Saturday, December 06, 2008

Chihuly Exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden

Today I made my first visit to the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix to see the Chihuly glass exhibit. It was a beautiful day and the glass sculptures looked awesome against the blue sky. It's the first time I've seen any of his pieces up close so it was a new experience. There were roughly 15-20 pieces installed throughout the gardens, and some smaller pieces in a gallery, which was also continuously showing a 90-minute video of his work process. I think my favorite pieces were the ones that seemed to work naturally with the desert environment.

Here are some of the sculptures on display -- some of them are quite tall.

The show will continue through May 31st of 2009. Check it out if you have the chance!

For more information on Dale Chihuly, check out this page on Artsy.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Website!

After a month of working and tweaking, I've finally finished my website. It was created using software from Homestead, which is very easy to use and they also host my site. I found Homestead in an article written by Jarrett Krosoczka in the 2008 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market about the importance of having your own site. Thanks Jarrett!

And now, my website ...

I'll be changing it up as my needs grow, adding a section on news and possibly a shop. Stop by and visit!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Illustration Friday: Enough

Here's a recent portfolio piece that fits this week's topic. You can never have enough iced tea! It's one of my favorite summer time drinks. The lady in the back looks like she's seen enough too. I'm planning to do a series of illos with the 2 main characters. Time to get back to work.

Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes

During my vacation in California I was disappointed to learn that I had just missed seeing an exhibition of children's book art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. If I'd known sooner, I would have arranged my vacation to coincide with this exhibit, but alas, I was too late.

However, I was able to get a copy of the exhibition catalog which is pictured above. The exhibit is from the collection of Zora Charles and the artists represented roughly spans about 100 years of children's book illustration, from Beatrix Potter to Chris Van Allsburg. I would have loved to have seen all of these original illustrations.

The show will be traveling to one other museum this year, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. If anyone out there has seen this exhibit, please leave me your comments on this blog!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Fun with Cabazon Dinosaurs

As you can tell from the date of this post, I have seriously been neglecting my blog. Time to crack that whip and update it. I'll start with some fun posts from my vacation. Just got back from California, and on the way to the Central Coast I stopped in Cabazon to look at the famous dinosaurs by the late Claude K. Bell.

You've probably seen them in Pee Wee's Big Adventure and other movies. It's visible from the I-10, and although I've driven past it many times, this is the first time I've actually stopped to get a closer look. Unfortunately I got there too late to take a look inside, but still had time for some silly photos.