Tag: sports art

Baseball painting of Derek Jeter holding his baseball bat in the bstters circle

Derek Jeter New York Yankees

Derek Jeter Says It All

What is so good about Derek Jeter quotes is that they apply to life in general.  I see some great comparisons to being an artist.  For example Jeter said, ” Sometimes people complicate thingsBaseball great shortstop Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees squatting  in the  on deck circle holding a bst and looking down. by thinking too much about what someone might think of what they said or did.”  Now, that quote really applies to art.

Painting With a Cat

Let’s say an artist dumps a cat into a can of paint then slouches the cat around on a piece of canvas. There is cat fur in the paint and maybe some scratch marks where that cat clawed to get free.  Some blood from the artist may have gotten mixed into the paint – but all of the fur and cat scratches end up on the canvas.  So, a critic comes along and tries to give some meaning to why the artist used a cat to paint a painting.   He’ll say something like, “The claw marks are an allegory of the artist’s struggle with his existence – and the blood represents the depth to which he will go to achieve his goals – and the cat’s independence is a metaphor for the artist trying to create a painting without the influence of others.”  Where in actuality the artist used the cat because all of his brushes were bad and he liked the way the cat fur held paint.   Or to paraphrase William Faulkner,  “Sometimes you just need a cat.”

More Derek Jeter Wisdom

Another thing Jeter said.  “You can’t be sensitive, because you’re going to get criticized. I don’t care who you are, you’re going to get criticized.”  How true in painting.  Everyone is a critic.  Everyone has an opinion.  I have painted a lot of portraits.  And no matter what, someone is going to say, “You know, that nose is crooked as a frog’s leg. ” … Or, “Her eyes look like that of an owl.”    I know when I create a figurative painting a lot of women say, on completion, “Could you make my breasts a little bit larger?”

A Little Bit About Derek Jeter

“Derek Jeter was born on June 26, 1974, in Pequannock, New Jersey. He was drafted by the Yankees in 1992. During 1996, his first full season in the majors, his performance helped the Yankees win the World Series against the Braves. Since then, he’s seen four more Yankees World Series wins in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009. Jeter is the all-time Yankees hit leader and was named team captain in 2003. When he officially retired in 2014, he ranked sixth in MLB history with 3,465 hits.”  Thank you for the information from http://www.biography.com/people/derek-jeter-189311

The Derek Jeter Baseball Player Painting is 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas by sports artist John Robertson

Julio César Chávez boxer waiting on his stool in the ring

Julio César Chávez boxer in decorated home

Julio César Chávez boxer painting  in home

Here is what my painting of the great boxer Julio César Chávez looks like on he walls of a client’s home. What is interesting to me is how well the painting goes in this casual yet professionally decorated room.julio Cesar Chavez on a boxing stool ready to fight I like the way they have brought in the orange color of the painting into the color of the chairs and footstools – and how the orange works with the blue color of their ocean view. What is also interesting to me about the room is that it is relatively small yet they are able to use this large painting effectively without overwhelming the space. The Julio César Chávez painting is five feet by six feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

As an old boxing fan I feel a need to tell you a little bit about Julio. He is considered the greatest Mexican fighter and one of the greatest fighters of all time. He fought and was most successful during the eighties and nineties.

Julio Ceaser Chávez won six world boxing championships over a twenty five year

Julio César Chávez boxer waiting on his stool in the ring
Boxer Julio César Chávez painting is 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas

career in boxing. His championships were in the super featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight divisions and defended his titles twenty seven times.

He had thirteen years where he did not lose a fight with is the longest winning streak in boxing. He went eighty seven and zero. He had great punching power and loved to stalk his opponents and attack the body. He also had a strong chin. All of this success led to Chavez being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback

Tom Brady Football New England Patriots

Art of the NFL Tom Brady: In Celebration of Super Bowl 50.

The Tom Brady painting is one of the paintings being displayed in the gallery  in Los Gatos ( near 49ers Levi’s Stadium where several of my pieces are permanently installed ).  The show is up from Jan 12 – Feb 7Tom Brady New England Patriots Quarterback

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 14th | 7:00 – 9:00 PM

 Special Guests

Dwight Clark (#87, Former 49er) was the receiver in the famous “Catch” which  refers to the winning touchdown reception by Dwight Clark off a Joe Montana pass in the January 10, 1982, NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL history. The game represented the end of the Cowboys’ domination in the NFC since the conference’s inception in 1970, and the beginning of the 49ers’ rise as an NFL dynasty in the 1980s. (source: Wikipedia)  Also on hand will be Kyle Nelson (#86, Current 49er, Tight End & Long Snapper)

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