December 22nd, 2002

Marie Masquerade

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hmmm... we just came back from kachina's house. we rented "Minority Report", which none of us had seen before. while it was entertaining, it really didn't live up to the glowing reviews i'd heard from others who had seen it previously. it had some nice eye candy, tom cruise did a good job with the acting part, etc. but... it was pretty predictable, and there were some parts of it that kinda pissed me off. particularly where the flames from the policeman's jetpack cooked the hamburgers on the grill... that would have been way more appropriate in a Tom & Jerry cartoon. the last 20 minutes seemed kinda tacked on... and there was some forced heartwarming/preachy bits that tend to work their way into Spielberg's movies. it left me with sort of an "eh" feeling.
Marie Masquerade

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I got my contact lenses today in the mail! Actually, they must have arrived late yesterday seeing as today is Sunday. Luckily, the solution in which they were contained didn't freeze =) I love my new lenses - they make my eyes unbelivably shiny, and they have actual glitter in them of course, which is a bonus. Here's a picture (self-taken) - you can't really appreciate the shiny effect though:



Amber just dropped by to give me her calendar pages. Kachina gave me hers last night, so now I'm set. Every year you see, my sisters and I make a calendar for our dad to give him on Christmas. Amber usually makes collages, Kachina usually either makes something out of our family photos or she makes pictures out of oil pastels or paintings, and I usually make prints of my paintings from throughout the year (and occasionally I'll collage in some family photos too!). It's my job to scan in our pages and print them out in glossy calendar format. I need to work on that tonight. OK, so tomorrow I need to just buy a couple more presents and wrap everything up. Then, I get to sit back and relax through Christmas. After that, I need to get some serious painting done. I need to buy some sort of shipping crate to get my artist proofs sent to the distributors up in Canada tomorrow as well. Argh.

In other news - Matt (my husband of course) has started writing in his LiveJournal again. Here he is: kaokame
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jim henson

The Jim Henson company is up for sale. Disney is (rumoured to be) putting in a bid for $135 million. The Powerball Jackpot is currently at $280 million. Now, if I win the Powerball Jackpot (yes, that is a pretty big if), I would seriously think about putting in a bid. Jim Henson creations have always been close to my heart (Matt's too, even more than me). What an interesting thought...

If I don't win the Powerball (yes, there's that tiny chance that I won't win), I really do hope that Disney does purchase the company. They've of course had limited partnerships with Jim Henson Co. and have assorted licensing and distribution deals, and I've enjoyed the results of Disney/Muppet collaborations.

I've always loved the contributions to the Jim Henson Co. from Brian and Wendy Froud particularly ( http://www.worldoffroud.com ). Their son Toby (who actually played baby Toby in the movie Labyrinth!) is interning at the Jim Henson Workshop (what a cool job!).

Along a similar line - I got a letter from the publisher of the book I'm working on. He just came back from Brian & Wendy Froud's house in Devon and shared some cool pictures of Wendy's puppets and the couple in their home. Brian has agreed to write the forward to the book (yay!!!) which is very exciting. I received the final list of the artists working on our book - there are 24 total. Half are from the US, the rest are mostly from the UK and Japan. I had chosen 6 pieces to go with my bit earlier, but now they just asked me to submit 10! I'm going to paint right now - I'd like to get some more new pieces published. It makes me nervous (yet thrilled) that I'm going to be featured alongside some of my favourite artists of all time....