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.
I love this mandala. I'm not sure whether the flying creature is a butterfly, dragonfly, bird, or alien life form. That's up to you. But it is colorful and happy, and deserves to be framed and hung on a wall to inspire freedom.
It is for sale on my Big Cartel shop. Please click on this link to view it there and purchase it.
Not a record, but what it lacks in circular shape, it more than makes up for in color! This is a cute little flower painting, created with the brightest ---almost glowing---RED, along with vibrant blues and greens. The background edges are a very deep, saturated blue. It is painted on wood and has a hanger attached to the back. It measures 4.75"x6.5". It is available for sale on Big Cartel. Here is a link, which will take you to my store:
What if you wanted a certain Rachro record but someone else already got it? Bummer. It happens.
If you really loved a certain record but the original is no longer available, don't despair - because now some of my previous designs can be printed on merchandise.
It's not a record, but it's still just as cool.
If you have a personal request for a specific record in my collection that you'd like to see in my merch store, please contact me and I'll see what I can do to help. But check this out. I must say, the journals and pillows look super cool with a record mandala on them.
I love the hardback blank books, too. So many nifty doodads.
I knew that when I had Quincy Jones as my record muse that this one would turn out totally freaking cool. And it did.
The colors on this painted record are much richer in person. The brown design is a reddish chocolate color and the background colors are a beautiful pale aqua, light blue, and dark blue. The edges are an orange/rust color.
If you want to hear an incredible, mostly acoustic version of What's Goin' On (made famous by Marvin Gaye), then get yourself a copy of this record. Unfortunately, this one was too scratched up to listen to, but there's always YouTube or your local record store.
The whole time I was painting this record, I kept getting stuck on the Badger Badger earworm. If you've never heard it, well, here ya go (*also be sure to check out Weebl and Bob- "When come back bring pie...").
Hurts So Good, by John Cougar Mellencamp. This is a 45 record - a departure from my usual LP paintings.
Seeing this song takes me back to my young teen years, back when my Gen X friends and I were the young teen generation that MTV was invented for. We started high school right as it launched, and we went from a family with 7 local television channels with an 18-hour broadcast day that shut off at midnight to an entertainment explosion 24-hour cable family with 200 channels of never-ending insanity.
What an exciting time. It changed us all. The Gen Ys and Millennials that followed us were born into a time of round-the-clock global availability of just about anything and computerized everything at the speed of light. No need to ever learn about ....w a i t i n g..... for things.
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.
Normally, I just post my records.
But this is a special mention for Designs to Color! This psychedelic, abstract coloring book was *THE ORIGINAL*, created in 1965 by my beloved aunt, Betty Schaffner. She was an artistic pioneer, decades ahead of her time.
Coloring books with unusual subject matter are the current "zen" thing - but what you need to know is that the Betty Schaffner Designs to Color book was the first, created almost 50 years ago. She knew she had created a phenomenon then, and now it's back in full force.
My aunt believed that everyone had innate creativity, and in a time where she felt traditional coloring books for children lacked imagination, she boldly created and published designs that could be decorated in a unique way. No two people color the designs the same. Each design can be colored and interpreted differently, as many times as you like. The possibilities are endless, when you color in one of the Designs to Color books. Six books were published in the late 1960s.
They are for people of any age, any gender, any ability, and any lifestyle to enjoy. Use markers, crayons, watercolors, ink pens, or whatever you want to color the designs. No limits. Open your mind...
And you know what else? You can color within the lines --- or not! Your choice. The lines are only a suggestion of where to take your thoughts.
My aunt Betty and these books were an enormous influence on my life and creativity. I had the unique privilege of living with my aunt until her tragic death, and I am so happy to see that her spirit lives on with these magical designs.
Here is a link to the coloring books, available online: