Friday, July 31, 2009

a return from heaven...

   This morning as I sat and drank my morning java...I saw the 'Endeavour' land safe and sound after it's long journey into space.
    I remembered a fantastic experience I had in 2001 when I visited NASA and the Kennedy Space Center I saw the 'Endeavour' up close and personal and under construction. The flight of this space craft was a dream waiting to be fulfilled...and here it was 8 years later, landing after a successful flight in the heavens.

   On Monday, March 5th, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, his son Seth, my son Jesse and I were given a grand tour of Kennedy Space Center. The 'Endeavour' was being constructed for its future mission in space. It was an awesome sight.

   We also saw the arrival of the space shuttle 'Atlantis' riding piggyback on a 747. We were given a crash course in a shuttle trainer plane by astronaut Charlie Justiz and we chatted with the guys in the mission control area, many of whom were 'Lost In Space' fans. We also got a good look inside the 'Discovery' as it was being prepared for it's lift off a couple of days later. (I remember thinking how small it was inside.) And we also gathered below the 'Discovery and looked up as it stood boldly on it's launch pad.
   I'm so glad Jesse got the share this moment in history with me as we got to lie inside the Endeavour.

   Bill, Marta and I were also asked to 'sign the wall'...I signed my name right below Margaret Thatcher.

    The highlight, however, was seeing the actual launch of 'Discovery' on March 8th 2001. That was something I'll never forget. It was a perfect launch, taking off on schedule at 6:45 am into a beautiful sunrise.

   I can't even tell you how exciting it was. The energy of everyone in the stands holding their breath enveloped you in all this positive energy. We watched as the big clock did the countdown and then the earth rumbled beneath our feet and a blast of hot air blew over us as 'Discovery' took off into the beyond. It was amazing.

    After the launch we were invited to join everyone at mission control in their celebratory 'beans and cornbread', although it was a bit tough on the stomach at 7 am for us...
   Those we met at NASA shared with us their excitement about what they were accomplishing. We were told more than once how 'Lost In Space' had propelled them into the space program and continued to be amazed at the impact that show had on people and how it captured people's imaginations. Many thanks to Astronaut Charlie Justiz, Louie Garcia and all the others that made this all happen.

   This black and white picture is one of my earlier shadow pix...It's Marta and me jumping for joy on the Kennedy Center tarmac...It had inspired me to print it on silk (as seen at the top of this post) and add to the quote that captured this experience so perfectly...

Monday, July 27, 2009

unruliness at home...

Just hit the stands: WHERE WOMAN CREATE
8 pages of my unruly studio.

Mary Englebreit is on the front cover
click the pix below to go to my site where you can see
the whole article larger
or purchase the magazine here

Sunday, July 26, 2009

big plans...

Every once in a while you see something so magical...your heart leaps.
It took my breath away when we pulled into the Port of Cobh, Ireland. It was like that boat you take through the big whale at Disneyland and everything is miniature. I loved that ride as a kid...and I loved this ride as well...

Color, Black and White and watercolor...I have big plans for these images artwise...

There's a really cool site called Creative Therapy...I'm catalyst seventy-two...check it out!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Happy Birthday Becca
Just like you did back then...
you make me smile and feel like dancing....

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

man in the mirror

When we were shooting the photos for our new two pocket shawls ac studio 9 I realized how when you put on a hat like this, and you look in the can't help but think of Michael Jackson.

No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make the change

Sunday, July 05, 2009

this and that

My sis Veronica is in NYC for a little R&R before she begins shooting her new series on ABC "Eastwick".

For those of you who love this stuff...there is a NEW limited edition Lost In Space lunchbox at Tin 10 . It's cool...they gave me one. Perfect for art supplies and stuff like lunch!

And an interview I did just got posted on Housewife In Hollywood.

And I Twitter now...don't ask me why... I guess because I can....

So this week I am determined to make some art... and clean out my closet...
We'll see what happens....

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

it's about independence... people...

It's all about independence...and how happy we should be that we have it...and how we should respect others independence, and count our blessings for ours. And it's about freedom...and how we take it for granted...and how we shouldn't...
This doormat looks a little worn it's been walked on with dirty's a bit dingy and the edges are frayed somewhat...but it still has it's stripes and it's stars...and for that...I am grateful...