‘Lines of Light’ art show features blacklight body paint pinstriping

Posted in art, Body Paint, Lifestyle, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2018 by kodamax enterprises

Pinstriping Artist Striper Josh will be featured at the Lines of Light gallery opening and artist reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel.

Striper Josh is a successful pinstriping artist from the Reno area.

He has made a career out of hand-painting elaborate, beautiful pinstriped designs on cars, trucks and motorcycles, using sure and steady brush strokes. But he probably is best known for his artistic flair for painting freehand pin-striping directly onto women’s bodies. That’s right. Women’s bodies.


This Saturday night, Striper Josh will be the featured artist at a gallery opening and artist’s reception will be inside the luxurious Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel.

It will be an evening of art, music and socializing in a beautiful venue along the Truckee Reno. And if you appreciate the beautiful curves and lines of the female form, it’s definitely an event you’ll want to check out with a few friends.

The beautiful photographs feature stunning, highly colorful pinstriped lines on women’s bodies, which are then photographed using special, UV black lights. The resulting image is a marriage of color, lines and light that is mesmerizing and beautiful.

Because body paint art is temporary, Striper Josh and Reno Photographer Fielding Cathcart collaborated on how to best document the finished art.

They agreed to use Fielding’s talent as a digital photographer to capture the colorful, florescent paint under black lighting. The images were then edited, cropped and printed onto metallic photo paper.


Striper Josh is a founding member of the Body Paint Factory, a group of 5 local artists and 3 interns who have created a huge following in the Reno area. They work together and incorporate body painting as entertainment and an artistic form of expression.

Each of the 15 painting is anonymous, never revealing the model’s face or identity.

"Lines of Light" art exhibit.“It’s less about the person, less about the body and less about the sexuality of it and more about the curves … the natural curves of the body,” he explained. “Just the way the lines work and just the way the lines light up, that’s how I came up with the title “Lines of Light.”

Striper Josh doesn’t plan or draw out his pinstriped designs. Each session takes from three to six hours to complete.

Each model collaborates on the colors in advance and then Striper Josh simply begins creating his designs freehand and straight from his imagination.
Several of the pinstriped models will be at the opening event as well as a couple of motorcycles that sport custom pinstriping by Striper Josh.

All of the mounted photos in the exhibit are for sale. Posters and prints of the artwork are available at their website at http://bodypaintfactory.com.

“Lines of Light” runs through February 21. It is free and open to the public.








Reno veterans find solace through the art of photography

Posted in art, Lifestyle, Personal musings, photography, veterans with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2018 by kodamax enterprises

Art therapy has been known for decades as a highly effective means of dealing with emotions like anger, sadness and depression.

Modern research has found that using a creative outlets like drawing, painting — and even photography — can be a great way to let out pent-up feelings and come to grips with our inner demons.

A recently formed photography group at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno is helping veterans discover their inner Ansel Adams as part of a variety of recreation therapy programs at the hospital.

Called “Proud to be Reno” the collage consists of 66 separate photographs submitted by about 2 dozen veterans involved in the VA Photography Group.

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Anthony Matulich, a member of the Reno VA Photography Group, says that photography is one of the many art forms that help heal physical and psychological wounds that many veterans feel.

Their photographs are colorful and uplifting and reveal what these veterans feel about their community. It features images of many of Reno’s popular events including Hot August Nights, International Air Races, Artown, and many others.

The veterans say photography takes their minds off their troubles and worries and helps them focus on things that interest them.

“The programs that are offered through recreational therapy, are designed to heal physical and psychological wounds that our veterans feel,” said Anthony Matulich, a Marine veteran and one of the members of the VA  Photography group.

He added that art helps build confidence, self-worth, relieves stress and addresses many other psychological issues.

“By using the power of the arts as a healing tool, we can improve the quality of life for our veterans. I know because I experience it every day,” Matulich said, fighting back tears as he addressed the group.


Jeff Cooper, one of the veterans who contributed photos to the collage, is interviewed by a local Reno television station.

Many of the veterans were so encouraged about the collage, many in the group plan to  enter the National Creative Arts Festival this year.

Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to crochet. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing.

The collage currently is on display near the pharmacy inside the hospital.

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Lisa Howard, right, director of the recreational therapy program at the hospital, was presented a framed replica of the college from the VA Photography Group on Wednesday.

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“Proud to be Reno” is the theme of a college containing 66 photographs from members of the Reno VA Photography Group. The collage is hanging near the VA hospital pharmacy.

Reno women’s mag unveils a ‘body positive’ issue featuring artistic nudes

Posted in art, Health and fitness, Lifestyle, Personal musings, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , on January 18, 2018 by kodamax enterprises
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The cover of the January/February edition of “Bliss Babe’ women’s magazine greeted guests at the Launch Party in the Plaza Resort Club in downtown Reno on Jan. 17, 2018.

The successful and empowering Reno-based “Bliss Babe” women’s magazine hosted a sold-out launch party for their January/February 2018 edition.

And what an elegant, fun and informative event it was! It was especially enjoyable to be surrounded by so many beautiful people, all dressed to the nines, smiling, laughing and looking their finest.

There also was wine tasting hosted by some of the regions finest vineyards, a bounty of delicious hors d’œuvres and the official unveiling of a spanking-new magazine “Bliss Babies“, which will focus on children and is slated to be published this spring.

“Tonight, we’re making a world debut, and we’re set to go globally as far as we can carry this campaign to teach women to embrace their bodies, embrace their curves and be healthy and take care of themselves,” said Leslie McCarroll, the magazine’s foundered publisher.

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‘Bliss Babe’ magazine’s founders Debbie McCarthy, left, and Leslie McCarrol.

The more than 200 guests at the gala were greeted by a mockup of the recent “Bliss Babe” cover featuring the beautiful Felicia Imilli, 29, a local boudoir photographer, wearing little more than a smile, but tastefully presented in black and white.

A total of 10 beautiful local women are featured on the magazine’s glossy pages, each looking confident, and comfortable in their own skin. They each speak to the value of having wisdom, of having a good, healthy self-image and accepting yourself for who you are instead of comparing yourself to everyone else.

The compelling stories behind each of the women women in the magazine were written by Meghan Ochs with black and white photographs by John Devine. They each allowed themselves to be vulnerable to tell their stories and empower men and women to love and respect their bodies.

“They all have the same insecurities as all of us, yet they were brave enough to participate in this project and open their souls to inspire us to be our best at any age, despite adversity,” McCarroll wrote in the publisher’s note in the current edition of “Bliss Babe”.

The nine other women featured in the Body Bliss Positive article are:

  • Amy Burkett, 41, co-owner of Soul Space, personal trainer and massage therapist;
  • Morgan Dawn, 29, yoga instructor and personal trainer;
  • Jacki Hallerbach, 49, executive director of a non-profit;
  • Tiffany Dethmers, 30, mom and model;
  • Danyelle Sargent Musselman, 40, sportscaster and spin teacher;
  • Madeline Hardacre, 47, physician;
  • Meghan Ochs, 33, author of the women’s articles, coach, professional ski bum and business owner;
  • Jackie Peacock, 42, BODYpow founder, developer and instructor; and
  • Mena Spodobalski, 48, Evoke Fitness owner and trainer.
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   A sample of the photos in the current edition of ‘Bliss Babe’ magazine. (printed with permission).

It’s the third launch party since the magazine’s inception and it seems to have found a nitch in the region by addressing body image issue man and women face on a daily basis.

The magazine, which was co-founded by Debbie McCarthy, is creatively designed, well written and edited and is filled beautiful photographs to help illustrate the articles. The current issue is especially appealing because of the artistic images and the biography of these 10 women, who each talks about the importance of having positive body image and overcoming adversity to become the best person they can be.

Held on the seventh floor of the beautifully renovated Plaza Resort Club in downtown Reno, owners Rob and Sheryl Fitzgerald hired local designers and have renovated the upper flowers of the hotel with authentic Americana and Art Deco furnishings. The magazine launch also debuted this beautiful upgrade in downtown Reno.

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Rob and Sheryl Fitzgerald, owners at the newly renovated Plaza Resort Club in downtown Reno.

“It’s a hidden gem in Reno,” Sheryl said. She also gave me quick personal tour of the seventh floor, which includes meeting rooms, a large open patio with views of the Reno skyline and the Sierras. There also is  a beautiful, indoor swimming pool and fitness room complete with authentic photos and memorabilia of past Reno athletes.

“Bliss Babe” magazine is available in print at more than 100 outlets in Northern Nevada, Sacramento, El Dorado, Walnut Creek.

In addition to the print version, “Bliss Babe” is available online and can be viewed globally at blissbabe.com.”

“The idea is to teach women and men that you can live your life on purpose and you can go after your passions and dreams. All it takes is a start. You don’t have to know how, you just have to start,” McCarroll said. “And so “Bliss Babe” is a platform to let people know and teach people that it’s possible, that’s all.”

This article along with more photos will be published at Renoarts.news. Click on the link to view more images.

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Examples of the profiles printed of 12 Reno women who bared all to tell their story and empower women and men to love their bodies.


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A photo from the launch event at the newly rennovated Plaza Resort Club in downtown Reno.

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“Bliss Babe” publisher Leslie McCarroll announces their new magazine “Bliss Babies”, which will debut this spring and feature stories and articles on children.




Tattoo Art is coming into its own in Reno

Posted in art, Lifestyle, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 8, 2018 by kodamax enterprises

Heather June

Heather June, a tattoo artist at A Toda Madre Tattoos in Reno, is one of the tattoo artists whose work is on display at a gallery event entitled “Escaped Ink”. The gallery is downstairs at Nevada fine Arts, 1301 S. Virginia St., Reno. The show opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 27.

By Paul G. White
Reno Arts News contributor

Tattoo art is rapidly becoming mainstream in America. What once was the domain of old salts, bikers and sideshow freaks has gone Hollywood with models, actors and athletes joining the ever-expanding ranks.

Boxing great Mike Tyson made the news in 2003 by getting a giant tribal tattoo on his face. Other trend setters like actress Melanie Griffith, actor Johnny Depp and musician Katy Perry proudly display little Hello Kitty, and fraternity emblems inked onto their bodies.

To be sure, when art galleries get into the act of displaying tattoo designs, you can rest assured that tattoos have become more prevalent in society. That currently is exactly what’s happening on the burgeoning art scene right here in Reno.

Nevada Fine Arts in Reno set the stage for tattoo artists to display their works in a gallery show called “Escaped Ink.” Located downstairs in the popular art supply store, the artwork of about 15 local tattoo artists is on display.

The exhibit features artists from Black Cat Tattoo Reno, Black Widow Ink, Lasting Dose Tattoo & Art Collective, A Toda Madre Tattoos, & Endless Ink Reno.

Art store owner Mark Hammon said many of his customers are tattoo artists, and accomplished artists in their own right. “This is a very exciting show and it will run through January 2018,’ Hammon said. Saturday night’s open reception was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of about 40 people.

“I live in the neighborhood and like to support the arts,” said Lisa Roenspie of Reno. She had paused to admire many of the pieces on display at the show but was mesmerized by an oil painting of a bunny rabbit with fangs popping out of a jack-o-lantern skull titled “Liminality’ by Ron Rash.


acrylic by Ron Rash

“I like the color and darkness of the image. It’s very eclectic,” Roenspie said.

Lola Palma, a tattoo artist from A Toda Madre Tattoos in Reno, didn’t have any of her work on display because she didn’t have anything ready for display. “I’m really enjoying seeing all of the different styles,” Palma said.

The displayed artwork begins in the stairwell leading down to the small gallery at Nevada Fine Arts. It’s nicely lighted with the title of the work, medium and artist’s name printed on a tag alongside each piece. Most of the works are bright and colorful and beautifully detailed. It’s candy for the eyes and very fun. Some pieces are whimsical, neo-traditional style, and some are classical drawings of female nudes.

