Archive for the ‘Willie Nelson Art’ Category

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Willie Nelson Art

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Willie Nelson Art

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Willie Nelson art, in felt

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
by: Dan Soloman

Read entire article here.

There are few faces quite like Willie Nelson‘s. He’s not just weathered—Willie bears a face that’s lived a whole lot of life. Amazing photographs have captured distinctive details within his face (might we recommend Chris Buck’s portrait on the cover of Willie’s Spirit?), as well as illustrations embodying the famous Texan’s essence (Mark Burkhart’s, for a 2005 issue of Texas Monthly, is a great one). But visual artists haven’t typically tried to depict Willie’s spirit with felt.

Jane Sanders did, though. Austin’s Modern Rocks Gallery contracted the British textile artist to create a felt portrait of Willie using fabric, and what she came up with is a pretty incredible representation of his likeness—including folds and stitching that illustrate the depth of feeling in his face. “Every wrinkle tells a tale,” Sanders says.

Working from photo reference, Sanders created her piece on a sewing machine over two weeks. In the midst of doing so, she familiarized herself with Willie’s persona by ingesting a steady diet of his music (in turn, she discovered a personal affinity for 2012’s Heroes and last year’s Ride Me Back Home). Even though she hadn’t spent much time listening to Willie’s music before taking on the project, she knew his iconic braids, beard, and guitar—and she sought to emphasize his key characteristics through the portrait’s colors and composition. “[He’s] slightly on the left of the frame, gazing into the distance, quietly and thoughtfully, yet the red background makes the picture go ‘Bam!,’ just like Willie,” she says.

Sanders has been making fabric portraits of popular musicians for the past three years, when she decided to combine her love of sewing with her affinity for music. She connected with Modern Rocks via Instagram, and the gallery eventually commissioned her to create a very different kind of felt portrait of another country music icon first—Dolly Parton—to display there. Then she moved on to creating Willie’s portrait. “Dolly is almost doll-like in her beauty,” Sanders says. “Very smooth features to sew and shade, and great fun to add a bit of glitter to. It was just as much fun for me to spend hours sewing Willie’s more lined face—it took twice as much time to sew.”

The pieces will both be on display—and then for sale—at Modern Rocks in Austin later this year. Sanders says that while she was more familiar with Dolly’s music at the onset, the project has made her a Willie diehard. “I think in the UK, country music to most people is Dolly Parton,” she says. “But of course everyone has heard of Willie Nelson and knows what he looks like. In fact, I was more aware of his politics and activism than his music—I admire him for standing up to the establishment on certain things—but this portrait has also made me a dedicated fan of Willie’s music.”

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Willie Nelson Art

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Willie Nelson Art

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Willie Nelson Art

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Willie Nelson Art

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

“On the Farm Again”

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Im so so excited to present our "On the Farm Again" music video!!!! I hope yall love it as much as I do!!! Dave and the Banjomites with special guest Jodie Davis were amazing and I cant thank C.T. Bell enough for filming and editing and putting this all together! Hope everyone has a really Willie Merry Christmas!!!!(Dave wrote the lyrics to On the Farm Again and put it to the tune of On the Road Again by Willie Nelson – just in case anyone lives under a rock and didn’t recognize the song. ?)

Posted by Beth M Bays on Friday, December 13, 2019

It wasn’t long ago that a hay-bale sculpture by Huddleston, Virginia, farmer Beth Bays began to go viral. Beth dubbed it Will-Hay Nelson — a wonderful tribute to its inspiration. According to local media, Beth has made hay bale creations of “The Wizard of Oz,” a drummer bear, cow, elephant, the Hokie bird, and characters from the classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

This year, her and “The Huddleston Gang” went a little further with their creation, making a song around it. And, it’s no surprise that the song is called “On the Farm Again,” which is homage to Nelson’s classic “On the Road Again.” It’ll have your foot tappin’! Enjoy!

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Willie Nelson, Austin, Texas

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Willie’s Corner, Texas Roadhouse

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019


Thursday, November 14th, 2019