Off the Easel: Albuquerque Neon

Three new paintings just off the easel.

All of these oil and canvas paintings are based on source material I took along Route 66 when I visited the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.

Click here to see a great video of Route 66 Neon or look at the bottom of this page.

Hot Neon - 1

Original Oil and Canvas: Hot Neon
Finished 03/2013
24″ x 36″ $2000 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at Absolute Neon, Albuquerque, NM.

Owl Cafe - 1

Original Oil – Owl Cafe
Finished 03/2013
20″ x 24″ $900 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at The Owl Cafe – Albuquerque, NM.

Dog House - 1

Original – Dog House
Finished 03/2013
16″ x 20″ $750 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at Dog House Drive-In, Albuquerque, NM.


Specials for the week of 20 January 2013

Happy Sunday All!

So part of my 2013 resolutions is to do something different with my marketing. That includes deciding on Weekly Specials and getting my newsletter out every week.

I’m still feeling my way through all this Social Media but my goal is not to overwhelm you with mail but to provide you information so you can see what it happening. Please bare with me through my learning curve!

It is hard to balance it all! Even the little bit of “all” we are doing. But it is very fun!

So here we go!

Save $50 on the original painting Pididdle

A close view of Pididdle,

A close view of Pididdle.

Save $50 on my new painting Pididdle if you take delivery before January 31, 2013.

This 9″ x 12″ oil on canvas painting was loving painted using source material I found on my trip to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in 2012.

Please help it find a good home!

Show Price: $250 USD
Promotional Price: $200 USD
S & H: $25.00 USD
Offer valid until 01/31/2013

See my website for details or email me directly.

Save $200 on the original painting Jim’s Music

A close up of Jim's Music.

A close up of Jim’s Music.

Save $200 on my new painting Jim’s Music if you take delivery before January 31, 2013.

This 20″ x 24″ oil and canvas painting is based on a building and music store in Escabana, Michigan that I stumbled across doing research on another painting.

Please help it find a good home!

Show Price: $1,200 USD
Promotional Price: $1,000 USD
S & H: $50.00 USD
Offer valid until 01/31/2013

See my website for details or email me directly.

Preorder Canvas Prints and save 25% on Jim’s Music

Working on Jim's Music.

Working on Jim’s Music.

Whenever I finish a painting I have to decide if I am going to make canvas prints (giclees) of the original work. I’ve decided I’m going to offer Jim’s Music in two giclee sizes – 20″ x 24 and a 10″ x 12″.

Save 25% when you preorder a canvas print (giclee) of Jim’s Music before January 31, 2013. End of February delivery.

All prints are signed and limited edition numbered. Print numbers will be assigned in the order that orders are placed.

Two sizes available:
20″ x 24″ $195 less 25% = $146.25 + S&H
10″ x 12″ $95 less 25% = $71.25 + S&H
Offer valid until 01/31/2013.

See my website for details or email me directly.

Two new and then the flu

Yesterday I finished two new paintings. Today I caught the flu. Or it caught me. I’m not sure. Uggg…

So without any wordiness here is the gist.

Jim’s Music

A close up of Jim's Music.

A close up of Jim’s Music.
Original oil painting: $$1200. Size: 20″ x 24″. Unframed. A custom frame is available at an extra cost.

On a road trip I took to Coyote Woman Gallery in upper Michigan in the fall of 2012, I stopped in the town of Escabana, Michigan to research the site of my Escabana Beach Combers painting.

Through serendipity I found this beautiful building and music store. Jim’s Music is a specialty retailer selling musical instruments and equipment across northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Check them out!

To learn more about this painting or my other works visit my website or email me.


A close view of Pididdle,

A close up view of Pididdle.
Original oil painting: $250. Size: 9″ x 12″. Unframed

The source material for this painting is from a road trip my partner and I took to Deep Ellum Arts Festival in 2012.

We stopped in Lebanon, MO and met Roger and Bill. The painting “Bill’s Garage” is also based on that trip. You can read more about that stop and see more images from Bill’s Garage by clicking here.

To learn more about this painting or my other works visit my website or email me.

Brains and Donuts! nom…nom…nom…

Brains and Donuts

I’m trying something new.

As such for a limited time you can purchase an 8″ x 10″ stretched canvas print of this painting for only $49.00 plus tax, shipping and handling through Fine Art America.

I only bought 24 at this price and the offer is only open until October 28. Just go to Fine Art America’s website and you can place an order.

They will ship it within 24 hours.

If you prefer a larger size I do offer it in a signed, numbered limited edition in a 20″ x 24″ for $195 and a 12″ x 15″ for $95. You can order that through the Vintage Painter website store or email me directly at

Brains and Donuts in a custom designed industrial frame. No two frames are alike.

There are also custom made industrial frames available through my website. Just let me know if that is something that interests you.

If you purchase either the 20″ x 24″ or the 12″ x 15″ I will pay for the shipping.

Of course the original is still available and is $2195 plus shipping and handling.

What has been fun about this painting and the giclees is who has been buying them – two neurosurgeons, a psychologist, a few Brians, graduates of St. Louis University Medical Center, a chef and some old timers from St. Louis. I can’t wait to see where the art goes.

If you would like to learn more about this painting and the real place it is based on in St. Louis, MO click here.

HELP! Name the streets! Win a Prize!

My son modeling for Brains and Donuts.


