A Beautiful David Bowie, The One and Only

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My humble portrait homage to the late and great ultimate artist David Bowie, who rocked our world and changed the world forever. Expressing feelings of his love for us and my love, inspired by The Day of The Dead blessings and elements. The floral motif is Japanese inspired because Bowie had a love their aesthetics.

Title: “Beautiful Bowie” – A Day of the Dead tribute

Sizes: 20″ x 24″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished (with possibly a few teardrops mixed in…)

 

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Portrait Art: The Man Who Loved The Brain

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Portrait Art

This is a commissioned portrait of a wonderful man who is inspired (and somewhat obsessed) by the brain and all it’s influences over humanity.  The new research on the brain, it’s connections to mental disorders and behaviors are just some of the aspects represented here by electric tentacles of synapses and neurons. Personal favorites of his are also depicted and incorporated – he loved the colors blue and green and his favorite flower is the sunflower.

 

 

Title: “The Man Who Loved The Brain”

Size: 24″ x 30″

Medium: Oil on wood, varnished

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Travel Art – Joshua Tree and Hanalei

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Original Travel Art

Vintage trailers are the bomb and this one sits glowing in the beautiful desert of Joshua Tree National Park, which holds a very special place in my heart.

“Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light.”
Joyce Carol Oates

This art is for the “Wanderlust” exhibition (all travel inspired postcard art), which opens this weekend, Dec. 12th, in San Francisco. Both pieces are framed and will be for sale. Info Here.

Below, is a second piece for the show, inspired by another favorite place, the spectacular Hanalei Bay in Hawaii.

“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.”
Paul Theroux

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Titles: “Joshua Tree” and “Hanalei Moon”

Sizes: 4″ x 6″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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From The Deep Sea: Jellyfish Art

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Lately, I have been becoming obsessed with the creatures found in the deepest parts of our oceans, glowing and other-worldly they fascinate and inspire me with their ghostly amorphous forms. This jellyfish art is the first painting of even more undersea critters I hope to paint.

“The real world is in a much darker and deeper place than this, and most of it is occupied by jellyfish and things. We just happen to to forget all that. Don’t you agree? Two-thirds of earth’s surface is ocean, and all we can see with the naked eye is the surface: the skin.”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Title: “Deep Sea Jellyfish”

Size: 6.5″ x 7″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on wood, varnished

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For Celia Cruz: On The Day of the Dead

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A  Day Of The Dead tribute to the incredible Celia Cruz, well-known as the queen of salsa. She was a Cuban salsa singer and performer. One of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century, she earned twenty-three gold albums and was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

She is decked out in full regalia with a classic Day Of The Dead headdress. The Day of the Dead is a festive holiday celebrated in Mexico and other parts of the world during November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

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Title: “Ode To Celia”

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on wood, varnished

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Ye Olde Pumpkin of Halloween Past

Ye Olde Pumpkin - Patrushka Art

An old pumpkin sits forgotten and rotting from a Halloween past, in an abandoned house.

Part of my “Once, We Were Here…” series – Composed of past memories, deserted and abandoned places and possible glimpses into a future world void of humans.

Title: Halloween, Once We Were Here

Size: 7″ x 10″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on Arches paper

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In The Blue Woods

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This rocking chair holds many memories as all rocking chairs usually do. Forgotten in the thick blue woods, it holds many a tale to tell…

This is another painting for my ongoing series of abandoned places and things, lost memories from our human existence – Once, We Were Here….

Title: The Rocking Chair

Size: 22″ x 18.5″ (framed)

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

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The Little Man – Twin Peaks Art

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Being a lover of the Twin Peaks TV show and almost all things David Lynch related, I just had to add this little guy to my series of other Twin Peaks art works. The Man from Another Place is played by actor Michael J. Anderson and he stole many scenes. The three-and-a-half-foot-tall American actor is often referred to as the ‘dwarf from Twin Peaks’. His height is due to a bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. This image is taken from his exceptionally surreal and dream-like dance – jazz fingers a snappin’ and talking backwards, as he swivels across the floor. . .

