I’m a big fan of old westerns. While John Wayne is probably my grandpa’s favorite western actor. Clint Eastwood is my dad’s and probably mine too. Clint Eastwood’s classic cigarello and squint-eyed glare is just iconic. Here is my painting of Clint Eastwood and I’ll be taking a break for a short time. My painting style has changed slightly and I am focusing on working on it at the moment.
A painting of Clint Eastwood by Robert Wheater
Robert Wheater is a professional artist living with his wife, two sons, a dog and a cat in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He has won several awards for his paintings and is currently painting portraits by commission. If you would like to talk to Robert about his art or commissions, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, what can I say I like music. I never really started listening to Johnny Cash until I was an adult. My dad listened to him but it never really caught on until I was around 25 and then I fell in love with him. I have most of his music now. Johnny Cash’s music is great to just sit back to and work. It ranges from gospel to rockabilly to country and everything in between. The Man in Black will forever be heard in my home and I hope that his music is listened to for generations to come.
This painting of Johnny cash was painted by Robert Wheater in December 2012. 16×16.
Over ten years ago, I met B.B. King in Memphis at B.B. King’s – his club. I really enjoyed myself. Before I met and listened to him play, the prior year, could have been two. He had a son or nephew (can’t remember which was which) playing with a band. I was there with a group of performers from Ringling Brothers and a few friends. B.B. King was not there. Instead, we had a few drinks with his son and nephew. It was a great time. I spent four years with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus as a stagehand and I did rigging. I toured the United States, made a lot of great friends that are all over the world now and well if I could go back when I was a bit younger, I would have. So, to create a physical memory of the event I created this painting of B.B. King. I am doing embellished reproduction prints of this one because of demand. I think I’ll do eight of them. My embellished reproductions are prints of the original that are painted again to give it a unique look. They are hand signed. Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in prints, originals or even commissions. This painting opened the door for another commission – I had someone see it and want their grandfather – who was a musician – painted in a similar way. Well, here is B.B. King painted in December 2012.
This B.B. King painting was painted by Robert Wheater from photo references in December of 2012. It is mixed media on canvas. 24×16.
I love John Wayne. To me he represents an era of America – uncorrupted – a just place where the good guys win, there is always a cold beer waiting for you after a hard days work and if you work hard, you’ll be just fine. I think America is a much different place now and while John Wayne died when I was but a child I remember that year. My grandparents loved John Wayne. Among all the pictures of our family there was one of John Wayne. A John Wayne clock. John Wayne was a hero in my family and he remains a hero to me to this very day. I don’t just randomly paint celebrities unless it is by commission. I paint the things I love. Here is a quote from John Wayne that really sums up life really well:
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
Well, here is the painting. Enjoy it, I enjoyed painting it. There is a link below the image if you would like to purchase a print, cards or even a large reproduction. I will do reproductions of my paintings, please contact me if you are interested.
This painting of John Wayne was painted by Robert Wheater. 18×24.
I recently started a series of celebrity paintings. In the first set I am doing ten celebrity paintings. This one is Mick Jagger, of course. The reason I started this new series was to step away from my realistic portraits and practice a larger format (about twice as large compared to my normal paintings) and really work with strokes, no blending with oil. I love the Rolling Stones, I am a little younger than that generation but I had a lot of Uncles that really liked them so the music was around a lot when I was young. If you would like to buy this or see other Mick Jagger Art – take a look at Fine Art America.
Mick Jagger Painting by Robert Wheater. Prints Available
Robert Wheater is a photographer and portrait artist. He lives in a rural California town in the shadow of the largest trees on Earth – the Great Sequioa Trees. If you would like to inquire about original art or commissions you can contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kara has been a model for me on several occasions and soon we will be working together again. For the last decade I have spent thousands of hours painting. A lot of it for free, just learning every thing I could about my art. I will be following this post with a process of the painting as it went from the painted background to what it is now.
All I can say is I really enjoy painting people, it’s a passion. This one took longer than other paintings. Usually when I have a model for my photography or my painting, I end up painting several pieces of the model and many unfinished sketches.
Portrait Painting in California by Professional Portrait Artist Robert Wheater
This painting will be featured in a magazine and in a new painting book coming out in 2013. I can’t wait to share that with you.
I wanted to let you know that this holiday season has been great. I have six commissioned paintings for the month which is basically painting all month long. I can’t really do more than that and had to turn clients away for the first time ever. Well, I didn’t turn them away I just told them it could not be done for Christmas. I am very happy about this season.
It took a bit of figuring out but I can now get work to France and most of Western Europe without too much on shipping. I had two commissions from overseas in the last month so I wanted to throw that out there – I can get the work to you if you like my work.
When painting a portrait, I think it’s hard to get out of the ‘work in progress’ to a finished painting. For me paintings have to be emotional, something in the art has to finally tell my “you’re done, you did it” and until that moment I will keep fixing my painting until it’s right.
Portrait Painting of Maria – Progress
Close Up of Painting – work in progress of Maria
Robert Wheater is an award winning portrait artist that would love to hear about your commission today. Email him at info@robertwheater today.
I did this painting for a competition. It was too late to submit but I still completed the painting. It was late because I had a lot of work to get done and this was for a personal competition. The theme of the competition was ‘contests’ and I figured the presidential elections was probably the biggest contest in the world.
Presidential Election Painting
Presidential Election Painting Complete
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As an artist, I have to create work that I know is going to sell. This large 5 foot wide painting was done for just that. This particular sunset painting is one of my favorites I have ever painted and limited prints of it are available. A lot of people can’t paint in the minimalist style because of the fact that it is definitely not a minimalist action. You can’t just throw down a single shade of a color – it will look bad. You have to used so many shades of a single color, create light and shadow in a way that remains very simple. You also have to fight back the urge to paint in some grass or bring out the clouds. Thanks for taking a look at my art and please register as a member and get updates about my art.
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