I had a unique opportunity last year to do a live painting of 4 heavyweight boxers who were gathered for a charity event last fall in Hamilton. You all know Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes and Evander Holyfield , but you may not know Canadian George Chuvalo, a fighter who was “the man” back when I was a kid growing up in Calgary. He won a lot of fights, and lost a bunch too, but he never ever was knocked down in the ring. He was made of granite. Also a very entertaining guy. I couldn’t decide who I liked more, Chuvalo or Holmes.
Anyway, we auctioned the finished paintings off as a set at the end of the evening.
Now back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Grand Am event, where I will have my tent up in the paddock again. Come by and say hi. I’ll be working on at least a couple of “live” paintings as well as having another great weekend in beautiful Monterey.
Coming up? More motorcycles at Laguna, a wedding (doing a live painting) in Philadelphia, live art near Toronto doing boxing (!), and a number of new commissions waiting in the studio. Lovin’ it!
See you at the races!
Last weekend I was in Baltimore, again for the Indycars, to paint at an inaugural event co-hosted by the Yellow Party, A Racing For Cancer fundraiser. The venue was fantastic, the event sold out and I love the painting I did live.
Congratulations to Yellow Party and the Ullman fund on a terrific inaugural event.
I had an interesting commission to work on last week. Bristol Motor Speedway commissioned me to do a “live” style painting of “the moment” of this year’s night race. I wasn’t able to travel to Tennessee because I was committed to be in Napa, so we decided that I would do a live painting in the studio. To make it as “live” as possible, I set up my studio with a time lapse camera to capture the painting process, and I studied and sketched for over an hour so that once I started the painting I would not have to stop to do any reference work. Once I started, I went straight through to the finish. I must say, I was impressed with the finished product, and client was very happy. This is the first time I’ve ever done a true “live style” studio piece.
From Monterey I traveled north to spend some time in Napa, where I worked on a painting for one client (see Jagermeister Porsche), and made my annual appearance at an Andretti event while the Indycars were at nearby Sonoma Raceway. At the gala held at the Andretti winery I did one painting and agreed to paint another of the 3 Andretti cars that shared the front row at Pocono earlier this year The two paintings raised $22,000.00 for charity! It’s always a great event, and I was happy to be back painting in the beautiful vineyards of Napa.
We were back again at Mazda Raceway for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR). Always a fantastic event, this year’s was epic. Corvette was the featured marque, and crowds were up, both in quantity and enthusiasm. In addition to a large turnout of quality Corvettes, there were various cars racing that had previously been too new to participate in the past, as well as a number of cars that made a special trip out to Laguna this year. Walking through the paddock, or even just standing in my tent, is always jaw dropping stuff. The quantity, quality and variety of cars is spectacular.
Anyway, I had a number of new Corvette paintings to show, all of which are available as prints, many of which are as available as originals. Inquire for details.
And they haven’t announce yet but next year’s marque will be HUGE!!!
It’s been too long since my last update!!
It has been a very busy summer, and the studio has been ‘rockin’! Earlier this year we moved into a new home, and it has provided me with a terrific studio. Lots of room and lots of light make it a fantastic and efficient place to work. Not to mention a wife very happy not to have paint brushes soaking in her sink!
At the end of July I was at the Rally for the Ranch event in Columbus Ohio for the second time. This event is growing quickly and a great group was there ahead of the Indycar race at nearby Mid-Ohio. I did a live painting of Al Unser, Jr who was honore that night. Great to see Al again and already looking forward to see the group back in Columbus next year.