Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lost a marble over a Girl (aka - Crazy for this Girl)

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, 12 x 12''
2011, # 192

This past January, I received an invitation to participate in a Realism Juried Show organized and held at the Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta Georgia. The show will run from April 8 to May 12, 2011.  It's a kind of opportunity that only until recently, I could only have dreamed of. 

I came across this die cast 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible while Christmas shopping for my son during the late fall of 2007. It featured a miniature Coca-Cola tin tray as a bonus item. I actually bought it for the tray and did a photo session not long after. With the Coca-Cola's headquarters located in Atlanta, the timing seemed perfect to finally bring this image to light, since Coca-Cola has often contributed in my choice of subject matter while documenting popular culture.

I did some research in order to give credit to the illustrator of the lovely bathing beauty depicted on the tray and suspect that it might be attributed to painter illustrator Gil Elvgren.

The most intimidating factor in the imagery was to get the facial features correct and for the marble to even have more impact as the main object competing for the viewer's attention. In both cases, I am happy with the outcome. Even if the painting is only 12 x 12'', the subject depicted here is enlarged by 500%. The photographic image was a bit grainy when enlarged. I worked from several photographs in order to eliminate the depth of field to give the impression as if it was painted from life rather than from a photo. Without the help of my new ipad, I'm not certain that I could have pulled it off. My inclusion of a marble in a painting may appear decorative, but more often than not it refers to an altered state of mind. In this case, it is both.

I borrowed the title from an Evan and Jaron song of the same name. Twin brothers, Evan and Jaron Lowernstein grew up in Tucker, Georgia.....located 15 miles from Atlanta. Click HERE to listen.

Exhibited- September 16 - late October, 2011
Painting selected to be part of the Coca-Cola 125th Anniversary Invitational Group Exhibition held at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta.  


Exhibited - September 7 - October 27, 2012
Crazy for this Girl (Losing a marble over a Girl) in part of a group exhibition entitled: 
Saint John Arts Centre
Saint John, NB CANADA

To inquire or acquire this painting, please contact: the artist. 


  1. As always Alvin, your work astounds me!!! You are a personal art hero:) I am always super excited when I see a new painting of yours pop up. This painting is fabulous, such iconic imagery. I only live about 3 hrs from Atlanta so I will definitely be checking out the show.

  2. This is one of my favourite pieces that you have painted. I really like the use of the American iconography with the Cola logo alongside the soft pin up style girl. The marble adds a hard realism and a three dimensional feel. Great stuff!

  3. Hi Carrie, thanks for the kind words. I'm blushing. I feel honored that you are thinking of seeing the Realism show. I'm in very good company with an amazing list of artists. I'm sure that it be worth the trip!


    Thanks Nick, I truly appreciate your introspective comment and visit. Can't wait to see your next creation.

  4. Alvin, great painting! You are fearless when it comes to painting type. Really nice!

    Congrats on the Mason Murer show. Atlanta is about 2.5 hours away from me and I'm going to try to make it down to see the show. I don't want to miss the opportunity to see your work in person.

  5. Great work, Alvin! Love the pinup, it's really well-done. I'm curious about how you used your iPad to work? Do you have your photo images on the ipad close by your painting as reference, is that what you mean?

    I wish I could see the show!

  6. Hi David, thanks for your comment. That would be cool if you made it to that show. I'm sure that you are familiar with several of the artists taking part.

  7. Hi Carol,
    That is exactly what I mean. I am able to flip through pictures back & forth, then zoom-in on them while retaining great luminosity and resolution. To be able to zoom at the actual size I'm painting and even more, helps to see minute details and with lettering. A blowed up Xerox as I usually do, pales in comparison.

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