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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/

Basketball Dribble Player Painting

 

Basketball Dribble

The basketball dribble is one of the fundamental skills of playing basketball.  It is as fundamental as a baby dribbling spit from it’s lips after sucking milk from a bottle – or me dribbling from my mouth while drinking Image painting of basketball dribble two basketball players, one dribbling and driving the basketball towards the basketball hoop and the other trying to guard the basketball playerGatorade after a few hard minutes on a basketball court.   As you don’t see in this painting of the basketball player that the control dribble is when the dribbler is crouched in a bent over position and keeps his body between the ball and the defender.  That kind of reminds me of my youth when I was on the couch with a new girlfriend and she kept a pillow on her lap.

A Short, Short Story About Me Playing Basketball

One day, long, long ago, I was a teenager and could run and dribble and jump and shoot a basketball through a hoop . But it was a long time ago, and it was just one day.

Keep your head up and eyes alert

Anyway, with a basketball dribble as the player in the picture does not show, keep the ball low to the floor and close to the body so the other player cannot reach it. Keep your head up, and visualize the whole court, so you can find the open teammate – or, in my case, when I played, I visualized the stands in fear that one of the cute/popular girls was watching me as I fumbled and stumbled down the floor.  The other players nicknamed me Cinderella because I was always running away from the ball. (yes, a stupid joke)  But I was not a good player.

Behind the Back Dribble, Through the Legs Dribble

Thirty years ago when I last played basketball you were considered a “hot dog” if you did a basketball dribble behind your back, or through your legs. But not any more!  Everybody can do it.  I see little kids in the park passing the ball through their legs as easily as they ride a bike.  It is just something I can’t do because I am knocked kneed and the ball keeps bouncing off the inside of my legs.  I remember one time I was dribbling right with my right hand, the defender tried to get into a different position and over-played me to the right.  Smartly and not so fast, I did a behind the back dribble to crossover to my other hand, and changed directions to the left, thinking I would send him into the popcorn machine. I tripped over the ball and ended up on top of the time keeper’s table with the clock shoved … will, I won’t say … other than after that I know what time it was when I went to the bathroom in the morning.  That behind-the-back move can be very useful if you are in your twenties and thirties and used correctly, in the right situation.  In my situations it was never the correct thing to do.  As the voice of the basketball defender said to me as he helped my off the time keeper’s table, “Yeah, right.”

Basketball Dribble sports art painting by artist John Robertson is 11″ x 14″ ink and acrylic on drafting film.

Most of the paintings shown on the blog have been sold. (They sell fast) But there are a few available. What I suggest is that you contact me for your specific need and I can easily paint something specific for you. Just click on the contact page for information.

Painting of tattoo artist Luis standing net to his large-scale painting on canvas

Artist John Robertson Painting Demonstration Santa Paula Museum

Painting Demonstration by Sports Artist John Robertson

The Santa Paula Art Museum has invited artist John Robertson to speak and and give a painting demonstration of large-scale figurative painting. 3:00 PM, Thursday, March 10. Please join me

Painting of tattoo artist Luis standing net to his large-scale painting on canvas

Life size figurative painting on brown paper of Luis the tattoo artist who has body covered in tattoos

at:

Santa Paula Art Museum,117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, Ca.

$4 Adults, $3 Seniors, Students and museum members free

The painting you see in the photograph is of Luis, a tattoo artist who works in a tattoo shop in the same complex where my studio is located. As you can see, he is covered in tattoos including his face. He has plenty of piercings also. Luis has been tattooing for about twenty years and is quite an accomplished artist. He paints in oils and not surprisingly his subject matter tends towards the dark side. This painting is 40″ by 84″ ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas.

The Santa Paula Art Museum has gallery talks every second Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm for talk and tour through the Museum’s galleries led by guest curators, artists, and experts.

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor on wood drawn in Charcoal

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18" x 24".

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18″ x 24″.

These charcoal drawings of Tango Dancers are on wood panel 18″ x 24″ and was drawn for a solo exhibition of Tango drawings at Gallery 381 in San Pedro CA.  There were approximately 20 tango dancer charcoal drawings in the show – mostly on paper..  The fun part of doing this show was invitation to come down to San Pedro to take Tango lessons and photograph the tango dancers.   I clopped round the dance floor as if I had horse shoes on – stepping on a number of toes.

When I was in high school I certainly had the ability to play a sport for the school. There were two reasons why I did not play an organized sport.  One of the main reasons I did not play sports was that I did not like the body contact with other guys.  Although a very good athlete I was not into that whole male bonding, jock, locker room kind of thing that  athletes had going.  I certainly had more interest in body contact with girls and preferred to be up in the stands next to my girlfriend.  I had no interest in being down on the football field piling onto the top of other guys or on a basketball court banging into other guys.  If I was going to be in the gym I preferred dancing with a girl in my arms. If I was going to be on top of someone it certainly was not going to be a group of guys. My interest was more towards being on top of my girlfriend, That just seemed to make more sense to me.

