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Baseball art painting of a batter, umpire and catcher at home plate colored in black and white created by sports artist John Robertson

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.

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

Joe Mauer Painting

Sports Baseball painting of Minnesota Twins catch Joe Mauer

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

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

Inspiration for the painting

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

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

Nephew Second Passion: Minnesota Vikings

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

Baseball painting LA Dodgers Catcher A. J. Ellis

AJ Ellis LA Dodgers

Painting of LA Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis.  A.J. Ellis has had a good season catching and a couple of his big highlights is catching for two La Dodgers no hitters thrown – one thrown by Josh Beckett and the other by Clayton Kershaw.  These two events has added a great deal of confidence to a baseball player who wants to and is performing at a high level.  I am not sure if he still does this but when he was in the minor leagues he would watch every game on replay.  What he was doing was looking at the sequences, go through the at-bats, and consider what other things he could have done – maybe differently.  It was a way of re-thinking the games and that may give him insights for future games.  And this makes any pitcher respect his catcher, knowing that his catcher has done all the homework possible to make the right pitching calls.

A J Ellis baseball painting is 48 inches by 48 inches, ink and acrylic on old baseball newsprint attached to canvas.