Lady Patricia Lee Smith

Lady Patricia (Patti Smith) - Patrushka

 

“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 … “

 

Title: Lady Patricia Lee Smith

(Patti Smith) poet, punk, and priestess of rock and roll.

Size: 12″ x 15″

Medium: Oil on wood

 

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A Woman’s Hands

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Title: These Hands

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

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A Woman’s Hands

These hands have been tied, binds of love, ribbons tied tight

Pretty in pink, on years of birthday presents.

These hands are vintage, worn like doll parts

Once freshly polished young, these hands have lived, earned their scars.

These hands have been, tied by meanness, assaulted by lovers,

Broken by strangers, smacked by fathers, struggled free and kissed goodbye.

Wiped children’s tears, made change, made beds, knitted and sewn,

Nailed, sawed and laid a roof, dug and planted forgotten gardens,

Tlled and mortared, filled in blanks, scrubbed and scoured.

These hands have swum Hanalei waves, steered freeways, climbed rocks and sorted socks.

Been scalded, gloved, tattooed, sunburned, massaged, painted, rained on and spit on.

Sketched and drawn, designed and awarded, noted and outlined, washed and folded.

These hands have been shaken by a President and sundry rock stars

They’ve petted kittens, horses, snakes, smashed spiders, mosquitos and martini glasses.

 Picked up slack, taken inventory, chopped and stirred, postponed and deferred.

Served and cleared the world’s kitchens,

Silent and thankless in their duty, taking care, taking care.

Dishpan hands, a mother’s hands, tied by biology, genetics

 primal survival and corporate shit.

They’ve caressed a girlfriend’s breast, a boyfriend’s ass

Scribbled graffiti, etched glass and pulled prints off a press.

Held a wedding band and slipped one on another,

These hands have cut hair and flesh, held cigarettes and smeared Revlon,

Plucked brows and splinters, spun records and baked cakes.

Picked oranges and avocados, slid a pool cue, built sand castles.

Made shadow puppets, turned pages, changed oil, taken pills.

Made fists, lifted weights, rocked out, flipped off and flipped out.

Tugged and tucked toddlers as that hand grew, big, then bigger.

These hands have tied shoelaces and cleat knots, hair ribbons and garbage bags,

backpacks, luggage racks, curtain ties and empty sighs,

Tried and still trying – to hold together, that which must drift away.

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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

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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

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“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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Lady Evelyn

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A watercolor study based on Evelyn Nesbit, a popular American chorus girl and artists’ model.

In the early part of the 20th century, the figure and face of Evelyn Nesbit was everywhere, appearing in mass circulation newspaper and magazine advertisements, on souvenir items and calendars, making her a cultural celebrity.  She attracted the attention of the then 47-year-old architect and New York socialite Stanford White, who became her lover and dedicated benefactor. Nesbit achieved world-wide notoriety when her jealous husband, multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, shot and murdered Stanford White on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden on the evening of June 25, 1906, leading to what the press would call “The Trial of the Century”.

Title: Lady Evelyn

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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Black Jesus Reprinted In New Bible

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I am happy to report my black velvet painting – “The Real Jesus” was included in the printing of The African American Bible’s recent edition.
Now if only all the bibles showed him as black (or at least dark skinned as we know he was… ) -that would be amazing progress!

Bit by bit, baby steps are better than none…

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Lady Simone

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A portrait inspired by a woman named Simone, her beauty, her favorite flower – a peony, and her favorite color – mint green. Embellished with vintage design, fashion and the Day of the Dead. And as usual the wood grain playing within the flesh…

Title: Lady Simone

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

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Intertwined

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Inspired by: Growth and nature, breaking free from the confines of traditional roles and the basic human condition, becoming one with our natural environment.

Title: Intertwined

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Gouache on Arches rag paper

“Beloved, gaze in thine own heart,
The holy tree is growing there;
From joy the holy branches start,
And all the trembling flowers they bear.”
— William Butler Yeats

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Under My Umbrella

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Another Geisha for my ongoing series, this one is about umbrellas and the symbolic as well as physical, comforting protection they provide. Inspired by two songs – “Bus Stop” by The Hollies and  “Umbrella” by Rihanna.

Title: Under My Umbrella

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

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Manzanita

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“…the Manzanita tree, a symbol of rebirth and new
beginnings, in the traditional Native American mythology.”

I fall in love with manzanita every time I go to the mountains here in California, ever since I first saw it on a high school trek. It’s colors and skin like textures on the bark are so beautiful…

 Title: Manzanita Mandala

Size: 24″ x 24″

  Medium: Gouache/Watercolor/Acrylic on Canvas

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A Cabin In The Woods

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Title: Cabin In The Woods

This is a smaller piece, where the stained wood grain inspired an ominous presence, enveloping the structure. Influenced by all those dark and creepy cabin movies, a love of the supernatural and the winsome beauty of an abandoned shack in the forest. A little shabby shanty, off the grid, in the middle of a swampy nowhere – to call one’s own…

 Size: 8″ x 10″

  Medium: Gouache/Watercolor on birch wood panel, varnished

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An Alley In LA

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Title: Los Angeles Alley

Inspired by that dirty city of angels that holds a special place in my heart. Landscapes full of tangled telephone lines, dusty palm trees and paved asphalt dreams…

 Size: 12″ x 16″

  Medium: Gouache on Arches 100% cotton paper

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Fresh 2014 Exhibit at South Bay Contemporary

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One of my paintings – The Geisha of Twin Peaks, has been included in the upcoming massive show, “Fresh 2014″ at South Bay Contemporary in Rolling Hills. Featuring an art exhibition of new work juried by LA Art Critic, Mat Gleason; “The goal was to make a WILD show not a safe, straight art exhibit. The opening will be epic.”

