Featuring the Contemporary, Sixties Inspired Art of Pop Art Diva with an occasional Pogo Hop into retro pop culture and a few Segway trips into subjects that grab my fancy!

20140221

New Art! Be Nice To Me Or I'LL COLOR YOU FUNNY!

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HEY! Be Nice to Me or I'll
COLOR YOU FUNNY!

I think this is a perfect design for budding artists of all ages, professional artists, crafts persons and art show participants.  It's whimsical, funny and involves crayons - all of which appeal to artists in any age group.

The whole idea came from an inside joke at the art shows that I did for decades. I did up a hand painted t-shirt for myself to wear at the shows many years ago and every artist who saw it wanted one.  I was no way going to hand paint dozens of the same shirt and never got around to printing some up, but I always loved this design.

Finally, I have brought it back to life and now it's up on not only t-shirts but other apparel, gifts and gear as well.
 
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And remember....I have crayons!


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20140207

50 Years of The Beatles

Today is the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' first arrival on American shores and this Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.  This was their dynamic debut in America and the start of what is now called the British Invasion, a wave of pop stars from across the Pond bringing their unique music to American teenagers.

Neither The Beatles nor America knew what a change to history this would make.  Now fifty years later we live in a world where one Beatle, John, was assassinated in our country, another was lost to cancer, (George), all four Beatles received the MBE, one Beatle, Sir Paul, is a Knight and there is hardly anyone on Earth who has not heard a Beatles song.

    Seventy-three million people were reported to have watched the first show. It is still supposed to be one of the largest viewing audiences ever in the States.

   "It was very important. We came out of nowhere with funny hair, looking like marionettes or something. That was very influential. I think that was really one of the big things that broke us - the hairdo more than the music, originally. A lot of people's fathers had wanted to turn us off. They told their kids, 'Don't be fooled, they're wearing wigs.'

    A lot of fathers did turn it off, but a lot of mothers and children made them keep it on. All these kids are now grown-up, and telling us they remember it. It's like, 'Where were you when Kennedy was shot?' I get people like Dan Aykroyd saying, 'Oh man, I remember that Sunday night; we didn't know what had hit us - just sitting there watching Ed Sullivan's show.' Up until then there were jugglers and comedians like Jerry Lewis, and then, suddenly, The Beatles!" ~ Paul McCartney, Anthology

On that fateful Sunday night, fifty years ago, I was glued to the television set and tuned into the Ed Sullivan Show with nearly every other kid in the United States.  It one of the seminal moments in the history of television. If you're old enough, I'll bet you were also one of those 73 million.



It was the start of a fifty year love affair with The Beatles for me. I bought every single, every album The Beatles ever produced, including some obscure ones from before Ringo. I was officially a "Beatlemaniac" from that point on and I still am. I've stayed with them through their all their iterations.  From their early pop phase, transition phase, psychedelic phase (their swami phase) and their back to rock and roll basics phase. I wailed at Yoko, cried at the break-up, mourned the deaths of John and George and continued to buy their music as soloists. I own the The Beatles Anthologyin DVD and book form. I have the entire Beatles collection on digital format as well.


Sunday CBS will air "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," at 7 p.m. and, just like the first time the Beatles stepped up on stage in America, I will be there to watch. Yes, I'm pulling out my Beatles Bobbin Head Dolls.


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20140206

Throwback Thursday February 6th, 2014


#ThrowbackThursday!
I didn't carry a smartphone to school, I carried a Howdy Doody lunch pail.
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20140115

RETRO TEAR DROP TRAVEL TRAILER RV ART



ILLUSTRATION OF A RETRO PINK & TURQUOISE FIFTIES STYLE
TEAR DROP TRAVEL TRAILER

I spent 15 years traveling around the country in an RV doing art shows from coast to coast.  Of course I had to be more practical in my choice of recreational vehicle and drove a 30 foot motor home instead of this adorable little fifties style tear drop trailer but I have always loved the vintage RVs because they're so cute.

