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Follows my family's journey from a small town in upstate New York, to a city in South America,( Bariloche, Argentina), and our adjustment back to the United States, in San Diego California
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This week began with rain. On Sunday morning it took me off guard and our morning dog walk ended with getting absolutely drenched. You'd think the next morning when the sky look dark and threatening I'd have learned my lesson and grabbed one of the many handy umbrellas we keep by the door on the way out, but no, we were caught again in the pouring rain.
By Wednesday the storms were headed north to Colorado and all that rain had the effect of pouring cold water on a hot stove. The weather cooled all the way down to the high 70º's! Unfortunately it's still September and the stove is still on. We're back in the 100º's now.
The good news is that I'm making progress with my second snail for the Grand Ave Festival. This week I'll be painting him all pretty, which is the fun part. The bad news is, my sculpture proposal of a large dancing skeleton got in to the Central Gallery's Dia De Los Muertos show! Except that I didn't receive the notification, so I assumed I was rejected. Just last weekend I dumped the old garden fountain I was going to use to build it on. A few days ago (weeks after the letters went out) I was asked to confirm... so I had to withdraw.
Mike's new semester teaching for the San Francisco Academy of Arts has begun. He's also been asked to build an online course called "Character Development for the Graphic Novel". They're going to be flying him to San Francisco for filming the drawing demo videos soon. IT's always such a drag when he goes away...
Today on the dog walk I saw it again... Or rather I heard it and then I saw it. It's a roar, like river rapids, which is a little disorienting when you're standing on a street corner in the city.
It was coming from a big concrete box like this one. Inside there was a waterfall....
The "boxes" are all around the city and are part of the Salt River Project, that irrigates the region and floods people's yards this time of year....
|Naomi at the Salt River|
The Salt River is why people have settled in this region for something like 1,000 years. Phoenix is not just some random spot in the desert where they decided to build a city... That would be Las Vegas.
Anyway, I started another snail but he's in a lot of uninteresting pieces right now, so I'll post some pictures later when he gets more interesting.
Recently Phoebe yelled to me, "Hey Mom! What's red and smells like blue paint?"
Yesterday I painted a "Hello Kitty House". It's monochrome, but then I added red paint.
As you may recall (in my last post) I was just starting to paint this guy....
As you can see he's a lovely pink color. Anyway that's no good, so I started working on making the shell more.....ummm, shell like....
I also painted his light bulbs, I mean eyes, to look like eyes.
This is the other side. It was nice painting indoors on the kitchen table with the a/c going, but the green paint was for the centipede sculpture
and shouldn't be used inside, so out to the patio I went.
Here I am adding the green.
It certainly made him look more snail-like.
It was a lot more unpleasant to paint on the patio in August, compared to February.
Anyway it started getting dark (you can tell as my camera's taking fuzzy pictures), so this is where I stopped.
This is after I finished yesterday morning.
As you can see I added a bunch of highlights.
Another monsoon blew through here last night so now he's stowed away for safe keeping, while I prepare to build the second snail.
Yesterday evening a massive dust storm rolled into Phoenix. The sky went from blue to brown in an instant. The wind picked up and the palm trees bowed and, as my neighbor puts it, "The clay rose to the heavens".
Minutes later warm, brown drops of rain began to fall and I rushed outside to save my snail, who's been making progress in the last few days...
These are his eyes (reusing light bulbs) and tail, drying in the sun.
Here he is drying after adding the wire to attach him to the tree.
Starting to resemble a snail...
And after a pink base coat. He needs lots more painting, though.
This weekend Naomi turned 10 and she had quite a celebration at Peter Piper's pizza. She also made her own cake (from scratch) and decorated it herself....
Needless to say, she had a great time.
This machine was paying out.
All the kids had a blast.
This morning was a stressful one when Naomi (who bikes to school) got trapped in the parking gate as it was closing.
This week I began my work on building the first snail for the "Hanging Gardens, Woven Fences" festival in October.
I began by using paper mache on this old beach ball (all the art in the festival must be recycled).
