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It's the 1930s and the family of the late Sinas Cavinder gather for the reading of his will in the creepy Cavinder mansion. They find themselves being murdered one by one by a mysterious phantom while two rival reporters compete for the scoop. Written and directed by Larry Blamire, this film (available on DVD) is a brilliant send-up of the "Old Dark House" movies of the 30s and 40s.
For this film, I painted nine large creepy familiy portraits in the space of two weeks. Though painted digitally, I employed classical portrait techniques using a digital stylus and tablet. The artwork was uploaded to Hollywood where it was printed on a large format printer, then mounted and framed and hung on the Cavinder Mansion set by production designer Anthony Tremblay. What a cool and fun project to be involved in!


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This is the patriarch of the Cavinder family, Sinas Cavinder. Some say that they see a resemblance to the artist. Some also say that I finally found a way to appear in one of Larry's films. Just who are these "some" who keep saying stuff?
Sinas Cavinder
Here's my portrait of the patriarch of the Cavinder family, Sinas Cavinder, as it was placed on the wall of the amazing mansion set created by production designer Anthony Tremblay. Quizzically regarding the portrait is veteran actor Daniel Roebuck as reporter "8 O'Clock Farraday." Photograph courtesy Robert Deveau.
Sinas Cavinder Hangs
Here's my portrait of "Feathersac Cavinder"... for no particular reason, I made up names and short bios to entertain myself...and maybe you.
	With the Cavinder Estate in the background we may notice that there seems to be no archetypical picket fence around the property. As a young girl, Lovely Feathersac Cavinder had a penchant for peeking both over and between the pickets of the fence that surrounded the Cavinder family estate until her eyes reached the orientation we see in her portrait. To no avail, her parents removed the picket fence, hoping that Feathersac’s eyes might return to their former position. From then on, picket fences have been banned at the Cavinder Estate.
Feathersac Cavinder
Here's another area on the old Cavinder Mansion set where the portraits were hung...here being apprehensively beheld by Trish Geiger playing the maid, Jane Hovenham. Photograph courtesy Trish Geiger.
Portraits on Set
General LeTrene "Napsac" Cavinder.
	Most of the General’s military awards and decorations were awarded by foreign governments, probably in return for the General's proclivity for marching his men needlessly into the guns of the enemy. He awarded himself the four stars. He just liked stars. The meaning of his seemingly unseemly nickname "Napsac" can only be guessed. You should guess meanings that are uncouth and indecorous.
Gen. LeTrene "Napsac" Cavinder.
Another view of the Cavinder hall of family portraits, set by production designer Anthony Tremblay. Adjudging the artworks with a certain level of trepidation are Dan Conroy as cabbie Happy Codburn, Jennifer Blair as reporter Billy Tuesday and Daniel Roebuck as reporter 8 O'Clock Farraday. Photograph courtesy Trish Geiger.
Cavinder Hall of Portraits
Here's my painting of Guanaca Cavinder. She was the lover of Marchese Guglielmo Marconi who developed his first radio antenna based on her hairstyle. During their passionate lovemaking trysts, “Gug” and “Guani” would exchange ardent double entendres and euphemisms all taken from the terminology of his patent application, “Detecting electrical oscillations" Filed Feb 2, 1903.
Guanaca Cavinder