Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happy Birthday!

A birthday greeting to some of the special people who were born on this day, February 22.

Happy birthday to Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy!

Happy birthday to Robert Wadlow, the tallest man who ever lived!

Happy birthday to the late Steve Irwin!   Crikey, I still can't believe you're gone!

Happy birthday to Jenna Haze, noted star of adult cinema!

Happy birthday to French surrealist filmmaker Luis "The Eyeball Slicer" Bunuel!   (Pictured here with fellow Frenchperson Catherine Denevue.)

Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the scouting movement along with his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell.  Coincidentally they were both born on February 22, though in different years. Happy Birthday, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell!

And of course a very happy birthday to George Washington, father of our country!

I turned 27 today and I received a beautiful card from my dear Grandma Catherine to mark the occasion.  In it, she wrote: 

Happy day of your birth, George Washington and Geoff Stone.

If you want to be daring, do as George did.

1.  Throw a dollar across the Potomac.
2.  Grow your hair long and bleach it.
3.  Find yourself a Martha.

Go ahead, Geoff.  Live it up.

Well, I've always tried to follow my Grandmother's good advice.  Happy birthday to me!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Paintings

Artwork I made for the MEN'S SHOW, which just opened at the Borrego Art Institute, and for some reason I can't say "Men's Show" with a straight face. It just seems silly. Like my cousin Wayne said to me... "If its a show for the men artists, what's it going to be? Pictures of women?" But I digress....

These might be the last pieces I'll do from photographs for a while as I will soon be tooling up for a major plein air event in March.   Plein air, for those that don't speak Art, is French for "Painting outside while wearing a big hat and ignoring tourists who want to come up and talk to you while you're desperately trying to determine the correct shade of blue to make a shadow before the sun moves and you're totally screwed."

It all started when I took a Plein Air workshop a couple weeks back from painter Diane McClary.   I can't say I immediately excelled at the Plein Air thing but it definitely excited me and Diane opened my eyes to a lot of things.  I learned a lot. In mid March, The Borrego Art Institute will host 21 noted plein air painters from around the country and they also want to have local participation.  I'll be among the local participants.

Not sure where this will take me.  Hopefully more sales.  Definitely more experience and a chance to meet and learn from some real pros.   

Fire it up, Geoff.  
Fire it up.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The real reason I have a blog

I put up a couple months of actual content now and I'm proud, but now that that's done its time to reveal the real reason I or anybody has a blog....

Youtube videos.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Look, Ma! I'm a graphic designer!

Volunteered to design the poster for the local production of "I Do! I Do!"

Had fun putting on the Graphic Designer hat and taking Adobe Illustrator for a spin.  Turns out I knew even less about Illustrator than I remember thinking I did....

A little bit nervous my animation team is going to read this post and say... "Hey, he's got time to do theater posters but he can't finish a puny little stack of storyboards for the film?"

All I can say is... sorry guys.  

 You know about my weakness for musical theater.