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Willie Nelson art

Friday, November 27th, 2015


Life Lessons from Willie Nelson

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

article and art by Jena Ardell

Willie Nelson’s political proclamation nearly overshadowed the two-day celebration honoring the musician at Gershwin Prize Ceremony last week. Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, performed a rendition of his 1986 song “Living In the Promised Land” for the first time since 2004.

Before playing the track, he commented on the Syrian refugee debate that’s currently ongoing: “I think this is one of the most appropriate songs that we could do for this period in America. Many years ago, I recorded this song and I felt like this might be a good time to kind of try to bring it back.”

“There was nothing overtly political in the performances, The LA Times reported. “After Nelson delivered the last lyric, “And room for everyone. Living in the Promiseland,” the bipartisan crowd gave him a standing ovation.”

The 82-year-old legend hasn’t let a recent operation keep him ‘laid up’ for long. Nelson recently revealed he had undergone a stem-cell operation to improve his lung health. The operation was cited as the reason he was forced to reschedule the opening dates of his Django and Jimmie Tour with Haggard.

Here are some life lessons from Nelson. Quotation above via


Willie Nelson Art — Willie and his fans (art by Janine Holter)

Sunday, November 15th, 2015


Thanks so much to Janine Holter, Willie Nelson fan and artist from Minnesota, for sharing her latest painting of Willie Nelson and his fans.

“I would be honored if you would share my recent painting of Willie and his fans.
I am so inspired by Willie, his love of his fans and the love we return.
And the music, the beautiful music…

Janine, or Beanie, who many of us know her as, from the original LPO at Willie Nelson’s website, not only paints pictures of Willie Nelson, but she celebrates Willie Nelson’s birthday every year!  She makes signs, party favors, cake, everything.


Birthday Party 2012


Jedi Willie

Thursday, November 12th, 2015


Thanks, Stewart Patton, for sharing this from your collection.

Lukas Nelson art, by Nate Vandenbos

Thursday, November 12th, 2015


Thanks to artist Nate Vandenbos for sharing his finger painting of Lukas Nelson.  This is one of his most recent.  On his website, you can see paintings he did of Willie Nelson and Paula Nelson, among many others.






Saturday, November 7th, 2015


Willie Nelson Art: Hobo coins

Friday, November 6th, 2015


Willie Nelson “hobo nickel” by Aleksey Saburov

The origins of using coins as an artistic medium can be traced back to the late 1700s. Sometime around 1850, artists started altering the half-dime Seated Liberty coin to make it appear as though the “Goddess Liberty” (a title that was used as far back as ancient Rome, who knew) clad in a flowing dress seated upon a rock, was actually sitting on a toilet. Classy.

In 1913, the “Buffalo nickel” (or “Indian Head”), became popular for coin carvers as it provided a larger, thicker canvas to work on – enabling artists to create more detailed pieces. Around that same time, two teenage transients (or “hobos”) Bertram ‘Bert’ Wiegand and George Washington ‘Bo’ Hughes met in a “jungle” (or a “hobo camp”) and quickly rose to prominence as masters in the trade.

Using chisels to alter coins, solid currency was easily had within the transient community who were then enabled to make money selling their carved coins (something that was especially useful during The Great Depression). Thus the adoption of the common reference for these defaced coins—“hobo nickles”—came to be. I’m sure some Dangerous Minds readers more enlightened with Americana than I, have heard this phrase before, but it was new to me and I suspect the art form for which it is named, will be new to many of you as well.



Read the article, and see more pictures of quarters here.

Sunday, November 1st, 2015


Saturday, October 31st, 2015


Willie Nelson Mosaic Art, by Mitch Brookman

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Dia de Los Muertes, by Mitch Brookman

Thanks to Austin artist Mitch Brookman for sharing photos of his beautiful mosaic artwork.

You can view a gallery of Mitch’s art, and purchase original mosaics or prints here.


Mitch donates a great deal of art, time and positive energy to benefit Farm Aid.  For the 30th FarmAid fundraising concert, Mitch created this guitar and had it autographed by dozens of artists (Willie Nelson signed it twice…Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard, Eric Church, Kasey Musgraves, Gregg Allman,Gary P.Nunn , Toby Kieth, Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam, J T Van Zandt, Bobby Boyd, W C Clark, Lyle Lovett,Jerry Jeff Walker, Paula Nelson, Amy Nelson, Zack Thomas, Kasey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allen Coe,Jamey Johnson,Matt Hubbard,Chris Stapleton, CathY Guthrie, Ray Benson, Kinky Friedman,Paul English,Jack Ingram, Matt Rollings and the worlds oldest Roadie Ben Dorcythen auctioned.


Mitch also contacted many other artists and asked for their donations of original art to benefit Farm Aid and the good work it supports.

You can view a gallery of Mitch’s art, and purchase original mosaics or prints here.


He created this collage of glass mosaic depictions of Willie Nelson and shared it on Facebook.


See more Mitch Brookman art here.
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Mitch Brookman

Willie Nelson Art, French Quarter, New Orleans

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015


Thanks, Katie Perrin, from Louisiana, for sending her photo from the French Quarter.  Katie has sent me street art from NOLA before:


Willie Nelson Art, “Dia de Muertes Willie “, by Mitch Brockman

Sunday, October 25th, 2015


Willie Nelson Art

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015


Happy Halloween! Willie Nelson art by Nate Vandenbos

Monday, October 19th, 2015


Thank you so much to Nate Vandenbos, for sharing photos of his latest creations. This year’s Willie Nelson inspired jack-o-lantern


Willie Nelson Pumpkin Art

Thursday, October 15th, 2015