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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.

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.

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.

 

 

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/

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/

Junior Livestock painting of Lamb and Boy Ventura County Fair

Ventura County Fair Painting

This painting from a subject at the Ventura County Fair may not relate to sports but, in some ways, it does. This painting of a boy with his lamb is from a series of paintings of the Ventura

Painting of a boy with a lamb from the Ventura County Fair Junior Livestock Show 7 1/2 feet by 4 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Painting of a boy with a lamb from the Ventura County Fair Junior Livestock Show 7 1/2 feet by 4 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

County Fair Junior Livestock Show and the farm animals in the livestock area. The 4H club , FFA and Grange youth livestock projects are just as competitive as any sporting event. Youth agriculture groups compete with annual auction from all over the county.  I have a niece who has been participating in the program for three years.  She has raised pygmy goats, lambs, swine and a variety of small barnyard animals.

One of my large-scale paintings was shown at the Santa Paula Art Museum last year.  The show was “Art About Agriculture” celebrating local agriculture heritage and contemporary agriculture.  The exhibition explores all of the facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil, to the food that goes on our plates.  Address of the Santa Paula Museum is 117 North 10th St.  Santa Paula, Ca.  My painting being shown is “Boy With Lamb,”  7 1/2 feet by 4 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.

Series of Ventura County Fair Paintings

I  am in the process of doing a series of large-scale paintings! Chickens, rabbits, sheep and goats, swine, cattle are just a few of the animals that are displayed by the youth. These animals have been raised by county residents, and are showcased for all to see. Then there is a Junior Livestock Auction – an authentic livestock auction.  I have finished six large-scale paintings of the young adults who raise a variety of animals for their annual auction.  Also included in the series of Ventura County Fair paintings are some of the horse events along wish a few of the people that I have seen at the fairgrounds.