Author Archives: Patrushka

A Dress On A Clothesline

Clothesline by Patrushka

A new piece for my ongoing “Once We Were Here…” series, this piece asks questions of our future within a parched environment. Will we still have water to drink, much less to wash our clothes? Will women still have party dresses?  Was this dress left by someone long ago, now departed from our earth?

“Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which fits best and is more becoming?”  

  Sylvia Plath  –

Title: “Clothesline”

Size: 8″ x 10″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

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Just Deserts For O.J. Simpson

For Nicole, Just Deserts - Patrushka

O.J. Simpson murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and this is a vengeful fantasy completed in memory of her. O.J. was never convicted or punished for the crime – due to massive corruption and ineptitude on the part of the LA prosecutors and police. Not to mention the high-profile lawyers that O.J. could afford to hire and the fact that the whole trial was twisted into a “race” issue.

In my artwork, Nicole gets a little bit of justice and uses O.J. as the dartboard, turning the tables on her reality as a battered (and finally murdered) wife. Hence, O.J. finally gets his just deserts…  Based on the mug shot taken by the Los Angeles police, 1994.

This is another piece for my “Hunters and Hunted” series – depicting the emotional trauma of sexual assault and domestic violence, the victims and the perpetrators. The “Hunters” are all black and white scratchboard, while the “Hunted” are painted in color, usually gouache or oil on wood.

Title: “For Nicole, Just Deserts”

Size: 8″ x 10″

Medium: Clayboard, scratchboard

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Adaptation

Camouflage - Patrushka

This piece was inspired by nature’s ability to adapt, especially through camouflage. Camouflage increases an organism’s chance of survival by hiding it from predators. How will humanity adapt as our own world crumbles around us?

“It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.”   –  Charles Darwin

Title: “Camouflage”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

Camouflage - Detail - Patrushka

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The Trees Have Eyes

Trees Have Eyes - Patrushka

A pen and ink musing on the surreal nature of trees and their “eyes” – the markings on tree bark trunks which suggest human eyes.

Eyes on the forest, not on the trees.”   ― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Title: “The Trees Have Eyes”

Size: 12″ x 14″

Medium: Pen and ink, gouache,  Arches paper

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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 our culture forever. Expressing feelings of his love and our love; inspired by The Day of The Dead blessings and his song “We Are The Dead”. The floral motif is Japanese inspired because Bowie had a love their aesthetics.

Something kind of hit me today
I looked at you and wondered if you saw things my way

People will hold us to blame
It hit me today, it hit me today

We’re taking it hard all the time
Why don’t we pass it by?
Just reply, you’ve changed your mind
We’re fighting with the eyes of the blind
Taking it hard, taking it hard…

Title: “We Are The Dead” – A Day of the Dead tribute

Sizes: 20″ x 24″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

 

Beautiful Bowie by Patrushka detail

 

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Portrait Art: The Man Who Loved The Brain

The Man Who Loved Brains - Patushka 12

 

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

 Man Who Loved the Brain - Patrushka 600-framed

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Travel Art – Joshua Tree and Hanalei

Joshua Tree - Patrushka

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

Hanalei Moon - Patrushka

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

Ode To Celia - Patrushka-11

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.

Ode To Celia detail - Patrushka

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

Rocking Chair - Patrushka Art

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

The Rocking Chair - Patrushka-12framed

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The Little Man – Twin Peaks Art

Twin Peaks Art - Dance - Patrushka

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!)

Twin Peaks Dance - Patrushka - side

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For my other Twin Peaks inspired works, just enter “Twin Peaks” in the search box.

  Most works are for sale and/or exhibition and will be framed unless otherwise specified, please email me for info.

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Where Have All The Drive-Ins Gone?

The Drive-In - Patrushka

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


Geisha Circus - Patrushka

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

Botanical Imaginings - Patrushka

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

Hiding In The Kelp - Patrushka 

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.

Amphitrite, A Sea Goddess - Patrushka

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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

Smith Tires - Patrushka

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

 

Patti Smith portrait- detail-Patrushka

Lady Patricia- Pattti Smith - framed 12 by Patrushka

 

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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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