Monday, April 28, 2008

FINALLY!!

My poor friend Uzeyer has been VERY patient, but his website is finally all done and ready for viewing pleasure. I worked on this thing every Sunday of my existence (as well as a couple of weeks here and there in '07 and early '08) since I met him last Fall.

Remember folks, websites are not my specialty. I've made one for myself before, but those were the only credentials he required (lol). So I gave it a go, and I'm glad I did. It was a lot of fun getting to know him during the process and becoming friends, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. There's a lot of info and content that I had to put up, so planning it was a bit tricky. Uzeyer approved and nit-picked every step of the way. He was really professional and has a sharp eye. : )

And of course, I couldn't have done the video section's pop-up window thing at all if it hadn't been for the amazing Noah Dziobecki! He took out some time from a hectic work week to help me with that, and I am eternally grateful(and so is Uzeyer)!

I don't have a fancy banner or anything though, so go here: FreeLadderman.com


On other things...(Que pedaso de idolo va ser este pibe...)
Translation: "Mr. Walmart, I love you!" Well, not really, but pretty close to it :P This guy just made my weekend.

Penultimately: I will soon share the 12 drawings I've been working on this past week, as well as the three watercolor paintings that I finished. I still have to make a 32-page dummy and finish 9 more watercolors, but we'll worry about that later.

Lastly, I listened to Bob Dylan's autobiography, "Chronicles Volume 1", on audiobook, read by the unbelievable Sean Penn. I nearly jumped out of my seat when Mr. Penn began reading. He sounded uncannily identical to Dylan throughout the entire book. I highly recommend this book, either in print or in audio format. It's really a great piece of history at the same time as being poignant and poetic. Dylan really is a master with words. I die...I die...
Happy first day at your new job, B! <3

Saturday, April 19, 2008

In summation...

I know I've been M.I.A. lately (no pun intended), so here is a little peek into my mad little life as of late:

3 weeks ago: No we did not get to see the drop-dead gorgeous duo of Gillian Murphy and Angel Corella (see image), but we did see Paloma Herrera and Ethan Steifel, in the lead roles of ABT's Swan Lake, and it was an unbelievable performance! The costumes, set design, the dead-on technical ability of all the dancers (I'm not sure that the non-ballet crowd understands just how much strength, control, and concentration is necessary for what these people do)... the orchestra! The non-stop standing ovation was totally deserved. I enjoyed every minute.


Last Sunday (April 13): my sister and I saw the final performance of the Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble's fabulous production, "Fafalo!", in Santa Monica. It was absolutely priceless! Funny, ingenius, endearing, and inspiring...it was a ton of fun! And all 6 actors (who played 18 roles between them!) as well as the director/crew are flat-out incredible.


Went to Artwalk at the Hive the second Thursday of April, and met some wonderful people : ) Also got the button set for April's featured artists, which are still available: mine is on the top left.

This week we celebrated my dad's 63rd birthday!! Hooray for one of the greatest people in the world! <3>

I am reading Georgess McHargue's engrossing book "The Impossible People: A History of Natural and Unnatural, of Beings Terrible and Wonderful," and there is nothing terrible about it! This is one of the most intriguing books I've read in a long time, it's well-researched, well-written, and very inspiring.

I've been teaching myself pen-and-ink and watercolor, which has been a challenge for this girl that is used to pencil for drawing, and acrylics for painting. I've been writing out all the children's book-concepts and stories that I've accumulated over the last few months. Still have some editting and re-writing to do, but actually all I need for my portfolio is synopses, and just the text that accompanies the illustrations that I will include in the portfolio.

I've been sketching and getting new ideas for the next few group show paintings...and I am really excited about them...! I hope you are, too : )


And really, that's the not-crazy part of this past month that I can remember right now, so I'll get back to drawing. There's a lot left to do in these next 2 weeks! "See you later, croc-a-gator..."

Monday, April 7, 2008

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Featured Show Last Night

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the opening last night!! It was the most amazing turnout, I met so many incredible people and fellow artists, and it was just a ton of fun. Thank you to everyone who took the time to talk to me and to introduce themselves-- you are all fantastic! And to those of you who signed my mailing list book, thank you!! I will add you all!


Nathan, Suilma, and everyone who works there truly deserve every bit of the goodness of last night. They are amazing, and they give new artists hope in a career to do what they love more than anything. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me a chance.


My sister Barbra and my friend Arthur were partners in crime as they photographed a bit of what the opening was like. Pictures will be up on my flickr account soon, as well as photos of the installation that my sis and I took after setting it up. Thank you both!


Those of you who weren't able to make it but sent such sweet e-mails, you are fantastic too! Thank you for your support.


Until next time!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Goodnight, My Love...

"Blue Matryoshka"
5" x 7"
Acrylic on wood.
for Gallery Nucleus's "Power in Numbers 3" Group show.

Wow. This week. I finished this painting in two days, then my sister and I went to the Hive Gallery for two afternoons to set up an installation for my wall. When I post photos of it, I'll go into more detail about what she made, but let's just say that I probably would have a naked wall if it wasn't for her help on this! She made 99.9% of the installation possible!

It was therapeutic hanging the work on the walls and creating the space. It was equally therapeutic spending all of yesterday cleaning my workspace at home. I threw away dozens of old paintbrushes, tons of papers/drawings/junk that had accumulated under my desk, and I organized everything else. My desk is unrecognizable.

Then I spent the last few hours of the day drawing from photographs, something I haven't done in ages. I find that therapeutic as well, and it felt so good to practice rendering different objects with pencil. My sister and I have been listening to Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," read by the incredible Michael Page. It is one of the best things I've ever read/been read. We have a couple chapters left I think...I can't wait for the ending.

So, the opening at the Hive is tonight, and I'm looking forward to having a wonderful time. It feels weird, because for months, I've been one of the group show artists, gawking at the huge featured artists' walls, and now I can't believe that I have one of those walls to myself. Nathan Cartwright was the first curator to offer me a featured show (this was back in July of last year), and I can't believe the day has finally come. He, and this gallery, have come to mean so much to me, so I wish them a HAPPY 3rd YEAR ANNIVERSARY! They now have a fun DVD called Royal Jelly, and featured artist button packs (My Bo-Peep from the postcard will be in the set for this month), which they will be selling tonight and throughout the month. Also, our "Hiveland" portraits will be published in the first Hive publication, which will be a Field Guide to the "Denizens of Hiveland."
Are they cool or what?

Oh, and in case I don't come back here for another week (which is entirely possible), HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UZEYER! His birthday is tomorrow, and I hope he has a fantastic performance up in Portland, lots of fun, and love from family and friends!
Ciao for now.