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In the teensy purse-Moleskine balanced upon my knee.
Full of enthusiastic groups of fans -
(My favorite costume of the weekend. Go Astrid!)
Lots of comics. Lots of books. Lots of artists. And cool-fun geekery! (See? Felted wonders!)
Best family group costume. LLAP.
Saw lots of friends. Bought too much stuff. Enjoyed lots of terrific cosplay. Always a fun time.
(Lots more pictures on facebook).
Emerald City Comicon
is this weekend. While watching a friend's booth during her lunch break, I sketched a bit - inspired by some of the characters walking by.....
There has been so much going on - since mid-January in fact, that I've kind of given up on catching up in any comprehensive way, so I'm just going to post an overview or two. This one of the whirl-wind that was February....
It started with Greg Spalenka's Alla Prima workshop (which I did have time to document here
This was quickly followed by the coterie of French artists coming to town - the first event with them being their gallery open at Krab Jab Studio
Greg Spalenka came to town, and Krab Jab Studio hosted his Artist As Brand
All the above artists, and *more* were all guests at MythicWorlds
(I was the 'artist wrangler - acting as liason for all of their mini-workshops for the convention).
All in all, it was a crazy-busy month - full of art, artists, learning and good times. Still recovering from it all.
Just got back from our annual POBL Spring Retreat (which hopefully I will get to share pictures from anon...). It is so spring, and *beyond* here. My tulips are already blooming!
In one of the *many* workshops last month (few of which actually got blogged, I was so slammed in February), we got to learn about painting with graphite and gold leafing in conjunction. This weekend, I'm heading off on my annual spring retreat and hope to work on this some MORE.
I always like this scene from the 2003 version of Peter Pan -
(which I curated again this year).
The studio was filled with beautiful art
(You can click any of these photos for a larger view. You can also see the full show catalog here
- and sparkly faerie ambiance.
In addition to the visual art and ambiance, we had Betsy Tinney
on the cello.
Mid-way through the evening, we had an 'artist/curator talk' where we discussed the pieces we created and our feelings about the Realm of Faerie.
There was quite a crowd - from young to old - enjoying the art offerings.
(I even think there might have been a few fae who came to check things out).
And of course, there was a faerie feast.
It was a lovely evening for all -
And some of the faerie paintings are going to new homes to enchant new owners.
The show is up through April 4th. Go check it out in person!
I started the painting, but didn't get very far. But with Krab Jab Studio's Faerie III show
coming up (the one I'm curating), I figured I'd better painting *something*, so I pulled this one out again.
I blew it up another 50%, and changed the color palette -
Dabbled in some other mediums - in this case, Pearl X metallic pigments.
(Look closely - you can see the sparkles!)
And this is how she ended up.
Fairie Masque. Mixed media on paper.
With the Faerie III
open this upcoming weekend, I've been listening to fae-ish music. This one (Diese kalte Nacht) by Faun.
I've done a heck of a lot of driving over the last busy busy month. I've listened to the Broadway version of The Lion King soundtrack a number of times in the car. My favorite piece from it is Shadowland:
It has been a *crazy* month - so.many.things. going on (workshops, art opens, conventions, etc...). Blogging has gone by the wayside. Catching up is not likely, but I'll see what I can do going forth...
Class, and my five-minute heads.....
In my teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.
After a couple of busy workshop-weeks, I'm hoping to get back to some blogging.
During workshops, we tend to listen to a lot of soundtracks as we work. One that I was reminded about was the soundtrack for Children of Dune (the only Dune film experience that I thought was effective. James McAvoy is amazing in it).
After a couple of very busy weeks which included 2 workshops, an art open and a computer virus that necessitated a complete wipe and reload, I am trying to get caught up on it all!
Last weekend was the Greg Manchess Alla Prima workshop of awesome. You can read about it starting here.
Just a few days ago, I was meandering on this beach in the middle of Florida....
The birds there were pretty spectacular. As was the sun, wind and water... The seaside always makes me think of this Carpenters song....
It was such a lovely visit. I'll post more pics if I get the chance...
New year/month - new Moleskine -
2-3 minute heads. In the new teensy purse Moleskine, balanced upon my knee.
Hey, if you're in the Seattle area (or even if you're not), this week is your last chance to register for the impending Greg Spalenka's amazing Artist As Brand
is collaborating with Krab Jab Studio
to present this incredible workshop that is just rife with extra perks!
You can read more about Greg, this particular workshop and all the amazing benefits here.
And, don't miss out on your chance to register (extra discount given to students and educators): here!
I've been slammed and not getting to the blog of late (warning - it will not get much better over the next month). However, I just showed this performance to my son and was remembering how awesome it was. So, enjoy!
And one more Piano Guys Christmas performance -
New Year. More sketching.
In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....
It has been raining like crazy (I know it's Seattle - but we're known for *drizzle*, not for actual *rain*)... Snoqualmie Falls is raging as a result. (You can see impressive video of it here).
A more typical view of the falls is featured in the atmospheric opening of Twin Peaks, from years gone by....
First life drawing session of the year...
Charcoal on paper.
Looking forward to new album!
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Last page of the bright-red purse Moleskine!
Time to break out a new one.