Lego Painting

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.

 

A painting of Lego toys by Jonathan Fenske Denver Artist

 

 

Playskool + Fisher-Price Painting: Lakeside Fun

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.

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First On, Last Off

An image of a vintage Fisher Price school bus painted by Jonathan Fenske 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

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. 

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We Went West

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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A Fisher Price cowboy painted by Jonathan Fenske

An American Icon, acrylic on board, private collection

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Kowboy Krunch, illustration

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When Coach Was First Class, acrylic on board, collection of the Booth Western Museum

A painting of Yosemite bears by Jonathan Fenske

Yosemite Bears, acrylic on board, private collection

A painting of cowboy themes by Jonathan Fenske

Yeehaw Colorado, Giclee canvas print, available for sale from FatandAppy.com, $119. 

A Fisher Price painting of an American Indian by Jonathan Fenske

Surveying What Was Lost, acrylic on board, private collection

A Fenske Commission: Straight to the Moon!

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. A painting by Jonathan Fenske

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A painting of cowboy themes by Jonathan Fenske

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Some Recent Fenske Illustrations

Jonathan has been doing a little bit of everything this summer: editorial illustration, video scribing, painting commissions and logo designs. Here's a quick look at two projects. This illustration is part of a series for a large quick-service restaurant chain. I love the pattern Jonathan did on her bathrobe! This illustration is making me want to design fabric again! (A long-standing dream of mine.) A woman in a bathrobe with coffee illustration

Here are several logo treatments for the Los Lunaticos cycling team in Santa Fe, NM. What's your favorite?

Various logos for a cycling team in Santa Fe NM

We hope your summer is filled with creativity and fun! Today, I'm hoping to take pictures of our newly improved family room. I keep trying, but with three kids running about, the room is always a disaster. I think I'll have Jonathan take the girls out for ice cream or a bike ride so I can finally get some snaps of the room. Stay tuned!

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Criminal Reshelving and Other Seedy Book Details

The first few weeks since Love Is in the Air published have been super fun, super exciting. We receive great pictures texted to us from friends and family around the country who have so kindly ventured out to bookstores to pick up a copy. Here's one from our dear friends, the C----- family who may or may have not engaged in a little "criminal reshelving." That's the practice of artfully promoting your loved one's books to the front row. Ahem, totally not condoning the practice but....thanks ya'll! http://www.jonathanfenske.com

 

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Other Fenske news: Jonathan heads into the studio tomorrow with Room 214 for some visual scribe work. That's where he sits and draws and they take like a million pictures of him and then editors stitch it all together into something really cool. He's also doing painting commissions, per usual. He's currently working on a commission of an Andy Warhol portrait and the other day, Jonathan had a slip of the tongue and called it an "Einstein portrait." We both giggled because there's kind of a big difference.

Jennifer (that's me!) is scheduling children's book blogger visits for Jonathan. Jodie from the awesome young readers blog Growing Book by Book has graciously agreed to post about Love Is in the Air; writing coach and all-around awesome author Rochelle Melander will also have Jonathan do some guest posts in February and then again in May.

I also work on Fat and Appy each day. Still find it crazy that we have an iPad app for sale on the App Store. Wild! People ask me what our next app will be and I think definitely ebooks. We both love children's books so much and it would be a cinch to take Jonathan's orphaned books and turn them into digital wonders. First, though, we have to get through promotion for Guppy Up! which comes out next month.

 

 

From the Studio: Paintings

Jonathan is having a rush of post-Christmas commissions. I thought I would show a recent one called "Working Well Together." This was commissioned by a Colorado client in honor of her brother's wedding. This picture isn't the best---in real life, the painting is brighter. You can still get the idea. In my opinion as the artist's wife, I like commissions the best because they are pre-sold. In a gallery, a painting can hang for months or years before they sell. A commission is just a visitor...there's no time to get attached. Working Well Together