Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson Art’ Category

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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]

Willie Nelson Art, by John the Artist, at Charley’s

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016


Thanks, Tom Conway, who shared this photo from Maui, where he played a show last night at Charley’s:

Charley’s! Just saw this new painting by John the Artist on the wall – Great job, Amigo! ? — at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon.
I wonder if the giant Trigger is still there

Willie Nelson’s Tipi, Colorado (1979)

Sunday, August 21st, 2016


“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.”

Steve Brooks

Willie Nelson Pillow Art

Monday, August 15th, 2016

tom carlton

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.

Let’s Draw Willie Nelson

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

lets draw

Willie Nelson Art (embroidery)

Friday, August 12th, 2016

by  joditbobo

Willie Nelson Art, in Morrison, Colorado

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016



Willie Nelson is featured on this mural in Morrison, Colorado,along with other artists that have played at Red Rocks Amphitheater.


Willie Nelson Art

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Willie Nelson Art, by Janine Holter

Thursday, June 30th, 2016


Janine Holter (Beanie to some of us) sent me this beautiful mouse pad, with a picture of her painting she made of a photograph she took of Willie Nelson with his fans.  I loved her painting so much when she shared it on Facebook. last year.   Janine, I’m not going to let any mouse near this pad; I’m going to frame it.  Thank you; I love it.

She has been celebrating the life of Willie Nelson and his birthday for years every April.



“It was a lovely day to celebrate All things Willie Nelson with a pizza party – pot luck at my workplace. This year, all participants received a mousepad with an image of the painting I did honoring Willie and his fans.

God Bless Willie Nelson on his 83rd birthday. Many more!”



She decorates and serves cake, and has really cool party favors!  One year a beach ball, then a shopping bag.




Willie Nelson photograph, by Kevin Mazur

Monday, June 20th, 2016


Willie Nelson by Kevin Mazur in New York, 2002.

We’re proud to offer Rock Paper Photo prints in celebration of the rock culture woven into every layer of the John Varvatos brand. Own a piece of rock history and see Rock Paper Photo on display at the John Varvatos Bowery and London stores.

Kevin Mazur has photographed music legends including Michael Jackson, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Nirvana. He is also a co-founder of WireImage.

Willie Nelson Art: Britney Samford mural in Gun Barrel City, Texas

Friday, June 17th, 2016


Willie Nelson Fan Britney Samford painted this beautiful mural in Gun Barrel City, Texas.


Tuesday, June 7th, 2016


Thanks to Phil Weisman for finding this cool newspaper artwork.

Willie Nelson Spirit

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016


Willie Nelson Art: Hand Made Doll

Monday, June 6th, 2016



  • Handmade item
  • Ships worldwide from United States

See doll here.

Willie Nelson Art by Sideserf Cake Studio

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

by:  Douglas Trattner

Like the pot sellers of Austin, Natalie Sideserf owes much of her success to Willie Nelson. Well, an edible version of him anyway. Soon after relocating from Cleveland to that Texas town, the artist-turned-baker had the crazy idea to craft a hyper-realistic likeness of the country legend out of delicious cake.

“I had this goal set in my mind to learn how to use these materials as if they were traditional art materials so I could use my artistic side to do some really extreme things, except that it’s edible and it’s cake,” explains Sideserf, owner of Sideserf Cake Studio.

While countless pastry chefs have followed in her footsteps, Sideserf was a pioneer in the field of lifelike, often over-the-top, edible confections.

“When I started I was just experimenting,” she says. “In sculpture class you make these busts out of clay and I thought, why can’t I make that out of cake? I started doing research online to try and find a cake bust and I could not find any. I said, I’m just going to dive in and try this.”

That tasty Willie Nelson cake landed on the front page of Reddit and all of the sudden, everybody wanted a taste of Sideserf and her cakes.

“It went viral all over the world because nobody had seen anything like that. Now, they’re everywhere. But nobody had attempted that level of realism back then.”

When Sideserf married her husband, it was only natural that she would bake the wedding cake. What wasn’t expected was the form it would take: her and her betrothed’s severed heads in a bloody scene straight out of the Walking Dead.

“My husband is a huge horror fan so I had the idea in my head,” she says. “I was describing the idea to my family and they were all like, yeah, I don’t get it.”

When you’re staring down a work of art like one of Sideserf’s artistic creations, it must be unbearable to demolish it with a knife, no?

“It’s always so much harder for everyone else, but I love it. It’s my favorite part. Like the severed head for example; once you cut into it you can see that it’s just cake, and it smells like cake, and it tastes like cake and it’s way less intimidating.”

And there are no brains oozing out.

“I can make that happen too.”

Recently, Sideserf has been teaching classes in her technique, and she’ll bedoing so in Cleveland from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18, at the Westin Hotel (777 St. Clair Ave.). The cost is $210.00.

“Anybody who is interested at all in how it works can come in and try it out,” she says. “It’s a nice introduction to using edible materials to make a cake topper.”

Unlike clay, which is patient and forgiving, using edible materials as art materials presents a special set of challenges, Sideserf explains.

“You’re using cake, you have to build an armature to hold it up, and chocolate likes to melt, and everything is really sticky and temperature-sensitive,” she says. “It’s not the easiest thing to work with.”