LA Kings defensemen Drew Doughty

LA Kings defensemen Drew Doughty.

The defenseman Drew Doughty of the NHL Los Angeles Kings art showing the hockey player battling for the hockey puck on the ice – this illustrated painting of NHL  LA Kings Drew Doughty Doughty is 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.Drew Doughty LA Kings hockey defenseman skating in a grolup of other hockey players trying to get the puck away from eachother.

About Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty is a defenseman who currently plays for and is an alternate captain for the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 NHL. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings from the 2011–12 NHL season and the 2013–14 NHL season, two-time Olympic gold medalist with the Canadian national team at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, 2009 World Championship silver medalist, 2008 World Junior Championship gold medalist, and a Norris Trophy finalist from the 2009–10 and 2014–15 NHL season winning the trophy in 2016.  (Thank you Wikipedia, for that information)

Quotes from Drew Doughty

Here is a straight forward quote about playing hockey in this generation of the game.  Although hockey is a team sport it used to have big individual stars that relied on their own handling of the puck and scoring.  Here’s what Drew says about the game now,   “What you can expect to do is go to the net hard.  The goalies are so good these days if you’re not getting screens in front, if you’re not getting rebounds or tips, goals aren’t going to go in.”

Of course I like it when Doughty says something in a deadpan sort of way.  When asked about a particularity hard foul on another player Drew said,  “Generally, out West that’s not a penalty.”  Drew is sensitive about penalties s he is well known for spending back to back time in the penalty box.

Random Information I cam across about Drew Doughty

Drew Doughty is a famous Canadian ice hockey player, who was born on December 8, 1989. As a person born on this date, Drew Doughty is as the 63rd most popular celebrity for the day (December 8) and the 244th most popular for the year (1989). People born on December 8 fall under the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the Archer. Drew Doughty is the 1442nd most popular Sagittarius. Aside from information specific to Drew Doughty’s birthday, Drew Doughty is the 465th most famous Canadian and ranks 4th in famous people born in London, Ontario, Canada. In general, Drew Doughty ranks as the 17954th most popular famous person, and the 117th most popular hockey player of all time.

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sports art David Justice large scale painting of him sliding into home plate. Painting is displayed at the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park Stadium in the Delta Airlines area of thesatadium

Atlanta Braves Baseball Art

Atlanta Braves Sun Trust Stadium

The painting you see is of  David Justice a former outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1989–1996).  The painting I created is Atlanta Braves art from their new SunTrust baseball stadium in Atlanta, Ga.  The painting of David Justice is 8 feet by 15sports art David Justice large scale painting of him sliding into home plate. Painting is displayed at the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park Stadium in the Delta Airlines area of thesatadium

MLB baseball player  David Justice right field sliding into home plate with catcher and umpire

feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  I created three pieces this size and will see other post of the other paintings on this blog.  Although I have created sports art for a number of other stadiums the three MLB baseball pieces I painted of Atlanta Braves players are the largest.   The other two pieces are of Chipper Jones and the other is of Dale Murphy.  All three of the pieces are on display in the Delta Sky Club area of the SunTrust Park stadium.

About David Justice

Three-time MLB All-Star who played right field and hit over 300 home runs in his 14-year career.  He was also on a winning World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995.  And here is a little bit of Trivia.  He was married to actress Halle Berry from 1992 to 1996.

I am always curious about some of the things athletes say.  Here is an odd one attributed to David Justice.  “I mulled over what he had told me as I savored the Scotch. Not bad, really — like a beer that’s been in a brawl.”   The real question about this quote is who was David Justice drinking Scotch with that  made that statement to him.  I have no idea.

It is always interesting to read odd things about athletes.  Here is another odd one from the movie “Moneyball”  about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s attempt to put together a baseball club cheaply using a computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

David Justice (at the time) is on the Oakland Athletics and he is talking with Scott Hatteberg who has moved from catcher to a first baseman.

David Justice:   “Scotty H.”

Scott Hatteberg:  “Yo, what’s up, D.J.?”

David Justice:  “Pickin’ machine.”

[Scott laughs]

David Justice:  “How you likin’ first base, man?”

Scott Hatteberg:  “It’s, uh… it’s coming along. Picking it up. You know, tough transition, but I’m starting to feel better with it.”

David Justice:  “Yeah?”

Scott Hatteberg:  “Yeah.”

David Justice:  “What’s your biggest fear?”

Scott Hatteberg:  “A baseball being hit in my general direction”  [Hatteberg and Justice share a laugh]

David Justice:  “That’s funny. Seriously, what is it?”

Scott Hatteberg:  “No, seriously, that is.”

[uncomfortable pause; Hatteberg leaves]

David Justice:  “Well, hey, good luck with that.”

The Atlanta Braves MLB baseball team art painting of Dale Murphy making a catch against the outfield wall was created for the SunTrust Park stadium in Cobb County, Atlanta Georga

Atlanta Braves Baseball Art

ATLANTA BRAVES BASEBALL ART DALE MURPHY SUNTRUST PARK STADIUM PAINTING

The painting you see is Atlanta Braves art from their new SunTrust baseball stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The painting of Dale Murphy is 8 feet by 15 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas. I created three pieces this size and will see other post of the other paintings on this blog. The Atlanta Braves MLB baseball team art painting of Dale Murphy making a catch against the outfield wall was created for the SunTrust Park stadium in Cobb County, Atlanta GeorgaAlthough I have created sports

Painting art of Atlanta Brave outfielder Dale Murphy making a leaping catch againg the outfield wall
art for a number of other stadiums the three MLB baseball pieces I painted of Atlanta Braves players are the largest. The other two pieces are of Chipper Jones and the other is of David Justice. All three of the pieces are on display in the Delta Sky Club area of the SunTrust Park stadium.

About Dale Murphy

For all of the Atlanta Braves fans I am sure you know a lot about Dale Murphy as he is one of their best players ever. For a complete history of him the best thing to do is to visit his own Dale Murphy web site that has more facts than you will ever want to know.

For those of you that just want a little information here is a few basics (from his website) Dale Murphy was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1974 Major League Draft. Over the next few years, he worked his way through the Braves minor league system and made his major league debut in 1976.

Although he began his career as a catcher, he spent a short time at first base and finally ended up in the outfield where he became the youngest player in history to win back-to-back MVP awards (1982 and 1983), was named to the National League All-Star team seven times, earned four Silver Slugger awards and five Gold Gloves.

Dale Murphy Quotes

What always interests me is what either the actual player has said or what others have said about him. In the case of Dale Murphy he Sid something very basic about being an athlete and nothing particularly profound but true: “I miss baseball.” Most people can relate to that after they retire. His wife certainly has as it has been reported that after he retired he became her full-time job. Yes, she “missed” baseball too. And one of my favorite quotes is when Dale Murphy said, “Whether I am hitting .100 or .300 I am resolved to, at least, enjoy every game.” That has meaning far beyond baseball. Try to find out what you like to do, then do it even if you have no real success at it. No matter how it may be measured, we need to enjoy what we do. Continue reading

Image of Clipper Jones swinging a bat with teh umpire and catcher behind him

Atlanta Braves art SunTrust Park Stadium Chipper Jones

Atlanta Braves Art 

The painting you see above is Atlanta Braves art from their new SunTrust baseball stadium in Atlanta, Ga.  The painting of Chipper Jones is 8 feet by 15 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  I created three pieces this size and will post them as I gather the photos.  Although I have created SunTrust Park stadium.Image of Clipper Jones swinging a bat with teh umpire and catcher behind him

Painting art of MLB Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones at bat with the catcher and umpire standing behind him at home plate

sports art for a number of other stadiums the three MLB baseball pieces I painted of Atlanta Braves players are the largest.   The other two pieces are of Dale Murphy and the other is of David Justice.  All three of the pieces are on display in the Delta Sky Club area of the arena. 

