The airbrush industry has suffered a major loss with the passing of Createx’s founder, Vince Kennedy, last week. I knew Vince for nearly 30 years, and was deeply saddened by the news. Vince was charismatic, dynamic, brilliant, and a terrific soul. My condolences to the Kennedy family, the Createx staff, and all who knew him. Vince Kenndy’s viewing will take place at Vincent’s Funeral Home on Rt.10, Simsbury, Connecticut, from 9:30am to 11:30am, and the noon service will be at St. Catherine Church, 265 Stratton Brook Road, West Simsbury.
Airbrush Action’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/AirbrushActionMag, has just reached the milestones of 10,000 ‘Likes,’ and 116,000 views this past week, and I want to thank you for helping us get there. For the uninitiated, our Facebook page posts some amazing artwork, news, free videos, and special offers and discounts on products and services (including the Airbrush Getaway workshops and www.airbrush.tv) that you won’t find anywhere else. Your support of the magazine and its efforts is inspiring and greatly appreciated, and with your continued help I’ll see you at 20,000 ‘Likes.’
I saw Django Unchained last night and loved it! Jamie Foxx was great, but Christoph Waltz stole the show as Django’s mentor, and his performance alone is worth the price of admission. Actually, add Samuel Jackson’s best film performance ever as Stephen to your impetus; remarkably good and funny. There were also great cameos by Jonah Hill, Bruce Dern, and others. Also, it’s the fastest 165 minutes I’ve ever experienced in a theater. Heads-up: if tons of violence revolts you, think twice about going.
DVDs are extremely time-consuming and tedious to produce, requiring (in most cases) days of shooting, and then countless hours of editing. And, at Airbrush Action (www.airbrushaction.com), we take great pride and care in making the best presentations we can. So, when I received the following feedback the other day, I though I’d share it with you:
“I just viewed Javier Soto’s Power Portrait DVD on Rihanna. It is a splendid tutorial. The camera work was tops, no light glares, no constant panning to the artist, no shaky movements. Everything was clear and concise. Javier is an exceptional teacher, I am inspired and in awe of his talent. Thanks for putting this dvd out.” Isaac Rivas
Thank you, Isaac, for taking the time to make us feel great about what we do.
Date: Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012
Location: Dean’s Place Fine Art Gallery
Dean Loucks, a celebrated artist in Granger Indiana, known all over the world for his exclusive designs on high-end boats, helicopters, motor coaches, pianos and fine art adds Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers to his canvases. Kitchen Aid Cooperation launched a limited edition Custom Made stand mixers painted by Dean Loucks yesterday. Dean Painted 6 designs for the launch; Golden Petals with his signature flower series, Leopard, Shimmer, Noir Leopard, Snow Leopard and Serengeti.
Hey guys, very sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this page, but we were slammed by Hurricane Sandy. Airbrush Action is based just a mile or two from the New Jersey Shore, and we have suffered a week of no power, no land-line phones, extremely limited gas (three+ hour waits on mile+ long lines), devastation to homes and property, not to mention a death toll. Airbrush Action cannot operate without phones and power, which is why you’ve been unable to get through or that we’ve been unable to respond to you. Please be patient as we get through this. I’m hoping that we’ll have electric in a day or two and reopen our doors. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Let’s use our collective thoughts and prayers for those who have suffered great loss and hardship. Warm wishes from the Airbrush Action family.
From an event organizer’s perspective, the Airbrush Getaway is a whopper to produce, involving the prep and shipment of 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of equipment and supplies, the onsite marathon setup and breakdown, and all the other logistical headaches before, during, and after. However, it’s one of the most rewarding and gratifying things that we do here, a true labor of love. Last week’s Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway was one of our best thanks to a wonderful and most enthusiastic group of attendees and a terrific team of instructors and support staff. Also, the Tropicana Hotel, a new venue for us, was a perfect fit for our group with renovated guest rooms, great restaurants, and 23,000 square feet of meeting space. Also, its location on the strip is an added benefit. The group chemistry at the Vegas Getaway was truly magical, and I look forward to seeing many returning students in February (18-22). Also, please forgive me for missing many days last week, but I was inundated at the Getaway, and was so spent by end of day, that I typically sacrificed dinner for bed!