Willie Mays video interview with Derek Jeter and Ken Griffey Jr.

 Willie Mays

May 6th wis Willie Mays birthday. Born in 1931. Back in 2007 I was hired by by Fox Sport to create three large-scale paintings baseball images of Willie Mays for an interview shown during the pregame show for the (MLB) All-Star Game in San Francisco. Two of the paintings were 4 ½ feet by 6 feet and the other baseball art was 4 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas. The interview was with Derek Jeter and Ken Griffey Jr.

How I started Painting Sports Images

I get asked regularly how did I get started painting sports figures for commercial and private clients. I have created a number of sports images for sports stadiums and arenas, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco Forty Niners, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Bucks, etc. (see bio) a short time before creating this work for Fox Sports, Fox had hired me to create six paintings for a NBA (National Basketball Association) commercial that ran nationally in the major regional basketball markets. Here is a link to that video. That NBA commercial was the first major sports project I did.

I apologize for the poor quality of the video but it is all that is available. It was a fun project painting “The Say Hey Kid” and it certainly was instrumental in my becoming a sports artist.

Art Basketball Venice Beach Sports Painting

Basketball image of Venice Beach beach basketball players in a defensive mode defending agains another player painted in Black and white Orlando Magic owned painting
Basketball “Defense” sports art painting by John Robertson 60″ x 72″ acrylic on unstretched canvas

Art and Basketball

In watching the NCAA finals between Villanova and Michigan it made me think of what it takes to be a great athlete – because, I think, the same principles apply to almost anything anyone wants to do.  In my case it is or was to be a good artist   I say good and not great as I know what my physical and mental laminations are.  One does have to start out with some sort of talent but it is how they use them.

There are differences.  In basketball it is a team sport and you have to learn early that you try to do what’s best for the team. Trying to make sure everyone’s playing together as one unit.  In painting, it is pretty much up to the individual artist in creating their work.  But to be more than that individual artist you have too participate in a team effort to be part of a larger picture of artists around you – artist that gives you support and guidance and help you develop.

It’s like a fourteen year old kid who practices and learns to be a really good shooter, and learns great ball handling and dribbling skills but until he can play on a team and be part of it, he won’t amount to anything.  He will just be a kid shooting basketballs down at the gym.  What you want to happen is for a new talent to join up with more advanced players, or in my case mid-career artists, who can take a development route towards more advanced play.

The problem arises when players (artists) want to take a shorter route, to get into the marketplace without all the tools that take time to develop.  In the case of a a high school  player, he might think he is ready for the pros, or the college player who wants to leave early out of the program and sign early.  Occasionally it works for that exceptional player but normally they need to stay and mature.  I don’t care what you want to do –  artist, basketball player asparagus farmer, whatever it is.  Whatever it is, there is no easy path except hard work and time.

Amway Sports Arena

Basketball sports art. The new Amway sports arena in Orlando Florida purchased this basketball art. This is where the NBA Orlando Magic plays.  The sports image came from a photograph I took of the basketball players that play on the courts in Venice CA.  The basketball courts were the ones used when filming the  great basketball movie, “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Are You Playing in the Masters?

No Masters No Golf Not This Year

As a sports artist one would think that I played golf as it is a leisurely sports activity for a guy getting into my age bracket.  There are not many sports I can play at my age, much less in the Masters.   I once managed a golf driving range and took quite a few lessons so you’d think I would want to get out on the links and bang the ball around.  But that is the problem – I would just bang the ball and chase it in to high grass on either side of the fairways.  I lugged my golf bag around with two ball retrievers – just in case I broke one.   Even after all the practice and golf lessons and videos I watched the only way I could lever lower my score was to cheat.  My best method was

using the “close enough to the hole” as if you were tossing grenades.   That grenade method of measurement of success (close enough) could turn a four put into a two.

Time-lapse Video (34 seconds) Speed Painting of Golfer

So for relaxation I took up the “sport” of painting – with a bit of success.  If you visit some of the newest sports stadiums or arenas in this country you may stumble upon a few of my paintings.  (See Bio)  .  The time lapse golf video you see here is a sample of what I do with paint.  It’s short – the demonstration painting in an expressionistic and impressionistic manner is about 34 seconds and the actual sports art is about seven feet.  If you are on my blog you surely know that I am a sports artist, painting professionally for sports stadiums and arenas and other commercial projects.  I take commissions and would be happy to do a sports selfie of you playing your favorite sport.  You can reach me through my contact pages and I will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.