How the Project Develops 

Like all the other stadium projects I have worked on it takes about a year from start to finish.  First there is the original call asking me if I am interested in creating paintings (in this case) for the Atlanta Braves new stadium.  Then the process begins with determining what is to be painted, what sizes and what medium to be used.  This is all determined by the consultants and the teams deciding where the paintings will eventually hang in the stadium.  Once that is decided then sketches are drawn and they go through a process of approval, from design aspects to color choices.  Images are chosen from their archives of photographs and at some point I will then create the paintings.  Again, they are evaluated and changes are invariably made.  I may have painted the wrong era of uniform on a player, or the stripes on the uniform or the lettering may be incorrect.  One of the biggest challenges is getting the life-size figure to look like it is in action.  An athlete has to look like they are athletic. 

Eventually all is settled and the paintings are shipped off to be framed and then delivered to the stadium for installation.  From my perspective the stadium does not take on a life until the art from all the artist’s is hung.  The art adds a personality an warmth and life to the bare stadium that makes it inviting to the patrons of the sport.

Minnesota Vikings Purple People Eaters on TV during the Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings game on thursday night football on NBC

Minnesota Vikings Painting Purple People Eaters on Thursday Night Football

Vikings Painting

My niece was watching a Minnesota Vikings verses the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night football game on NBC the other night. After a after a commercial, one of the Vikings painting I did for the Minnesota Vikings, US Bank Stadium “The Purple People Eaters” flashed on the screen. I am not Minnesota Vikings Purple People Eaters on TV during the Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings game on thursday night football on NBCsure in what context they showed my painting. or what kind of reference they made about it. She had a chance to photograph the television set with the painting featured on the screen and then posted the image on her Facebook account.

It is always a surprise to me when I am watching either a movie or television show and, all of a sudden, out of nowhere one of my paintings shows up on the screen. Generally I am supposed to be informed and sign a release for the use the image with the purchase of a painting. Then I am not informed. I have had images pop up a couple of times when something crops up completely out of context to the painting.

Paranormal Phenomenon

The oddest experience was when I was watching a horror – scary movie and in one of the opening scenes one of my paintings is in the background. I am not sure which movie but it was Paranormal Activity 2 photo of artist John Robertson painting that as in the movie of a parrot sitting on a hand.from the Paranormal Phenomenon movie series. I think it was called Paranormal Activity 2.

What is so odd about the painting is that it’s of a guy who was walking past my studio with a parrot on his shoulder. I asked if I could photograph him with the parrot and took a few shots One of the photos was of him holding the parrot on his hand. I had sold the painting to an interior decorator/designer for a client. I totally forgot that I had done the painting then a couple of years later it appears in the movie.

Painting of Vintage Chicago Cubs player wearing a uniform from the last time the Cubs played in the World Series throwing a baseball

Baseball Painting Chicago Cubs Art

Chicago Cubs, Murphy ‘s bleachers wanting and waiting  – to see their faces now.  Do you believe in miracles delivered in style? – a night of baseball you will never forget.  History in Cleveland Ohio. Not World Series Champions since 1908. They got together and rallied in a rain-delayed  game full
of heart attack moments. Bringing the title back to Chicago.  It did happen coming back from being down 3 to 1 in the series.  Loud crowd – high emotions. The Cubs don’t need a plane to fly home.

About the Chicago Cubs Baseball PaintingPainting of Vintage Chicago Cubs player wearing a uniform from the last time the Cubs played in the World Series throwing a baseball

The baseball painting you see in the post is of Vintage Chicago Cubs player wearing a uniform from the last time the Cubs played in the World Series. 4 ft by 8 ft. Acrylic on unstretched canvas

Some Tweets I liked during World Series Game

World Series Game 7: Will the Chicago Cubs or Indians break their curse?   1908. 1948. A drought will end If you’re not watching baseball tonight …. something is wrong with you!! Just feels like this is going to be an epic ending.  Nobody has a good reason to not watch this game!!!  Things to remember: The pitcher throws the ball to the catcher. The catcher is the one without the bat.

I have not yet decided whether I will accept the result of tonight’s game. I want to keep you in suspense.

@DexterFowler launches the first leadoff homer in a winner-take-all

Tremendous sportsmanship being shown tonight. Really refreshing with all of the craziness going on in this world.

Not even a baseball fan, but @Cubs vs @Indians Game 7 is the stuff of HISTORY! Eyes glued to the TV!!!

The announcer described Anthony Rizzo as “the most polite man in major league baseball” this is utterly delightful

@RaeBeta I don’t believe politeness is an official statistic.

@RaeBeta Baseball is lots more fun the players are humanized as characters.

THIS is why baseball can be great!

Can I just say: Regardless of the result of the play, I love Lindor helping Rizzo up after the hard slide. @c_albertdeitch and the “nice play” tap, after the play on top of it @c_albertdeitch yeah the play was clean too

Kluber Clobbered.

(This is the kind of stunning Internet content only twitter writers can provide.)

Sports art painting image of running back or cornerback carrying the football as another football player is tackling him

Running Backs Cornerbacks Football Art

Great Cornerbacks and Running Backs Football Players Who Wore Number 24

There is a handful of NFL Hall of Fame running backs and defensive backs who have worn number 24. The player in the painting wearing number 24 can be anybody.  He could be a Sports art painting image of running backs or cornerback carrying the football as another football player is tackling himrunning backs or a cornerback or a free safety after intercepting a pass.  I wanted it to be an unidentified player and leave the interpretation up to the viewer.  This way you can project your own favorite player wearing the number.  Below I have described a few of the possibilities.

Baltimore Colts Running Backs Lenny Moore

Lenny Moore is probably the best of the running backs who wore number 24.  He played in Baltimore from 1956 – 1967  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 1975.   Lenny was a 7  Time Pro Bowler and  5  Time First Team All – Pro.  There is a big difference in playing in the NFL now as opposed to playing in the 50’s and 60’s.   Lenny Moore was asked in a interview, “When you watch the Ravens and other National Football League teams play, is there something you like more about today’s football game than the game it was when you played?”  Lenny’s answer. “I just enjoy it because of the nature of what it’s all about. It’s still the same to a degree with other modifications that they added in, different techniques, different calls, and how they monitor the game is a lot different. A lot guys wouldn’t have been able to play during our day that are playing today, with the things they do.  There was no whistle – you’d just be blasting people man, just be beating on people. Jumping, knocking them down. It wasn’t until you were just about dead man that the whistle blew, but that’s the way it was – punching, elbowing, slapping.”

Oakland Raiders Cornerback Willie Brown

What I like about another player who wore number 24 is that he was overlooked in the draft – number 24, Willie Brown. Brown played college football at Grambling State University and when he left college in 1963 no professional team drafted him.  He did sign with the Houston Oilers of the old(AFL,  (American Football League) but was cut during training camp. He moved on to the AFL’s Denver Broncos and then it all started for this non-drafted player.  Brown became a starter by the middle of his rookie season. In his second season Willie Brown won All-AFL and played in the AFL All-Star Game, recording nine interceptions for 144 yards.  In 1967, Brown was traded to the AFL’s Oakland Raiders and spent the remainder of his playing career there. He served as defensive captain for 10 of his 12 years with the team. He was named to five AFL All Star games and four NFL Pro Bowls. He was also named All-AFL three times and All-NFL four times.

