Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson Art’ Category
Dr. Don Breech is Citizens Medical Center’s August and September Artist of the Month. Breech’s training began in grade school under the tutelage of Simon Michael, of Rockport. His early work was in black and white and progressed to murals in acrylics featuring Disney characters on his kids’ walls at home and at the hospital. He expanded his interest into photography. His photos were used as the front and back cover on Willie Nelson’s album, “What A Wonderful World.” Breech also trained with Hawaiian watercolorist Candace Lee. He is a member of the Victoria Art League. His work is on display in the Citizens Medical Center’s main lobby.
by: Mike Morgan
However, the art and career of William K. Stidham are pretty well summed up by those contrasting characters on canvas. If you’ve been to Summerfest this year, you might have seen Stidham’s stunning portraits of Grohl, Lombardi and many others.
Located at the northwest corner in the lakeside craft tent near the Briggs & Stratton stage, Stidham’s Gusto Studios booth is a visual delight and a friendly gathering place for Summerfest regulars and newcomers. From portraits as large as 48″ by 32″ down to flasks and coasters, the images and colors evoke musical memories in the summer sun.
I met with Stidham over a beer at his “office,” a picnic table a few yards from his booth. We discussed his art, music, football, Milwaukee and much more.
Stidham now lives and works in Austin, Texas and San Miguel, Mexico, but his emotional art and inspirational life story both have strong connections to Wisconsin. While 2015 marks his seventh year with a craft booth at Summerfest, Stidham’s Milwaukee’s roots reach back to his birth here in 1965.
His father worked in marketing at the famous Schlitz Brewery, which provided Stidham with a strong appreciation for Milwaukee, its brewing heritage and local music and sports culture. Even the name “Gusto Studios” is based on the Schlitz 1960s marketing campaign and vintage beer formula now enjoying a renaissance, just like Stidham and his art.
“It’s a prodigal son story in some ways,” Stidham said. “Milwaukee just fits my profile. The people are really nice, and I feel completely grounded here. I have a since love affair with this place.”
When his father’s career in the beer industry took the family to San Antonio in the late 1960s, Stidham took to Texas.
“I love being a Texan,” he said. “But, I’m still an ambassador for Milwaukee wherever I go.”
Artistically, Stidham’s career has an inspirational purpose and mission. After spending years trying to write that “great American novel,” he was at a major crossroads in his mid-30s.
Now 52, Stidham started painting at age 35 when he bought a basic water color kit at Walgreens. “I felt that I wasn’t done being creative, so my painting came out of the ashes of writing,” he said. “There was no art school or books. I just started painting.”
While not successful at first, Stidham found his ultimate artistic inspiration in country music legend Willie Nelson about a decade ago. “I wasn’t planning to paint celebrities, but I decided on him since he was from Texas, and he was the first concert I saw in 1972,” Stidham said. “I also read his book ‘The Tao of Willie,’ and it all seemed to make sense.”
That first Nelson painting brought Stidham the technique that gives his paintings such unique personality and character. He first added the flaming heart symbol representing that power and energy. Then, he risked ruining the painting by pouring a quart of water on the watercolor. Essentially “baptizing” the painting, Stidham soon realized he created something special and his “Sacred HeART” series of music legends was born.
With paintings of diverse music icons from the Beatles to Bob Marley to George Strait, it’s natural that Stidham’s work fits perfectly with festivals like Summerfest, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo and others.
“The music festivals fit because I don’t have to explain as much and people really get it,” he said. “I capture an essence in the paintings with a spiritual vibe that makes a connection.”
Stidham also created a painting series honoring women and Latino culture, but is now venturing into sports for the first time with two new works honoring Wisconsin’s greatest football legends. His painting of Lombardi and another with quarterbacks Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers can evoke similar emotions to those in music and entertainment.
“Music is an emotional mile marker that ties us to memories,” Stidham said. “Sports is the same way. It’s like a religion, especially in places like Wisconsin and Texas.”
Whether appreciating performers like Grohl, coaches like Lombardi or just cool paintings, take a swing by Stidham’s Gusto Studios booth at Summerfest or online at williamkstidham.com.
ROUND ROCK, Texas – Thousands of fans lined up outside the Dell Diamond on Thursday to see the Express play and hopefully get a Willie Nelson bobblehead.
The first 2,500 fans took home the first officially sanctioned bobblehead of the Red Headed Stranger, complete with braids, a guitar and Express jersey.
“I looked online and saw that they were having the bobblehead that’s why I got here so early because I had to have it,” said Emma Curry.
“This is fantastic, this is Willie Nelson and baseball. This is a great combination,” said Mitch Fuller of Cedar Park.
Thousands of fans lined up outside the Dell Diamond on Thursday to see the Express play and hopefully get their hands on a Willie Nelson bobblehead.
The Express have a “Christmas in July” promotion coming up July 24. Players will wear jerseys that resemble ugly Christmas sweaters that will be auctioned off for Any Baby Can.
“my latest work in progress….Our shaman Willie Nelson after about 6 hours of work (still have a long way to go)”
The Round Rock Express recently announced its 2015 promotional and events calendar, which includes a Willie Nelson bobblehead giveaway, five post-game concerts, Friday night fireworks displays and the team’s second Hall of Fame induction.
The team begins promotions on Opening Day (April 17), with a 2015 schedule magnet giveaway. Other promotions continue throughout Opening Day Weekend, including a post-game concert by Bob Schneider on April 18.
The Express will induct former infielder Morgan Ensberg into the team’s Hall of Fame on Aug. 1. Ensberg played for the Houston Astros after his stint with the Express.
The team will wear special jerseys on several nights, including May 25 (Military Appreciation Night). Jerseys that evening will include the names of members of the military and veterans.
Other promotions include:
- Bark in the Park: April 20
- Star Wars Night: May 1
- Nolan Ryan bobblehead giveaway: May 23
- Willie Nelson bobblehead giveaway: June 18
- Strike Out ALS Night: June 19
- Express Alumni Weekend: July 31-Aug. 2
- Fan Appreciation Night: Sept. 6
– Round Rock Leader staff
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“Peace in the Valley”, with the art of Robert MacDonald
Promised Land Music is re-releasing Willie Nelson Peace in the Value album, originally released in 1994. Visit their website for great photos and more stories about Willie Nelson, and his music.
Dreaming of a Little Cabin
You Can’t Have Your Hate and Jesus Too
My Body’s Just a Suitcase For My Soul
I saw the Light
In God’s Eyes
A Beautiful LIfe
Kneel at the Feet of Jesus
Peace in the Valley.