Sunday, November 11, 2012

Randy Rulz

.... well she's nice and all But i don't know if she rulz....

Oil 18 x 24

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lady In Waiting

20 minutes past late, hope disappearing quickly, she nurses what remains of her second lime cooler blush. The double heart necklace was an afterthought when she tossed the worthless skewered cherry. Her change purse is gaping wide, available, and a few coins ready for tender.
Lost in her thoughts and not yet aware of his presence, he unobtrusively appears, remorseful, he softly kisses the back of her neck.  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Loulou at the Late Show

The panic-stricken hero she clutches for protection, himself is paralyzed in fear; his popcorn too, left in limbo.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Love In All The Right Places

Ah sweet love, endearing tenderness: "Mine," he declares, "all mine...."

Oil, 24 x 18

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


My muse and I comfortably ignored the first panic utterance of my wife - after all, it was Saturday morning; I'm easy going, a kind of laid back loving husband: me and my easel were heavy into an affair of canvass and paint.  An eardrum shattering shriek registered something was possibly amiss.  "I've got a flat!  Slow leak today - tomorrow a flat!  Get it fixed!  I'm taking your car!"  And she was out the door to hunt down the family's weekend supply of food.  It was a tug of war between me, my paint-brushes and the muse.   My wife won.

After miles of back country roads and stopping here and there trying to pry open locked garage doors I was fast concluding tire doctors in the Laurentian Mountains had all gone fishing, when I happened across the only one left behind for emergency calls.  He successfully operated on my wife's ailing tire, triumphantly removed - holding it up for me to see - the two inch screw, especially designed to f--k up my morning.

Oil 24 x 18

Friday, July 6, 2012

Love Endures

Oh, to shoot
My soul's full meaning into future years,
That they should lend it utterance, and salute
Love that endures, from Life that disappears !

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Oil 18 x 24

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Concierge

Fill in the blank;
Linda (my wife, cook and the one to whom I must obey) harassed me relentlessly,
"For G-d's sake, give her a smile...." She yammers.
"No! She's a Grouch" I grumble.
YES/NO  ______________ I should have made The Concierge smile???

 Appearing as the concierge of this building, she questions the motives of all who enter.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Gail Patrick

Gail Patrick (1911–1980) is cast as the spoiled, wisecracking, socialite sister in the screwball comedy My Man Godfrey (1936)

Her elegant patrician beauty far and away transcends the role she was meant to play and could handily overshadow the star had it been anyone but the inimitable Carole Lombard.

Oil 24 x 20

Monday, June 25, 2012

Canasta Player

Canasta: a card game involving 4 players, diamonds, pearls, injections and raps.

She's self absorbed, high maintenance and materialistic.
Her overbearing and intense scowl suggests equal concern about; her card game (a loosing hand), her recent needless purchases, and malicious, seditious scandal.

She may come off as frightening, but my intent is to amuse.

Oil  16 x 20

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Isaach De Bankolé

Not the poster boy for Pepsodent, this benevolent and cheerful francophone Haitian, communicates laudably, in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), OK, that title is really dumb.
Isaach's kindly character is comic relief among the pathetic mobsters, contract killers and complications.
Befitting his intellectual, compassionate spirit I introduced a chess board, he raises the checkmated king triumphantly celebrating his optimistic persona.

Oil 16 X 20

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Richard Portnow

Portnow's cameo in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai  (1999) Jim Jarmusch -Director- is about to get wacked, his tough guy stare required some tweaking; I jacked up the irony by primping him  in pink satin polka-dot shorts, an earing and a tattoo his mom could be proud of.
The painting required great detachment so as not to confuse him with my bank manager....

Oil 18 x 24

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gene Ruffini

In this movie Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)-Gene's monologue is sputtered in Tourette syndrome staccato.
In any case words are unnecessary for this hambone.
As ever Gene's mug is a panic, his intimidating presence, chilling.

 Oil 18 x 24

Saturday, June 9, 2012

At the Movies

This gentleman makes his all too brief appearance in a wonderful movie by Preston Sturges "Sullivan's Travels" (1941).
The setting is a negro community church temporarily converted to a movie theater and the invited mostly white cell inmates are guests for the evening (scandalous and ironic for its time)
The painted figure is sitting next to our hero who realizes that the most important necessity in life is laughter and in his state of epiphany questions himself  "Am I laughing?" 

Oil 16 x 20

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Faye Dunaway

In the opening scene of Bonnie and Clyde (1967), director Arthur Penn has imprisoned Bonnie Parker in bed, does the metaphor allude to her dysfunctional sexuality, or a desire to free herself from a bridled existence?
Either way, her allure captivates me.
Pastel 18 x 12

Saturday, June 2, 2012

John Barrymore

Charlie Jasper, a shady oddball, in True Confessions (1937) starring Carol Lombard and Fred MacMurray
See the movie at this website (not great quality, but free):
Pastel 18 x 26

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Carrot Girl

She cried and cried until she turned into a carrot.

Sorry I can't expand on this painting...,
I met her at "Life In A Day" (2011) a documentary by Kevin Macdonald and 17 Co-Directors (that's right!)

Her tears were real and I had a hard time painting once started

Monday, May 28, 2012

Neighbourly Surveillance

Look for the appartment vignette in Drugstore Cowboy (1989) with an engaged extra.
I was on a riff, I ditched the screenshot and pushed the amorality of her deed.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Michelle Williams

The movie: "Shutter Island" (2010) Martin Scorsese - Director

This is definitely one of Michelle's prettier poses before she is immolated in our heroes dream, yes IMMOLATED, and it's haunting
.... Scorsese is a genius.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Snitch

"Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1950)
Otto Preminger, Director

Wonder what this would look like with 3D glasses on
Just Joking
HEY!      it's my painting.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake is the definition of "American Icon"
Most of us are too young to be acquainted with actresses beyond Marilyn Monroe, but Veronica's sensitivy, smarts and sass, are continually reanimated as in Jessica Rabbit (as herself) in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
It's all about the  peekaboo do

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lon Poff

LON POFF..., WOW what a great name, he could have done anything and been great with a name like that, LON POFF

Sullivan's Travels (1941) Preston Sturges wrote and directed this wonderful classic

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Joanne Woodward

Clara Varner (Joanne Woodward) in "The Long, Hot Summer" (1958) Martin Ritt -Director, has sass large enough to neutralize Papa Vill Varner and Ben Quick....

Agnes Stewart: Why aren't there enough men to go around?
Clara: There's no shortage. Just of the right kind.
Agnes Stewart: Ooh, I'm not fussy on that subject.
Clara: Neither am I. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Elliot Gould

Elliot resurrects Private Eye Phillip Marlowe in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (1973)
Too cool for school, he chain-smokes his way through each scene grumbling like "Wimpy",  contretemps with cops and robbers and never a hint of agitation.
And the scenes of his 5 attractively adoring hippie neighbors clad in what only G-d meant them to wear....
So 70's and so Altman