Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ben Casey, Ben Casey Sure You Can Borrow My Cherry Picker

Dr Zorba doing his Sudoku puzzle

 One of the great things to come out of having to vacate my studio for a while was I've re-established a drawing drawer in the great room (nobody has a" living room" around here). It's stocked with 9 x 12 pads for graphite and ink. ( There was a lot more text and links to this post, but it's being whited out. Blogger is getting on my nerves). As for the video: I woke up this morning singing and dancing to All That Jazz. It's time to watch Chicago again.





My souvenir  from the Henry Ford Museum was delivered. They
put it in the back. They're very handy  to have around the house.


25 comments:

  1. ATTENTION READERS! Catherine Zeta-Jones starts singing at 1:15 if you want to cut to the chase.

    In the trouble I've been having, all the comments have come through. So I thought I'd tell you briefly what I wrote that was blocked out:
    I did the drawing with a 6B Berol pencil. My strokes are getting more energetic, albeit messy. Patience is not one of my virtues when drawing someone who hates to be drawn and posted. As he did his Sudoku puzzle, I worked fast. He didn't have a clue.

    Ben Casey was a TV series in the sixties with Vince Edwards. Sam Jaffe played Dr. Zorba, head of the hospital, and a character with wild hair. I had links, but they were whited out too. I sent a dunning letter to Blogger, but I've done that before and I'm still being plagued.

    So how do you like my cherry picker? Cool. Huh?

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    1. I needed no explanation on the names, don't know if that's good or bad!. When I was a kid I thought Ben Casey was a hunk.

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    2. I watched the show, but my favorite character was Zorba. I thought Vince Edward's character didn't have enough life.

      This white line stuff is really starting to get to me. The quirk makes posting very difficult and calls for way too much time. I went to that link you sent me. The last complaint there was written in 2010. I may be exaggerating. But it was from a while ago.

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  2. That's some piece of kit. Now I'm suffering from wild imaginings as to how you will put it to artistic use unless you are about t embark on a series of 'top of the head' portraits.
    Love the energetic strokes in your drawing.

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    1. Thanks Mick. I am looking for a more lively way to draw with pencil. While satin finishes (well blended drawings are awesome,
      I think that seeing the strokes is livelier. We are making pictures after all, not black and white renderings that could be gotten with the camera. In other words, I think a drawing should look like a drawing and the marks should tell us something about the artist.

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  3. the cherry picker is confusing me...do you need a cherry picker? I need more explanation!<---exclamation mark haha.
    I remember Vince Edwards (Ben Casey) very well. He was indeed gorgeous. I had a "Ben Casey shirt" and I loved that thing. I read later that he always looked brooding because he did indeed have huge anger problems. Isn't that interesting trivia?
    Love the drawing of honey...the reluctant model. Nicely done.

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    1. Me too Celeste. It just showed up in the yard Monday, the day we went to The Ford Museum. I figured, the museum sent me a token of appreciation for our attendance LOL. The fees were stiff enough. But on Tuesday,guys came and started using it to repair our chimney. They are still hammering away. I never realized our chimney was in such bad shape.

      I was never a fan of Vince. I like Dr. Zorba and his unruly hair. Ellis' morning hair reminded me of him. And he was always saying, "Oh Ben Casey, Ben Casey..." when Vince's character was stomping about complaining about whatever.

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  4. Hola Linda. Muy buenos trazos en tu retrato. Las obras en nuestros hogares son pesadas de llevar, pero no queda más remedio que realizarlas. Un abrazo.

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    1. A continuación, usted debe conseguir una grúa. No sólo son buenos para decorar el exterior de sus casas en Navidad, sino que también puede ayudar a arreglar el techo, las chimeneas y ventanas de lavado. Todo el mundo debería tener uno. LOL En serio, gracias Sonia. Ellis hace un buen tema, pero no aprecia un solo ser.

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  5. You are very good at doing portraits, I immediately recognized dr. Zorba from a shot further down sitting on the couch totally absorbed in his Sudoku...which by the way I love to do , too .