....And believe it or not this is part of his head drying upside down in a bowl (it will look more like a head later. )
This is Isabella after a bath. She was most pathetic.
Chloe turned 15 last week-She had quite the weekend with swimming, a sleepover, and an amusement park.. (And,yes, that fruit tart was very tasty!)
Last week was also a back to school open house over at the Middle School. We went around and listened to Phoebe's teachers talk about stuff (mostly school related stuff). I drew this picture while we sat through math (some things never change). During the social studies class Mike flipped through the textbook. Later he told me he learned the meaning of the Australian phrase "It's a three dog night". Apparently they're saying it's cold enough that you need at least 3 dogs to stay warm. Dogs are outstanding.
Here it is!! All three girls on their fourth day of school! (Yes, I forgot on the first day, got lazy on the second, and felt bad about it on the third). Anyway it's kind of difficult, as they get up at different times and go off in different directions to 3 different schools. Naomi on the right is about to hop on her bike. Phoebe's running out the front door to catch her bus, and Chloe gets driven by us downtown. I put Chloe on the carpool list in the hopes that I'd be able to split the driving with someone. All that happened is that now I drive another girl from around the corner as well, but at least her mom's paying me gas money, and money is always good. The only problem is that this kid is NOT a talker so twice a day it's a fifteen minute ride in nervous silence. I've tried talking and so has Chloe, but now we just play music.
Today I picked up this guy from the Middle School library where he's been on extended loan....
He took a tumble during the hanging process so I'm going to repair him and see if I can get him into a consignment gallery downtown. I'm also starting on a new sculpture this weekend....
I'm making some big snails for a festival on Grand street next October. I probably won't be making this many. But it should be fun, as the whole project needs to be created from recycled materials. I have a couple of old beach balls and light bulbs for eyes. I also have a new recipe for paper mache I've been dying to try out!
My father's first boyfriend was a man named Bruno. He was attractive and in his mid-twenties or a well preserved 30. Their relationship ended abruptly when Bruno took a trip to Boston and emptied my Dad's bank account. This resulted in two things for me....
1. My father came out of the closet to me on the eve of my flight to San Diego to spend the summer with Mike and his parents. At that time I'd only met them once before- briefly in a cafe on the upper west side of Manhattan.
2. I took out my first student loan of several, to finish school.
This is a fragment from my old journal that turned up. It was from my twentieth year while I was attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC. It's not much fun when the past comes up, like yesterday's lunch filling up your mouth unwelcome and unpleasant.
Anyway, the good news is my kids started school on Monday. Unfortunately I didn't get any good pictures. Maybe I'll take a fourth day of school picture tomorrow. This weekend is Chloe's 15th birthday, so we're scrambling to get a celebration organized.
This is one of my circle paintings that I created this week, currently on eBay...
|"Hair Crows" by Carolyn Watson Dubisch|
Last Sunday we finally made it to The Heard Museum, the only museum of it's kind in the United States. A museum of aboriginal peoples, mostly of Native American peoples.
It's a fascinating place and is a usual destination of anyone who visits this region.
It's full of things that you'd expect to see in a museum about Native Americans.
But some things took me more by surprise.
Like this guy... Wasn't he in "Adventure Time" on Cartoon Network?
The display on the "Indian Boarding Schools" was disturbing to say the least. In the east we solved "The Indian Problem" by giving them blankets of smallpox and then marching them west (like with the Cherokees). Once settled in the west, the government took their children. They vowed it was to "educate" them and brought them to schools in Phoenix (and other locations). They cut their hair and shut them off from their tribes and families for years.
Another twisted story from the history of this country.
There were many amazing looking sculptures in the courtyards.
...And there were many courtyards.
Serene looking spots that seemed perfect for sitting and drawing or writing, but the heat is too much this time of year, so visitors would just quickly cut across them in search of an entry to a different section of the building.
I was drawn in by this showcase in particular. It reminded me of when I lived in Bariloche, Argentina. Often I would see aboriginal women, from Bolivia I think, wearing native woolen dresses and strapped on their backs were what looked like rolled blankets. It wasn't until I was standing next to one of these women while waiting for a bus that I realized there was a baby in there. The baby was crying from inside the blanket roll and she was swaying back and forth in a motion that is familiar to mothers all over the world. I have no idea how she managed to get that baby on her back, as I couldn't even manage not getting tangled in a baby sling when my girls were small.
This baby carrier even came with a little dream catcher.
I really enjoyed this mural in progress.
In fact all of the contemporary Indian art made the Heard Museum more interesting than I'd ever expected. In fact, we'll probably be back sometime.
Late last night as I set out with the dog for his nighttime walk, I was blasted, instantly with the hot wind. While I pushed my way through this scorching onslaught, with my hair coming untied and flying in my face, I began to realized that I felt exactly no cooling effect from this blast, it still felt just like 100ºF. It was because I wasn't sweating. One of the many benefits of the fabulous dry heat with low humidity is that you don't sweat unless doing something strenuous.... Which makes the wind just a bunch of hot air.
In other news I took out my 2 youngest kids out for school supplies. They were both flabbergasted by the fall display in the next aisle, full of jack-o-lanterns and faux autumn leaves twisted into wreaths. Here in Arizona it's a real slap in the face, because we're so far from when it cools off. In fact we have three more months of these temperatures!
Art of the Red River was back with a really good show yesterday.
|"Tree of Life Men's wedding band"|
by Harvest Gold Jewelry's Lynda Rasco
For the first time we had a jewelry designer on the show. Lynda Rasco was full of interesting stories about her work. Which you can see more of here
|"Aura, Siddartha Gautama 6 Days Before Enlightenment" by Felipe Echevarria|
Our second guest was Felipe Echevarria, internationally collected fine artist and graphic novelist, from Loveland, Colorado.
And our last minute guest, Pat Ryan of "Drive Thru Bud" turned up on the show with some crazy stories! Listen in to Art of The Red River!
Each morning this week I rolled out of bed as the sun rose. After harnessing the dog we walked around the neighborhood through the warm steam of the early morning in a daze that only comes from gradually waking while actively doing something. Then I began to wake Phoebe for her morning journey out to the desert.
I sipped my coffee and waited for her to get ready, (usually studying the random pictures of cats on Facebook). And then we would drive, and drive to the Desert Dragon Studio in Deer Valley.
Every day they would spend some time working on the wheel, and she'd come home with clay on her jeans, even though she was wearing a huge apron.
These are some of the little pots the kids made one morning.
The studio itself was a place to explore.
Unfinished pots sat outside in the sun.
The very hot kiln sat out back.
Pottery was literally everywhere. Some pieces beautiful and intact and others were shattered and litter the ground.
It created a very inspiring atmosphere.
Phoebe learned to do a raku finish on these pots, which involves setting them on fire to create a beautiful kind of glaze.
This is a fountain she sculpted. She'll go back in a couple weeks to glaze it.
Anyway it was a great week, but camp is over now and school is fast approaching. This week I re registered Naomi and Phoebe for school. This must be done each year here in Arizona, I'm not sure why. I've been told it has something to do with getting reliable student lists and dealing with snowbirds (people who spend winters in Arizona, but summers in other parts of the US). As someone who's moved with kids many times, I can't imagine choosing to do that year after year, but I guess some people do.
This week is about school supply lists and getting ready for August 5th- the first day of school!!
Wednesday morning was the day we left into the great wide open desert, towards San Diego. Yes, like thousands of other people we flocked to San Diego for the big one.... No, not the earthquake, the biggest comic con in North America.
And it was really.... Huge. Crowded. Busy.
When people read about comic con in San Diego they usually show photos like this. Where you can see the floor, and I don't mean you can see the exhibit floor, I mean here in this photo you can see the carpet, and there seems to be some personal space for these different individuals.
