Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson Art’ Category
At the Texas v. Notre Dame half-time show last weekend, the Longhorn Band paid special tribute to Austin’s beloved Willie Nelson by forming his name on the field. A few days later, the Red Headed Stranger gave special thanks.
Nelson posted a photo of the band’s formation on his Facebook account on Tuesday. He wrote “It was such an honor to see this during the UT vs Notre Dame game Sunday. Thank you The University of Texas Longhorn Band.”
The band promptly responded to Nelson on its own Facebook page with “Always an honor to play one of our favorite artists at halftime! Thanks, Willie Nelson!”
Entertainment from last weekend just doesn’t seem to end. It was the same one during which baby Bevo XV made his debut, Matthew McConaughey gave a special speech,someone thinks they may have seen Abigail Fisher and of course, Longhorns beat the Leprechauns.
We wonder what this weekend’s game will bring. The Longhorns play this Saturday, at 6 p.m. at the Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Willie would like it.
The judge did.
“It” is Marilyn Forlow’s portrait of Willie Nelson, country music superstar, rendered in glaze on a porcelain tile. It earned Marilyn not only a blue ribbon in the portrait category but also a purple ribbon for Best in Show at this year’s Missouri State Fair.
Yep. Willie would like it.
But don’t call the portrait “it.” Marilyn, who’s been painting for more than 50 years but painting on porcelain for just 10 years or so, refers to the framed portrait as “him.”
“He’s absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done by myself,” Marilyn said, noting that teachers often tweak an uncooperative spot on a painting for a student artist. “I’m so proud of him.”
Marilyn says two people helped her to decide to paint Willie.
I love that the U of Texas Longhorn Marching Band honored Willie Nelson at their home opener football game. Too cool, huh. I wonder what song they played? No youtube video has surfaced, but I’m keeping my eyes open.
“My friend Charles Phillip Vaughn aka CP Vaughn drew this picture of Willie Nelson! CP is the best and this one is especially awesome! It looks like a dang photograph from a camera! Wow!! I am speechless!
This photo belongs to my friend George Goss in Terlingua and it hangs at his new Bar in The Terlingua Ranch! Thank You CP for your amazing talent and artwork!!!!”
— Kem Watts
The University of Texas Longhorn Band honored their Texas hero during the half time performance of the UT vs Notre Dame game Sunday. Too cool.
by: Joe Blevins
R&B legend Ray Charles was no mere dilettante in the world of country. After the success of 1962’s groundbreaking, genre-bending Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, he continued exploring the genre for years afterward, culminating with 1984’s “Seven Spanish Angels,” a duet with Willie Nelson that topped the C&W charts.
Their collaboration, however successful, did lead to some odd and even surreal moments along the way, including some scenes worthy of an abstract art film. Nelson recounts just such an incident in a new animated video from Great Big Story. It seems that, one day about 30 years ago, Charles and Nelson were playing a show in Austin when the latter visited the former at his hotel room. Nelson found that Charles, not surprisingly for a blind man, kept the place’s living room unlit. But Nelson just sort of rolled with that, easygoing guy that he is. That’s when Charles brought out a chess board and challenged Nelson to a game. Fair enough, but these were not ordinary chess pieces, as Nelson explains:
His chess pieces were all the same color. They were all unpainted wood, you know. But he could feel of ’em and tell what they were. So, needless to say, he kicked my ass about three games in a row. I said, “Thank you, Ray. Let’s go sing.” But I did tell him that the next time we played, I wanted to do it with the lights on.
Great Big Story presents this as a lesson in humility, and Nelson admits, “I probably have as big an ego as anybody.” Whether that well-lit rematch ever occurred is unknown, but there is extant footage of Nelson and Charles performing live together in concert, including clips in which Charles wears the same plaid sport coat he’s seen wearing in this video. Maybe this performance was filmed not long after one of those chess games.
er one of those chess games.
[via Laughing Squid]
“In September of 1979, Mr. & Mrs. Willie Nelson commissioned me to paint a tipi at their home in Colorado. Since my introduction to Willie in 1973, I have had the opportunity to create numerous artistic designs and projects for him, yet this experience was my most unique. For the next two weeks, I was able to participate in a very personal and private atmosphere that Willie and his family have here. With this inspiration, I have tried to capture the spirit that is in “Willie Blue Skies. ”
In the foothills of Mt. Evans, at about 8,000 ft., the tipi sits hidden between two parallel rock stratus. The tipi stands 27 feet tall, with a 60 foot diamater. Connected in this order: Wolf, Elk, Eagle, Moose, Steer. There are five animal totems painted with latex on the outside.”
“I was in Evergreen on Labor Day weekend (32 years ago this week) painting the tipi for Willie & family. Thought you might like to see these drawings I made while I was there. For the couple of days that he was there, Willie would jog around the barn and ocassionaly come over and help me dap some paint on the tipi.”
by: Tom Carlton
The Fine Art America website has a large selection of photos and artwork depicting Willie Nelson, like this painting by Tom Carlson. They offer the artwork on bags, pillows, throws and other items.