Saturday, September 29, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Painting of the Day

 
Huile sur toile by Frances Picabia 1942-43
Collection Michael Werner © ADAGP, Paris 2012 LINK

Friday, September 21, 2012

Actor James Mason's Cat Drawings




Lou told me recently that he took a boat with his mom to Capri, Italy when he was young. The amazing actor James Mason of Lolita fame happened to be on the boat as well. How cool! Unfortunately, Lou got seasick and was throwing up most of the trip. Anyway, Lou's story prompted me to look up James Mason on wikipedia.
I found out that James Mason was a cat-lover and wrote a book with his wife Pamela in 1949 called The Cats In Our Lives. The wonderful thing is that he illustrated the book as well. His ink drawings are superb and perfectly capture the personalities of his pet cats in a few strokes. More illustrations can be found on Silents and Talkies blog.
 

Mondo Bizzarro International at Studioventuno

I'm in a show in Salerno, Italy Sept 16-Oct 27, 2012
sponsored by Mondo Bizzarro Gallery of Rome (they have a selection of my prints).
For photos of the show at Studioventuno and more
INFO 
Click on poster above to enlarge for names of artists in the show with me.
 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gerda and her husband Lili

Painting by Gerda of her husband.

Read the intriguing story of art deco painter/illustrator Gerda Wegener and her husband Einar Wegener (a.k.a.Lili Elbe) who was also an accomplished painter (he did landscapes). They married young and moved from Copenhagen to Paris in 1912. He used to pose for his wife's paintings- dressed as a woman (above). A little later, he was one of the first people to have sex re-assignment surgery (his autobiography was published in the 1950's-book shown above). Coilhouse has the story along with some examples of Gerda's whimsically erotic illustrations. The ending is a sad one, unfortunately. LINK
 A movie called "The Danish Girl" is being made with Nicole Kidman as Lili.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Girl on a Swing (Banksy Animated)

Thanks madebyabvh tumblr. I could look at this animated Banksy all day.
(follow link for more)

Photo of the Day

okay… by leslie m k
okay…, a photo by leslie m k on Flickr.

Cats love to jump on beds.This cat looks a lot like mine. Now why didn't I think of this? :)
(by leslie m k flickr acct., thank you)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My 3rd Essay for Boing Boing! by Amy Crehore


 I wrote an essay about Seth's wonderful picture-novella
 It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken
for the Boing Boing's series on Great Graphic Novels.
LINK 
The Art of Amy Crehore
My other two essays for boingboing are about Joseph Cornell(Utopia Parkway) and Ghost World (the movie): LINK

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Photo of the Day

This seems familiar to me somehow. link

Emma Watson Portraits


Artist Mark Demsteader did some wonderful portraits of actress Emma Watson. They were shown in a gallery in June 2011 where a portion of sales benefitted a charity for the education of girls in Africa. Story: LINK