This is the "Ice King" (well, his head) from Adventure Time. This is what comic con is really like. People standing shoulder to shoulder, shuffling along. I took this photo by holding my camera way up over my head. There is no personal space, no where to sit, no where to decompress, unless you have a booth where you can hide for awhile.
Anyway, this is a dinosaur.
This is a dinosaur in line at the cafe.
The Creature from The Black Lagoon.
And these guys from the Monster's University movie that Mike and Naomi went to see a few weeks ago, when it premiered.
Anyway, my appearances were all at the Cartoon Art Museum booth where I drew for attendees, along with some other amazingly talented artists. Mike was running around to signings, interviews, and panels, and also drawing at the Cartoon Art Museum.
When you visit a place that you once called home it becomes a marathon of driving around trying to see everyone, if only for an hour.
The girls made extensive plans with school friends.
...And all of us needed to spend some time with family. Oscar came along and met everyone, he also got an afternoon on Dog Beach. Where he managed to avoid the waves and some of the dripping wet dogs by sitting at my feet with guarded excitement. He didn't manage to avoid the fleas and I spent much of the next day running back and forth to Petsmart, getting him a flea dip and some flea drops.
Sunday afternoon at 3pm we headed back to Phoenix. Crossing the desert at night means your windshield fills with the tiny corpses of flying insects. This time we were peering through a very small clear spot for miles before we reached a service area where we could clean it off and plow forward to start a new collection. We arrived in the city late last night with 3 tired kids, 2 exhausted adults, and 1 happy, but itchy dog.
This morning I rolled out of bed at 6am and drove Phoebe to clay camp in Deer Valley. It's at a real artist's ceramic studio out in the desert with a big black cat weaving his way through the half finished sculptures and broken clay pots littering the floor. Outside under the trees you can see chickens running around, kicking up dust. I hope she makes something interesting.
On Sunday, the girls stepped off the bus from camp, full of exciting tales of making taffy out of marshmallows, night time antics of sneaking over to other cabins, and learning to ride a horse bareback. Already they have big plans for next year, when they go back.
Then yesterday we loaded the kids into the car and drove them back into the mountains to meet up Mike's Uncle Ralph and family.
It was cooler in Cottonwood, so we could sit outside at the diner.
Naomi showed Roy Peter her folding sunglasses.
Everyone got a chance to wear them.
Mike's Uncle Ralph spent part of his childhood living in Africa. Each time we visit a tidbit of his life in Ethiopia emerges. This time it was ants. The big red harvester ants busied themselves around the dusty ground near the diner while we ate lunch. As we discussed their painful bite and the fire ants that make their home in Phoenix, Ralph began to tell us about the ants in Africa. Huge pillars of nests appeared one day in their compound. They poured boiling water into them, but it did little good. The ants latched onto a litter of puppies they had and only one of the pups survived. That was a darker tale, but I love to hear stories of his life abroad.
Friday 10-11:30am Arcana Comics Booth 2415
Friday 2-3pm IDW Publishing Booth w/ Giant "IDW" sign
Saturday 12-1pm Cartoon Art Museum Booth 1930
Saturday "History of the Necronomicon" panel
8:30-9:30pm Room 8, upstairs
Sunday 12:30-1:30pm Arcana Comics Booth 2415
Sunday 2-3pm Cartoon Art Museum Booth 1930
And we'll be visiting with friends and family as well. Anyway Happy Tuesday!
Every few days we decide we just have to get out of here! Weather be damned, we're going outside.... Sometimes it works out.
On Sunday, though, we were already out. We'd just dropped Chloe and Naomi off for their buses to camp, and then decided to head over to Mesa to see the Museum of Natural History.
I know it looks lovely out in these photos, but it was 112ºF.
Phoebe and I with the mammoth, and my umbrella (yes, we walk around with an umbrella, for the sun.)
Hmmm.... I think it's a horse. A prehistoric horse.
It's me onscreen (and Phoebe's arm)! In their exhibit about movies.
In the courtyard Phoebe panned for gold. She gave up quickly, though, the sun was intense!
