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*G.O.T.F.M.S.V.S.* ( Couldn’t resist funning the huge name ) put on another fantastic Sharktoberfest, with shark science, exhibitions, costume contest, lectures, music, and art via me!  I can’t resist slapping auroras EVERYWHERE, so here is this year’s effort:

Fish out of water

Fish out of water

* That’s, ‘ Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center’ *, which hosted this event in the location below. Not a bad work station!

location, location, location

Location, location, location.

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Hearing test words never, ever seem to change, so for the Nashville Chalkfest some of these words manifested literally. It was time to rebel! Thanks to Oticon Medical and Co-designer/Co-Rebel Alexis Kur!

How's the weather up there?

How’s the weather up there?

I also think all pilots would be much happier with ice cream:

Googling 'flying hot dog' is good for a laugh

Googling ‘flying hot dog’ is good for a laugh

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Botticelli’s secret Birth of Venus under-painting - REVEALED!!!!

I BELIEVE.

I BELIEVE.

This incredible discovery was gifted unto me via…errr… divine inspiration. Look closely at the angels and hand in the close-up below. Clearly, the angels are eating spaghetti, and the hand is grabbing spaghetti.

It’s so obvious the Spaghetti Monster was the original model.

Super thanks to Botticelli, the original Flying Spaghetti Monster artist, Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, and my tolerant sponsors TNT Inc., CPA’s.

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Galileo made an appearance at the San Rafael Italian Street Painting Festival! 10′/10′ and yes I did decide at the last second to ‘dye’ his hair. Thanks to Bank of Marin and all my bday well wishers!

Chalk on pavement, 10'/10'

Orbit around THIS

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Goats in Space! Goats in Space! Why? Because…umm…let’s just say this is a roschach test for the audience. 8′/8′ at the Fremont Chalk Festival – everyone had to do an 8′ square in only one day! Coincidentally it was also National Astronomy Day ( May 14, ’16. )

Drawn by coincidence on National Astronomy day, May 14

I’m sure there’s a deeper meaning.

Here’s a closeup of their faces, they look a bit psycho – maybe because I was chalking all day in front of Krispy Kreme.

Give us donuts

Give us donuts NOW!

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I bit the dust so badly on the reindeer I almost didn’t share this, but since the aurora came out to dance  I’ll overstep my heebie-jeebies. This was at the one-day-only La Strada Dell’ Arte at Napa’s New Tech High. Aurora reference once again via Bjørn Jørgensen.

Chalk on pavement, 240 cm/ 240 cm aka 8' /8' ish

Named ‘Roo’, by a creative student.

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Thanks to Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and Spaceweatherlive.com for the image references, here is my pastel on paper of Frogolar; filament eruption/frog.

Pastel on paper, 50 / 40 cm, image references via Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory and Spaceweatherlive.com

There’s a scientific explanation for this.

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  Why is this pastel named Mosecho? Because ‘mose’ in Norwegian means moss – at least according to internet auto-translate! –  and to create the aurora composition I flipped the lower landscape upside down. Original gorgeous photo by Mari Fjellanger!

Pastel on paper, photo reference from Mari Fjellanger

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 The annual event! During Feb 5-7 I will be in Orlando Florida at the Infinite Mind conference, once again  throwing chocolate ( and eating it ) during my presentation. This year’s title is,  ’ I Just Eat Pie; Literal Advice in an Age of Metaphorical Platitudes. ‘ Actual quality of advice not guaranteed, but the quality of chocolate is excellent! Pushups and car karaoke might also make a daring educational appearance.

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Pachydermulous will be part of an elephant project featuring a ton of other artists. For now this one is solo. Pastel on paper, 30 cm/30 cm, Elephant Trunk Nebula photo reference via J.C.Canonne.

Pachydermulous

Botswana Beauty

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Tiger Shark Royalty at the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor’s Center ( that’s a mouthful ) Sharktoberfest. Shark science, music, costume contest, food & beer truck, crafts, and art! This piece is chalk on roofing paper, 70 cm / 100 cm . I don’t know the tiger shark and hibiscus photographers’ names, but they took gorgeous photos. 

Chalk on roofing paper, 70 cm / 100 cm

Hibiscus!

