The Green Pages - The Official Mark Greenawalt Newsletter
VOL 13 ISSUE 3   March 2017


Celestial Body Art At Alwun House Exotic Art Exhibition 
by Mark Greenawalt

This year marks 17 years of doing my body painting demo in the basement of the historic Alwun House Art Gallery for their annual Exotic Art Exhibition. Each year I have tried to do something a little different and this year my initial theme was to be a bodypainting of drips of bodypaint running down the models body. For a base color I wanted to try the new metallic gold powders from Mehron and ordered the rose gold color. It was a beautiful shade of gold and I took some pictures of the model before the drips that show off the color.

My model this year was Jami Watts. I had been seeing quite a few stunning pictures of her from various photographers. One particular shot was by photography Colby Files who shot her with blue braided extensions in her hair. This shot is absolutely stunning in my opinion. I must confess that I was a little disappointed that she didn't still have the braids for this event so I decided to make some for her with beads. I bought purple and pink beads from the Party Store and proceeded to glue them onto a black beanie cap. I sorta' worked, but it was very heavy and a little fragile. Jami did a great job with the beads and was able to recreate the same pose that I loved so much and modify it slightly to make it somewhat new.

The background was going to be a white sheet that I was going to drip paint down also so that the model would "camoflage" into the background. However, when I went to JoAnns to get fabric, I fell in love with the constellations and starfields print that just so happened to match the colors of the beaded wig. This was a classic case about how the image that I had brainstormed ended up evolving into the final image that you see here. Jami was a blast to work with and since we finished a little early we were able to go up and watch some of the main stage shows including a great fire breathing performance by Scarlett Xander. Here are three pictures from the project.


Lighting Design At The Grand At Papago Park 
by Mark Greenawalt

I was the lighting designer for a new multiuse pedestrian path along the canal at The Grand at Papago Park. My company Creative Designs in Lighting was introduced to the project by GBtwo Landscape Architects. The canal was actually relocated in the early stages of this project to make way for the future mixed use buildings coming to this development. A future central water feature that will pay homage to Roosevelt Damn. I have entered this project for an Illumation Award through the Illumination Engineering Society and part of the submittal was a short 1-minute video. I brought my son Zane along who recently aquired a drone and is building a video business around it. Below is a link to the video on the SRP website to give you a glimpse of the project. There are several "bridges" across the canal that are literally art works by artist Mary Lucking. There are three distinct designs and each catches the lighting from LED lights embedded in the handrails in a different way.


The Homecoming King May Become a Lumberjack 
by Mark Greenawalt

Congratulations to my youngest son, Zane, on his election to Homecoming King at Horizon Honors High School. This is his senior year so he is researching his options moving on to life after high school. He has maintained all A's and B's in his core classes and this has earned him a Lumberjack Scholarship to Northern Arizona University. We took a trek to Flagstaff to tour the school and he seemed to like it. While he is still struggling to determine a major, he is leaning toward computer science or business and he was thrilled to learn that he could minor in Japaneese and even study abroad in Japan. It's an exciting time for him and my wife and I wish him the best as he embarks on this journey.


Songwriting Continues With A New Vengence 
by Mark Greenawalt

I have a resolution for this year to put some new music down in the studio and release a couple of songs on CD. One song that seemed to magically come to me recently is a fun upbeat song about how there are so many things in life that really "move" me, but nothing compares to you. I'm anxious to share the song with the world, but for now, here are the working lyrics.

I've seen the sun set at sea
I've seen rainbows and autumn leaves
And stars that shine in the night, over me

Ooo, but nothing, nothing in this world moves me like you do
My miracle is you

I've seen an eagle take flight
I've seen lightning that filled the night
And songs that take me away, and touch my soul

Ooo, but nothing, nothing in this world moves me like you do
My miracle is you

The sound of wind in the trees
And the feel of wind in my hair
The rush of feeling alive
Whenever you're there

Nothing moves me like you do, my miracle is you

E-ya later,
Mark Greenawalt

Upcoming events:
March 30th, 2017 - Lotus Contemporary Art Gallery, New location in Scottsdale for First Thursdays, 7077 E Main St. #6, Scottsdale, AZ
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

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