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


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Next !

Here's the latest of my monster creations that I just finished. For a better "gander" just hop on over to my Water Street Kid Studios. I'm still trying to figure out this new version of Blogger so the link is below.

Soggy Critter

My daughter caught sight of this little guy as I watered the lawn. She told me she'd learned something about caterpillars at school and proceeded to tell me it was a monarch caterpillar. It would soon be in a cocoon and emerge as a monarch butterfly three months later. Click on the image top magnify and when you do you can see that there are water drops on it's bristly hairs.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Star Wars Day!

May the Fourth be with you!!

Friday Roundup- The Week of Doc

This week schedule was chock full of Doc Ed fun. I had a total of seven shows this week at three different schools. My audiences went from kindergarten to fifth grade and sometimes there were several different grade levels in one audience. You wouldn't think but an audience where the ages vary between five and eight years of age is pretty challenging to keep them engaged in an educational show. The first three photos are from Big Country Elementary where I had 2nd through 5th grade students from 8:30a.m. to noon.

Doc Edwards doin' some mask work. My Dell' Arte teachers would be proud.

Big Country Elementary is a catchy school name in my opinion.

Mission Academy where I spent a bit of my morning today.

I had an extra challenge at this school where the audience for my show was from Kindergaten through third grade. Ay, yay yay, yay yay!

Home of the Mighty Lynxs! More photos tomorrow.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spring Continues to Spring

Back to Raining Popcorn

 I'm looking very serious aren't I? It was early in the morn'. Not enough coffee in my system yet.

 Well, yesterday was a fun day for Pammy and myself at the studio/ offices of Raining Popcorn Media where we both did voice over work for a couple of hours. It has been a long time since we last did that type of work there but it was so fun once we got into it. Mr. Avila always keeps a light and easy atmosphere which makes us feel so much at ease sometimes we joke around to the point where Pammy has gotten the giggles in the past. This time around we were better behaved which was good allowing us to finish just in the nick of time for Mr. Avila to rush off to a meeting. He's a busy busy fellow! 

The voice over work is for a English as a second language site which Raining Popcorn Media helped develop and we'll be doing some work voiceovers in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Animating Enviroment

Stop motion animation filmmaker and  instructor Eric Fonseca and myself in front of my set at the animation class this week over at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on the westside of town.

Star Wars Old Republic Fan Film 2012

I saw this on one of my favorite sites, Geeks are Sexy this afternoon. It's very, very cool! What an amazing and inspiring Star Wars fan film. Makes you want to go pick up a camera and start filming!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Going Ape!

I'm pretty close to finishing my next illustration. I really think I'm onto something good and terribly fun here.  I tried my hand at the fine art thing for a while but found my heart wasn't into it. The thing I've always enjoyed since I was a kid was kicking back on a Saturday morning to catch my favorite monster or sci fi movie then sketching what I'd just seen. 

On a slow day I'd get a copy of one of my handy dandy Famous Monsters of Filmland to draw any number classic characters like Frankenstein's Monster or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I'm really enjoying the whole experience and should have done it sooner. There's no time like the present to embrace your inner geek or nerd. I'm not sure which would apply to me.

As you can see I make use of a mega magnifying glass to aide my aging peepers see the finer details of the piece like the lettering.  I've always had a fondness for lettering and combining lettering with illustrations is working out pretty good. With a bit of luck I should have the illustration finished by tomorrow afternoon.

May Sky #1

Monday, April 30, 2012


Mondays are hectic days. Today went by fast. Very crazy...sometimes unpleasant but we ended the day by animating at our class taught by Eric Fonseca. Above is the set with the main character for my son's film.But now it's after midnight according to my computer and I need sleep. Precious sleep...must have it! More pictures tomorrow. Night,night.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Slapstick Theater- Laverne and Shirley in Steppin' Out

"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hazzenpefer Incorporated." 

Sunday Morning Matinee- Rankin Bass ,Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1973)

Saturday Night at Rancho Ramirez

My messy drawing table and second home.

Saturday nights here having gotten a lot more fun for the whole family since t.v. broadcasting went digital. True it can be a pain programming the converter box but once it's al done you get a bunch of new channels. Recently we started getting a station called MeTV which broadcasts old shows including a lot of old sitcoms like Cheers, The Bob Newhart Show and the Dick Van Dyke Show to name a few. On Saturday nights my wife and kids and I actually get to sit as a family to watch t.v. Those of you who are parents know how challenging it can to find shows that the entire family can enjoy. Tonight we watched the 1960's Batman series, Lost in Space and the original Star Trek. By the end of Star Trek the kids are wiped out and ready for bed but we always let them watch the first few minutes of Svengoolie, a classic horror movie host from the Chicago area that's part of the MeTV Saturday night lineup. He tells corny jokes that result in rubber chickens being thrown at him. The kids really like that part which happens to come before the movie. Once he does his bit we put them to bed.

 During the entire evening I'm usually at my drawing table which is in the living room, drawing or painting.The photo above shows what I was working on last night. I just finished "W, Werewolf". To get a better look at it go to my art blog Water Street Kid Studios .
I've devoted so much time to Arts in the Family that I've neglected to do much work on the art blog which will be devoted entirely to showing off my assorted artwork. On it you'll see my illustrations, carvings, puppets and anything else that falls under the heading of art. I'm still working to making look better so don't be too surprised if it's look alters from time to time. I hope you have fun when you visit it.

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