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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Behind the Paint: The Mr. Let's Paint TV Portrait

This is a painting of Mr. Let's Paint TV.

We've all seen this image a million times in postcards, calendars, coffee-table books, tattooed on art school kids bodies, on billboards, carved into trees, branded into cows, branded into people who like being branded, and lately, we've seen it a lot because of the new Let's Paint TV movie that will hit theaters in 2016.

Yes, we've seen this image everywhere imaginable, so much so that we're up to our eyeballs in it, and quite frankly, we might be getting a little bit tired of it, but did you know that there's a back story to this painting that goes like this.

Mr. Let's Paint TV and Paulette went to San Francisco to paint en plein air (outside), and first, they went to California Street where it intersects with Market Street.  They painted there until they were done, and then they drove in an automobile to Black Point Battery, a place with a big old cannon from the first American Civil War.  When they got there, Mr. Let's Paint TV set up his easel and painted 3 images of Alcatraz stacked on top of each other on a single canvas.  This painting is now worth over one billion pounds, British Currency. 

Paulette was tired and a little sick from a cold, so she painted this now-famous portrait of Mr. Let's Paint TV as he was painting his Alcatraz Triplicate because she didn't feel like doing a larger, more involved painting.  And she didn't want to paint Alcatraz because it seemed a little sad to paint something that was a prison.

The painting is currently for sale by an anonymous seller for ten thousand dollars (US).


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