I’ve been back and forth on my blog here, deciding how I would keep up with it amidst all of my other work. I have been working steadily and fiercely on my new upcoming Charlotte Lively book, taking care of a very needy Doberman puppy, going back to school full-time to pursue my teaching, keeping up with client work and working on new content for artists. I have somehow become more sharp mentally, which is FANTASTIC considering how I usually am when unchallenged, but I see the busy schedule is taking a toll on my laundry room and garden.
SO! I had a wonderful experience doing the webinar for artists last week and am working on completing my other ebooks in the works. I know you guys have been waiting patiently for one on Twitter as well as Facebook and others. I’ve been working on those for some time and should have some smaller, gold filled ebook reports to share with you on marketing, social media and art business soon.
In 1974, Kennedy launched one of the first bodybuilding magazines, Muscle Mag and would go on to publish American Curves, Reps!, Clean Eating, Maximum Fitness and my favorite, Oxygen. He’s good friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger and is the husband of Tosca Reno (famous for her book, The Eat-Clean Diet).
He was recently honored at the Arnold Classic for 38 years of dedication to the sport of bodybuilding and dedication to advancing the cause of fitness worldwide. Arnold himself gave the award.
I remember when I was 16, roaming through a random grocery store during Spring vacation in the middle of the night, and coming across Oxygen magazine. I had been a fitness enthusiast from a VERY young age. We’re talking age 9, I was trying to exercise when I was home alone. When I was 12, I would sneak my stepdad’s bodybuilding magazines up into my room (Yes, Muscle Mag), not to look at half naked, muscled men (lol), but to learn about weight training and healthy lifestyle methods. That hunger, I don’t know where it came from, was as strong as my love for art. And I felt so strange as a girl to want to weight train. Not alot of women were into that. I was the only teenaged girl heading to the gym after school to weight train. I was the kid who took fish supplements while my friends were trying not to starve themselves. I slugged down protein shakes while they were skipping lunch. I understood the lifestyle and wanted to be the best of myself I could be. I wanted to be like the hardworking superheroes (Batman, duh) in my comics.
So when I came across Oxygen, it totally changed my life. And my perspective. Not only did I finally find women who pursued a healthy lifestyle and bodybuilding, but it was encouraged. It was NORMAL! I not longer felt weird going to the gym. In fact, it only fueled the fire.
Fast-forward 13 years later, I’m still weight training. In fact, as of 2010, I got myself back into the lifestyle after a few tumultuous years in Los Angeles. I’m 30 lbs lighter and almost back to the solid muscle and weight I was at as a teenager. I love this lifestyle and my art work is better because of it. My life is better because of it. My relationships are better because of it.
BOB KENNEDY AKA WOLFGANG KALS
What people don’t know about Robert, is that he is also an accomplished artist and art teacher! He taught art at the Tottenham Technical College in England for eight years, and then taught for five years where he lived in Ontario, Canada. He goes under the brush name (brush de nom) Wolfgang Kals, painting pop art abstracts of celebrities and artists. His works sell for thousands and has done pieces of Barack Obama, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson. His art is great and I wish that there was more about his work online. It’s very hard to find his artwork just by Googling, as his brush de nom and his fitness career are so very separate. I admire how he was able to do both, and am excited to read his new book, Bull’s Eye.
A update regarding Bob’s health is on his wifes blog. He has been battling terminal lung cancer and they’re saying that all efforts have failed to help. I’m very sad to hear this, and send my prayers and thoughts to him and his family. He is a great man and has done so much for the world in so many ways. I hope that people will remember him for all that he has done, including his work in the art world as a teacher and artist. Thank you, Robert Kennedy for inspiring me and so many others.
We are forever grateful for you.
You can see more of his beautiful work at http://www.wolfgangkals.com
Official publishing site: http://www.rkpubs.com
On Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 I will be painting an original piece of art LIVE! The TEDx event will be at the Orchestra Hall at the Max M Fisher Music Center near the campus of Wayne State University.
TEDx is an independently organized TED event sharing the stories and experiences of creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers and doers all in one day. To attend TEDx, go to their main site and learn more! http://tedxdetroit.com
I’m a huge fan of TED and am excited to be invited to be a part of the experience!
I am SO excited to be in Destin, Florida in a week to share my work as well as teach two classes. There is one just for kids called “Kids on Canvas” where they will get to paint an original painting with me and another adult class, “Cocktails & Canvas” the next day. The wonderful people of Abrakadoodle and HarborWalk Village are hosting the weekend and have done a wonderful job. It’s going to be really fun and so I hope to see you all there!