Saturday, March 08, 2008

French Beauties

I am posting these images just because they are so "me". Right now, I am painting a standing nude figure and some other characters on stage - using a tall format - it's a take-off of one of my "little pierrots". I am tempted to try some paintings with casino costumes next.
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Friday, March 07, 2008

Clever Coconut Amp by Steve Lodefink

Steve Lodefink of Finkbuilt blog is always coming up with clever things to make at home. I especially love this cool little uke amp he designed and made out of a coconut. Steve writes Finkbuilt blog, but he is now a guest blogger at Dinosaurs and Robots , a new blog by Mark Frauenfelder and Mr. Jalopy which I read about on boingboing yesterday. (Read even more about that here .)
Speaking of ukes, my #2 Tickler uke is still in production. It will be worth the wait when it finally appears. The luthier is adding so many nice little details to this uke.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

New Art Print by Mark Frauenfelder

Slingshot Press has a sweet deal today. You can get a signed print of Mark Frauenfelders' "Map of Everything" (10.5" x 11") for $50. Only 50 in the edition. I really like this design. One of Mark's best! (boingboing)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Polka-Dot Entertainers

Mr. Little's Company of Pierrots photo by A. Breach
Polka-dot costumed pierrot troupes were all the rage once upon a time, especially on the coast of England. To paint them is traditional. I never really thought about it the first time I painted one, though. I wasn't even really aware of the history of the pierrot. I had an old family photo of my grandma's uncle, an actor dressed in a pierrot outfit, and I used it as reference because I liked it. That's how the pierrot became one of my characters. Later, I noticed pierrots could be found all over the place - in all kinds of art, music, and theater images. They still look good in their polka-dots. Classic.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

"What's the Matter"

R. Crumb cover - Memphis Jug Band Album (Yazoo)
Okay, I uploaded a new song to my website music player. This Hokum Scorchers' song is a version of "What's the Matter"originally done by the Memphis Jug Band in 1929. Lou Reimuller is playing the National guitar, kazoo and vocals and I am on the washboard, kazoo and vocals. We recorded this in 1990 for our first Hokum Scorcher's album.
(To hear song, follow link and scroll down for music player)
(These songs change every Sunday night.)

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Happy Birthday Balthus

Nude with a Cat 1949 by Balthus

Balthus was actually born on a leap year which doesn't surprise me as he was a very unusual man who remained young-at-heart his entire life. Born February 29, 1908, in Paris, France, he's one of my favorite artists. He died in 2001 on Feb 19 at age 92. Here's the NYTimes Obit story . Happy Birthday Balthus.

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This Should Keep the Riffraff Away

This is a great Louise Brooks photo with guns that I hadn't seen before.
(thanks to apelad at Hobotopia)
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