After nearly four months of planning, designing, photographing and editing I am excited to announce that I have completed my first video. The idea of creating this movie began with a very good friend of mine repeatedly stating that we should make a video to capture the process of creating my paintings. After I finally agreed to the idea, Jonathon and I began talking about the concept which eventually morphed into an introductory video, showing the evolution from my early years to where I am now. I am so grateful and thankful for all of Jonathon’s time and efforts! Good friends are a true blessing in life. You can watch my video on my About page. I also now have a new Keith Rust Illustration YouTube page. I hope you enjoy!
A little while back I was interviewed by the City of Burbank Cultural Arts Commission, which is an advisory body to the Burbank City Council. They send out a newsletter to the community featuring a brief local artist interview, accompanied by a photo of the artist and the artist's work. The purpose of this is to use storytelling to build connections among community members, and in doing so raise awareness of artists and their work here in Burbank and the LA area.
You can check out the July 18-31 newsletter by clicking here. Or, you can see the interview int the Artist Spotlight section of their website by clicking here. You may have to scroll down a little bit.
To say that this past year has been very challenging is an understatement. Sadly, last month I lost my best friend, my amazing and loving father. He was not perfect, and no one is, but I could not have asked for a better father, and he loved his family so much. He was always there for us, providing, encouraging and sacrificing throughout our lives. I am saddened when I hear others talk about how poor their relationships were with their fathers, and wish they could have a similar experience. I was truly blessed to have such a loving and supportive father in my life. He loved seeing my new landscape designs and enjoyed watching how enthusiastically my paintings were selling. Sadly, my father had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit this past year and recent issues led to him passing away. I still find it so hard to believe that he is no longer with us. I miss my dad so much each and every day. With everything that has been going on, I am going to need some time off before I resume working on one of my Dad's favorite upcoming designs.
I was very fortunate to be invited this year to attend the 128th Tournament of Roses parade. To top it off, we were blessed to receive some amazing stadium seats, situated a little below the HGTV booth, which were right where the parade route begins. I have always wanted to see the actual parade in person, but somehow I never made it after all the years of living in Southern California. The best that I had previously done was to walk around the completed floats while they were being judged before the parade began. I can now scratch this one off my bucket list. The only downside was having to get up at 4:15 am to get a parking spot near by.