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New Painting And Video: A Fine Frenzy


(* Disclaimer: Although the title of this post is “New Painting And Video” the truth is that the painting was made last summer, but it is new to you and to this blog. With that said, let’s continue.)

I don’t talk much in my videos. Or at least I try not to because it makes me cringe when I have to watch/listen to myself when I’m editing video. Anyway, how this painting came to be is very interesting to me and I wanted to share the story. If you’re only here for the video then feel free to scroll down and skip all this gibberish. If you’re a loyal reader/voyeur of this blog you might remember my “Secret To Selling Art” post from last August (I can’t even remember what I ate for dinner last night, so if you remember my blog posts from 11 months ago you should seek professional help.) Well, the story of this painting is even crazier than the story about the painting from that post. In the chance that you don’t know, I am a bit obsessed with stories about synchronicity or, for the layman that’s not referencing Wikipedia while typing their blog trying to appear smarter than they actually are, “meaningful coincidences”. That’s right, coincidences do not exist. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we don’t understand the reason, but let’s not get into that here because it’s a rabbit hole best saved for another day. I’m also quite fascinated with the butterfly effect. I think the two theories work hand in hand to some extent. Anyway, enough psychobabble, let’s get on with it already.

Back in 2008-2009 my sister and her husband opened a pizza restaurant. One of their employees, Amy, liked my artwork. Well, let’s be honest, ALL of their employees probably adored my artwork 😜. Fast forward 10 years or so and Amy walks into my shop in Paso Robles. We chit chat about Pizza Fusion and whatnot. I have this canvas print on the wall called “Gone But Not Forgotten” and she tells me it would look great in this black and white themed room in her house.

She wants to buy it, but it’s not quite what she’s looking for. She wants something bigger and vertical and, if possible, with a little gold added for fun because the room she wants to hang it in has some gold accents. Naturally, I said I could paint her one.

And that’s how a commission painting comes about. Some of them take 10 years to happen and others happen in 10 seconds. Here’s a time lapse of making Amy’s painting.

Bored yet? No? Well, shit…let’s just keep this thing going, shall we? So, what does this have to do with synchronicity? Remember, “synchronicity” means “meaningful coincidence”. You would never think that my sister and her husband opening a pizza restaurant would result in me getting a commission job 10 years later. Amy walking into my shop was not just a meaningless coincidence. Synchronicity was at work here. It had been years in the making and I find that incredibly fascinating.

Is there a lesson to be learned here? Probably. As cliché as it sounds, good things can come from anywhere and they can be totally unexpected. I think the lesson here is to continue to put yourself out there. Being an artist can be frustrating and it’s easy to get jaded when things feel like they are not working in your favor. I can’t tell you how often I think of deleting my Instgram account and my YouTube channel while spiraling in a fit of frustration. But, I don’t because I remember stories like this one and remind myself that we just never know when something we do (like meeting somebody 10 years ago) will have a positive impact (getting commissioned to make a painting) on us later.

What are your thoughts or crazy stories about synchronicity? I’d love to hear them.

Thanks for reading!
– Jeff

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Freshly Painted Three Inchers

I’ve been a little obsessed this past month with painting these 3″ square canvases and this is the newest batch. All of these are available in my shop. They are all one of a kind originals and the awesome little easel is included.


This is Eli. He likes chillin’, long walks on the beach, and gobbling space cake.


Meet Arturo. This little bun bun is all about those late nights sipping wine on the couch while talking to himself.


Henry The Bunny. This little bun-dle of bunny is quite the sassy whipper snapper, but that only makes him more lovable.


Say hello to Russ. He likes hunting, fishing, and playing Parcheesi.

These are $30 each and make great Valentine’s presents except Valentine’s Day was last week, so it looks like I posted this late. But not too late, because they still make great President’s Day presents except that was on Monday and people don’t give presents for that. You know what though, tomorrow is National Margarita Day and that seems like the perfect excuse to buy a painting.

Cheers!
– Jeff

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New Mini Canvas Paintings

I posted this photo on Instagram back in September.

After this the mini canvases sat. And sat. Then they sat some more. They sat all the way until mid-January. That’s 4 months of sitting. Obviously, other projects I had in the works took priority over these three inch square art pieces. But why? I could have just set aside one night to finish them. Procrastination and the inability to prioritize efficiently are two traits I’d like to delete from the hard drive of my personality. Just drag them straight into the trash can. Ughh, I’ll do that later. Anyway, I am very happy to have finally finished them.

Thankfully, they sold fast. The only one still available is this dude.


“Willy”
3″ x 3″ – mixed media on canvas.
He’s available to purchase on my site.

Once I finally got the mini paintings finished and on display in my retail shop it got me excited to start a new batch. Here’s the first one.


