Lion of the Blogosphere

Prospect Park

6×8″ oil on canvas paper.

I painted it this afternoon.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 30, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Posted in Art

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  1. Nice.


    June 30, 2015 at 9:42 PM

  2. holy cow! That’s pretty good!


    June 30, 2015 at 9:43 PM

  3. Very cool Lion. It does my socialist heart good to see you quitting your job and using your time well!


    June 30, 2015 at 9:59 PM

  4. Bravo, Lion.

    If you make a version portraying some SWPL joggers and a few obese soda-swilling homeboys it would probably sell a bunch. People would think it was commentary on gentrification.


    June 30, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    • The problem is that impressionism doesn’t lend itself well to satire in the context of a landscape. Is that a comfort dog’s head peeking out of the vague rendition of a Birkin on that female SWPL jogger? Or is it the upper half of a rather large black dildo? One never knows. Art historians fill the gap if you’re famous, naturally, but otherwise, better to pull realist Kehinde Wiley-ish stunts instead if it’s satire you’re after.

      Viscount Douchenozzlé

      July 1, 2015 at 3:29 AM

  5. You’re becoming like a retired GW Bush, Lion. Better find another day job.


    June 30, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    • It is a heck of lot better way to spend some time than a lot of folks.

      Anyway, I usually don’t like landscapes, but this quite lovely.

      Good job, Lion.

      not too late

      July 1, 2015 at 9:53 PM

  6. Did you get severance pay when you left your job?

    The Undiscovered Jew

    June 30, 2015 at 10:43 PM

  7. Wow. I didn’t know the LIon could paint. Very nice. He’s truly a man of many talents.


    June 30, 2015 at 10:56 PM

  8. People recovering from trauma tend to crave the pastoral.


    June 30, 2015 at 11:26 PM

  9. That’s a beautiful landscape.

    I suggest painting this picture that you took, it would be cool:


    June 30, 2015 at 11:34 PM

  10. I like it. You can paint, man.


    June 30, 2015 at 11:45 PM

  11. The Joy of Painting S07E12 Dock Scene

    Bob Ross died almost 20 years ago. Legendary “prole” painter popular on PBS in 1980s and 90s!


    July 1, 2015 at 12:22 AM

  12. Hope cutting your ear off is not in your plans.


    July 1, 2015 at 12:31 AM

  13. You definitely have artistic talent.



    July 1, 2015 at 12:32 AM

  14. Lion… In less than ten words, *what* motivated that beautified vision of your uncertain path ahead?


    July 1, 2015 at 12:40 AM

  15. What a prole choice of subject.

    A bobo would paint abstract. Or better yet, just leave the canvas blank. It’s called postmodernism.


    July 1, 2015 at 2:01 AM

  16. Better than 99% of the crap that hangs in modern art galleries.


    July 1, 2015 at 2:25 AM

  17. I wish that I could paint something like that in an afternoon. Is painting as calming as it looks? Thank you for sharing your post-job explorations with us, Lion.

    I’m still hoping that you’ll give us a little Reno/Hamptons essay while it’s all still fresh in your mind.


    July 1, 2015 at 2:31 AM

  18. Well done.


    July 1, 2015 at 3:31 AM

  19. Are you looking for another job yet, or just traveling and self-actualizing?

    Dave Pinsen

    July 1, 2015 at 5:53 AM

  20. Yay!

    I bought my first set of paints a couple of months ago. I won’t show you what I’ve painted so far, though…

    Samson J.

    July 1, 2015 at 7:45 AM

  21. Glad to see you are using your leisure time so well. What’s your career game plan? Will you start job hunting again? Or will we see a definitive treatise on Lionism published?


    July 1, 2015 at 7:48 AM

  22. Impressive!!! Great job!


    July 1, 2015 at 7:50 AM

  23. I bet Mary K would bid atleast 500 USD for that. Very impressed by that Lion. If you let your readership bid on it, you could break 4 figures.


    July 1, 2015 at 8:21 AM

  24. Watch out for the yellow-favorite color of the suicidal, e.g., Van Gogh’s last painting, Wheatfield with Crows, is basically all yellow. Otherwise great job.

    Ears Thyrel

    July 1, 2015 at 8:23 AM

  25. Sell it on Etsy for $350


    July 1, 2015 at 8:25 AM

  26. Painted from a photo or en pleine aire? I once saw an exhibition of oil sketches about that size, made by painters while traveling for later reference in the studio.


    July 1, 2015 at 8:36 AM

  27. That’s lovely. Nice use of greens and the lights speckling the ground give a serene feeling.

    slithy toves

    July 1, 2015 at 9:29 AM

  28. Painting has long been a favorite pastime of HBD-ers.

    “Haubourdin” (1915)

    Mark Caplan

    July 1, 2015 at 9:39 AM

  29. Clouds and tree foliage are a great choice for beginning painters as they tend to yield very nice results. You got the sunlight and shadow angles pretty close, too. I particularly like the way sunlight plays on the ground. For me, that’s the best part. What prompted you to paint? Did you enroll in an art class either now or in the past? Or did you watch some of Bob Ross videos as linked above?


    July 1, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    • “I particularly like the way sunlight plays on the ground. For me, that’s the best part.”

      i agree.


      July 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM

  30. An actual painting? I assumed it was a photo + Photoshop effects. But dog my cats if it’s a real painting. Well done old sport.


    July 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    • Yes, it was created with real paintbrushes and real paint that comes in metal tubes.