 

 I also had a co-operative model:

LeftShark

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Lemon is a 21 (?!!) year old cockatiel who belongs to Justin & Victoria of Victoria’s Last Resort. Victoria mosaics EVERYTHING, so a gigantic Lemon  munching  on a mosaic star made perfect sense at San Luis Obispo’s Via Dei Colori chalk festival. Thanks to The Sign Place for sponsoring me! 

10'/10' chalk on asphalt

Nom nom nom…

I took a zillion pictures but no single one really capture the whole image. Here is Lemon’s head…

Total piece, 10'10', chalk on asphalt

I spy with anthropmorphic eye

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Aurora Factory! Pastel on paper, 60 cm/ 90 cm ( 2′/ 3′), redo of a chalk piece. Title and image cobbled together entirely from Bjørn Jørgensen’s work.

Pastel on paper, 60 cm/ 90 cm ( 2' / 3' )

What’s going on in there?!

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 On August 22-23, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts was visited by the Ghost Ship. 6′ / 8′ , chalk on pavement. Super shoutout to the Renshaws ( incredible chalk artists! ) for sponsoring my square, and also to the two photographers who took the aurora and ship pictures. I didn’t get the photographers’ names, so this really is a ghost ship in its own way. 

Chalk on pavement, 6' / 8' .

Sailing through the laws of physics…

 

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 Here is the latest work – meet Ovis Astroalis! Pastel on paper, 60 cm/ 60cm. 

Nighty night…

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Here’s my attempt at the San Rafael chalk art festival. It was  humbling working at this event because the artists there were REALLLLLY amazing.  Physicist Kristian Birkeland with an Aurora, 305 cm/ 305 cm aka 10′/10′. Photo references; portrait via Asta Nøregaard, aurora background via excellent source Bjørn Jørgensen. Once again I almost didn’t finish! On day two I woke up with a raging migraine  -  shoutout to  miracle pill Maxalt for giving me 2 hours of work time.  Still, you’ll see I didn’t manage to put Birkeland’s glasses on. Ironic having an Aura while DRAWING the Aurora…

Chalk on pavement, 305/305 cm aka 10'/10'

Recognition he deserves!

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This one almost didn’t happen! Here is an 8’8 from the Denver Chalk Arts Festival in early June; Ashol Pan, eagle huntress and cutest kid on the planet. More info and credit go to  photographers Asher Svidensky for the portrait, and Bjørn Jørgensen for the aurora.  Kudos to Renaissance Downtown Denver City Center  Hotel for sponsoring this  out-of-towner. And extra shoutout to Thor, God of Thunder, for the apocalyptic thunder cells! Everyone at this festival had to redo their work 3-4 times!

8'/8' Chalk on Pavement

The hat probably smelled like wet fur

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On May 2nd, Napa’s New Tech High held its annual La Strada Dell’ Arte festival and fundraiser. Thanks to Heidi Spitzig’s fantastic photo, this year I drew a smiling space turtle!

Turtle's got this handled...

Turtle’s got this handled…

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The Nashville Chalkfest was a blast! Special thanks to the organizers and my sponsors, Audiology Online and SpeechPathology.com   Below is my first 12′ /12′ chalk mural; the percussionist Evelyn Glennie making music on some gigantic drums:

Evelyn Glennie Makes Noise!

Evelyn Glennie Makes Music!

 It’s so freaking large I couldn’t get a good straight shot! But here’s one anyway, you can kind of see I added some stars after the last photo was taken:

Evelyn Glennie Makes Noise!

Weeeee!

 

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  Below is a variation on a theme, ‘Invitation Too ‘. My first aurora created on paper is also FOR SALE.  Contact me for pricing, there are options!

Chalk pastel on paper, 41/75 cm aka 16/29.25"

Invitation Too. Chalk pastel on paper, 41/75 cm aka 16/29.25 “

  My wish is to make GIGANTIC pastels on paper that could be well preserved, alas at the moment I am at least happily pushing the size limit. 

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APPEARANCE ALERT! The inaugural Nashville Chalk Art Festival will be April 11-12, and I am thrilled to announce that I will be a guest artist! This event benefits the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, a subject close to my heart as I happen to sport a hearing impairment. If you are in the area, stop by my square to see me blazing out my first 12′/12′ chalk mural! Also pick up some free pony beads to decorate your hearing aids, I am bringing a variety of colors and sparkles .

