A long time customer of mine who happens to be one of the biggest collectors of original Buddy “L” metal toys, acquired the last known point of purchase toy display. While the original is only about 18″ x 24″ he desired a painted replica of the art in larger scale. Thats where I come in. I created on canvas a”new” Buddy poster. Mine is about 5′ x 7′. This new art will now be hung on the front facade of his toy store.
Many cities around the midwest have a public art program for their traffic signal boxes. St. Joseph, Missouri announces a call for entries regarding these projects each year. This year’s call came through loud and clear. Here is my submission. A template for all sides of the box are supplied and the artist needs to design accordingly. One goal of these box designs are to reduce the temptation of graffiti or tagging. So the design needs to be complete and busy with few open areas for tagging.
I usually don’t release any of my original paintings except for private commissions, of course. But as I see this painting sitting lonely in the studio I feel I must pass it on. Too many people have shown an appreciation and admiration for Clark and this project for it to sit undisplayed. This specific original painting was the preliminary art used in the creation of the 50′ Clark Terry mural on Broadway in South St. Louis. I was commissioned by the Carondelet Community Association to design and implement the mural as the eighth in their Murals on Broadway series. Clark Terry was born and lived only a few blocks from the mural site. As far as we know it is the only existing mural of Clark Terry. In the mural process, this smaller 24″ x 36″ painting was created as the model for the larger art. The painting is acrylic on canvas. It has now been professionally framed and is ready to display. The price is $2,400 and is ready to ship. PayPal and plastic is available for checkout. Anyone interested can contact me at 314-603-5657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There was no way for me to know in May that this summers painting season was to be as hot and wet as it turned out.
Since my first exterior mural last May found me painting with gloves and hooded sweatshirts. 2016 found me working unusually very close to home. My projects included Assumption,IL, Pana, IL, and Pacific,
Sunset Hills, Swiss and Aflton in Missouri. The season is not quite over yet so more may be added.
The Illustrator chapter of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild has invited me to present the evening of August ninth at 7:30 pm.Join me at 12 Jackson Ave. @ Forsyth Ave in Clayton. Its been difficult to boil down thirty years of work and over 400 murals to display in an hour but I did it. If you follow me on Facebook you see the progress of my latest art but you will see many older pieces that have been under exposed including residential work. Questions and discussion are encouraged. Hope to see you there!
This Spring not only brought warmer weather but the first large project of the season. A new client, Locked and Loaded, a new shooting range and weapon store in Pana, Illinois gave me a call. They wanted a 60′ wide scene depicting a early autumn forest seen. They only requested a few deer but one needed to be a massive buck! The completed scene only took eight days to paint but that was spread out over three weeks due to rain. But now, its complete. It is viewed by every car passing on Hwy 16.
It took a call for entries, a resume and portfolio review, a sample design, a painting and finally a judged presentation. Then I got the call, I was chosen. The Carondelet Community Betterment Federation had selected my design for the seventh “Mural on Broadway.” With their sites set on ten total murals the tribute design of Jazz Trumpeter Clark Terry would forever grace the streets of South St. Louis on South broadway.
With Mr. Terry’s passing in February of this year, it seemed a natural selection to immortalize the man in the neighborhood where he was born and lived. The mural is only a short walk from where he lived before his trumpet led him around the world. A self-taught musician who was inspired by all he heard on those St. Louis streets, created his own sound that led Quincy Jones to describe him as the best trumpeter ever.
The entire mural took two weeks to complete. It is roughly 24′ tall and 28′ wide. It is painted on the side of an empty commercial building. A dedication ceremony is being planned for early 2016. Mr. Clark’s widow, family and some national jazz musicians have been invited.
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After a resume and sample submission and after a design approval presentation I was chosen as the artist for the seventh painting in the Murals on Broadway series. The Carondelet Community Betterment Federation has a goal of 9-10 public murals in the South Broadway neighborhood. This large wall mural is a montage tribute to Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry. Mr.Terry passed away this past February at the age of 94. Having been born and reared in the Carondelet neighborhood, his musical talent would eventually take him around the world. He played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and was mentor to Miles Davis. He has sold more jazz records than any other musician!
The painting is about 24′ x 30′ in size. I estimate the completion time should take ten days. In conclusion, the Federation will plan a dedication ceremony to officially unveil the art to the community.
A few months ago I received a call from someone I’ve never met. He said he owned a tool & die company and he also had a company that produced metal bodied electric guitars. He said he was building a new assembly room and studio for this guitar business. Most of my commissions are from people I have never met. I have very few repeat customers for mural projects. Every customer seems to be as new as their projects. But quite often, this stranger turned customer ends up being a friend. This is the case at Metalin’. Ken Wolfert is one of the most independent, free-thinking creative people I have met in some time. He is also the owner of Metalin’. Our first simple intro meeting turned into two and a half hours. I saw the site and we discussed his vision for his room.
For a freelance artist working on a commission there is nothing better than when a client points me in the desired direction and then says “go.” There was very little direction or critique after that. He knows the best way to get the best result is to let the artist just do what he does. The project turned into one five by seven foot hung painting, a fifteen foot stairway graffiti mural leading to the guitar area and the final twenty-two foot wide montage mural depicting some of his favorite guitarists: Billie Gibbons, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chet Adkins, Kieth Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, BB King, Carlos Santana and finally, Eric Clapton. I worked very intensely on this project and am very proud of the results. Ken was very pleased with everything as we left the install on Friday. Great job, great customer but as usual in these cases, it ends. For most customers the need for murals isn’t an everyday thing so while I hope to hear that voice on the phone again in the future, it is not expected. This project will lead to more and I can show what was painted. Another sample in my three hundred plus list of projects. They’re not all this much fun to work on but I enjoy them while they last!
When the owners commissioned me to re-paint the American flag scene with addition, no one would have expected the amount of rain the area has received! Regardless, the entire project nears completion and is expected to be finished sometime next week. The sixty-five foot flag section has been completed and now the new Uncle Sam addition is well underway. The project will be a total of ninety-five feet wide at its completion.