|VOL 12 ISSUE 2||September 2016|
Mom sent me to private art lessons when I was a kid. They started with pencil drawings and then moved into oil painting. First there was a fruit bowl and then an abstract using color theory. Then I think it was my third or fourth oil painting was an ocean wave. I think I must have been around 10 or 12 years old. Here is what this painting looked like for the past 40 years while being stored in a closet.
Last week, on a whim, I retrieved this painting and decided to add an element of fantasy. I used a reference photo from a fine art nude photoshoot with Jen Republic and added this character to the foreground. Initially there was no intention for this to be a mermaid, but I guess my muse led me down that path. I also updated the rocks in the background and I had to repaint the sky since there were some marks that couldn't be rubbed off. Is the painting done? Not sure, I may add another layer of something something...hopefully I won't wait another 40 years. I call her Genesis.
There was an event at the Monarch Theater in downtown Phoenix several years ago that had lots of exotic performers and there was one that really caught my eye. It was a nude dancer that was inside a stretchy "womb" of translucent spandex material. It was incredibly suggestive. It was not just the sensual moves of the dancing, but it was also the allure of seeing through the veil occasionally to realize her nudity, but then losing her form in light and shadow as she writhed and twisted. It was incredible. I later found out that the woman inside was Julianna who I had known for several years as part of the burlesque troupe Scandalesque. I did a bodypainting with her for the grand opening of FireSky Resort in 2007 and then I worked with her for another bodypainting at the Ignite Phoenix After Hours event at Mint Nightclub last November. That's when I asked her if I could do a photoshoot with her in this material which led to this project and the image below.
I also invited Robert Tabb, Jared Bernal, and Bri Williams of ConAir Radio Podcast to come out the studio and interview Julianna and I. It was a fun interview and it is now online at https://soundcloud.com/robert-tabb/mark . After the interview we fired up a fog machine and the Alien Bee studio lights and captured Julianna in action with a Canon 5d Mark iii. Here is one shot from the project with more to come soon.
No I'm not taking this class, believe it or not I'm teaching at Arizona State University...Go Sundevils! My friend and colleague Nikki Holt, LC was a guest speaker last semester for this course and referred me to the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts when they were looking for an instructor for this semester. I knew I had a lot on my plate at this time, but I thought this could be a really rewarding opportunity to "give back" and help these graduate students learn the art and science of lighting design. I have 19 students and most of them are in their final years of studying either architecture or interior design. So far I am through class number 2 and it's been fun so far.
It was the right place at the right time. I take some responsibility for getting myself to this location and having the right photography equipment, but the timing to get this lightning was pure luck. This is the John B. Robert Dam in Albuquerque, New Mexico that was featured on Breaking Bad. I have it on FineArtAmerica if you have any interested in getting a metal print, canvas art print, or several other goodies.
Friday, September 16th, 2016, 8PM- The Art of Fantasy, Live Bodypainting Exhibition at the Alwun House Art Gallery, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, Arizona
November 2016 - Kickstarter Campaign for Body Art Book by Mark Greenawalt
Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 8 PM - Art Fashion Show, Location to be announced soon.
May 25th-28th, 2017 - Phoenix Comicon (I have a booth this year instead of an artists table!), Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona
July 1, 2017 – July 4, 2017 - WesterCon, Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, Arizona
copyright Mark Greenawalt, Future-Class X Publishing - Phoenix, AZ 85044
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