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APPEARANCE ALERT! This Jan 31-Feb 1 I will once again be attending and presenting at the Infinite Mind conference in Orlando, Florida! 2015 marks year FIVE of putting my own stamp on public speaking at this event. I’ve stocked up on the throwing chocolate and will stay limbered up so I can jump up and down while delivering my speech. For those of  you attending, keep your minds limbered up too as I have a wee assignment during my hour of power! Honestly you guys, it’s  such  useful and informative conference, and amazingly, it can be FUN too! Thank you, Infinite Mind, for hosting me again this year! 

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  Wahooooo! Horsehead Nebula; pastel on paper, 46/48 cm. Despite previous delusional thinking,  I will definitely NOT be trying to punt this one out  on 10′/10′ pavement anytime soon! 

Horsehead nebula, pastel on paper, 46/48 cm

Horsehead nebula, pastel on paper, 46/48 cm

 

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 Another chalk/pastel work with credit going to Bjørn Jørgensen for the aurora and scenery! ‘Visitation’ ( or, ‘Visitasjon’, your preference. ) Chalk on slippery painted board, 60/122 cm.

Invitation; chalk on painted board, 60/122 cm

Invitation; chalk on painted board, 60/122 cm

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New chalk art! Once again this is a composite from Tromsø photographer Bjørn Jørgensen,  a la www.arcticphoto.no   Aurora Liten Hytte, chalk on cheap-ass chalkboard, 54 cm/85 cm. It was rather challenging to work at this small size on this surface without making the aurora look….hairy. 

Aurora Liten Hytte

Just WHAT is going on in there?!

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On October 11 ’15, I was lucky to be part of Sharktoberfest ; a festival put on by the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitors’ Center. Music, shark experts, shark art projects, costume contest, and here is a 300 cm/ 180 cm ( 10ft / 6 ft ) aka life size great white shark:

Chalk on pavement, 300 cm/ 180 cm ( 10 ft / 6 ft )

Don’t Tread on Me!

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 With permission from photographer Bjørn Jørgensen, here is a replica of one of his hard-won aurora pictures. Chalk on cardboard, 60cm / 90cm.  Check out more of his work at http://www.arcticphoto.no/ 

Courtesy of Bjørn Jørgensen

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   Introducing Fraugora; Frog creating the aurora borealis, 6′/8′ chalk on pavement at the 2014 Palo Alto Arts Festival. Super thanks to the coolest sponsor ever, Shinnyo-en! They are a Buddhist community, and to quote from their main website:

   “The Buddhist term shinnyo denotes both buddhahood (spiritual awakening) and the nature of reality; enrefers to a boundless garden or open space….Shinnyo Buddhists promote the values of peaceful coexistence and cooperation through the works of philanthropic foundations, and place great value on the contributions that each individual can make toward life on our planet.”

 How fitting is THAT!?! Many blessings to you, Shinnyo-en!

Meet the glass frog, in reality they are about the size of a fingernail!

Meet the glass frog, in reality they are about the size of a fingernail!

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 A new chalk mural, 7′/7′ dedicated with much respect and gratitude to Hawaii. It is not as detailed from the design as I hoped,  the work was done over a longer period of time and under a LOT of falling leaves, twigs, and dirt! The water, earth, air, and people – Duke Kahanamoku and Eddie Aikau, blend together, self contained as one.

Hawaii

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 Pies of the West has changed stylistically, here’s a sample of the new work. Thanks to Stacey Marie for the cooking lesson!

Look,  I can do flattering portraits too

Look, I can do flattering portraits too

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   Presenting  THE NIGHT OWL, courtesy of La Strada dell’ Arte Festival! This was a fun event, I hope to be there in 2015!

La Strada Dell' Arte 2014

Night Owl

I wish I could have taken this little guy home with me!