Green Bay Packer Free Safety Willie Wood

Another Willie – Willie Wood  had a similar experience that Willie Brown had.  Wood was not selected in the 1960 NFL draft, and contacted head coach Vince Lombardi to request a tryout.  Tthe Packers signed him as a rookie free agent in 1960. After a few days with the quarterbacks, he requested a switch to defense and was recast as a free safety, and was a starter in the season. He started until his retirement in 1971.  Willie Wood won All-NFL honors nine times in a nine-year stretch from 1962 through the 1971 season, participated in the Pro Bowl eight times, and played in six NFL championship games, winning all except the first in 1960.  Not bad for another non-drafted player.

Denver Broncos  Defensive Back Champ Bailey

The great Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, said Champ Bailey was the best Defensive back he had faced in his long career.  This is what Smith said about his comment. “But the reason that I really just say Champ is (best) because everybody wants to talk about the success of all these guys who are in their fourth or fifth years. I’m in my 15th year, and I’m 36. Some of these guys, when I was a rookie, were in elementary school. So I’m not going to crown a guy who’s been in the league six years and had three years of success and three years of failure or average. I want to see how he is in three or four more years when his speed goes, and he has to learn how to use his technique. That’s just me, but that’s where I feel like the legacy is built.’’  Champ Baily’s 12 Pro Bowl selections are the most-ever by a cornerback, is tied for most ever (with Hall of Famer Ken Houston) for a defensive back and is tied for third all-time among all defensive players. Only Merlin Olsen, with 14 Pro Bowl selections, and Reggie White and Ray Lewis, with 13 each, had more on defense.

 Seattle Seahawks Running Backs Marshawn Lynch

It’s time to put a running back in with the cornerbacks.  Marshawn Lynch.  The Hall of Fame flanker and one of the running backs was All-NFL five times and the NFL Player of the Year in 1964. He starred for the Colts for 12 seasons (1956-67).  As some of you might know Marshawn was never a person who liked to give interviews or answer questions.   In one famous interview “I ain’t got nothing to say,” the Seahawks running back told NFL Network’s Michael Robinson, a former Seattle fullback, in a 2014 interview. “I just want to play football.”   After a big win against the Arizona Cardinals Lynch was on camera with reporters in the hallway outside of Seattle’s locker room he responded to every question by simply stating, “Thanks for asking.”   He had stomach problems during the game and when asked about it, he said, “I appreciate you asking about my stomach,” Lynch said. “Thank you.”

 John Robertson Sports Artists painting Art

Sports Art by John Robertson.  Football player image of a running back is 30″ x 40″ acrylic and ink on a gallery wrapped frame.

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.

Joe Montana Sports Art San Francisco 49ers

Joe Montana History

As almost everyone knows Joe Montana was one of the greatest football players ever to play the game. Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco 49ers and played there 14 seasons.  I can’t imagine being on top of my game for 14 years.  Up until 1979 I never lastedThe 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. more than about six months at the same job.  It wasn’t even until I was thirty four before I graduated college.   That means I am older than Montana and he had a fabulous career long before I even began to settle down.

Montana started and won four Super Bowls and was the first player ever to have been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. He also holds Super Bowl career records for most passes without an interception (122 in 4 games) and the all-time highest quarterback rating of 127.8. Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.  Let’s see.  What had I accomplished.  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  I shouldn’t say “nothing” because I did hold the record for the shortest time holding a job at a plastics manufacturing company.  I started at eight in the morning pulling small plastic gears out of drawers and then placing them in small envelopes and mailing them out to customers.  At nine thirty it was break time.  I asked my supervisor where the bathroom was.  Next to the bathroom door was the front door.  Out I went – the front door – and never went back.  I lasted one and a half hours.  Straight to the beach, I did, I did.  Never looked back.  Try to beat that record, Montana.

Would I want to be Joe Montana?  Not now, I wouldn’t.  As Montana says, ” … the physical stuff tries to catch up with you.’’  Tries to catch up??.  it does catch up.  The extensive physical problems he suffers is from more than two decades after he ended his NFL career in 1994.  Montana has spent more time at the doctor’s than he ever had on the field.   When standing in a swim suit he has more knife cuts on him than a butcher’s side of beef.  When he walks, it’s like watching a drunk sailor sway side to side.  And painful.   His knee can’t straighten despite a half-dozen surgeries.  And he thinks it is bad now.  Wait until he is my age and has to go to the bathroom four times a night.   He’ll be dragging his leg across the bedroom floor.

And then there is the metal problems – potential mental problems.  His path to thinking may be affected.   He’s had three neck fusions.  There’s nerve damage in one of his eyes.  “It acts like a lazy eye to some degree because every time you’re tired, it kind of goes wherever it feels like a little bit,’’ Montana said.  I have something like lazy eye only it’s in my lazy brain and I kind of wander down to the beach and eat shrimp out of the tide pools.  A doctor said Montana’s problem resulted from head trauma.  And Montana said,  “Can’t figure out where that came from.’’  I guess he can’t remember the hits.

The moral of the story.   You think I need to tell you the moral of the story?  That is easy to figure out.  Life after football is bleak.  There, I told you.

Joe Montana Football painting

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 artists by John Robertson paintings

Image Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum handing football off to running back Todd Gurley painting art

LA Rams Quarterback art painting

LA Rams Starting Quarterback Case Keenum

The start of this Los Angeles Rams season looks like will lead off with Case Keenum number 17 at quarterback.  Keenum, has made a career as backup but has worked hard to hold off the inevitable future of Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.  Keenum did a good job last year Image Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum handing football off to running back Todd Gurley painting artfor the LA Rams of taking away Nick Foles job who was later released.

Back when I was a kid my dad used to take me to the LA Rams games in the Los Angeles Coliseum back in the late forties and early fifties.  At the time I remember there were two quarterbacks fighting for starting quarterback position; NormVan Brocklin who signed with the Rams out of the draft  and joined the Rams who already had a star quarterback, Bob Waterfield. So beginning in 1950, the Rams coach Joe Stydahar solved his problem by platooning Waterfield and Van Brocklin.  Later on, In a few more years they brought in Bill Wade.  So I was fortunate to see all of them play in Los Angeles.  Saw other great LA Rams players also – the great end Tom Fears and the fun running back, “Crazy Legs” Hirsh.

While I mentioned the fabulous nickname of “Crazy Legs”  I should also mention my favorite football nickname of all time.  Los Angeles Rams defensive back Dick “Night Train” Lane.   “Night Train” Lane had gotten the nickname after taking the night trains to away games because of his fear of flying.  Lane had the record for most interceptions in an NFL season (14), a record that has stood for over 60 years. He went from an undrafted football player, who worked in a factory but was good enough to be later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NFL Rookie of the year Todd Gurley

The other player in the LA Rams painting art is running back Todd Gurley. As the NFL football season starts  The Topps Company announced that Todd Gurley, is the cover athlete for theImage LA Rams quarterback Case Keenum handing football off to running back Todd Gurley painting art Topps NFL HUDDLE® 2017 app.  And we all know why he was selected – because he is the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.  That is why.

Gurley had an absolutely great first season and will try to live up to the great Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson who in his second season ran for over 2,000 yards.  That is almost a “Mission Impossible” but hopefully his offensive line will help him with the goal.

