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Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls of all ages… I’m back! I’ve been insanely busy putting the brush to the canvas and haven’t had time to blog! So while I’ve been able to share all of these new paintings, I haven’t been able to bring you along for the ride by going behind the scenes with my thoughts!

Let’s start with one of my most recent paintings: one of the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) Jerry Rice! He is one of (if not THE) greatest players of all time. Forget just receivers, I’m talking EVERYONE to every play in the NFL. So naturally, I had to honor his greatness by immortalizing him on canvas.

This painting has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s a colorized painting with Rice being the only one in color. Rice is entering the end zone with his hands raised in celebration while everyone else just watches him doing what he does best! This was the classic moment after Jerry broke the TD record!

As a painter who is based in the Bay Area, it was a no brainer to pick Rice as a focus of one of my paintings. I’m not quite sure what took me so long to be honest! But with that said, it was an honor to paint him.

Normally this is where my blogs end. I tell you my most recent painting, describe it, share my thoughts on it, and then I sign off. But this blog post has a twist! I use various forms of social media in order to share/promote my work, so naturally I posted the finished painting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. What happened next, I never saw coming. Jerry Rice himself saw my tweet that had the painting attached and he retweeted and replied to it. And he loved it! You read that correctly, JERRY RICE LOVES MY PAINTING OF HIM! Any time I get an athlete to like or love a non-commissioned piece is amazing and flattering as an artist. But to have Jerry Rice see it and let me know what he thought? PRICELESS. Still don’t believe me huh? Check out this screenshot and see it for yourself!

And NOW we’re done here for now. I just wanted to share this exciting news with you all! I’ve got more cool news on the way (giveaway anyone?), so stay tuned!

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If you have any questions, painting suggestions, or would like to contact me regarding a custom painting, please email me at info@moreauart.com.

Thanks for reading!

-Absolon

 

Hello art lovers,

It’s been a while! Sorry for not blogging in quite some time, but I’ve been busy doing what I love! In addition to working on some new pieces (which includes a couple commissions), I’m excited to announce that two of my paintings are up in San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis’ art gallery! Gallery 85 is part of Santana Row in San Jose, California and is an extension of the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts. Per www.vernondavis.com/foundation/ , the foundation aims to “promote art education and art appreciation among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.” They fulfill their mission by “providing scholarships to dedicated art students and grants to deserving nonprofit programs who share in our ideals.”

They’re actually the second and third pieces that I’ve had displayed there, and the very first one sold already! It’s an absolute honor to have Vernon and his foundation continue to appreciate my art/paintings of him enough to include them in his gallery. It’s amazing to have a superstar athlete love my work and then have said athlete share my work! My two paintings actually got some extra promotion when Vernon took his Instagram followers on a picture tour of his gallery. One of his photos was of him standing right in between my 2 pieces! It’s always great to get my paintings out there for people to see, especially when someone of his notoriety shares and compliments them.

But in addition to having my work on display, I love being part of the bigger picture. Sure, my work is for sale and hanging in a gallery, but the potential sale of my paintings benefits something greater than just me. Proceeds from the two pieces benefit a foundation that aims to support and encourage younger people interested in art to pursue their passion or to further develop it. As an artist myself, I love having the opportunity to give back in a sense to the art community. Doing what I love to do that helps the future of art? Count me in every time. Well alright, that’s all I have this go around. If you want to see more of my stuff, follow me on Twitter @MoreauArt and Instagram @AbsolonMoreau or find me on Facebook so we can chat about sports and art! Until next time, thanks for checking in on my paintings and me!

 

Vernon Davis

If you have any questions, painting suggestions, or would like to contact me regarding a custom painting, please email me at info@moreauart.com.

Thanks for reading!

-Absolon

 

Hello everyone, it’s me again! Hope you’ve enjoyed checking out the blog and the paintings. I know that I’m enjoying sharing my work with you! It’s that time again, time to give you a sneak preview on what pieces I’m working on/are in the works!

Let’s start with my painting of one of the greatest athletes of all time. I’m currently working on a painting of none other than Michael Phelps! Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. With the Olympics and Phelps’ swimming career having recently wrapped up, I wanted to pay homage to his greatness. The painting is a 16×20 inch piece. It captures Phelps in the middle of his best stroke: the butterfly. I really wanted to capture one of sports’ most iconic athletes performing his best/most iconic swimming stroke.

There isn’t a whole lot of reasoning behind my desire to do this painting. It wasn’t commissioned and it wasn’t by popular demand. I think that my passion for sports steered me in the direction of this painting. I just wanted to do my part in paying tribute to someone I consider one of the greatest in a generation. I’m not sure that I’ll see another person dominate their sport like Phelps has in my lifetime, so I wanted to immortalize him in my eyes with this painting.

