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

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.’’

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

Atlanta Braves art SunTrust Park Stadium Chipper Jones

Atlanta Braves Art 

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

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

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

How the Project Develops 

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

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