Wednesday

Baseball painting LA Dodgers Catcher A. J. Ellis

Painting of LA Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis.  A.J. Ellis has had a good season catching and a couple of his big highlights is catching for two La Dodgers no hitters thrown - one thrown by Josh Beckett and the other by Clayton Kershaw.  These two events has added a great deal of confidence to a baseball player who wants to and is performing at a high level.  I am not sure if he still does this but when he was in the minor leagues he would watch every game on replay.  What he was doing was looking at the sequences, go through the at-bats, and consider what other things he could have done - maybe differently.  It was a way of re-thinking the games and that may give him insights for future games.  And this makes any pitcher respect his catcher, knowing that his catcher has done all the homework possible to make the right pitching calls.

A J Ellis baseball painting is 48 inches by 48 inches, ink and acrylic on old baseball newsprint attached to canvas.

Friday

Clayton Kershaw LA Dodgers Throws No-Hitter



Clayton Kershaw left-handed pitcher for the LA Dodgers.
 Painting image is approximately 8" x 10" on a 11" x 14" drafting film painted in oil.

"I guess I really haven't thought of the ramifications of throwing one of these things," Clayton Kershaw said. "It's definitely special company. I don't take for granted the history of this or what it means. I definitely understand all that. But as far as individually, though, it's right up there with winning playoff games and World Series games and all that stuff. It's pretty cool."

Apparently Clayton Kershaw through one of the greatest games in history  .According to Game Score, a metric created by baseball statistic guru Bill James to rank how effective a pitcher was in a game, Kershaw's 102 was the best ranking a no-hitter has produced and the second-best pitching performance of any kind, trailing only Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout, one-hit, no-walk game in 1998, which earned a Game Score of 105.

Kershaw" no-hit" the Rockies while striking out 15 and not walking a single batter.   It was not a perfect game because of a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh. But it was one of a kind: the first time in major league history that a pitcher struck out at least 15 without allowing a hit or a walk.  

Monday

Jackie Robinson # 42 Brooklyn Dodgers

Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in Major League 
Baseball MLB in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the 
Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base. 

One of my favorite quotes of Jackie Robinson: "Life is not a spectator sport. If 
you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes 
on, in my opinion you're wasting your life."   - Jackie Robinson

The painting is 12" x 16" ink and acrylic on old Sporting News magazines from 
the 1980's attached to canvas boards.  Two coats of  a finish protects the 
surface.  In the background is N.L Box scores, where they play, pitching 
leaders, and a variety of other information. 

Wednesday

Football art painting for Venice Family Clinic Artwalk



My contribution to the Venice Family Clinic Artwalk silent auction in Venice, Ca.  You can view and bid online and see other artwork donated for the clinic at: http://theveniceartwalk.org/500_silentartauction.htm. #VeniceFamilyClinic. #Venice Artwalk 

Monday

Dustin Brown image LA Kings art painting

NHL playoffs painting LA kings Dustin Brown art is 12" by 16" ink and acrylic on 1980's Sporting News hockey pages (newsprint) mounted on canvas board.

One of my favorite Dustin Brown quotes is from when he first came to the Los Angeles Kings.  Quote: ““The first thought I had coming in on the plane was that there were palm trees and I couldn’t believe they played hockey here.”  #DustinBrown #NHLhockey #LAKings

Wednesday

World Cup art image of football player

The 2014 World Cup begins on June 12, "You have to show up in the World Cup, and in the World Cup anything can happen."  quote from Lionel Messi.

  Here is a football (USA soccer) image painted of a player running down the field.  I am looking forward to getting some good photograph to use as reference for some upcoming paintings this summer.  The painting is 14" by 20" on cardboard covered in vintage newsprint of soccer information.  The soccer art with the frame makes the overall dimensions 16" x 20"   acrylic and ink on the newsprint.

Monday

Hockey art painting of Hockey players crashing into the boards

My son-in-law plays in a hockey league so for his birthday I painted this hockey art for him. 18" x 24" ink and acrylic on newsprint mounted on board.  He loves hockey and in particular the LA Kings. 