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       APPEARANCE ALERT! On May 3, I’ll be in Napa at the La Strada dell’ Arte Festival whipping out a large chalk drawing in just one day! Eep! It’s a day of art and food and 100% of all proceeds go towards New Tech High, they’re a successful and innovative high school program. I’ve vowed to draw my first owl, check back for results!

lastrada

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 If you haven’t checked out Pies of the West, now is a good time to start. My 2014 new year’s vow was to add 1 Pie entry per month and I’m already one month behind! I likewise hope that your goals are as lofty as mine. Below is the art from the latest entry, note that my dog has chased all the customers away:

Hooligan art bombs Devil's Teeth Baking Company

Hooligan art bombs Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

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APPEARANCE ALERT! 

The weekend of February 8-9 I will be at The Infinite Mind Conference in Orlando, Florida! This con specializes in Dissociative Identity Disorder education and is a MUST if you are a professional, student, survivor, or support person involved in this corner of trauma treatment. If that sounds too heavy for you, fear not, for my presentation fills the Loose Cannon niche at the end of the second day. And I throw chocolate. You heard me right; I. Throw. Chocolate. At the audience. High quality stuff, to boot. If you’ve never seen a presenter wearing flip flops, throwing papers and chocolate, and talking with their mouth full, then now is the time to strike! 

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  Here’s the next pet portrait that takes it all. The way.  This is what happens when a cartoonist picks up colored chalks;

Rhu. B. Vroom

Rhu. B. Vroom

 Chalk on converted canvas, 24″/30″

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Yes, I know it looks like, ‘ Pacifica Massage and SWELLness, ‘ but  do forgive this surfing artist as the commission was slapped together in whirlwind  speed.  I was called in to do a mini murellete for Pacifica Massage and Wellness at Rockaway Beach on October 26th –  with less than one day to plan and prep  the entire piece!  I couldn’t say no as this was a merchant sponsored Halloween festival and the funnest event to work at, ever. I hope I go back! Below is Pacifica Massage and Wellness’ Elephant logo posing as The Great Pumpkin:

Commissioned by Pacifica Massage & Wellness

Ghost of Massage!

 

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Big Plans in store for the next large street painting, a heartfelt homage to Hawaii. I’m doing studies to prepare; here is a chalk portrait of Eddie Aikau. Can’t wait to be ready for the final piece.  [ The surface was quite smooth and could not absorb the material, hence the blowing chalk ]

EddieAikau1

Legendary waterman and inspirational person

 

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New work! This is what happens when 1) Lauren from Sunset Pet Supply snaps a great photo of my dog Hooligan, and then 2)  the poor guy busts his doggie acl and gets surgery.

Ruffian Icon

Hot Diety Dawg! Chalk on chalkboard, 3 ft / 4 ft.

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June 29-30 was the [Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk]  San Rafael Italian Street Painting Festival, which had some AMAZING artists and where I completed my first public street mural! In Italian tradition I went Tahitian, and copied  Gauguin’s Piti Teina. 6′/8′ and the borders are an invented design that incorporated flowers from other Gauguin paintings.  Apologies for the wonky camera angle, I didn’t have a proper ladder to take the shot. 

Come to me for all your Gauguin forging needs.

Come to me for all your Gauguin forging needs.

 

detailpititeina

I love this girl’s face.

 

Super thanks to my teacher Genna Panzarella and my sponsors the Baumert Family!

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 CUCKOO THE PLAY IS UP FOR SALE!! 

And I’m adding a special bonus; from now until August first, every CUCKOO play order will also include 2 CUCKOO single issue comics, no extra charge!

Unofficially sponsored by Eukanuba

CUCKOO the play owes its life to the  inimitable Nena St. Louis. All she did was start a theatre company, decide to turn Cuckoo comics into a play, teach me how to write for stage – literally, I had NO experience – produce workshop performances, dramaturg the entire script, and produce the full length performance. Oh, and she crash-coursed me in acting, too.

The result is the first play – as far as I know – about Dissociative Identity Disorder, written by somebody who actually had it.  This is also quite possibly the only play written in its entirety on a kitchen floor. I sat next to the dog bowls.

This Behemoth was a behemoth team effort, especially by set designer/jack-of-all-trades Michael Lewis, Director Rebecca Longworth, and print designer and guru Tyler Cohen. But this page is dedicated to Nena, who truly pioneered new ground.

NENA ST. LOUIS is the most brilliant artist and teacher I know.  Nena, you are a superstar!!!

 

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Order the Cuckoo Play Here! 

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 Click here and here for Nena St. Louis’ links.

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