Posts Tagged ‘sports-painting’

Frankie-Muse-Freeman copy

In 2007 I created 51 pencil and watercolor portraits for a traveling exhibit of inductees into the Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia. This exhibit was sponsored by Anheuser -Busch.  Frankie Muse Freeman who died several days ago was one of the inductees I painted.The exhibit was built and ready to go but I don’t think it ever traveled. I believe it was canceled when Anheuser-Busch was purchased by InBev

Stan Musial

During the 1990’s I created several paintings of Stan Musial, which was a speculative project, suggested by a client that knew the business manager for Stan Musial. Stan would have been happy to sign prints, if we printed the art. We didn’t make prints. Even though I didn’t earn a profit from this painting and a painting of Stan and Red Schoendienst ,I did have the privilege of meeting Stan and later this painting was part of the Stan Musial portion of the St.Louis Baseball Cardinals Hall of Fame in the old Stadium. When the Cardinals moved into the current stadium I got the painting back. This painting was based on a black and white photograph of Stan hitting five  home runs in a double header on May 2,1954  . My client provided a Stan Musial uniform shirt and I found additional reference at the St.Louis City Library. This is an oil on canvas painting.

 

This is a detail of my oil on canvas painting of Stan and Red Schoendienst . My reference was a black and white photo a

This is a detail of my oil on canvas painting of Stan and Red Schoendienst . My reference was a black and white photo and photos of myself wearing a Cardinals jersey from the 1950’s era and other reference photos of Stan and red.

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Painting of Stan Musial hitting five home runs in a double header by John Dyess

Painting of Stan Musial hitting five home runs in a double header by John Dyess

This painting of Stan Musial hitting five home runs in a doubleheader on May 2,1954 was displayed in the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the Stan Musial display. This painting was on loan from May of 1994 until Busch stadium was torn down.A print of this painting was displayed in the Missouri Historical Society in a segment on Sportsman Park. The idea for this painting came after a business friend contacted Dick Zitzmann,vice president of Stan the Man Inc., to arrange a meeting with Stan Musial about creating artwork and a catalog for Stan’s signed memorabilia. Stan at this time, which was during the early 1990’s was using single sheets printed on a copy machine to sell his  signed baseball objects.

Dick Zitzmann business card

Dick Zitzmann business card

I had created an oil painting from a black and white photo of Stan batting, before this meeting and I showed Stan this painting.This painting is now on display in my niece Debby’s condo she shares with her significant other Brad. It is displayed in a shine of St. Louis Cardinal’s memorabilia.

signed photo print by Stan of my painting of him batting.

signed photo print by Stan of my painting of him batting.

Stan signed a photo print of my painting. I created the painting of Stan hitting five home runs in a double header in hopes that prints of it would become part of his for sale signed objects. My business friend Jack asked for another meeting with Stan to present ideas for a catalog which was designed by Mike Smit with illustrations by me.Unfortunately Jack was drinking at a casino and  had an auto accident and lost his drivers license.This delayed the meeting. Finally there was a meeting but Stan said he didn’t need a catalog at this time but if  we provided prints of my artwork he would sign them. I thought this was a gracious thing to do for us ,but at this time, before large format digital prints, was not affordable  for us to provide the prints for Stan to sign.It was an honor for me to meet Stan Musial .
I painted one more oil painting to show Stan before the final meeting,which was of Stan and Red Schoendienst. The painting was based on a distressed newspaper clipping of a photo of Stan and Red when they played together on The St. Louis Cardinals. I still have the five home runs Musial painting and the Stan and Red painting.

detail from black and white photo of Stan and Red

detail from black and white photo of Stan and Red

Stan and Red oil painting by John Dyess

Stan and Red oil painting by John Dyess

detail from Stan and Red painting by John Dyess

detail from Stan and Red painting by John Dyess