NCAA final four Basketball

Loyala, Chicago My Favorite From the Final Four

So we are down to the final four in this year’s March Madness – and I am rooting for is the improbable No. 11 Loyola Chicago who dominated Kansas State in an upset win and March Sadness Kansas.  Loyala played a great game by overshadowing Kansas in Saturday’s matchup for a spot in the final four.  It was totally unexpected for the Loyola team to lead from the 16:31 point of the first half.image of a basketball player holding a basketball under his arm with the sports artist John Robertson standing nect to the painting.

Is the NCAA team, the Loyola Ramblers, be the fairy tale story in this March Madness? Is Loyola going down the crazy rabbit hole with the March Hare, runs with the mad hatter and comes out winning in wonderland.  The March Madness tournament is always like entering “ Through the Looking Glass”  because you never know what you are going to see in the final four.  Are the players going to play as if they trained with a skillful coach or are they going to act as if trained by a Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar.  That is what makes watching a college basketball tournament so exciting. They beat the pros for enthusiasm every time.

This first week a sixteen seeded team jumps ahead, a highly ranked team pulls a “humpty-dumpty” and gets knocked off.  With every turn on the scoreboard the college basketball world gets stunned when a favorite loses and we watch the merriment of the underdog.  There is nothing more exciting that a true buzzer-beater.  That’s what great about watching the NCAA March Madness tournament – anything can happen ant this year is no different than any other in that respect.

The basketball  painting by sports artist John Robertson is 60 inches by s72 inches, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

MLB Opening Day 2018 Baseball Painting

Opening Day Major League Baseball (MLB)

The new year is not in January it is the MLB opening day in spring bringing all the cheers of a great baseball year.  It should be a national holiday, this year it is March 29 when  five hundred red, white and blue balloons are released over every baseball stadium in the country.  White doves should be released by the hundreds.  The blue Angels should be flying over the stadiums as fireworks explode in the sky.  For this is to be the first day we get to see the potential fairy tail team that will go on to win the Sports artist John Robertson baseball art painting of a batter at home plate with the catvcher and umpire behind the home plate.World Series – or it will be our first sight of a future Hall of Famer.  Every player is nervous with either butterflies in their stomach or a monkey on their back.  It all depends on how their last season ended.  But it is a special day, a birthday for everyone.  Something, somewhere in some stadium something great will happen.

It is a new day with a game opening in a fifty degree refrigerator of a stadium or another stadium opening in a sunny surfing climate of 80 degrees .  Will you be there to see it?  Will you see the first pitch, the first throwing of the hotdog or bag of peanuts?  Are we going to see an opening day shutout?  A no-hitter?  Only happened once. A walk-off home run?  Why not?  It is the ceremonial beginning of spring.

Me?  What will I do?  I will probably create a new baseball painting – something that will remind me of that opening day in late March.  That is what painting is for me – a way of recalling a day or experiencing it again through the act of painting.  It is a part of life that    I can’t let go but need to remind myself of the joys of spring.  Opening day does that for me.  The new year is not in January it is the opening day of spring bringing all the hopes of a great year.

The baseball painting by sports artist John Robertson is 60 inches by 72 inches, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Philadelphia Eagles Sports Art NFC Championship Art Torry Smith

Philadelphia Eagles Football Art

Sports Artist John Robertson stands with his painting of receiver Torry Smith of the of Philadelphia Eagles as he scores a diving touchdown in front of Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings in the end zone during the NFC Championship game.

During the playoffs I have created football art painting of plays from the teams where some of my family live.  This football painting is of the football team Philadelphia Eagles in the city where one of my niece’s lives.  The painting is of receiver Torry Smith during the NFC Championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. In the third quarter of the football game, Smith caught a 41 yard pass from quarterback Nick Foles.  Torry caught the ball in front of Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings and dove into the end zone. Torry had a good game with five catches for sixty-nine yards, but what made it special was this touchdown catch.  That’s me with the painting – sports artist John Robertson

Torrey Smith Family Fund

I didn’t know much about Torry Smith before doing the painting.  Mot of the time I just read basic statistics and a little history about the players – just to keep informed.  What I discovered about Torry Smith was his foundation – The Torrey Smith Family Fund.  It is a…”nonprofit that aims to provide youth with the tools they need to identify, unleash and reach their full potential.”  Here is a website giving information about the foundation TorreySmith.org and  information on his work in the community.  It sounds like a great organization.  What I liked in particular was a couple of things they did.  To quote from his web page, ….During the 2016 offseason, Smith funded every school in East Baltimore to help give students the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. He appeared on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to promote the effort.  Another  progream,…”In honor of Torrey’s late brother, Tevin Jones, the Torrey Smith Family Fund awards four annual college scholarships to high school seniors. Recipients of the scholarship are awarded $5,000, distributed over four years.  What a great gift to the community.  All my best to you, Torry.

Football Art Danny Amendola New England Patriots

 

Sports Artist John Robertson life size football painting of wide receiver Danny Amendola New England Patriots catching a football in the end zone and scoring a touchdown eith his tip toe catch.