About the  Sports Art painting by sports artists John Robertson

The Case Keenum, Todd Gurley NFL football art painting is to honor these two players, one who has had a great beginning and another who has worked hard in his years to become a starting quarterback.  I hope they both have a great season.  The painting is  4 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

image of skateboarding girl leaning on her skateboard on the boardwalk staring at the surf with sports artists John Robertson standing next to large scale painting of the skateboarder art

skateboarding painting skateboarder art

Skateboarding

Now I am really going to date myself (as if the photograph of me with the painting does not already do that) by writing about my first experience with skateboarding.   I lived on a hill in a neighborhood of hills and for fun we made coaster wagons or cars and coasted down the hills.image of skateboarding girl leaning on her skateboard on the boardwalk staring at the surf with sports artists John Robertson standing next to large scale painting of the skateboarder art  Some of us would make the steering out of ropes, then extend the ropes and stand in the cars while we coasted.  Lots of crashes into curbs and cars.  But one kid had a sister who would roller skate down the hills.  We didn’t want to be on roller skates (that was a girl thing) so somebody had seen somewhere, where someone put roller skate wheels on a two by four and rode it.  So that is exactly what we did – we nailed metal roller skate wheels to two by fours and started riding them down the hills.

Major Problem With Metal Wheels

What’s the problem?  Well, the first problem was that, idiotically, we were trying to ride a two by four.  We were too stupid to put the wheels on a wider piece of wood.  You have to also remember, there were no trucks for the wheels so the board was difficult to turn.  It was a
straight shot down the hills and speed became a factor – too much of it.   Things got in the way.  Skateboard art of skateboarding girl leaning on her skateboard on the boardwalk staring at the surf with sports artists John Robertson standing next to large scale painting of the skateboarder artManhole covers, dogs, cars parked, moving cars, other kids, etc. (I had a friend that fell in front of a car and got run over – not literally- as they only ran over his arm.  He just stood up and shook it off – not his arm, but the pain).  And after not too many trips down the hills the metal wheels flattened out.  We were going at a speed that warmed up the metal and the rough asphalt streets squared out the wheels – bumpy rides and sudden stops.

Skateboard Wheels Technology Catches Up

Slowly technology caught up to us with the invention of clay wheels.  This was a big improvement. But we were still coasting the hills and if you hit rocks or the manhole covers the clay wheels shattered which led to more scrapes and bruises.

Then came the newest in the evolution of wheels, Polyurethane wheels which were much more tough and resilient, with good traction and better shock absorption than the older metal or ceramic wheels.   There were other things that moved the whole skateboard thing forward; skateboard trucks, loose ball bearings, design of skateboards; the original flat board, kick tail boards, double kick tail board, long board short boards, etc.  Even our Keds got outdated and a whole new design of skateboarding shoes came into existence.

By the time all the changes came in I felt I was too old to skateboard, although I would skateboard in front of the house sometimes.  One of my memories towards the end was when I had been married for a few years and had a couple of small girls.  Some of the boys in the neighborhood knew that I skateboarded and had seen me out front.  A couple of them knocked at the door and my wife opened it up.  One boy said,  “Can Mr. Robertson come out to play?”

Sports Artists John Robertson Painting

skateboard Art Painting is four feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Image Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum handing football off to running back Todd Gurley painting art

Miami Dolphins Dan Marino

Dan Marino Painting Art

Although Dan Marino was one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL he never one a championship.  (But in 1984 he did lead the Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl, where the club lost to the San Francisco 49ers led Joe Montana win of  38-16).  For example Marino was first rookie to

Image of Dan Marino quarterback for the Miami Dolphins protected by offensive center Tim Ruddy s defensive end Howie Long rushes Dan Marino as he throws a pass.

Image of Dan Marino quarterback for the Miami Dolphins protected by offensive center Tim Ruddy s defensive end Howie Long rushes Dan Marino as he throws a pass.

start at quarterback in the Pro Bowl. That rookie year Marino threw for 20 touchdowns, led the Dolphins to a 12-4 record, and became the NFL’s Rookie of the Year.  That’s not a bad start for a quarterback who had five other quarterbacks in that year’s draft taken before he was drafted.

At the time one of the greatest years any quarterback has had in the NFL was by Dan Marino.  In that 1984 Super Bowl season he threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns, both single season records at the time, while also setting new NFL marks for completions with 362.  A quote from Dan Marino and his career says it best, ” I just try to be myself, whatever that is. I don’t think about how I’ll be remembered. I just want to be consistent over a long period of time. That’s what the great players do.”

It is always interesting to hear what a quarterback has to say about his coach and how he mayMiami Dolphin painting art Image of Dan Marino quarterback protected by offensive center Tim Ruddy s defensive end Howie Long rushes Dan Marino as he throws a pass. feel, as a quarterback, about his leadership role.  Marino said this about one of his games.  “We’re not running the ball again until we get ahead. Shula was calling the plays, but I told them, ‘I don’t care what he calls. We’re throwing every pass from now until we get the lead.’ To Shula’s credit, he always gave me that option. ”

Miami Dolphins Offensive Center, Tim Ruddy Number 61

Also in the painting is Tim Ruddy a six foot three inch center who was drafted in 1994.  When listing the all time top one hundred players for the Miami Dolphins Tim Ruddy comes out around number thirty -two.  He spent 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins and started 140 games.

Oakland Raiders Howie Long, Defensive End

The other image in the painting is of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long who played in the Super Bowl XVIII with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1984. He was an 8-time Pro Bowler and one-time Defensive Player of the Year in his career.  He recorded 91.5 career sacks and became an NFL sportscaster after retirement.

Sports Art Painting by Sports Artists John Robertson

The painting is three feet by six feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

mage of a vintage quarterback football player throwing a pass wearing old leather football helmet and old football jerseys.

Football Quarterback Vintage

Story of Vintage Football Quarterback

I don’t know much about this vintage football quarterback player that I painted from the past.  I ran across the image and thought it would be fun to paint.  I did some search on Google put could find out anything about him – so I thought I might make up a bit of his history.

Alberte Mortensen – Quarterback

Alberte Mortensen was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 to immigrants from Denmark.  The family moved to New Jersey shortly after he was born.  As a baby he had medical complications with his digestive track which led to difficulties in eating anything that was not white.  He only

mage of a vintage football quarterback player throwing a pass wearing old leather football helmet and old football jerseys.

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ate white bread, white noodles, white rice, drank milk and, of course liked ice cream (vanilla).  Because he was unhealthy and the family lived in poverty the Mortenen’s asked for help from their Norse church which worshipped the old Norse gods of the Viking age – Thor, Odin and Frigg.  The Norse oracle, Völva or “priestess” recommended that they give up Alberte for foster care.

Foster Care

The Mortensen family gave up the four-year-old Alberte to an Irish Catholic family, the Hughes.  The Hughes had immigrated to the United States from Ireland during the potato famine.  Once in his new home he adapted quite nicely to a diet of white potatoes.  His favorite dish was colcannon which became a staple at most of his meals.  It is a mash of potatoes, cabbage or kale and butter or cream, flavored with scallions.

Plays Football

Alberte grew heartily on the diet, eventually played on his high school football team, and because of his athletic ability was recruited to play with the a local football “club”.  Even though he was only sixteen his skills as a football quarterback made him locally famous.  He played for a  “pay Image of vintage quarterback football playing player throwing a pass wearing old leather football helmet and old football jersey.for play” football team which generated a small income for the Hughes family.  Because of his success his biological parents, the Mortensens wanted him back.

