Friday, April 14, 2017

All Creatures Great and Small


Elephant / Elegant Writer with watercolor on watercolor paper

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful -
The Lord God made them all.
                                                                     Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1848)
                                                                           

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The 90's

Little Marian - 7X5 / Watercolor (almost done)

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I never liked much of the music of the 90's.  That said, I did (& still do) love the raspy voice of Canadian singer Bryan Adams.  One of my favorite songs of his is Everything I Do from the movie Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, 1991.




From 1996 concert



FYI Artist's Note:  Regarding these little square record "posters,"  I would not do the "cut & paste" method again (crooked & smeary results).  A digital paint program would look more professional and would be less frustrating.



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The 80s


Little Alex - Watercolor / 7X5

I grew up in Detroit, a blue collar town. After my brother made a work-related move to Pittsburg, I visited often and really felt at home there because, I guess, Pittsburgh was also a blue collar town.

One of my favorite songs of the 80's came from a movie about a young woman who was a Pittsburgh steel-mill worker by day, bar dancer at night.   The heroine worked these two jobs, of course, so she could save money to attend the Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh.  Critics hated the film, but audiences loved it.  The 1983 movie was Flashdance; the song, "What a Feeling" performed by Irene Cara.










Monday, April 3, 2017

The 70s


Three Little Girls Who Went to the Police Academy / 1976 / WikiCommons


In the 70's, there was "jiggle TV" (Charlie's Angels),  crime dramas and science fiction. 

There was also a variety of popular music - hard rock, soft rock, southern rock, punk rock, glam rock, disco (could not embrace that one).

In 1971, I fell in love with a band (yes, the entire band) called the Eagles.   When their music played on the radio, the world stopped for me.  Though they were a few years older than I was, we were part of the same boomer generation.

My favorite song (the one where you roll down all the car windows & put the pedal to the metal) is "Take It Easy."   RIP Glenn Frey.





The band is featured in a two part documentary on Netflix called "The History of the Eagles."  If you're a fan, I would highly recommend it.