Sunday, May 31, 2009
Randy's story was also picked up by a large number of online news sites and additional papers. Here's how the story looked in the A section of today's local Minneapolis St.Paul Star Tribune-
The leading search term query today in my stats, handily beating terms related to 'Obama art' or 'Obama unicorn art' is 'dan lacey pancake paintings.'
So, let's paint pancakes!
Barack Obama, speaking.
President Obama, painted in muted skin tones.
Michelle Obama smiling. The last three pieces were all painted in oil over a base of metallic gold acrylic.
The newest painting in my continuing series of male nudes. I have another in the series almost completed.
Susan Boyle, overcome with emotion. This was taken from the first video; I've been so busy I haven't had time to catch Susan's concluding performance. Better luck next time, Susan!
My Ebay Art Auctions
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Gary with two of my Obama paintings which he purchased though Ebay, in a photo which appears in this Sunday's online New York Times article on Obama art. Thank you, Randy Kennedy and the New York Times. It's currently tough going for many artists, so I appreciate the acknowledgement. I haven't seen the print edition of the story, but by request I emailed the Times a half dozen print-ready images of Obama unicorns for the article.
If you're up early, tomorrow's CBS News Sunday Morning will show my Susan Boyle Cat Duet painting.
Barack Obama Nude On A Unicorn, And Other Interesting Paintings is now available through Lulu.
In addition to a number of Obama unicorn paintings, this collection features some of my more popular pancake paintings, including full page versions of the most popular Sarah Palin and John McCain pancakes referenced in the NYTimes article. I actually have at least three additional pancake paintings of both John and Sarah, but they'll have to wait for another book.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Hanging in the art studio on a Friday night. The art studio looks deceptively like an unfinished basement.
A few things I've been working on-
Marzipan The Cat from Great Britain purchased a painting of a house made out of pancakes, but it never arrived, so I'm making a replacement. Many times when I paint I'll start with a thin color wash, and as surface dries I build up more opaque color. The walkway in this painting is made out of sausage patties.
For Sam, a new painting of William F. Buckley. Sam discovered my original painting of Mr. Buckley via Google image search. Most of my painting lately have been on sheet canvas 8 by 10 inches in size or smaller, but this is a stretched 16 by 20 inch canvas.
Update 3/2011 - I've learned this photograph from a few years ago of my painting area ( in amazingly clean condition; you can actually see the floor ) is a top image result on Google for art studio.
Thanks to Conny Norlund for including same in her post on how to get good at art. I doubt a current photo of the same view would be a top choice for her today.
I found her post interesting...art improvement suggestions aside, I wonder if Conny has a sub file for pics of nude artists wearing pancake hats in her 4000 photo reference. ?
-and just for the record; this is not Liz's dad+uncle+godfather's collection of unusual art in the United Kingdom. Flattered, though.
This is the most recent oil painting in my continuing Susan Boyle series. This painting is currently being auctioned on Ebay. The closing date of the auction is Monday, June 1, 2009.
Susan Boyle Memories - Ebay Art Auction
I have a new portrait of Susan in progress with her singing in front of a starburst of light which looks like the British flag. I should have that online later on Saturday.
Susan Boyle could be axed from Britain's Got Talent finals - Free Republic
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
An oil portrait of Twin Cities political blogger Dusty Trice with a pancake on his head.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I've stopped posting collections of online references to my paintings, but I got a kick out of this appearance of one of my paintings on MTV's Best Week Ever blog, especially since the original oil painting sold for $30. Thanks, MTV. I still can't get my paintings into galleries or in print, so I very much appreciative the occasional acknowledgement such as the recent City Pages interview or ZME usage. Posts such as this help to bring more awareness to my Ebay auctions, so thanks.
On a lark, and because I've now had about three sites refer to myself or my paintings as 'genius' during the past month, and because I have nothing to lose, I Googled 'top New York art galleries' found one called David Zwirner which is currently having an Alice Neel exhibit, called them on the phone, told them about my recent New York Times interview, asked how I could submit work, and the woman I spoke to just about hung up on me during the conversation. She said the gallery only deals with artists they already know, which is an attitude I can't really get my head around. This must be what they mean by the designation 'outsider' artist.
Indy500 Helio Castroneves - Ebay Art Auction
Helio's actual winning Indy 500 vehicle is reflected in his glasses. This is my first auto racing oil painting.
Helio Castroneves earns record $3.05 million with his third victory - Chicago Tribune
Monday, May 25, 2009
Heath Ledger Imaginarium Portrait - Ebay Art Auction
Heath Ledger in his final role as the mysterious Tony in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassas. Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell complete Heath's final scenes in the film, playing various transformations of the character.
The YouTube video of Heath that I worked from-
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Obama 'Light Blues' Portrait- Ebay Art Auction
I have about fifteen other small portraits in progess, but my wife and I decided to have a garage sale over the weekend which has delayed finishing anything. The good thing is that I've been painting a number of plants directly from our garden. Hopefully I'll have a few of those 'plein air' paintings online by Monday.