The Hughes gave a negative response.  As there is no actual word for “no” in Irish Gaelic, they actually said, “Ní hea,” which literally means, “It is not.”  The Hughes won in a short court battle and Alberte went on to play college football.  He disguised himself as an Indian  and went to Carlisle Indian Industrial School where he played football quarterback with Jim Thorpe, the great all-american.

Alberte, was now known as, Abukcheech, which means mouse.  Hid first season as quarterback at the Indian school he dedicated to his foster Irish mother, Chloe  Hughes.  When Alberte turned twenty-one he requested Irish citizenship to play soccer in Ireland.  At twenty-two he left for Ireland   Upon boarding the boat back to his adopted homeland he said, “I am Irish, I feel Irish, I will play forever in Ireland.”

THE END

Sports Artists John Robertson Vintage Football painting is 4 feet by 7 1/2 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Ventura California surfer stsnding on the beach holding his surfboard under his arm facing the waves painting life size art with artists John Robertson

Painting Surfing Art Artists John Robertson

Surfing

As I live only a couple of blocks from the beach and my studio is even closer, it is only natural I would paint a surfer.  This surfer is standing on the rocks at Ventura, California Surfer’s Point.  This surfing break is only a few hundred yards up the beach from the Ventura Pier and the “C” Ventura California surfer stsnding on the beach holding his surfboard under his arm facing the waves painting life size art with artists John RobertsonStreet break.  “C” Street is more of an inside break as apposed to the “Point” break.

When did it all start

I first started surfing many, many years ago.  How Long?  Well I do not want to give away my age but when I started surfing there were some guys using redwood planks and wore knit swim suits.  Women still wore bonnets to the beach.  The boards were ten to twelve feet of solid redwood and weighed a hundred pounds.  To get one of those things off the beach was like dragging a dead seal back into the water.   It was like paddling a canoe with a chance of splinters.  I actually started out on the old balsa boards – no splinters and slippery when wet.  We used candle wax for the surface.  By the way – no wet suits either and we surfed year-round.  Living about 6 miles from Malibu it was the natural place to surf.  We sometimes went up to Leo Carrillo and County Line and never went south.  Few surfed the Santa Monica and Venice breaks because – well, just because.   Because Malibu was close and just about the best break anywhere – and few surfers then.  A crowded day was about a dozen guys out.

Body Boarder

Even though I live close to a couple of great breaks I do not surf anymore.  I do get into the ocean regularly, body-boarding, but surfing has lost it’s appeal.  Main reason?  The same as many.  Too many people.  But just north of us is a nice shore break.  A few boards come out but not enough to interfere with the body-boarders.   It is more about just being in the water and not on top of it.  I feel more part of the environment.  And most of the year without a wetsuit.  When the water drops below 60 degrees then that is about the time the wetsuit comes out.  But that is what so great about living in sunny Southern California – living outdoors all year long.

About Sports Artists John Robertson Surfer Painting

The painting is four feet by eight feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  It hangs like a tapestry or banner.

Image painting art of a NFL Football offensive linemen setting up for a block with sports artists John Robertson in photograph

Offensive Linemen

Offensive Linemen NFL The “Trucks” of Football

The offensive linemen plays one of three positions, center, guard or tackle, and usually the biggest players on the team.  I can’t think of anything more intimidating in football, or in  most sports, than to have an offensive lineman out in front of a running back.  His job is to makeImage painting art of a NFL Football offensive linemen setting up for a block with sports artists John Robertson in photograph space for the runner.   Visualize a wedge, snow plow train barreling down deep, snow covered railroad tracks.  And with speed and power this huge wedge plow on the front of the iron, diesel engine throws the snow hundreds of feet off the tracks.

Most offensive linemen are just anonymous monsters, part of this wall of other brutes.  But there are some that have stood out in the NFL.  Some had great nicknames like, ” Smash-Mouth” or “Night-Train” or “The Jordon Spreader”.

Green Bay Packers Forrest Gregg

One of my favorites is Forrest Gregg of the old Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers.  Lombardi said Gregg was greatest player that he ever coached. As a Packer, Gregg brought back five championships to the Green Bay “Frozen Tundra.” In the twilight of his career, he won Super Bowl VI with the Dallas Cowboys.  Gregg played in a then-record 188 straight games between 1956 and 1971. Gregg made nine trips to the Pro Bowl and seven appearances on the First­-Team All­-Pro list.

Oakland Raiders Gene Upshaw

There was Gene Upshaw, Oakland Raiders and a Hall ­of ­Famer.  He played 15 seasons at guard between 1967 and 1981. Upshaw started 207 out of 217 career games and was named to seven Pro Bowls. Upshaw was also a two­-time Super Bowl champion­­ with rings in 1977 and 1981.

Oakland Raiders Art Shell

Another great Raider offensive linemen was Art Shell.  At his playing size of 6’5″ and 265 pounds, Shell would  drop his hips and use pounding leverage to clear space for running backs or put up a shield and protect his quarterbacks.

Cincinnati Bengals Anthony Muñoz

And who some considered the best offensive lineman of all time is Anthony Muñoz – left tackle, Cincinnati Bengals.  He was the “real deal”  with size, strength, athleticism, and technique.  He played at six feet six inches and weighted two-hundred and seventy-eight pounds. He could create an alleyway that a truck could drive through – or “wall off ” a blitzing linebacker.  Munoz played in nine Pro Bowls between 1976 and 1985 and named lead guard on the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All­-Time Team.

About Sports Artists John Robertson Painting

The Lineman painting is approximately 48 inches by 70 inches, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  (That means no stretcher bars or frame)  It hangs like a tapestry or banner.

Painting art of a Minnesota Vikings football player making a catch over his shoulder while flying through the air is eight feet tall with Sports Artist John Robertson standing nect to the painting

Minnesota Vikings Art

Receiver Painting Minnesota Vikings Art

Over the years the Minnesota Vikings have had some of the great receivers in the NFL – players like Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Steve Jordan, Anthony Carter, Jake Reed, Ahmad Rashad, etc. etc. etc. So when I went to paint this receiver for the new Minnesota Vikings art , US Bank Stadium Painting art of a Minnesota Vikings football player making a catch over his shoulder while flying through the air is eight feet tall with Sports Artist John Robertson standing nect to the paintingArt Collection there was not one particular player I used as a model.  It would be too hard to single out one player for an individual painting.

What I wanted to represent was the flying aspect of a hero or warrior of the Vikings.  The Vikings had the best of the best warriors, and for so many years the Minnesota Vikings have had some great receiver players.  Like the gathering of the very best Viking warriors, the Minnesota Vikings, over the years, have gathered great receivers to play along-side each other. And this painting is a tribute to them.

Receiver Painting in the Valhalla Suites

The Minnesota Vikings have hung the painting in the Valhalla Suites area of the US Bank Stadium.  The painting is hung to the lobby area and the stairway entrance as you descend to the Valhalla Suites.  Here is a description of the suites from the Vikings website:  Located 17 rows from the field and between the 20 yard lines members will have access to the private Painting art of a Minnesota Vikings football player photographed on the US Bank Stadium jumbotron making a catch over his shoulder while flying through the airOwner’s and Medtronic Clubs featuring elite all-inclusive food and beverages. Suites range between 24-32 tickets and come with VIP parking, other event access, away game trips and much more.

