|VOL 8 ISSUE 12||December 2005|
A couple of years ago, my secretary introduced me to a group of beautifully painted statues of horses collectively known as The Trail of the Painted Ponies. They are full size sculptures that are hand painted by an incredibly talented selection of artists and they have inspired collectibles such as books, figurines, and art prints. I was enamored with the project and hoped to one day be one of the artists. I've gained experience in painting on 3-D surfaces, but it's not a wide open free-for-all and although I have submitted a design into a recent contest they held, I have not yet joined this elite group.
Last month, however, my secretary introduced me to a brand new public art project called Kaleidoscope Horses. This project was set up to raise funds for schools and I found out that they had at least one last pony that hadn't been painted. I introduced myself and sent them some images of the lifecasts and bodypaintings that I had done and I was honored with becoming one of their artists. There were 26 of these horses on display at the Arizona State Fair and there was one completely white Arabian that had been ear-marked to be painted by me. I chose an Egyptian design that included the Great Pyramids, the Orion Constellation, and many other Egyptian symbols. The horse is named "Arabian Nights" and there is a rumor floating around that Wayne Newton may be interested in sponsoring it as the Kaleidoscope Horse project expands to Las Vegas. For more pictures of the painting, go to http://www.futureclassx.com/lifecasts/lifecasts.htm .
Contact Magazine has been gaining a lot of notoriety in the urban centers of central Phoenix. Their second issue was released just before the holidays and included three articles that I had contributed. If you live in the Phoenix area, I encourage you to pick up a copy of the magazine...if not for my articles, then for the rest of the magazine experience. Otherwise, feel free to click on the links below to read a copy of the articles:
Gallery Spotlight: The Paper Heart (Contact Magazine, December 2005) - A second article about the downtown Phoenix art gallery that specializes in live entertainment in addition to extensive art work displays.
Artist Spotlight: Ann Drosendahl (Contact Magazine, December 2005) - Biographical article about Phoenix based artist Ann Drosendahl.
Guitar Mania (Contact Magazine, December 2005) - Article about the public art project of 10 foot stratocaster guitars painted and endorsed by celebrities.
The calendar is currently available on-line at http://www.futureclassx.com/bodypaint/calendar/2006/2006calendar.htm . I would like to thank all of the talented people who have helped make this calendar possible, especially the models who have offered their bodies as canvases for my evanescent art form (Kayla Rei, Cheyenne Silver, Gia, Kesia, Kenna, Blue, Lynette Brooks, Courtney Black, Miriam Ross, Heather Keckler, Ashlee Dawn, and Jayme Richter) and the photographers who captured the moment in time (Don Crossland, Brad Garner, Ed Clapper, and myself).
- I am proud to announce that I am one of the featured artists on display in January at the Paper Heart Art Gallery. I have 10 of my pieces on display. To get the exhibit kicked off right, owner Scott Sanders is having two weekends of the annual "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll Show". Next issue I'll unveil some of the images from the live bodypainting demonstrations on December 30th and January 6th. The thumbnail picture to the right is a sneak peak of one of the paintings with model Michelle Monroe.
- The filming is complete for the film project Romey and Jules. The script won a film challenge contest from the Arizona Screenwriters Association and was filmed in a seedy hotel on Van Buren. I was enlisted to be the make-up artist for the two stars of the movie and had a great time on set with everybody. I'll have a more detailed account and pictures next month, but for now you are welcome to read the script on-line by clicking here.
- I purchased Alien Bees studio lighting for doing some pro photography. I'll be looking for some talented models to help me break in the new set up in the next couple of weeks. Pictures at eleven...
- Don't forget to attend the annual Exotic Art Show at the Alwun House in February. I'm not sure exactly what my involvement will be yet, but I am hoping to come up with something a bit...shall we say...exotic.
- I will be teaching bodypainting classes again in 2006 at the Face And Body Art International Convention in Orlando, Florida.
copyright 2005, Mark Greenawalt
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