Friday, May 22, 2015

Pink Glow Snippet, by Kim Blair


(close-up section of larger work on 300 lb watercolour paper)

The hot pink line in this snippet has the look of a partially working neon sign.  We've all seen those old store front signs where only a portion of the name is lit up, sometimes creating a different word than the store intended.
Which by the way, is supposedly how the singer/actor Bobby Darin (1936- 1973, famous for singing 'Mac the Knife') got his name.   One evening while walking past a Chinese restaurant where a neon sign was supposed to say "Mandarin" Bobby noticed the first three letters were burned out, spelling 'darin' and he decided to take that as his stage name... instead of his birth name, Cassotto.

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