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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Sixties

Wild Thing / Watercolor & pencil / 7X5

A revolution occurred in music in the 60's with the British invasion of America.

Even so, I was born in Detroit and would live in the city for 43 years.   The new music was exciting, but my heart belonged to Motown.

Motown was an American record company founded in Detroit 1959.    It was started in a house where the garage was converted into a small recording studio; the kitchen into the control room.  The company's first million record seller happened the following year & was a song by the Miracles called "Shop Around."

A few of the Motown family of artists included the first "girl groups" like the Supremes, and other singers such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, and the Jackson 5.  My favorite group was the Temptations; the song "My Girl."

The 70's approach...

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Fifties

Arthur Fonzarelli and Richie Cunningham / Happy Days / WikiCommons

Yes, I was around in the 50s.  Unfortunately, I don't have a great recollection of that decade - mainly memories of a few friends in our Detroit neighborhood.   I think watching the old tv show "Happy Days" has taught me more about that era than what is in my memory banks.    

I have listened to most of the music, though.  This is one of my favorites.

WikiCommons photo of Elvis Presley

Performed by a 22 year old Elvis:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Summer of '42

Charcoal on watercolor paper - 6X6

This is a quick smudgy charcoal to prep for a a journal entry - "Decades" theme.

One of my favorite songs from the 1940s is "I'll Be Seeing You."  It was actually written in the 30's, but my mom told me it became very popular during the war.  I have warm memories of my mom humming this song when I was a little girl - probably why I love it.

Almost everything below was done with a Charpak blender (transfer pen) - washed with a warm tone of watercolor.

And the beautiful song, if you care to listen: