Back at the beginning of the year, I did a live painting at the Yellow Party in St. Pete. It sold at an auction that night and, IMHO, it looked fantastic. Andretti racing liked it so much they asked me if I would do another, similar, one for their offices. So the day after they won the Indy 500 I went over to their shop in Indianapolis, set up my easel, and painted one up. BTW, the offices are a gallery of my work, very cool. Anyway, Marcia Reinauer set up a camera and made a video of the painting and it looks terrific. Thanks Marcia!
So, this is the first one done in St. Pete:
See the video of the one done in May in Indy:
For the third year I travelled to Columbus Ohio for the Rally 4 The Ranch charity gala. This year Rick Mears was honored and during dinner I did a painting of him making the winning pass on Michael Andretti Around the outside in turn 1, about 12 laps before the end of the 1991 Indy 500. And I was there that year and saw it live! It was a fantastic finish, and one of the most exciting passes I’ve ever seen.
This was Rick’s final of 4 wins at the Speedway, and a very exciting and satisfying victory. In the painting just behind Rick’s car is a ghost of the 1911 winning Marmon Wasp from the very first 500. I had an opportunity to talk with Rick about the painting, his career, racing at Indy and that race in particular. Very cool. Anyway, the painting auctioned off for the charity for $20,000.00! In the second picture is the successful bidder, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, and some artist dude.
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.
I had a show and did some live art again this year at the USGP F1 race at COTA in a Paddock Club suite. It was a successful show with some new 2013 F1 art, all of which sold! Prints are available if you’re interested.
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.
Race winner Matt Kenseth is challenged hard by Kasey Kahne with 11 laps to go.
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.