Sea Shells From The Sea Shore

A simple treasure from the Ocean that can give us a sense of peace, this is a ‘shadow box’ designed by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture. It was part of a display, intending to remind us of summer vacations. I got it for a cousin who enjoys the beaches of Santa Monica & Venice, California area.

Sea Shells From The Sea Shore From Back To The Picture. Sea Shells From The Sea Shore From Back To The Picture.

A LOOK @ SANTA MONICA BEACH

Marilyn Mirage: The Image That Endures

5 August 1962, at age 36, the actress known to the world as Marilyn Monroe, was found dead. More than 50 years have passed & her image is still as prevalent as ever. Various likenesses of her image continues to generate sales for all sorts of items. In a very real sense, she is the ultimate of what the business world calls branding. The items range from those appropriately related to her such as biographies, copies of her films for home viewing, to junque souvenirs that have no connection to her career or her life, to art work that is striking in its tribute to an American Film Star, one whose life is generally considered full of sadness, despite the success and acclaim she received while still living.

Articles have been written that are clear about one thing: She made more money (for others) after her death, in the millions, probably more than most others in the entertainment world, with the possible exception of Elvis Presley. While some items that bear her image trespass into the realm of atrocity, some are nice. As in all beauty, it’s entirely in the eye of the beholder.

In the case of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol's prediction about 15 Minutes Of Fame did not apply to Marilyn Monroe.  This  is a numbered limited edition of

In the case of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol’s prediction about 15 Minutes Of Fame did not apply. This image is a serigraph of an original by Andy Warhol. This photograph was taken & shared by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture.

Here is a photograph of the same image, taken from the disadvantage of having to look up several feet with a simple point & click camera.

The good news is that the tints came through nicely, but the glare, annoying at it is, does not take away from that very special presence of the subject matter.

The good news is that the tints came through nicely, but the glare, annoying at it is, does not take away from that very special presence of the subject matter.

One of the finest examples inspired by this Enduring Legacy may be heard, rather than seen as a visual image. That is the song from “BLOOD BROTHERS”Tell Me It’s Not True, splendidly & soulfully rendered by Petula Clark.

Tell me it’s not true,
Though it’s here before me,
Say it’s just a dream,
Say it’s just a scene,
From an old movie of years ago,
From an old movie of Marilyn Monroe,

Read more: The Blood Brothers – Tell Me It’s Not True Lyrics | MetroLyrics

iPad is making use of the icon--The icon of the Church figured heavily as an influence on Andy Warhol in his depiction of those who were not Saints, but had @ least that Precious 15 Minutes of Fame.  This shows Marilyn Monroe in context with other images.

iPad is making use of the icon–The icon of the Church figured heavily as an influence on Andy Warhol in his depiction of those who were not Saints, but had @ least that Precious 15 Minutes of Fame. This shows Marilyn Monroe in context with other images.

Marilyn Monroe, out of context, but more iconic than ever.

Marilyn Monroe, out of context, but more iconic than ever.

THE FILM MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: Shows how much the British culture embraced her…

On the revers of this 2010 vintage it says, "Marilyn Monroe is a trademark of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC."

On the revers of this 2010 vintage it says, “Marilyn Monroe is a trademark of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC.”

Then there is Marilyn Merlot–Crass or Clever?–It’s a Cash Cow & Milking the Estate for every possible nickle. We may never know as the woman who was manufactured to become Marilyn Monroe is not with us to comment. But, sizing up what is known of her life, she seemed to have a desire to be taken seriously. Somewhere along the line, even in death, that have proven elusive. The Green Family laughs all the way to the bank. But the wine is good. Good taste in wine at the expense of appropriate taste in branding has never been a hot issue for those seeking any method at all to keep money coming in. What will be the next posthumous portal of Estate prosperity? Stay tuned.

HAPPY MAE DAY! 17 August 1893–120 Years Ago!

About once in every other century, someone comes along who understands what really makes people tick. When we are lucky, we get someone who understands what makes people tock–and then the talking won’t stop! Such was the case 120 years ago, when Mae West was born in Brooklyn, New York. And who could have known what a day that was!

Mae West (1993-1980) in all her glory, unlike the French Revolution, she had her cake, the men kept their heads, and all lived happily ever after. Mae West (1893-1980) in all her glory, unlike the French Revolution, she had her cake & ate it too, the men kept their heads, and all lived happily ever after.

She knew to wait till films had sound before she left the Broadway stage to introduce her persona to the movie-going public. The idea of Mae West without her voice, much as I personally like the Silent Era, would have been like rice pudding without raisins. She was smart enough to resist the temptation to go to Hollywood too early.

TIMING & VOCAL DELIVERY MAKE HER DIAMOND SHARP & EVER SO MEMORABLE

MAE WEST EVEN INSPIRED ARTISTS–SALVADOR DALI PAINTED HER LIKENESS.
HIS INTERPRETATION OF HER INSPIRED A FURNITURE/SET DESIGN!

Photograph of Salavor Dali's image of Mae West, on display @ Back To The Picture.  Photograph of Salvador Dali’s image of Mae West, on display & for purchase @ Back To The Picture.

MAE WEST IN ANY DIMENSION IS A SPECIAL TREAT! IT’S SORT OF LIKE HAVING A ROAD MAP!

AND THE BEST ENCORE EVER–MAE WEST IN MYRA BRECKINRIDGE

Before & After A Visit With Back To The Picture

ABOUT GEORGE JO MESS

In 1972, for my birthday, a friend had given me an original aquatint etching by American artist George Jo Mess (1898-1962). The subject matter in this etching is Christ Church Cathedral, located on Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Indiana–which is located in the geographical center of Old Indianapolis, which, in turn, is located in the center of the State of Indiana.

George Jo Mess was an outstanding aquatint etcher from Indiana & during his lifetime has his work was exhibited in many national & international shows, including the Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania Academy, Art Institute of Chicago & Art Expositions of Paris, Rome, and Stockholm. He won many awards for his paintings & prints.

Examples of his work are reproduced in the book on COMPOSITION In Landscape & Still Life by Ernest W. Watson. Mr Mess successfully conveyed the peaceful moods of early rural life through his prints which are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan, Cleveland & Dayton Art Museums, and the Library of Congress.

By 2013, my aquatint etching (which I had professionally framed by Lyman Brothers, Indianapolis) was in dire need of a new matting. The frame was in perfectly fine condition, but the matting had turned from yellow & was starting to become pastel brown! I went to Derek Hargrove @ BACK TO THE PICTURE, explained my needs.

BEFORE MATTING RESTORATION

As you can see, age had not been kind to the matting, even though I had taken care to keep it from being exposed to direct light all the years I had displayed this work.  It needed the expertise of a curator who understood matting & art conservation.

As you can see, age had not been kind to the matting, even though I had taken care to keep it from being exposed to direct light all the years I had displayed this work. It needed the expertise of a curator who understood matting & art conservation.

DURING-CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL AS IT APPEARS NOW: 2013

Christ Church Cathedral as it appears today, 2013.

Christ Church Cathedral as it appears today, 2013.

And now, after the superb work done by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture, the work looks splendid.  It's like having it new all over again.  This is the art of proper curating & display. It does not get better than this.

And now, after the superb work done by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture, the work looks splendid. It’s like having it new all over again. This is the art of proper curating & display. It does not get better than this.

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