Arts in the Family: A Family of Artists Just Trying to Make a Living in the Wilds of Texas


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Instant Good Kar-ma

Late last week I painted the sign you see in the photo above for our dear friends the LaVallees. The sign is for a person who went "above and beyond" for them when they had car trouble while driving through Oklahoma ( I think it was Oklahoma). The car trouble happened in a small town but fortunately they found an auto repair garage. They were told they'd have to wait a day for the part to arrive. The part needed was more than an hour drive time away and the mechanic didn't offer to get it. The only other shop in town was Cohee's. The LaVallees had been discouraged from going there. They head for Cohee's anyway. He doesn't mind the drive. he gets the part, installs it and off they go! Way to go Mr. Cohee!! There's more to the story I'm probably forgetting so I apologize if that's the case.

Anyway, the LaVallees wanted to give Mr. Cohee a gift for his kindness and that's where I come into the story. It's been a while since I've painted a sign but I was more than happy to do it. After they told me what they wanted on the sign I got to work. They'll have seen Mr. Cohee over the Thanksgiving weekend to present him with the sign and take a photo of it in its new home. I'll post the photo as soon as I get it. Time to eat some more leftovers. Happy post Thanksgiving Day!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Puppets on the Brain

No it's not going to be a Smurf puppet. It's a marionette that will eventually be a fairy. For the longest time I couldn't find it's right foot. Finally, after searching for the last six months I found the foot under the couch. Cats are naughty critters. The body and limbs are made of dowel rods while the hands, feet and head were from carved bass wood.

The next figure will be completely carved from bass wood. In order to finish this little blue fellow I have to add clothes and hair. Once that's done I can string it to the controller. I'll post the completed marionette in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Live from New York it's Sesame Street

I was listening to NPR this morning and heard that Cookie Monster of our beloved Sesame Street is petitioning to be on Saturday Night Live. Above is his audition video from youtube and below is the link to the article from the Pop Herald. I'd tune in if he were on the show.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Vic Voices - Moises Kaufman Speaks about Puss in Boots

Here's some great stuff from the New Victory Theater in New York. It's shows some impressive puppets for their production of Puss and Boots. The New Vic is a beautiful theater too. New York rocks!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sweet Treats

Pammy and Rey made these petite fours for Emi's birthday party at her school. Some art forms are made for looking and for eating. Life is good! We've got a party for Emi planned at the Chuck E. Cheese so naturally Pammy and Rey will be making a cake for the occasion. Photos of that cake will be posted soon.

"Na Na Na" by Theresa Andersson

Need a bit of inspiration? Check out this video. Theresa Anderson is amazing! It doesn't matter what form of entertainment your in she makes you want to do more. Enjoy.
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