      • so many people are so amazed when somebody could actually draw something. i wonder if you painted stuff when you were younger. if you did then i think you would be really used to surprised reactions like that one xD. people asked if there is a photo under mine before too. no there is not, and honestly i find that comment kind of insulting. what kind of twisted individual do you take me to be that i will draw over a photo and then pass it off as my painting? (i doubt whether anyone has ever really done this, unless they were trapped in a web of lies of them being a good drawer, but then why even do partial work? there’s no satisfaction to faking something).

        *another high school story*

        my high school tried to admit a lot of “artsy” students and was all about their arts program and the creativity and general awesomeness of their students (private independent high school in sf that didn’t give their kids grades and did things differently and stuff like that). so i said that because you might think that’s the last place somebody who could draw a little will impress people very much. yet when i took painting and painted stuff and put it in the classroom, i get tons of compliments and even a note asking to buy what i painted (it was just a muni bus, how is that for prole :P). somebody said i should apply to art school which kids actually did by making portfolios of their work to apply to the schools with. the art teachers guided them in doing this, and it sounded like a lot of extra work to me. i understood in public school when i’m considered a good drawer, but i thought in private school where so many were above average, i wont be special anymore. but if anything, i got even more appreciation.

        im drawing my friend animals to try to get him to talk to me again (he really likes animals) but so far it didn’t work. he’s a poor gay mexican that im really gay for. i use ms paint to draw these so it’s a bit of cheating, if you just drew a bad line, press control z and its gone. ( i can say with certainty that this is the level of representation that would have turned faces at my high school. i believe that in the sea of so many other students drawings that inexplicably fails to look cute or be appealing to the senses in any way, it’s refreshing to their eyes. it might be better to say in the barren landscape of students drawings, mine stood out as the oasis. it’s only special because it’s in a desert.


        July 6, 2015 at 6:52 PM

  31. I wonder if painting in a park is a way to get chicks to stop and talk? Like walking a really cute dog. Do they stop and peer over your shoulder? Perfect opening. We should work on opening lines for you….

    ** White Knight Example **
    Woman walks over, looks at painting. She says, “That’s pretty.”
    Lion replies: “Not as pretty as you.”
    Woman walks away.

    ** Game Example **
    Woman walks over, looks at painting. Says nothing.
    Lion says: ” I like women who don’t have opinions.”
    They sleep together.

    Ok, obviously I’m not very good at game.


    July 1, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    • I wonder if painting in a park is a way to get chicks to stop and talk?

      Sort of like what this guy I know does at the beach – he walks the beach pretending to use his metal detector to find jewelry. When he happens upon an attractive bikini-clad sun goddess, he surreptitiously drops a shiny piece of $5 costume jewelry in the sand, pretends to “detect” it, then saunters over to the woman and asks, “excuse me miss, did you lose some jewelry?” This ploy makes a great ice-breaker.

      Oh, and by the way, Lion, excellent painting!

      E. Rekshun

      July 1, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    • girls love boys who can draw. but they like any cool hobbies and skills that guys have. drawing is cool because its impressive and drawings appeal to the eyes. its not the guy going shirtless to the park and juggling pins, but its still sexy. like a guy cooking a delicious meal that looks good. he isn’t the delicious meal (or maybe he is :D) but he made it, so close enough. it wont turn a 3 into a 7 but it could help any 5-6 guys reach the status of 7’s or 8’s.


      July 6, 2015 at 7:09 PM

  32. Rather straightforward. But accurate.

    Pretentious snob

    July 2, 2015 at 4:09 AM

  33. I hope the path doesn’t lead to a Thomas Kinkade cottage. You know, a safe place for neurotics.


    July 3, 2015 at 4:41 AM

  34. It’s beautiful, Lion. It really is. I’m glad you’re using your new found freedom for personal development.

    Although your painting is simple and aesthetically pleasing on the surface, it does give me a disturbing feeling that should satisfy any art-world elitist. Why is the path, in a park in the middle of the greatest city in the world devoid of people on such a beautiful, cloudless day? What is the artist trying to say? I find that most post-modern art has a distinctive anti-human bent to it. Your painting’s absence of human subjects could be interpreted in this anti-human way. Is this a message about how beautiful nature can be without people?

    So, there you have your deep meaning necessary to make it big in the art world. It’s sort of a reversal of the abstract trend. Why don’t you try painting other, normally populous places without the people? Start a new movement. Just don’t let on that the artist lacks the skill for painting realistic people.


    July 4, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    • The paths at Prospect Park are normally not very crowded. The vast majority of park goers go there to hang out in the huge meadow or to play sports, not to hike around the paths.

      • Still, kind of a haunting picture with the shadows. Almost Frost-ish. Maybe it’s my imagination.

        You’re still welcome to try out my idea. If I could paint worth a damn, maybe I’d do it.


        July 5, 2015 at 2:39 PM

  35. Nice. Good use of light / dark, nice technique. Balanced composition.

    Jack Cade

    July 4, 2015 at 10:14 PM

  36. You did this plein air? I think that the painting is quite good. It has nice light.

    As one guy who is studying and practicing to turn out respectable paintings to another, how long have you been studying painting? You certainly have the fundamentals down, and know how to ‘see’. Learning how to see is the trickiest part in my estimation, but once one does everything comes much easier. Whenever I’m walking or driving, I frequently envision whatever I’m looking at as a painting. It interesting how just doing that helps to develop skill.


    July 9, 2015 at 11:36 PM

  37. I like it, it’s peaceful.


    July 17, 2015 at 2:19 PM

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