Behind the gold panning was a dark winding mine shaft.
For some reason it led to a collection of prison cells.
Mike inside a cell. His hand is on one of the metal bunks. It said that bedding was not supplied for prisoners, so they slept on the metal surface.
Back inside we found a waterfall with many dinosaurs, like this T-Rex that roared.
And this one that didn't.
Looking at stars.
I know it looks small but this is one of those giant Mayan heads.
Nearby sat a Native American yurt.
And last but not least a bear butt!
Anyway the museum was pretty cool, and the walk to the car was hot, hot hot!
On Monday I spent the afternoon talking about writing and children's books on "Dellani's Tea Time" a talk radio show. You can listen in here
to the recorded version, and Mike has a review out about a book he's been working on all year, Zombies vs Robots
Hopefully the girls are having a blast at camp right now. Naomi's camp is all about star gazing and cooking outside (that kid loves to cook), and Chloe's learning to ride a horse (it's just about hanging on, right?) At least it's under 100º up in the mountains. :)
Next week Chloe and Naomi leave for summer camp. So this week is making lists, going shopping and trying not to panic that their camps are in Prescott, in the mountains, by that brush fire that's on the news lately. All my communications with the camps (there's 2 different ones) indicate business as usual....
so we're packing! They are both so excited to get out of the city (because it's freakin' hot here).
|The Cat and The Fiddle|
This is a painting I finished 2 days ago. My work's been selling steadily on eBay, so I keep painting!
Yesterday on TNT my art was in the background of an episode of "Perception"
. They did a scene at a comic con and my work and Mike's was somewhere
in that scene (I'm sure it was small and blurry, but I haven't seen it yet).
In other news my interview over at The Creative Artist's blog
went live today. In that they put up pictures and I'm totally showcased... So that's cool! Also Mike's new logo design for Red River Radio is up
and I happen to think it looks awesome. :)
Late at night we heard him.... A thump and a "scritch, scritch" on the screen door. We went outside and found this guy! It's hard to tell but he's the size of my hand. I was going to put my hand next to him for the photo, but he kind of freaked me out. Then we went back inside and hid till he went away. Thanks for stopping by!!!
Anyway there's apparently a heat wave this week in the southwest. Which in Phoenix means it's 118ºF instead of 103ºF .
More hiding inside with the shades drawn.
Today is another episode of "Art of the Red River"!
|By Eric James Duke|
Our first guest is Eric James Duke (insani artificem or MAD ERIC) is a predominately pen and ink artist while being classically trained in painting and sculpture. Though he has done some illustration, most recently HP Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”, he is more of a gallery artist. He has had art shows in NY, PA, TX, CA, IA, and FL. His art has also appeared in various magazines, including ‘Churn Magazine’ issue #9, available through Last Gasp’s website in the coming months. He uses a 6x0/.13 Koh-I-Noor rapidograph pen and pointillism to achieve his depth and lighting. Currently he lives and works in Livermoore, CA.
|by Calvin Innes|
Next on the show is artist Calvin Innes. He's the author of a number of children's books including, " The Monster Book Of.." series of educational books, the popular Tiny Twisted Tales series of spooky and macabre children's books, How To Draw Monsters with Calvin Innes - a step by step drawing guide, the Commander Recyclone & the Eco Rangers series of books, to name just a few. He founded his publishing company, My Little Big Town, in 2011 and they now work with numerous authors and artists from all corners of the world. He lives and works in Yorkshire in the UK, with his wife, his young son and three cats.
|by Holly Chamberlain|
Our final guest is Maine artist, Holly Chamberlain. She has taught photography at Sanford High School and graphic design and drawing at Heartwood College of Art and River Tree Center for the Arts. Her brand, Fish House Designs, is primarily a line of greeting cards, calendars and prints from her original paintings inspired from her life by the sea.Her work has been licensed to Trader Jo's, T-shirt companies, logo designs, commission work, hand painted furniture and murals. Be sure to listen in!!
Here's Mike and Phoebe hanging out at the booth.
