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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.

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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.

Minnesota Vikings Purple People Eaters on TV during the Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings game on thursday night football on NBC

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.

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 painting

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 with painting of the Purple People Eaters defensive linemen Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall

US Bank Stadium Art Collection

Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium Art Collection

Like myself Jim Marshall created work for the Minnesota Vikings US Bank Art Collection. The photograph 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 Sports Artist John Robertson with Minnesota Vikings lineman defensive end Jim Marshall at US Bank Stadiumphotohe 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 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 to 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.  Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall with sports artist John Robertson at the Minnesota Vikings US Bank stadium opening art show.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.

 

Jim Marshall “Purple People Eaters”About the painting

Sports Artist John Robertson’s painting you see in the photograph is eight feet by twelve feet, acrylic on canvas. This is the other page that Jim Marshall autographed for me which shows him Autograph page of Purple People Eaters linemen from Minnesota Viking with Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson, Jim Marshall, rushing the passerin the Purple People Eaters painting.  The original painting is in the 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.

Football Art image Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson running back image

Sports Art football painting of Minnesota Vikings  Running back Adrian Peterson who is one of my favorite running backs.  I think I have painted him four times.  He has a strong work ethic and plays with an abandon that calls out for injuries.  As one of his teammates Toby Gerhart said, “It’s not just his work ethic, it’s his positivity. He’s always at 100 miles per hour, pushing himself. But he never complains. You’ll never hear him say, ‘I’m sore. I’m tired. My legs feel heavy today.”  Adrian Peterson said, “I’ve been running like this since I was seven.”
Painting is 40” x 96 “ ink and acrylic on unstretched canvas.