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    1. LOL. Ellis didn't like the drawing at all. He wants to look like the kid he was when we first met. Me too. Thank you. It really is time that I recognized that ability and concentrate on it. The clock is ticking. But the design/build profession was very good to us. I do hope the construction industry makes a come back while I still have my wits about me. I loved that part of the art business.

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  6. EXCELLENT drawing, Linda!!! Not an easy angle but you did an amazing job!!! Unfortunately, I remember Ben Casey!! I don't think I missed a show..I remember how serious he was..but I loved him nevertheless! and I remember Dr. Zorba ...I called him the "Mad scientist" because of his hairdo!! LOL

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    1. Me too. But Casey's serious attitude turned me off of the handsome Vince Edwards. You have to laugh for me to find you really attractive. Zorba's hair made me smile every scene he was in. Thank you.

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  7. A big souvenir... I guess you can always go up and enjoy the view :). Love your drawing.

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    1. Thanks Evelyn. It would be fun to go up in one of those--it's still there, maybe I'll ask and take my camera?

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  8. Love your sketch of Dr. Zorba. I think the original had hair that stood out more, or maybe that's just how I remember him. WHAT is that in your yard???

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    1. Yes, Sam Jaffe did have a wild "fro". Ellis did too during the mod era (the sixties). Now there's not that much left on top. I can only draw the truth.

      It is a cherry picker. The front platform goes up very high. Companies use it to install elaborate Christmas light displays at the homes of the wealthy who hire home light displays for the holidays. Then they are used to fix traffic lights that have gone broken. Then they use it, as in my case, to repair the rotted wood siding on our chimney. But that is the kind of thing that we saw at the Henry Ford Museum. I thought it was funny that one showed up on my lawn the day we went to see the exhibit.

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  9. Nice sketch and I like that musical. Woke up early, time to get some painting done, it is a beautiful day today. =)

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    1. And you have been feeling colorful these last posts. I do love that one red apple surrounded by greens and the colors you used in the negative space, pale yellows, off whites and violet. Stunning Roger.

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  10. I like everything! You are so talented!And Chicago is one of my favorite musicals. Thank you for your all kind words, wish you very nice day. We have some few days in the mountains - you should be here and paint!

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    1. I know you are going to bring home some glorious photographs. You really have a good eye Maria and know how to make that camera do it's best. Have a wonderful time.

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  11. Send some cherries down this way will ya? (after you pick em). Excellent drawing! I lack patience too. I will never be a careful sketcher either. And I don't remember anything about Ben Casey other than the name but this is probably the best title to a post ever! Love Chicago! Wish there were more movies like that.

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    1. ...and all that jazz ah! Woke up singing that song again this morning. I definitely need to a Chicago fix. I also love Bob Fosse's All That Jazz, the movies--especially Bye, Bye Life.

      Ellis hates that drawing. He'd rather look like the kid who came bounding up my front porch at the age of nineteen. To me he does. But his hair that morning did remind me of Sam Jaffe in that show, in which Dr. Zorba, Jaffe's character, ws the only memorable one. Jaffe was an academy award winner. S

      I think sketching is sketching--putting down a first impression quickly. A drawing, on the other hand (if you're ambidextrous), is studied and slow and very carefully modeled.
      I think I follow the philosophy of the Impressionist. I like to capture the moment. And that means quickly before the light shifts. Labored works look labored and to me boring because of it. --Isn't this wonderful? I am really figuring out what is art to me. It really is about time!

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  12. You are doing great--who cares if blogger kinda creaks and shudders.

    So, lots of cherries, this year?

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    1. Bushel baskets of them. Hopefully these guys move on soon. I have stripped the FP mantel of breakables and taken down the paintings to protect my legacy from the hammering, which is driving me crazy. I really am not used to a lot of people being around. Okay with loved ones, not okay with repair guys. Unfortunately, the paint crew will be following the carpenters.
      The painters put the deck out of commission. February would be a better month for them. Then yesterday the plumber brought us a new toilet seat for the family bath; it seems JD might have been in a bit in a hurry his last day. Damn thing was completely broken off its hinge. Today, new screen doors arrive. Kids and screens doors don't mix. But me and screen doors don't mix either so nothing too upsetting. I haven't quieted down though enough to pick up a brush. So pencil for now.

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