A New Painting Begins

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!

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Fisher Price Supa Dupa: Original Art from $49

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).

An original sketch by Jonathan Fenske of a bear from Goldilocks Fisher Price playset

Denver artist Jonathan Fenske's drawing of a bear from the Fisher Price Goldilocks playset

Denver illustrator Jonathan Fenske's sketch of the black Fisher Price dog

A drawing of the Fisher Price knight by Denver illustrator Jonathan Fenske

Jonathan Fenske's sketch of a 1950's deer figurine

A graphite drawing of the knight from the Fisher Price Castle playset by Denver illustrator Jonathan Fenske

A detail of a Little People Fisher Price drawing by Jonathan Fenske

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.

Art for Sale: Original Fenske Drawings

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"; 2008. $99.

The Little Woman, graphite on illustration board. Image is 11″x14″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010. $99.

Fisher Price cowboys

SOLD Showdown, graphite on illustration board. Image is 14″x11″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010; $99.

A drawing of a Barbie by Jonathan Fenske

Plastic Pose, graphite on illustration board. Image is 11″x14″; total board size is 16″x20″; 2010; $99.

An image of a vintage bear

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.

A painting of a red tricycle
Ride Free, 30″x24″, acrylic on board, 2008.
A painting of a spring horse from a playground
Spring Chicken, acrylic on board, 18″x24, 2008.
A spring horse from a playground
Buck-A-Duck, 24×18, acrylic on board, 2008.
A painting of Legos by Jonathan Fenske
Building An Empire, 16×20, acrylic on board, 2008.

Banksy’s College Scholarship #banksyny

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. 

Vintage Bear Illustration

Jonathan looooves old vintage squeaky toys. We have more than a few. Here’s a bear he drew back in 2010 called “Bear Capture” that sold in Atlanta’s Matre Gallery. Pro tip: Love an artist’s work but can’t afford a painting? Look for their pencil on paper sketches or ask if they can do a pencil commission. The difference in price can be significant and you still get a piece of work you love! Be sure to budget in a nice frame to protect the drawing. We like frames from Dick Blick and Target’s RE collection.

Like this drawing? Be sure to check out our line of affordable Giclee prints on canvas at Fat and Appy Modern Art for Children

An illustration of a vintage bear by Denver illustrator Jonathan Fenske

More Emma Klingbeil

I wrote about Emma Klingbeil, my new favorite artist, a while ago.

I also told you in that post that I thought I had a “fox” thing. Turns out, I do have a thing for the woodland fox.

Today’s post is about two more Klingbeil paintings I purchased from her Etsy shop. I just love her creation of these woodsy, clever creatures. I can almost smell the toadstools! They also make me happy, and I always say, “Buy art because it makes you happy.” I am happy, happy, happy.

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Emma Klingbeil’s I Live in the Woods, watercolor on paper, 11″x14″

This next one hangs in our hallway upstairs. I took it down to get a good shot which turned out to be a weird, light bouncing shot:

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Emma Klingbeil’s Antlers4, watercolor on paper, 5″x6″

And here is “Antlers4”, but where it actually hangs upstairs:

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What about you? Who is your fave artist and what makes you “happy” about their work? Tell us in the comments!

The Great Outdoors, Indoors

These great snaps came in from our dear friend, Gina, who is the fabulous writer and blogger over at The Daily B.

Gina and her husband Kris commissioned Jonathan to create a painting that showed their love of the outdoors using Fisher Price people. Jonathan matched their hair color and made sure the Rockies were in the painting. And of course Kris’ beloved mountain bike made an appearance (in toy form).

It’s always fun to see where art ends up. I think that could be a book…traveling around the country and snapping pictures of where Jonathan’s art lands. Okay, okay, this is just a road trip excuse. I am picturing camping and gelato and…well, all of a sudden, I am feeling the need to travel. (For more of Gina and her awesome sense of style, you can read her post about her daughter’s bedroom art makeover.)

A picture of a painting by Denver artist Jonathan Fenske

Photo courtesy of The Daily B. 

We’re picking a winner of our contest tomorrow! Have you entered? All you have to do is leave a comment on our blog post about Etsy shop budpnq and you’ll be in the running for this beauty. Good luck, ya’ll!

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