|VOL 9 ISSUE 1||January 2006|
In the 2005 January Green Pages, I noted that one of my resolutions was to get some of my bodypainting or special effects make-up into some films. Granted my name didn't make it into the credits of any of the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter movies, but I am still very content to say that I contributed to 3 film projects in the past year. The first was the Villikon Chronicles prequel Mystere and the Diciples of Dido which I have talked of extensively throughout my website. Second was Second Chances which is the 7 minute film short that I wrote and co-directed with Webb Pickersgill of Bassline Digital. Webb then invited me to join him on a project that he was working on called Romey & Jules. The Mystere project is currently in hiatus still, but I'm proud to announce that both Second Chances and Romey & Jules are reportedly being shown at the 2006 Phoenix Film Festival (two out of three ain't bad). I will also be co-hosting a panel at the Phoenix Film Festival on special effects make-up. I recently attended the pre-premiere of Romey & Jules (for the cast and crew) and it is a really clever and comedic little film. For more about that film, visit the webpage that I have put together for it at http://www.futureclassx.com/film/romey/romeyandjules.htm .
Resolutions for 2006? I'm writing a book that I resolve to complete this year tentatively called Project Cross-Talk. I have started writing books before and have become sidetracked from completing them. This one seems to have the steam power to come to fruition and I currently have about 8,000 words written. Secondly I want to get back to some of my roots of oil painting. Doing the bodypaintings has been very rewarding and I plan to keep working on that portfolio, but I really want to add some oil paintings to my portfolio this year.
Each year I look forward to being asked back to the Paper Heart Gallery to take part in their annual Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll show. This year was no exception and it turned into three separate evenings of bodypainting demonstrations. Owner Scott Sanders had the opening night party on December 30th, the last Friday of 2005, and then the official exhibit kick-off on January 6th, the First Friday of the new year. For the opening night party I had planned a bodypainting of the cover image from the Dr. Feelgood CD by Motley Crue. I thought that it single handedly covered the themes of "Drugs" and "Rock & Roll". To cover the "Sex" theme, I solicited the uncovered torso of the beautiful Michelle Monroe as the canvas for the project. I had been hoping to work with Michelle for some time and when she agreed to the project, I knew that it would be one of my stand-out projects. I had photographer James Patrick from Tucson come to be the photographer and we got some really great shots. To see more of the images and read more about this event, visit http://www.futureclassx.com/bodypaint/michellemonroe/drfeelgood/drfeelgood.htm .
The downtown art galleries of Phoenix come together for an all-out street party on the first Friday of each month and it is aptly named First Fridays. The January First Friday at the Paper Heart was the continuation of the Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll party and I was again on-hand to do a bodypainting. I had planned out a bodypainting concept that paid homage to the late Randy Rhodes and I knew that it would be a very time consuming project. Two problems arose. First it ended up being the same night as filming for the Romey & Jules project that I was doing special effects make-up for so I had to be two places at once. Second I neglected to confirm a model for the event. Luckily the film set was only a couple of blocks away from the Paper Heart so I was able to break away for a little while (not long enough to complete the Randy Rhodes project, I'm saving that for later now) and Scott was able to find a volunteer to be painted. It all worked out and I ended up painting the phrase "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll" in the form of graffiti on a brick wall. As for the third night of bodypainting demonstrations...
On the third Friday of each month the Paper Heart has an artists reception for the artists included in the monthly gallery exhibition. I did have some of my images on the wall, but I was more of the "performance artist" for opening night than one of the gallery artists. With this in mind, I wasn't sure if I was going to attend the artist reception or not. That changed in a ring of the phone.
Stephanie Berger is an ASU student who writes for their State Press Magazine. She called me and mentioned that she was on-hand during the First Friday bodypainting demo and wondered if I would be interested in being interviewed for the magazine. Never one to turn down publicity, I agreed. I thought it might be appropriate if we were to do the interview at the Paper Heart and the following night was the third Friday reception.
We met there for the interview and I did an impromptu bodypainting for the cover of the magazine. It's kinda' a funny story about who did the modeling for the project. To read the rest of the set up and the magazine article visit http://www.futureclassx.com/bodypaint/chelsea/music/music.htm .
- A few calendars are still available on-line at http://www.futureclassx.com/bodypaint/calendar/2006/2006calendar.htm .
- I'll be painting in the basement again at the annual Exotic Art Show at the Alwun House in February.
- Join me at the Phoenix Film Festival for the world premiere of the Romey & Jules movie. It screens Friday, March 24th at 8:35pm in theatre 6 and on Sunday, March 26th at 9:25am in theatre 2.
- Also join me at the Phoenix Film Festival on Saturday March 25th for a seminar of Special Effects make-up. Later that same evening I will be doing more bodypainting at Christies Caberet for a benefit for Wildhorse Ranch where the proceeds will help care for and feed rescued horses. For more info go to http://www.mudponygallerie.builderspot.com/calendar/calendar_day/1502527/2006-3-25.htm .
- On May 5th-7th, I will again be taking part in the LepreCon sci-fi convention here in Phoenix. The tentative plan so far is a joint venture with the Heinlein Society and a blood drive. For a sneak peak of the bodypainting plans, check out "I Will Fear No Evil" by Robert A. Heinlein.
- On June 13th I will be the artist guest of honor and will be showing some of my bodypainting images, lifecasts, and doing a live demonstration at the Herberger Theater as part of their Second Act series. More details coming soon.
- I will be teaching bodypainting classes again in 2006 at the Face And Body Art International Convention in Orlando, Florida.
copyright 2005, Mark Greenawalt
THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 3/19/2006