17 rows off the field

Private Medtronic Club Access

All-inclusive Food and Beverages

Situated between the 30 yard lines

Highest End Suite furniture and finishes in the building

12-24 tickets per Suite

Only 12 Suites at this level

About the Vikings Painting by Sports Artist John Robertson

The receiver painting is four feet by eight feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Sports Artist John Robertson with Minnesota Vikings lineman defensive end Jim Marshall at US Bank Stadium

Minnesota Vikings

US Bank Stadium Minnesota Vikings Art Collection

Like myself Jim Marshall created work for the Minnesota Vikings US Bank Art Collection. The Sports Artist John Robertson with Minnesota Vikings lineman defensive end Jim Marshall at US Bank Stadiumphotograph is of me, sports artist John Robertson, with Jim Marshall, defensive lineman, for the Minnesota Vikings  from nineteen sixty one to nineteen seventy nine (1961 – 1979) In the photo
he had just had autographed a page from a book that has one of my paintings of the famous “Purple People Eaters” .  They were the great front four linemen for the Vikings. “The Purple People Eaters” included; Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall.  The painting commission hangs in the new Minnesota Vikings US Bank stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   I met Jim at the art opening for the US Bank stadium a week ago.

Jim Marshall “Silver Eagle”

Jim Marshall created from the nickname he gave himself “silver eagle”.  He liked to draw an eagle on his football uniform that “became synonymous with the Viking legend,” according toMinnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall with sports artist John Robertson at the Minnesota Vikings US Bank stadium opening art show. the Vikings press release.  Jim Marshall said he was inspired by the Odin’s raven on the flags on medieval Vikings’ long ships. The bird’s ferocity held meaning for Marshall, and he began to fashion his own version of the symbol. His creation was a “silver eagle”.

It was really exciting for me to meet Jim Marshall as I was, and still am a big fan of the Vikings.  My wife is from Minnesota and I have been going back with her at least once or twice a year since we have been together.  Marshall is a few years older than me so we are contemporaries.  He is a big, big man standing six foot four and two hundred and forty five pounds.

“Purple People Eaters” painting by Sports Artist John Robertson

The painting you see in the photograph is eight feet by twelve feet, acrylic on canvas.  TheArtist John Robertson standing next to his painting of Minnesota Vikings f the Purple People Eaters defensive linemen Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall projected on the the jumbotron at US Bank Stadium “Purple People Eaters’ painting is in the Gold Suites lobby to Norsemen’s suites in the US Bank stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play. This is a private area for the suite owners but the doors are sometimes left opened so one can see them from the public area.

Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium with painting of the Purple People Eaters defensive linemen Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall

US Bank Stadium Art Collection

Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium Art Collection

Like myself Jim Marshall created work for the Minnesota Vikings US Bank Art Collection. The photograph is of me, sports artist John Robertson, with Jim Marshall, defensive lineman, for the Minnesota Vikings  from nineteen sixty one to nineteen seventy nine (1961 – 1979) In the Sports Artist John Robertson with Minnesota Vikings lineman defensive end Jim Marshall at US Bank Stadiumphotohe had just had autographed a page from a book that has one of my paintings of the famous “Purple People Eaters” .  They were the great front four linemen for the Vikings. “The Purple People Eaters” included; Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall.  The painting commission hangs in the new Minnesota Vikings US Bank stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   I met Jim at the art opening for the US Bank stadium a week ago.

Jim Marshall created from the nickname he gave himself “silver eagle”.  He liked to draw an eagle on his football uniform that “became synonymous with the Viking legend,” according to the Vikings press release.  Jim Marshall said he was inspired by the Odin’s raven on the flags on medieval Vikings’ long ships. The bird’s ferocity held meaning for Marshall, and he began to fashion his own version of the symbol. His creation was a “silver eagle”.

It was really exciting for me to meet Jim Marshall as I was, and still am a big fan of the Vikings.  Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall with sports artist John Robertson at the Minnesota Vikings US Bank stadium opening art show.My wife is from Minnesota and I have been going back with her at least once or twice a year since we have been together.  Marshall is a few years older than me so we are contemporaries.  He is a big, big man standing six foot four and two hundred and forty five pounds.

 

Jim Marshall “Purple People Eaters”About the painting

Sports Artist John Robertson’s painting you see in the photograph is eight feet by twelve feet, acrylic on canvas. This is the other page that Jim Marshall autographed for me which shows him Autograph page of Purple People Eaters linemen from Minnesota Viking with Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson, Jim Marshall, rushing the passerin the Purple People Eaters painting.  The original painting is in the lobby to Norsemen’s suites in the US Bank stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play. This is a private area for the suite owners but the doors are sometimes left opened so one can see them from the public area.

Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium with painting of the Purple People Eaters defensive linemen Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall projected on the the jumbotron

US Bank Stadium Minnesota Vikings Purple People Eaters

Minnesota Vikings Stadium Painting

One of my pieces ( artist John Robertson) In the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is The “Purple People Eaters” which shows the legendary linemen Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall.   The Artist John Robertson standing next to his painting of Minnesota Vikings f the Purple People Eaters defensive linemen Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall projected on the the jumbotron at US Bank Stadiumpainting you see in the photograph is eight feet by twelve feet, acrylic on canvas.  The “Purple People Eaters’ painting is in the Gold Suites lobby to Norsemen’s suites.  This is a private area for the suite owners but the doors are sometimes left opened so one can see them from the public area.

What was fun about the opening is meeting Carl Eller and Jim Marshall who autographed the photograph art book featuring the stadium’s artists.  We also had a chance to meet the great Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant.

US Bank Football Stadium

We went to the art collection opening at the new  U.S. Bank Stadium where the NFL Minnesota Vikings will be playing their football games starting this 2016 2017 football season.  The stadium has a museum-quality art collection.  Both my wife (Lynn Hanson) and I have pieces of art in this collection. Lynn Hanson and John Robertson Minnesota Vikings football stadium painting US Bank, Gold Suites lobby to Norsemen's suites Purple People Eaters and Viking ship.

U.S. Bank Stadium has some unique features in comparison to other NFL stadiums, It has the largest transparent roof in the nation and five 95-feet high pivoting glass doors that will open to a nearly three-acre plaza and the Minneapolis downtown skyline. While the stadium’s roof will be fixed, the transparent 200,000 square feet of glass throughout the building will give fans an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment. The stadium seats are just 41 feet from the sideline. Seven levels in the stadium and it has two of the largest and highest-quality HD video boards in the NFL that are located in both the east and west end zones.

Minnesota Vikings Stadium Art Collection

To see a short video of some of the collection you can go to : http://www.usbankstadium.com/about-the-stadium/art-collection/  You will see two of my paintings in the video.  What is an interesting side comment is that my name is not listed on the Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium with painting of the Purple People Eaters defensive linemen Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall projected on the the jumbotroncollection artist’s list although my paintings are in the stadium.  My understanding is that only a couple of artists that were not from Minnesota were included in the collection – me being one of them.  This was intentional as the other artists not from Minnesota were also left off the list.  My wife, Lynn Hanson was include as she is from Minnesota and her sister lives about an hour from downtown Minneapolis.

