“Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work.”
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!
I arrived Las Vegas last night in preparation of the Airbrush Getaway (Oct 8-12 at the NEW Tropicana Hotel), which commences Monday and ends Friday. I’ll be posting video blogs and tons of photos daily, so stay tuned here and to our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/AirbrushActionMag. We’re still accepting registration, so if you’d like to attend you may call my cell phone: 732-233-7007. I look forward to seeing you at the Getaway, the world’s best airbrush immersion program.
A great sports metaphor for the Airbrush Getaway is that it’s the Super Bowl of airbrushing. Clearly, there is no other hands-on airbrush workshop program like it in the world with twelve 4-day classes, five 1-day classes, and some of the world’s best talent as your instructors. The Getaway is designed to take your artwork to the next level with cutting-edge techniques, the introduction of new products and, best of all, to teach you how to make more money as an artist. It’s truly a dynamic event, one that many can’t afford not to attend. In fact, here are the two most common comments I hear from alumni: 1. What they learned in the four or five days at an Airbrush Getaway would take months or years to learn on their own, and 2. Many have marveled that they’ve been able to recover their investment on attending a Getaway in one day, a weekend, a week! A slogan we recently adopted kind of says it all: Come as students, leave as friends, return as family. Anyway, there are seats still available, and if you’d like to attend you may call me personally at 732-223-7878. I hope to hear from you.
I’m giving any talk of airbrush a rest today as I celebrate my daughter’s 5th birthday. Olivia Cameron Stieglitz, born September 27, 2007, is loving, bright, stubborn often, caring, uncannily fearless, charismatic, and one who definitely marches to the beat of her own drum (and always will, I believe). Oh, I forgot to mention irresistable. I started late in life with children (Sophia is 6), and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Parenting certainly has its challenges, but the rewards (namely, the most amazing from of love imaginable) and joy are beyond description. In fact, I inform anyone who’s expecting a baby that they’re about to meet the love of their life. Anyway, I toast Olivia for her uniqueness, beauty, and making me one of the luckiest Dad’s on the planet.
Although many airbrush newbies come to the Airbrush Getaway intimidated, they invariably leave inspired, confident, and ready to take on the airbrush World with a new, profitable, and powerful skill-set. Primarily, and simply, they’re intimidated because they believe everyone else will be far more advanced. After they arrive, though, they soon discover that there are many others in the same boat. As I promise at every Airbrush Getaway commencement speech, students should put their blinders on and be completely unconcerned by their neighbor’s progress because by the end of the program everyone ends up in the same place. In fact, the Getaway was originally intended for beginning artists as a way to promote and grow airbrush use.
Pinup greats Armando Huerta and Jon Hul will appear at the upcoming Airbrush Getaway at the NEW Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel, October 8-12. They will paint works in progress, answer questions, and reveal how they render flesh tones and a variety of textures. For more information or to register, please call 800-876-2472 or 732-223-7878 for international callers. www.airbrushaction.com
With a little more than two weeks to go until the Airbrush Getaway (October 8-12, at the NEW Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel), there are still seats available. The Getaway is a terrific airbrush immersion program where you have the opportunity to learn from some of the World’s best talent. We have two hotel rooms left, and you must call Airbrush Action magazine (800-876-2472, 732-223-7878) to reserve them. Alternatively, because of the Trops great location on the strip, there are many other hotels in the area. Please call us to register for the workshops (there are 16 classes!; www.airbrushaction.com) or for more information on classes and hotel options. I look forward to seeing you at the largest and best hands-on airbrush workshop program in the Universe!
Leading up to the Airbrush Getaway, I’m like a thoroughbred at the starting gate; nervous, high-strung, heart racing, even a little scared. The production of a Getaway is an enormous undertaking with some tough logistics that include the shipping of 8,000 to 10, 000 pounds of equipment and supplies, the coordinating of C02 tanks, instructor travel, hotel rooms, set-up, break-down, the demands and committment of keeping the students happy (our #1 priority!), and much more. Ultimately, it’s about maintaining the balance and stability of a monster program. However, barring being with my two young daughters and Anh (the loves of my life), I’m rarely happier than when I’m in the midst of an Airbrush Getaway. It’s actually a form of euphoria for me because I’m in my element with a staff and a group that I love, which is in large part why I adopted the slogan, “Come as students, leave as friends, return as family.” There are 17 days until the Getaway. If you’d like to register, or require information on the World’s largest and best hands-on airbrush immersion program, you may call me personally at 732-233-7007. I look forward to seeing you there!
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The cover of the September-October 2012 issue of Airbrush Action Magazine was unveiled at our Facebook page at 4pm today.
The digital issue will be available for instant download next week.