Thursday, June 28, 2007

Marilyn: Something’s Got To Give


My favorite Marilyn is from “Something’s Got To Give,” the unfinished film that is probably more famous now than if it had been released. What remains looks like it would have been an extremely light-hearted comedy that probably would have only been redeemed by Marilyn’s performance and her chemistry with on-screen spouse Dean Martin. In the wardrobe tests and rushes, she positively glows. It is hard to believe that her life would end tragically so soon after these shots were developed. Here is a painting I did from one of the wardrobe tests. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tippi Hedren is calling you


The publicity still that inspired this painting is so classic; you can tell that Tippi began as a model. She is so perfectly poised; from the way she holds the phone cord to the way she holds her cigarette. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Marilyn: The Bert Stern photos


Bert Stern took some amazing photos of Marilyn during his last sitting with her. These two paintings, inspired by those sessions, were done about 10 years apart. The first painting came out okay, but looking at it now it seems a little rough; I am much happier with my more recent incarnation. It’s a little more subtle; kind of like comparing Hustler to Playboy; or something like that.



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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

James Dean: Before he was discovered


Although it’s a different look than what the world is used to seeing, I've always enjoyed these early shots of taken of James Dean just as his career was beginning. When I did this, I was experimenting with "metallic" paint; I only used black, white, and copper to produce this. In the right light, the copper gives off a slight shimmer. It’s difficult to blend with, but again, overall, I was happy with the finished result. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sad Judy


I first saw this Judy Garland shot on the back cover of Gerald Frank’s Judy biography published in the 70’s. I always thought it was a powerful image and finally put it on canvas a few years back. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Vertigo


Today’s post features another one of Hitch’s leading ladies, Kim Novak. Novak was only a one shot deal; a replacement for Vera Miles in the movie “Vertigo.” Visually, this is probably one of my favorite scenes, and one of those that prompts me to attempt to capture it on canvas. My regret now is that I did it 11"x14" instead of larger. Still, I am happy with the result. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tippi Hedren


I think Tippi Hedren is one of the most clasically beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen. Her first two films showed great promise with her as an actress; with Hitchcock guiding EVERY step of the way, it appeared that her future in films was bright. However, due to his obsessiveness with her, their professional relationship unraveled, and her film career has pretty much languished ever since with lackluster performances and bad “B” movies. Still, she has made an amazing transition as a Wildlife Activist, putting an incredible amount of passion into this cause. So, in the meantime, we have a gallery of classic publicity stills that show off the most beautiful Hitchcock “Ice Blonde” on film. I have done many paintings of her, but this is definitely my favorite. Based on a Life Magazine cover, I cranked this one out quickly, which is what happens when I like what I am painting. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Streetcar Named Desire montage


Every now and then, I will tackle a project like this Ithat I know will take ages to finish. There’s something about montages like this that I really like; so much to see and notice that it takes many viewings to catch everything. It’s also a challenge to fit many different pieces together to make one whole image. This painting is from the Vivien Leigh & Marlon Brando film “Streetcar Named Desire,” based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Leigh gives a touching performance; her insanity is heartbreaking. Sadly, unlike Scarlett O’Hara, southern belle Blanche is not a survivor. I am pleased with the way the Leigh images turned out; some of the Brando faces are a little whacked, but overall, I still like the finished product. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

James Dean: Comedy & Tragedy


Here’s a set of two portraits I was commissioned to do of James Dean, doing his take on the classic Comedy & Tragedy symbols. This was a fairly easy one to do, and I was pleased with the results. Dean is one of my favorite subjects; he was comfortable in front of the camera, and his photos show a wide variety of emotions; you can read so much into what is going on behind his eyes; makes for a better portrait.



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Thursday, June 07, 2007

California Tower


Although I like the results, I do not enjoy painting landscapes and buildings. This particular painting probably took me 2 years to finish; it sat getting dusty in between work sessions. I just get bored; doing a portrait to me is challenging, trying to capture someone’s personality. A building seems less daunting as you have more “wiggle room” for error. This painting is of the California Tower in Balboa Park. Architect Marc Tarasuck purchased this one and used it in the room he decorated for the San Diego Showcase a few years ago. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Dorothy & Toto


This 16"x20" acrylic painting of Judy Garland as Dorothy from MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” is painted using white and my favorite shade of blue. Makes for nice shading. And yes, this one’s still for sale. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Marilyn in Black


I completed this 20"x24" acrylic painting of Marilyn Monroe in April 2005. Years ago, I also did an ink version of it which I eventually sold. This is probably my favorite pose of Marilyn, and very few even recognize it to be her. It was published last year in a book titled Marilyn in Art. And yes, this one’s still for sale. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.