Brush Strokes & Key Strokes

Typed on a c. 1930’s Royal Standard Portable “O”

5 thoughts on “Brush Strokes & Key Strokes

  1. I snapped up an Elvgren book in Bangkok last year. Great artist. I had a wonderful Varga book back in the ’80s, but my ex-girlfriend got custody of it, dammit!
    Fantastic blog you have here too, by the way. The typing robot with the pipe in your header intrigued me, but when I saw the words ‘film noir’ , ‘Art Deco’ and that cool bakelite telephone in the shots of the Corona 4, I knew I’d be spending some time on your blog over the next few weeks, months, years. That phone looks too cool. You could probably still receive a call from Fred Astaire on that thing.
    Thanks for the kind words about my blog too, sir.
    Cheers,
    teeritz

  2. That’s a really funny looking little typewriter in Elvgren’s sweaterlicious painting.

    The Rockwell is a great character study and very well drawn, as always, even if it isn’t a full-blown painting. I think Rockwell was a genius at the kind of art he chose to make.

    • Actually, Richard, Rockwell began by largely emulating J.C. Leyendecker, and if you look at Leyendecker’s rather long run, prior to Rockwell, illustrating covers for The Saturday Evening Post, you’ll see the influence. Of course, the two had different styles, but the staging and humorous scenes depicting American life are often similar. Eventually, however, Rockwell took on his own style. I agree with you as well, as to his great talent.

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