Just in time for the start of your week, please enjoy this latest Jonathan Fenske illustration. The seamonster design was created for a 30th birthday party tee shirt. The partygoers enjoyed the festivities on a pontoon party barge. Sounds like a fun time…except for the Kraken.
This is the gritty side of the arts: a freshly-built and sanded canvas. Gesso. An Australian Shepherd.
Jonathan is starting a commission that should be really cool. It’s for the same client who also commissioned the painting pictured in our blog header.
I’ll post more when it’s done. Happy Monday, everyone!
Hi all. Jonathan looooves to sketch and draw. This week, in between children’s book stuff and painting commissions, he sat down and sketched some of his favorite vintage Fisher-Price toys and other playthings. I asked if we could put them on our Etsy store, and he was cool with that. So….drumroll…here are four new drawings that are perfect for the beginning art collector (priced at $49-$59, unframed).
You can find these one-of-a-kind drawings at our new Fat and Appy Etsy store. We’re planning on using the Etsy shop as a place to experiment with new products, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, leave them in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, as always. We love ya’ll.
Jonathan just shipped out another commission to a favorite client (oops, can I say that?). She has commissioned two other paintings, “The Things We Leave Behind” and “Working Well Together.”
The latest painting is definitely one of my favorites. “Life Is Built of Memories” suggests the client’s beloved Minnesota summer cabin with Lincoln Logs, vintage Playskool figures and a Fisher-Price kayak.
Thanks for stopping by! If you would like more information on painting commissions, please contact Jennifer AT fatandappy DOT com. We also sell beautiful Giclee prints on canvas of Jonathan’s work at fatandappy.com. Prices start at $99.
It’s time to move art! (You know we love doing this…) Jonathan and I are making room for some new pieces on our walls, and we have a few drawings we’re going to sell.
As a side note: it’s sometimes hard to part with favorite art. But as we tell the girls all of the time (when they want to hoard things like paper wrappers from straws): “We can’t save everything.”
If you are interested, please shoot me a note (jennifer AT fatandappy DOT com). Shipping is additional to the prices below.
The Little Woman, graphite on illustration board. Image is 11″x14″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010. $99.
SOLD Showdown, graphite on illustration board. Image is 14″x11″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010; $99.
Plastic Pose, graphite on illustration board. Image is 11″x14″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010; $99.
Bear Capture, graphite on illustration board. Image is 11″x14″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010; $99.
The drawings will need a frame with glass. (We like frames at Dick Blick.) If you would like Jonathan to paint something just for you, please contact me as well for commission information. And we feature a fun line of Giclee prints of Jonathan’s work (on well-made, gallery-quality canvas) at www.fatandappy.com. Prices for prints start at $99.
We also just uncrated four paintings from storage. Fun to see these beauties from a few years ago.
- Ride Free, 30″x24″, acrylic on board, 2008.
- Spring Chicken, acrylic on board, 18″x24, 2008.
- Buck-A-Duck, 24×18, acrylic on board, 2008.
- Building An Empire, 16×20, acrylic on board, 2008.
We opened Fat and Appy Modern Art at FatandAppy.com a few months ago, using the Shopify platform (which we love). But a lot of people we respect (and have successful Etsy shops themselves) nudged us to “get on Etsy.”
I’ve been shopping on Etsy forever, so it wasn’t a hard sell. I just knew it would take a lot of work to load in the store, set up tags, photos and pull it all together in the “About” section. And then last week, we finally decided to take the plunge. Jonathan and I both worked hours rewriting copy, enlarging jpegs and brainstorming tags. We also launched a new design, called “Identity Crisis.” It’s available in four sizes, starting at $99.
Our new Etsy store can be found at FatandAppyModernArt. I think it’s so exciting to be in the company of thousands of creatives who are making things. I hope we can debut new products on the Etsy store or maybe even original drawings to get feedback. I’ve even been cooking up a 3D printer project. I have endless ideas…but I just try to take them one at a time and decide what to pursue. My notebook is full of ideas; Jonathan has a similar notebook and his is crammed with project ideas, too.
And now we can check off Etsy. Hurray!
By now you may have heard that superstar British graffiti artist Banksy set up a stall in Central Park yesterday and sold original, signed work for $60 each. (His work can fetch in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.) It took four hours to make the first sale, and at the end of the day, the nice older gentleman running the stall had made $420.
I had to laugh when I heard about this and immediately watched the video on Banksy’s website about his month-long NY “residency.” I loved it all, the pop-up stall, the people strolling by, oblivious to the stunt, and the naturally effortless way Banksy stirs things up.
And then it hit me: College scholarship! If I had been one of those lucky people who bought a Banksy for $60 (or less…one woman bargained and got two for $60. Shrewd!) I would be on the phone with an auction house, selling the canvas for college money for the girls.
Sigh. How did we get here? I can practically hear my younger, more “pure” artistic self mocking me. Disappointed in me, a little. “But it would be cool to have a Banksy hanging in the living room,” my younger self shrieks. “How did you get so OLD?!!
All I can tell my younger, hipster-loving art connoisseur self is to go to the Vanguard website, type in that your youngest child will be in college in ELEVEN years and then hit “Return.” Watch the numbers dance. And then cry yourself to sleep in a corner.
And that, younger version of me, is why I would sell my pop-up Banksy in a split second. And I have a feeling that Banksy would probably say: you gotta do what you gotta do. But he would say it in a British accent and then go spray paint something. And we definitely wouldn’t see his face. But you get the idea.
Have a great time in New York, Banksy! It’s fun to watch what you’re doing from here.