Very soon we will roll out a new season of baseball in my hometown of Cincinnati, the birthplace of major league baseball, where the town will celebrate "Opening Day" as an official holiday.
My entire life I have been part of a family with season tickets to the Reds games; which means that I have spent many hours at the ballpark. One game seven seasons ago I climbed up to the top deck at a home game and took a picture of the scene from up high. Inspired by the ball field’s setting along the river and the wide open sky view from the stands, I decided to paint that perspective on canvas approaching the subject as a landscape painting. I called the piece “Diamond on the River” and have since sold many fine art prints of the artwork.
While displaying my "Diamond on the River" painting, I was asked more than once if I paint any ballplayers. Coincidentally, flowing along with this baseball theme, I had done a painting of Aroldis Chapman using him as a subject to imagine if a "painter" were a "pitcher". The exercise was very worthwhile because not only did I eventually produce & sell many more art prints, I believe that my painting of "The Cuban Missile" helped me to become a more confident & focused painter. It helped me to become a more confident painter not just by boldly attempting to 'throw' paint on a canvas, but the subject also turned out to help me in other timely & fitting ways. For me at that stage in my life, my kids were getting older and I was finding some extra time to be more serious about my art and "play ball" with my dream of starting my own little art business.
You can find my "Diamond on the River" painting along with some other Reds themed art in my Etsy Shop as well as follow this work on my facebook fanpage: Cincinnati Reds & Bengals Art by Chrissy Breslin Schroeder
I am very Thankful & Appreciative of all the support I have found from my customers in my online shop as well as at art shows. I have met so many nice people through this work!
Wishing All a Happy Spring... Cheers to *Opening Day* & Cheers to Baseball: An American Original. "Play Ball!"
Throwback pic of when I was in the process of creating my “Diamond on the River” painting back in 2010 ( …looks like I was just about getting to the point of needing to fill in some players.)
A picture in Cincinnati Magazine used to advertise the city’s Annual Holiday Mart.
A "Diamond on the River" listing in my Etsy Shop: Tides of Eternity Art
The original canvas of my painting of the flame throwing Aroldis Chapman ( aka "The Cuban Missile" )
A snapshot of the left part of a framed print of my "Cuban Missile" art.
Joey Votto on my easel... A start to my "Paint it Black" painting.
See blog: "Paint it Black"
Framed Votto Canvas
Golden Gloves winner, Brandon Phillips: *"Dat Dude" Double Play*
An art show ad from 2013 featuring those 3 Reds players that later became All-Stars that year.
Cincinnati's *All-Star Game* Home Run Derby Champ, Todd Frazier: "Fly Me to the Moon"
Framed "Diamond on the River" print and my "Big Red Machine Painted Bobblehead Mosaic" print. ~ Find more *Big Red Machine* art including this print and other signature Bobblehead paintings of mine in the following blogs:
* Big Red Machine Painted Bobblehead Mosaic: "Colorful Success"
* Pete Rose: "The Timeless Charlie Hustle & The Geometry of a Rose"
* Barry Larkin: "Number Eleven and the Four Elements"
* Johnny Bench: "Bench Number Five: The Earth is a Baseball"
* 1990 World Series Champs: "My Wire-to-Wire Summer with Twelve Stars and A Piece of American History"
* 2020: "Opening Day Delay"
* 2023: "First Pitch 2023"
My first Etsy shop banner: A crop of one of my painted Chapman 'Cuban Missile' pitches...
My first painted ballplayer... Imagining a "pitcher" as a "painter".
Find more baseball art on facebook fan page:
Cincinnati Reds & Bengals Art by Chrissy Breslin Schroeder
I am a 'self-taught' artist who can hardly remember a day when I wasn't in the process of creating something... Thanks for visiting my site where I can share some of my work.