Friday, November 10, 2006

Lumpy Larry

SOLD

Finally, the little-known sport of hippo rodeo is gaining in popularity, mainly due to top bucking stock such as Lumpy Larry. I have a funny feeling this one won't stay long; send me an e-mail if you would like to purchase it (it is 6x8"). I may not post for a few days because I have a gallery show in Austin I'm preparing for (see Wally Workman link on sidebar). More on that later! Ciao for now.
*Lumpy Larry remained unsold for less than one hour after he was posted. Lumpy will be bucking his way across the country to his new home N.Y.C. next week.

15 comments:

craigstephens said...

I am really enjoying the hippo paintings!

Leslie Sealey said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Leslie Sealey said...

Craig, you and about a million other people!! Oh, my goodness the hippo response has been huge. I think it's time to be the "Painter of Hippos" and accept my destiny. They're FUNNY! I sit there and laugh when I add silly details like the cowboy's furry chaps and the bucking strap. Last night I was explaining to my husband that I could have a whole series of bucking hippos, with stats and everything just like they do on the PBR. He said it might be a very limited market. I think he underestimated the power of hippos. : ) Thanks!

william wray said...

There is nothing so fun yet slightly discerning about tapping into a icon of collectiblity without planning it. it "pure " gold that way. I worked for me with trains. I did them naively without knowing they were collectable. Yours is more original in the sense that I've know people like Hippos, but I don't remember seeing them uses as horses or bulls. Enjoy the ride. Have you seen Henrich Kely's work?

http://www.coconino-world.com/sites_auteurs/kley/
Disney based the dancing Hippo stuff in fantasia on his work.

Josh Cassidy said...

sweet hippos! i LOVE your paintings!

Leslie Sealey said...

Bill, thank you! I love Kley's work-talk about using your imagination! I appreciate you pointing out these illustrators; it's a big help. Over the last year or so, I've come to the conclusion that if you really want to learn about composition and drawing, look to classic illustrators and comics (esp. for figurative work).
Do you know the work of Britsh cartoonist Norman Thelwell? He did cartoons of horses, ponies, and their owners. I used to do cartoons of horse-show people when I was little, and Thelwell was (and still is) a big influence. Funny how things come full-circle. The hippos make it new, and highly entertaining!

Leslie Sealey said...

Josh, thanks! I have so many hippo ideas it's hard to know what to do next. ; - )

m collier said...

So Funny !!! Great.

Tom Brown said...

Greaat work! I just found your site and love your art. - Tom Brown

Karen Sempsrott said...

Leslie,
You are quacking me up! I love these paintings!

Leslie Sealey said...

Thanks Tom! You've got some really nice work on your blog, too. : )

Leslie Sealey said...

I'm glad you enjoy these, M. Collier-they make me laugh too!

Leslie Sealey said...

Hi Karen! There will be more hippos coming to a blog near you very soon. I'm anxious to finish my last painting for the group show I'm in on Dec. 2nd so I can get back to my hippos. Hey, I meant to tell you I really liked that last one you posted on your blog-the porch in the sunlight. Good work!

william wray said...

Norman Thelwell I know, but do you know Lawson Wood? One of the greatest animals doing human things painters of all time.

Leslie Sealey said...

Yeah, he did great work (esp. monkeys)! For really "classic" animal illustrations I'd have to pick Arthur Rackham (Wind in The Willows). I always enjoyed Beatrix Potter's work very much,too, but I don't think she got the credit that many illustrators of her time received. I don't know why; she sure did understand her subjects.