A few months ago a friend told me about a painting his fiance absolutely loves and he wanted to know if it was something I could reproduce so he could surprise her with a special gift.
This was quite a project and I now have a lot more understanding of what these classic painters went through in order to realize a vision.
The original painting is 47″ x 47″ oil on canvas and resides in a museum of art on Portugal. The story goes that it was originally auctioned for an asking price of $170 which no one wanted to pay so it stay with the auction house until a museum employee saw the painting and offered $10,000 for it has been safe and sound since then.
Here’s the original:
As you can see, there is a tremendous amount of attention to detail and it took him nearly two years to complete this piece.
I was asked to make my reproduction in a brighter orange and I did my version in approximately six weeks.
A few years ago I was walking in Venice, California with my daughter and her boyfriend. I looked across the street and saw a building in the shape of binoculars. I asked my daughter’s boyfriend to go do me a favor and run flat out on the other side of the street because I wanted to take a photograph of the building with him running in front of it for a piece of art I was planning to make out of it.
This is it…..
Years ago I was in Aruba and was wondering around the marina and looked over to my left and saw an unusual sight. A restaurant had a full size sculpture of a cow on it’s roof with a antenna on the cow’s back.
Very unusual indeed. So, I photographed it and four years later I decided to make a painting of it. This is it. A 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas painting I like to call “TV Cow”. Enjoy!
Years ago I photographed a flower that came out of a catus plant that I thought had seen better days. One day it wasn’t there and the next day it was. I decided to paint it. Here it is.
I happened to be watching a 125 GP motorcycle race recently that took place in San Marino. Motorcycles are one of my passions and I did race a 888 Ducati for a couple of seasons. Just club racing, not pro but a hell of a lot of fun.
Anyway, this race was between two very fast 125 cc Grand Prix race bikes and one of them was a “seasoned” winner and one of them had never gotten on the podium either as a race winner, second or third place.
As the race wound down to the final three laps the two of them traded 1st and 2nd places around the 2.4 mile track a number of times playing cat and mouse for the last few minutes. Great fun to watch.
The final lap was sensational because they each were very capable of passing one another at certain areas of the track and they each were very aware of each others talents and resolve to win.
On the last two turns before the straight to the checkered flag the racer who had never won a race pulled in front of the veteran and it looked like he was the sure winner. It looked like he was a winner as well to him as he came on to the straight and looked behind to see his rival on his tail and watched as he slip streamed out to actually win by 1/200th of a second. I paused the screen and took this photo to show how close it was.
I watched as the beaten man pounded his tank in disgust knowing he had failed to win by such a small margin. I don’t proclaim to know everything there is about racing but everyone I’ve spoken to including the famed Keith Code always said to keep your head down and look forward for a number of reasons. Foremost because the effect the body has on speed when you raise it up in the air as this racer did. The body acts like a sail and cuts into your speed as the wind hits it.
I believe the man who came in second could have won if he had just kept his head down and allowed his bike to keep the speed it had to run a certain win to the checkered flag and his very first Grand Prix Podium first Place win!
So, I guess this could be taken as an excellent metaphor here as well. Those who win generally keep their head down and eye on the goal and don’t allow distractions to get in the way. One would hope this second place racer has learned a very valuable lesson.