The Man From another Place: [talking backwards; subtitled] –

“I’ve got good news. That gum you like is going to come back in style.”

 

Title: Dance of the Little Man

Size: 5″ wide  x 5.25″ tall x 1 “thick

Medium: Gouache on a real log slice, varnished, (no frame needed!)

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Where Have All The Drive-Ins Gone?

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Remember going to drive-in movies as a kid? If you don’t – you missed out. Over the years I’ve seen them all falling into obsolescence, flashes of forgotten memories by the side of the road. Their funky vintage signage and entrances broken and overgrown or worse yet, being torn down for other uses. This is proof that once we were here, an homage to the drive-in.

Title: The Drive-In

Size: 7″ x 10″

Medium: Gouache, watercolor

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Geisha Circus


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Title: Geisha Circus

Size: 8′ x 11″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

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This is another piece for my ongoing Geisha art series.

Inspired by my love of the vintage and especially old time circus aesthetics. These two women are partners in performance and possibly in other ways – seductively masked, dressed in fine muslin, posing with their magic wands.

Geisha – The word consists of two kanji, 芸 (gei) meaning “art” and 者 (sha) meaning “person” or “doer”. The most literal translation of geisha into English would be “artist,” “performing artist,” or “artisan.”

Geisha Art Circus -detail- Patrushka

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Surreal Botanical Art

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Title: Botanical Imaginings

Size: 8″ x 11″

Medium: Graphite on paper

Surreal Botanical Art: This is a crazy drawing that just popped into my head one morning, a study of floating plants from another world, a mixed up jungle of strange and surreal growth.

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A View From Inverness of the Tomales Bay

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Title: Tomales Bay

Size: 7″ x 10″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on Arches paper

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A Tomales Bay Landscape

This is a view of the Tomales Bay from the small town of Inverness, in Northern California. I saw the bay peeking though the vegetation with the large old oak in front, and sat down to soak it all in. This resulted in a relaxing, free and fun little painting session and the above image.

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Amphitrite, A Sea Goddess

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Title: Hiding In The Kelp

Size: 14.5″ x 18.5″

Medium: Oil on wood panel, antique gold frame

My red headed version of a sea goddess.

In ancient Greek mythology, Amphitrite  was a sea-goddess and wife of Poseidon. Some say she was one of the fifty Nereides, others an Okeanis, but most simply describe her as the female personification of the sea: the mother of fish, seals and dolphins. When Poseidon first sought Amphitrite’s hand in marriage, she fled his advances, and hid herself away near Atlas in the Ocean stream at the far ends of the earth. The dolphin-god Delphin eventually tracked her down and persuaded her to return to wed the sea-king.

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In The Redwoods

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Title: In The Redwoods, a small study

Size: 7″ x 10″

Medium: Watercolor on paper

This is a small study I painted while enjoying the redwoods at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, near Marin in Nor Cal.

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Sunset At Smith Tire

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Title: Smith Tire, (Once, We Were Here…)

Size: 30″ x 40″

Medium: Acrylic on canvas, unframed

This is a large piece inspired by an old tire shop I stumbled upon on one of my walks around New Orleans. It was peeling paint in all the right ways… Recently, I was so surprised to run across a bit about the owner of this wonderful place, via National Geographic –

“There was never any question from me about what to do after Katrina,” said Carroll Herbert, the owner of Smith Tire on the Ninth Ward’s St. Claude Avenue in 2006. “I came right back and opened up.”

Smith Tires - detail - Patrushka

This piece is also the beginning of a new series based on abandoned or forgotten places and vintage treasures of our collective past. The series is titled “Once, We Were Here…” – please check back for new additions with wonderfully aged places, pensive memories and overgrown architectural inspirations.

