Thursday, April 18, 2013

Texture in Alan Bean's Space Paintings

I saw this gigantic painting by Artist/Astronaut Alan Bean at NASA.  I was blown away by the spectacle of it.

Check out the video interview with him posted on Youtube.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Halloween Tree on DVD

I'm so happy to see that Ray Bradbury's "The Halloween Tree" animated special is now available on DVD. I have two VHS copies that I have watched many times.  I am told that Ray wrote the story as a  response to his disappointment in the children's special "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown".  "The Halloween Tree" tells the story of Halloween's rich history and of a group of young friends who celebrate it in a special way.
Ray Bradbury narrates the movie and his warm tenor voice adds a wonderful tone to the film.
I often play the video in the background when I work on Halloween themed paintings just to hear the comfortable sound of Ray's voice.
the backgrounds are beautiful autumnal compositions in watercolor.

                                 Here's one of the more dramatic backgrounds from the film

                                                   The Halloween Tree DVD cover

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Ray Bradbury's Halloween Tree

A friend of mine who was close to Ray Bradbury told me that Ray bought a set of oil paints and basically sat down and painted this famous, the first "Halloween Tree" with no prior practice or training.

                                                                   Ray Bradbury

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Incredible String Band Perform "The Iron Stone'

I find this video so incredibly eerie!  I think it was recorded in 1967?  1968?