Friday, July 30, 2010

I Love My Grandson



The last time I talked to my oldest son Mark he put my grandson on the phone.

"Do you know who I am?"

"Yes, you are my Grandpa and I love you."

My heart melted.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Whale Wednesday; City in the Sea



Whales In Need of Kind Souls. Winks the micro-nation created to save whales.
A floating city to give aid to the whales.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mermaid Monday: Imagination for the Sea




The top drawing is on the envelope of my birthday card. Drawn by the bravest woman I know. She lost twins in childbirth and is brave enough to be pregnant with a girl as I write this. My grand daughter asked her to draw those mermaids and she can draw in a way I can't, she can draw like a child.

The second drawing is of my concept for a sea city called Winks. The country of Winks will have a mermaid to protect sea life and to teach children to swim.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturn Saturday; The Long Way to Saturn



He transfered all his winkers to his sons. It was strange to handle paper money but when the micro-nations and micro-corporations took over the Solar System they put in place laws about the large transfer of money.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Winks



The first flag of Winks made out of poster board.



The forming of a Micro Nation is a silly thing and I feel I have captured that moment of stupid power mad ego with the above photo. In that moment of devine creative spirit I came up with the name of my mighty nation and the future flag of a not so great super powerless. I am the only citizen of Winks but I have high hopes as I have named my country Winks and not Wink.

Our motto is; We believe in everything but not at the same time!

Doll House Bash





Burned out on writing and painting yesterday, so I started to combine three plastic doll houses. I cut off the broken front porches of two of the doll houses and scaled back the clock tower and put it on top of the bashed together doll house.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Whale Wednesday; Baby Blue Space Suit




Photo Nat Geo

I've decided to put my Baby Blue Whale in a space suit. I think I can make it cheaper than trying to make realistic whale skin.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mermaid Monday; Linden Wolbert



Photo Copyright Mermaids in Motion / Linden Wolbert.
Used with permission by Linden Wolbert.

I'm a day behind on everything! I'm writing Mermaid Monday on Tuesday. I've written a new mermaid scene in my second feature script of the summer. This time the mermaid has a scene with a robot the size of a horse. I've started building this giant robot puppet but that is another story. This story is about Linden Wolbert a real life mermaid.

I don't know Linden Wolbert but I'm a fan of work. I've exchanged a few emails with her about my current movie project which has a mermaid scene (now scenes) in the story. I've never shot an underwater scene and I first contacted her about doing some consulting work on the movie. This story isn't about my movie project, it about how Linden and all the real life mermaids of the world help young girls learn to swim.

I never engaged my sons when they were little in the fairy tale world. They never believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy and we never talked about mermaids at all. My grand daughter of two years old believes with all her heart and soul that mermaids are real. Linden Wolbert made me believe in mermaids. To see a twinkle in my grand daughter's eyes as she watches Linden swim in the ocean in one of her many videos as a real life mermaid is priceless.

My grand daughter loves the water and went to a beach on the Gulf of Mexico this summer to look for mermaids with her parents and Aunt Torrie. I see her play in her small pool in her front yard with her mermaid dolls in the water with her and think how important that belief in mermaids really is. The water is her friend and mermaids made the water safe in her young mind.

She'll never have the fear of water as I did when I first learned to swim. Mermaids like Linden showed her the way to the waters edge. To the Northern Queen of Mermaids Linden Wolbert thank you for living your dream and bringing a little joy to my grand daughter.

Please take a peek at the web site Mermaids in Motion.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturn Saturday; Space Lottery



Behind on everything. Will update all three Saturn Saturdays on Sunday.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Doll House Project






My Grand Daughter came over today and wore me out. To keep her out of things I started the Doll House Project in January of this year. I bought her several dolls on sell or at thrift stores. Then I bought her one very used plastic doll house and her parents found three more free plastic doll houses and being the very silly grandpa that I am I'm working on combining all four of the doll houses into one big doll house.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Puppet Paintings Update





I wanted to finish these puppets paintings before I started the mockups in 3D but I've run out of time. On the bottom you see the original artwork.

On July 17th I replaced a blurred photo with the newest version of the painting of Red Fin and Owl Bug.

More Flags of Micro Nations





















Why all the silly flags? I'm writing a scene that is a parody of the United Nation and I didn't want to use Macro Nations. All the flags of Micro Nations will be made into parody flags.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Whale Wednesday; Baby Blue Project Update














Here are photos of the process of starting the Baby Blue Project. The concept is a 25 foot model of a baby Blue Whale as a skate board float. Skate boarders would use their skate boards to move the weighted inflatable whale along a parade route.

In the lower photos you see my unfinished mural designs. Only the History of Robots was made into a mural at a museum. I found out a week ago it has been painted over. The Dinosaur and Riverboat were rejected early on by the museum I worked for.
I plan to finish all three now as I get ready to pitch to another museum.