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Watch This Space Hi Earl Moran (1893-1984)
Earl Moran was an accomplished artist and lived an amazing life. He was at the forefront of the pinup craze (some say the founder) EARL MORAN (1893-1984)and lived the life of a modern day rock star. The following is a brief edited bio in his own words: "While in Chicago I was determined to try free-lancing. I painted two pastels of bathing girls, 30"x40" and shipped one to an Iowa calendar company and the other to Brown & Bigelow in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was the beginning of about a quarter of a century of exclusive calendar girls and as far as I'm concerned there's been no more enjoyable work in my life. Cafe society, celebrities and all the popular artists in the New York area knew my penthouse studio on Fifth Avenue at 49th Street. Around this time I was invited to judge my first bathing beauty contest. It was a real thrill to see myself on a newsreel, measuring the top dimensions of the winner.

I was just interested in painting girls for calendars. Yet mail arrived in bundles from all over the world, from young ladies who were convinced they were just my type and wanted to come to New York and model for me. Visitors have made their way to my studio from all over the world, the House of Parliament and remote monasteries, "just to see the man who paints those lovely girls."

I could work anywhere in the world. Los Angeles seemed like a good idea, as my children lived there. So I rented the studio of Henry Clive, and I settled down in California and immediately met up with a whole new set of wonderful people. One day a blonde kid named Norma Jean Dougherty came by looking for work. For the next four or five years, she posed for many of my paintings and during that time changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn had a most difficult time before she made it. I recall a time when she came to pose for me and her shoes were absolutely run down and beyond repair. I gave her a pair a previous model had left in the studio and Marilyn wore them home. Around this time I moved to a place in the San Fernando Valley. One of my first models there was a fresh arrival from Texas and some things about her reminded me of Marilyn Monroe. She had a warm personality; her name was Mansfield, first name Jayne."
Watch This Space Hi Jeffery Machamer (1900-1960)
Jeffery Machamer (1900-1960)Jefferson Machamer's drawings of beautiful girls for the humor magazine Judge during the 1920's and 1930's brought him notoriety. His famous 'Gags and Gals' page in the New York Mirror showed exchanges between attractive young women and unattractive older men; he even poked fun at himself in these humorous strips. During this same period he wrote and acted in seven short films. In 1940 he settled in Los Angeles and his strip "The Baffles" was syndicated in national papers. He wrote art instruction books, and his advice to aspiring artists; "have fun!" His favorite model: Jayne Mansfield.
Watch This Space Hi Andrew Loomis (1892-1959)
Andrew Loomis (1892-1959)Not only was Andrew Loomis an artist extraordinaire, he was an amazing teacher. His art instruction books (six in all) were best sellers and are still coveted by art students around the world. After military service in World War I he opened a studio in Chicago. He produced numerous editorial and advertising campaigns, and in 1935 he illustrated a magazine cover for the Saturday Evening Post. During this time, he was a highly acclaimed teacher at the American Academy of Art. He described his art as follows: "character studies, figures, historical subjects, interiors, covers, posters, portraits, still life, and landscapes, with the mediums as black and white, charcoal, color, dry brush, oil, watercolor, pastel, and wash." In the 1940's he wrote "Figure Drawing For All It's Worth" and it became a timeless art instruction book for both seasoned and aspiring artists. Many consider his book the "Creative Illustrator" one the most extraordinary art instruction books of all time.
Watch This Space Hi Henry Clive (1882-1960)
Henry Clive (1882-1960)Henry Clive was born on a sheep ranch outside Melbourne Australia. As an adult he moved to Hollywood and acted in silent films. In the 1920's he produced promo campaigns for movie stars Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, and Jackie Coogan, which led to his work as art director for Charlie Chaplin productions. His spectacular pastels and oils were on the covers of Smart Set, True Confessions, Screen Play, Theatre Magazine and American Weekly. Clive was adept at both pastel work and oils, his original works are extremely scarce and coveted by collectors; only a few are known to exist.
Watch This Space Hi Mickey Bach (1909-1994)
Mickey Bach (1909-1994)Mickey Bach lived an interesting and charmed life. As a young boy, he started a one-man neighborhood newspaper. He would report all the latest happenings in the area, including the latest gossip. The result? Let's just say the people in the neighborhood were suddenly on their best behavior.To the University of Wisconsin via football quarterback scholarship. After the military Mickey was best known for his syndicated cartoon "Word A Day." He would use a word, give the definition and draw a humorous cartoon illustrating that word. Mickey's love for his wife Virginia knew no bounds, and fifty plus years of marriage proved the limitless love they had for each other. Mickey put a blank canvas on the their wall and wrote "Watch This Space" on it. At their various parties their friends would "doodle" on the canvas, including Randy Tamlar, a noted portrait artist, who drew Mickey's portrait in the upper corner. If you are not moved and in awe of Lucky Santa, Hi, and A Little Pick Me Up, you should take your pulse, as you probably have no heartbeat. Enjoy!
Watch This Space Hi Virginia Bach
Virginia Bach"It all started in 1948 when Mickey put up the canvas, with "Watch This Space" on it, during one of our wonderful parties in Los Angeles. Henry was the first, drawing the appropriate Santa during the Christmas holidays, and Clifford was next with his wonderful gift. A couple of years later, Andy painted a masterpiece (more on that later). Randy produced the incredible portrait of Mickey, followed by Jeff and Earl's masterpieces. Then, Ted Geisal bestowed the unforgettable "Nature Lover" at a party I still remember, like it was yesterday. The time has come to share these wonderful gifts, from these amazing artists, with the world. Mickey and I had over fifty wonderful years together until his passing in 1994, I cannot express in words the love Mick and I experienced and I miss him dearly. Oh, by the way, the woman in the martini glass is me!"
Watch This Space Hi Clifford McBride (1901-1950)
Clifford McBride (1901-1950)Clifford McBride was expelled twice for publishing artwork in his high school paper. After graduating from Occidental College, McBride settled in Pasadena where he began his career in 1923 as a staff artist for the Los Angeles Times. In 1932, McBride launched the daily strip 'Napoleon', which was an instant success, and was a mainstay of the comic pages for more than a quarter of a century. Napoleon was a big, clumsy, Irish Wolfhound. Uncle Elby was an elderly single man who thought he was Napoleon's master, but the dog ran the show. More often than not, Napoleon would create a situation, Elby would become upset, but, in the end, Elby would lovingly forgive Napoleon.
Watch This Space Hi Theodore Geisel (1904-1991)
Theodore Geisel (1904-1991)"A person's a person, no matter how small; children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." What an appropriate quote from Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss. When asked about his name, he stated Seuss was his mother's maiden name and his father wanted him to be a doctor. In the 1920's and 30's Geisel published cartoons and articles for Judge, Life, and Vanity Fair magazines. His advertising phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" became part of the national consciousness (Flit was a mosquito repellent). During World War II, Geisel wrote documentaries for the military and won an Oscar for a cartoon called "Gerald McBoing-Boing." After the war he moved to La Jolla California and wrote "Cat in the Hat" to combat illiteracy, and, as they say, the rest is history. Ted Geisel was a true poet; his books employed a meter (anapestic tetrameter) used by the famous poet Lord Byron. His works won Academy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. He truly led a distinguished and honorable life.