When my SF Giants improbably, astonishingly won their third World Series title in five years I immediately (as in hours after the victory) took to creating another commemorative painting. I had so much pent up energy I had to release it some way and this painting, 3 Ring Circus, is the result. It celebrates seminal moments from the 2014 post-season run to the title. Did that really happen?
Just as I had done with the prior two championships, I’m now offering limited-edition signed prints. You’ll find them in the store. The painting is acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″. It took three weeks to do and I’ve documented the process, below.
Detail of Madison Bumgarner transfer to canvas and in the background, Michael Morse.
Pablo Sandoval was really hard to draw. I wanted to show him grabbing the final out of Game 7, where he collapsed in exultation, but the reference material of that moment was pretty sparse. My drawing kind of sucked at this stage.
My studio: cramped, cluttered but cozy.
In a way painting is the act of constantly making decisions, small and large. I considered having the sky graduate from dark to lighter along the horizon of the stadium. Here I’ve done a test on the right and also to the right of the large glove. Ultimately rejected this notion.
Typically this is the stage in the process where I’m wondering what went wrong.
Matching the sky color from this photo.
Left fielder Travis Ishikawa, also finished. He’s throwing down his helmet, as he did when he rounded third base after hitting his historic walk-off home run- The Giants Win the Pennant! The Giants Win the Pennant!
Typically this is the stage in the process where I’m totally burned out and just want to be done.
Detail of the three corks, from 2010, 2012, and 2014 exploding. The finished painting. Now that Sandoval’s bolted for greener pastures (or monsters) perhaps Isihkawa is actually throwing his helmet down at the Panda for leaving.