Geisha Circus


Geisha Circus - Patrushka

Title: Geisha Circus

Size: 8′ x 11″

Medium: Oil on wood panel

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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.”

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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

Tomales Bay Landscape- Patrushka

 

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

Redwoods - Patrushka

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

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 … “

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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

Geisha Amelia - Patrushka

“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

Mandragora - Patrushka

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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Lady Evelyn

Lady Evelyn - Patrushka

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

Cabin in The Woods by Patrushka

 

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

LA Alley landscape - Patrushka

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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