"While this was going on, we discussed whether big eyes are sexy because they make us look childlike and vulnerable or because they mimic the sexually aroused eye. When Marisol finished, Sigrid's eyes did look bigger, but they did not resemble a Keane painting. They were much too ready to crinkle in laughter. To sustain a Keane eye, you must have absolutely no sense of humor."
The director Tim Burton surprised his fiancee, Lisa Marie, with her own Keane portrait. (She's holding their dog, Poppy.) Poppy now makes occasional appearances in Keane's paintings, as do Keane's Siamese cats, Pikaki, Peter and Paradise.
Matthew Sweet, the rock star, and his wife, Lisa, who works in fashion, collect Big and Sad-Eyed paintings of all kinds. Keane is their favorite, but they also collect Abruzzi, Bollini, Jean Calogero, Gig (known for his Keane eyes on animals), Igor (whom John Waters also collects) and Ozz Franca (one of whose paintings they bought right off the wall at Matteo's -- a gift from Frank Sinatra to the restaurant's owner). "In the beginning we thought they were weird and cool and kind of scary," Sweet said of Keane. "But as we looked at them and heard more about them, we fell in love with them. Something emotional is happening in them, which is why they make people uncomfortable." Their favorite Big and Sad-Eyed Web sites: megan@besmirched. com, and their own, http://www. members.tripod.com/ozz-- manor/index.html.
Lisa's pendant, $100, is from the Keane Eyes Gallery in San Francisco. Cuff links are $200.
Margaret Keane painted Kim Novak, who, in turn, did a pretty scary painting of Walter wearing ruffles around his neck.
It took two months in a bungalow in Beverly Hills to paint the Jerry Lewis family (and pets) as harlequins. ("Most of their paintings were harlequin paintings," Margaret said.) Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner also posed for Keane and collected her work.
Joan Crawford, who organized a star-studded opening for the Keanes in New York, put two Keane paintings in her spooky flick "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and plastered the cover of her autobiography with her own Keane portrait. (The last time Margaret saw it, the portrait had been viciously scratched beyond repair.)
In the 60's we made a fetish of big eyes. Now that 60's clothes are back, big eyes are starting to get the nod from makeup artists. The London designer Mary Quant, a 60's icon with her own daisy eyes, has a new makeup line and store on Madison Avenue. We sent the magazine's beauty writer, Mary Tannen, over there to duplicate the big Keane eye, and here's what she wrote:
"A makeup artist named Marisol began by tweezing my friend Sigrid's brows to establish a neat, fine arch. She used Complete Concealer to remove distracting shadows, followed by foundation, then a light dusting of powder. With a No. 4 brush, about half the size of an eyelid, Marisol dusted ivory all over Sigrid's lid and brow. With the same brush, she used a cocoa shadow (R41) to draw a fat curve that extended along the lashes to the corner of the eye and up into the crease. R01, a creamy pink shimmer, went along the brow line and under the arch. "Dipping a flat, stiff, angled brush (No. 8) into R48, a dark brown, Marisol drew a thin line starting at the inner corner of the lid. She gradually thickened it and brought it up to blend into the curve. A charcoal gray pencil darkened Sigrid's brows, and a lash curler further opened her eyes, followed by black Tear Proof Mascara.