Heather June, also a tattoo artist at A Toda Madre, has been a tattoo artist for about six years.

“I have always been an artist, and I always created art and from an early age. I knew that I wanted to make money being an artist.” June said. “I’ve been doing tattoos for about six years and I did a 3-year apprenticeship.”

"Untitled 1"

oil by Allan Barboza 24×30

Everything hanging in the gallery is for sale and prices range from about $200 for a framed 5×7-inch painting to $1,500 for “Untitled 1”, a 24×30-inch oil painting of a female nude by Allan Barboza.

Most tattoo art collectors actually wear their tattoo collections. The pain, the exhibitionism and the permanence of tattooing is what makes the phephenomenum intriguing.

But tattoo art on paper or canvas is for collectors who may like a tattoo artist’s style, but don’t necessarily want that design permanently on their body. It’s also a great way to support the arts community in Reno.






A journey begins with one step

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2017 by kodamax enterprises

Just a quick note to my friends.

I've begun a journey to a simpler, happier and healthier life. It's an exciting journey and I'm looking forward to my new lifestyle.

My goal is to restore my body with diet and exercise. Yup, decided I need to try to keep up with my wife, Tammy, who is seven years into her healthier life journey.

It's not going to be an easy transition. It's going to take determination, discipline and most of all continuity.


Nik photo editing plug–ins are FREE!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2017 by kodamax enterprises

Google’s Nik Collection of desktop image editing plug-ins is now free! Yes, free! Nik’s Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine apps are all available as a free download from Google, which used to charge $150 to buy it.

Click here and then click “download” to get your free version of Nik photo editing software..

Nik’s applications put a focus on ease of use and accessibility, compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. The company was purchased by Google in 2012, and prior to that each program cost around $100 for a total of up to $500 for the software suite.

I just found out about this and downloaded it for my Mac.

Here’s a copy of a photo I did in about 2 minutes.

Nik is also good for converting black and white photos and making them look like they are shot on film.

I know it sounds too good to be true. But I did it and you can too.

You’re welcome.



Week one and DONE!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2017 by kodamax enterprises

Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Yay, me! Made it through my first week of “Paul’s May Makeover Fitness Quest.” lol

“The Quest” consists of two daily gym visits, an hour of outdoor cardio (when possible, indoor when not possible)  and more attention to my water intake, diet and nutrition.

On Saturday, I did body measurements and weight to give myself a point of reference for body sculpting.  Areas of concentration are: biceps, waist, buttocks, chest, calves and back.

My home digital scale crapped out so I have to use the gym scale to chart fluctuations in my weight. Obviously, I can’t weigh myself naked on the gym scale, so i have to factor in my t-shirt, shorts, socks and shoes. I figure that’s about a pound or so.

The exciting thing is that I’ve let myself go so that I weight more than 280 pounds! It should be easy to melt about 10 pounds of that in a week or two just because I’ve eliminated any beer for the month of May.

weight 284 5-4-17

One of the keys to good nutrition begins with drinking lots of water. I need to drink about a gallon a day. I good indicator that you’ve had enough water is that your pee is clear and not yellow.

Iced waterPlanning on taking an official ‘before” picture of portly self today. You know, one of those godawful somber looking pictures of the perspective dieter looking slouch-shouldered, frumpy and depressed. Or … maybe not. Maybe I will choose to have my “before” picture to be of me dressed as sword-wielding black Ninja! 

Yes, I believe I might do that, since I’m a photographer and have my very own photo studio and a ton of swords, guns, knives, cross-bows, maces, and other weapons of individual destruction. Don’t want all of that hand-to-hand combat training I had in the Marines go to waste. 🙂

Note: I’ll be posting more personal blogs every few days to chart my success, and document my body sculpting and fitness adventures. Feel free to follow me as I can use  support and encouragement on this new life path. )