A blog of my artwork, featuring mostly painted records and mandalas, using watercolor, acrylic, oil, and ink. My art pieces are generally in the psychedelic and abstract style. I also create functional art items.
This record was Bravo - Great Band Themes, and it was an "unbreakable" record. I guess unbreakable doesn't also mean unscratchable, because this poor record was basically trashed when I got it. But I think it looks smashing now with a new, very blue paint job.
The record above is crazy, crazy vibrant. The background has fluorescent red and orange edges (which unfortunately don't show up well on a screen), blending into a yellow center. The painted design is a kind of indigo-ey purplish blue, with metallic gold accents.
The pure awesomeness of Rick Springfield is within these fine, fine grooves. This commission was painted for a person who, like me, loves the color orange, and who has a crush on Mr. Springfield. Have you seen how incredible he still looks and sounds (please watch Sound City). I have turned scratched up audio love into visual love, here.
Queen. News of the World. Luckily, this record came to me with a huge scratch - or I would not have painted it. Because Queen is kind of.......shall we say.....sacred and awesome. Some records you just don't mess with. But this one was already a car ride away from the garbage, due to its unplayability. And now it's art. And it lives in San Francisco, with a handsome genius who I'm very proud to call my cousin.
This record is The Age of Aquarius, by The 5th Dimension. Oh, I love this record. The song Aquarius has special meaning for me. I grew up singing and performing an "Aquarius medley" (in a musical theater group in my hometown of Houston) as a young teen many, many, many times. (Oh, the days of "medleys"...do theater people still do those?)
Thank you hippie people, for writing this awesome song from Hair, and letting The 5th Dimension record such a fabulous edition of it.