|VOL 8 ISSUE 2||February 2005|
I have been planning this project for quite a long time. In fact, I had intended on doing this bodypainting at last years Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll show at the Paper Heart Art Gallery, but all of the necessary elements were not in place. However, this year when owner Scott Sanders asked me back to do the Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll show again this year, I set out to make sure that all of the elements fell into place. I found Gia, the perfect model for this image, who happens to live just a few miles from my house in Ahwatukee. The painting is of Gene Simmons from the band Kiss for those of you who haven't been getting out much over the past couple of decades. The painting was mostly airbrushed with paints from both Reel Creations and Totally Tattoo in front of a live audience of hundreds of Phonecian art lovers. I set the stage with massive speakers as a backdrop thanks to my good buddies Ed and Bryan and recruited my other good buddy Don Crossland to do the photography and recreate the lighting effects from the original Gene Simmons album cover. For more on the project and another picture, please visit http://www.futureclassx.com/bodypaint/gia/tongue/tongue.htm .
Sometimes it feels like such a shame to know that most of the artwork that I have done over the past 5 years was scrubbed off of the canvas the very night that I painted it. Luckily I have quite a few photographs to document the art that has been washed away. When I first became aware of lifecasting, I saw it as an opportunity to do my bodypainting art form on a tangible permanent canvas. For those unfamiliar with lifecasting, it is casting made from a mold of a persons body that is more perfect and detailed than a chiseled sculpture. I have now collaborated with Byur Gullwing, a Phoenix based lifecaster, on three different projects. The Egyptian lifecast shown here received a second place ribbon at the LepreCon convention art show, the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" lifecast was sold to a lifecasting collector back east within a week of it's completion, and our third collaboration was a dragonscape that will be on display from February 11th through March 11th at the Alwun House's annual Exotic Art Show. I wrote an article for Playtime Magazine that was published in the January issue that discusses lifecasting and compares it to having a 3-dimensional photograph taken of a person. The article is on-line at http://www.futureclassx.com/words/2005/lifecasting/Lifecasting.htm.
I've always enjoyed writing articles. This should be evidenced by the fact that I have consistently produced the monthly Green Pages for the past six years. These self-promotional journal entries are all archived at http://www.futureclassx.com/archive/thearchives.htm and it's been interesting to look back at many of the goals and accomplishments. More recently I have been writing articles that have been published in magazines and I have started a new webpage for my literary works. The new page is http://www.futureclassx.com/words/words.htm and I hope to eventually add some of the song lyrics that I wrote while in Nashville and the newspaper column that I wrote while living in Sierra Vista, AZ. I am trying to dig up an award winning essay that I wrote while in high school in Chambersburg, PA. I will be adding upcoming articles to the list too, including articles for Sonik Magazine, Pocket Magazine, and Face And Body Art Magazine that have been accepted. Who knows... maybe I'll soon be adding a couple of books to my resume.
I'd like to congratulate Sarah Bowers for her recent appearance in FHM Magazine. She also reported on her official fan club page that she has shot with Playboy and she will be in an upcoming pictorial. I worked with Sarah a couple of years ago at a salon for the Spirit of the Senses and painted her with a Mardi Gras theme.
- A huge congrats goes out to my niece Stacy who's going to have a baby this summer!!! I've already told her to start thinking of ideas for her belly painting.
- I am involved in a film project called Mystere: The Children of Dido. Most of it is kinda' hush-hush for now, but I'll share the details as they develop. The script is 10 minute scene from the Villikon Chronicles full feature screenplay by Bryan Kinnaird. They are doing casting during the first week of February (e-mail me if you would like more info on auditioning) More to come...
- Upcoming events:
- February 11th, 2005 - This month is the annual Exotic Art Show at the Alwun House in down town Phoenix. This will be my fifth year of demonstrating bodypainting in the basement of this historic art gallery. This year I'm coming out of the basement though to do one painting on the main stage to cap off the night.
- March 11th, 2005 - Closing night of the Alwun House Exotic Art Show, also known as Dance of the Muse. I am planning to do a bodypainting adorned with "body sushi".
- March 26th, 2005 - The Girls, Girls, Girls fundraiser for MudPony Gallery at Christies Cabaret. This event is Black Tie. $10 to get in. For $250 you can get a seat in the celebrity only VIP room complete with a bottle of Christie's Champagne and your own private wait staff. Currently casting models for this session.
- May 26th-29th, 2005 - The Face and Body Art International Convention in Orlando, FL. This event is sponsored by Face and Body Art Magazine and this year's theme is "A Midsummer Night's Dream - Enchanted Forest". I will be doing a live demonstration at this event.
- The 2005 Bodypainting by Mark Greenawalt wall calendars are still available. This is my 4th annual calendar and this year's edition includes 13 images, 15 models, and 6 photographers. Thank you in advance to all of you who have ordered my calendars in the past and to those of you who plan to get this year's edition. Your support is truly appreciated! To see all of the images in this years calendar and hopefully to place your order, go to:
copyright 2005, Mark Greenawalt
THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 2/2/2005