensional art with recycled materials (aka garbage :) my next goal is to construct three dimensional pieces of art with the same idea: using found trash and recyclable materials for the framework of these sculptures.....

My first attempt is a gargoyle head that I had previously designed in a 2D piece a couple of years ago. I scrounged around the alley and looked in a couple of recycle bins and trash cans. Among a few other items like plastic grocery bags, etc., I was lucky to score an old plastic colander/strainer and a plastic milk carton.... you can see the progression from the start: after using the trash to concoct an armature,  (I split open the milk carton vertically to make an open mouth, then used the strainer for the skull shape.)  I put recycled tinfoil around it with painters tape (to hold everything together) then covered the entire gargoyle head in leftover artist tape that I had sitting around in my studio.

Next step: paper mache. I mixed old paper towels with wallpaper paste and a tad bit of water, then applied it everywhere around the head. After this dried, I applied a layer of joint compound, let that dry for a few days, and have begun sanding the entire thing with 80 grit sandpaper (by hand) to see if it will get smooth.....stay tuned for more work in progress!!!