When I happened upon the Outdoor Adventure Club for Women I was entranced by the adorable and creative ways the members had gussied up their trailers and was inspired to do this illustration. Someday I want to have a cute little get-up like this - complete with a matching 1956 pink and turquoise T-Bird to pull it! In the meantime I can enjoy my own graphic of my dream.


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20130802

Fun, Colorful FROG ART Inspired by Sixties Pop


FROG POP ART
Who doesn't like a colorful amphibian?

I have adored those colorful Amazon Rain Forest frogs for years.  They look just like something I would create as a piece of pop art so I decided it was time to do exactly that. This little guy is a conglomeration of all of the frogs rolled together in my contemporary sixties inspired pop art style.

Honestly, as bright and colorful as this illustration is, it's not much more colorful than the real frogs that populate the Rain Forest. Seriously, check these little guys out, aren't they just croaking to be made into pop art??


I am particularly fond of the Red Eyed Tree Frog - check out the belly and see how that inspired my frog's belly:


If you look very closely at my FROG POP ART POSTER you'll see I added a little Op Art effect to the eyes and had a little fun doing some chameleon color changes on the body as well as adding some bling to the toes and legs and some "pop" spots to the back.
I might have to do more frogs - and I'm thinking a lizard would be kind of fun too...

THE OBLIGATORY FROG JOKE:
Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them!




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20130726

SHADES OF THE SIXTIES - Retro Art meets the 21st Century


SHADES OF THE SIXTIES
Give Peace A Chance

This is actually a redo of an acrylic painting I did about 20+ years ago:

Shady Characters
 I've often said I believe in re-purposing and that applies to my art as well.  Sometimes I just want to revisit a piece and put a new spin on it that reflects changes in myself and my views. Or, as in this case, I look at a piece and see a new way to have fun with it!

Someone asked me once if the original painting, Shady Characters, was a portrait of John Lennon.  It wasn't, but once asked I could see the resemblance in the bottom face a bit, especially with those round glasses:


I came across the image again recently and remembered that comment and in my head I heard John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance" and that was enough to set me off on a little trip to "Strawberry Fields".  I scanned the photo image in my portfolio and took it on a "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Imagined" a new pop art version and titled it "Shades of The Sixties" The Walrus and Sgt. Pepper would be proud.
You'll notice I used the pop art design from my Guitars below. I thought it fit into my theme nicely and I love those shooting stars, it's a little "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

This is a nice melding of two of my creative eras and a nice blending of "real" art with digital, something I really enjoy doing.  I plan on doing a few more re-purposed pieces!






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20130720

New! The POP ART HORSE - A Prancing Pony of the Colorful Persuasion


  
As a teenager in the sixties, I grew up surrounded by the poster art and illustrations of artists like Peter Max, Heinz Edelmann (illustrator of The Beatles Yellow Submarine), Milton Glaser and the like.  Before that, as a crayon addicted kid, I was influenced by Disney cartoons and movies.  Later I fell in love with the surrealists like Dali, Magritte and Ernst, then in college, pop culture artists like Wayne Thiebaud (who, like Dali, once worked for Disney Studios!)

There is something delightful and happy in the sixties art and the Disney renderings which speaks to the child in my soul. The surrealism and the pop culture art, is just a bit this side of normal - much like me.  I can really appreciate melting clocks and gigantic images of gumball machines, cakes and pies as well as the sheer beauty of the gorgeous watercolor backgrounds you used to see in Disney movies.  As for the sixties art, well, it was just all about color and freedom and joy.

In this series of what I call "pop art" for want of a better description I bring the color and joy of the sixties and a little bit of "normal challenged" to normal, everyday things.  If you want sociopolitical art go somewhere else, I'm not into shoving my views down anyone's throat by way of a piece of art.  I just like playing with design and color - and I like to feel happy when I look at my art.

My Pop Art Horse is #5 in my series of Pop Art Objects.  This is a digital work, done in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet and a lot of processor power.  I created an outline of a horse that I liked with some nice movement to the figure then I went in and overlayed classic pop art style imagery to fit the silhouette.




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