Rock those glasses!

I’m taking a portrait class (Drawing Faces – Make Art that Sells) and I am totally having fun. I am focusing on my favorite “four eyes.”

During elementary school, I was fairly obsessed by Elton John. His music spoke to me. It was always entertaining to see what outfits he was wearing.  I still listen to a Spotify playlist of my favorite Elton John songs, mostly from this period.

During High School, I started my next obsessions – David Bowie and Elvis Costello, both of which still melt my heart, some 30-plus years later. I can say that I do not think more than a week goes by without me listening to their music. It is still so fresh and enjoyable and I am so stoked when my daughter admits to liking their songs.

So here’s my first drawing faces subjects – Elton and Elvis who definitely rocked those glasses! (I’m sure that I will include a Bowie in this class soon enough!)

Do you have a favorite Elton, Elvis or Bowie song or memory?

 

Shipbuilding

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Here’s my most recent painting. It is a continuation on my song and lyrics theme. I was inspired by Elvis Costello’s “Shipbuilding.” It’s one of my favorite songs – beautiful lyrics and music. The Chet Baker trumpet part gets me every time.

The song is about the contradiction of war – that it brings “prosperity” and loss to the communities dependent on war income.  It’s a diabolical relationship.

“With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls”

-Elvis Costello, Shipbuilding