Friday, January 8, 2010


Acrylic on Canvas
Winter, 2009

This portrait was created from a photograph which originally appeared in a magazine spread. Maila (Vampira) had recently been involved in a fiery beauty parlour mishap, which left her almost completely bald! Time and again, the iconic star proved that there was much beauty to be found in the untraditional.

Much to the chagrin of my living room wall (this portrait's temporary home), the piece was a gift for Karswell of The Horrors of it All. What do you get for a man who already has everything one could imagine? You hand-craft something, and pray to the gods that it turns out!

As some of you may know, Karswell had become quite close with Ms. Nurmi during his time in Los Angeles. I couldn't think of a more appropriate gift than a heartfelt momento created in the likeness of one of his most cherished companions.

Maila Nurmi
1922 ~ 2008
Rest in Peace


Tenebrous Kate said...

Oh my gosh--I love everything about it! Beautiful work, Kitty. I'd seen the photos from this session some number of years ago and thought they were astonishingly gorgeous and brave. An excellent choice for a really lovely portrait.

Karswell said...

Maila was quite an artist herself and would undoubtably love this as much as I do. Thanks again Kitty, a truly most awesome xmas present!

Kitty LeClaw said...

Thank you, Kate :o) "Astonishingly gorgeous and brave" sums Ms. Nurmi up perfectly, I think!

Karswell -- I'd love to see some of her artwork. Also would have loved to have sent her a few snaps of this piece. Such a beautiful lady...

prof. grewbeard said...

always ahead of her time! and an awesome portrait!

Mike H said...

A lovely piece of work!

Mykal said...

Ms. LeClaw: Beautiful work of one of the world's great beauties. Karswell is one lucky dog. -- Mykal

Mother Firefly said...

It's a beautiful piece. Really stunning!

And by the way, you're one of the 7 bloggers that I'm passing this award on to:

Tempest Nightingale LeTrope said...

A magnificent rendition, and a fascinating story!