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Hello Dolly, Hello Cheeky Broad, Hello Magical Being: Bette Midler

I already had Bette Midler, cabaret showgirl, actress turned philanthropist on my list of portraits of Magical People, given my admiration for her work restoring green to NYC with her New York Restoration Project. She was in my “environmentalist category.” OK, clearly not her last act. Just as I was about to draw Bette, suddenly her return to Broadway was announced. Bette Midler in the title role of Dolly Levi, in Hello Dolly!, the classic American musical about a socialite-turned-matchmaker. And chosen as a muse for Marc Jacobs SS2016 campaign the next week based on the 70's? Perfect! Seriously fun...


Magical BEINGS: Portraits of Artists, Friends, + Pioneers: Pharrell Williams

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Connecting to Magical Beings makes the uncanny appear and miracles happen.  Many times drawing Pharrell Williams, my pen drew specific lines for me.  My computer window would suddenly open up a window or a book page would open with exactly what I needed to see.  The song playing spoke exactly on cue. The beautiful face of Pharrell Williams, already hangs in my home, one of them is this W magazine cover.  I suddenly realized he must be added to my Magical Beings collection of illustrations!  A long-time fan, I've followed Pharrell from his Neptunes and N*E*R*D days to the rise...


Magical BEINGS: Portraits of Artists, Friends, + Pioneers: Grace Jones

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“Heeeeere’s Grace!” “I’ll never write my memoirs, there’s nothing in a book. Love me in a picture, Kiss me in a cast, Touch me in a sculpture, Whisper in my mask.”  We did! Grace Jones has been my #1 favorite since the night I saw a video at a house party, a bright spot in a dark room full of dancing, partying people.  Her image and haunting vocals seared through my world, the first words sung describing how I felt about art, life, love, and sex. Her romp through Paris, her life at the edge of excitement, the detached voyeur...


Magical BEINGS: Portraits of Artists, Friends, + Pioneers: Daphne Guinness

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The Glamorous Mariner Number 3 in my illustration series of magical people. London Fashion Week opens. Who personifies London fashion? There's just one answer. Daphne Guinness. Royalty. Singular Vision. Eccentricity. Rarity Among Women. Obsession. She is an artist, an icon, a muse.  I begin delving into photos, videos. The process of capturing the essence of an icon, already endlessly captured and dissected...becomes like making love. I have a porn-fest, watching hours of videos on her I capture stills in my mind and online I run around studio like a shaman picking up visual clues, inspirations. "She is a tiny insect,...


Magical BEINGS: Portraits of Artists, Friends, + Pioneers: Caitlyn Jenner, Anna Wintour, Beyonce

3 for the Front Row. The Lion Queens. Meeeow! All hail the Queens I would love in the front row for my New York Fashion Week show! Caitlyn Jenner, Anna Wintour, and Beyonce make a nice trio of Kittens for the Catwalk! The inspiration began with Anna and her iconic, yogic Eagle pose she curls into when in the front row. As prime eagle eye of the fashion industry, her pose is perfection!  Beside her famous dark glasses, and Egyptian coif, she repeatedly sports simple golden lizard kitten heels. I was struck how this pose reminded me of my favorite...


This planet is full of fascinating magical people, places, and things that make me high.
They make me laugh.
They make me cry.
They make me make art.
O JOY!
If I can bring that *fascination | laugh | cry* high to anyone, well, that makes me high.
Thank you for visiting, let me know if I got you high today.

 

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