Friday, March 26, 2010

Blue Geisha

My print entitled "Blue Geisha" reminds me of all things Japanese.  Remember the film "Memoirs of a Geisha"?  I hope this video brings back fond memories of the love story.

Friday, March 19, 2010

How You Doin' ?

Whenever Joey on the TV program “Friends” was interested in a woman, he would put on a cocky grin and ask, “How you doin’?”

My painting of this offbeat, strutting male blackbird is on the lookout for a sultry springtime mate and uses Joey’s seductive line continually.  Don't think the girls are going to fall for it!
This is a one-of-a-kind painting.  You can buy it on my etsy website


Hang On Little Tomato

I sat cross-legged on the floor in front of the mirror on the door and sketched this first portrait of myself -- I was about 30.   Looks pretty serious, but it takes intense looking to get yourself flowing through your eyes, down your arm, into your hand and onto the paper.

Now, so many years later I wanted to give it a title--which is tricky business--and the song "Hang on Little Tomato" happens to be the tune that I find myself humming.  Here is a video of that song -- she begins to sing about halfway into it.  See the lyrics at the bottom.

The sun has left and forgotten me
It's dark, I cannot see
Why does this rain pour down
I'm gonna drown
In a sea
Of deep confusion
Somebody told me, I don't know who
Whenever you are sad and blue
And you're feelin' all alone and left behind
Just take a look inside and you'll find
You gotta hold on, hold on through the night

Hang on, things will be all right
Even when it's dark
And not a bit of spark
Sing-song sunshine from above
Spreading rays of sunny love

Just hang on, hang on to the vine
Stay on, soon you'll be divine
If you start to cry, look up to the sky
Something's coming up ahead
To turn your tears to dew instead

And so I hold on to his advice
When change is hard and not so nice
You listen to your heart the whole night through
Your sunny someday will come one day soon to you

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wow -- Look At These Changing Portraits

Since I usually paint on really large canvases, I thought I'd try a tiny one -- 5 x 7 inches. Here is an optical trick.  If you paint big on a small canvas, it makes the size expand and vise versa.  Paint tiny and the canvas will appear very small.

I found this vidio of changing portraits and thought you'd enjoy seeing them.


Isn't that cool?