Friday, January 11, 2013

Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson
12" x 12"
oil on luan, 2012
The 2012 top 100 year is coming to a close and I'm wrapping up the list in the next few weeks. There are about 8 or 9 more paintings to complete in order to have the first 50 all done in oils. They're either 12 inch square or 1 x 2 feet. The last 50 then will become watercolors at 8.5" x 11". There still is a lot of uncertainty who those last 50 will be as I select them from almost one hundred songs that gathered 10 points in 2012. The paintings that still need to be painted from numbers 1 through 50 are either additional songs by musicians that were already in the list (and painted) or by musicians that are anonymous or without an available photograph to paint from. Kimya Dawson clearly belongs to the former category. The painting of her that I did before, was the first one for the Top 100 2012 series back in April, followed by a portrait of her daughter Panda a few days later. Then I painted Dawson together with Adam Green for the 100 Greatest Recordings Ever series in the Summer. I had not heard of Kimya Dawson or the band The Moldy Peaches (Dawson and Green) before the the year started but since then I've gathered most of their recordings. Dawson will probably appear 5 times in this year's list (more than anyone else), twice with Adam Green in the Moldy Peaches, and three times solo. Two of the three solo tunes come from My Cute Friend Sweet Princess. This painting then is dedicated to the song Being Cool from that CD (2004).

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