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.
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.
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I wrote recently about art coming out of the trash. In this case, art is coming from eBay. Jonathan purchased this little fella recently for a few bucks. He’s kind of on a squeaky toy kick right now.
The bunny in its natural habitat (a Fenske bookshelf).
Then, Jonathan sketched the bunny, dodging our well-meaning four-year-old who often “adds” to his drawings.
Sketch of vintage squeaky toy bunny by Jonathan Fenske.
Jonathan’s currently working on the bunny design that we’ll add to Fat and Appy, our online store for modern children’s art. We’ll post again when the bunny makes his complete journey. Come back, won’t you?
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