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Once Upon a Time in The West came out when I was 10. The music, Ennio Morricone’s music, made me cry, and has made me cry ever since. This is (soprano) Susanna Rigacci, performing the title theme… though not the original singer of the theme, she is better… her voice is a force of nature, towering over an entire orchestra…

… here is a much shorter, just as gorgeous, understated version by Steffi Vertriest…

… and here’s a theremin version…

… I adore the theremin, I find it and theremin artists to be almost magical/unfathomable in a fabulous, retro-futuristic way. Katica Illennyi is actually a classically trained violinist, who seems to play theremin as a side-gig  (:

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Love the crunchy sound and Halsey’s beautiful voice…

… love Daughter, love their anthemic/crescendo-type, fabulous music, also really love KEXP’s beautiful, high quality music vids…

I fell instantly in love with Elizabeth Fraser’s voice (Cocteau Twins) the moment I first heard it (decades ago), as I often do with singers I never stop loving… don’t bother trying to understand what she’s saying, it’s often gibberish, just let her gorgeous, gorgeous (soprano) voice fill your heart…

… Rosie Thomas was another instant love… so gorgeous…

… oh, oops, another amazing Maria McKee song/performance… who put this in here?…

 

 


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Although I found most of Couer De Pirat’s music too poppy for my tastes, her soundtrack for ‘Child of Light’ blew me completely out of the water! It is like the work of an entirely different person of an entirely greater magnitude of talent. Be prepared to cry…

… here’s something equally gorgeous, but totally different… Ann Hampton Callaway has an astonishing voice…

… Ingrid Michaelson has everything going for her, she’s gorgeous, funny, clever, and fabulously talented…

 


Physical Painting Update 2

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Maria progresses (:

Loving working with physical paint/brushes/canvas again, after a four year break. Strangely, it feels like I’ve not even been away… everyone I have ever talked to about the fact I do digital painting (everyone who has never done it) thinks that digital painting in Photoshop is some kind of trick/gimmick, where the software does everything for you, these are the same people who think Photoshop ‘magically’ does everything it does; they do not understand that painting in Photoshop is almost exactly like doing physical painting, especially when you use a Wacom and stylus, as I do. You still have to physically, by the use of your stylus on the tablet, blend the paint, even if it is digital paint, the reason Photoshop is so damned expensive is because it is amazing! Your hand gets tired, just like doing a real painting, only it’s more your arm that gets tired doing physical painting. Anyway, I think thats why I am not the least bit rusty, now. The only rusty aspect was my forgetting to clean my gear after my first few sessions… you don’t have to clean a stylus!

Both these photos are crap, but, you get the picture (:


Every Last One of Them WIP

So… I’m over trying to paint a portrait of something I passionately loath; it was an interesting exercise, but I doubt I will finish the creep, even though it’s almost done… I simply cannot make myself put that amount of work into something I find abhorrent. So… I’ve started painting a gorgeous creature I adore! Yes, how unusual, eh!?… not.

If you know my work, you know I adore kick-ass females… I have very little interest in kick-ass males, and none in painting them, it’s the killer babes I love, and really love illustrating. I’ve always wanted to do a painting of Ellie from ‘The Last of Us‘, and a scene from the stunning trailer for ‘The Last of Us Part II’ has been in the back of my mind since I first saw it, last year.

The Last of Us is one of my all-time favourite games… the graphics are gorgeous, the game-play is awesome, it has some genuinely scary moments, even for one as jaded as myself… but what makes this game so amazing (and one of the most awarded games of all time) is the character development of Ellie and Joel, the two main characters. Joel is a super-hard, 50-something survivor, tasked (reluctantly) with guiding/protecting Allie across an apocalyptic, horror-infested American landscape… Allie is a young (about 13-14) girl… she turns out to be every bit as hard as Joel… every bit, she is the cutest, most loveable, stone killer since HitGirl! Both Joel and Ellie have suffered horrendous loss in their lives… I dare any person, with the slightest degree of compassion, to play the first 15 minutes of ‘The Last of Us’, and not be reduced to tears.

From the trailer for the second instalment, it looks like Allie is now 16-17. The trailer is a stunner, please look at it (if you don’t have a problem with graphically depicted scenes of post-violence), it will explain why I have called this painting ‘Every Last One of Them’… the guy in the trailer is, of course, Joel; he went from wanting nothing to do with Allie at the start of ‘The Last of Us’, to loving her like she was his own, lost, daughter, and sacrificing a lot for her. She is, of course, totally worth the sacrifice (:

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Creaturina’s Girl WIP 4

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My latest Alice continues to look awesome (:


New Stuff

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Seri and I went to the beautiful, atmospheric Lake StJohn area to check if one of Yelly Donut’s many, fabulous Noctis stores still existed. It did! We love Yelly Donuts stuff.

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We bought these awesome, potted arum lilies, this couch and chair, and a small table and exquisite tea set, and put them in the gallery, where Seri tried them out…

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… and decided she liked them. Bianca Linden finally sorted our land acquisition, so now the gallery fronts right onto the Circuit La Corse, not a couple of meters from it, across a tiny strip of empty, abandoned land.