 L.A. Kings coach, Darryl Sutter has had some great one-liners during his tenure with the L.A. Kings.  one of my favorites, “They can wear wigs and sunglasses. I don’t care, as long as they’re ready.” (January of 2012 on the L.A. Kings players and whether they should wear helmets in warmups

Friday

Football art USC Trojans running back image art


Sports image of football running back from USC Trojans carrying the football.  The football art is painted on a 10" x 10" archival board covered with newsprint about the Trojans football team from 1990.  Painted with ink and acrylic.  The painting was in the recent Santa Monica Museum "Incognito" show in Santa Monica, Ca.  

Wednesday

Football art painting UCLA Bruins player running back image


Sports image of football running back from UCLA Bruins carrying the football.  The football art is painted on a 10" x 10" archival board covered with newsprint about the Bruins football team from 1990.  Painted with ink and acrylic.  The painting was on the recent Santa Monica Museum "Incognito" show in Santa Monica, Ca.  

Monday

Chicago Bears art painting of Gail Sayers

The great Chicago Bears running back, number 40 Gail Sayers  Known as "the Kansas Comet".  (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1960s and early 1970s,,  Sayers is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. His friendship with fellow Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo was the basis for the 1971 movie Brian's Song.

The painting is 10 1/2' by 14 1/2' acrylic and ink on paper mounted on a backing cardboard. Over the backing is newsprint articles ind information about the Chicago Bears  The size does not include the frame.

Favorite Gail Sayers quote, ""There's no way I would have made the Hall of Fame or set any of the records I did by myself. No matter how many yards I gained, whether it was three or 300, someone had to be there to make the block. Well, I played football, but you guys are out here giving a lot to make lives and to save lives. You need each other as much as we need you. Please continue to do what you're doing." Speaking to soldiers.

Saturday

Footbal Art (US Soccer) Image Painting of Lionel Messi FC Barcelona


The great Argentine football player Lionel Messi. Commonly ranked as the best player in the world   Messi is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. World Cup Football Art.  Painting of Messi kicking a football.  Painting is 24 1/2" by 23 1/4" acrylic and ink on football (soccer) pages and photographs mounted on wood.  (US Soccer painting) 

 One of my favorite quotes from Messi, " In football as in watch making, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision."

Tuesday

Basketball art painting boy doing a lay-up


A friend of mine, Jo, took a photo of a boy playing basketball.  I thought the boy doing a layup was a great shot and got her permission to do a painting of the boy.  The basketball painting is 4 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.
I like this quote about basketball by James Naismith. 'The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play "Drop the Handkerchief."

Sunday

Baseball Art Painting of Pittsburgh Pirates Dave Parker


Baseball painting of Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Dave Parker(The Cobra) throwing a baseball painted by sports artist John Robertson. He was the 1979 National League MVP and two-time batting champion.  Parker was the first professional athlete to earn an average of one million dollars per year.  One of his great quotes is, "When the leaves turn brown, I'll be wearing the batting crown" - Dave Parker in mid-season 1978.

Monday

Basketball Art, Painting of Dunk Shot

Sports Art Painting of basketball player dunking a basketball shot. I used a photo of Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers dunking a basketball as reference material for the painting.  I did change it from the original by changing to position of the arms and also the coloring.   The basketball player painting art is 4 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Good quote from Kobe Bryant: “I can't relate to lazy people. We don't speak the same language. I don't understand you. I don't want to understand you.”  Why I like the quote is because I paint five days a week and there are a lot of artists that do not understand that it is important to show up into their studio regularly to produce work.  It is not about inspiration but about hard work.  I work on the theory that if you paint a lot of paintings some are bound to be good.  As they say about baseball, if you can hit three for ten you are a great player.   I probably paint one good painting out of ten painted.  But if I don’t paint the ten paintings I am not going to get the good one.

Saturday

HOckey player LA Kings DREW DOUGHTY



Sports Art Painting of LA Kings defensemen Drew Doughty.
Painting is 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas. quote from Drew:  What you can expect to do is go to the net hard.  The goalies are so good these days if you'er not getting screens in front, if you're not getting rebounds or tips, goals aren't going to go in. 