This little bunny is named Martin. He’s already found a new home, but I am on my way to the art store now to pick up more mini canvases. I want to say I’d like to paint a couple dozen of these, but let’s be honest. If it took me 4 months to paint, essentially, 5 of these who knows how long it could take to paint 24 of them. Time will tell. Don’t hold your breath.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

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New Paintings: Simon, Sydney, And Richie

Today I have 3 new blockhead paintings to show you. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve probably already seen them. And if not, then you’re seeing them for the first time and that’s cool. There are a lot of things I would love to see for the first time again. For some reason, the movies Matrix and Fight Club come to mind. Or even The Sixth Sense. Anyway…I hope you enjoy these. If you’d like to add any of these to your art collection they are all available in my online shop.


“Simon The Owl”
3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.


“Sydney”
3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.


“Ritchie”
3.5″ x 5″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

In case you don’t want this fun to end:
– Check out my time lapse painting videos!
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– Listen to our podcast, Live Work Love.

Two New 6 Inchers


“Little Franklin”
6″ x 6″ – mixed media on wood


“Big Thomas”
6″ x 6″ – mixed media on wood

Happy to add two more to the “Hunnuh” series. Are they bunnies? Are they dogs? They’re hunnuh’s!

Both of these can by found in my online shop and both would entertain you for years to come. You know what they say, “there’s nothing as lovable as a hunnuh.”

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

Painting An iPhone Case

It’s been a long time since I’ve painted a phone case and, in fact, thought my days of painting them were over. But no. Here is the latest hand painted phone case. You could say it’s part vlog, part how to. Either way, I hope you enjoy it. And if you’re interested in getting my artwork on your phone case please check out all the options at society6.com/jeffclaassen/cases.

Thanks!

New Four Inchers

These are the first four paintings I’ve made in the new year. I’ve got a couple of bigger pieces in the works, but it feels good to get something new posted. So, here you go!


“Marshall”
4″ x 4″ – mixed media on wood


“Skye”
4″ x 4″ – mixed media on wood


“Rocky”
4″ x 4″ – mixed media on wood


“Zuma”
4″ x 4″ – mixed media on wood

As always, thanks for looking!
– Jeff

Four New Four Inchers

I just finished these little 4″ square paintings yesterday. Or maybe the day before. This 90+ degree heat where I live makes my brain all fuzzy. Anyway…
I have four new paintings available in the shop now. They are all 4″ x 4″ on wood and are $40 each, plus shipping. Since they are brand spanking new you can use the code “EARLYBIRD” to get 20% off for the next 24 hours. Like that old phrase goes, “The Early Bird Gets 20% Off” or something like that. If you’d like to add any of these paintings to your art collection or send them to somebody you’ve been stalking, simply click the image and you’ll be taken directly to my shop. Also, I highly suggest using the Paypal option for payment because the other method takes about 3 days to clear, which will totally delay shipping. Here we go!


“French Dude”


“Let’s Escape”


“Let’s Hug”


“Tour Guide”

When I come up with titles for my paintings it is usually after I have photographed them and am saving them on my computer. I need a title at that point because I refuse to save photos named “IMG4169” or whatever the camera auto saves each image as. So, when I was saving all these I was listening to French music and that totally influenced the title for each of these paintings. I hope you enjoy them.

If you have any trouble ordering or the EARLYBIRD code doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll help you out.

Thanks for your support!
– Jeff

Chipboard Is My New Friend

I’ve been really into drawing and painting on chipboard lately. Chipboard is basically a thick paperboard made from reclaimed paper stock. It sounds fancy, but you see it used quite a bit for things like keeping photos flat when being shipped, which is actually why I have so much of it. I use it when I mail drawings or prints to people. Anyway, I think black ink looks great on it and it’s a nice alternative to the standard white paper. Right now I have 10 available and they are a mix of Sharpie marker, brush pen, house paint and acrylic ink. If you’d like to purchase any of these simply click on the picture and the rest is easy. Oh, if you do make a purchase I highly suggest using the Paypal option because the other option (Stripe) takes about 3 days longer to process. Here we go…


“The Repair Man”
5″ x 7″ – $15, plus shipping. Order here.


“Floppy Bun”
5″ x 7″ – $15, plus shipping. Order here.


“The Almond Milk Man”
5″ x 7″ – $15, plus shipping. Order here.


“Donut Owl”
5″ x 7″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.

I made a quick time lapse of this next one.


“Benny The Owl”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.


“The Carnies Are Coming”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.


“Barfly”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.


“Pretending To Smile”
8″ x 10″ – $30, plus shipping. Order here.


“Lucky Laura”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.


“Sleepy Harold”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.

I know that’s a lot to look at, so thanks for taking the time to check them out. If you have any problems ordering online let me know and I will help you out.

See ya!
– Jeff

Commission Portrait For Shawn And Shadi

I just finished this portrait a few days ago. Painting portraits isn’t something I usually advertise, but every so often I get asked to do one. When I finished this one I was like, “Hey, these are fun to do!” And now I want to do more of them, so if you’re interested please let me know.

