Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hard to believe a summer flew by so fast.... Three more days with PCPA, and then it's back to CalArts for year 2.  I feel like I really accomplished a lot this summer, and got the chance to work with some great people on some really interesting projects!

I painted sets for The Rivals (dsr. Heidi Hoffer), Legally Blonde (dsr. DeAnne Kennedy), PCPA's retro-fitting additions to the set for the touring production Daddy Long Legs (dsr. David Farley), and The Three Sisters (dsr. Andrew Hammer).  I also worked on building and painting some of the props for The Rivals.  I was the sole painter for the three drops for PCPA's Outreach production of The Reluctant Dragon (touring to local schools this fall), and learned how to do beer glazing, and how denatured alcohol can be used to create visual texture.

All in all, a very rewarding summerstock experience.  Working with Abby Hogan and the rest of the staff and interns was an absolute treat.  Expect lots of pictures to pop up in my portfolio and on my Flickr account in the near future (once I get myself settled back home and all the pictures sorted out).

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Year One Wrap-Up

The end of my first year of grad school is upon us!  Classes and finals are over, and my first Portfolio Review is in a few short days... Monday, May 14.  Still a lot of work to do to get that all finalized, but it's coming along well.  One project to finish, and some photos to print out... but my new business cards are all set!

As for this summer... just wrapping up the loose ends with my employment situation, but it's looking like I'll be interning at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

All of the big changes can be a little overwhelming at times, but I can't complain... Exciting things are happening!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Next up: Scrim!

With my big head project nearing a close (pictures to follow when the finishing touches have been put on it, but I promise it'll be soon!), we've started planning for the next big project of the semester.  Next up for me is a 4x6' scrim painting based on Arthur Rackham's illustration of Daphne (isn't she beautiful?).  Looking forward to a new process and an awesome result, almost as much as I'm looking forward to being done with the big head!  Don't get me wrong; I love that lady and all her magnificent hair, but she's wearing me down!

Also coming up this semester are a carved styrofoam gargoyle, some spray-gun paintings, and a 12x12' reproduction of a painting of William & Mary (that, will you believe, I can't seem to find on Google?).  Awesome things are in store, and photos will be forthcoming!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Well, here we are.  Since we last spoke, I got married, moved cross-country, and have been working pretty hard on the first semester of grad school.  As a sort of trial-by-fire, I was assigned as Assistant Scenic Artist on the first production of the semester: The House of Bernarda Alba, taking place in the most epic (and flexible) space I've certainly ever worked in.  It's been very rewarding, and I'm excited to see the end result.  We open Nov. 11 in The Modular Theater at CalArts.

My other major project for this semester is the "Big Head," which is a reproduction of just the head of a master's painting, on a 6'x6' piece of stretched muslin.  Intimidating?  Yes.  Fun?  All in all, yes.  Want to know which one I'm working on?  This one by Sandro Botticelli.  (I've been calling mine the "Big Hair" project.  Can you tell why?)

Updates later!  Contact me for details about the show, and expect photos of the "Big Head" when that's done.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Another closing of another show.

A momentous weekend!  The Drowsy Chaperone (at Theatre Three), Guys & Dolls (at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport), and The Wizard of Oz (children's theatre at the Engeman) all closed this weekend.  It was so fulfilling working on all of them all... and more hours of painting combined than I even care to count.  (Around 90 hours for the two Engeman shows, and I'd venture to guess at least 50--if not more--for Drowsy!)  I didn't get to see Wizard, but the other two were some darn good performances.  Awesome.  If it weren't closed, I could happily see Drowsy at least 3 more times before it stopped making me laugh that hard.

Next show: Hairspray at the Engeman.  That shade of pink I hoped to never paint on anything again after Somewhere in the Middle (the bright pink facade of a Jamaican plantation home)... it came back to haunt me.  Not to mention at least 5 Pantone blues.  My best painting pants look like I've been painting baby rooms.  Also The Who's Tommy at T3, but it's not a painting-heavy show, so I might not be very involved...

The introduction of some really funky-shaped chairs into my awareness has me aching to do some serious art furniture and art-home-decor.  Maybe that will mean lots of projects for me when we get to California (both for filling our apartment, and for sale).  So... L.A. area people looking for any sort of funky paint jobs, faux finishes, murals, and all that jazz... wait 'till September!  I'll be there!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Post 1

Well, here it is; my first blog post. Thanks for visiting my website, and keep checking back for updates!