Closeups and Canvases:

A blog for sharing my literary and artistic adventures.

Thanks for taking a look at my site, known previously as Close-ups and Long-shots. I’m broadening the scope to include my artwork.

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Alma Rubens autographs Barbara La Marr Belle Bennett Billie Dove Broken Silence Dangerous Curves Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels Edwina Booth Ethlyne Clair Eve Golden Evelyn Nelson film biographies Fontaine La Rue Hairpins and Dead Ends Hollywood Hugh Allan Jack Pickford Jean Harlow John Gilbert Joyce Compton Katherine MacDonald Lenore Heidorn Lina Basquette Loretta Lynn Lucille Ricksen Lupe Velez Mabel Normand Mae Murray Mae Murray: The Girl With the Bee-Stung Lips Marie Prevost Mary Brian Mary Miles Minter Mary Pickford Michael G. Ankerich Michelle Vogel Olive Borden Rudolph Valentino Sue Carol Sybil Tinkle Thelma Todd The Sound of Silence Tove Blue Valeska Suratt William Janney

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  • Conversations with Loretta

    Conversations with Loretta

    By Michael G. Ankerich Loretta Lynn’s death on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, stunned me, caught me off guard. I was working at home when my phone beeped. I looked down at the text message from The Washington Post. “Loretta Lynn dead at 90.” I got up from my desk, walked into the den and told […]

  • A fauvism style portrait of Lottie Pickford

    A fauvism style portrait of Lottie Pickford

    Just finished a portrait in the fauvism style of Lottie Pickford, the sister of Mary and Jack. You can read about Lottie’s tragic life in my book, Hairpins and Dead Ends: The Perilous Journeys of 25 Actresses Through Early Hollywood. What symbolism do you see in the painting? 9×12 oil on wood

  • Happy Birthday, Mr. Jimmy!

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Jimmy!

    President Carter celebrated 98 years this weekend. I have said before that he is one of the most decent, inspiring, and giving human beings I have ever known. I offer this little anecdote. One Sunday at church, I was sitting a row being Mr. Jimmy. He was sitting by himself. I’m not sure where Ms. […]

  • Conversations with Loretta

    Conversations with Loretta

    By Michael G. Ankerich Loretta Lynn’s death on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, stunned me, caught me off guard. I was working at home when my phone beeped. I looked down at the text message from The Washington Post. “Loretta Lynn dead at 90.” I got up from my desk, walked into the den and told […]

  • A fauvism style portrait of Lottie Pickford

    A fauvism style portrait of Lottie Pickford

    Just finished a portrait in the fauvism style of Lottie Pickford, the sister of Mary and Jack. You can read about Lottie’s tragic life in my book, Hairpins and Dead Ends: The Perilous Journeys of 25 Actresses Through Early Hollywood. What symbolism do you see in the painting? 9×12 oil on wood

  • Happy Birthday, Mr. Jimmy!

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Jimmy!

    President Carter celebrated 98 years this weekend. I have said before that he is one of the most decent, inspiring, and giving human beings I have ever known. I offer this little anecdote. One Sunday at church, I was sitting a row being Mr. Jimmy. He was sitting by himself. I’m not sure where Ms. […]

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  1. Thank you for sharing your memories of Loretta. I remember when you started doing your interviews with the singers and…