July means teaching a week at Murray Tinkelman U... actually University of Hartford / Hartford Art School (before that, Syracuse). This year I wanted to give the students something that they may not have experience with... animation. The problem was that my experience was pretty limited, too. So, I asked if they would hire Chris Georgenes as my co-teacher. I'd never met or spoken to Chris* but his book on Flash is what finally allowed me to make use of the program despite attempts every upgrade since Macromedia first acquired it.
In order to get up to speed for teaching, I animated a bunch of drawings that I had around. See the Kims and more here.
One of the few daylight sightings of our hard-working class. (Chris is the one with a circle around his face.)
Things couldn't have worked out better. The students were excited and very willing to try something new. Chris was a patient and wonderful teacher. And everybody got along like blueberry pie.. ala mode. I wish I had made a website of their work, it was fantastic. Exceeding all expectations, they did amazing things in one short week. I finally understand what teachers mean when they say that thing about learning from their students.
*Chris is too popular a name among illustrators. We had four within reach and often people referred to C.F.Payne (who teaches the second week up there) as Chris also. Somehow it all worked out.
In June, thanks to encouragement from Coco Masuda who included me in a group show of five illustrators at a gallery in Chelsea, I managed to finish four large paintings some of which were begun two years earlier. It was great to have my work hung along side MaryLynn Blassuta, Lisa Adams and David Goldin. I would have bought everything they showed, if I could have.
Thanks go to all the friends who came to the opening even though it was a complete monsoon outside.
The two larger paintings are 6 feet wide and took up a huge part of my studio. Glad to have the space back. But I miss the smell of oil paints and turpentine.
Last month I flew out to Oregon to meet with the terrific people at Wacom who had set me up with a new Intuos 4 tablet and encouraged me to learn all about its features. I have to admit, I never have been excited by the buttons on any of my previous tablets, but this one really changed that for me.
If you decide to watch these, be aware that it was shot in a studio in a barn (those aren't my books, not my houseplants, computer, posters on the wall, not my wall or window... not my framed portrait of not my "kids"... none of it is mine). If you have the patience to watch all three you'll see my "flip" gradually droop (start with the bottom video and work up for that experience). It's all part of the action..!
Over 90 degrees outside and more under the lights.