Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Movie Palaces: The Balboa



I love the old movie palaces; the ones that were even more fantasy-oriented than the movies they used to show. Unfortunately, many have gone into disrepair or faced the wrecking ball. Fortunately, The Balboa in San Diego was recently restored, and unlike the North Park Theater, this one was a first-class job. Even the curtain will take you back to yesteryear:









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Friday, April 25, 2008

The Hitchhiker


A few years ago, I was on a Madonna kick and painted this shot of her from Vanity Fair, where she was doing a Marilyn inspired layout. Not a typical Madonna pose, which is why I liked it. Why paint what has already been captured over and over again? When I was recently asked to exhibit my Madonna work in a Hollywood Gallery, I decided to do a second one for the show, since the other one that they requested sold many years ago:



Here is the sketch for my upcoming creation:



As before, I decided to do a lesser known pose of Madonna, choosing one from her book, “Sex.” I will use my favorite shade of blue, and I also want to do a little Tamara Lempicka styling to the background. To see more of my art, visit my regular website.



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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Angels Flight



Built in 1901, the Angels Flight Railway in Los Angeles had the designation of being the shortest railway in the world. It has been moved, closed, reopened, and closed again, and hopefully one day, it will carry passengers up and down in the Bunker Hill area of downtown Los Angeles. First photo is a vintaged July 1963 photo, followed by a few contemporary shots of Angels Flight in its present location a few blocks away.







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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Walt Disney Concert Hall



Just like my opinion of Billie Holiday, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles was not an entity that I immediately embraced. Seeing the drawings/model out of context from its environment, I really thought it was an ugly piece of modern crap. Seeing it in person, it really is an amazing architectural wonder and will make your jaw drop (in a good way). Like so many things, taking something out of context can lead to poor judgments and critiques. This visit to the Hall, I saw the Lillian Disney sculpture for the first time. What a beautiful setting. Kudos to Frank Gehry on this one.







And what would a Daveland post be without a shot of the signage?



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