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An original acrylic on paper by R. Davey of Carmel’s golden age. Davey had his own gallery in Dos Vecinos Court in downtown Carmel when almost every shop was a gallery. My husband and I had just presented the maestro, Witold Malcuzynksi, at Sunset Center and with our small profit we hastened to buy a new picture. Now, I am the only one alive to remember the thrill of the occasion, the sold-out evening of Chopin, the art gallery shopping and, of course, my late husband. This painting is a reflection of how we felt “branching out” into the world as classical music presenters: it is called, “TALK”
For information about the artist, please visit the “literary pages.”
Olaf Palm — “Debussy at the Beach”
An original oil painting by the California impressionist, Olaf Palm. Read his biography online or the lovely book written about him by Irene Thomas to learn about his life and career. As for this lovely piece, what better moment in time: the man who wrote “La Mer” sitting beside it, a painting of an artist who maybe didn’t own a “bathing costume”? Do you love Mendocino as much as I do? I was there one windy, blustery day so like New England during a Nor’easter, with a crackling fire in the fireplace where I ate my breakfast and had the whole day ahead of me to explore the galleries. I wandered into the community arts center and admired the ceramics, jewelry and driftwood sculpture when my eye caught this little painting sitting on the floor up against a pedestal. I bought it right away. I SOLD this beautiful painting to another artist who is lucky enough to live and work in Mendocino… SOLD to another artist in Northern California!
Susan Dysinger — “Quiet”
This lovely “quiet” Janis Joplin is a rare work by an artist known for her jazz bands and blues singers. “Pearl” would be proud to be in that company, and here she is uncharacteristically portrayed as the innocent young girl who hitched a ride from her home in Texas and rocked the world before abruptly leaving it, but not forever. If you have fond memories of “the times” and want to think of the legendary music emanating from the Chelsea hotel, it may be your turn to buy this Artist’s Proof, the first print struck, and to cherish it as I have for all these years. Why not check out this artist’s website for current work?
…Every day when I walk home
I see loneliness
When I waited for my baby.
You know I open my front door,
I said mr. loneliness is waiting for me at home
Lordy, lord at home, lord at home, lo-o-o-rd at home.
You know, I get home every day, lord,
There ain’t nobody waiting there, man
And I ain’t got no girlfriends, and I ain’t got no boyfriends, man.
I ain’t got no any kind of friends, man, I ain’t got no…
My tv set doesn’t work, my radio doesn’t work, man.
I come home there’s nothing
Nothing, man, there’s no animals moving,
There’s nothing, man
Walk in that door seems like I’m sitting there every day, man.
(Loneliness, c by Janis Joplin )
Charles Wysocki — “Yellow Saltbox in Rhode Island”
Original acrylic on board, framed by the artist himself in beautifully carved maple. I bought this painting directly off the wall from the Triton Museum in San Jose when the artist was just beginning his career in 1967. His Los Angeles address and phone number were typed on the back and when I got home I called him to tell him I would protect and love his painting. When I told him the name of the one I bought, he said that it was his wife’s favorite., but they couldn’t afford to keep any of his work because they needed the money to pay their bills. He told me he had driven up from LA where he had had his first show with all his work packed in the back of his station wagon and he had to climb lots of stairs to hang his paintings himself. Little did he know what lay ahead of him. He would become one of America’s most beloved artists. I knew somehow even then, (And the address is still on the back 43 years later).
Otis Bardwell —From the book of JOB
This thoroughly engaging print is a combination of fine lithography and the written word. On lovely thick deckle edged paper, with two tape marks on the top edge from the artist’s studio. I took my stimulus refund and went immediately to Bardwell’s studio to see what I could buy from him, and although he is primarily a sculptor, he did have some prints that I bought then and there. Although it is God’s admonition to Job about pride, and power, it reminds me of the story of Jonah and the whale. And, if you are, as I am, a lover of the “great American novel, ” Moby Dick, and Melville who was so well-versed in the Bible, this is a beautiful selection for your library! This is so beautifully framed by Grey Goose, with a white frame over a black matte, all museum barrier, acid free to last for a hundred years.
The script is from the book of Jonah in the Bible, and reads: “Can you pull in the Leviathan with a fish hook, or tie down his tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words? Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life? Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls? Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him up among the merchants? Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?’
A young pop surrealist, born in Michoacán, Mexico, raised in Los Angeles: you can see more on the January Page.
John Hunter — “The Litho Daemon”
You know when showing California art, I cannot omit my serious contender for the best investment you can make if you are a collector. This is a lovely little lithograph, brilliantly colored, showing the masterful drawing, line, imagination and execution and, of course, the mad humor of the man…See the self-portrait ? You may know who the woman is? This is a highly collectible print, beautifully framed by Grey Goose.
The King of Paris”
Wow! A blue pencil. Another self-portrait in a jester’s hat. Hunter made art in Europe on a Guggenheim, and this is, no doubt inspired by his experience in the city of light. I have two of these one unframed , one framed exquisitely by Grey Goose.
Cotti (Lorango) — “The Patriarch”
Represented by the Saatchi Gallery in London, one of the most famous galleries on earth. Did you see the inside of the place in Woody Allen’s movie, Matchpoint? This artist who is from Los Angeles lives in Europe most of the time where he is busily commissioned for portraits. He has painted Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, Duke Ellington, and more famous people than I can name here. He began as a ballet dancer and started to design costumes, and eventually oils. This particular painting I call, “The Patriarch” but it is untitled. He could be St. Paul? This small painting is framed in carved wood, gold and black velvet. Orson Welles once commissioned Cotti to travel to Europe to paint his portrait; I wonder who the subject of this painting is?