Saturday, August 29, 2009
Blogs are, by their very nature, a way for people to tell the world about themselves -- and they can be rather self-centered and solobsistic. Each of us is the star of our own play as we navigate our way through the time that we are alotted here on the spinning blue marble in space. If we don't tell people what we're doing, thinking, and feeling, the other self-absorbed units around us will never take the time to find out, because they are too busy directing their own little play as it weaves its way into ours. Together, we create stories, experiences, and memories that become more because of each other.
Wow, that sounded like a real shovel full. Well, spread it on your garden as you see fit.
Along with all of that, I just wanted to say that while I was on the set last week, John's assistant asked me to sign a press release form. She is going around making videos of the behind-the-camera stuff to either put on the web site or on the "extras" part of the dvd when it comes out. Apparently she took some videos of me sketching the stars when they were doing their readings early in the project. It will be interesting to see if those clips actually see the light of day.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday morning I turned in the last sketches for The Ward project. It was with mixed emotions. I was glad to be done and felt a relief from the pressure. Between the Violin project for the upcoming auction, working full time on third shift, and the movie venture, I’ve pretty much put my whole life on hold and had very little sleep.
I sat out back in the late afternoon, having finished and delivered the last of the artwork earlier, and having gotten six and a half/maybe seven hours of sleep (the most in quite a while), and chatted with my brother, Chip as he enjoyed a cigarette. I felt relieved to be done … although it seemed very anti-climactic.
As I was getting ready for work later – at around 8:30 PM – I got a phone call from Rachel, the set decorator for Mr Carpenter’s project. She was in a bit of a bind. They were doing prep work on a scene that was to be filmed at 10:30 on Saturday morning and found that they needed some paintings on the wall in the “infirmary”. I told her that I was getting ready to head off for work but that I would look around to see if I had something that would fill the bill – she was looking for some subdued landscapes – perhaps even monochromatic/sepia in nature.
I went from a relieved/end of project calm, to an instant stress. Strangely, though, I felt much better with the pressure. Somehow it made me feel geed about myself; gave me purpose.
I made a hurried review of some of the things that were accessible without digging too deep in the little time that I had before setting off for work. I found a few things, but without seeing exactly what she needed, I came up with a different plan. I called her back and told her what I thought and it seemed like a good idea to her.
So, after work, I picked up some canvasses and frames and headed to the Medical Lake movie set first thing in the morning. It was a beautiful day, although surprisingly cool. I brought my little paint box and sat outside and did three quick landscape sketches on the spot and finished them in time for their morning shoot. They aren’t great pieces of art, by any stretch of the imagination, but, according to Rachel, exactly what was needed. I felt great about my last work for the project.
After I finished doing the little paintings, Rachel gave me a quick tour of the new set up in building #2. Some really cool stuff. I ran into John Carpenter as I was waiting around to see C David and had a long conversation with him. He’s really a very affable person; much easier to talk with than one might have thought – at least for me (even though I’ve heard that he was unapproachable) – he and I seemed to click from the start.
It was with a new sense of accomplishment that I sat in the dining hall and had a complimentary breakfast. Many people from the movie crew (North by Northwest Productions). Producers, and union workers recognized me and stopped by to chat with me as I sat there enjoying coffee and a nice meal. Strange that I only worked with them all for a few weeks but was received so graciously. It was with a sense of melancholy mixed with gratitude and success that I drove out of Medical Lake.
I hope to have many more projects with NxNW in the future.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Anyway, it's a long-term project, but something that Chip has been wanting to do for some time. Just seeing his face when he brought it home and the excitement that he has made it worth my investment for sure.
We're naming it after our Mother: the Nancy Sara. She's a 1953 27' Blandchard Sr Knockabout (the boat, not my mom).
I think it'll be a great experience, and should bring forth some interesting artwork. I will be truly "itinerant" while out on our adventure.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Is there anyone in the world who didn't take a crack at one of the Draw Me images? How many of y'all mailed yours in? Yeah, me too, I think I drew the Pirate. They called, of course - the whole "draw me" thing is just to get you interested in their art schools; I'm reasonably certain that they call 100% of the people who submint their work. To my chagrin, my dad told them to bugger off (well, some version of that anyway). I was twelve or thirteen at the time ... an angst-ridden, moody, juvinile delinquent. You would have thought that my dad would have wanted to send me off to art school, heck, he was constantly threatening me with military school. I probably sulked for weeks. Even at that age, I knew that art was going to be a big part of my future.