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    Tuesday
    Mar122013

    Valerie Harper as Rhoda (In Progress)

    Valerie Harper has been in the news lately. Her willingness to share her story is another reason why she, and her work, effects me so much. After being with my grandma through her final month through her moment of death, a time like this serves to reminds me, once again, how important life – and living in the present moment – is. It's something I remind myself of frequently.

    I started working on this tribute to Valerie as Rhoda. It'll be done in a couple days. I'm not really satisfied by my previous effort – which Valerie Tweeted me that she loved, and it also ended up on Playbill in a video interview with her – so I figured there's no better time than right now to work on Valerie/Rhoda, and what that means to me, again. Or, maybe, that dissatisfaction is just a sign of growth.

    Valerie, if you see this, please know you've had a great impact on my life and artistic career. Secretly – or, not so secretly, depending on who you talk to! – I've always thought you'd be the perfect person to play my grandma, Josephine, who introduced me to Rhoda in syndication on late night TV in the early 1980s. (It was a Friday night and I was up much later than I should have been, but Grandma didn't mind.) I wish you much love, peace, and strength...and more love. Listening to I, Rhoda and watching your interviews, as I have been these past few days, you do have it all around you.

    Back in a couple days with the finished work!


    UPDATE, March 18th: The completed work

    Sunday
    Mar102013

    The Excavation: Signage

    A sign, featuring my illustration for Theater Ninjas' The Excavation, on display during performances at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    A comma before an "and" in a list is always satisfying.


    Thursday
    Feb282013

    The Excavation at the Cleveland Museum of Art

    Tomorrow night is opening night! I cannot wait to perform this show, and some of my favorite characters (Erato, Maurice, plus some new ones) again! This will be an event you won't want to miss. 

    Illustration by Ray Caspio

    Theater Ninjas' 2011 hit The Excavation has been resurrected as part of The Cleveland Museum of Art's latest exhibit, "The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection."

    Explore this living museum-within-a-museum as zany professors, peaceful gladiators, puritanical performers, ecstatic archaeologists, and rude puppets celebrate the life and death of the famous city that was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. 

    •Performance Days: See The Excavation in the Ames Family Atrium - March 1st performance requires admittance to the CMA MIX event; future performances are free!
    March 1 @ 7pm
    March 20 @ 7pm
    April 12 @ 7pm
    April 28 @ 2pm
    June 12 @ 7pm

    •Ninja Days: Fridays and Sundays, Theater Ninjas are installed within "The Last Days of Pompeii" exhibit. Enhance your exploration of Pompeii through a blend of site-specific performance and interactive story-telling. Fridays (3pm-7pm) and Sundays (12pm-4pm)
    March 8-May 19 (excluding March 29 & 31 and April 12 & 28)
    Admittance to the special exhbit required.
    No regular exhibition tours on Ninja Days.

    http://www.clevelandart.org/events/music-and-performances/theater-ninjas-cleveland-museum-art

    Directed and Devised by Jeremy Paul

    Lead Creative Team
    Ray Caspio, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann and Renee Schilling

    Performances Featuring
    Davis Aguila, Ray Caspio, Katelyn Cornelius, Cassie Goldbach, Val Kozlenko, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann, Michael Prosen, Renee Schllling and Lauren B. Smith

    Ninja Days Featuring:
    Davis Aguila, Ray Caspio, Lauren Fraley, Valerie Kilmer, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann and Renee Schilling

    Technical Direction by Chuck Karnak

    The Excavation 1.0 was Created and Performed by
    Ray Caspio, Katelyn Cornelius, Stephanie Ford, Ryan Lucas, Noe Montez, Cassie Neumann, Michael Prosen, Emily Pucell, Renee Schllling, Adam Seeholzer and Lew Wallace

    Special Thanks
    Jon Seydl, Bethany Corriveau, Temple King Productions, Lola Rothmann and Benedictine High School

    Support for Theater Ninjas' project has been provided by the Cleveland Museum of Art's Painting and Drawing Society, Dr. Nancy Clay-Marsteller, Antoinette Miller and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Schubert.

    Monday
    Feb182013

    Dallas: Judith Light as Judith Ryland

    A quick sketch I did tonight of Judith Light as Judith Ryland from TNT's Dallas

    I'm astounded by Judith Light's work on this series and LIVE for her scenes. 

     

    Monday
    Feb042013

    Commission: Lauren and Sam

    Lauren and Sam were married mid-January in New Orleans. Lauren's brother commissioned me to render a portrait of this good looking couple as a wedding gift! According to Lauren's brother, "I might need to order a larger print of it. They loveddddd it!"

    Are you interested in commissioning me to create a piece for you? I do pencil or full-color digital work, like this one. 
    All the info you need can be found right HERE!