Stop Saying Okay All the Time
A little more contemporary than I usually go in my movie-inspired art, but who can resist Leon and Mathilda from The Professional? Joe and I had a debate about the “white space” to the left. I liked the sparseness and the texture on the canvas, and he thought I should paint a giant glass of milk. Here’s who won:
Two things happened with regularity the Halloween I dressed up as Anna Karina from Jean-Luc Godard’s Une femme est une femme: no one knew I was in costume despite the red tights, fake eyelashes, and half-up, half-down bee-hive and most people thought I meant I was Anna Karenina of the Tolstoy novel and were thoroughly confused by my outfit choice. It beats the year, though, that I dressed up as Marlene Dietrich and everyone thought I was a magician. Nevertheless, here’s Anna — Karina, that is — in her pouty, lovely best in paint, pen and ink, and canvas:
By All Means, Rome
I’ll often use milk or chalk paint and glazes on anything, even canvas, because it’s what I have lying around. I like the flatness and the unexpected results. As I often tell my dad, the retired CPA, “Learn to embrace imperfections.” This canvas underwent several layers until I was happy with the more minimalist results I ended up with, and, of course, it’s an homage to Roman Holiday. I’d hung it in my home from a ribbon, which is still attached in back to the frame.
Audrey Hepburn and milk paint reunite on a slightly smaller canvas.
My North by Northwest homage. This one’s the first of my cinematic silhouette series that provides a little pop-art continuity in my home. These are two panels made from wooden shutters my parents had removed from their house. Anytime I can recycle or up-cycle something, I’m happy.
As a gift to a sci-fi writer pal who adores Star Wars, I painted this one on some salvaged wood.