So the kids can feel comfortable and walk around on their own we always find a nearby landmark to help them find our booth. This was our landmark.
On the plus side, they appeared to be new and... unused.
Much like every con there's always a "tardis" from Dr. Who.
...And a Star Wars.
And some great cos-players (people who dress in costume), like this one from "The Dark Crystal".
...And this guy! Who was actually promoting a movie, and seems to be at every comic con these days. Unfortunately I forget what movie.
This was the coolest thing that happened. We met Nicholas Brenden (the guy who played Xander in Buffy The Vampire Slayer!). He acts very much like his character in the show and was trying to give us his half eaten donuts (which we passed on, but probably should have taken to sell on eBay). Chloe actually went to his panel "Q&A with Nicholas Brenden". She even asked a question. She spoke clearly and projected in the crowded auditorium, so he asked "Are you a reporter?"
"You asked that so well, are you in theater?"
"Not right now."
"Well you should be!"
So for the rest of the convention people around the hall would point her out and walk up to her and say "Hey you're that reporter girl!"
This con wasn't as busy as most we go to, but the kids had a blast, and on the last day Naomi sat down and started drawing portraits for a quarter. She had more customers than we did, obviously we charge too much!
Yesterday morning we rolled out of bed, packed the car and hit the road!
We traveled for a ways on "Historic Route 66".
Indian "rock shops" selling geodes and petrified wood lined the road.
This was Oscar's longest car trip to date. He drooled -kind of a lot.
There were many dinosaurs.
Traveling through the high desert into New Mexico was very pretty, but some sights were a little disturbing. As we drove east on interstate 40, just before mile 64, we saw three starving horses on the right hand side. One was missing patches of fur, and all three had ribs you could count from a distance. They stood in the empty plains next to the road and the closest structure seemed to be a burnt out farm, that looked a whole lot like a pile of rubble. As we discussed what we could possibly do we then saw a caramel colored cow in similar condition near mile 104. Both sightings were near Grants, New Mexico.
We arrived in Albuquerque a little worse for wear after a day on the road. This city has some very striking murals filling the downtown.
After a driving all day we were ready for a walk around.
Naomi and Phoebe tried to steal this statue's hat.
Over in the plaza they posed with the mayor.
We didn't go too far but it was nice to be walking around.
And here's Chloe and Oscar in front of the convention hall where Albuquerque Comic Expo was being held, starting today. Come find us in Artist's Alley at table D18!!
I think we're finally getting the hang of this whole desert in the summer thing. We went out to The Desert Botanical Gardens for Father's Day....
Sounds good right? Wander through a desert garden in June.... Well, we packed A LOT of water, wore hats, and arrived at 7pm.
This is the three girls as we entered.
Attaching the admission bracelets.
The gardens are quite beautiful this time of year.
This is a picture of a rabbit. There must have been a rabbit warren under the gardens, because they were everywhere! The kids took the camera and ran around after them trying to capture a good shot. We have about 50 pictures of blurry little tails or just nothing, because as you'll notice from this photo they are perfectly camouflaged with the ground.
The place is huge and a bit of a maze. Of course we didn't bother to look at the map until we were thoroughly lost.
We did find the Butterfly Garden....
...And now I have many blurry photos of butterflies, that I will spare you from here.
We found a cacti sundial.
Naomi thought it was awesome!
This sculpture is called "The Earth has Been Good to Us."
There were birds, particularly quails, everywhere. Here you can see one perched on a cactus. They would walk across the trails leading their little babies along like funny looking ducks.
There were pretty fountains.
...And some beautiful flowers.
Even in June, The Desert Botanical Gardens is a great evening out!
Here it is. Father's day picture for 2013! (not that we have other years or anything).
TADA! Here it is! Mike's cover painting for my big book of "The Horribles" (my all ages comic).
|"The Horribles" by Mike Dubisch|
I think it came out amazing, and I'm so excited for the new book!!
