|VOL 8 ISSUE 3||March 2005|
While the speakers were blasting Led Zepplin's Kashmir and Queen's Innuendo, I covered Gia from head to toe in gold bodypaint in front of the rain-resilient audience of the Alwun Houses' 22nd Annual Exotic Art Show. This was my 5th year of being involved in the opening festivities for this month-long showing of art, photography, and performance that borders on the erotic and delves deep into the exotic. Despite the forecast for 4" of rain that night, the door brought in 500 art lovers to take in the spectacle. Again this year I was able to set up shop in the lower level of the gallery and completed a half-dozen body art pieces on volunteers from the crowd. In past years, I have done all of my own photography, but this year I drafted the support of photographer Brad Garner of www.xericstudios.com to assist in documenting my paintings. He has placed a nice sampling of his shots on his website at http://www.xericstudios.com/exotic.html which includes many candid shots of the Pink Reception Bunnies painted with feathers, flowers, and mermaids. Another guest was adorned with a painted-on bra and yet another was painted with the movie poster recreation from Jaws.
I was invited by Dana and Kim, the creative forces behind the Alwun House, to bring my art form to the main stage at the very end of the night as the event's dénouement. I wasn't familiar with the term dénouement, but it is defined as "the events following the climax of a drama in which such a resolution or clarification takes place" and I was honored to be cast in that role. I chose the golden Egyptian statue theme for maximum impact from minimal time spent painting. The addition of two simple props, the pharaohs headdress and the scepter, completed the look and Gia brought the statue to life. Gia's modeling portfolio is on-line at http://www.onemodelplace.com/model_list.cfm?ID=123418 . The Alwun House Exotic Art Show is open Tuesday-Fridays, noon until 6p.m. until March 11th and then culminates in another party, The Dance of the Muse. This event takes place on Friday, March 11th at 7p.m. and I plan to premier a bodypainting project that incorporates body sushi. Please join us!
Sonik Magazine thought that I, being somewhat of a connoisseur, might be interested in writing a Mardi Gras article titled "Boobs for Beads". The title was titillating and I was excited to handle the project...O.K., enough of the innuendos. In addition to writing the article, I also contributed some bodypainting to the accompanying photos for the article. One of the models was Gia, who I am fortunate to have worked with on three projects so far this year, and the other was the stunning Kayla Rei who I had worked with for the Jim Morrison painting for the 2004 Paper Heart's Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll show. Click on the picture above to read the article and to see another picture from the shoot.
In this same issue of Sonik Magazine, you can also find an interview that I did with the rock band 3Doors Down. This was a very interesting assignment since I was familiar with the band's music, but had to research their history and catch up on their current events. Coming up with 21 questions seemed like it would be very easy, but it turned out to be a lot tougher than I had expected. This is the band that had a jump started career with their hit "Kryptonite" and they have just released a new album called "Seventeen Days". The band came through Phoenix in support of the album in February. Click the image above to read their responses to my questions.
The party was decorated to the hilt with Hawaiian tikki torches, flowers, leis, and there was even a pig roasting over an open fire in the back yard by the pool. This was not your typical Superbowl party, but there was no doubt that these people really know how to have a good time. The hostess, Carla, wanted to add a little shock value to her Hawaiian outfit so she hired me to paint this colorful halter top on her . The top was airbrushed on with Totally Tattoo paints and the colors really popped in the sunlight. A good time was had by all in spite of my home state's Philadelphia Eagles taking the loss.
- A lot has developed on the film project that I am co-producing called Mystere: The Children of Dido. Principle photography will be taking place this month at the Imperial Dunes in Yuma. Click on the movie poster image above to go to the Villikon Chronicles webpage to see the latest images and news on the project. I'm sure I'll have a few stories to tell on this next month. Meanwhile, feel free to check out an article that I wrote over a year ago about the early beginnings of this project at http://www.futureclassx.com/words/2003/villikon/Ascension.htm . This article was originally written for Femme Fatales Magazine when the magazine's focus was on the sexy women in Science Fiction movies and television. The article was not published when they decided to switch their demographic and shed the sci-fi roots for more mainstream actresses.
- Upcoming events:
- March 11th, 2005 - Closing night of the Alwun House Exotic Art Show, also known as Dance of the Muse. I am planning to do a bodypainting adorned with "body sushi". (Model to be selected)
- March 26th, 2005 - The Girls, Girls, Girls fundraiser for MudPony Gallery at Christies Cabaret. This event is Black Tie. $10 to get in. For $250 you can get a seat in the celebrity only VIP room complete with a bottle of Christie's Champagne and your own private wait staff. Currently casting models for this session. (Models to be selected)
- May 26th-29th, 2005 - The Face and Body Art International Convention in Orlando, FL. This event is sponsored by Face and Body Art Magazine and this year's theme is "A Midsummer Night's Dream - Enchanted Forest". I will be doing a live demonstration at this event.
- The 2005 Bodypainting by Mark Greenawalt wall calendars are still available. This is my 4th annual calendar and this year's edition includes 13 images, 15 models, and 6 photographers. Thank you in advance to all of you who have ordered my calendars in the past and to those of you who plan to get this year's edition. Your support is truly appreciated! To see all of the images in this years calendar and hopefully to place your order, go to:
copyright 2005, Mark Greenawalt
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