Tropical Storm Rosa has brought good surf to Ventura’s “C” Street and “Surfers Point”. And with that comes more surfers and lifeguards. As my studio is not too many blocks from these locations it is natural to draw my times on the beach.
I’m taking up the inktober 31 drawing challenge to do a drawing a day for 31 days. And here is today’s drawing. I live only a couple of blocks from the beach and Ventura’s “C" Street break. My studio is even closer, it is only natural I would draw a surfer.
I live only a couple of blocks from the beach and Ventura’s “C" Street break. My studio is even closer, it is only natural I would draw and paint surfers. This is a preliminary ink drawing for future artwork.
Another preliminary drawing for a possible large scale painting of someone on horseback jumping an obstacle.. The reference material is from photographs I took at a recent horse and rider event at the Ventura County Fair.
Jump Shot NBA Golden State Warriors
Now, that is certainly not the problem I ever had when I played in pickup games at the gym. I was not like one of those players on the Warriors that could meet the challenge at either end of the court. I couldn’t even meet them half way.
The Basketball Jump Shot
ake for example my jump shot. As you can see from my sports art this player has a nice jump shot with a nice hand and arm extension above his head. It is suppose to be an easy shot to make from a distance but I could not do it very well from any distance. Frogs have a better jump shot. A Kangaroo Rat could jump higher than I could.
And, even if I could get off the ground I was easy to block – being short. And being short the only thing I can dunk is cookies into milk - and the only good move I had after that was dribbling – dribbling the milk out of my mouth.
This basketball art painting of the jump shot made me think of the
in the NBA Western Conference finals and there struggle a couple of times over the season and in the playoffs. Even though a player might feel great and “in the groove” it can be very frustrating when your shots are not sinking through the net – or you become the bull’s eye for every other player on the other team because you are a great player like Curry.
So, what are the Golden State Warriors suppose to do?
Back to basics to find a way to get him back in a groove - into different shifts and rotations and working them flawlessly and forgetting the physical discomfort.
Now, how is that for a bunch of platitudes with no real constructive thoughts?
I listen to the sports commentators and that is about all the obvious comments I ever hear.
"The Jump Shot" basketball sports art painting by artist John Robertson is 48" x 60" acrylic on unstretched canvas.
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Minnesota Vikings Miracle
Football season is getting close so I thought you would like to see, probably, one of my favorite plays of all time was the Minnesota Miracle pass from the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to wide receiver Stefon Diggs last season that saved the Minnesota Vikings season and crushed the New Orleans Saints and moved the Vikings into the NFC Championship Game.
As some of you know I am a sports artist who has created artwork for a number of sports stadiums and arenas, including the Minnesota Vikings US Bank stadium. Sometimes a sports play comes along that needs to be painted just for the joy of recreating a scene or action. So here is my interpretation of the great "Seven Heaven" football catch.
Seven Heaven Play
The football play, "seven heaven" 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, one of the greatest plays of all time. The football play, if you would llike to watch it again, is here:
Here’s a quick rundown of how the play went down. There was 10 seconds showing on the clock and it was 3
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 fourth-quarter, walk-off touchdown in NFL playoff history. As an aside here is an interesting comment about the
The football image was painted by sports artist John Robertson and is 6 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.
WHY PLAY SPORTS
Magic Johnson Point Guard
Magic Johnson was the “quarterback” on the Lakers basketball court - the point guard - and the most important player on the team - and what most consider the best point guard ever,Some people have referred to Magic Johnson as the indisputable "Point God." He was an absolutely great, all around player who probably sacrificed individual statistics for the greater good of the team - and in doing so, brought other teammates up to play at a higher level. And, of course, won more games. He is the one who led the team by trying to make the good decisions for the plays. He generally handled the ball more than any other player on the court and passed the ball off to other players to lead them towards a goal. To have a great team is to have a leader who will work to have all contribute to it's success. And without that great leadership in the "point guard" position few teams have had a high level of successful seasons.
Why Play Sports
All of this leads me to the good reason of why it is important for people to play sports. I did as a child and as an adult participated in sports into my sixties and still exercise regularly. One of the things sports taught me was developing teamwork. This is a way to learn how to help others, and thereby themselves, to work together towards a specific goal, (winning). We see this problem of teamwork all the time in the major professional sports. I think the best example of that is in the NBA where there are "star" players and "winning" teams. I won’t point out the great players who played on losing teams but one of the downfalls of those teams was the fact that it really wasn’t a “team” but a bunch of individual players just “doing their thing.” Most sports are a team effort. And the same goes for life. We are all in it together and participating in life as a joint venture with others makes for a more successful and fulfilling life.
Magic Johnson Highlights
Magic Johnson played in 12 All-Star games, won five NBA rings, three years the MVP awards and won most valuable player in three Finals. His career Stats 19.5 points per game, 11.2 assists per game, 5.5 re-bounds per game and 1.9 steels per game. Those 11.2 assists per game shows how much Magic was a team player. At 6 feet 9 inches he dominated the point guard position.John Robertson Sports Artist image of a “Point Guard” is 24” x 36” ink and acrylic on newsprint (Old Sporting News, magazines, books, etc) about the NBA and point guards. Newsprint attached to ¾” stretched canvas. To view sports paintings for sale please visit: John Robertson sports Paintings for sale and the sports prints available
How John Robertson Started as Sports Artist
Bryant and Inspiration Kobe
No, I do Not Want to be Michael Jordan
Sports Art Prints For Sale
John Robertson Sports Art Paintings For Sale
Below represents my current inventory. If you would like to inquire about purchasing a piece or request additional inventory in a particular size, please contact me at: JohnRobertsonSportsArt@gmail.com
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Green Bay Packers
Baseball and Steroids, Runs, Hits and Lots of Errors
Thoughts on a College Basketball Sports Painting
Basketball Players Venice
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Why Paint Sports Art Figures
Me, I don’t have much of a past and I certainly don’t have much of a future. I don’t have “ past glory’s – just a mundane life – or as the joke goes, “living a life of quiet desperation.” So, all in all, that is probably why I have ended up painting sports figures as I can live vicariously through the paintings, like a rabid sports fan that roots for his favorite player or team. It’s an enjoyable pastime of beauty and inspiration.
Not Going to the Masters
About the painting in the golf video
Opening Day Major League Baseball (MLB)
About Sports Artist John RobertsonThere is an intriguing article about the sports artist John Robertson from the Los Angeles Times written by the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Al Martinez. It was published in the Los Angeles Times, front page, Southern California Living Section E, Thursday, July 19, 2001. Although the column was written s number of years ago it certainly captures the essence of John.
Al Martinez’s column
I have a dream tucked away in the shadows of my mind but I don't know exactly what it is yet. I'm hoping that one of these days the shadows will lift and the dream will emerge, like an
Eagles Football Art
Torrey Smith Family Fund
This is the third time in four seasons that the NFC Champions New England Patriots are going to the Superbowl. If you do not remember, last year in Superbowl 51 the New England Patriots were trailing 28 to 3 behind the AFC Atlanta Falcons. In the largest comeback in the history of the NFL Superbowl, and in overtime, the Patriots, lead by the great quarterback, Tom Brady, they won the game 34 to 28.