Youth and Beauty and Sketchy

Finally went to see the “Youth and Beauty” exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Friday. There was an event called “Speakeasy” that included Dr. Sketchy’s, food, wine, cocktails — Dark and Stormy was the cocktail du jour — and everyone dressed up in the style of the 1920s. I just wore my purple kimono, but I was glad to have an event to wear it out where I didn’t look too strange. It was great seeing everyone dressed as flappers or variations on Great Gatsby characters.

I didn’t get too many photos with my crummy phone camera, but here are some pictures.

The set-up for Dr. Sketchy…

my friend Michelle Muldrow in front of the banner (wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress!)

my quickie attempt while trying to hold a cocktail in one hand!

Mark Cole the curator did a great job. I wasn’t really a fan of most of the landscapes for some reason;  even my friend Cathie said they all looked really rigid and uptight. I’m a figurative and portrait painter, so of course most of my favorites were in those sections.

Does anyone have the artists and title of this portrait? Because I couldn’t find it online anywhere, and I think he’s my favorite of the show…

Peter Blume.

Romaine Brooks.

Aaron Douglas.

More Aaron Douglas.

Lorsen Feitelson.

I thought this Gerald Murphy  was a print at first, but it’s a painting!

I have done Dr. Sketchy in Miami during Art Basel (remember that flash mob in 2009?), and in New York, but this was my first Cleveland one. I hope the museum lets Dr. Sketchy come and do this again, it was a great area we had right where the construction was happening, with soaring ceilings and great light.

Old Portraits of Young Men: Part Three

I’ve given examples here and here, but there are so many more! It’s time again for another installment of ‘men I probably would have slept with if I were alive in that century’. Since so many are unknown sitters, I’ll just tell you who painted them…

Hans Holbein. This sitter needs to lose the hat, then we can talk!

Paul Hoeckler. Oh my!

a monk by van Dyck.

Konstantin Andreyevich Somov

well hello there Kazimierz Pochwalski!

Eugene Delacroix

van Dyck again. I’m not a fan of the half-assed grown ‘stache, though. I’ll just look beyond it I suppose.

tough guy by Antonis Mor

Charles Dickens by Samuel Lawrence

Lose the wig buddy, and then you are a-ok in my book.


Crappy reproduction of a Boris Kustodiev portrait of illustrator Bilibin. Why hello my dark Russian!


“The Boxer” by Konstantine Somov. Enough said I think?

And there you have it. Who are your favorites?

Holiday Postcard Giveaway

My holiday postcards are printed in an extremely small run, so if you already get one in the mail around this time of year, you are a lucky ducky. This year I’m so happy with how they turned out I thought I’d do a little mailing giveaway. Once you get your postcard, it’s practically a print any way. Here are the two newest postcards I made…

Leave a comment on this post and I will use a randomizer to pick 2 lucky duckies!

(please don’t enter if you already get my cards because that’s a tad greedy)

The winners will be picked on Saturday the 10th. 

After plugging in the names to Congrats To Kelly and Krista! Please email me your addys.

Peeping at Bathing Ladies

12×12″ oil on panel. Started this back in June before I found out I had cancer and finally got around to finishing it. I have no idea what’s going on. Started it after my cat Milkshake died.

Wish you could see the fur and flower details better in online photos (click to zoom in).

When I look at the things I started or was working on during my radiation, it’s pretty clear it was having an effect on my brain!