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


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Three of a Kind

Time to switch into high gear this week with my next set of illustrations of classic horror/sci-fi movie characters. The characters are from Bride of Frankenstein, Universal Studios (1935), Mark of the Vampire, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (1935) and Island of Lost Souls, Paramount Pictures (1932). From left to right you have Elsa Lanchester (The Bride), Carroll Borland (Luna), and Kathleen Burke (Lota) as three femme fatales from way back when. The actresses' portrayal of these "monsters" in these films from the 1930's left an indelible mark in my psyche...but in a good way. So, it wouldn't be right if I didn't represent the ladies of horror and sci-fi classics past in this series of illustrations. Should be fun!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pixar Postage Stamps

The kids and I  went to drop off some mail at the post office and got these really nice Pixar movie stamps. One one side are the stamps, of course and on the opposite side you've got what you see pictured below. Emails are pretty handy but there's nothing like writing a letter and mailing a letter.

... Across a Million Years of Water and Mist

It's finally completed! The Beast has completed it's journey and met it's fate at Coney Island. It's one of my favorite of Ray Bradbury's short stories. I love the film too and since I'd already drawn the classic scene of the Rhedosaurus attacking the lighthouse, I decided to try my hand at the film's fiery finale. Have a look at it at the Water Street Kid Studios blogspot, which is my blogspot where I post all of my work. Click here to check out my illustration and other fun stuff.

And for more Beasty fun info click on the links below.,000_Fathoms

Down the Rabbit Hole!

Well, ladies and germs, I'm officially signed on as one of the artist participants for the Art Slam to be held at the White Rabbit. This a bi-monthly,themed event where artists come together to paint to live music from local bands and the artist put the work created for the evening up for auction. At the end of the night the artist had a good time, showed his work and made some money. 

This time around the theme is villains. I haven't decided what villain I'll tackle that night which by the way is on July 14th. For more info on this upcoming event check out the Art Slam website here .

 This is my first time doing this so I'm not sure what to expect from the evening. Lately I've felt the need to recharge the ol' batteries and this event sounds like it'll be a pretty unforgettable and fun evening. I'm really looking forward to it. Stop by and say howdy. All ages are welcome.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Here's Bonzo Crunch of Austin, Texas, presenting his show at the Cedar Park Library with a fine example of why it's important to put on a show with as much showmanship as possible. It's one of my pet peeves, I guess. There are some very good performers out there that don't put enough effort into the look of the show. Maybe it's because their audience is comprised primarily of children and don't think the kids will notice one way or the other. Why bother. Not Bonzo Crunch!

  He's got all the bases covered: First and foremost, he has a very good show consisting of magic, juggling and music presented in a skillful, comical fashion. He's got a great costume and makeup, great props that fit his character. Now, he could have been content with that but he went a step further. He added some fabulous scenery like the one pictured above and below. What a difference it makes. It adds so much to the performance transforming an ordinary setting into a performance space that suits that completely suits the character. It doesn't take much to make and the set piece can be made light-weight for easy  transport,assembly and tear down.

Bonzo has been entertaining audiences of all ages for years and as all good performers know, you have to keep improving your show to keep your audiences coming back for more. Setting the bar high means you can't sit on your laurels. That's okay.

And Bonzo Crunch is just one person. He's not part of a large non-profit theater company with deep pockets nor is he a corporate, brand- name character that has massive amounts of moolah to back him up. Bonzo Crunch is a very resourceful and creative person running a small business who truly loves what he does AND respects his audience. Very nice, Mr. Crunch.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Nibbles and Bits

Troll mask sculpt to be used, eventually, for "Tales from Norway" over at St. Phillips College.

This morning started off well with a performing job we'd thought we wouldn't be able to do because of a schedule conflict but the possibility still remains. Cool! I wont say more for fear of jinxing myself. Today I also started a mask for the children's play that Pammy is directing as part of the summer class she is teaching at St. Phillips. The sculpting part should be completed by tomorrow afternoon.

Slapstick Theatre- Busy Bakers

Sunday, July 1, 2012

From the Sketchbook- Bunch 'o' Bigfoots!

I've got bigfoot on the brain today.

Sunday Morning Matinee- The Last Man on Earth (1964)

For more info on the classic film check out the link below.

Having A Beastly Time

My next piece is coming together nicely. It should be completed in the next two days.

Friday Roundup... a Little Late

This week was spent partly on planning for ahead for work in 2013. I know, it seems like it's a little too early to be planning that far ahead but as a freelancer the distant future is always around the corner. There are a couple of very good opportunities that have presented themselves so for and I'm optimistic that if I keep plugging away more will come our way. 

Juggling creepy clown

I took a couple photos of the marionettes I used at last year's October Seaworld gig which, surprisingly, I hadn't done. I'm expanding on those routines this year and see where it takes me. 

Break away skeleton

Continuing in my efforts to have large of body of work for an artist alley spot a convention, I'm presently in the middle of painting my next illustration. After that one is completed I'm going to do several illustrations at once to knock out more in less time. That's the game plan. We'll see how it goes.

And last but not least, Pammy continues having a great time teaching the theater class at St. Phillips. At this point she's blocked out most of the play and starting next week rehearsals will begin in earnest. The previous four weeks have really flown by. "Time flies", as they say. It'll be fun to see the show come together.     
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