Friday, June 13, 2008

Last One From My Walls...

This isn't a vintage item, but I treasure it just as much, if not more, than anything else I have in my stash.

This is an original painting (reproduced here in low res; the original is MUCH more beautiful, trust me) that my wife and I commissioned from Kevin Kidney. We wanted a very 50's feeling portrait of our kids at Disneyland, and Kevin came through in a HUGE way. We love the portraits of them in their retro clothes and surrounded by their favorite retro Disneyland attractions. Kevin also drew such wistful expressions on their faces as they dream of their next trip to the Magic Kingdom. And the oil can with the classic "D"!

I've also included, with Kevin's permission, two photos of the painting at his work station with the photos of my kids in the background.

I didn't know that Kevin accepted commissions until I asked him one day. If you're in the market, it is money well-spent, and he is a dream to work with. I can honestly say, without irony, that he is the most talented person I have ever met.

Check out his blog...the link is in my link list.

* Forgot to mention...I love how Kevin painted the lightly shaded area above and around the kids to resemble the shape of 1955 Disneyland.



10 comments:

Dan Goodsell said...

WONDERFUL!

Amy said...

That is so adorable. He did an amazing job.

Anonymous said...

I had to pay for a gazillion boxes of crayons for that boy to get that good!!
His Mom

Matterhorn1959 said...

I can't wait to see it in person.

Major Pepperidge said...

Yes, fantastic job. It's like the very best of the Little Golden Book illustrations. Beautiful work, Kevin!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Amazing! I just assumed it was vintage until I read your text. What a fantastic thing to have, WOW!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Absolutely stunning. Kevin's work is truly amazing.

Kate said...

What a great idea for a family portrait, and what an amazing painting! Thanks for sharing.

Lompoc Express said...

I recently got back from a day at Disneyland and a visit to the Disneyana Store on Main Street. What a pleasant surprise to see Kevin Kidney’s work on display there, someone whose blog I often read. Your work really stands out Kevin. It was great to see it at Disneyland.

Kevin Kidney said...

Hi Jed!
Just returned from our trip and finally enjoying your post. Wow! I'm so delighted that you are pleased with the piece! It was not brain surgery to make your kids look cute - as they truly ARE. Actually, your whole family could be the perfect 50s family naturally. It was fun to place the Blaugrund kids into that vintage "Golden Book" world.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments from everybody! Gosh!
Incidentally, I have discovered that the anonymous comment above from "His Mom" really IS from my Mom! (Thanks for all those crayons, Mom!)

-Kevin