Sunday, December 30, 2007

James Dean medley


More from my vault....when I lived in Indiana, I did a number of James Dean paintings. This first one from “Giant” sold to a lady who went to school with James Dean in Fairmount. Selling that painting encouraged me to start exhibiting and selling my work. The rest is history. Here are two other paintings I did of Dean; my camera equipment at the time was a cheap point and shoot Vivitar, so you’ll have to trust me when I say the real things are better in person.







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Monday, December 17, 2007

Calico Ghost Town



Walter Knott (Knott’s Berry Farm) purchased the Calico ghost town in 1951, restored it, and in 1966 he donated the town to San Bernardino County, which made it a regional park. The entrance sign says “This museum was created in order to outline for you the atmosphere of a small part of the Old West which was called Calico, and which flourished as a boom-town through the years 1891-1896. The spirit of the Calico of those days reflected closely the spirit of the west in general–therefore, it is hoped that the scenes and exhibits presented with will add not only to your enjoyment and understanding of this colorful historic site, but also of that entire western era and of the way it used to be.” These photos are from July 1961. You can still visit Calico; their website can be found here.









These are from the late 1950's:





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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Wicked Witch of the West


What an entrance! Even today, few movie characters are as scary as Margaret Hamilton’s 1939 portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West from the MGM film “The Wizard of Oz.” These are two paintings I pulled from my "vault” of the past.



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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Jessica Lange


I saw a photo of Jessica Lange in a magazine from when she did the movie “Blue Sky” in 1994. She looked so classic that I had to capture it on canvas. To see more of my art, visit my regular website.



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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The El Capitan Theater



Welcome to the El Capitan, a lovingly restored 1926 theater that still packs ’em in today, located in the heart of Hollywood. You can view Disney movies of yesterday and today, surrounded by the opulence of this ornate movie palace from the golden age of film.





And don’t be late to the movie, or you’ll miss the organ recital by Rob Richards on the Wurlitzer; in fact, you should arrive at least 20-30 minutes before the movie to get the full experience.





Typically there is an exhibit for each movie featuring props and costumes.



And if you’re lucky, you might see a favorite Disney character as well:



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