Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Um, This Was A George Burns Portrait I Did For TV Guide!"

Portrait in gouache for TV Guide cover...
Staying the Batchellers, Keith and Sandy, in San Dimas, CA, is always a treat. I've had the pleasure on many occasions to spend time with them, but this time, my wife, Tee, joined me.

One of the really neat things of spending some time with them is all the great paintings that Keith has framed and on the walls all around his home. Every room is a feast for the eyes. Naturally, there is always something new to enjoy and talk about. Currently, Keith's living room has about a dozen paintings framed and ready to be hung at the San Dimas 38th Annual Western Art show this weekend.

Keith and I, in the Batcheller's living room.
I hope I get the time to peruse the show, this coming weekend.

But, just before we, once again, said our goodbyes, Keith shows me some of his older commercial pieces he's gathered up to show his students today. He has been teaching art and illustration at Mt. Sac College for over thirty years. And, as is his way, as he is moving towards the front door to leave for class, he very quickly, and in his blasé way, opens up his carrying case to show me about five or six illustrations from his Disney and editorial art days. 

"I'm bringing these pieces to show my students what original art should look like", he said. 

"Wow," I said as I savored every illustration. "I remember seeing my first original art. It was used in a print ad for a pharmaceutical company and was of a roller coaster that turned into a snake. It was painted by Dallas illustrator, and I couldn't believe that there was no printing "magic" that changed the original into a perfect printed ad."

"It was, indeed, illuminating to see that what was printed was exactly what was painted," I said.

"That was an education for me, then," I quipped. Keith agreed as he started putting the art back into his bag.

"Wait, wait," I begged, these are really nice man. "Let me take some pictures...okay, I know you gotta go," I said as I fumbled for my camera.

"Come on man, at least, just one!"

Copyright 2014/Ben Bensen III

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