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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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Spinoff Blog: Fine Cartoon Art

Cartoons, comics and their ilk are fine art. There, I said it, and I’m starting a new blog dedicated to this subject.

It starts off like this:

When Picasso drew, that was considered art.

“Igor Stravinsky” by Pablo Picasso

When Vonnegut wrote, so was that.

Now, I ask you: why, when you combine the two (illustrated images plus text), why does it get such a bad rap? Why is drawing + art disparaged, out of hand, as junk? As not worthy of the moniker “art?” I’ll tell you why. Bad PR. Massive misunderstanding. An out-dated negative image perpetuated by not only detractors of the medium, but also by its so-called proponents. Think Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.

Worst Frontman Ever. Matt Groening’s “Comic Book Guy”

Go here for the rest, and by the way, what are your thoughts on the subject of comic as capital-A Art?

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Number 18 of 30 Birds: “Seven Swans A-Swimming” (SOLD)

The run-up to Christmas, beginning with those seven famous swans. That song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”…. Man, that song can get annoying REALLY quickly, especially when performed in a way you can’t stand, like a children’s choir or a crappy, jokey style from the ‘eighties. And it just goes on and on, like a fever dream. And you KNOW that it’s got to go all the way up to TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING and you’re doomed to hear “fiiiiiive gol-den riiiiiings” EIGHT TIMES. At least they speed through the calling birds, French hens and turtle doves (sort of like “lmnop” in the ABC song), but man…. “Five golden rings” gets old at about eight maids a-milking. But I digress. 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. Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know. Suggestions include an the dodo, a jive turkey, a blue-footed boobie, terns, herons and egrets.

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Day 16 of 30 Birds: “Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych” (SOLD)

Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, 1954 – 2009

In 1975, the Detroit Tigers finished last in the American League East with a record of 57-102. They were dismal. 1976 rolled around with little reason to expect the Tigers to be much better. They managed to win 74 games in ’76, thanks in large part to one of the most exciting players in the game that season: Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, a lanky 22 year old from Massachusetts, who led the league in ERA (2.34), started the All-Star Game for the AL, finished second in the Cy Young Award voting and was named AL Rookie of the Year. The Tigers paid him $16,500 that season, and awarded him a $25,000 bonus. They then signed him to a 3-year, $255,000 contract. But sadly, The Bird (so-called because of his curly blond mop and height, which reminded people of Sesame Street’s Big Bird), wrecked his knee, then tore his rotator cuff and pitched his last game for Detroit in 1980. Still, he gave Tiger fans some of the best moments ever, made the cover of “Rolling Stone,” talked to the ball, and won 19 games during that Bicentennial summer. I rank him up there on the best of ’76 list with “All in the Family”, “The Bad News Bears” and the Sylvers’ “Boogie Fever.” The Bird died on April 13, 2009 at the age of 54. I’m glad he was in this world the same time I was.

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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“2009 Phoenix”: Bird 14 of 30 (SOLD)

“The 2009 Phoenix”

The Phoenix, according to Wikipedia, is

“a mythical bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self.”

As we near the end of 2009, it dawned on me that this image is relevant as an old man passing a scythe on to a baby. Maybe even more so.

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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“Triple Kiwi”, day 8 of 30 birds in a month

"Triple Kiwi"

Right, we’ve been watching “Flight of the Conchords” lately, so I’ve got Kiwi on the brain. By that logic, a raptor might be due, thanks to a recent marathon intake of “Battlestar Galactica.” Hey, you get it or you don’t. Glay-vin! Bur-HOY!

An original piece every day, 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.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know! Recent suggestions include an the dodo, a jive turkey, a blue-footed boobie, terns, herons and egrets.

Yesterday’s bird: “American Eagle Tired of His Image”

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“Eagle Tired of His Image”, bird 7 of 30

"Eagle Tired of His Image"

Read into this one what you will.

I’m doing an original work [almost] every day this month. 30 of ‘em in 31 days. 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. 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.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know! Recent suggestions include an the dodo, a kiwi, a blue-footed boobie, terns, herons and egrets.

Yesterday’s bird: “WAKE UP! (the Car Alarm Bird)”

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