Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dali Loved Harpo Marx

Top photo shows a harp with barb-wire strings that Dali gave to Harpo Marx as a gift. In 1937, Dali wrote a surreal screenplay, Giraffes on Horseback Salads (LINK), for the Marx Brothers. It never got produced. The drawing "Surrealist Gondola Above Burning Bicycles" is connected with that script. READ a fascinating article about Dali's love for Harpo and see more pictures at :

Friday, January 28, 2011

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

Via Boingboing comes this beautiful collection of worn down and weathered children's playground folk art (from Russia with love) : LINK
Scroll and pick your favorite.

Dyed Potato Starch Grains Produced This Color

"Auguste and Louis Lumière, inventors of the motion picture camera, also invented autochromes in 1904. The process used a screen of tiny potato starch grains dyed orange-red, green and violet. Dusted onto a glass plate, the dyed grains were covered with a layer of sensitive panchromatic silver bromide emulsion. As light entered the camera, it was filtered by the dyed grains before it reached the emulsion. While the exposure time was very long, the plate could be processed easily by a photographer familiar with standard darkroom procedures. The result was a unique, realistic, positive color image on glass that required no further printing." Check out Autochromes set on the George Eastman House flickr.
(Thanks, Mr. Powell)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Got A Ukulele?

Baz, a guy from UK, has got a ukulele blog called Got A Ukulele Blog . He wrote a nice little piece about my hand-painted fine art ukes (shown above lined up on the floor of gallery in L.A. ). Thanks, Baz. Gotta love those Brits.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Black is Beautiful

Some really nice clips of Josephine Baker on this mini-film.

This is for my pal, Ruth.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Martin, Bogan and Armstrong with Jethro Burns

A couple of videos on YouTube from University of Chicago Folk Festival in late 1970's. Produced by David Affelder.
(Thanks for the tip, Jad Fair)