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Angel on the Auction Block

Frances Loretta. Started in 1997, signed in 2004. Oil on hand-stretched canvas. No prints available. 13×19”.


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I WILL KEEP DANCING: Grace. Happy Mother’s Day to my little boy.


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2014 in Review: Saints and Sinners (janice j. cunningham)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,600 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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BANKSY, I love you. (Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring”)

http://time.com/3525856/banksy-girl-with-a-pearl-earring/ via @TIME


BANSKY'S VERMEER: Girl With A Pearl Earring

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Do you like art and the creative process? Does the “eccentric” life of the “typical” artist intrigue you? Scare you? Amuse you? Inspire you? Read on…

Allo allo!

I would like to cordially invite you to join my ARTISTS’ group on Facebook:


It is a private, invitation-only group,  but if you request membership, an admin will approve you as long as you’re not a bot.

Not only do I post my own work and artistic musings, as well as upcoming shows and #contemporary #art news, but I have SO MANY uber-talented friends worldwide, whose work I love to share with the public every day.

You could be one of them! All art is the soul, ergo beautiful.

So far the group has almost 4k  (!!! — so grateful) members, so if you would like to either be a voyeur or an exhibitionist, please be my guest.

To me, my readers and followers are all VIPs.

Try it out and see if you like it…you can always leave! Ain’t no Hotel California, lol…

Feel free to also follow me on #Twittter: @jjgrape.

(I heretofore take no responsibility for any profanities or insanities contained therein. Twitter is fun! No rules. Just what we painters like best.)  😀

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OPHELIA SWIMS. 2013. Oil, gold leaf, tears, and poppy dust on wood. 18x24

It’s my happy place — besides the library, the easel, or in front of my iMac. 🙂

Above are a few samplings of my paintings, but this group is dedicated to sharing the work of my many artist friends from all around the globe: a virtual #gallery of sorts! What fun.

(But it is strictly bring your own wine and cheese… 😦  Sincere apologies. Hehe.)



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…and if you’re homesick, give me your hand, and I’ll hold it.




“and if you’re homesick
give me your hand
and i’ll hold it...”

Birdy“People Help the People”

BAG OF BROKEN DREAMS. (Subway series) 2003. Gouache/ink on stock. 5×8.

BAG OF BROKEN DREAMS. (Subway series) 2008. Gouache/ink on stock. 5x8.

One of many sketches-turned-paintings inspired by the subway in NYC. It’s a hard place to feel sorry for yourself…so many in need.

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April 13, 2014 · 8:06 pm

MARRIED? Maddied? (She’s alive…ALIVE!!!)

O. M. Freaking G!!!

Nobody warned me about the itching.
I’m-a goin’-a CRAZEEEE!!!

I peeled back the bandages on my shoulder “just to see” because I am so enthralled by the grotesque nature of the human body in crisis,

and I am also a sucker for punishment.

A black line with staples across it, from underarm to shoulder blade, circled my limb,  severed and re-attached.

Veritable train tracks.
Choo choo!

LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE I am the new Bride of Frankenstein!
I got my wedding wishes, after all.

ANIMA SOLA. 2008. 16×22. Oil on canvas nailed to board. SOLD, collection Hannah Brooks, M.D. NYC



Love.  Ain’t it just grand?


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“Suck My Lollipop”?!? C’mon, Zuckerberg…can we do better?

BUY ME/BYE ME. 2005, oil on board. 24x39. SOLD.

I have just been officially “notified” that a certain Facebook User has “invited me” to “suck their lollipop“.

Oh, this just makes me want to —

um, er,


…put on some red lipstick, cab it to CafeWorld, and “invite” my paisans to a hot round (or 77) of Texas Hold ‘Em.

Winner takes all.

Losers can “invite” themselves to “suck my lollipop“.
On FarmVille, no less…

where they can all BranchOut and Send A Hug to each others’ sorry arses.

Who ees zees Zuckerberg fellow who allows zees stoopeet appleecashions?

Facebook, I have but one query.


You have gone awry with this app.

Very, very awry…

Cleveland, Ohio   1.13.2011

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unattainability vs. desirability

HULDAH. 1997. 14×16, oil on canvas. SOLD. Collection Claudia DuBuque, IA.

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