Sunday, September 25, 2011

a few of my favorite things....

Last night I went to the Hollywood Bowl for the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long.
(btw: my jacket is one of my hand painted Salzburg images taken on a visit to Austria. and made into my art.wear.)
I always love catching up with my von Trapp siblings. Charmian (above) hosts the costume judging on the Hollywood Bowl stage. She has done it every year, (except last year where we were in Chicago filming our Oprah segment Sound of Music reunion.)
Kym, Heather, Debbie and I get ready in the Green Room.

My son Jesse hangs out with Fred Bronson, author of our new book "The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook." which is being released in the USA next year.

My daughter Becca waiting in the Green Room backstage. 

I have a few experiences at the Hollywood Bowl.  One of them is seeing the Beatles perform there when they first came to America. Yep...I was one of those screaming teenagers.
I've also made a couple of appearances at the Hollywood Bowl myself over the years.  I even sang there a couple of times, (once in my spacesuit...yikes.)

Melissa Peterson hosts the on stage costume party before the movie begins.  Here is our view of the stage before we were announced.
We shared hugs with Charmian...and then we announced our book "The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook" that is being released in the USA in 2011....You can pre-order it here.

We also told the crowd about our Facebook page. Anyone interested in The Sound of Music should 'friend' us at THE SOUND OF MUSIC FAMILY SCRAPBOOK on Facebook...
There is all sorts of exciting news ahead...and you will hear it there first.

I snapped this shadow pic as I excited the stage behind Heather.

I've seen The Sound of Music hundreds of times, but it always manages to sucker me in...It looked fantastic on that big scene...viewed the way it was originally meant to be seen. After all these years, it really holds up. I think Christopher Plummers clever performance is laced with subtlety. Eleonor Parker, embraces the part of the Baroness' quirks just brilliantly. And throughout the film it shows how much we adored Julie. To hear everyone singing along, waving their cell phones during 'Edelweiss", and hissing at Rolf and the Baroness.  Well it is a downright great time.

How fortunate I was to be Brigitta and a part of this magnificent film. Watching it again last night brought back lots of warm feelings and magnificent memories. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

singing along...

We're off to the Hollywood Bowl Saturday September 24th for The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long.  Five of us will be making an appearance before the film begins at 7:30 pm.
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Friend us at our The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook Facebook page...for all the latest updates and news about our new book The Sound of Music Family Scapbook coming soon.  We're very excited about it! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011


This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind. Let it be something good.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

a bird in your hand...

My Evidence Journal about the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds" was published in the latest issue of Somerset Studios Magazine --- September/October issue.

When I discovered Somerset Magazine's theme was HITCHCOCK for the 2011 fall issue...I think I'll make an evidence journal, I certainly have access to the evidence.

You see, my sister Veronica played the role of Cathy in the Hitchcock movie about birds gone I asked her if I could borrow her script to make copies of the pages. 

 I started reading the script to decide what I wanted to use in my art and I have to admit it was totally engaging in a frightening way. I can see how Hitchcock must have been delighted when he was to direct this creepy story written by Daphne du Maurier and published in 1952.  I used pictures from the film, altering them in a variety of ways and ink blotches to enhance my take on the psychological thriller.

The magazine tells some behind-the-scenes stories that my sister shared with me...and there are 6 pages of my journal art.  However, they didn't print the whole journal so I have created a page where you can view all the pages of the journal I here:  Hitchcock To purchase the magazine click here.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

scents and sensibilities...part 3

One of the most enjoyable adventures Becca and I shared was making our own purfumed oil. It all takes place in the Aromatherepy room inside the Artists Cottage.
One by one you smell the different oils and decide what resonates with you...

...a sniff of coffee beans cleans the sinuses
It's really so much fun...

You fill in your booklet with your favorite scents...and then you choose what you like and your perfumed oil is created in these cool perfume vats by your master Aromatherapiest.

Then you name your creation, and it's all yours...and you go and have a massage with your own signature fragrance. it's pretty close to heaven...On my list of things to do was to create a fragrance someday...I must say what I developed here is a spirited and unruly fragrance.

And so our adventure in Ojai ended...but I'm not worried...we'll be back...