Friday, 07 September 2012
I've been thinking a great deal about @roscoes_farm and how much I truly miss his Friday blogs, as well as his devilish sense of humor. Based on those thoughts, I figured I'd give it the ol' college try and see if I couldn't create something along the same line knowing I will never ever be able to touch his unique stye. I hope you enjoy...
**if this blog has too much content, please let me know and I'll try to curb my enthusiasm a wee bit on the next one (if there is one).
I've elected to showcase 'Gil Elvgren' (1914 - 1980) for my first blog.
His style has always been an eye catcher and I was able to find 'before & after' (thank you @buzzfeed.com) pictures which really brings to light his very own special talents.
A few details about his work:
A Gil Elvgren model was seldom portrayed as a femme fatale - she was the girl next door whose charms were revealed in that fleeting instant when taken by surprise. Did anybody see? Of course they did!
Even the model's hairstyle was a significant factor: it could take up to two years for a painting to be published and the girl's hair had to be done in a style that would not date easily.
Gusting winds and playful plants grab at her lovely long legs. She is intruded upon as she takes a bath. Her skirts get caught in elevator doors, hung up on taps, and entangled with dog leashes. The elements conspire in divesting her.
Myrna Loy, Arlene Dahl, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale, and Kim Novak were just a few of Gil's models.
In the 1950s and 1960s, it was a great career boost for an aspiring actress or starlet to have her likeness reproduced and published on a million Elvgren calendars.
When Elvgren was once asked what feature of a model most interested him, he replied, "A gal with highly mobile facial features capable of a wide range of expressions is the real jewel. The face is the personality."
His pin-ups were pictures of real girls in real, everyday situations. Sometimes they were a bit exaggerated, but they always worked.
Especially for the Xanga ladies...
By J.C. Leyendecker (I'll do more on him in a later episode).
Postcards & Odd News...
In July a 30-year-old man suspected of skipping out on a bar bill at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, N.H., did not make it far. As he tried to hop an iron fence, he impaled his leg and eventually required eight firefighters to rescue him using hydraulic cutting tools.
Greyston Garcia, 26, who was cleared of murder charges in January under Florida's "stand your ground" defense (even though he had chased the victim more than a block to stab him to death after the man took his radio), was inadvertently killed in June by random gang gunfire in Miami.
[WHDH-TV (Boston) via NBC News, 7-17-2012] [USA Today, 6-27-2012]
And lastly - a closing video about 'Animal Sex Perverts!'
Thought for the day
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." ~~ Confucius