Monday, June 23, 2008

Jedi Art

Water lillies and Being Koi

Latest Bridge Painting

The Citadel is toxic

Not only from fires without turing the air smoky grey...but inside I am painting again.

I seriously need to consider acrylics. In the meantime I offer these new paitings. One is already sold for $1600. Two others are available.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Mavericks 2006 finished

Twiggy, oil on canvas, 30" x 40 "

Starting in 2005 I decided to paint the Mavericks champion each year starting with Anthony Tashnick (see below). The 2006 shot was much more dramatic as were the rides by Grant "Twiggy" Baker.

Original oil: $3200
Limited signed and numbered prints (limit 90): $50 to $200 depending on size. Contact me at

Grant "Twiggy" Baker. Photo by Christopher C. MacDonald.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Work in Progress

I started last year, painting the 2005 champion (Anthony Tashnick) of the Mavericks Surf Contest on a winning Ride.

This year's winner was Grant "Twiggy" Baker who scored two perfect 10s on GameDay and is just a superb human being. I was able to spend a little time with Grant in New York and just soak up his this year's painting is a lot easier and also more dynamic.

Above you can see two days' work. Which is really only about 3 total hours. Most of painting happens between your ears and you have to wait for it. I have been thinking about this one for months, so I would put the toal time at around 40 hours solid.

I sketched it out on the canvas with my daughter (also an artist) by my side last month...then waited, and waited.

In that regard the process is a lot like the contest itself. You wait for the right time. It comes and you had best ride it then with all you have with a certained controlled abandon. You have to know what you are doing, but also be open to what happens right then.

The hardest and easiest parts are waiting now. The sky to the right is easy and I am happy with the coastline and most fo the gradients of water (water is damned hard to do). The hardest thing will be the upper capture Grant in an impressionistic way, and then the foamy mountain of water and spray that wants to crush him (but doesn't thankfully).

A year ago, I was fascinated with Mavericks and painted Anthony Tashnick (see below). Keir Beadling, the CEO of Mavericks was so taken by the painting he requested to hang it at the main offices in San Francisco.

This year, I have a whole new perspective from the inside out. I have been running the daily operation that is since last October. At times I have done weeks of 16 hour days six and seven days a week. I'm no longer on the outside looking in.

I have an even greater respect for the men who surf Mavericks and I enjoy their company. I imagine my paintings will become more personal as time goes on, and that is a good thing.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Mavericks Now on Display in San Francisco

Mavericks 2005 winner Anthony Tashnick. Oil on canvas 30" by 40" .

Currently on exhibition at the new Evolve/Mavericks offices in San Francisco.

Series to continue depicting various winners from previous, and future Mavericks competitions.

Mavericks is the most unique surfing event in the world. It boasts the largest waves in the world and the most treacherous waters (rocks in front of you, great white sharks in the surf).

Surfing pioneer Jeff Clark discovered Mavericks off Half Moon Bay in the mid-70's. His combination of courage, vision, faith and athletic ability allowed him to be the first to ride these colossal waves.

Now, years later, and within a 24-hour window (to get the largest waves), the Mavericks competition draws the world's greatest surfers in the most exciting and dramatic competition on the planet.

My paintings are an attempt to capture some of the sheer force, skill, and naked drama that Mavericks contains as these highly skilled athletes pit themselves against a force of nature that is raw, booming and unforgiving.

More to come.

(Please note that while this painting is for sale, all re-printing rights are retained by the artist for future use, which will, only dramatically increase the worth of the original).
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Monday, July 18, 2005

Sons. 4' x 6' Oil on canvas. $5,000. Posted by Hello

Friday, July 15, 2005

Kite. $900. Oil on canvas. Posted by Hello

Paradise. $800. Oil on canvas. Posted by Hello