Archive for June, 2011

AHA update!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea!  This is the theme this month for the AHAartistsstudio, so in keeping with it, I have painted a couple of pieces showing that cats really can do the water thing, if they CHOOSE to!

My bathing beauty is complete with flips, beach hat, shades, polka dot bikini (not yellow or itsy bitsy) and, of course, her horsey inner tube!  Go kitty!  She’s painted on a 4″ x 6″ canvas panel.
Diving for fishies!  Kitty has his snorkel  gear, but  the net is waaaay too small for anything.  No matter – he’s having a fun adventure!  This piece is entitled Sea Hunt, Kitty Style, and is painted on a wrapped canvas, measuring 4″ x 12″.   Come and join us for some seaside fun at!  See you there!

What ARE these??????

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Well, dinosaur teeth, of course!  And why would I have them?  I am painting three dinosaur heads for the musical Enron, which will be produced in a local theater in my neck of the woods.  I have been asked to paint these special velociraptor masks for the play, and the first step is for me to take care of the dental work.  Sooooo, first I do three sets of uppers and three sets of lowers, and then they are assembled into the heads, and then I paint them!  Sounds easy enough, so that means there will be a lot more work than meets the eye!  Stay tuned!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins opening today!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

It’s here!  Wow!  I’ve been hearing about this movie since last year, when my wonderful daughter-in-law, Joan, began to work on it.  She loved watching the dailies with Jim Carrey and the penguins – those lovable little creatures who populate this story.  Joan is a post production supervisor, which means she keeps the production work moving along to the conclusion which results in a finished product.

Many people have asked me what exactly IS a post production supervisor, so, I found an article online from, and have posted part of it here….

Post Production Supervisors are responsible for the post production process, during which they maintain clarity of information and good channels of communication between the Producer, Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, the Facilities Companies (such as film labs, CGI studios and negative cutters) and the Production Accountant. Although this is not a creative role, it is pivotal in ensuring that the film’s Post Production budget is manageable and achievable, and that all deadlines are met. Because large amounts of money are involved, and most of a film’s budget is spent during Production, the Post Production period can often be difficult and challenging.

The Post Production Supervisors’ role can be stressful and requires ingenuity, empathy and the ability to make tough decisions under pressure, while working long hours, to tight deadlines. Some Post Production Supervisors may be involved on a number of films at one time, but usually work on 3 or 4 films a year. They are employed on a freelance basis, by the Producer, often also with approval from a Completion Bond Guarantee company. They usually work alone, but on larger productions may employ an Assistant.

What is the job?
The role of the Post Production Supervisor varies according to the type of film and the budget. On big budget films using complex CGI (Computer Generated Images), they start work during pre-production, liaising with the CGI Company and ensuring that the Producer is aware of all the creative and budgetary considerations and how they may impact on the post production period. On smaller budget films they also advise about any limits that may need to be applied to the shoot, as well as providing an overall picture of what can be realistically achieved in post production. Most Post Production Supervisors also liaise with the Editor and Producer (and sometimes the Director), about the hiring of post production personnel (Sound Editors, Titles Designers, Mixers, etc).

During the post production process, they work closely with the Production Accountant, supplying accurate information for the Cost Reports, which are prepared every 3-4 weeks and show how actual expenditure compares to the original budget. Post Production Supervisors work with the Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, and Re-Recording Sound Mixer throughout post production, making sure that each different stage of the process is delivered on time and within budget. They usually continue to work on the production until all the elements needed for the completion of the film are delivered, including the Music and Effects version which allows the dialogue track to be replaced with different languages.

That’s our Joan!  Nearly one year ago, she married our son, Matthew. My husband and I are the most grateful parents in the world!  We love Joan and her family, and they love him.  What could be better than this?

I hope everyone will go to see this film!  Remember to look for Joan’s credit at the end of the film!  It will be:

post production supervisor    Joan Kelly Bierman

Go Joan!  That’s our girl!

WIPS – Finished!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Here they are!  The Santa WIPS which I posted last week are completed, and ready to go to Reasons to Believe, and then hopefully, on to new homes!  Yes!  They range in size from 6 inches to 8 1/2 inches, and are full of personality!  Enjoy!

Patriotic Pals

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Pfattmarketplace updates this morning at 10 am Pacific time, 11 am Mountain time, noon Central time, and 1 pm Eastern time.  Because our nation’s birthday is not far away, I will be offering my patriotic pals this month!  Just what you need to decorate for July 4th!  Have a look, and join us all today for some wonderful artwork!  Enjoy!

Santa WIPS

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I thought you all might like to see some WIPS which will be sent to Reasons to Believe.  This is a wonderful site for all things Santa!  There are some terrific artists whose works are represented there, and I am fortunate to have my work included.  Enjoy!  I’ll post the finished pieces next week!

Barney and Burt

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

It’s time for the Halloween Queens Castle Bootique to update – gosh!  How the time flies!  I have a pair of little pumpkin fellas available today, and here they are!

Barney and Burt are made as sitting pieces, but they can be drilled and strung if you would prefer them as ornaments!  Contact me at, if you are interested, and/or have comments!  I’d love to hear from you!  And, please join all of us at the Halloween Queens Castle Bootique update today for some spooktacular pieces!