I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning. – Andy Warhol
Had a pretty cool piece commissioned. Ron Washington is the manager for the Texas Rangers. I was approached to do a piece for a Christmas present for a huge Ron Washington fan.
And here is the result. I wound up doing three to get it right, the other two are available in the shop.
A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. – Hedy Lamarr
Until December 9th, I’m offering 20% off everything in the store. Use coupon code (wampuscat) to get your discount when you check out.
Over the weekend, I decided to work on a few Tarzan sketch cards for Cryptozoic. Also, I did another original piece. Mike Napoli swinging for the fences. Check them out in the store as well, they are available.
16×20 on canvas x2
On newspaper on wood.
Unless [artists] can remember what it was to be a little boy, they are only half complete as artist and as man. – James Thurber
This may be the coolest art/autograph experience I’ve ever been a part of. This past Saturday the 12th, at AutographsInk, Mike Adams relief pitcher for the American League Champion Texas Rangers was appearing to do an autograph signing. As everyone who stops by is aware of, I’ve done a couple of paintings with Mike Adams as the subject. I thought it would be pretty cool to get his autograph on a painting. I don’t generally hang my own art on my own walls, but with an autographed piece I can definitely make an exception. It’s something that will be a part of my small personal collection.
The signing was scheduled for 11am, so I got there a bit early. I have to admit I was a bit nervous going in because you never know how someone is going to interpret a piece of art. What some people think is a treasure, others may think is complete garbage. I didn’t want to go in and have him not sign it because he thought it was terrible. And some athletes these days are such prima donnas these days and won’t sign original art work or items they really don’t care for. Or in some cases charge extra for autographing original art.
So, I grab the art and hit the store. After shooting it with a guy I used to work with, I proceed to the autograph area with painting in hand. I place it on the table in front of him, and before I could say a word, he looked up and asked me “Are you Jason?”, I took a second and said yes, and he told me that he had seen the painting online and wanted to see about getting the one I did with the paint splatter on it. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked that a) he knew who I was and b) that he liked it enough to want one. Luckily I had the one he wanted in the car with me. So I went out and got it and brought it in for him. We talked a bit and I took off, probably with a grin as big as Tyler had when he told us he made first chair in band.
A couple of miles down the road I realized that I didn’t get any photos of him with the art, so I turned around and went in and got a couple of shots of Mike with his new art work. This was without a doubt the best experience I’ve ever had with a professional athlete. He seemed genuine, he took the time to talk to everyone, and overall was a pretty cool guy. I wish more athletes had his attitude today.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. – George Santayana
Here are a couple more Mike Adams paintings. All are original, 16″x20″ and are on stretched canvas. Please check the store for availability. These are not prints, each one is hand crafted goodness.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. – George Bernard Shaw
Here are a few more images of the process to completion of the Mike Adams painting recently completed. Click the link to hit the store to check availability.
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have. – Andy Warhol
I’ve recently completed a couple of Mike Adams original pieces. Here is a sneak peek of the process. I’ve got a couple of originals in my store. Head over and check them out here.
I’ll show off the completed pieces later in the week.
Drawn out roughs.
Hand cut stencil.
Oh, and remember: next Friday… is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans. – Bill Lumbergh
Today is the final installment of a look back at art school work. Hope you enjoyed it. I know I had a blast looking at this stuff.
Up first, stipple of John Vanbeesbrook, Florida Panthers goalie.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington home run porch illustration.
Photography class, this is on set. We actually went outside and tore down trees and bushes and brought in bags of dirt. Our group won best in class for this set design.
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing. ~Warren Spahn
Over the weekend, I took a Nelson Cruz piece and took it a little larger, and put it on a stretched canvas. I think it turned out well.
Here is a sneak peek at the process.
Step 1, draw out the rough image and cut. Cut, cut, and cut somemore. You can see where I messed it up and had to repair it with tape. Once you’ve spent as much time on drawing it out and the cutting, making a mistake makes you really want to fix it rather than start over.
Step 2, getting paint on the canvas, for this one just a light white base laid down to help the dark blue pop off the canvas a touch.
Step 3, was adding a bit of blue and letting it dry.
Then another one was done. Each of these is 16″x20″ on stretched canvas.
Oh yeah, the Rangers are in the World Series too.
That the way baseball go. – Ron Washington
If you didn’t know, the Texas Rangers magic number is 6. So, I’ve worked on a couple of Rangers inspired pieces over the weekend. On actual Topps baseball cards. The finished pieces were trimmed down to approx 8″x10″.
Thanks for looking.