Yasiel Puig Portrait, art, painting of mega-talented right fielder of Los Angeles Dodgers holding a bat and painted from the back with his name showing on his baseball jersey

Yasiel Puig LA Dodgers

Destiny

Yasiel Puig – mega-talented right fielder of the Los Angeles Dodgers – and as of this writing and finishing of this painting may be destined to leave the Dodgers in s trade.   Here are a couple of links to other sites that write about the rumors more clearly than I ever could – as I am a sports Yasiel Puig Portrait, art, painting of mega-talented right fielder of Los Angeles Dodgers holding a bat and painted from the back with his name showing on his baseball jerseyartist and not a writer.  I only try to provide a little background to the paintings I paint.  So if you are interested in what may happen or want to see what people were guessing before whatever happen, did happen, then check out these two links:

https://theringer.com/los-angeles-dodgers-yasiel-puig-trade-rumors-bdd1183e1fb2#.2rzufiz0e

http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/dodgers-are-open-to-trading-struggling-yasiel-puig-071816

Yasiel Puig Migration to US

As most of you who are reading this know that Yasiel Puig left the island of Cuba and was smuggled into the United States with the help of people with special interests in Miami and Cancun.  Even with outside help, by anyone’s imagination, it must have been a trip and risk that few would be willing to take.  People make the trip for a variety of reasons – but most do so for economic or political motives.  And, apparently there is a lot of crazy stories surrounding Yasiel Puig’s migration to the United States.   If you are at all interested in what Yasiel Puig faced in his travels to the United States, you might wish to read the article attached to the following link.  http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10781144/no-one-walks-island-los-angeles-dodgers-yasiel-puig-journey-cuba

Short Bio of Yasiel Puig

He grew up in Cienfuegos, and played for the Cuban national team in the 2008 World Junior Championship, where they won a bronze medal. He then played in the Cuban National Series, but a failed attempt at defecting to the United States had him out for a season as punishment. He then tried several more times to defect to Mexico (so as to get to the U.S. by land), finally succeeding in 2012. Puig signed with the Dodgers in 2012.

About the Painting

The painting by sports artist John Robertson is approximately  4 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas

Painting by Sports Artist John Robertson of Chicago Cubs Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg throwing a baseball

Ryne Sandberg MLB second baseman

Ryne Sandberg My Niece’s Favorite Player

The “Ryno” Ryne Sandberg played second baseman for the Chicago Cubs.  I painted this sports art for my niece as a wedding present.  My sister lived in Chicago for a number of years and, as IPainting by Sports Artist John Robertson of Chicago Cubs Second Baseman Ryne Sandberg throwing a baseball remember, she went to graduate school there also.  She is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and when her first daughter was born she named her Ryne after Ryne Sandberg.  Although they eventually moved away from the Chicago area they continued to be fans of Chicago.  Knowing that I am a sports artist, my niece asked for a Chicago Cubs painting.  So I have surprised her with this baseball painting.

Ryne Sandberg Major Accomplishments

Ryne Sandberg was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2005; he was formally inducted in ceremonies on July 31, 2005.  He was a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991. His career .989 fielding percentage is a major-league record at second base

Quotes from Ryne Sandberg

In his  July 31, 2005, Cooperstown, NY Baseball Hall of Fame speech he said, “The reason I am here, they tell me, is that I played the game a certain way, that I played the game the way it was supposed to be played. I don’t know about that, but I do know this: I had too much respect for the game to play it any other way, and if there was there is a single reason I am here today, it is because of one word, “respect.”¹ I love to play baseball. I’m a baseball player. I’ve always been a baseball player. I’m still a baseball player. That’s who I am.”

One of my favorite quotes from Ryne Sandberg is because it has more meaning in to life and not just baseball.  He said, “In baseball, there’s always the next day.”  There  is always the next day to move on with your life.  Don’t let the past haunt and weigh you down.  I like that thought.

The John Robertson Sports Art painting is 48″ by 63″ acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Painting art of California State Parks woman lifeguard with her liefguard tube under her arm as she looks towards the ocean for a swimmer in danger

Rescue Lifeguard California State Parks

Lifeguard Tryout qualification

Painting art of California State Parks woman lifeguard with her liefguard tube under her arm as she looks towards the ocean for a swimmer in danger

Prior to summer the California State Parks have tryouts for State Parks lifeguards.  They hold the lifeguard tryouts up and down the California coast.  This gives a potential lifeguard an opportunity to see if they are physically fit for the job.

I photographed this woman lifeguard at the tryouts for a sport art painting. The tryouts were held at the Sycamore Canyon State Beach just outside of Oxnard, California.  All applicants are required to successfully complete a 1,000 yard open water swim. Time limit of 20 minutes. And then they have a continuous 200 yard run, 400 yard swim, 200 yard run. Time limit of 10 minutes.

After that strenuous test there is a qualification appraisal interview.  And then the applicant needs to complete the California State Park Lifeguard Training Program. (8 days/80+ hours) Includes department certification in CPR & AED, Public Safety First Aid, and open water search & rescue and other aquatic lifesaving techniques.

Lifeguard Challenge

At this particular tryout the surf was so big they cancelled the actual tryout but allowed people to practice the course and the high surf.  The surf was running about six feet, heavy winds and a strong rip tide.  This was a dangerous swim and the State gave warning, suggesting that you better be a strong swimmer to attempt the 1000 yard swim.  The regular state lifeguards put the swimmers into the water a couple of hundred yards up the beach, allowing for the drift of the current and the riptides.

It was a challenge for the lifeguards to get their jet skies and their rescue paddleboards into the water – which took a number of attempts.  I would guess about a dozen lifeguards went out on paddleboards and another dozen guards stayed in shallow water to help with any struggling swimmers.  Other California State Parks lifeguards were available on shore for any problems.

I took about a hundred photographs that day, documenting the tryouts.  This particular lifeguard caught my interest to paint.   The sports art painting by artist John Robertson is approximately 8 1/2 feet by 4 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

 

 

Art painting of world famous heavy weight champion of the world greatest boxer Muhammad Ali with the words Shines in Nightly Honor written cross the front.

Muhammad Ali The Greatest

Met Muhammad Ali

As I am a big fan of Muhammad Ali  it was thrilling to meet him in 1984.  I may not seem an important meeting, but to me, really exciting.  At the time I was working for a large chain of furniture and appliance stores and travelled to the national housewares show in Chicago.  It Art painting of world famous heavy weight champion of the world greatest boxer Muhammad Ali with the words Shines in Nightly Honor written cross the front.was in January and the wind chill factor made the temperature about fifty degrees below zero.  Anyone from the Midwest knows what that is like – and for a guy from California it was, well, freezing!!!  I was walking the aisles at McCormick Place, a cavernous convention center, and it was not warm inside either.  I looked up ahead of me and here comes a big man in a beautiful beige, cashmere overcoat walking towards me.  Muhammad Ali!!!  I wanted to shout out Ali!!!  Ali!!! Ali!!!  But I didn’t.  I just sort of put myself in front of him with my hand out and a bit of drool on my face.   He gave me a huge smile and stuck his hand out to me.  I am sure I said a few really stupid things to him but he was gracious and looked at me directly as we spoke.  I have no idea what he said to me as I was too nervous to pay much attention to anything other than my small hand in his.  What I do remember is that his handshake was very soft.  It was like he had a big, fluffy pillow hand that my hand just sunk way into his cushy grip.

When I became a fan Muhammad Ali

Although I had followed boxing when I was a kid, I did not become conscious of Muhammad Ali until I was in the Navy.  Before then, growing up I watched the Wednesday,  Friday and Saturday night fights on a black and white television with my step-dad.  At that time my favorite fighter was Archie Moore who fought as a light-heavyweight and had one of the longest professional careers in the history of the sport.   I also liked his nickname, “The Mongoose”

I joined the Navy in 1961 and didn’t pay much attention to boxing.  But in November of 1962 Muhammad Ali fought Archie Moore.  At the time I was on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Pacific and as entertainment the ship broadcast-ed the fight over the ship’s radio system.  Hundreds of sailors gathered in different recreation rooms around the ship and listened the fight.  Of course, I was for “The Mongoose” and was sorely disappointed when he lost.  But that is when I became aware of Ali.  After that the ship continued to broadcast the fights.   By the time Ali fought Henry Cooper in 1963, I was a die-hard fan.  And that continued all through his career.

