A few years ago I was approached by a sports art agent to do some paintings for the (at the time) a new Amway sports arena in
- where the NBA Orlando Magic plays basketball. The paintings were to be used
on the walls and in spaces for the arena.
I don't recall how many paintings Orlando, Florida
This abstract painting of the basketball hoop is good size: sixty inches by seventy-two inches (five feet by six feet) acrylic on unstretched canvas. What I was asked to paint was something bright and colorful and represented basketball in an abstract way. A couple of the other paintings I did for them were basketball paintings of
Beach street players I had photograph at Venice, Ca. This is where the great basketball movie "White Men Can't Jump" was
filmed and in our neighborhood. (These
paintings are posted somewhere on this blog)
At the time I had not done many non-figurative paintings so it was a bit of a challenge for me. I wasn't really sure where to start. But one evening my wife and I were walking the alleys of
We always liked seeing the backs of the rundown properties and the
deterioration of the neighborhood. There
is something very human seeing old garages and backs of old cottages. My wife actually owned a small cottage that
was held up by the wings of termites.
As we walked in the alleys I kept seeing old, rusted and unused basketball
hoops attached to dilapidated garages.
And growing over some of the garages were vines and flowers. One in particular captured my imagination - a
garage with Nasturtiums (yellow orange flowers on long green vines) draped
through the hoop and over the garage doors.
I took a bunch of photographs from a variety of angles for reference material. Back in my studio I painted the scene in a realistic manner, recreating the alley and garages and trash cans and the hoop and the flowers. And then I took a big brush and slashed paint all over the canvas. And what you see is the result of my effort - a contemporary, modern sort of basketball hoop abstract painting.