THE OFFICIAL MARK GREENAWALT NEWSLETTER
|VOL 6 ISSUE 4||FUTURE-CLASS
I feel very fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The state of Arizona has long been famous for the Grand Canyon, one of the eight natural wonders of the world, but there are many other awesome landscapes in this region. Arizona Highways magazine has built it's name on these spectacles and I am on a quest to see as many of them as possible in my lifetime. Thus far I have been able to document my travels to quite a few breath taking locales.
I shot the above picture of Monument Valley's famous "Mittens" several months ago. This is the backdrop for a handful of John Wayne westerns and conversely the setting for a Metallica video. This month I had the opportunity to visit Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. I've also recently gone on a few hikes including the Peralto Trail in the Superstition Mountains to see Weaver's Needle, Telegraph Pass on South Mountain, and Hunter Trail, the difficult trail to the top of Picacho Peak. I am in the process of updating my other website at www.markgreenawalt.com to concentrate on my photography of Arizona and have included pictures from several of these outings.
I would have been just getting ready for my 1st birthday party when this March 1968 issue of Playboy Magazine was released. I had been under the impression that the Demi Moore cover of Vanity Fair in August of 1992 was the catalyst that started this "new" trendy art form, but I recently bought a copy of the '68 Playboy off of e-bay and found a model painted in a business suit included in the layout. The magazine article that really pulled me into the fold though was the 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated when the models were wearing the painted-on bathing suits. That's when I decided that this was a career worth pursuing. In July of last year, my Uncle (Auntie) Sam bodypainting made it to the cover of Playtime magazine and just this week I noticed that the current issue of Entertainment Weekly is taking bodypainting to the forefront of shock value by showing the Dixie Chicks in the nude except for some bodypainted words. In the 3 plus years that I have been a bodypainter, the artform has slowly grown more chic and accepted, but it still has a lot of intrigue for the masses. By the way, I wasn't the artist for the Demi Moore cover, the Dixie Chicks cover, and I obviously was a little too young to be the artist for the 1968 Playboy cover.
I have been collecting magazine covers, articles and advertisements that include bodypainting and placing them in the gallery of my group on Yahoo. The address is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/painteddesertmodels/ if you'd like to see what I have collected thus far. If you know of any that I am missing, please let me know.
- Join me at Jillian's on Friday, May 2nd for the Playboy Magazine 50th Anniversary Playmate Search Party. For the event I will be painting several of the candidates representing Phoenix in this national contest with a grand prize of $50,000 and countless other perks. You can get more details on the event at http://www.playboy.com or at http://www.jillians.com .
-I will again be doing a live bodypainting demonstration for this years LepreCon Sci-Fi event on Saturday, May 17th. This years theme is "Dark Fantasy" and "Fairy-Tale". You will be able to listen to an interview with me on the Sunday before the event on the internet radio show The Dragon Page. The link to the program is http://www.dragonpage.com/ . I am still searching for the perfect model for this event.
-I have also been invited to join in on a project slated to be unveiled at this year's ComicCon in San Diego featuring The Villikon Chronicles. My role will be to bodypaint a portion of this costume and the guys from the AZ 501st Dune Sea Garrison will be building the armor. To find out more about this series, go to http://www.villikonchronicles.com/ . More details on this project to follow.
- Also coming up is an article for Facepainting International Magazine! Stay tuned.
copyright 2003, Mark Greenawalt
THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 4/30/2003