Here’s the source photo that Shawn sent me.

From that photo I made this sketch before I started the painting.

When I first started getting asked to paint specific things like a portrait or paint a pet I always felt the need to explain that it might not look exactly like the photo because I’ll turn it into my style, but now I realize how silly that is because turning it into my style is exactly why people are asking.

Right now I’m working on a more detailed post about commission portraits with a size/price list as well as numerous examples of past commissions. Be on the lookout for that in a day or two. If you can’t wait, no problem…just send me a message.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

Christmas Commission: Five Bunnies For Cadee

Cadee is a true patron of the arts. She might have enough of my work to open her own “Claassen Gallery”. Ten days before Christmas I get an email from Cadee asking about getting some bunny paintings for her nieces. After a couple of ideas were tossed around we agreed that watercolor on paper would be the best.

The nice thing about painting on paper is that it eliminates the 4 days of drying time I need to allow for the resin coating to fully harden on the paintings and prints I make on wood. With Christmas ten days away we really didn’t have much time, especially when you calculate the shipping time for that time of year.

We also went with 5″ x 7″, which is a standard frame size.

I should tell you a little story why I was asked to paint these in the first place. It’s a flattering story, but also funny. Cadee’s nieces asked their mom if they could get bunnies for Christmas and were told no. Smart girls that they are asked Auntie Cadee, who doesn’t say no to anything, for bunnies. At this point Cadee was threatened, “If you get my kids bunnies I am getting your kids goats!” And this is the flattering part. Cadee thought, “What’s the next best thing…Claassen bunnies!”

So, there you have it. It’s just that easy to get artwork made specifically for you. I am usually pretty open to taking on projects like this. If you ever see something of mine that you’d like, but has already sold or maybe it’s not the colors you like, let me know. I’m sure we could figure something out.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

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Two New Paintings, A Sketchbook Spread And My Ultimate Crush

A few days ago I showed you some works in progress and I am happy to report that they are now completed and ready for your viewing pleasure. Two of them are even ready to hang on your wall. You know, if you’re into kinky stuff like that.


“Love Each Other”
5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood
$100, plus shipping. If you’d like to purchase this painting you can place your order right here.
BONUS! Use code EARLYBIRD to get 20% off this painting. Offer expires at noon on Jan. 15.

And now a little story. For some reason I really wanted to write “love each other” on this painting, which is strange because off the top of my head I can only think of two paintings I’ve made in the last 4-6 years with words in them. And one of them doesn’t count because it was my sister’s name on an iPad cover I painted for her. I’m not exactly sure why, but I’m just not that into using words in my art. I probably should though and after making this one I feel like I might add it to my repertoire. The thing is, I have awful handwriting. I also have this self imposed rule not to sketch on my paintings first and to just dive in with paint, ink and a paint brush. I’ll admit, I have made a few exceptions, mostly on commissions where I was asked to paint something very specific. In other cases, but not often, I might sketch with a pen or brush on a scrap paper just to get the feel for how to put the line down before I try it on the actual painting. Forming muscle memory, I suppose. When it comes to writing text I over analyze and scrutinize every little detail, which is silly because that totally takes the fun out of it. But, when you don’t do it often it just feels awkward. Check out my scrap paper for writing “Love Each Other”.

That’s just ridiculous. I felt like a neurotic little girl writing my name over and over again with the last name of whatever boy I’m crushing on. Let’s just call him Jake Ryan. We love each other, damn it! He just doesn’t know it. Yet.

Anyway…
My other painting is a new “fat bird”, as I lovingly call them. Most of my fat birds are 4″ squares, but this one is an 8 incher. I really love the wood grain in this one. I was tempted to paint a border around the image, but decided not to because I wanted as much wood grain to show as possible.


“King Of The Castle”
8″ x 8″ – mixed media on wood
$120, plus shipping.
If you’d like to purchase this painting you can place your order right here.
BONUS! Use code EARLYBIRD to get 20% off this painting. Offer expires at noon on Jan. 15.

Have you heard of the Early Bird Special yet? Sometimes when I put new things up in the shop I offer 20% off for the first day or two. These are one of a kind originals and once they’re sold they are gone forever. If you happen to purchase one within the first day or two that I have it available I think you deserve a little something, which is why I started doing this. Be sure to use the code EARLYBIRD during checkout and you will get 20% off these paintings. This code is also valid for the three new paintings I posted a few days ago.

And last, but not least, here is the full page sketchbook spread. It took a couple of days for the spray paint to lose some of its stickiness.

Years ago when I was obsessed with drawing in sketchbooks I never would have thought to spray paint in one, but I like it. This Moleskine paper can take a lot of abuse and the paint didn’t even bleed through at all, which is awesome.

As always, thanks for looking!
– Jeff

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