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    Marci In Red

    This one has already been bought by a discriminating Tumblr collector.

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    Self Portrait, 1922

    Here is my second self portrait in “Gatsby” attire. This one looks quite realistic at first glance, but it’s actually rather sketchy in execution. The lighting is moody and Baroque; the subject is moody and broke.

    This picture was painted entirely for the amusement of Ms. Marci Lopez.

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    Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

    There was a time when cinematic vampires weren’t sexy.

    That trend started with Bela Lugosi, who interpreted the vampire as elegant, well-mannered and slightly overdressed. Most of the vampires who followed—those performed by Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, Tom Cruise and Gary Oldman in particular—were equally repellant and attractive.

    But the first vampire movie, 1922’s Nosferatu, offered uncomplicated horror. The film’s gaunt vampire, Count Orlock, was played by Max Schreck (his name means “horror” in German) as a stiff and ratlike freak without a shred of humanity, much less sex appeal.

    Count Orlock’s face is one of the iconic images of film. I’ve drawn it here as part of a faux movie poster from Art Deco days.

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    The Last American President

    Everything since has been filler.

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    Watcher at the Window

    This picture marks the gallery debut of the marvelous Ms. Philia, whose modeling work is largely intended as a showcase for her knitting. Yes, her knitting! She knitted those fuzzy socks, which actually emanate warmth: Hold your hand close to the monitor and you will feel it.

    I like a lot of things about this picture, particularly the strange perspective and the fact that, just as we look down upon the lady, the lady looks down upon the tree-lined residential street. Armed with warm socks and a cuppa warm something, she is quite prepared for any eventuality.

    I also like the fact that the dazzling sunlight, which illuminates the street, conceals the nude figure with its blinding white glare.

    At least, I hope it does: This is the sort of situation that could cause a traffic accident.

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    Mechanism Of the Brass Panjandrum

    The panjandrum was an enormous cart with wheels ten feet in diameter, packed with explosives and powered by rockets, that was built by the British during World War II. Tests of the device proved disastrous, with the uncontrollable panjandrum shooting rockets in every direction, nearly incinerating onlookers.

    Today it is claimed that the project was a hoax intended to frighten the Germans. Maybe this is true, and maybe the British were just embarrassed by the thing.

    Now, the first use of the term occurs in this interesting 1755 quote from British actor Samuel Foote:

    "So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf to make an apple-pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. ‘What! No soap?’ So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber; and there were present the Picninnies, and the Joblillies, and the Garyulies, and the grand PANJANDRUM himself, with the little round button at the top, and they all fell to playing the game of catch as catch can till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots."

    As is often the case with my commentaries, none of this interesting information has anything to do with the picture.

    The important thing is that you learned something.

    In a way.

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    Lamplight
    When I discovered the photography of Carney Malone (http://carneymalone.tumblr.com) I contacted him at once, hoping he’d be interested in collaborating on a painting. When I suggested that we add the sublime Ruby Slipper to the mix as our model, the deal was done.
    This one has a moody pre-Raphaelite feel, with Ruby perfectly cast as the traditional Languorous Lady, lost in medieval dreams.

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    Soft Morning Nude

    Later, the world will have hard edges and colors that scream for attention.

    But not now.

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    Sarah On Blue #2

    This is my second collaboration with Sarah Voss.

    The subject matter, composition and tone of quiet melancholy were inspired by Edward Hopper, though the (mostly blue) color scheme steers toward expressionism.

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  10. Pipe Smokers, Three of ‘Em

    Obviously this picture was taken years ago, with the good intentions of our modern age having made such a scene unthinkable and (perhaps) punishable by swift execution.

    These are indeed enlightened days. How I hate them.

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    A Colombian Afternoon

    Long-time followers will not be surprised to learn that the red-haired woman is Marci, the beautiful Colombian model who appears in my gallery at least three dozen times in a variety of outfits, hats and personae.

    Short-time followers need to learn the name, as you’ll be seeing it a lot.

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    Ella, Still Smiling

    I never really know what to say about this remarkable woman except that she speaks volumes with her perennial smile.

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    Vision of the Hopi Shaman

    Here’s another abstract expressionist piece with a palette of (mostly) primary colors. At an early state in its development, it contained design motifs suggestive of Hopi decorative art. These are mostly gone, but the title remains.

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    Raccoon

    Obviously.

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    Talent

    Now and then, people begin to take me seriously and treat me with respect. That has been happening here, and I want to put an end to it before it gets completely out of hand.

    This is what I do, boys and girls. I draw cartoons, and silly ones at that.

    Everything else you see here—abstracts, landscapes, portraits and certainly nudes—is created by slave laborers in third world countries. They earn three dollars a week and live entirely on thumbtacks and soup made from newspapers. 

    Thanks for all your compliments. But let’s keep things in perspective, shall we?

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