British Idol Susan Boyle - Ebay Art Auction
Susan has advanced to the next round. There should be a new performance available on YouTube later today.
Susan Boyle Advances In Britain's Got Talent Contest - Gateway Pundit
Friday, May 22, 2009
A set of Obama portraits purchased recently by local former DFL operative Dusty Trice. Thanks, Dusty.
I was interviewed last week by New York Times art reporter Randy Kennedy. The article may appear in the Times this weekend.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A commissioned portrait of Hari with a pancake on his head. Thanks, Hari!
Beckie recently created this pastel of Dustin Hoffman, which I purchased for my own collection. Straight-on portraits are difficult, but I don't think there's any mistaking the subject. Lots of personality here. Great job, Beckie!
Dustin Hoffman portrait by Beckie Leone.
Painting With Erin And Annie - Beckie Leone
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
An Oil Painting Of A Hamster Eating Broccoli Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom And Susan Boyle
Friday, May 15, 2009
Finally! A portrait of Susan Boyle's Pebbles The Cat. Painted from a photo recently shown on Oprah.
I've finally gotten smart enough to post the larger, linked images of my paintings 'actual' size. So, if you have your computer monitor resolution set similar to mine, whatever mine is, that secondary painting will appear very close in size to the original.
The danger of this is that everyone is broke, so if you find a painting of mine that you like you may be tempted to simply glue a frame to your screen. I would think that in time this might become a problem.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A Montauk Monster Christian Inspirational Oil Painting.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A mini American Idol / Britian's Got Talent oil portrait extravaganza!
My most recent oil portrait of Susan Boyle performing.
A portrait of American Idol and Britian's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell. This portrait was inspired by Simon's surprised expression when Susan Boyle first began to sing.
An oil portrait of American Idol contestant Adam Lambert performing.
I'll try to work Ryan Seacrest and Paula Abdul into the next set.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
On oil painting from a few weeks ago of two popular personalities sharing the same stage though disconnected. Obama listens with pancake amplification, and the very waters separate for Susan's performance,but not even pancakes can cross the great divide. Susan Boyle recently turned down a chance to meet Barack Obama, which seems apropo. The great Boyle Obama crossover will have to wait.
Susan Boyle Snubs Barack Obama - Don Surber
An article on today's HecklerSpray gives a reference to the above painting. I appreciate the include. Basepair has posted a nice photo of the custom Mulder painting commissioned last year.
The off-scale of the figures is intentional, but something isn't quite right. I suspect this because, while the device of a 'spiritually larger' figure is sound, Padre Pio is still too physical of a representation. I think I need to 'mist him up.'
This is one of a series of images I'm donating to a monastery in Ireland for use as mass cards. The problem here is that the sunset behind the monastery looks a fire, and the fir trees look like smoke! I'll put out the fire later today, and post the original, along with a new John Paul II painting, as an Ebay auction item.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
These are the paintings created for last Thursday's The Graham Norton show, with guests Duncan Bannatyne and Joan Rivers. The show requested the first two paintings and I added the second.
An oil portrait of Duncan Bannatyne from Dragons' Den with a pancake on his head.
Duncan Bannatyne With A Pancake On His Head - Ebay Art Auction
An oil portrait of Duncan Bannatyne and Barack Obama Nude On A Unicorn enjoying some ice cream.
Duncan Bannatyne and Barack Obama Nude On A Unicorn enjoying some ice cream- Ebay Art Auction
An oil portrait of Joan Rivers with pancakes.
Joan Rivers With Pancakes - Ebay Art Auction
Friday, May 08, 2009
There's a dearth of interesting but tasteful male nude paintings out there, so I thought I would create a few.
An oil portrait of a male nude artist working in his studio.
An oil portrait of a male nude staring into the refridgerator. I had to resist the urge to fill it with pancakes.
A page of nude male art.
Two males nudes, representing a double disappointment. Me at work again in a warm, familar place, and not knowing what I want in a cold one.
Yes, I'm back. I expected more publicity this week for my 'Painter Of Pancakes' blog, but it didn't come through as promised. I'm disappointed; let's move on.
Looking at my stats, everyone is still over here poking around, so it seem silly to hang out in an empty room. So, here we are again. At least it motivated me to put together a decent 'about' page.
The downside of most of this activity is that I've fallen behind on a number of commissions requested by long-time fans, so my apologies. I could also use some additional work, so this is a great time to order your Christmas portraits. I'm knocked my prices back to what they were before my anticipated success, which is $50 for a 4 by 6, $75 for a 5 by 7 and $100 for an 8 by 10. Think about how busy you'll be in November.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
A special request from PETA; an original oil painting I call Eight Belles 'Raced To Death' which was incorporated as the centerpiece of two Eight Belles memorial wreaths at the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs Becomes a Memorial Site - PETA
I'm making this as well as a previous Eight Belles painting available as my first collector's giclee art prints. If you like the fact that I'm collaborating with Peta, please consider purchasing a print. The quality is excellent.
PETA's Eight Belles 'Raced To Death' oil painting, by Dan Lacey