Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Flapper Lived Here

This fine art print is from my original acrylic abstract painting of a Chicago house at 6440 Ridge Avenue during the early twentieth century. Having recently viewed the PBS documentary series on Chicago, I am fascinated by the history. My Irish grandmother grew up in Chicago during this time. I like to think she could have seen this house.

The video gives an interesting and jazzy look at women of that era.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Complicated? You Bet!

Every man will say women are so complicated.  Okay, so we use our brains in different ways than men do.  We don't look like men -- so what did you expect? 

Here's a cool video of Pomplamosse to demonstrate the theory of complication:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Blond Tomboy

The kids at East Denver High chose my mother as the prettiest girl in school.  She was a tomboy and regularly chastised by her proper father.  "You'll never find a husband by challenging the boys to climb trees faster than you can."  However, her marriage to my father lasted 57 years.  He called her "my princess".  Here they are after their wedding.  When I drew this portrait, I must have been thinking of her.

I love Harry Connick Jr.'s rendition of "The Very Thought of You".

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


When a painting doesn't turn out the way I want it to, I shelve it until I learn something new -- some way to improve it.  This was one of those cases.  I took my original portrait into Photoshop and turned into a sizzling, fiery goddess.  Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis enhances her power with his version of "Earth Wind Fire". 


Friday, November 18, 2011


So both parties think they can fix the tank we are in! Popular pre-bop jazz crooner Nat King Cole wrote the song “Straighten Up and Fly Right”. The lyrics are totally appropriate for these politicians!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Taxes? I'll Ride Naked First!

Lady Godiva was a noble woman who thought the taxes her husband was imposing were unfair. Weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would strip naked and ride through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word.... 

You can buy this print at  This is number one of a limited edition of 50. 

Here is a modern version of Lady G. protesting.  History is cool: