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.

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!

P.S. Don't forget to enter our awesome contest that ends this Friday to win a gorg necklace from Etsy shop budpnq. Enter the Fat and Appy contest now!

A Fisher Price cowboy painted by Jonathan Fenske

An American Icon, acrylic on board, private collection

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Kowboy Krunch, illustration

when coach was first class

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

Warhol, Flying Planes and Cloud Gate

Two commission paintings are leaving the studio. "The Things We Leave Behind" is a nod to the client's love of Chicago, air travel and the Cloud Gate sculpture in the Windy City. Jonathan loves working with this client. This is their second collaboration, the first is here. If you look carefully, you can see Jonathan's mark on the painting and then reflected in Cloud Gate. Fun! Fenske_JD_blog

The second painting is also a repeat client and this time around, she wanted a portrait of Andy Warhol. It's packed and off in the mail already. I like the bright splashes of color. I walked past this a dozen times and I said (probably a dozen times), "I never knew I liked Andy Warhol so much." I just really gravitated to this painting.

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If you would like to commission a painting, just fill out the form below. Jonathan works with all sorts of budgets, so just ask. He'd be happy to work with you. If you want to see more of his paintings, check out his website. And don't forget to subscribe to our blog at the bottom of the page, we thank you very much! [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Commission Inquiry ' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

Space Bug Eats Cheery Astronaut

As you may know if you read our blog, Jonathan loves vintage toys. He often sets them up in funny or poignant situations and then photographs them to see how the scene works. He takes the scene that he likes best and then paints with acrylics onto board. Voila! Sometimes, I see him processing an image from one of these photo shoots that makes me laugh out loud. This is one such image. It's called Final Transmission.

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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

Art Garage Sale: Four Works by Jonathan

Update on the Sale: All four paintings are sold!  Thanks to those of you who retweeted and shared this post.  It's time to move some art. We spent the morning at a garage sale, visiting some friends up in Berthoud. They were helping their pre-teen son host a garage sale and lemonade stand to raise money for a charity he's supporting.

We picked up some goodies: Nancy Drew paperbacks, foam bath letters and a little pink purse. The girls were beyond thrilled.

This got me thinking---we need to liquidate some art that never found a home this year. Jonathan has a series of four three Little People acrylic on board paintings that really need to leave our basement and be enjoyed by someone. So, this is a little weird for us, having relied on a gallery to sell all of Jonathan's paintings for years, but here goes: we're going to try to move these works via the power of social media. It's #artastic.

We can't let these go for garage-sale prices, but we can assure you that you are getting a fabulous deal over what you would pay in an art gallery. That's because we don't have to give the gallery half, which is the standard arrangement.

Each painting is $250, with free first-class shipping included. We can ship immediately or you can pick up your painting if you are in the Denver area. Details below! We'll push this via Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Facebook, and then report back if it worked or not.

If you are interested in purchasing, please email jennifer AT fatandappy DOT com.

Please note: Each painting is acrylic paint on illustration board. Illustration board is a flat surface, almost like a heavy stiff paper. The painting will ship unframed; you will want to protect and display it in a frame with glass. Each painting is signed and dated by Jonathan (2011) with the title of the work on back.

A note about the backgrounds: They look a bit purple-ish in the photos below. The backgrounds are actually white.

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