Thursday

Football Art Walter Payton Chicago Bears

Running back Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears image.  Payton has a couple of quotes that represents what kind of guy he was.   The first one lives up to his nickname of “Sweetness”.  The quote is, “Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.”  And the second quote speaks of his about the way in which he played the game. “Running alone is the toughest. You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself.”  Payton is one of my grandson’s favorite player so I painted this as a gift to him for his 21st birthday.


The sports art image painting is 24’ x 36” acrylic and ink on canvas.

Monday

Football art Payton Manning Denver Broncos image


Payton Manning Denver Broncos quarterback broke Tom Brady's season touchdown record throwing 51 touchdown passes. He regained the NFL record for touchdown passes in a  Denver's 37-13 win over the Houston Texans that gave the Broncos their third straight AFC West title. Sports Art Painting is 48" x 60" ink and acrylic on paper. 

Friday

Football Art image Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson running back image



Sports Art football painting of Minnesota Vikings  Running back Adrian Peterson who is one of my favorite running backs.  I think I have painted him four times.  He has a strong work ethic and plays with an abandon that calls out for injuries.  As one of his teammates Toby Gerhart said, “It's not just his work ethic, it's his positivity. He's always at 100 miles per hour, pushing himself. But he never complains. You'll never hear him say, 'I'm sore. I'm tired. My legs feel heavy today.”  Adrian Peterson said, “I’ve been running like this since I was seven.”

Painting is 40” x 96 “ ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Wednesday

Football art Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard running back image

Football image, sports art of Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard running back ,  One of the early statements about Bernard was,  “Bernard is the future at running back in Cincinnati”  Obviously the future is now with Bernard who is in contention as a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate. I watched him on TV in a game a couple of weeks ago and was inspired to do this painting of him.  The painting is 40” by 96” ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Tuesday

Image LA Kings Painting Jonathan Quick


Hockey Art Image of Jonathan Quick, goalie for the LA Kings painting is 48" x 60" acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas.  One of my favorite quotes from Jonathan Quick is  " You play 60 minutes and you try to stop the puck for your teamates, that's the thought process.  Everyone gives up the goal and it's part of the game"  That is something a lot of the fans fail to appreciate. As he has said that sometimes there is going to be a blog post or commentary calling him and idiot.  He has the hardest job on the ice- protecting the goal. And he is one of the best.  Sports Artist John Robertson

Thursday

Football art Dick Butkus Chicago Bears

One of my favorite players, Dick Butkus, Chicago Bears. I had asked for suggestions on Facebook who to paint nest. My friend Greg suggested Butkus.  Favorite quote from Butkus "I'm not so mean. I wouldn't ever go out to hurt anybody deliberately - unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something."  The image is about 6 1/2 feet on a 4 feet by 8 feet piece of paper using ink and acrylic.




Art for San Francisco 49er's new stadium


Lynn Hanson (my wife) and I will have our art included in the new San Francisco 49er's stadium opening in 2014. The 49er's pregame show, Total Access ran a short, featuring Sports and the Arts which showed our work and that of other artists. See 49ers tight end Vernon Davis talk about art and what it has meant to him. Video is above and here is a link to the piece.
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Monday

Car Art Painting 1949 Mercury streedt rod


Car image.  Some people may not call building a hot rod and showing it as a sport.  But I think it fits the category. I had gone to a hot rod car show a couple of weeks ago and photographed a number of the street cars.  As I was from this era of cars it seems appropriate for me to paint this Merc. when I was a teenager this seemed to be an appropriate car to paint.  The painting  is of the same kind of car James Dean drove in the classic film, "A Rebel Without A Cause"  The painting is approximately 6 feet by 10 feet, (life size)  ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Saturday

Car painting 1931 Model "A"Ford Roadster Hotrod


Car image.  Some people may not call building a hot rod and showing it as a sport.  But I think it fits the category. I had gone to a hot rod car show a couple of weeks ago and photographed a number of the street cars.  As I had a couple of 1931 five window coupe model "A" Fords when I was a teenager this seemed to be an appropriate car to paint.  The painting  is approximately 6 feet by 8 feet, ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Monday

Sports image Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers


The great San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana image . The art painting is 30 inch by 48 inch, ink and acrylic on gallery wrapped frame/stretcher bars.  The orange you see is old newsprint articles about Joe Montana and San Francisco 49ers collaged to the canvas then treated, then inked and painted.  Sports paintings by John Robertson

Thursday

Tuesday

Football Art Adrian Peterson image of the Minnesota Vikings


Adrian Peterson running back art of the Minnesota Vikings.  Image is 39 inches by 39 inches ink and acrylic painting on wrapped frame/stretcher bars.  First, paper page articles from football magazines were collaged onto the canvas then painted with ink and acrylic. Sports art by John Robertson.