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Art Deck Playing Cards

I was asked to join a group on FaceBook composed of artists working on a deck of art playing cards. My journal portrait drawings quickly found themselves transformed into various playing cards for an upcoming art deck.

Here are two of them – hope you like.

Kut Cobain - King of Hearts - Patrushka

 

Title: Kurt Cobain, King of Hearts (The Suicide King)

Size: 8″ x 11″

Medium: Mixed Media, on paper

Bill Murray - Three of Clubs - Patrushka

Title: Bill Murray, Three of Clubs

Size: 8′ x 11″

Medium: Mixed Media, on paper

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Lady Patricia, A Portrait of Patti Smith

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“Armageddon, it’s gotten
No savior jailer can take it from me
World ending, it’s just beginning
And rock and roll is what I’m born to be
And it’s wild wild wild wild … “

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Title: Lady Patricia Lee Smith

A Patti Smith portrait – the wonderful poet, punk, and priestess of rock and roll.

Size: 12″ x 15″

Medium: Oil on wood

 

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The Geisha Known As Amelie

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“I like to look for things,  no one else catches…”

Title: The Geisha Known As Amelie

Inspired by the movie and  character of Amelie (as played by Audrey Tautou). Directed and written by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood

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Lady Agatha

Lady Agatha - Patrushka

Meet Agatha (played by Saoirse Ronan) from the film – The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I loved her character in the movie and all the directorial works of Wes Anderson.

I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen, while Mendl, genius though he is, looms over her like a hulking gorilla. Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably, she’s exceedingly lovely.  – Quote from the film, by M. Gustave

Title: Lady Agatha

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

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Mandragora, A Mandrake Doll

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Title:  Mandragora

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood

This piece was inspired by the mandrake plant and it’s witchy history.

In ancient Greece Mandrake was once powdered and added to wines as well as various love-philtres. It was well known for making humans act like beasts and is believed to be one of the plants responsible for the legends of werewolves and shapeshifters. Mandrake is hallucinogenic, and although it contains less tropane than its relatives, it should only be ingested rarely in one’s life. As a hallucinogen it is best ingested as a tea or infused in wine, but it is much more common to find Mandrake being used in flying ointments such as the magic salve of Medea which she learned to make using Mandrake roots from the Titan. Mandrake roots also have a long history of being used as mannikins or alrauns – carved dolls imbued with a spirit and used for luck, healing, and prophecy. These Mandrake dolls were usually kept wrapped in cloth or stored in a small coffin-like box and hidden from the view of anyone but the owner. They were considered a great responsibility to own and had to be fed in order to remain potent. Such mannikins were passed down through families for generations before they were outlawed by the Church in Europe.

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Head Like A Heart

Head Like A Heart - Patrushka

“I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”  ― Virginia Woolf

The Nine Inch Nails song “Head  Like A Hole” pounded through my brain while I painted this piece.

Title:  Head Like A Heart

Size: 12 x 16″

Medium: Gouache on Arches paper

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The Lady Of The Ayahuasca

Isaura, Lady Of The Ayahuasca

This is a commissioned portrait with some of the subject’s personal elements woven in, such as pink roses which are her favorite flowers, etc.  It was fun to play with her spiritual side within the paint and wood grain.

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”   ― C.G. Jung

Title:  Isaura, Lady Of The Ayahuasca

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Oil on wood

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Krampus Gurl

Krampus Gurl - PatrushkaIn German folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure, who punishes children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved. He is hairy, usually brown or black, and has the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. His long pointed tongue lolls out. Krampus is bound by chains and thrashes them for dramatic effect. He is considered the Horned God of the Witches.

This piece is my version of a female Krampus, loosely modeled from a young Claire Danes – we all need a little Homeland! Men seem to have twisted the pagan origins in this legend, since I doubt witches would have a man as their God…

So here is a Krampus gurl, Goddess of the Witches.

Title: She Keeps Her Tongue To Herself

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Oil on wood

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