When my kids are home from school and hanging around all the time, I'm always looking for things to do, just to get out. So it seemed like maybe we could try First Friday again, (the first one each month is a big gallery, music and art event downtown.)
So we grabbed the dog and our two oldest kids (Naomi didn't want to come) and headed out.
Even though temperatures have been in the triple digits it seemed like since it was at night maybe it'd be ok. We were wrong. It was SO hot, I almost passed out. I did stumble a bit on a street corner and veered straight into the closest restaurant and got some water. After that we just got the girls some Italian ices and left.
On Sunday, Phoebe's obsessive packing and repacking her bags ended the only way it could. She was finally off to camp up in Prescott. Here she is with her friend, Nina, boarding the bus. We pick her up at the bus tonight after six days in the mountains with restricted showers (every other day). She'll smell great I'm sure. :P
After our fiasco at first Friday, Chloe and I went out to find some kind of indoor activity. We decided to check out the State Capitol Museum, as it's free and the New York State Capitol Museum was always an awesome outing, with a carousel, incredible displays and a nice cafe on the roof.
The capitol park looked promising next to the building.
In fact I wished we could explore it as it was full of many sculptures, but it was "sear your skin off" weather.
Here's Chloe out in front of the building.
It seemed like a nice building, though MUCH smaller than the NY State Capitol building.
The displays were, how can I put this.... really dull. This is a pair of jeans. I think they left them there to remind me of how I could be doing laundry now.
This was a wax guy, but I can't remember who it's supposed to be.
This is Chloe, squishing his head. Okay, that was juvenile, but this was one of those museums where you have to entertain yourself. At least there was a/c. Anyway there are other museums, I think we'll be trying their a/c next time.
This week was our 19th wedding anniversary! So we went to see Star Trek and ate fancy fruit tarts and had quite a nice day. Two days earlier I had this conversation with Naomi....
"What are you doing for your anniversary?"
"Going to see Star Trek."
"You're watching Star Trek on your anniversary? You do that everyday!"
.... And we do.
Yesterday we braved the heat and headed over to the farmer's market.
It was good to get outside mid-day, even if it was 108ºF
We're all really appreciative of the misters. This is Naomi after standing under one for 3 or 4 minutes.
The great thing about the farmer's market is all the food trucks. This was our "Indian Taco". When Mike ordered it I think he was hoping for something from India, but it was Native American (I think Navajo). It was quite good. Chloe got cajun food and was loving it (New Orleans may be her future). After the market we rushed Chloe over to her first day of her Anime/Manga class at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.
As you can see in the photo above there's paint on my arm because I was painting all morning and when I wash up that's the spot I always miss. This month I am honored to be the "Featured Artist" over at Live Your Hobbies
, an online magazine. Check it out!
Anyway, this week Phoebe is bustling around and gearing up for sleep away camp next week. She'll be gone for 6 days up in Prescott and her best friend from school is her bunk mate. She's so excited it's almost impossible not to be excited as well.
|At the Beach @Carolyn Watson Dubisch|
It's our first week of all the kids on break and temperatures in the 100's so it's SUMMERTIME!!
Chloe is the only one with a real schedule as she's starting volunteering at the library to get job experience (also she likes the library). Mike and I are catching up on our freelance work, and I finally managed to start on some sketches for this YA novel I've been hired to work on. It's a book from the "Flatulent Pumpkin" series (yes, that's really a thing!). Usually in a public pool when you find a warm spot you move away quickly, (because everyone knows what that means), but the pool here in Phoenix is like bath water all the way through.... It's ALL a warm spot!Last week my dog had a runny nose and was sneezing A LOT. It was sad but also funny, anyway he's feeling much better today, however, my cat is now sneezing. I've never had a pet with a cold, and I had no idea a dog could get a cat sick. It's all very mysterious. Maybe they just need some Benadryl.Every morning we've been rolling out of bed at 7:30am and getting the dog out for his morning walk before it gets too hot. This week we realized it has to be 6:30am, and I'm not even sure it doesn't need to earlier!
|Mike at our booth|
This past weekend was Phoenix Comic Con, and here is Mike at our booth, where we spent most of our time.