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18" x 24".

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18″ x 24″.

And the second reason I didn’t play high school sports was that my grades didn’t allow for it.  One had to have a C average.  I didn’t even have a D average.  To give you an idea of how bad a student I was – our high school class had eight-hundred-and-thirty-seven students in it.  I was ranked eight-hundred-and-thirty-five. There were eight-hundred-and-thirty-four students that had better grades than me.   There were only two students that had worse grades than me – and those two were by friends.   Good friends.  I didn’t make the cut.  I didn’t graduate,

A pair of Tango Dancers dancing across the floor charcoal drawings on wood panel 18″ x 24″.I do not have many paintings in my studio available for sale,  If you are interested in a painting of a specific subject matter please do not hesitate to contact me for consultation.  I do many commissions for individual clients.  Please contact me through the aboutme/contact page for any questions or thoughts that you may have.

Surf and Skate auction donation for Venice Family Clinic

Skateboard deck with old gas mask and Venice hat attached to it's surface

Skateboard deck with old gas mask and Venice hat attached to it’s surface.

This was my donation to the Venice Surf and Skate auction (Photos of the event at https://plus.google.com/photos/107411629987584991934/albums/6054543005757560881) which was held a couple of weeks ago at Bergamot Station Art Complex to raise funds to support the Venice Family Clinic http://www.venicefamilyclinic.org/#1  Venice Family Clinic serves 24,400 men, women, children, teens, and seniors annually. Ninety-seven percent are low-income and nearly three-quarters are uninsured. Most live on the Westside of Los Angeles County.

Venice Family Clinic provides more than 106,000 primary care, specialty care, mental health, dental, and health education visits annually. Services include diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up care, and laboratory tests. Particular emphasis is placed on the needs of women, children, the homeless, and those with chronic diseases. Click here for more information about programs and services.

The 4th Annual Surf & Skate Silent art auction was a great success! Couldn’t make it? You still have the chance to purchase a one-of-a-kind skate deck or surfboard here http://www.vfcshop.com/collections/surf-skate

. Check out pictures from the summer celebration here. http://www.vfcshop.com/collections/surf-skate

Basketball painting on unstretched canvas. I am in the photo so you can get a sense of size of this sports art painting.  I was watching the playoffs and thought it would be interesting to paint a sports art piece refglecting a basketball player from the Los Angeles Clippers driving against a Memphis Grizzlies defender.The painting is 5 feet by 6 feet ink and acrylic

Philip Humber Pitcher Chicago White Sox Throws No-Hitter

This is a small sports baseball painting of Philip Humber who threw the most recent no-hitter in Major League Baseball. The no-hitter was thrown against the Seattle Mariners on April 21, 2012. Humber recorded a perfect game.
A no-hitter is a baseball game in which one team prevents the other from recording a hit during the entire game.There have been 251 official major league no-hitters, including two in the postseason. 
The baseball art is a 14” x 17” oil painting on drafting film. The actual baseball player image on the drafting film is about 10” x 14”.

Skateboard Assemblage by Artist John Robertson

The skateboard deck uses tail lights and a mirror from a 1940’s auto.

This skateboard  deck assemblage was created by sports artist John Robertson for a donation to the SURF AND SKATE AUCTION (in conjunction with the Venice Art Walk) supporting the Venice Family Clinic…  The Venice Family Clinic, founded in 1970, offers medical, dental and mental health care at nine Westside locations for those without insurance or the means to pay.  Venice Family Clinic Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/venicefamilyclinic
 Nose of the skateboard deck using tail lights and a mirror from a 1940’s auto.
Tail of the Skateboard deck  using tail lights and a mirror from a 1940’s auto.
The SURF AND SKATE AUCTION  is at Track 16, at Bergamot Station,

2525 Michigan Ave,

Building C-1, Santa Monica Ca.   

Friday, April 27, 6-10 pm.  
This is the kick off for the Venice Art Walk with celebrity hosts, one-of-a-kind skate decks and custom-shaped surfboards from local artists, musicians, athletes and tattoo artists.    

Art Boxing Image Painting Sports Art

 
This sports image of a boxer was a commissioned painting from a woman who’s boyfriend is a fighter.   Have you thought about having a sports portrait of your partner, your children or yourself?   Just contact me at JohnRoberetsonSportsArt@gmail.com.  Prices start at $250.00 for a small painting.  This sports painting of the boxer portrait shown above is approximately 12” x 15” on  14” x 17”  drafting film.  Ink, watercolor and acrylic. 

Painting Hockey player Sports image

Art Hockey image – sports art painting.   NHL Vancouver Canucks hockey player painting I did a few years ago but just came across the photo – so I thought I would post it on the blog.  I have no idea who the player is.   The painting is approximately 3 ½ feet by 8 feet  acrylic on unstretched canvas.  The dripping and running of the paint really gives it a sense of motion – and the feeling of melting ice.