Saturday, December 13, 2008

"I Want My Baby Bok, Baby Bok, Baby Bok"

Connie Kleinjans fine art6x6, oil on canvas board, NFS

You know, I saw some baby bok choy at the grocery store, and I had to paint one (well, two, since another will be showing up soon). I'd had it a couple of days before I started painting and it was starting to droop, hence the little dish it's in. I don't know if it helped revive it. But somewhere in there I started humming the music with different words. I think the original is for a steak house. (And for those of you who haven't heard it, the song is in 1950s doo-wop style, and it goes "I want my baby back, baby back, baby back... I want my baby back ribs!" OK, the joke is lame, but a few friends cracked up.

Also, I decided to try the outline technique. I remember art teachers telling classes over and over "Don't draw the outlines. Draw on the surface. Draw the volumes." But they sure made this painting pop, and I see it in other current painters. It kind of brings to mind Elizabeth Shippen Green, the great illustrator from early in the 20th century. She worked in charcoal, which gave her bold outlines, as you can see from this page. Ah well, enough history.


  1. The ad is for Chili's. I always liked the song, but I'm not a big fan of ribs!

  2. Is it Chili's? I thought it was Outback Steakhouse. Whatever, yeah, the song is catchy. And, no, I'm not a big fan of ribs, either. Too much work and mess for the effort or something.

  3. Hi Connie, It's good to know there is another artist out there whose mind is as warped as mine is. I have a painting on my blog named "Apple Hokey Pokey". Love your work.