Monday, July 30, 2007

Poltergeist...The REAL Story



I think cemeteries are great places to visit; you can honor the dead, learn some history, and with the older ones, appreciate the art of the tombstones. One of the saddest cemeteries to me is this one in Mission Hills. Formerly known as Calvary Cemetery, it became the victim of vandals back in the 1960’s. By the 1970’s, the city made the decision to remove all the tombstones, leave the bodies, and dump all the headstones into a ravine, save for a handful that were deemed historically significant. Hard to believe? Well, it’s true. If you visit the area today, it is called Pioneer Park and unsuspecting kiddies cavort over the bumpy terrain. Just like something out of the movie “Poltergeist.” Fortunately, my great-grandfather’s headstone was rescued at the last minute from the dump. The city’s justification was that all the families were notified. Bull#$%^. I’d like to think that something like this wouldn’t happen today...



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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Chateau Marmont: Room 29



For those that play piano, Room 29 is a dream. The studio grand in the living is a nice touch, and the balcony and views outside are to die for.



I also love the fact that they kept the vintage tile in the bathrooms:



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Billie Holiday


Billie Holiday is an acquired taste; the first time I heard her raspy worn-out voice I truly thought she was awful. However, as I have gotten older and have taken the time to listen to her songs...I mean REALLY listen, I can appreciate what she does with a tune. An amazing stylist, I could listen to her all day. Even in her later years, when the voice was tattered beyond belief, she was able to accomplish brilliant things with her phrasing and bending of notes. Few singers put as much of their life and emotions into a song as Billie. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Chateau Marmont Balconies



I love the little balcony areas off of some of the rooms at the Chateau; here’s 2 views from #62.



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Little Shirley


70 years after the fact, most people today probably do not realize how famous Shirley Temple was back in the 1930’s. Imagine bigger than Madonna. Or Britney. Or even Lindsay. Back then, celebrities were positive role models, and this little girl was a beacon of light during a very dark period known as the Depression. She saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy and kept a weary nation smiling. This is one of my favorite poses by her, before she became a more manufactured and engineered actress. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Chateau Marmont Pool



Although the Chateau may not have the largest pool, it is certainly one of the most beautifully landscaped ones. For more Chateau Marmont photos, visit my regular website.

The Ruby Slippers


I know it’s weird, but this is probably one of my favorite frames of film. I have watched this sequence over and over again. I was semi-happy with the final result; the glow around the slippers was a bitch, especially with how quickly acrylics dried. I must have worked and reworked that part over and over again. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Chateau Marmont



What can I say about one of my favorite places in the world? Well, quite a lot, but for your sake, I’ll try to refrain. It’s a beautiful hideaway, tastefully decorated (except for the formal dining room which was whored up a few years ago like an I Dream of Jeannie Harem), where one can relax and renew a little creative energy while attended to by an excellent staff that feel more like friends than employees. While my house was being remodeled and looked like a war zone, I frequented the Chateau on many a weekend. Alas, it has been ages since I last stayed there.



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Red Marilyn


Influence by early Technicolor movies, my paintings reflect its sometimes garish color palettes. This painting of Marilyn Monroe based on a bw photo was enhanced with a little bit of bright red. OK...a lot of red. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Roger Rabbit collage


One of my favorite “Disney” movies is “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” It’s so over the top and does an excellent job of recreating a vintage era. This homage-collage pulls together some of the more memorable characters. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Liz on a Hot Tin Roof


Here is another one of my favorite paintings of yesteryear; what a classic pose of Elizabeth Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” I can’t say I’m crazy about the movie; full of family squabbling, but she sure is lovely to look at, and full of fire. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Fair time for Bette


Since I did a painting of Joan, I couldn’t leave Bette Davis out of the exhibit. Here she is in “Copper Bette,” looking somewhat glamorous, thanks to costumer Edith Head. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Joan Crawford


Here is another painting that I did for the Theater on the Square exhibit (back when I was in my prolific period!). Based on a George Hurrell photo, Joan Crawford is looking very statuesque. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, pt. 3


This was the third and final painting I did for the Theater on the Square exhibit that featured a scene from the Baby Jane movie. Looking back, I don't know that I would have picked the same source material, as there really isn’t very much arty about this; not to mention Jane’s dress was a total bitch to do! To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, pt. 2


From the same exhibit mentioned yesterday, here are the Hudson sisters, with just a touch of color to liven things up. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Savannah Pt. 3



I love food; fast food, innovative food, foreign food, gourmet food...you name it. So, I often judge a city by its restaurants. For basic comfort diner food and eclairs bigger than your head, Clary’s is the place to go. For a crappy tourist trap meal that comes frozen from Sysco, you might like to try The Pirate House. Quite frankly, this place sucks anymore. Nothing is fresh there anymore; all canned or frozen. Yup...the waiter told me so himself.