Opening: November 8th, 6 -9 pm, shows thru Dec. 28th, 2014

 November 21st, 8 – 10 pm: Curator’s Walk Through with Mat Gleason

December 6th, 2014 -“Fresh The Event!” Gala Event Kick-off event to launch South Bay Contemporary non profit arts organization. Tickets $35

Performance Art, A Silent Auction, and Live Music. Catered by Good Stuff Restaurant with Williams and Sonoma craft beer and fine wine.

South Bay Contemporary, 550 Deep Valley Drive, #261

Rolling Hills Estates, CA  –  (310) 429-0973

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Complete artist line up:

Ruben Acosta, Francisco Alvarado, Catherine Bennaton, April Bey, Tim L. Brown, Grant Bruckner, Georgette Buckley, Jim Caron, Kate Carvellas, Michele Castagnetti, Jana Charl, John Chase,Tima Christina, Annie Clavel, Chris Collins, Rick Cummings, David D’Andrade, Otha “Vakseen” Davis III, Billy Fefer, Aaron Flynn, Linda Folk, Bob Francis, Rick Frausto, Pat Gainor, Tiff Graham,Carlos Grasso, Patty Grau, Susan Halls, Cody Hand, Brent Hanson, Britt Harrison, Jeffrey Haupt, Shelley Heffler, K. Ryan Henisey, Mack Hill, John Hundt, Brenda Hurst, Davion Jackson, Kirk Kain, Sierra Pecheur, Michael Kelly, David M. Koeth, Dean Larson, Edward Lightner, Duncan Linthicum, Snow Mack, Emily Maddigan, Hayk Matsakyan, Salvatore Matteo, Patrick McCue, Jennifer A. Mireles, Kevin Moore, Johnny Naked, Barbara Nathanson, Jon Ng, Hung Viet Nguyen, Chloe Noh, Billy Pacak, Patrushka, Lou Peterson, Linda Price, Melissa Prichard, Billy Reynolds,Launa D. Romoff, Rebecca Rose, Robert Rossoff, Erika Roth, Ann Marie Rousseau, Nano Rubio, Kuniko Ruch, Linda Jo Russell, Jill Sanders, Conchi Sanford, Ry Sangalang, Kristine Schomaker, Nanci Schrieber-Smith, Ingrid Schults, Cintia Segovia, Steve Seleska, Andrea Serna, James Shefik, Stephanie Sherwood, Val Simon, Mahara T. Sinclaire, Maya Smira, Susie Stockholm, Hirotaka Suzuki, Jane Szabo, Annie Terrazzo, Robin Tripaldi, Veda Wedman, Todd Westover, Thomas Wheeler, Ju Yun, Ben Zask, Essi Zimm

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Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons

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Title: Khaleesi

Inspired by Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen from The Game of Thrones.

Also known as:  the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.

 Size: 27″ x 31″ (framed)

  Medium: Oil on wood

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Nadya of Arc

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Title: Nadya of Arc

A modern day Joan of Arc – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot fame.

 Size: 24″ x 18″

  Medium: Oil on wood

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She’s Come Undone

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 Title:  She’s Come Undone

Inspiration: A vivid dream and the Guess Who’s song of the same name.

 Size:  14″ x 17″

  Medium:  Gouache On Wood

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For Clare

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 Title:  For Clare – (A Day of the Dead inspired work)

 Size:  12″ x 16″

  Medium:  Mixed Media

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The Day Of The Lily

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 Title:  The Day of the Lily, a Day of the Dead inspired work

 Size:  11″ x 14″

  Medium:  Gouache On Wood (varnished)

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The Passenger

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 Title:  The Passenger (Iggy Pop)

 Size:  10″ x 14″

  Medium:  Gouache On Wood (varnished)

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Harajuku Geisha

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 Title:  Harajuku Geisha

( or the old meets the new…) Loosely based on Bjork as a muse.

 Size:  20″ x 24″

  Medium:  Oil On Wood

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These Roots I Grew

 

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 Title:  These Roots I Grew For You

 Inspired by the sacrifices we make for someone we love and the sadness when they are rejected. Also inspired by our environment and the destruction we visit upon Mother Nature.

 Size:  11″ x 14″

  Medium:  Gouache on wood panel, varnished

 

“I remember what you told me before you went out on your own

“Sometimes to keep it together, we got to leave it alone.”

So you can get on with your search, baby, and I can get on with mine

And maybe someday we will find , that it wasn’t really wasted time”

- The Eagles

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