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


Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Roundup- By The Pricking Of My Thumbs...

The day ended with the sky looking like this...a turbulent sky with a promise of rain and then was gone.  It's been a trying week is all I can say. Have a great weekend.

"For pity is the virtue of the law,
And none but tyrants use it cruelly."--Timon of Athens

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Art Ain't Easy

 Here are a few of the theater masks made for the St. Phillips' production of Tales From Norway directed by Pammy this past July. Pammy and I are pretty proud of our work for that show. It was truly a lot of work, coupled with large doses of stress. We've learned over the years, if you're not a theater professional, you might not appreciate the value of what it takes to make such things. Alas.

August Sky # 2

What's Life Without A Little Whimsy?

The world would be a much happier place if people took the time to be fanciful ore often. I mean, just take a look at that tater! What fun! In celebration of the 75th year promoting Idaho potatoes the Idaho Potato Commission (Yes, there is such a thing.) has built this marvelous tribute to this starchy delight.

 It's been touring the country and made a stop here in San Antonio earlier this week. Pammy was out shopping and happened to see this "eight wonder of the world" at a local grocery store parking lot. She parked next to it, got this card, went in to shop and when she was done it was gone. Like Brigadoon. In fact, since she had parked right next to the truck she had trouble finding her car.

It's headed west now but if you happen to see an over-sized spud in your neck of the woods don't hesitate. Go check it out. No need to bring butter and chives. Just bring your inner child and a camera ,of course, so you wont think your going loopy seeing what your seeing with your own eyes.

For more info on the Big Idaho Potato Tour click here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Greenbelt Youth Circus Video 2011

I could have sworn that I'd embedded the video for last year's Greenbelt Youth Circus show on my previous post. Oopsy! Here you go. While I'm at it here's the link to their Facebook page. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

From the Clown College Grapevine- Greenbelt Youth Circus
Greg May walking tall.

The Center Ring Circus School in conjunction with the city of Greenbelt, Maryland are getting ready to open their latest Greenbelt Youth Circus School's production titled "Cinema" which runs August 10th, 11th and 12th. Greg May, one of the best clowns in the Ringling Red Unit Alley back when I first got on the road, is in charge of or one of several individuals in charge of this endeavor. 

They have a passion for the circus arts as the footage for the 2011 production titled "Inspiration" clearly demonstrates through the performances of the students. If you happen to be in their neck of the woods check it out. It looks like fun.     

Monday, August 6, 2012

From the Sketchbook- The Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Acrylic on watercolor paper.

Illustrations Back On Track

Fun times await me at the drawing table!

I got a little side-tracked with other projects this summer but, thankfully, they're done and I can once again focus on what I have loved drawing and painting since I was a kid: monsters! I've got two illustrations close to completion and a third waiting in the wings. These next three feature three monster lovelies from way back. I think the old films will be the focus for now because I love them the best. Even the low budget ones have a lot of merit.
Kerwin Mathews as the lycanthropic lead.
 Speaking of low budget, this past Saturday's Svenghoolie movie was "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)" which starred Kerwin Matthews who is best known for his leading roles in the fantasy films "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" , " The Three Worlds of Gulliver' and "Jack the Giant Killer".

 I'd never seen the film before, which had a very impressive werewolf makeup, having only seen photos which were featured in Famous Monsters of Filmland. It was a good popcorn movie. While the directing wasn't the best and some of the actors not acting in a very convincing way, I think the weakest element in it had to be those pesky "day for night" shots which were annoying after a while. 

Still, it was a fun way to spend a Saturday night, eating popcorn and hotdogs in a darkened living room with the a/c cranked up high, taking a quick trip back to the seventies and returning with a memory full of souvenirs.   

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