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SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry and Animal Activism of Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit Book Cover Artwork
Loretta Swit Book Cover Artwork

Stage and screen actress Loretta Swit is probably best known for her award winning role as Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the 1970s television series M*A*S*H. Loretta Swit is also a dedicated activist in support of animal welfare, and a painter. She uses her artwork to raise money for animal charities.

This month, along with graphic designer/author Mies Hora, Swit published a book of of her watercolor paintings called SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit. Accorder to the publisher, the hardcover book includes 65 full-color paintings and drawings, as well as anecdotes about each. Proceeds from the book will be donated to organizations that are dedicated to ending animal suffering and cruelty.  Most of the images in the book are of Swit’s paintings of animals, although the book also includes an image of Swit’s painting of herself with her M*A*S*H castmates. There are also 22 photographs of Swit with animals.

When asked in a recent interview where her affinity for watercolor came from, Swit answered:

Stupidity! (Laughs) It was a lack of information! I’ve been painting since I had a thought in my head. I was six years old, and I started with watercolor. When I grew into adulthood, all my artist friends would say, “That’s so difficult. Why do you do watercolor?” I answered, “I only knew what I knew!” It was the “bumblebee theory”: I didn’t know that watercolor was the most difficult of the mediums to work in. I just loved it, and I didn’t know any better! So, my ignorance led me to doing watercolors. And now, I view oil or acrylic painting with awe. I can’t do that!

In addition to the book, you can also purchase limited edition Giclée prints, posters, and greeting cards of Loretta Swit’s artwork from the book at https://ultimatesymbol.com/SwitHeart.

Painting by Loretta Swit
Painting by Loretta Swit

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to many more celebrity painters.

Related blog post: Loretta Swit Paints The Rookie for the Search Dog Rescue Foundation (1/15/2012)

Photographs by Gil Garcetti

Dancers in Cuba - Photograph by Gil Garcetti
Dancers in Cuba, Photograph by Gil Garcetti
(From the book Dance in Cuba)

Gil Garcetti served as the Los Angeles County District Attorney from 1992 to 2000, overseeing several high profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson trial. He was portrayed by Bruce Greenwood in the acclaimed 2016 FX series American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson. He is also the father of current Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti.

According to his bio, Gil Garcetti has been a photographer since about the age of 13. But it wasn’t until he left his position as Los Angeles County District Attorney in 2000, that he made photography his profession. He says that it began with a photo of an ironworker working on the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This led to his first book in 2002, Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Since then, he has published six additional books and has exhibited his photographs around the world.

Garcetti’s photographs are currently on exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Mission 26: ET Comes Home Photographs by Gil Garcetti features photos of  last space shuttle external tank (ET) as it traveled from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, through the Panama Canal, its arrival in Marina del Rey, and its journey through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood on the way to the Science Center where it is on permanent display. Garcetti talks to the Daily Breeze about the exhibit here.

ET-94 - Photograph by Gil Garcetti
Shuttle External Tank ET-94, Photograph by Gil Garcetti

Visit Gil Garcetti’s website to see more of his photos.

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to more celebrities that are artists and photographers.

Photographs by Antonio Banderas: Women in Gold

Character - photograph by Antonio Banderas
Character, Photograph by Antonio Banderas

Women in Gold, an exhibition of photographs by actor, producer, director Antonio Banderas, is currently showing at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, Russia. The collection of 22 photographs has previously been displayed in Spain, Chile, Argentina and Mexico. Proceeds from sales of the photographs will benefit the Naked Heart Foundation. The exhibition was timed to coincide with the launch of his new fragrance “Antonio Banderas. Queen of Seduction.” Banderas says that these are not “fashion pictures.” He says that most of the pictures are “almost theatrical”, and that they are filled with irony and humor. The show continues through November 3, 2016.

Antonio Banderas held the first exhibition of his photographs, Secrets on Black in 2010.

Banderas discusses the exhibition in the video below.

He recently posted a behind the scenes photo at Twitter:

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to more actors and musicians that are artists and photographers.

Rhythm: Artwork by Musicians in Irvine, California

"Night Painting" by Joseph Arthur
“Night Painting” by Joseph Arthur

Great Park Gallery at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California is hosting “Rhythm”, which they describe as “a multimedia experience that will engage the senses with vibrant visuals and thematic music.” The exhibition features artworks of a number of rock musicians including: Joseph Arthur, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Matt Maust (Cold War Kids), Moby, and a collaborative project with drummers Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Chad Sexton (311), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Bill Ward (Black Sabbath).

Joseph Arthur tells the Orange County Register:

I love art that encourages you to follow your creativity, even if you don’t know what you’re doing.” Rock ’n’ roll is a bit like that too, he said. “You always have to have some ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ in it.

Dave Lombardo and the other drummers in the exhibition use long-exposure photographs to capture their movements at the drums using lighted drumsticks. Color, light and other effects are used to make abstract images.

Brandon Boyd describes his pieces in the exhibition as a sort of “elaborate doodling.” He tells the Register:

There’s just sort of an upwelling or a roaming desire to see something kind of bloom, and I don’t know what it’s going to be,” Boyd said. “I have this hope in my heart when people look at them, that they’ll want to walk up closer to them … and hopefully get happily lost in them.

 

The free exhibition opens Saturday, September 3, 2016 and continues through November 13, 2016. Each Saturday during the exhibition, local musicians will play two-hour sets to complement the artwork.

Related blog posts:

Brandon Boyd, Heart of Gold, Paintings in Amsterdam (March 13, 2016)

Alien Flowers: Artwork by Joseph Arthur (April 3, 2015)

Visit the Pop Life Art celebrity artists list for links to the artwork of more than 100 singers, actors, musicians, and athletes.

Artwork By Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan on Wendy Williams Show
Chaka Khan gives her artwork to Wendy Williams

I just recently learned that ten time Grammy winning singer-songwriter Chaka Khan is also an artist. (Thanks to Milo at Black Artist News for bringing it to my attention). According to her website, she is a fine artist who prolifically draws and paints. It says that she began drawing as a teenager and that many of her sketches were done on notebook paper that her mother put in a file and held on to throughout the years. I haven’t found any evidence that she exhibits her artwork publically, but she did present her drawing “Mermaid and Merman” to talk show host Wendy Williams on the air a couple of years ago. And she has used her artwork on her CD packages in the past.

Mermaid artwork by Chaka Khan
Mermaid and Mermaid Drawing by Chaka Khan

 

Also, you can purchase a t-shirt with the “Mermaid and Merman” drawing from Chaka Kahn’s online shop.

Chaka Khan Artwork T-Shirt
Chaka Khan Artwork T-Shirt

The video below is the Chaka Khan Wendy Williams interview. She presents the artwork starting at the 8:24 mark.

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to more musicians that are artists.