Jonathan just finished a commission for a collector family in Atlanta. This is #2 of 4 paintings for their four boys. (The first painting in our blog header.)
For each painting, the collectors’ sons give Jonathan ideas of their favorite toys and then he creates a “dream scene” with the playthings. For this painting, Jonathan built a couple of the models himself from Lego parts we had lying around. The other objects were from existing model sets. He told me this was his way of being “creative on two levels.” Really, I think he just likes to play with Legos.
Love this one! You can see a picture of the beginning of this painting, here.
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!
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.
First On, Last Off by Jonathan Fenske; acrylic on board, private collection
I was snuggled deep in covers this morning when our eldest girl joined me. It was barely light and rain drummed on the roof of our Colorado home. Rain is rare here, so I relished the quiet, the stillness, the sweet child beside me.
All of a sudden, a school bus lumbered past our house. It was barely 6:30 a.m. I said to my girl, “You know, that’s a school bus taking kids to school. Daddy sees it when he’s running.” We’re on the western edge of our school district, so some kids get picked up really early. And then they are bussed about ten miles east.
Immediately, I thought of a painting Jonathan did a while ago, which sold at the Matre Gallery in Atlanta. It’s called “First On, Last Off.” When Jonathan was a child, his bus driver lived in his neighborhood. He would walk down to her house and climb on the bus. Then, they picked up all of the other students. Since it was a private school, the students were all over the place. Of course, the ride was repeated on the way home and he was last off.
It’s neat how in art your childhood can surface pretty much anywhere. I wanted to share this one in honor of the new school year. Happy new lunch boxes and backpacks!
Confidential to RK in NYC: I hope you are loving Kindergarten! Hugs and kisses, your Godmother and Godfather
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.)
Photo courtesy of The Daily B.
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In a few days, we’ll mark seven years as Colorado residents. We’ve added two more girls to our family here, wrote novels and children’s books, bought our second home, and made amazing friends. We’ve climbed mountains and trod family-friendly loop paths. We’ve amassed some killer outdoor gear. We’ve feasted on the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains’ Front Range every day. We’re blessed to live here.
In honor of this family anniversary, I thought I would show a few of Jonathan’s many Western-inspired paintings and illustrations. Enjoy!
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An American Icon, acrylic on board, private collection
Kowboy Krunch, illustration
When Coach Was First Class, acrylic on board, collection of the Booth Western Museum
Yosemite Bears, acrylic on board, private collection
Yeehaw Colorado, Giclee canvas print, available for sale from FatandAppy.com, $119.
Surveying What Was Lost, acrylic on board, private collection
Another commission is leaving the studio. This (as yet untitled) painting is for a client who wanted a vintage Western + space story using Jonathan’s collage-style painting method. They have a Cape Canaveral and NASA family background and were fun for Jonathan to work with over the past few months. I loved seeing this one take shape…it’s really cool.
If you’re interested in a painting commission, drop Jennifer (that’s me!) a line at jennifer AT fatandappy DOT com. If you like the collage-style painting method, but don’t want to go the commission route, check out our online store of affordable Giclee canvas prints. Here’s Yeehaw Colorado ($119) for a 16″x20″ canvas print:
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