Phoenix Comic Con has been getting busier each year, so by Saturday it was pretty crowded.
Like at all comic cons there were many interesting characters walking about.
So many different characters that I didn't recognize, actually.
This was an art school's booth that was running life drawing sessions.
This is a robot.
Some kind of wolf creature -I think there's someone inside there.
And here is the half man. This booth was very close to us and the actor (in the center) was moaning almost continuously.
There were a lot of interesting booths and A LOT of zombie booths. "The Walking Dead" is wildly popular and some of the actors were there.
Chloe and Phoebe posing as undead.
We also saw some old friends.
On the last day, in the last hour of the convention, an alarm went off and everyone was evacuated onto the sweltering streets upstairs.
Unfortunately, at the moment the alarm sounded my kids were off with some friends. We had to evacuate without them. The alarm it turns out was for a fire on the third floor. They quickly put it out and then allowed exhibitors back inside.
It didn't take long to find the kids, they happened to be by our friend Jon S Lewis's booth. Once inside our kids and his helped one of our neighbors deflate this giant yellow ball that was part of their display.
Needless to say they had a blast.
Unfortunately, as we fumbled our way home from the comic con to our car, the bungee cord on the cart came loose and smacked my right hand. My knuckle has turned a lovely shade of purple and has swollen up. Somehow I will complete the sketches for the book I just agreed to work on.
Comic con was a mad, mad few days and I'm really wiped. There are photos of it all to share and a crazy crisis to talk about, but tomorrow is another show. Our radio show, Art of the Red River, so let me share our line up and very soon I will write about comic con. :)
|by Liv Rainey-Smith|
This month's show has some fascinating guests including, Liv Rainey-Smith, an esoteric artist specializing in hand-pulled woodcut prints. Her bold figure-oriented imagery is drawn upon history, nature, dream, and vision for inspiration. Rainey-Smith's process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She prints primarily in small editions.
Next we have children's illustrator and writer, Hazel Mitchell. Originally from Yorkshire, UK , but currently living and working in Maine. Hazel attended art college in York and Sunderland ,UK, and then ran away to sea. The Royal Navy taught her to be a graphic designer.She left the Navy and ran a printing business in England, but now she is doing what she has always dreamed of - illustrating and writing children's books. Her publishing clients include Charlesbridge, Makinac Island Press, Kane and Miller, Freespirit, Beacon Publishing and SCBWI.
And, our final interview is with comic book artist and illustrator Terrance Brown II. He is the creator of the upcoming "Yug the Inexplicable", and is currently adapting the 2005 novel "Origin:Unknown" by Edward HolsclawII and Wendy M Easton into a full length graphic novel due for completion in 2013. He has also worked on Bleating Goats Comic's "Lucidity #1", and" #2" and has done pinups and comics for "No Man's Land", and is a guest on Glen Hammond's "Lamia Rising" with Tim Vigil. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona with a stunning array of dogs and cats.
|by Terence Brown II|
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Mike's comedy traffic school was funny, and ...er... disturbing. Photos of death and crashes and distressing facts, like Phoenix being the capital of red light running maniacs. He did learn important info however about what to do when one of the giant dust storms hits the area. Pull as far off the road as possible and turn off any lights. Apparently the headlights create a nifty "cloaking device" for your car in a dust storm, making you invisible to anyone else on the road.
Today is Chloe's last day of school, and she's out at the mall with a friend to "celebrate". The other two girls finished last Friday. Naomi has been spending this week bouncing around at "Flip Dunk", a trampoline park down the street that offers a summer day camp. Phoebe has been home, playing with the "special features" on our new camera (our old one broke last week).
This is Oscar using some crazy "artistic" setting she found.
Here we see Mike on the moon.
And this one I guess, is "Dog Cat".
Anyway, tomorrow is preview night over at Phoenix Comic con and we're at booth #441 (for anyone in town). I went clothes shopping today