Man, for some reason this gives me memories of TV shows before my time, all those hip jazzy opening credits from the Swinging Sixties and Seventies. And for the life of me, I can't find the right vintage image to back that feeling up. But can't you just hear a smooth bass line and some horns?
I imagine this painting with a soundtrack like the one in "I Spy." (Click to watch in a new window.)
Jazzy, right? Or maybe that's just me.
Anyway, I loved this one from the start. I sometimes think my calligraphy can be a little labored (like the one below it, which was a total reject...) but this one was juuust right.
The calligraphy was so simple and classic that I knew I had to back it up with a classic pattern. I didn't want to get too fussy!
I remembered some shibori techniques I'd seen which make a plain dark circle. Sounds easy, but shibori is really tricky, and simplicity is something only the masters can pull off.
Even in the watercolor, I let it get a little sloppy. I could have cleaned it up, but I liked the casual effect.
Hey, speaking of Shibori and Vintage Hipness, look what caught my eye when I was watching reruns of "Goldfinger" the other day.
Holy smokes, is that a Bond Girl in a shibori bikini? Yes, it is!
It's Margaret Nolan, looking fantastic and much less sunburned than I would be after an afternoon at a Miami resort. Incidentally, Bond is about to swat her on the bum and send her on her way so that the men can talk about spy business. My oh my, how movies have changed.
(Also, dig that chest hair. Different times, different times...)
But we are in a newer, better era, where real men wax their chests and lady spies kick butt. And this picture is perfect to suggest that you, too, might be a secret agent just waiting for the right martini. Shaken, not stirred.
Oops, wrong button, that toggles the ejector seat. Here's the one you want:
(I break all the marketing rules. Don't tell anyone but I'm not in it for the money, honey. This is a labor of LOVE.)