Friday, February 20, 2009

Back to Brandywine

On my recent trip back east, it was only natural that I'd visit the Brandywine River Museum since Andrew Wyeth had just passed away. Regardless of that, it is still one of my favorite museums, thanks to the collection and the setting. As you can tell from the photos, it was a gray day.

Nearby is the Brandywine Battlefield, where Marquis de Lafayette setup shop during the Revolutionary War.

And a cool church/cemetery:

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Kathleen Turner: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

In the early years of her movie career, Kathleen Turner was one of my favorite modern-day actresses. Her career choices were daring and her roles were fascinating. She was also one hot enchilada. This painting (done many moons ago) was based on a series of photos published in Vanity Fair to coincide with her turn on Broadway as Maggie the Cat. I ended up painting 3 of the photos in there. To see more of my art, visit my regular website.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The First Time I Saw Vegas, 2002

There are some things you see that stick in your memory; the first time I saw Vegas is one of them. January 2002 was the first time I had visited the fabled city, and it would be hard to forget my first impression as my cab was wading through the traffic of the strip at night. I am glad my first sight of Vegas was at night, as I definitely would not have been as impressed if my plane had landed during the day.

I remember my brain being on sensory overload, not knowing where to look was definitely an ADD fest for the eyes, bouncing from one neon sign to the next.

Wanting to get great tickets for the Cirque de Soleil show “O,” I decided to stay at The Bellagio.

Apparently, they were either light on bookings or thought that I was some kind of gambling mogul, because they set me up in a pimped out suite that was bigger than my apartment.

Although it is definitely luxurious, The Bellagio is definitely not my vibe as far as design goes; just like Vegas, it’s very over the top and slightly cold.

Still, my goal was accomplished as I did score excellent seats for “O,” which was absolutely incredible. I am not a huge Cirque de Soleil fan, but this show blew me away.

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An American in Paris

As I was scanning some of my old negatives, I came across this shot of a painting I did back in 1999, showing Gene Kelly in his harlequin costume from the MGM Musical “An American in Paris.” The story of this movie was/is nothing new, but boy is it a feast for the eyes and ears. With the music of the Gershwins and the artistic genius that was Vincente Minnelli, one would be hard pressed not to enjoy this film...not to mention the talents of Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. One of my favorite sequences is the Beaux Arts Ball that precedes the title’s fantasy ballet. This painting shows Kelly just before his mind drifts off, with Paris in the background. To see more of my art, visit my regular website.