03. Wise Children by Angela Carter is another of my very favorite novels  Here is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:
"I mean it when I say nearly every sort of enterprise that might hire an actor makes an appearance: Shakespeare (of course), music hall, vaudeville, burlesque, English pantomime, Hollywood movies, game shows, commercials, children’s television, cooking shows, and on and on. The Chance sisters are raised in a theatrical boarding house by their beloved Grandma Chance (vegetarian, pacifist, nudist and drinker of créme de menthe). The appearances by real life luminaries are blessedly few and far between. Famous people are mentioned occasionally, but they remain off stage. There’s a lovely description of a Fred and Adele Astaire routine - the girls’ first show, and the first time they see their father in the flesh. There is also a whole Dan Leno routine in a seaside theater in Brighton, and he becomes an actual character in the book, playing Bottom in a disastrous movie version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had no idea that Dan Leno was a real person until I read my always charming inamorato's book on vaudeville. I may have even said out loud, “Oh! He’s real!” to an entire subway car.”
You can read the rest of my post here.
3/40 in my Literary Lent Series.

03. Wise Children by Angela Carter is another of my very favorite novels  Here is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:

"I mean it when I say nearly every sort of enterprise that might hire an actor makes an appearance: Shakespeare (of course), music hall, vaudeville, burlesque, English pantomime, Hollywood movies, game shows, commercials, children’s television, cooking shows, and on and on. The Chance sisters are raised in a theatrical boarding house by their beloved Grandma Chance (vegetarian, pacifist, nudist and drinker of créme de menthe). The appearances by real life luminaries are blessedly few and far between. Famous people are mentioned occasionally, but they remain off stage. There’s a lovely description of a Fred and Adele Astaire routine - the girls’ first show, and the first time they see their father in the flesh. There is also a whole Dan Leno routine in a seaside theater in Brighton, and he becomes an actual character in the book, playing Bottom in a disastrous movie version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had no idea that Dan Leno was a real person until I read my always charming inamorato's book on vaudeville. I may have even said out loud, “Oh! He’s real!” to an entire subway car.”

You can read the rest of my post here.

3/40 in my Literary Lent Series.

A detail from The Last Supper of Olive Thomas.
THE CHORUS GIRL SHOW by Carolyn RashipCome to Dixon Place to celebrate the opening of my show! I’ve been creating a series of large works on paper depicting the interesting and scandal filled lives of women who began their professional lives in the chorus - then wound up as movie stars, writers or infamous.To celebrate the opening, please join us for drinks and performances at the Dixon Place Lounge!
161 Chrystie Street, NYCPerformers include:Anna Copa Cabanna Charming DisasterKilly Mockstar DwyerSarah Engelke and Jamie ZillitttoAnd more!During the first half of the 20th century becoming a chorus girl was both the most typical entree to show business and a constant punchline. The Chorus Girl was a cliche and a type: tough talking, avaricious, gold digging, dumb. As with most things, the real women often transcended the cliche. Show business and crime, dreams lost, lives lived into little old lady-hood — and lives cut short. Glamour and art and intelligence. These works are drenched in blood and feathers and gilt trim, and — like the early movies many real life chorus girl appeared in — have no formula. Intricate pen and ink and watercolor fantasias depict moments out of the lives of Princess White Deer (Native American performer who headlined on three continents, played the Palace, and starred in the Follies), Evelyn Nesbit (the teenage chorus girl who played a central role in The Crime of the Century, the murder of Stanford White by Harry K. Thaw), Olive Thomas (legendary Ziegfeld star and whose death was the first Hollywood scandal) and Louise Brooks (serious dancer, legendary chorus girl, movie star, artist and writer). As in the lives of these complicated and fascinating women, nothing in these works is just what it seems. 

A detail from The Last Supper of Olive Thomas.

THE CHORUS GIRL SHOW by Carolyn Raship

Come to Dixon Place to celebrate the opening of my show! I’ve been creating a series of large works on paper depicting the interesting and scandal filled lives of women who began their professional lives in the chorus - then wound up as movie stars, writers or infamous.

To celebrate the opening, please join us for drinks and performances at the Dixon Place Lounge!

161 Chrystie Street, NYC

Performers include:

Anna Copa Cabanna 
Charming Disaster
Killy Mockstar Dwyer
Sarah Engelke and Jamie Zillittto

And more!

During the first half of the 20th century becoming a chorus girl was both the most typical entree to show business and a constant punchline. The Chorus Girl was a cliche and a type: tough talking, avaricious, gold digging, dumb. As with most things, the real women often transcended the cliche. Show business and crime, dreams lost, lives lived into little old lady-hood — and lives cut short. Glamour and art and intelligence. These works are drenched in blood and feathers and gilt trim, and — like the early movies many real life chorus girl appeared in — have no formula. 

Intricate pen and ink and watercolor fantasias depict moments out of the lives of Princess White Deer (Native American performer who headlined on three continents, played the Palace, and starred in the Follies), Evelyn Nesbit (the teenage chorus girl who played a central role in The Crime of the Century, the murder of Stanford White by Harry K. Thaw), Olive Thomas (legendary Ziegfeld star and whose death was the first Hollywood scandal) and Louise Brooks (serious dancer, legendary chorus girl, movie star, artist and writer). As in the lives of these complicated and fascinating women, nothing in these works is just what it seems. 

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A detail from my Louise Brooks piece!
THE CHORUS GIRL SHOW 
Dixon Place Gallery February 5-23
161A Chrystie Street, New York, New York 10002 

A detail from my Louise Brooks piece!

THE CHORUS GIRL SHOW 

Dixon Place Gallery February 5-23

161A Chrystie Street, New York, New York 10002 

I just realized that I neglected to post the (terrible iphone) photo of the Last Supper of Olive Thomas. Here it is.

I just realized that I neglected to post the (terrible iphone) photo of the Last Supper of Olive Thomas. Here it is.

Sorry for the radio silence! I’ve been hard at work on the pieces for the upcoming Dixon Place show (and I was on vacation in Ireland for a week).

I’ve attached some photos of my progress on the Louise Brooks piece. It’s the most elaborate thing I’ve done.

The pencil sketch for the first part of my Louise Brooks triptych.

The pencil sketch for the first part of my Louise Brooks triptych.

Some recent sketchbook pages.

I’m pretty permanently obsessed with old nutty gin soaked writer Louise Brooks.

I’m pretty permanently obsessed with old nutty gin soaked writer Louise Brooks.

I spent a lot of yesterday working on this. It’s going to be a large-ish piece - still not in stone and there will be definite changes and additions.

I spent a lot of yesterday working on this. It’s going to be a large-ish piece - still not in stone and there will be definite changes and additions.

This will be happening at the Dixon Place Gallery. More info soon!
We are thrilled.

This will be happening at the Dixon Place Gallery. More info soon!

We are thrilled.

More from the sketchbook. I’m just spewing out ideas for the Olive Thomas piece.

More from the sketchbook. I’m just spewing out ideas for the Olive Thomas piece.

Alas! Alack! This set of prints will be removed from my Society 6 store one week from today.

(Okay. In all truth, the hugging monsters might stick around. But the others? Poof! Gone.)

Another mermaid picture - based on an amalgamation of various Ziegfeld beauties.

Another mermaid picture - based on an amalgamation of various Ziegfeld beauties.

I’m drawing film stills again! This will be up on my Etsy store soon (along with some other small originals). 

I’m drawing film stills again! This will be up on my Etsy store soon (along with some other small originals).