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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

My Brother, The Talented Artist

My little brother David wears many hats. One of them that I am most proud of is "Extremely Talented Arteest."
Dave has been taking art classes for as long as I can remember, and he always blows the assignments out of the water. They may not be ON TIME, especially, but they are always awesome and unbelievable.

This year, I asked David to create a painting for Robbie for Christmas. I have had an idea in my head that I have been wanting to do for Robbs for a long time, and I finally decided to do it, and found the right artist :)

There was a photo floating around online last year (I can't even find it to post on this blog) of Sidney Crosby on the ice, shot from above, and his shadow was changed to look like he was hoisting the Stanley Cup. This was a really great photo, and Robbie had it on his computer desktop for a long time.

I sent this photo to David, and said, "Go nuts."

This past weekend, I went to Springfield for a belated Christmas celebration with my family, and David delivered the painting. It exceeds my expectations and wildest hopes by miles.

This kid never ceases to amaze me with his talent and his eye for visual art. I took some photos of it last night, as it was out on the porch drying. The photos don't do the painting justice, of course, but I want to share it with the Humzoo community.

I hope you guys like it. Because Robbie and I sure do. We are going to build a mantle over the fireplace just for this painting.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Humzoo, I give you, Crosby on Ice, by David Gladish, acrylic on MDF.

You can kindof see the shadows of the skate lines in the ice. David had an awesome idea to make them really stand out. He glued white thread to the board, and then painted over it to create a 3D effect. It turned out SO amazing.

Thanks again David. Your painting is fantastic. Better than I ever could've asked for. I know how much work went into this, and I appreciate it more than I can ever describe!

Wow. I am artistically retarded and I can totally see how great this looks just from the photos. I'm in dire need of help getting some color schemes for my house. Do you think he could help me with something as simple as that? Like I said, I totally suck at anything even remotely artistic.
soundchick   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Wow...that is great!
girlcarew   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Gah, I love Dave's work. What an awesome painting! Got to love how he has etched in the skate lines... Wow.

What's Dave doing now? Missed you guys when you were in town.
shoo   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The first thing I noticed was the skate lines in the ice. That looks amazing. Very impressive!
Snelly   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
That is awesome!
Tanya Mussetter   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Your brother is insanely talented. Those pics look 3D too!
LimeyGeorge   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
A rare talent, indeed. Nice!
Angi   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
What talent. I can see why you and Robbie are so pleased. I would think it would exceed most expectations! Awesome talent and awesome job on the painting. Definitely worth a fireplace and mantle or really great wall behind the couch!
LGrant   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Wow that is so awesome! Your whole family is so talented!
Carrie M   Tuesday, January 6, 2009
That is really nice! I really love the attention to detail and the "slits" in the ice.
Denny Deaton   Thursday, January 8, 2009
i've looked at that picture a few times now in last couple of days and i still can't get over it--amazing!
The Coal Yard   Friday, January 9, 2009
I know me too!!!
Betsy   Friday, January 9, 2009
That's incredible. Really fantastic!!!
sandy   Friday, January 9, 2009
Holy poop!!
Kate Johnston   Friday, January 16, 2009
I just can't get over how talented David is! Seriously!!
Sarah S.   Friday, January 16, 2009
Yeah, I remeber when Crosby won the Stanley Cup...oh wait, nevermind... Not only is your brother a great artist. He also has a vivid imagination.
Juan D.   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
NBenjamin@edgemate.com   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I'm stunned by this work. Brilliant.
Matt Gajtka   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Fantastic. The thread was a genius touch. Hopefully this serves as a good-luck charm for the rest of the season!
DTP   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wow that is absolutely fantastic! David, you are a phenomenal artist, keep up the great work
Rose   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Looks amazing!!!! How much does he want for this?

John Kirsch   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
@ Juan D - I'm sure it's meant to symbolize the desire and drive to win a Stanley Cup. Just my interpretation. It'd be questionable if he was actually carrying it, but it's merely his shadow.

Epic painting.

- Zach
Zach   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It is beautiful!!
Jess   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
That is very cool. Kudos to David for his fine work.
Dalliquippa   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Seriously, this is one of the most amazing sports paintings I've ever seen! I envy the person who received this as a gift. Had I received it, I would've been in uncontrollable tears!

I say make another one and see if Sid will give you big money for it!

If I may, I'd like to give some insightful critique:
1. It took genius to think of this idea, and the execution is totally creative (with the technique used for the skate lines in the ice).
2. I think that beyond the inevitable Stanley Cup win, this painting shows Sid's competitive yet modest attitude towards the game. I don't think that he flaunts any of his talent, he just uses it to take advantage of the opposition, and if he doesn't take advantage of them, he praises them for how well they played. Its hard to capture personality in a painting that doesn't show a face, but this painting just does it all.
3. I'm an artist myself, and could never dream of creating something so powerful. It took guts to create an image that is sports related, as sports are generally frowned upon by the uppity artistic community. This painting has it all: composition, excellent color, realism, fantasy, drama, and personality.

I'd love to see more of your brother's art work! Even if the Pens never get another cup with Sid, this painting will still mean something to those who view it in the sense that it will give them hope, and even if you only game so close to living a dream, at least you had the chance to chase it!

Thanks again for posting this, and thank your brother for creating a masterpiece!
Jim Loomis   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Where is the diving board?
GeoEnvi   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thanks Jim Loomis. My bro didn't create the image itself, it was taken from the internet, but the painting involved all his blood, sweat and tears, and creative spirit.

I assure you, when we received the painting, we just sat and stared at it. When I first saw it, I really did cry. Ask my brother, I think it freaked him out.

Thanks for everyone's comments!

Betsy   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I will go around my house tonight and take photos of all his other artwork that I own. It will make an awesome album for Humzoo!
Betsy   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I would totally buy an art print of that if it were available. (hint hint)
Tony F   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
also, awesome effect for the ice. looks real!
Tony F   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Great Job
TheGuyFromPgh   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
You should contact the Penguins. They have auctioned off art like this in the past for events or charity. Great Work.
Meg   Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Instead of holding up the Stanley Cup, shouldn't his shadow be talking to the ref about the previous play?
A.O.   Thursday, March 26, 2009
Actually, I think his shadow should be asking me out on a date.
Betsy   Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sounds like he needs his own Humzoo account, Betsy, to start selling his artwork or at least prints of yours. :)
LGrant   Thursday, March 26, 2009
how much would it cost to have you do one for me?
Kris   Friday, March 27, 2009
I can ask my brother if he will give a quote on some prices.
Betsy   Saturday, March 28, 2009
Kris   Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wouldn't a more realistic painting have Crosby in Ovechkin's shadow?
Simeon Varlamov   Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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