Category Archives: Gouache

And Now It’s Winter, Winter In America

This piece was inspired by the depression and disappointment I felt after the recent electons here in America. That our “democratic” country would elect such an ignorant, sexist, greedy, and racist man was extremely disillusioning. Trump is such a blustering bully and lacks the wisdom, experience or maturity needed to perform the task of a presidential leader.

At the same time the sad but wonderful Gil Scott-Heron song, “Winter In America” kept echoing in my head…

Title: “Winter In America”

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel

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Abstracted Palm Tree at Night

 

This is another palm tree painting…  I’ve done a number of them over the years and maybe because they remind of Hawaii, they are my favorite trees. I had a bit of fun abstracting this one within the background of the lights of a small town.

Title: “Abstract Palm Tree”

Size: 20″ x 20″

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

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A Wednesday Addams Day of the Dead

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Wednesday Addams

As a youngster, the original Addams Family was one of my favorite shows on TV – I wanted to grow up to be the beautiful Morticia all sleek in her spider dress and darkly sarcastic. When they made the newer movie with Christina Ricci cast as Wednesday, I thought she nailed the part as no one else could have. And she has such great character to her face with that long forehead and those round deep eyes, that she begged to be painted.

 Title: “Wednesday of the Dead”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

Wednesday Addams by Patrushka detail

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A Redwood Stump

A Redwood Stump Painting

Every time I visit the woods near my home in Northern California, I am inspired to paint a little something… Our last visit to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve was no exception. There were many incredible gnarled redwood tree stumps, ages old and covered with history and moss – so lovely that maybe a whole “Stump Series” of watercolors will follow.

Title:  “Redwood Stump”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on Arches paper

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David Bowie’s Eyes Painted In Flowers

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David Bowie’s Eyes in Flowers

These two little paintings are in the upcoming exhibition “The Coaster Show” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, in Los Angeles. (For show info, click here.)

They are David Bowie’s unusual eyes, transposed on flowers – a carnation (which is Bowie’s birth flower for the month of January) and a gardenia (which is his wife Iman’s favorite flower.)

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The carnation symbolizes love, fascination and distinction.

bowie's eye

In an interview Iman shared, “I did not want to get involved with a rock star. No way. It is not a sane thing to do, but David changed my mind. He wooed me.” Shortly after their first meeting, Iman traveled to Paris.  When she arrived at her hotel room, it was filled with her favorite flower, gardenias, with a card from David.

Titles: “Carnation Eye” (Bowie’s right eye) and “Gardenia Eye” (Bowie’s left eye)

Sizes: 4″ x 4″

Medium: Gouache on upcycled coasters, varnished

(Note: These are not meant for actual use as coasters, but rather as art to be hung on the wall…)

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An American Girl

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An American Girl

Feeling a little of the red, white and blue inspiration on this one, for the 4th of July.

I am not much of a nationalist or one to expound patriotism, these concepts seem only to divide people, much like harping on different races. We are all one and should embrace ways to unity. The pensive expression on my girl and the way she looks off to the side in thought – may imply she is not so happy with the state of America lately and hopes for a better future.

However, I do love Tom Petty, fireworks, barbecues and the festive colors of flags.

“Well she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinkin’ that there
Was a little more to life
Somewhere else…”

Title: “An American Girl”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

American Girl by Patrushka detail

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In Honor Of Prince, The Purple One

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Sadly, our iconic rockers seem to be dropping like flies lately…

The death of Prince (Rogers Nelson) was a real shocker, especially falling on the heels of Bowie. I had to honor him with a Day Of The Dead tribute, complete with purple and paisleys. May he be dancing and strutting on that stage in the afterlife, there’s a party going on up there.

“Dearly beloved,
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life.

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The afterworld…”

 – Lyrics from “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince –

Title: “Prince, The Purple One”

Size: 14 x18″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

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A Young Trunk In Marin

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Tree Art

Every so often we escape to the woods out near Marin, California, which we are lucky enough to live relatively close to. There are awesome huge Redwoods everywhere and mossy growth in the winter and spring. It’s very relaxing to just sit and do small studies and watercolors of nature’s little beauties. The velvet moss on the side of this young seedling caught my eye.

“Oh redwood tree
Please let us under
When we were young we used to go
Under the redwood tree.
And it smells like rain
Maybe even thunder
Won’t you keep us from all harm
Wonderful redwood tree.”

 – Lyrics by Van Morrison –

Title: “Young Trunk” (a study)

Size: 7 x10″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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David Bowie As A Ghost

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Another tribute to David Bowie, ghostly in his foxy kinda stance, surrounded by his beautiful lyrics of many colors. With selective passages and refrains from my favorite songs. (see detail, below)

EXHIBIT NEWS: This piece, along with my two other Bowie paintings here – ( We Are The Dead and Hang Him On My Wall ) – will be in a David Bowie art exhibit – “Starman, A David Bowie Tribute Show” “which opens on March 19, 2016 at 63 Bluxome St. Gallery in San Francisco.

“What I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.” – David Bowie

Title: “Ghost”

Size: 16″ x 24″

Medium: Gouache on wood,  varnished

Bowie Ghost lyric detail by Patrushka

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Keith Richards, A Portrait

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I’d wanted to do a portrait of Keith Richard’s wonderfully craggy, lined face for a long time and his 72nd birthday finally prompted its completion. Keith is a great musician and out spoken character, whose music has influenced me through out my life. Reading his recent autobiography “Life” was pure joy and fascination, he seems to have that immortal gene, as he keeps on keepin’ on.

“It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.” – Keith Richards

Title: “For Keith, 72 And There’s So Much More…”

Size: 12″ x16″

Medium: Gouache on wood, with collage, varnished

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Mendocino Coast

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A nature study of the Northern California coastline in Mendocino county, one of our favorite places for a short getaway. The 1969 song (below) always pops in my head as we drive through the area and seems to echo there during our stay…

“Please don’t move
Please stay in my love house by the river.
Fast talkin’ guys with strange red eyes
Have put things in your head

And started your mind to wonderin’
I love you so, please don’t go
Please stay here with me in Mendocino.
Mendocino, Mendocino,

Where life’s such a groove
You blow your mind in the morning.
We used to walk through the park,
Make love along the way in Mendocino.”  

–  Sir Douglas Quintet –

Title: “Mendocino”

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on Arches paper

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Truck Stop

Truck Stop - Patrushka

A piece for my “Once We Were Here…” series, a beautifully forgotten truck stop, overgrown by the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere.

‘Til almost mysteriously
Well, it was the lights of a truck stop that rolled into sight
Joe turned to me, said ‘I’m sorry son, but I’m afraid this is just as far as you go, you see
You see, I kinda gotta be making a turn just up the road a piece’
I’ll be damned if he didn’t toss me a dime as he threw her in low and said
‘Go on in there son, and get yourself a hot cup of coffee on Big Joe’
I mean to tell you, when Joe and his rig pulled off into the night
Man, in nothing flat they was clean outta sight –  
Tom Waits, Big Joe And Phantom 309

Title: “Truck Stop”

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Gouache on Arches paper

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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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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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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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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.

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

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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

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!)

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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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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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