The Hollow

The Hollow, 11″x14″, oil on canvas. Sold.

And if you haven’t had your fill of witches yet, may I recommend watching American Horror Story: Coven if you haven’t already. It’s such a delight to find a show that embraces more seasoned actresses such as Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, and Francis Conroy. These women are powerhouses and know how to push the boundaries between horror and camp. I mean just watch Angela Bassett and Jessica Lange as they exchange pleasantries here. Toss in a guest appearance by Stevie Nicks and it really doesn’t get much more magical than that.

Extraordinary Chickens

Extraordinary Chickens, oil on canvas, 11″x14″.  For sale on etsy.

I almost called this painting ‘Lemon Chicken’ but thought better of it when I realized the insinuation that she will be eating lemon chicken for dinner that night.  And that’s not a very pleasant thought.  But she is drinking lemonade so she is resourceful with her citrus fruit at the very least.


The Infallible Tippy Gordon

The Infallible Tippy Gordon. 18″x24″, oil on canvas.  Sold.

The part that really gets me is that she’s managed to do it all in high heels.   It’s almost inconceivable.  When I was in California last September, I lost my mind for a few minutes in Saks and bought a lovely pair of stilettos. I reasoned that they will never go out of style since they are the equivalent of the little black dress but I hadn’t really considered how well I would be able to walk in them.  Why would I?  All the ladies around us were gliding by with little to no effort to stay upright. I have since discovered that I can only use them for short flat distances (no cobblestones, grass or uneven patios) and only when supported by John- which means using the ladies room can get awkward. Most troubling is that I have yet to work out a way to replace the pained and unflattering grimace that takes over my face during these short distances with something more aesthetically pleasing.


Shaded Stars, The Home For Retired Showgirls

Shaded Stars, The Home For Retired Showgirls.  20″x24″, oil on canvas.  Sold

The other day as I was printing out a ‘Tallulah Shaw Rehearses Before Her Final Show.  1959‘  print, I found myself a little sad.  What happens to the Tallulahs of the world after they retire from showbiz?   Do they end up eating soup and crackers in a dimly lit studio apartment somewhere south of horrible?  Or, do they go someplace very special?  In Janetland, it has to be special.  So here are a few retirees enjoying their semi-retirement….they don’t let go of those costumes too easily.

You may  notice that I used the term ‘showgirls’ loosely as there is at least one or two circus ladies in attendance.


Marissa (Minky) Bancroft Poses On Her Rooftop Oasis For The Cover Of ‘Avenue Life’ Magazine. Summer Issue, 1970.

Marissa (Minky) Bancroft Poses On Her Rooftop Oasis For The Cover Of “Avenue Life’ Magazine. Summer Issue, 1970.  18″x24”.  Oil on canvas.  For sale on etsy.

Gotta love 70’s hair- or maybe this is still 60’s hair?   I really missed ‘my time’ for hair, but it looks like Minky is really working it.  And Kaftans….awesome.


To Catch A Cashew Thief

To Catch A Cashew Thief, 12″x16″. Oil on canvas, for sale on etsy.

I’m just continuing with my theme of unwanted guests.  Lions, oversized ladybugs and now a great big nuisance elephant.  I just wonder if she happened to walk in on the thief stealing cashews or if she set him up with the extra full bowl of cashews.  She looks a tad conniving so I’m going with the latter.

Oh, and I also wanted to say that I really like her pants.  I wish they were mine.



Great Ladybug

Great Ladybug, oil on canvas, 11″x14″.  For sale on etsy.

I could be wrong but she might be the same lady featured in my ‘Houseguest’ painting.  The one with the lion on her couch.   She’s in a different living room, so possibly we have time traveled back to her first apartment, but I think it’s the same lady.   Different day, different guest, same problem.


Gypsy And The Tassel

Gypsy And The Tassel, 18″x24″, oil on canvas.  Sold.

Poor Gypsy, I think she will forever be tormented by the lantern tassel.  The other day it occurred to me that animals might be optimists.   Every morning Finnegan waits by John’s side and watches him eat his breakfast.   Every morning he anticipates John’s toast flying out of his hand and directly into his mouth.  This of course never happens, but Finnegan still sits patiently waiting for the day that this event will take place.   Maybe it’s because he’s not very smart,  but I think it’s because he’s optimistic.


Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess. Lesson Twenty: Celebrate Your Accomplishments With Family And Good Friends.

Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess.  Lesson Twenty:  Celebrate Your Accomplishments With Family And Good Friends.   Oil on canvas, 12″x16″.  Sold.

It seems that Miss Moon has completed her lesson plan!   Fortunately it looks like she doesn’t have to grade papers but instead is dishing out ice cream to a bunch of stunned and exhausted students.  Except of course, the King Charles Spaniel (Finnegan) who appears to have made a moat of hotdogs around his little cushion.  This is true to life.  He has a deep seated fear of food being taken from him, even though no one has ever dared (or wanted to) touch his food.

One has to wonder though if Bernie graduated.  He isn’t wearing a graduation cap, just his red beret.  Could he be showing his rebellious artistic temperament?  Or possibly Miss Moon felt he just wasn’t ready?  Hmmm..  I guess you will just have to buy the book in September to find out if he did graduate..    I’ll keep you posted on the release date and other pertinent bits of information on the book as they come.

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Water Lotus And Neptune

Water Lotus And Neptune.  Oil On Canvas, 18″x24″.  For sale on etsy.

I think I should start a new series on just green vases.  They keep making appearances in my paintings, and in my house.    When I started this piece, I had every intention on making the vase blue, but it insisted on being green and since my ‘colour brain’ completely shuts off when I paint (no conscious thoughts allowed), I really couldn’t fix it.  I’ve made my peace with it now and I hope you can too… Next obsession brewing could be shells and other pointy patterned things that come from the sea and I wouldn’t entirely rule out a sea monster either.


Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess. Lesson Nineteen: Be A Good Sport. Life Is More Fun When You Get Your Hair Wet.

Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess.  Lesson Nineteen:  Be A Good Sport.  Life Is More Fun When You Get Your Hair Wet.  Oil on canvas, 11″x14″. Sold.

I think there is some subtext to this painting.   At first glance, it appears that Miss Moon is conveying this particular lesson to the three fancy dogs standing on the boat with her.   However, if you look closer….and I mean much closer, you can see Miss Moon’s eyes are staring directly at Mr. Bitters.   He is properly attired for swimming (minus bow-tie) and he is actually ‘on’ the water, but he is not exactly in it- is he?   I think he’s hoping that Miss Moon will consider this to be close enough, but we know it isn’t.   Also, notice how he is always wearing orange and red?   I suspect this is a reference Miss Moon’s lovely red hair.