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Nursery Mural

This 5'X3.5' acrylic on canvas is the decoration for a nursery, populated by storybook and fantasy characters. By Adam Maxwell Townsend
This 5’X3.5′ acrylic on canvas is the decoration for a nursery, populated by storybook and fantasy characters. By Adam Maxwell Townsend

When my wife and I decided to have a baby (a little girl due in August), I knew I had to do something special to decorate the nursery.

That’s why I put together this 5’X3.5′ mural populated with fantasy and children’s book characters. I’ll be filling in the correct constellation and poster on the door in the mirror, depending on when her birth sign is.

The medium is acrylic on canvass, which I tacked to the wall. I drew the sketch at about 1/8th scale, scanned it into the comupter and manipulated it so it was abou 4″X6″, and I then used an opague projector to throw it up on the wall and trace the lines.

See how many characters you recognize!

Two Paintings Mounted…

Two paintings by Adam Maxwell Townsend
Two paintings by Adam Maxwell Townsend; each 4’X’4 acrylic on plywood.

A client of mine recently mounted two of my 4’X4′ paintings on the wall of his home.

The one on the left is a portrait of the painting owner as a WWII soldier about to ambush a Nazi fortress from above as the German soldiers below drink and play cards. (The owner is a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorius Basterds.”)

The one on the right I was actually going to destroy because I found it depressing. It depicts a bunch of notorious criminals and killers from throughout history, flanked by animated skeletons recognizing each other as if they were old friends. In the bottom corners are portraits from the crowd a famous lynch mob photograph.

I feel like I said what I wanted to say with that painting, but then it started to depress me. The more I thought about it, the more the depiction of these scumbags seemed like glorification, though I didn’t mean it as such.

Before I burned it, though, someone expressed interest and ask if they could have it, so I relented.

Either way, I think they both look cool together, and I haven’t previously posted photos of either of these works.

San Clemente Jr. Women to Auction Townsend Original

16"X20" Acrylic on Illustration board. By Adam Maxwell Townsend.
16″X20″ Acrylic on Illustration board. By Adam Maxwell Townsend.

I’ve donated a painting “Jazz #4” to the San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club to help them raise money for an art scholarship at their March Fire and Ice charity gala event.

(Buy tickets here.)

The money raised will go to help pay for art scholarships for kids at San Clemente High School.

The event is at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club, San Clemente, 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, California 92673, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

If you come, you’ll see me there — I’ve been recruited to snap photos pro-bono for the club’s website and archives.

Finally finished with the “BIKER BAR” Commission

24"x36" Acrylic and ink on illustration board. By Adam Maxwell Townsend, Nov. 2014.
24″x36″ Acrylic and ink on illustration board. By Adam Maxwell Townsend, Nov. 2014.

I wrapped up the finishing touches on this painting Sunday. I used an orange art marker to lay the bricks over the blue-washed background of the bar.

See the my full Flickr slideshow of the painting’s progress from conception to completion below. Read my initial post about this painting here.

PIRATE STORY (Sold)

Adam Maxwell Townsend did this acrylic painting in the style of a adventure storybook illustration, but the subjects are modern-day pirates rather than Long John Silver or Blackbeard.
Adam Maxwell Townsend did this acrylic painting in the style of a adventure storybook illustration, but the subjects are modern-day pirates rather than Long John Silver or Blackbeard.

This painting started out as a lark — at the time I started it in 2009, Somali pirates were big in the news. Working at a newspaper at the time, I had been following their exploits.

I had an extra piece of illustration board and started a pencil drawing — I used no real research or preliminary sketches, just my imagination and vague ideas I got from reading Associated Press and Reuters articles about the subject.

Interestingly, this became one of my most popular paintings; I sold it within 6 months and it was featured in FIND Art Magazine and shown at the FIND Art Gallery in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The size is 15″X20″. Within the next six months, I’m going to do a limited edition run of 100 full-size, signed and numbered prints for $100 each. I’ll post on the site when they’re available.

Here’s my Flickr slideshow showing my steps in the process for creating this piece:

JOHN MINOR CROSSES THE DELAWARE

Pictured in this spoof of Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's 1851 "Washington Crosses the Delaware" is the Minor family of Steubenville, OH.
Pictured in this spoof of Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 “Washington Crosses the Delaware” is the Minor family of Steubenville, OH.

I did this small-scale acrylic painting in honor of John Minor’s (pictured in the bow) 2013 retirement from his career as a high school history teacher. His family (also shown in the boat) commissioned the piece as a Gift.

Obviously, with this painting I spoofed Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s 1851 masterpiece, “Washington Crosses the Delaware.”

Washington Crossing the Delaware
Washington Crossing the Delaware