New England Patriots Danny Amendola

It seems suitable that I create a piece of football art of a play from the New England Patriots win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game.  Both my  My daughter and granddaughters live in New England.  My football painting is my version of the pass reception caught by wide-receiver Danny Amendola which led to a touchdown thrown by New England Patriots.  The touchdown gave the New England Patriots the score against the Jacksonville Jaguars that ultimately determined the AFC Championship Game – that leads up to the SuperBowl.  This gives the Patriots their tenth visit to the Superbowl.  The great quarterback of the Patriots, Tom Brady, threw the  pass of nine yards to Danny Amendola made it all possible.

On their way to the Superbowl

This is the third time in four seasons that the NFC Champions New England Patriots are going to the Superbowl.   If you do not remember, last year in Superbowl 51 the New England Patriots were trailing 28 to 3 behind the AFC Atlanta Falcons.  In the largest comeback in the history of the Superbowl, and in overtime, the Patriots, lead by the great quarterback, Tom Brady, they won the game 34 to 28.

Danny Amendola said about the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and gave them the win for this years boost into the Superbowl 52,  “It means a lot. We worked so hard for this.”  Amendola, made a strong contribution to the win by catching seven passes for 84 yards.

 

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Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones made it! Chipper Jones MLB baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.   Well done on making it into the Hall of Fame on your first year of eligibility. This baseball painting of Chipper Jones for the SunTrust Stadium, Delta Sky Club in the new in Atlanta Braves stadium in 2017.   The sports art painting is 15 feet by 8 feet in acrylic paint.Image of Clipper Jones swinging a bat with teh umpire and catcher behind him

Chipper Jones data

Third baseman Chipper Jones played his whole career with Atlanta Braves for 19 years. Jones had a relatively easy time getting into baseball’s Hall of Fame as he got named on 97.2% of the ballots.  His statistics shows his record of eight-time All-Star and the 1999 National League MVP, Jones had a career batting average of .303 with 468 home runs.  Any baseball fan can see why Chipper was selected with numbers that show a combination batting average of over .300 %, .400 on-base average, 500 slugging average and 400 home runs.  Those number show why Chipper Jones on his first year of eligibility jumped into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Chipper Jones Thoughts

Here is a few thoughts Chipper Jones has said about playing baseball that sums up his statistics and how he played the game.  Jones said, “We can bunt guys over. But we’re built on power. That’s American baseball.”  But in contrast to that statement he also said that he felt his proudest accomplishments was  that he had more walks than strikeouts.  About his percentage numbers?  “I was always of the belief that if you go up there and you’re the toughest out possible every single time you walk up to the plate, the numbers are going to take care of themselves,’’ he said.  About entering the MLB Baseball Hall of Fame?  “This is day that’s going to change my life forever. We have a handful of those during our lifetime, transcendent moments that just change your life forever. Today was certainly one of them.’’

Minnesota Vikings Miracle Sports Artist Vikings Football

sports artist John Robertson standing with his 8 foot high painting of Stephon Diggs making the famous catch to win the game for the NFC Championship between Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleand saints.

Minnesota Vikings Sports Art

If you are here on my blog you should already know that I am a sports artist who has created  sports paintings for the Minnesota Vikings US Bank stadium. A great moment in Vikings football history was made last weekend in a playoff game with the New Orleans Saints when Vikings quarterback, Cade Keenum throws a forth-quarter walk-off pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs. For me, a Vikings fan this was an exciting moment and one that I wanted to capture in paint.  Sometimes a sports play comes along that needs to be painted just for the joy of recreating a scene or action.

Seven Heaven Play

Some of you football fans already know that this play is called, seven heaven.   For a sports artist this is a perfect opportunity to paint a great play.  The play is a deep corner route and if the quarterback, in this case, Case Keenum hits the wide receiver, in this case it’s Stefon Diggs, then something heavenly happens.   And in this particular case, the play saved the Minnesota Vikings season and crushed the New Orleans Saints and moved the Vikings into the NFC Championship Game.

 Narrative of the Play

Here’s a quick rundown of how the play went down.  There was 10 seconds showing on the clock and it was 3rd and 10 .  The Vikings were at their own 39 yard line.  Stefon Diggs runs the seven heaven route, catches the pass, the cornerback misses the tackle (I’m not giving his name as he has had enough hassle about his missed play) and Diggs scores.  It was the first time a walk-off touchdown has been made in NFL playoff history.  And what does Keenum say about this?  With a dazed and goofy look there is not too much can one day accept, “Dude, I can’t believe this!” Who can.  It was a spectacular finish to an exciting game.

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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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.”

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. Read more

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 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.

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.)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.