Play, Rest, Play, Rest

“Play, Rest, Play, Rest”

Author and coach Martha Beck talks about Play and Rest in her book “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World”.  It’s about being open to possibilities.  Then savoring and resting with moments of joy.

Summer is a great time to do things when school is out and schedules seems more open.

This summer our girls had a chance to be involved in a play.  The Oak Grove Improvement Association” of Malden put together a Play in the Parks event. The play was “Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  There was a need for little fairies so our girls were recruited.  It was fun to see them learn and play and be a part of a theatrical project.

Years ago my husband had been involved with a community theater.

I enjoy plays too.

When our friend, Brian, co-owned a small theater company in the late 90’s, we got involved.  We helped out with the ticket booth and concession stand.  Occasionally I did some art work for a couple of the play’s promotional materials.

It was fun to be able to get involved again.
I did some art work for promotion of the play.  And our girls got a chance to learn and perform in a play.

It was a great experience.  We feel very proud and grateful.

Play and Rest.

Feature Art/Product

Midsummer Night’s Dream” graphics.
Donkey and Fairies for play’s promotional materials.

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Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in its creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

 

 

 

A Piece Out in the World

“A Piece Out in the World”

I am an artist.  I create.  I collaborate.  I share my art with others.

These statements have held true for me and show up in my life.

Enter my EQUUS mask.

I have written about my “EQUUS” horse masks before. It seems I get to write about it again.  The story continues.
There is a continuing journey filled with opportunities that show up.  Opportunities that need to be considered and acted on.

In this case: William Shakespeare’s   “Midsummer  Night’s Dream”

Our Friend, Brian, is involved in directing “Midsummer Night’s Dream”  in Malden, MA with the Oak Grove Improvement Association.   They have set up a series of “Theater in the Parks” for the month of July.

My  family is involved.  I am the graphic artist, and my kids are playing the little fairies. (too cute)

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” has a play within the play.  One character wears a donkey mask. So there was a need to have a donkey mask.  So one of my EQUUS masks was modified accordingly to be a donkey mask.  Cool, yes.

The thing about my EQUUS masks that is interesting to me is that this art work has endured.
I created 6 EQUUS masks in 2000 for Ubiquity stage’s production of “EQUUS”.  They are masks/ props.
A lot of props go to the way side after a production.  Yet not these masks.
Over the years these masks have been used in 2 plays, one Halloween costume, and 1 art exhibit.  And now another play added.  A friend mentioned the word “Enduring”.  hmmmm

How is this?
This is something to ponder.

Perhaps I should just enjoy each opportunity as it comes.

I’ve enjoyed the events and connections along the way.

I look forward and wonder  what’s ahead.

I feel a commitment  to share my art with the world.

My EQUUS mask as Bottom’s donkey mask in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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Art  News
“William Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s Dream”
presented by Malden Shakespear Project
Oak grove Improvement Association
Saturdays in July at 5:30 P.M.
Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

 

Making of EQUUS Masks

 

“The Making of EQUUS Masks”

The EQUUS masks were created in 2000 for Ubiquity Stage theater co.’s production of “EQUUS” by Peter Shaffer.

I collaborated with the director, Brian Triber. The idea was to create a mask that resembled a horse, yet not a realistic horse. The play is a psychodrama and the nature of the play is focused on the perception of a pretty troubled boy. The horse is seen through his eyes as a deity in the form of a horse.

The horse masks are made of 9 gauge wire, ferrules, and a leather mane.

Wire-9 gauge: This wire is normally used to connect a wire fence to a post.

The wire had to be flexible yet also be firm enough to hold the mask’s shape. The masks would be handled frequently during the play. The masks also had to be able to be seen by the audience.
This wire perfectly reflected the lights on stage and set the eerie mood of the play.

Here is a drawing of the wires of the mask. The black dots indicate where the cross pieces connected the two sides of the mask.

EQUUS wire

 

Ferrules: a metal piece that has two hollow holes running through it. Wires can be put in each hole and crimped to hold the wires together.

We tried a method or two to hold the wire pieces together. The ferrules turned out to be the best option. As I mentioned before the masks had to be firm and durable since they would be handled frequently.

ferrules and wire

 

We went with leather for the horse’s mane. The leather was cut in long, wide strips. Then sections where cut in along the long sides. Holes were punched and a thin wire run through and twisted to make it so the mane stood up. The mane was sprayed with silver paint to match the silver color of the wire. Thus a uniform look to the masks. It also added to the stage lighting affect of the masks.

equus leather mane

This is how EQUUS mask was created.

equus mask

 

I’m thankful for the amazing opportunity and creative challenge. (what artist could pass up a creative challenge like this—not me) It was an opportunity to create, persevere and see this project through and ultimately see the masks used in a wonderful performance on stage.

Oh, I also created the logo for the marketing material. ;-)
EQUUS page: http://www.lisasart.com/equusmasks.html

EQUUS mask is on display at the
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery.

Thank you

See Art news for more details about “Masked and Unmasked” exhibit.

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Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasart.com

Art News
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative presents a members exhibit:

“Masked and Unmasked”
June 26 – August 26
Reception: Thursday, July 14th 5:30-7pm
The PAC Gallery at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Mon-Sat 10 to 5

The Equine Art Guild’s News

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Time for Another Take

Happy summer

Time for another Take

Another Take for EQUUS masks.

In 2000, I created 6 wire horse masks for Ubiquity stage theater co.’s production of “EQUUS”.

Here is one of the pictures from the production.

EQUUS play, horse masks

You can see other pictures from the production at: EQUUS page.

The masks were admired by those that saw the play.

Another year, one mask was used for another play.

I entered one mask into a Juried exhibit, but it didn’t get picked to be in. oh, well.

Then for a while they lay in storage.

Last year I got an inquiry to use one for a  high school production of “EQUUS”.  Yet it didn’t pan out because of shipping – over seas to Scotland.  Cool at the least- a joy to connect.

Apparently the time for these masks hasn’t yet gone away.  Another opportunity has come.

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is holding a members exhibit this summer. The theme of the exhibit is “Masked and Unmasked”.

“Hmm”, I said to myself when I read the details for the exhibit.  “EQUUS mask would be a perfect fit.”

So another opportunity to exhibit my twisted wire horse masks.

Who knew.
One must always keep eyes open for opportunities, since one never knows when they’ll show up.  It’s about creating and being ready for what may come.

See Art news for more details about exhibit.
Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasart.com

 

 

Art  News

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative presents a members exhibit:

“Masked and Unmasked”

June 26 – August 26
Reception: Thursday, July 14th 5:30-7pm

The PAC Gallery at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Mon-Sat  10 to 5

 

The Equine Art Guild’s News

 

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit Soldier Portraits.org.