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Janis Joplin Portrait Contest

“Janis Joplin” by John Tebeau ©2012

Aww, she was a li’l hellcat, she wuz. Yeah, boy, Miz Joplin… boy, she could shore put it away. Southern Comfort, boy… that stuff, that stuff could eat the rust clean off a ’39 Ford tractor, boy….

Okay, okay. Enough of the twisted vernacular. Let’s leave that to Larry McMurtry. This is about a contest. Freaky Friday trivia, a regular feature of ours here at Tebeau.com. I’ve got six interns toiling away here in our offices and we have to keep them busy. So, let’s go.

See, Facebook—that paragon of commercial modesty—disallows filthy, filthy contests on their hallowed site, so I have to offshore fun stuff like this to WordPress, where I guess they don’t give a damn what goes on. ‘Slike the wild west out here. Yee-haw.

So for a free 11″ by 14″ signed print of a Janis Joplin portrait I made, answer me this:

What is the best worst way to drink Southern Comfort?

Just post your answer in a comment below. Consideration will be given for the worst best way to drink it as well. You be the jury, I’ll be the judge. Not eligible if your name is Joe Rudy, who won last time. And be sure to “like” John Tebeau Art on Facebook for more dandy fun like this. Also, please take a look at my new website tebeau.com for more of my art—old and new—for perusal, sale and general wonderment. Thanks, and happy Friday!

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Some Kind of Meaningful Message (another quote painting)

I’m in the back row of a classroom. I think it’s an art class. A phrase pops, fully formed, into my head. I know it’s important, so I grab the first thing I can and I write it down. I use a charcoal stick and write on a piece of driftwood.

Then I wake up. Then I write it down for real. Later I cut and sand and prime a piece of masonite board and go to Lowe’s with Sorgatz and buy wood to build a frame, which I stain and finish. Then I paint the board with gold and black paints, complete with an absurdly detailed border. And I hang the whole thing above my desk at the studio.

"Work to Reveal"

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The Big Monkey…

Finished yesterday in about 12.5 months less time than it took to build the original, which still stands proud at 34th and Fifth Avenue. The Pride of the City. The Big Monkey. The ESB.

It will be for sale, too. I’m setting up a website called “Postcards from NY,” where I’ll either auction it off or sell it at a set price. More on that later. For now, ladies and gentleman, I give you…

THE BIG MONKEY!

(crowd cheers, flashbulbs pop, chains break, crowd gasps, etc….)

“The Big Monkey” J. Tebeau © 2011

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“Three French Hens” (of the New Wave Cinema) SOLD

“Three French Hens” (from Clucquot’s 1962 New Wave classic, “The 400 Pecks”)

Following the theme of the birds in “The 12 Days of Christmas” (the dozen days leading up to Epiphany on January 6, by the way), we’re down to those three French hens. Those three mysterious French hens – players, as are we all – in their own movie. In this case, it’s that 1962 classique, “The 400 Pecks” by Francois Clucquot.

A little more on the 12 days of Christmas, from crivoice.com:

The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.

I’m doing 30 original works this month. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Last month’s theme was food and drink, this month it’s birds. Any other themes you’d suggest?

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“Four Calling Birds”: a Nod to “Bye Bye Birdie” (SOLD)

“Four Calling Birds”

Four calling birds, another favorite from that dynamite carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” I took it literally, and placed these four on the set of the “Telephone Hour” number in “Bye Bye Birdie”. (“What’s the word, humingbird?” “What’s the tale, nightingale?”, etc.) They’re birds. And they’re CALLING. BAAHHH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAA!

I’m doing 30 original works this month. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Last month’s theme was food and drink, this month it’s birds. Any other themes you’d suggest?

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“Six Geese a-Laying”, another installment of 30 Birds

"Six (Canada) Geese a-Laying"

The Giant Canada (not Canadian) Goose was considered endangered not too long ago. True. Now you see them everywhere, and they love to winter in the south. These six are in Dunedin, Florida. Snowbirds.

I’m doing 30 original works this month. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

30 original pieces, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Last month’s theme was food and drink, this month it’s birds. Any other themes you’d suggest?

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Day 17 of 30 Birds: “Bird Feeder Drama”

"Bird Feeder Drama"

If you have a bird feeder, you know how fun they are. If you don’t have one, get one. You’ll learn so much. Like, blue jays are assholes, sparrows eat like pigs, cardinals are the Nervous Nellies of the bird world and squirrels are more ingenious than you would think.

I’m doing 30 original works this month. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

An original piece every day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. Write me if you’re interested at john@tebeau.com. Each one is 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know. Recent suggestions include the American Kestrel, a blue-footed boobie, and all the feathered denizens of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

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