Barry Larkin – Freestyle

With no formal training, my usual style of painting has been to use hand-cut stencils taken from photographs and spray paint the canvas.  For this painting, I thought I would go freestyle and try to paint without the use of a stencil.  I did, however, use a basic outline of a photograph of Barry Larkin in portrait and action to get the correct proportions.  One photograph was a close-up of his face and the other was an action shot of him in the infield.  After setting up the placement for the portrait and the action shot and with the use of the computer adding coloring for the shadows, mid-tones and highlights I began painting.  The canvas size is 12 x 24 and for most of the painting I used acrylic paints.  For the lettering and star I used my tried and true method of hand-cut stencils and spray paint.

Here is the end result.

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I like to think, when viewed from afar, the painting is a pretty good likeness of the Hall of Fame short stop.  Enjoy!

Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday

I love a good western and one of my favorites is Tombstone. Tombstone is a 1993 American Western directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, and Dana Delany, in supporting roles, as well as a narration by Robert Mitchum.  Outstanding cast, to say the least, and had all of the usual drama of a good western, good guys against bad guys.  And if I must say so, Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday made the movie!

I was recently asked to create a piece of stencil art of Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday and here is the finished product.

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If you’ve not seen the movie, or haven’t seen it in a long time, then it’s a good time for a great American Western.

I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did producing the piece and enjoy the movie!

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – Keepin’ Time with the Masters

I couple of months ago I entered a large painting for an exhibit at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea Kentucky.  Unfortunately the piece was not selected, but I have updated it a bit and am thinking about selling it on my Etsy site.  The piece is mounted in a wood frame that measures 41 inches wide by 29 inches high, rather large I know, but for the Bluegrass fan just the right size for a wall hanging.  The piece includes two vinyl records, one is a clock and the other is a painting of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe.  In the center of the piece, a painting of the young and very talented, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys.  Each of the paintings were created using hand-cut stencils, six total, and spray/hand painted.  The indicators on the clock are made of wood and were found pieces from an old microwave cart and a bag of cutouts.  The background paint, the gray color, came from a can of paint I had used for another project some time ago.  I also hand cut stencils for all of the lettering and applied each with either a sponge or paint brush.

The piece has not been added to my Etsy site yet, as I am unsure about the asking price.  What would you pay for a piece of artwork this size?  What are your thoughts and/or comments about the quality of work?

Keepin' Time with the Masters
Original piece – Keepin’ Time with the Masters

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Stencil Art – Things you can do with photographs

I have seen many pieces of artwork completed using the stencil process, but had never tried it myself and had no idea where to begin. So to the internet I went and found many informative tutorials on the process. Recently I completed these two pieces and am working on a third piece for a friend of mine.

boy pic before and after

Wedding picture before and after


Each piece took me about 3 hours not including the drying time between layers, but the time spent was very enjoyable.  I had a few minor glitches but overall I thought the finished pieces turned out pretty well.  This will definitely be added to my list of hobbies and hopefully will become a source of income as I am currently selling on

Please feel free to comment on each, I would love to have your feedback and any suggestions you may have, thanks!