Original Art

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A Pair of Soldiers

Pictured are two more extraordinary paintings made with opaque watercolors. The details are, of course, marvelous but also note the ability of the medium to achieve a very flat surface without the appearance of brushstrokes.

I think that the delicate border work adds immeasurably to the overall appearance.


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Frank Robinson in a classic Cinci Uniform

Not a great scan for color but I think that you can see that this Robinson card is turning out well.

We hated the Orioles when I was a kid and we certainly didn’t care for the powerful Frank Robinson. Anyone that had the ability to snatch a win single-handed from our Tigers came in for special scorn. We also feared the Baltimore starting pitchers. The mere mention of Palmer, Cuellar, McNally or even Dick Hall was enough to ruin an afternoon. Charles.

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Al Kaline, circa 1956

As a kid growing up, Al Kaline was the Tiger that every aspiring big leaguer knew. Does anyone remember Tiger Stadium Bat Days? Oh, how we would pound the cement! Imagine the noise 25,000 kids could make on a Saturday afternoon! The lucky ones of us would brag that we had snagged a Kaline bat. In second place of our esteem, but a distant second place, were bats from Horton or Cash. A Northrup was a big disappointment. Charles

Boxing and Billiards News

Two new original paintings are selling this evening at auction. The boxer is Sam Langford, owner of a thousand snappy nicknames. “The Bone Crusher” may have been the most apt–126 of his 180 wins were by knockout.

Born in Toulouse, France, in 1869, this suave player was recognized as an “artist” of the game. His touch was said to be nuanced; he played the game with a rare intelligence.

Billiard tables within the framework of a small card make for some seemingly awkward poses but that is part of the fun for us.

Both paintings are being auctioned tonight Here.


Wally Post makes his debut

This is the first Wally Post painting that we’ve done. I think the face turned out very well. I like that background, too; it is something different and makes the figure stand out well. Charles

Today’s painting for our new series

I’m really excited that the art for our new series of players from the 1950’s is coming along so well. This one of Cardinal HOFer Red Schoendist was just completed. There is some nice detail in this painting and collectors often comment about that. You can credit the artist, Sanjay Verma, for that and his tiny squirrel hair brushes. Very nice!

We have a great composition for an Al Kaline and I think that will be the next painting to be finished. Charles.

Seven times HR champ!

We just finished this one for our new series on the 1950’s and thought you’d enjoy a preview. Charles.

Back in history…

I first became entranced with Indian Mughal-style art about thirty years ago. It is easy to go a little crazy with these; at one time I had several hundred pieces. These days I have perhaps a dozen or so that I haven’t been able to give up and perhaps another dozen that I wonder why I ever bought in the first place.

It’s a long story but these stylized gouache paintings brought me back to baseball. At some point I realized that this method was perfectly suited to recreating the look of many early cards. Charles.

Something Different

I have a number of 19th century images of Native Americans and Western personalities that we’ve colorized but not published yet. Originally the idea was to do small cabinets but I’m thinking of doing this instead. 6″ x 9″ and the finished piece would be a two-color linocut with the colorized photo printed on specialized paper.

Oklahoma land rush; linocut with colorized photo.

An old piece of art resurfaces: Helmar Joe Jackson

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I notice that Steve’s Sportscards (Staten Island, New York) is auctioning off one of our best known original paintings on eBay. It was one of Sanjay Verma’s pieces that we used on a few very large (48″ x 24″) wood signs for beer stores. It was also used on a couple of our cards and, perhaps most famously, on our packages of BBQ potato chips.

I remember selling this piece some years ago but I can’t recall to whom. He is asking $2,195.00. Here’s a link that opens in a new window: Joe Jackson

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