Mai

Mai, 20″x24″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.

At first I was going for an ingenue look, then I changed my mind halfway and steered her towards a coquettish look.  I failed at both, but I don’t mind.  She’s complicated and obviously doesn’t want to be stereotyped.  And here’s another example of smashing stereotypes.

#gillianandersonnextbond

Yes.

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The Etiquette of Blackmail

 

The Etiquette of Blackmail, oil on canvas, 18″x18″.  For sale on etsy.

Lets talk blackmail. The first time I ever heard the term, I immediately imagined a sinister black envelope. Probably with red handwriting and maybe a red and black stamp. It scared me. And I think I had good reason to be scared as it seemed to be an epidemic, at least that’s what Hollywood wanted me to believe. I was certain that one day when I was much older, and very rich, and possibly blonde, I would be lounging by the pool, and my cabana boy would present me with a morning Mimosa and the mail, and in that pile of mail, would be the dreaded black envelope. I would be done for.

Yet in real life, it seems blackmail doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, it’s likely not very dramatic. But in the rare event that it were to happen, I believe that there should be an etiquette to it, just as these two ladies are teaching us here.  Blackmail served with tea (something strong and smoky like Lapsang) and lots of little cakes and sandwiches with the crusts cut off would really help to make the experience a much more pleasant one.

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Miss Masters

Miss Masters, oil on canvas, 11″x14″.  Sold.

I really have a thing for surnames that start with the letter M.  Miss Moon, Mademoiselle Mink, Miss Mews and now Miss Masters.  It’s getting weird.

Miss Masters actually has a small part in Lucy Crisp And The Vanishing House.  She pops up later in the story and her role is pretty much what you see here- a portrait painting with a twist- naturally.  Speaking of which, I hope to have the second chapter ready for early December.

 


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.

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Little women

Time for some oils of well- coiffed ladies painted on canvas panels.  They are small-ish and flat and can likely pop into a standard frame if you so wish.  They are available in my ‘originals’ section in my shop right NOW!

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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.

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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.

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The New Bohemian

 

The New Bohemian, 11″x14″, oil on canvas.  For sale on etsy.

I bought a cactus the other day.  This is a big deal as I haven’t bought a houseplant since I had a bad experience with an orchid ten years ago.  I still can’t bring myself to talk about it.   I named our new family member ‘Shirley’ and John seemed to think it was a stupid name for a cactus but we only fussed about it for a short while before we lost interest in arguing about it.

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June Everheart’s Splendid Summer Home

June Everheart’s Splendid Summer Home.  20″x24″, oil on canvas.  Sold.

As promised here is one of my larger pieces.   These are fairly rare for me but I just felt like shaking it up a bit.   June is the little lady there in the middle and you may recognize the lady with the kerchief to June’s left- the star of my Brownstones painting.   This answers that question that has been keeping many of you up at night:  where the heck the Brownstones lady was going with all those pastries, coffee and flowers.  Now you know.  It was  June Everheart’s Splendid Summer Home, of course.

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Oh Caroline

 

Oh Caroline, oil on canvas, 8″x10″.  Sold.

Remember summer?  So do I.   Here’s one for the long and languid summer days when you climb a tree just for the fun of it.

 


Ladybirds

Ladybirds, oil on canvas, 10″x12″.  Sold.

There’s something about this painting that makes me think of the Wizard Of Oz.   I think it’s the emerald green coat (Emerald City) and those birds are like the fantastical jello-dyed horses.

 


The Monster In The Leaf Pile

The Monster In The Leaf Pile.  Oil on canvas, 10″x12″.  Sold.

I know.  I’m totally overdue for a monster in a leaf pile painting.   I feel for our main character though.  She looks seriously concerned about what might be lurking in her pile of leaves.   I almost painted the same lady that was in my ‘Houseguest’ painting but figured she had been through enough with that big lion ruining her good white sofa.

The only other thing that I will add is that this is my twist on American Gothic.  Even included a rake.

 


The Home Of William And Margot Cleary Of The San Francisco Clearys Was The Place To Be and Be Seen.

The Home Of William And Margot Cleary Of The San Francisco Clearys Was The Place To Be And Be Seen, oil on canvas, 12″x16″.  Oil on canvas.  For sale on etsy.

Say, remember William Cleary?  The young man that smelled of pipe tobacco, sandalwood soap and of the moment right before a summer storm?  Well, here is his cute little home and some of his closest friends.  It does look like the place to be and be seen.  Wish I was there right now enjoying a gimlet or perhaps a gin fizz.  And you can bet they don’t skimp on canapes and most definitely have a live band.

Happy Weekend everyone- and Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!

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