Sunday, May 31, 2009

New York Times Front Page Story

Much more than I expected-

New York Times front page story

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-

New York Times front page story

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!

Five New Paintings

Five new paintings, posted early this morning to Ebay. If you click on the paintings you'll be able to view a larger image-

Barack Obama speech

Barack Obama, speaking.

Barack Obama portrait artwork by Dan Lacey

President Obama, painted in muted skin tones.

Michelle Obama smiles

Michelle Obama smiling. The last three pieces were all painted in oil over a base of metallic gold acrylic.

male nude on bed

The newest painting in my continuing series of male nudes. I have another in the series almost completed.

Susan Boyle weeps

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

Hi, Gary!

Gary Wares with two of my paintings in New York Times article on Obama art

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 Picture Book

Barack Obama Nude On A Unicorn, And Other Interesting Paintings, by Dan Lacey

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

Art Studio, Friday Night

art studio Friday night

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-

pancake house

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.

new Buckley

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 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.

Susan Boyle Memories

An oil portrait of Susan Boyle singing 'Memories' from the musical Cats-

Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves

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

Abu Ghraib Obama

Freedom Obama

A new Obama Unicorn painting, featuring Barack and Penelope freeing an Abu Ghraib-type prisoner.

Abu Ghraib Obama - Ebay Art Auction

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Portrait Of Dusty Trice With A Pancake On His Head

An oil painting of Dusty Trice with a pancake on his head

An oil portrait of Twin Cities political blogger Dusty Trice with a pancake on his head.


Thanks, Dusty!

Six Obama Unicorns, In Progress

Six Obama unicorn in progress. Most are paintings I've had on the back burner for the past few months, but the last one is a new painting begun just this morning.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

MTV's Best Week Ever

Susan Boyle portrait on MTV Best Week Ever blog

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.

If you haven't read through the comments, thanks to Ignatio Nova at Anything At All: The Comic, Joan, and Barry at Silly Platypus for the kind thoughts.

Indianapolis 500 Winner Helio Castroneves Portrait

An oil portrait of Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves-

Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves

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

A Susan Boyle collection

I've put together a page of previous Susan Boyle paintings. Enjoy!

Almost have that Kris Allen portrait finished...

Heath Ledger Imaginarium Portrait

An oil portrait of Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus-

Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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

A Barack Obama Portrait For Memorial Day Weekend

My most recent Barack Obama portrait-

British Idol Susan Boyle

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

An oil portrait of British Idol Susan Boyle-

British Idol Susan Boyle

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

Michelle & Barack Portraits For Dusty Trice, And A New York Times Interview

Barack Obama art
Michelle Obama art

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

Padre Pio and Ray Ewen Portrait

Padre Pio and Ray Ewen

A commissioned oil painting of Padre Pio with his World War II friend, Ray Ewen.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hari's Pancake

Man with a pancake on his head

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!

Beckie Leone Dustin Hoffman portrait
Dustin Hoffman portrait by Beckie Leone.

Painting With Erin And Annie - Beckie Leone

Monday, May 18, 2009

President Obama Praying Painting

An oil painting of President Obama, his head bowed in prayer-

Susan Boyle's cat Pebbles

Obama Prayer Painting- Ebay Art Auction

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pebbles The Cat

Susan Boyle's cat Pebbles

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.

Susan Boyle's Pebbles The Cat - Ebay Art Auction

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

American Idol And Britian's Got Talent Extravaganza

A mini American Idol / Britian's Got Talent oil portrait extravaganza!

Susan Boyle performs art

My most recent oil portrait of Susan Boyle performing.

Susan Boyle Performs - Ebay Art Auction

American Idol and Britian's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell

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.

Simon Cowell Portrait - Ebay Art Auction

Susan Boyle performs art

An oil portrait of American Idol contestant Adam Lambert performing.

Adam Lambert Sings - Ebay Art Auction

I'll try to work Ryan Seacrest and Paula Abdul into the next set.

Simon Cowell: Adam Lambert Will Win Idol -

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Boyle Obama Pancake Divide

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.

Two Catholic Themed Paintings, In Progress

Two Catholic themed paintings I'm working on with quirky problems. The first is a commission for a friend-

Padre Pio with friends

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.'

Mass Card in progess

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

Graham Norton Show Paintings

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

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

Duncan Bannatyne with Barack Obama nude on a unicorn eating ice cream

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

An oil portrait of Joan Rivers with pancakes.

Joan Rivers With Pancakes - Ebay Art Auction

Friday, May 08, 2009

Two Male Nudes, And I'm Back

There's a dearth of interesting but tasteful male nude paintings out there, so I thought I would create a few.  

male nude artist works in his studio

An oil portrait of a male nude artist working in his studio.

Male Nude Artist In His Studio- Ebay Art Auction

male nude looks in the refridgerator

An oil portrait of a male nude staring into the refridgerator.  I had to resist the urge to fill it with pancakes.

Male Nude Looks In The Fridge- Ebay Art Auction

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

Danny Gans Memorial Portrait

Swine Flu with a chili pepper pancake on its head

Danny Gans Memorial Portrait - Ebay Art Auction

Danny Gans Dies - TMZ

An oil portrait of late Las Vegas performer Danny Gans.

Please visit my pancake portrait blog at The Pancake Report.

Friday, May 01, 2009

A Special Request by Peta For Display At This Year's Kentucky Derby, Eight Belles 'Raced To Death'

Eight Belles 'Raced To Death' by Dan Lacey, for PETA memorial protest at the Kentucky Derby

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.

Eight Belles 'Raced To Death' memorial oil painting, as displayed by PETA at the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

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