I just about finished a new painting entitled Brains and Donuts.

However, I need a good name for the cross streets. Suggest a couple of good names and win a signed, numbered and limited edition giclee from my collection.

You can see what other people have suggested at Facebook and G+. Feel free to make your suggestions there or in the comments below!

I’ll let you know the winner on Thursday.

Help! Name the cross streets!

My Vision: What keeps me awake

A Time For Firsts
One of the first paintings where someone said, “Chrissy I knew that was yours because of the style.”

Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time. – Pablo Picasso

As I said – as an artist I love my work.

I don’t mean I love what I do – which I do – but I love the actual end result of what I do.

The outcome and not just the process.

I love the work – from my minds-eye to canvas. When using oils on canvas, with a nod towards vintage imagery and feel, my works demonstrate a life-time of disciplined commitment to developing my style and my brand. The result is when someone walks through an art fair or show my style stands out as mine.

For me it is the result of a disciplined commitment to the work. A discipline that demands time, time, time and more time.

People don’t always understand. I’m not even sure other artists understand. I’m not sure I understand but sometimes understanding is overrated.

My job is to be a fine art painter. On a good week I spend 30 hours painting on four or five canvases. On a great week I spend 50 hours.

All to often people think that painting is some magical skill you are born with.

That’s silly.

If you want to be a painter paint. If you want to be a writer write. If you want to a singer sing. If you want to be the starting goalie for the Blackhawks…well you get the idea.

Learning the foundation of my painting style took up thousands of hours and thousands and thousands of drawings, sketches and paintings. Each one slightly better than the one before. Each one slightly different. I was in my thirties before someone said to me, “Wow! Chrissy, I could tell that was yours because of the style.

That is the kindest thing anyone can say to a creative person. I was no longer seen as simply emulating but was truly creating a work that was mine.

It is the reason my original paintings sell for $7,000 and prints for as much as $500. I could sell $35 prints and $60 originals but that is not my work that is someone else’s work. Not that there is anything wrong with those works it is just wrong for my works. I know the sacrifices, the commitment and the time I’ve made for my works. Loving my works means giving it the attention it deserves such as working on a painting for over a year. Each work needs a different amount of time but they all receive equal love.

I don’t paint for money. A concept that is very confusing to people in this modern culture. As I said, I’m a painter. And as such, I’m not going to cheapen my works or take technological shortcuts just to sell one more.

Beer Cans
I worked on this technical piece for over a year. It is 40 inches wide and 18 inches high.

If I did, I would only cheapen my works, my Vision and most importantly myself.  Instead I paint something because my Vision tells me to paint it. I’m blessed to know I have a Vision and although many well-meaning and less-then-well-meaning pushed me to compromise on my Vision I’ve refused.

Some people call that arrogant.

The people who know me know it is simply love – love for my self, love of my work and love of my Vision.

Proper self-love…seriously go and read that link. It is very interesting…I’ll wait…

Anyway, proper self-love is not arrogant, narcissistic or prideful it is actually a source of power and humility.

I love my children and encourage them to do what they need to do to learn and grow (maybe not what they want but what they need). I hope they have a Vision that wakes them up at night. I love my friends and tell them the truth when they ask me.

So then, why is it arrogant or prideful if the love for self tells me the truth? I need to paint.

Why is it selfish if my love for self tells me to paint? To learn? To explore? To make a move?

Inspiration exists,” said Pablo Picasso, “but it has to find us working.

…and in truth, my Vision loves me enough to give me inspiration because of this commitment to work on the work. The more I embrace my work the more my Vision gives me in return and the freer I’ve become.

What? I am going to write a blog?!

Pikes Place Market

So…at one point I thought it would be fun to start some more business pages on Facebook.

Yeah, right!

As if I didn’t have enough on my plate taking care of my household, raising my twin boys and trying to run an art business!

One goal was to reach out to other people who suffer with food allergies.  You see, I am allergic to dairy, soy, other foods in the legume family and do not tolerate MSG , corn syrups of high fructose corn syrups.  Basically this means I have to eat healthy and make all my foods from scratch without milk or cream sauces. In the process I realised that there are just not that many good recipes out there for people like me.  Thus the birth of “What’s Cooking Good Looking?

The second page is named “The Greasy Spoon.” Basically the anti-healthy vintage, retro solution.  It is for people who love the old dive greasy spoon restaurants. Well really, I started it because I like the history of food and signage.  It is a way for people to connect that enjoy cruising the old main streets and exploring the old spaces and places.

Old billboards, motorcycles

Servi Car and Billboards

It is essentially anti-franchise, anti-chain and anti-brand. Find something vintage and typical Americana before it was ruined by the conformists that run focus groups, marketing departments and corporate identity programs.

It is essentially, ying and yang. Both sides of the force – the darkside and the lightside? What is the opposite of the darkside? Okay, Sith versus the Jedi.

So I’m telling you this for two reasons, well really one, my partner told me to sit and write a blog. I always do what he tells me. Usually.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about ALL the things I want to do and work on but the truth is all of these other things take me away from what I need and want – to paint. To paint lots…and sell lots of my original paintings.

He reminded me tonight that if I focus on my Vision than a time will come when I can do the other things. Sooner I get started the sooner I can get started.

First things first…and I’ll sneak off to work on my hobbies when my Visions sleeps.