Monday

Baseball Art painting of “The Game”

“The Game” by sports artist John Robertson is an image of the batter, catcher and umpire almost life-size.  The size of the art piece is 6 feet by 10 feet, ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas,

Thursday

LA KINGS art Dustin Penner sports art

LA Kings season over.  #25 Dustin Penner 6 feet 5 inches weighs 245. The big boy.  I am still experimenting with my paint program on my iPhone. 

Saturday

Sports Art Baseball Michael Kohn # 58 pitcher Los Angeles Angels.


Michael Kohn # 58 pitcher for the Los Angeles angels. As We are traveling and I did not bring the paints I thought I would experiment with my paint program on my iPod touch. 

Baseball image Girl Playing Softball



















A friend, Jo Lightner Todd took a group of fabulous photographs of young girl's playing baseballs. I picked  out one of them to paint using an iPhone paint app.   As we are traveling and I did not bring my paints with me I am, surprisingly, enjoying the digital process of painting.

Thursday

LA King Hockey Player Art














Fooling around with my paint program on the iPod Touch.  Using the app is like having a small sketch book to break out when I have a few moments of time.

The model for this painting was LA Kings Anze Kopitar

Wednesday

Baseball Art LA Dodgers Painting Bobby Abreu

As We are traveling and I did not bring the paints I thought I would experiment with my paint program on my iPod touch.

  Bobby Abreu played for the Dodgers last year and batted .246. Bobby turned 40 last March and is not playing anymore. 

Sports Art David Wright NY Mets Baseball Painting



This is the third time I have painted David Wright Third Baseman for the New York Mets.  The painting is approximately 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  . He is captain of the Mets for 2013, the fourth captain in team history.  Wright is a member of the 30–30 club, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner six-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and he holds the Mets record for most career RBIs, doubles, total bases, runs scored, and hits.  Sports Artist John Robertson  Thanks Wikipedia for the info.

Sunday

Baseball Art Mariano Rivera NY Yankees Pitcher Baseball Painting


Sports Art painting of Mariano Rivera is 5 feet by 6 feet acrylic on unstretched canvas.  I painted him looking a bit older than he actually is.  Think of it as kind of like a painting where the image gets older but the actual person stays eternally young.  (Somewhat like Dorian Gray without the hedonism.

Mariano is a  pitcher who has played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed "Mo",[1] Rivera has spent most his career as a relief pitcher, and has served as the Yankees' closer since 1997. A 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB's all-time leader in saves (620) and games finished (906). His accolades include five American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards.  Sports Artist John Robertson  Thanks Wikipedia for the info.

Saturday

Baseball Art David Wright NY Mets Sports Painting


Image art painting of Third Baseman David Wright of the New York Mets.  The painting is approximately 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.   Wright is a six-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He also is a member of the 30–30 club. In addition, he holds the Mets record for most career RBIs, doubles, total bases,runs scored, and hits. He was named captain of the Mets in 2013, the fourth captain in team history.  Sports Artist John Robertson  Thanks Wikipedia for the info.

Thursday

Image of Drew Doughty LA Kings Defenseman Sports Painting


Sports painting. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty  The sports image by John Robertson is painted on brown paper approximately 4 feet by 7 ½ feet, acrylic. It is the first time I have painted large-scale on paper and was an experiment to see how the paint acts on it’s surface.  I liked the watery consistency of the paint which adds to the nature of a hockey player.  It gives the image a feeling of more action.  My object in painting is not to paint illustratively.  It is about expressing the idea of hockey and the individual player without representing the person exactly.  Photographs do that quite nicely.