There are three other paintings I’ve recently completed/am working on. The first is a 16×20 inch painting of San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith. The painting is of Smith’s memorable celebration after sacking Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the 2012 playoffs. Smith is screaming with elation with both hands raised on each side of his body.
Smith has become one of the most consistent players in the league while also playing at an elite level. This image depicts one of the 49ers highlights and memorable moments from last season. The painting would look great in any 49ers fan’s home! Again, my love of sports prompted me to paint this one. This is one of the things that I remember most from the 49ers season last year.

This other piece I’m working on is fun for me. I’m doing an 11×14 painting of San Francisco Giants reliever Sergio Romo. I know that he isn’t the sexiest name out there, but I’m a huge fan of Romo. Though he doesn’t get the publicity like other guys do, Romo is one of the best relievers in the game. His wicked slider is almost un-hittable when he puts it in the right spot.

I wanted to do this piece to give some respect to one of the best in the game. Like I said, he might not be the guy that gets all the attention, but I respect the greats of the game. Most Giants fans know how valuable Romo is to the club, and hopefully someone loves this piece and wants to put it in their home.

Stay tuned; there are a lot more paintings and blogs on the way!

-Absolon

Hello! I wanted to update you on my latest piece that is in the works. This piece is for Arizona Cardinals’ Defensive End Calais Campbell. Campbell is one of the best young linemen in the game. He has averaged seven sacks over the last three seasons and has been a big part of the Cardinals’ defense.

This piece is a 24×36 inch painting. He will sign the prints, which will then be sold at an event for his charity, the CRC Foundation. “The CRC Foundation is committed to the enhancement of our community by teaching quality life skills to assist with the development of young people. Through sports, the enrichment of creative talents, vocational skills, career mentorship, financial literacy, and quality health and nutrition education, the CRC Foundation seeks to empower and provide self-awareness for our future leaders.” The painting will be sold at his 2nd Annual CRC Foundation dinner on September 3rd, 2012. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket to the event, there is information here: http://www.thecrcfoundation.org/2012-crc-foundation-dinner/

I’ve said it before, but doing a piece for an athlete is amazing. I’m a huge sports fan, and being able to provide these guys with quality artwork is great. The fact that they choose me to paint for them is still flattering. With athletes being people we hold in high regards, having someone with so much talent think that I have great talent as a painter, is one of the best feelings I could ask for. And when the painting they commission is for their charity, it makes the piece and process that much more meaningful to me. Never in my wildness imagination could have imagined that one of my paintings would help makes a difference in someone’s life. The fact that the paint I put on canvas is helping others astonishes me. It also makes me want to reach out to other athletes and their charities to do more work for others.

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For more information on the CRC Foundation, visit this link: http://www.thecrcfoundation.org/

To see more of my work or to contact me, please visit: http://moreauart.com/

 

Cheers,

Absolon

Hey there! Hope you’re having a lovely day.  Just wanted to update everyone on my latest completed piece! It is a 16×20 inch painting for Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch aka The Beast! The painting shows Lynch carrying the ball with his eyes surveying the field visible through his helmet shield.   I was stoked to be able to get the wrinkles and pads on/through the jersey down well. It’s something I’ve been working on including, and I’m glad that it came out well on this piece. I’m extremely excited that another star player has commissioned me to do a piece for them!

Like the Dashon Goldson and Calais Campbell pieces, this piece is going to benefit Lynch’s charity the “Fam 1st Foundation.”  I’m not 100 percent sure if Lynch will raffle it off or what exactly his specific plans are for the painting, but I know whatever proceeds will go to the charity (which makes me happy).   The Fam 1st Family Foundation is “dedicated to uplifting and empowering youth in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. The foundation’s mission is one of empowerment and education, aiming to build self0esteem and academic learning skills in underprivileged youth.”

I’ve made it pretty clear how much I love doing paintings for charities, so I want repeat myself here. But I will say that it is exciting to do work for a charity that’s primary location is here in the Bay Area. The extreme locality of it makes it an even bigger pleasure for me. I also am a big fan of how involved and how many events the Fam 1st Foundation puts on. If you look at their website, you can see how many events they have put on this summer and how Lynch brings in other athletes to appear at these events.

Stay tuned, because I have quite a few more paintings in the works that I can’t wait to share with you!   For more information on the Fam 1st Foundation, please visit: http://www.fam1stfamilyfoundation.org/   To look at some of the paintings I’ve done, paintings for sale, or to contact me, please visit: http://moreauart.com/   Thanks for checking in and reading about what I’ve got going on!

Hope to hear from you about a piece you’re interested in buying/commissioning!

-Absolon

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