I have been a member of the Parent Club at the kid’s school. This year I was contacted by the President of the club to see if I would be interested in repainting the USA map on the blacktop. I guess after they resurfaced the area it covered up the old mural. I of course said yes and scheduled an appointment to check it out.
Boy was I in for a surprise! We met, looked over the area, I picked up the stencil package and set the date. Ty and I went out the first day and got started. We laid out the stencil. It was 8 large strips of paper with holes cut in it. You spray or paint the holes, remove the paper stencils, then basically connect the dots. I’m pretty sure we picked the hottest day of the year so far… Out on the blacktop for about 7.5 hours the first day I got it all outlined and two-thirds of the color done. Not to mention, a HORRIBLE sunburn…
Second day we were out there were two other mothers there to help. They started the last color and helped apply more coats to the less solid colors. That gave us a great head start to finish up. We finished it that evening and even painted the state abbreviations on each state.
Sometimes as an artist you should pay back. God has given you a talent and you should use it. Just don’t forget the sunscreen…
For the month of May my friend, Jesus Fidel, and I co-curated a show together at his gallery, The Empty Space in Bakersfield, CA. The show was inspired after we had a movie date to see Oz the Great and Powerful. Although I was not totally impressed with the movie, it did bring back a lot of great memories of watching the original movie, Wizard of Oz. During the movie Jesus and I decided we should plan our future group show around the characters. We made a list of the characters Dorothy meets along her journey from Kansas to Emerald City.
Once the list was set we made our list of artists and assigned them a character from the movie. It was a lot of fun pairing the artists with the characters.
All of the normal curator duties were performed and the show artist reception was on the 18th of May, 2013. Before the reception three pieces were sold. Another sold during the reception. We had a viewer’s choice award, which went to artist Josiah Lorsung for his piece based on the tornado.
The artwork featured is my piece titled Horse of a Different Color, which sold to another volunteer of The Empty Space theatre.
In March at The Foundry we have a group show called Art Imitates Art. This was our second annual show. During the show we ask kids age 10 or younger to draw us a picture. We then assign them to adult artists to recreate them using the children’s exact shapes.
This year I worked on two pieces. One by Gracie C and the other by Tyler B. Gracie’s piece was a challenge! She is very talented for her age. Her image was of “her family,” which to the naked idea looked like worm-like figures with pretty eyelashes. It was wonderful. I recreated her piece and named it “Earthworm Garden Party.” The family got a kick out of it!
Tyler’s piece was so detailed I didn’t have much room to improve it but I did my best. Recreating his most-imaginative ninja scene and titled it “Ninja Practice.” The family loved it and it is now with the little artist.