Justin Rose. 2013 U.S. Open at Merion G C . USA
ssJustin pointed and looked to the Heavens as he dedicated his win to his recently departed Father. This moment was captured by the World's greatest Golf photographers and I used many of their images as inspiration for my painting.
This painting and another (see pix) were commissioned by Martin Williams, a keen golfer that many of you will know. I'd like to say. " Many thanks" to Martin. The commission comes at a time when things are harder and is much appreciated. It was a pleasure to paint for someone who leaves the artist alone to produce his better work. It always works that way.
The second painting was a split image work. Hogan at Merion on the Left and Rose on the right with the Merion Logo centre. The request was, to paint the champions with a sepia like feel. I must admit the Hogan was a breeze and the Justin Rose much harder because of the face he pulled mid swing and because of the size. The face was painted with 3 hairs on the brush! Minatures are not my speciality! It was a fun task and Martin was very happy with the two paintings. For the interest of artists. They were painted on MDF as I wanted a totally smooth surface. A canvas weave would have made the second painting harder. 3 coats of Gesso and three of Acrylic with matt medium added. I lightly sanded the boards in between then roughed the second one up after painting the portraits. I believe they will both be behind glass so I didn't varnish either. I find even a matt varnish produces a sheen. Any Road Up I hope you like them and as always, welcome your comments. There will be a time lapse video when I have time to join it all together. Keep watching on Twitter.
Easing of the Lock down, back to golf and a celebration of our Ryder Cup Cap', Three time Open Champion, Padraig Harrington.
Right! You're all free, head off to the beaches and exotic far off Lands! Well. not quite but I thought a return to Golfing was reason enough to paint one that I have been planning since I took the picture in 2016, at the K Club Irish Open.
Let us hope that whenever the Ryder Cup takes place it won't be a silent job. It must be a frustrating time for Mr Harrington and Mr Stricker, with the uncertainty but in Padraig's case, the three time Open Champion has been busy on Twitter trying (probably without much hope or results) to turn us into pro hackers. Fortunately for you all, with my back the way it is, I won't be socially distancing on a golf course for quite some time. It is good news however for the rest of you and let us hope things continue to improve.
Anyroadup. I enjoyed getting back to some golf paintings. So, look out for some more in the near future. In the meantime
(clears throat) Stay safe and Socially Distance. God I hate it when people keep banging on about it.
My generation started the anti Nazi rallies. Many a serious protest was spent in Finsbury Park. We didn't have to contend with the lurgy back then. No place for Racism in a modern society.
Anyone interested in purchasing the painting please email me.
Man! what a couple of months. First off, how brave are the people fronting up on our behalf?! I had a brush with it myself and I am waiting to have a test. Out of trouble now but if that was mild, my heart goes out to people with worse symptoms. Before that hit I decided to put a few easy tutorials on my YouTube page but no one ever goes there ! ; ) So decided to study Hogan and Palmer (above, middle) and have been pottering about ever since. Work has all but dried up not surprisingly as people hang on to their loot but as we come out of this ( Mr & Mrs Pro's) spare a thought for poor starving artists please and perhaps commission a painting. I still think as I write this May 16 that there have been great stories of kindness, the sort that had disappeared since the War years. My Granda was a hero of that time, especially to me! He saved lives after being torpedoed in the North Alantic ( Mention in dispatches, Medal & an Oak Leaf ) The heroes of today shine just as bright and renew our faith in the human race as they put their lives in danger for others. I then read about the scum bags that prey on the vulnerable in our society and realise that we have a long way to go. I decided to paint something that represented the bravery. Something modern with a historical twist. I am in the middle of a project on churches and recently visited St Michael's in Broughton, Milton Keynes. When they were restoring the church 1980s they discovered some Religious Medieval Murals and I used one of those for inspiration. The church mural depicted heaven and hell, everyone in the scene is being devoured by a beast from hell, presumably one of the the devil's pets. The whole idea was that the preacher would warn the congregation, if they didn't tow the 'Godly Line', they would disappear into the depths of fire and hellish things. The mural is badly faded but after some fiddling with it in software, all became clear. So.... I decided to paint this for the NHS and other front-liners as my tribute. If anyone thinks they can use it for a good cause project, please let me know. I guess it could be auctioned or bought by someone with money to burn! I also wrote a song 'We Will Win ' and got my neice to sing it. My brother in Manila recorded her vocals and sent the file back to me, I mixed it down. They are locked up in Manila but being an International DJ he has an online show on Friday and Saturdays to cheer people up and it gives him a chance to dig out old stuff. We Will Win Video is played at the end of each show and has become somewhat of an anthem. If we could get someone famous to sing it here we could make some always needed funds for the NHS and Homeless etc. It was a way for me to feel like I was not totally helpless, even if I was!
Well what a few months eh? We won't forget this for a while. If you run out of things to do try my tutorials on YouTube..... Be the first Ha Ha!!
It remains for me to say " Good luck to you all, stay safe and look after each other. " Mark
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''NHS & Frontline Heroes 2020' by Mark Robinson