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    Monday
    Jun102013

    The Ascension of Polychrome - Prints, Clothing & More!

    This week sees the release of the movie "Oz, the Great and Powerful" on Blu Ray & DVD. Also, June is PRIDE month, so what better way to celebrate both than the release of my piece "The Ascension of Polychrome" now available as prints, t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, cards, post cards, and kids' clothes on Redbubble.com? While Polychrome isn't featured specifically in "Oz, the Great and Powerful," the rainbow does make an appearance, and Polychrome is the Daughter of the Rainbow... You can read more about this piece from my previous entry on it when I first debuted it on this site here.

    As usual, the clothing comes in assorted sizes, colors, and styles - simply choose your favorite! Click on either of the images below to go directly to the listing on my Redbubble.com store.
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013

    Monday
    May062013

    Triple Goddess' Blessing by Kevenn T. Smith

    This piece is very special to me. I had previously done a piece of the Triple Moon Goddesses, but as explained before, I had been asked to keep it an exclusive piece, which I continue to honor. In the meantime, I've had several inquiries about selling prints of that piece, and I knew I would need to re-visit that subject again. Along came last year's Winter Solstice, and I really felt like it was time to have a go again - once again as gift material - but also this time using techniques that I've developed in my work since then. The original piece was hand colored with Prismacolor pencils and tempera paint. This new version is hand drawn and inked, but colored digitally.

    As I worked on this piece, one piece of music that I played on heavy rotation for inspiration was a beautfiul song by the amazing and incredible independent singer and songwriter, Casey Stratton, entitled "The Maiden, The Mother and The Crone," from his fantastic 2009 Holiday album, A Winter Moon, which is available for download purchase and free sampling at his website. I think the mood and timbre of his song really helped me capture the magic I wanted to instill in this piece.

    I also really wanted the colors of this piece to be vibrant and really reflect the essences of these Goddesses, as well as weave a mysterious and mystical mood that inspires, comforts, and soothes the soul.

    This piece is available for purchase as greeting cards, post cards, prints, and posters at my Redbubble.com store. The piece is also available directly from me as an 11" by 14" print on metallic photo paper via the "Contact Me" form at the top-left of this page to request that specific print directly from me for $40 + Shipping, which includes Priority Mail & Tracking.

    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013

    Thursday
    Apr112013

    The Tinderbox at Talespinner Children's Theatre

    Right now, Talespinner Children's Theatre is mounting its own adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Tinderbox. I had the glorious privilege of serving as the Witch Designer and Crafts Artisan on this production. I can't express enough how much I love the creative freedom that I am afforded at Talespinner. It is a true joy and delight to be able to create work there.

    The show is done in a steampunk-meets-circus style, and it was really a fun aesthetic to work in. I won't get too specific about the design aspects of the show just yet, so as not to spoil anyone's experience, but I hope you will go and see not only my work, but amazing costumes, set design, and performances, which are as follows:

    April 12th through April 28th, 2013
    Fridays 1PM & 7PM; Saturdays 2PM & 7PM; Sundays 2PM
    Pay What You Can performances Sunday, April 7th & Friday, April 12th (7PM only)

    For more information and reservations, please go to The Tinderboxwebsite at Talespinner's page.

    Sunday
    Feb242013

    The Knights T-shirt by Kevenn T. Smith

    This t-shirt design is actually a "Deleted Piece" from the Theatre Ninjas show "Marble Cities," that I served as Costume Designer on. I originally had envisioned the Kinight character wearing a t-shirt with this logo on it, and the logo would be for the landscaping company that he worked at. In the end, the decision to cut the logo on the t-shirt came for a couple of reasons. One, that we didn't want to telegraph the natures of the Knight's character too much, and two, none of the other characters had anything as graphic on their costumes as this was, and it would have stood apart from the rest too much.

    But now, rescued from the "cutting room floor," this t-shirt can be yours or for the Theater Ninjas or chess superfan in your life! It is available as t-shirts, hoodies, and stickers in assorted colors, styles, and sizes at RedBubble.com!

    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013

    Monday
    Dec312012

    Art For Talespinner Children's Theatre

    This is my last post for 2012, and I wanted to write about another incredible opportunity that I had this year. I was asked to help out in making three-dimensional artwork for the two shows of 2012 for Talespinner Children's Theatre.

    In June, I was called in to help add on details to some of the puppets that were constructed for the show, "The Tale of the Name of the Tree." They needed someone who could handle very detail-oriented and time-consuming work of gluing dried grass from grass skirts as hair on some of the puppets. Detail-oriented and time-intensive; naturally, they thought of me. I worked on a baboon puppet, and giraffe puppet, and a huge lion puppet.

    In November, I got the call again from Talespinner's Artistic Director, Alison Garrigan, to work on chandeliers for their adaptation of the opera, "The Magic Flute." I was provided with most of the materials and the umbrella "skeletons" that were going to serve as the base of the chandeliers and told one was for The Queen of the Night, and the other was for Sarastro, who was like The King of the Day. In addition, the umbrella "skeletons" needed to be able to transition between the closed and open positions, as they would be brought out onstage "closed" and then opened and suspended in the closed position. I was given complete creative freedom and confidence, which is everything that an artist like me could wish for. Using the materials I was given, and some of my own, including spray painting one of the umbrella "skeletons" gold, I threw myself into making sparkling chandeliers that would hopefully dazzle the young audiences who would be witness to the magic onstage.

    There's something very rewarding for me about creating work that will be seen by children and helping to transport them into another world fueled by their imaginations. I was very happy with how the chandeliers turned out, and they were even mentioned in a review of the show on Cool Cleveland.com as part of the set:

    "...clever and visually stunning (old umbrellas with glittering streamers where hung up as chandeliers in the palace)."


    Images ©Kevenn T. Smith 2012