When Jeremy Lipking paints, my heart goes Squee?!

One of my favorite portrait artists is Jeremy Lipking. I first discovered him when I was pouring over Juliette Aristides' fantastic book, "Classical Painting Atelier" where his Reclining Woman (2004) was featured. I ended up looking him up online.

I think he might have been one of the artists to pass through her Atelier? Yes? No?

Anyway. That is how I found this little video demonstration. Turns out he also has a store with the full 2 1/2 hour long painting demonstration DVD available. (as well as a nifty book) It's a bit steeply priced for my pocketbook, but that doesn't mean I won't share the linkage with you so that you can buy them.

UPDATE: (below the fold)

Was closing out of YouTube when I spotted this little video of Lipking and Tony Pro going all Plein Air together.

Which is yet another artsy-fartsy term that sounds vaguely naughty, until I look it up and find out it's totally not.

Anyway. Mosquitoes! Hail! Lightning! They never said anything about this carp at art-camp.

I Found it on the Internets: Norman Rockwell, Circus "Freak"

I found the photo online, though I can't remember where. All I have is my notes about who the photographer was. Love this photo. I adore those fake tattoos. I double times infinity love the intense, defiant look of the mother, the totally fierce face her daughter is making, and the sweet, cheeky faces of the two boys.

The false, drawn on tattoos remind me of a tale told in one of my favorite books, "My Adventures as an Illustrator" by Norman Rockwell.

Apparently, Rockwell's very first job was as a "Mangled Boy" in a county fair. Little Norman was spotted by the barker for "Amy the Wild Woman", a carnival "freak" dressed in rags and sitting in a cage. Norman's job was to stand by the cage, and when the curtain fell away and Amy was revealed, he was supposed to be "caught" by Amy and scream and cry in terror while she pretended to try to eat him.

Funny thing is, Little Norman wasn't pretending. He really was terrified of Amy the Wild Woman. His tears were real and so were his screams. He tried to quit after the second show, but the barker bought him some cotton candy and convinced him to give it another go. He did this for five shows and every time he was terrified. Every time his yells were completely genuine.

Then came the sixth show. Norman glanced down in mid-howl during this performance and saw Amy looking up at him. She gave a little wink, and suddenly Norman wasn't afraid any more. He continued to yowl and carry on, but now he was enjoying it. Rockwell recalls feeling triumphant when his work for the traveling circus was over.

He had that job for two days and then the fair moved on. He made two dollars and ten cents.

LOST Night!

My buddy James does some hilarious commentary on the LOST episodes. These two vids are about last week's season opener. If you're a fan, you'll get a kick out of these.

Six things I

1. Check out this bookshelf! It's totally customizable, how nifty neato is that?? I love the chunkiness of the wood and that the books are inset into it. I've got some gorgeous blue glass bottles that I'd love to stick on this thing.

2.   this is such a sweet ring. I think it would be so cute sized for your thumb, or even as an alternative style wedding band.

3. Moxie and Oliver's entire shop is full of GORGEOUS leather bags, Love the modern designs, LOVE cut of the bags, LOVE LOVE LOVE the worn look to this "woodie" bag.

4. I'm a big fan of Michael Shapcott's work, his original painting "Drift" is available in his personal shop.

5. And you know I LOVE vintage cameras! Drooling over this one Argus Twin Lens right now. :D

6. Anyone who's seen my living room knows how much I love vintage frames! Check out this really beautiful old frame. I love the light, creamy color and the gold scrollies! Pretty, pretty, pretty...