On Sunday, June 26, 2016, the Season 4 Premier of SHOWTIME’s series Ray Donovan (starring Liev Schreiber) aired. The episode entitled Girl with Guitar had part of the storyline fashioned around Aaron Shikler’s excellent painting of the same name. Several of my paintings, The Lavender Kimono, Palmas #2, and Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) were used as well in the season premier of this popular series.
Below: The Lavender Kimono and Palmas #2 seen behind “Ray Donovan” as he enters the gallery.
Below: “Ray Donovan” captivated (and rightfully so) by Aaron Shikler’s Girl with Guitar. My painting Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) is seen (albeit at an angle) on the wall to the right.
Aaron & I had talked about showing together but it never got to happen. It makes me smile that we are hanging in this gallery together – even if it is a fictitious one.
I’m adding images of the actual paintings here so you can see them up close: (Above: The Lavender Kimono 12×12″ Oil on Linen mounted on board)
Fun fact: I painted The Lavender Kimono from a photo that was taken in Aaron’s studio. I’d asked Aaron to take some photos of me to paint from – I set the camera up for some shots and then got into the frame – he took the photos and we shared the images – each painting several of the shots from that photo shoot. We painted this at the same time (but not together) comparing them afterward. It was fun & interesting to see how each of our paintings of the same subject turned out. We each ended up painting this same image several times in various sizes/colors.
(Above: Palmas #2 8×8″ Watercolor on Paper)
(Above: Aaron Shikler’s Girl with Guitar – Pastel. Such a beauty!)
Fun fact: The story line has the gallery owner tell “Ray” that the girl in Aaron Shikler’s painting is his daughter – but actually, it is Aaron’s wife with the guitar.
(Above: Blowing Smoke (Portrait of Aaron Shikler) 24×36″ Oil on Linen)
Not watching much television, I was unfamiliar with the show Ray Donovan prior to talking with one of their producers – but from what I’ve now seen, it looks like a really good show! So, in finding it available to stream on Showtime, I will be watching from Season 1. And after all… “Ray” has great taste in art.