You”ll have to wait in line, and the interior isn’t fancy, but for good old fashioned home-cooked southern cooking, Mrs. Wilkes’ place is hard to beat.



My favorite restaurant in Savannah would have to be The Pink House. An elegant spin on southern classic food, this place is delicious.





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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, pt. 1


Years ago, an Indianapolis theater was doing a live version of the camp classic “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” They asked me if I would exhibit my work in their lobby area; not one to turn down some good exposure, I of course said “yes,” and even whipped out a few paintings that coincided with the film. Here’s one of Joan Crawford as Blanche, attempting to escape the evil of her sister Jane. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Savannah Pt. 2



The azaleas in the spring are a great reason to visit Savannah; the weather is not quite miserable (humid) yet, and the white and pink azaleas add a beautiful splash of color to this historic city. Just on the outskirts of the historic district, be sure to find your way to Bonaventure Cemetery. The oaks & spanish moss are ethereal; would love to visit this spot at night. However, don’t go there looking for The Bird Girl from the cover of “The Book;” she now resides in the Telfair Museum, safely hidden away from pawing tourists with no respect for the dead.



On my last visit, I was fortunate enough to be there at the same time a number of antique cars were passing through. What a time warp! Loved it.





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Balanchine & Serenade


The first time I ever saw a ballet choreographed by George Balanchine, I was blown away. It inspired a few paintings; this was the first and is still my favorite. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Savannah: Almost at Midnight



This photo of the infamous Mercer House in Monterey Square was taken purty darn close to midnight, during a tour of Savannah’s Haunted Areas. And for you curiousity seekers, the “incident” occurred in the room located on the bottom left. For more Savannah photos, visit my regular website.

Sex and the City + Warhol


I gave the Warhol treatment to one of my favorite shows, “Sex and the City.” I was pleased with how it turned out, and the interaction between the characters. The piece keeps your eyes moving counter-clockwise. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Bewitched, pt. 2


Here is the companion piece I did to yesterday’s post; just Elizabeth Mongomery going solo in her witch’s outfit. Whoever did the caricature for the opening titles sure captured the stars of this show with just a few bold strokes. This painting was knocked out pretty quickly; I got very bored with it, as there isn’t much original to it. I should have done the Warhol idea instead. Soon...soon...To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Bewitched


I recently sold this painting which was inspired by the opening credits of the classic TV show “Bewitched.” Of course, I based it on the one and only Darrin worth watching, Dick York. The early episodes hold up well, and the chemistry of the two is truly magical. One day I want to do a Warhol-esque 4 panel with Darrin, Samantha, Gladys (the original!) and Endora. I already have it sketched out. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Madonna: Vogue


This is the 2nd Madonna painting I ever did; showing her in a pose from what is probably my favorite video: Vogue. Her creative team did an excellent job of recreating the mood of my favorite still photographer of the 30’sa/40’s, George Hurrell. This painting was published in a book showcasing different artists’ representations of Madonna, titled Madonna in Art. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Madonna as Marilyn


Many years ago, Madonna did a layout in Vanity Fair in which she mimicked some famous poses by Marilyn Monroe. Since most of her face is covered in this painting, many mistake it for Marilyn. And yes, this one is still for sale. To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.

Monday, July 02, 2007

West Baden Springs Hotel


I used a vintage black and white shot of the West Baden Springs Hotel to help me do this painting. I was volunteering as a tour guide during the restoration of this hidden Indiana gem, which has just reopened for business. The recent opening black-tie gala was a smashing success, and the ol’ gal probably looks better today than she did over 100 years ago when she first opened. One of these days I hope to tackle the huge painting of the atrium that I sketched out almost 10 years ago! To see more of my paintings, visit my regular website.