Muhammad Ali Inspiration

Individual fans have their favorite quotes of Ali.  My favorite is, “”The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”  Why this quote so inspirational to me is that, as an artist (painter) their are years of time spent at a canvas trying to paint a good painting.  I’ve painted hundreds of  large-scale portraits.  The first fifty portraits were terrible and I would not show them to anyone.  But I knew I had to put in the time and the hard work would pay off.  And soon I could paint a descent portrait – now, I get three good ones for every ten I paint.  I understand what it takes for an artist to have created a body of work for an art or museum show.

Another quote that is just as inspirational to me is: “Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”  My experience with this quote is certainly not one of overcoming a huge impossibility – but – I didn’t start painting until I was forty-seven years old.  And before that had shown no interest in art, museums or galleries.  But someone suggested I paint to help relax me.  I was a businessman and had been an English major in college. Pretty far away from art.  But I fell in love with painting. and by the time I was in my fifties I started selling paintings and now am a professional artist.  Anybody who knew me before I was an artist would say “impossible”

About the Painting

The Muhammad Ali painting by sports artist John Robertson is approximately 50″ x 70′ acrylic on unstretched canvas

Image of Minnesota Twins first baseman and catcher Joe Mauer when he played catcher squatting in the catcher's stance behind home plate

Joe Mauer Painting

Sports Baseball painting of Minnesota Twins catch Joe Mauer

This painting of Joe Mauer first baseman and used to be catcher of the Minnesota Twins major league baseball team is approximately 8” x 10” on a 11” x 14” piece of drafting film. Ink and watercolor.Image of Minnesota Twins first baseman and catcher Joe Mauer when he played catcher squatting in the catcher's stance behind home plate

Joe Mauer’s main position when he started playing was catcher and sometimes first baseman.  When asked to paint him for a relative he wanted a painting of Joe as a catcher.  As a catcher Joe took a few hits to the head causing some concussions.  On November 11, 2014 the Twins announced that Mauer would permanently move to first base in order to protect their star player from further concussions and the day-to-day physical wear of being a major league catcher.  Since then, like in the past he has performed nicely.

Inspiration for the painting

This painting was created for a  gift to my nephew-in-law.  He is my wife’s sister’s son who absolutely loves the Minnesota Twins and goes to as many games as he possibly can.   My wife’s family is from Minnesota and her sister lives just about a hour north from the Twin Cities.  When my nephew left Minnesota to take a teaching job in Mexico he wanted something that would remind him of his home state.  His mother suggested a baseball player and we somehow found out his favorite player was Joe Mauer.

I did paint Joe as a surprise and it eventually the painting ended up in Mexico.  My nephew comes back to the states for all vacations and, of course back to Minnesota.  And one of the first things he does is go to a Twins game.  We get to see him every summer and a few times he has come to California to visit.   Also, he is moving on from Mexico after three years there he is not sure where his next job will be.  But he does like teaching in a foreign country except for missing the Twins

Nephew Second Passion: Minnesota Vikings

What is going to be fun this upcoming summer 2016 is the opening of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.  Both my wife and I have painted large-scale sports artwork for the new stadium and will be able to take her nephew to the opening in July.  He is excited about the whole process as football and the Vikings is his next big passion.  Don’t tell him but I will probably get some prints of the images I painted for the Vikings and they will be a great gift for his return.

Fist Jam image rock climbing image where a hand is jammed between rocks for a good hold on the climb

Fist Jam For Rock Climber Hold Painting

Definition of a Fist Jam Hold for Rock Climber

A Fist jam is a rock climber hold where you jam the hand into a crack with a clenched fist position, the expanded muscles securing the hand.

Eight Reasons to Give Up As a Rock Climber

If you are a rock climber and wonder if you should give up the sport or continue to climb

Fist Jam image rock climber image when climbing rock is where a hand is jammed between rocks for a good hold on the climb

Fist Jam rock climbing sports art painting by artist John Robertson is 50″ x 70″ acrylic on unstretched canvas.continue the sport these are the things you do that suggests you should give up the sport.

  1. You’ve chopped the rope with your axe while ice climbing.
  2. Your climbing partner uses you to “test” for rock stability.
  3. You fell off the tailgate of your pick-up truck.
  4. People ask if you’re a park ranger.
  5. You buy shoes a size too big.
  6. You aerate your lawn with your crampon.
  7. If you wear baggy shorts and no underwear
  8. If you say “I think it might be this way”

Why the rock climber paintings?

My daughter and son-in-law are rock climbers and own an outdoor recreation store in Ventura. – Real Cheap Sports, Ventura’s Outdoor Store is located in the city of Ventura on the Southern California coast. The store was originally founded by Jeff and Yvon Chouinard and opened in 1981 as Patagonia’s original outlet store, just one block from Patagonia’s corporate headquarters just west of downtown Ventura. Today, Real Cheap Sports resides in its original location, but has an expanded store space. Operating independently since 1998 as an “Outlet Dealer,” Real Cheap Sports is Southern California’s largest outlet store for Patagonia closeout merchandise and features discounts on clothing and equipment from a variety of reputable outdoor manufacturers for backpacking, climbing, hiking, sea kayaking, and international travel. Come and visit them sometime. They are always be happy to see you. Or visit their web site http://www.realcheapsports.com/

Image of a hand jammed between two rocks to help a rock climber hold onto the face of a rock while climbing it.

Rock climbing Hand Jam

Hand Jam Rock climbing Hold Painting

Image of a rock climbing hand hold hand jam rock hold jammed between two rocks to help a rock climber hold onto the face of a rock while climbing it.

Hand Jam rock climbing sports art painting by artist John Robertson is 50″ x 70″ acrylic on unstretched canvas.

There is two types of hand jams in rock climbing – Thumb-up hand jam – jamming the hand in a small crack with the thumb in an upward position, enabling greater reach between holds. And

the thumb-down hand jam – as with the thumb-up hand jam, but with the thumb placed downwards, a less maneuverable but more secure hold.

Eight things that let you know you are not a rock climber if:

  1. You think escalators would help while rock climbing.
  2. You think trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands
  3. You think reflectors need to be placed on rocks every 5 feet so people can climb at night with flashlights
  4. You think rocks should be stacked in a more orderly fashion.
  5. You think it is kinky to wear a harness
  6. You think it is okay to use your dog on belay.
  7. You think that you think you don’t need a helmet.
  8. You have to unwind your climbing rope from your SUV’s winch.

Why the rock climbing paintings?

My daughter and son-in-law are rock climbers and own an outdoor recreation store in Ventura. – Real Cheap Sports, Ventura’s Outdoor Store is located in the city of Ventura on the Southern California coast. The store was originally founded by Jeff and Yvon Chouinard and opened in 1981 as Patagonia’s original outlet store, just one block from Patagonia’s corporate headquarters just west of downtown Ventura. Today, Real Cheap Sports resides in its original location, but has an expanded store space. Operating independently since 1998 as an “Outlet Dealer,” Real Cheap Sports is Southern California’s largest outlet store for Patagonia closeout merchandise and features discounts on clothing and equipment from a variety of reputable outdoor manufacturers for backpacking, climbing, hiking, sea kayaking, and international travel. Come and visit them sometime. They are always be happy to see you. Or visit their web site http://www.realcheapsports.com/