|VOL 9 ISSUE 5||May 2006|
This was the fifth year in a row that I did sci-fi bodypainting presentations at the Phoenix based LepreCon convention. This year I did a live rendition of the cover art of Robert A. Heinlein's novel "I Will Fear No Evil." This was done in conjunction with a blood drive in honor of Heinlein that was produced by the Heinlein Society and administered by United Blood Services. I proud to say that I had the opportunity to donate my blood while I was there. It's a great feeling, try it sometime.
My second project was a bodypainting of the new Star Wars Legacy comic book character Darth Talon. Courtney Black was the model for the project in addition to being the costumer for all of the real clothes. The red and black body paint are reminiscent of the Sith character Darth Maul and as fate would have it, Darth Maul visited our showcase, courtesy of Steve Colston. For more images from the project and the more detailed story, please visit http://www.futureclassx.com/bodypaint/courtney/twilek/leprecon32.htm .
Barcelona Nightclub in Scottsdale, Arizona held a fantastic themed party for the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. The ambiance was enhanced by roaming four roaming drummers playing tribal beats under the glow of tiki lamps. My part in the production was to paint the drummers with Aztec and Mayan designs to help authenticate their costumes for the event. I found the gig through an ad placed on www.craigslist.com by LA Event Entertainment Productions (LEEP), the same people who produce the Bijou burlesque shows in Los Angeles.
I was wonderfully surprised to learn that Sarah Bowers (also known as Sarah Elizabeth) was flown in from Florida for the event to represent FHM magazine. It was great to see her and congratulate her in person for her appearance in Playboy magazine earlier this year. I'm so proud to say that I knew her her "way back when". For more pictures from the event and the rest of the story, please visit http://www.futureclassx.com/bodypaint/Sarah/mexicool/mexicool.htm .
The fourth issue of Contact Magazine has been released and I contributed one article to this edition. It is an article about a very unique artist named Tad Smith who recently opened his own gallery in the heart of the Grand Avenue art district (sometimes referred to as New Grand Landing). His background is in design and his artwork treads the line between fine art painting and three dimensional sculpture. The gallery is called Studeo Tad and his exhibitions include not only his own work, but also an array of artistic pieces from a diverse selection of valley artisans. To read the article, either visit the Contact Magazine website at http://www.contact-mag.com/issue4/artist.htm or click on the image above to read the article on this website.
- Both of my kids tried out for the musical "Big" at the Desert Stages Theater and I'm proud to say that both of them will be in the cast. This is the musical based on the Tom Hanks movie where a kid wishes he was "big" and then his wish comes true. They each need to sell 15 tickets at $12 each so if you live in the Phoenix area and want to help them out and go see the musical, e-mail me soon at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets. The location is Desert Stages Theatre 4720 N. Scottsdale Road (Next to Fashion Square on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Highland) and the dates are Fridays (7:30pm) and Saturdays (1pm and 3pm) from August 11th through September 9th.
- On June 13th I will be the artist guest of honor and will be showing some of my bodypainting images, lifecasts, and doing a live demonstration at the Herberger Theater as part of their Second Act series. More details coming soon.
- I will be teaching bodypainting classes again in 2006 at the Face And Body Art International Convention in Orlando, Florida.
- I will be teaching bodypainting class in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September at the U.S. Bodypainting Competition. Other artists include Pashur, Mark Reid, Pam Trent, Erika Harrison, and special guest Bernd Rantscheff. For more information check out the website at http://www.newmexicobodypaintingfestival.com/ .
copyright 2005, Mark Greenawalt
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