R.I.P. Motorhead’s front man LEMMY

Well, I just have to say…

The music industry has lost a ROCK LEGEND tonight.

Here is the post from Motorhead’s Facebook Fan page:


There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely…

Posted by Official Motörhead on Monday, 28 December 2015



I did a painting of Lemmy a long time ago.  I never finished it.

Another regret is that I never got to see the band LIVE.  I kept telling my hubby I wanted to see them but when it came time to buy the tickets, I never wanted to go.  I really do not like the crowd.  I do put up with drunkenness and crowds sometimes when we go to see certain bands.  You just cannot avoid it.  And I have been stepped on, shoved over, squashed, hurt, luckily not hurt badly.

And it’s hard to hear for a couple of days.

Whilst living in England, I have gone to see Buzzcocks (countless times), they are my hubby’s favorite band.  I was able to see Adam Ant. That made me really happy, to see one of my teenage crushes in person!

One of the most AWESOME things was two years ago, just before Christmas, we went to see BLACK SABBATH in the city they started in… Birmingham UK.  Where they are all from.  It was like a reunion.  But it was LOUD.

Apparently Motorhead was one of the loudest bands on earth.  As I said, I kept saying I was going to see them, but always chickened out at the last moment and my hubby would get a friend to go with him.

Lemmy was 70 when he passed away.  That is a LONG TIME to ROCK!  I don’t know if when I reach 70, if I will be able to be rockin’ and rolling like that. I sure hope so!

I did this painting several years ago.  I never finished it but here is my tribute to Lemmy .. (the painting is about 20×16″ pastel painting)…

Lemmy 20x16" Pastel Painting ©Cindy Williams
Pastel Painting
©Cindy Williams


Wherever you are tonight Lemmy…



Why I Love the OLDIES…

Ah… the Oldies… as in the Old Hollywood movies.  Well, you certainly can’t re-create those classics.  They are a bygone era.

From childhood, I do vaguely remember the old silent films.   Mostly of those damsels in distress, tied to railroad tracks with a rope, and in each of those films some sort of villain has left them waiting on a hero to come and save them, all the while, a train comes roaring toward them.  Then you see subtitles on the film whilst the piano is playing villain music in the background.

It might sound something like this…




I do remember later on, the old westerns too, but that may be for another time.

Ah… let me return to what I began to say…

So, the actresses of the Jazz Age. I think they were so glamorous. They had style. They knew how to be a true snob. There was no acting in that sense.  They certainly lived up to their glamorous attitudes.  If you look at the actresses of today, there are very few that know what glamour is.

I happily received a book from my hubby.

He gave me a book titled “Louise Brooks:  Portrait of an Anti-Star”.

Louise Brooks: Portrait of an Anti-Star by Roland Jaccard
Louise Brooks: Portrait of an Anti-Star
by Roland Jaccard


I don’t really know why, but Louise Brooks was one of the first Jazz Age actresses that I painted.  I wanted to try the Art Deco type painting.  And I was HOOKED.

And the black and white paintings, I love them.  It’s hard to go back to colour painting now because I love monochrome.  It’s fun, I don’t have to keep changing to other colours.

I am hoping to be involved with the upcoming 30 day painting challenge with loads of other artists.  I would like to do AT LEAST 15 paintings! Well, that is what I am hoping for.

A Little Bit of LuLu ©Cindy Williams
A Little Bit of LuLu ©Cindy Williams

This was a quick little pen drawing.

I can’t wait to start reading my new book about Louise Brooks.

I will pass on some of the info to you as I am reading, letting you know about this actress and some of the others that I am painting.

Thank you all for dropping by, I appreciate all my readers.

Ciao for now!

Cindy Williams


Working on latest painting…

I put this painting to the side for a bit. I think it’s good to take time away from a project sometimes. I think I did say that I signed up for Leslie Saeta’s 30 day painting challenge again YIKES! You know, I think she is hosting her 7th painting challenge and I was only able to complete 2 in the past. January 2015 I did 30 paintings AND 30 artist interviews! The challenge is fun, but you gotta be organized! Hopefully this one will be successful and I will finish the 30 paintings.

Between work and other activities this month, I can’t remember what size this is, I think it is a 16×12″.  No worries, it will be revealed when it is finished (and when I start working on it again).

WIP ©Cindy Williams
WIP ©Cindy Williams


Next step in WIP by ©Cindy Williams
Next step in WIP by ©Cindy Williams


WIP by ©Cindy Williams
by ©Cindy Williams

This is a pastel painting. I am using Faber-Castell pastels on Canson paper.

Exciting News!

I went last month to a special meeting, in which I wanted to join a very special art society.  I had written to the society and asked how to join and what I needed to do.  I was to send some photos of my work and where they can be found.

Not long after, I received a message that I was a prospective candidate for membership!  So I was invited to attend a special meeting only for prospective members.  We were to take our artwork to show and I decided to take this one:

Reflections of a Diva 28"x20" Pastel painting on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper ©Cindy Williams
Reflections of a Diva
Pastel painting on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper
©Cindy Williams


So in the post where I first posted  the finished painting, you saw behind the scenes where I was saying I had finished the painting and I was putting this in the pop up gallery.  

Here I put it in the POP UP gallery.

The next thing I did, a few days after the pop up gallery, was go to the special prospective member meeting.  And I took that huge painting with me.  I arrived at the meeting and all the new prospective members were to put our art on easels or on table tops.

At the meeting there were no other active members present except for the ones who were “officers” like the president of the art society, vice president, secretary, etc etc.

I was very nervous. All the while thinking, “is my art good enough? will I get in? will I have to wait another year to improve and be accepted?”

As of Friday, December 11, 2015… I AM A MEMBER OF:




The most exciting thing about being a member… The Stratford Upon Avon Art Society has an exhibition every year held at King Edward VI school! Don’t know about that? It’s only the school that WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE attended as a boy!

As an American, that is so exciting!

So, as my husband told me this weekend, after being accepted, I need to “up my game” now.  So I am going to try my best to do more and better paintings, because I also have other shows in the coming year.

Thank you for your support and thank you all for dropping by.

I need to get painting, so CIAO FOR NOW :)

Cindy Williams