|Des on the beach|
|A lovely nostalgic countryside scene|
|This painting, contemplating his return home, shows influences|
of Art Deco and contemporary designs
In particular, I'm going to concentrate on two particular sketches. The first is a rather lovely caricature of the beautiful Gene Tierney that Des painted in 1942. Gene Tierney is a rather apropos subject for my 100th post because my first post was about Laura, her most famous role. This painting is, I believe, based on a publicity still of Gene from her role in 1940's The Return of Frank James, a western film. Gene, of course, was a strikingly gorgeous woman and would no doubt have been remembered by the lonely Des.
The second painting I would like to mention a painting of a star that the site identifies as either Ginger Rogers or Lauren Bacal. I am almost certain that this painting is of Ginger Rogers based on her appearance in the Astaire/Rogers musical Roberta. In that particular film, she danced to "Smoke Gets your Eyes" in a slinky black dress like the subject of this painting. I don't know, something about it to me just screams Ginger, and I would say (with almost certainty) that it's her.
|Sketch of Des by a fellow soldier/artist|
I'm so glad to have reached 100 posts and I'm so glad I've been able to share this much with my reading public. It's been a little more than a year that I've been doing it, and I've had an absolute blast. I hope you, my readers, enjoy my work as much as I do. Here's to the next 100!
The Changi POW Art of Des Bettany