Friday, June 21, 2013

What a difference a zoom lens makes

Here are photos of Blue Heron Dance Company's production of Romeo and Juliet, taken by house photographer extraordinaire Mike Urban.

It is hard for me not to critique the set. We were going for simplicity(especially given the time constraints), so I created a color fade that would appear to seamlessly go from floor to sky, which meant some serious color matching to blend it in with the dance flooring. The atmospheric color ended up being my favorite part of it. I debated adding architectural elements, which ended up being my less favorite part. The hope was that they would help define when the setting was indoor (windows) and when it was outdoor (columns). In the end, I think our less is more concept was the way to go. We reused the side flat curtain paintings which were once again the highlight of the set. I love the above photo of dancers Sam and Katherine in acrobatic embrace.

These beautiful pics and more can be viewed and purchased from Mike Urban's website.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Spilled paint means I'm doing my job, okay?

I was chatting with a motorcycle dude I commute with about the end of the school year. I mentioned the fact that my classroom looks like it has exploded paint and paper. He nodded and smiled and said, "that means you are doing your job." I do try to heed the teaching advice of motorcycle dudes, in general, especially when they have a phd in education.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Kid Art

Here are some of the art displays I put up for multicultural night.

You like me, you really like me!

I was invited to a Vashon Opera gala. It is a way to introduce Opera Foundation supporters to upcoming operas. Sort of a sneak peak viewed in a posh living room.  Could not complain. The singing was beautiful and sometimes downright comedic.  I love how facial expression is used to communicate the story, too. Jennifer Krikawa gave out awards to some of the opera's faithful volunteers, including a set painting award for yours truly. The question is, should I mount the award on my mantle, or paint with it?

Friday, June 7, 2013

I have run out of Italian puns

Here are few pics John Sage of took at dress rehearsal for Vashon Opera's production of Il Tabarro and Gianni Schichi. It did look pretty cool in person.  And I love to see the set with all the characters in it, after having it as a picture in my brain for the last couple months. Jennifer Krikawa rocks the wig, as usual.

Tomorrow night, Vashon Opera Gala...!