March 2010 Just Faces Entries

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Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters1st Place

Gen Keller

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? I was a volunteer EMT for my town’s ambulance corp. I was working a fundraising table at my town’s 4th of July celebration when a clown asked if I’d be interested in face painting…so I gave it a try and like so many, I fell instantly in love with those smiles reflecting back in the mirror at me.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? I have been involved in workers compensation risk management for the last 22 years of my life (boring!!).

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? I am still a risk manager, plus a mom – my most important job! I have taught face painting on occasion, I love working festivals, and I help out at my friend’s spray tan salon.

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? Paradise, because they are made in the U.S. – actually they are located only 20 minutes from my house and I love the fact that they allowed me to tour their plant to see how the products are made. And I am so addicted to the smell!!! Coconuts!!!!

IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR CAREER AS A FACE/BODY PAINTER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT? I think it’s important to remember that we are professional imagination highlighters. Kids do not care about a perfect swirl or a tear drop to die for. They want their imagination to be sparked, their sense of creativity stimulated…don’t limit yourself, don’t be afraid to try new things – the child‘s imagination will take over once you’ve finished and make your painting come alive!

Face and Body Painting Contest Competition West Coast Face Painters2nd Place

Heidi Bennett

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My daughter’s preschool was having a Trike-a-thon and needed volunteers for different tables. The first year I volunteered using their horrible Halloween paints and had a terrible time of it. This past spring (April 2009) when they had it again, I researched beforehand and picked up a small set of Mehron paints and had a fabulous time. Everyone loved my work, and I loved doing it and thought, hey, I could do this for a living!

> WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for about 8 years now, doing occasional work for my old employer, the Kitsap Conservation District. Prior to kids, I did work as a farm conservation planner and a geological consultant. I’ve always been crafty and artistic though, and completed a Scientific Illustration certification course through the University of WA in 2001. I think that really helped me to learn to “see” things with a critical eye.

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? I also love to do henna art! I also create pysanky eggs, which are like batik eggs (beeswax is applied to eggs with a kitska, then dyed different colors).

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? Right now my favorites are Mehron Paradise for base and blending work, and Wolfe for line work.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT? I love a good butterfly. There are so many different ways to paint them.

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Face and Body Painting Contest Competition West Coast Face Painters3rd Place

Dutch

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? Dutch’s wife, Brecky, owned a children’s magazine that was running an add for a local u-pick pumpkin patch. The farm had employed an artist for several years and found out 3 days prior to opening for the October season that she was not going to be able to work for her any longer. The owner contacted Brecky hoping that she could refer her to another face painter but no face painters had ever placed an advertisement with her. Dutch’s wife, wanting to be helpful, volunteered Dutch, much to his dismay, to fill in until another face painter could be found. Dutch bought a simple face paint set at his local Walmart. This quirky circumstance was the beginning of a very successful face and body painting business call Colorific Kids Face Painting in the Seattle area.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? Dutch was a personal trainer for over 18 years, with a sprinkling of other jobs within this time. He & his wife were both Infrared Thermographic Technicians for many years, a UPS worker, and a window technician for a local home building company.

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? Dutch works with many different paint brands due to their unique characteristics. So, depending upon what he is doing he may use Wolfe Fx, Diamond Fx, Paradise, Kryolan, even Ben Nye.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT? Dragons, Zombies, Decorative Victorian Swirls!!!!

IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR CAREER AS A FACE/BODY PAINTER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT?: Dutch loves creating Special FX for music videos and movies, Face Painting Transformations, & 3D.

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters4th Place

Alison Kenyon

I started as a kid with my mom's old makeup. In HS other students began to know of me as the "go-to" person for Halloween, talent shows, etc, and I even did glamour makeup for several students' senior portraits. At age 21 (1992) I joined one of the nation's first modern burlesque troupes, and it was in our vaudeville shows that I met professional performers that inspired me to go to circus school and learn contortion, trapeze, acrobatics, clowning, magic, and fire swallowing. I got into clowning full time in 1993, knowing that face painting would be my main focus. Along with being a clown and a face and body painter, I was also "Ms. Cherry Bomb" the circus artist; performing an acrobatic/contortion/belly dance with 3 balancing bowls of fire, and a fire swallowing finale. I retired it in 2007. During this time I was also lead makeup artist / body painter for a San Francisco-based circus troupe called Velocity.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? In high school I twice won a summer scholarship to attend a summer semester at Academy of Art College in San Francisco. I also won a trip to study art in Europe through a juried arts panel.

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? "On the side" I'm a certified personal trainer, specializing in Russian style strength training and joint mobility using kettlebells and body weight exercises.

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? For the first years it was all Kryolan. But after my first convention I discovered Wolfe and switched over. I love the opacity and durability. For individual clients who come to me for a longer appointment, I still get out my entire arsenal: some Fantasy Worldwide, some Kryolan, Mehron metallic powders, and a lot of Mac makeup. My "everyday kit" is 90% wolfe, with my favorite Kryolan copper, Cherry Bomb red from Paradise, Kryolan "youth red" blush,and a snazaroo magenta color that I really like.

My favorite thing is always changing. I'll get obsessed with a design element for awhile, and try to get it into as many designs as possible in as many ways as possible, then I'll find something else to be obsessed with. I always strive to make each face different, and really fit the person.

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There were two contests this month,
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This face painting contest is run by Lilly Walters, face painter, author and teacher of face painting classes