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Kauffman Stadium Kansas City Royals

Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City Royals

The World Series is underway with San Francisco and Kansas City.

San Francisco Giants AT&T Park

San Francisco Giants
AT&T Park

The Painted Diamonds series of paintings is currently on display at the Community Center on Villa Avenue.

20141022_092704“Painted Diamonds – 30 Parks in 30 Weeks”, created a painting of every major league ball park, all thirty of them, between April and October 2013. The project was documented and published in a catalog as well as on Kelly’s blog.  There was an exhibition of the entire series at the Blue Ridge Arts Council in Front Royal, VA, during World Series Week, October 23-31, 2013.   Eleven of the original paintings were pre-sold  during the Kickstarter project and several more have sold since the original show.

The paintings will remain on display at the Community Center until the end of October.  The remaining original paintings as well as prints of every park are available for purchase.

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Painted Diamonds at Comm CtrPainted Diamonds – Paintings of the MLB Parks are on display at the Warren County Community Center at 538 Villa Avenue.  It is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

You can read more about the “Painted Diamonds” project here.

 

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Wrigley Field Home of the Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field
Home of the Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, turns 100 today.

When asked last year while I was painting the Kickstarter project – Painted Diamonds what is my favorite ball park to go see a ball game I said Wrigley Field.  If you haven’t been there you really have to go if you like baseball.  It’s a ball park – not a stadium.  It has an intimate feel about it.  According to where you sit you may have to lean around posts to see.  I love Wrigley.  It’s a great old park.

Happy Birthday Wrigley!

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Turner Field Atlanta Braves

Turner Field
Atlanta Braves

Baseball season has started and this year it feels really strange not to be painting the MLB parks like I was doing last year all during the season.  My Kickstarter project – Painted Diamonds was a lot of fun but kept me busy for 6 months painting those parks.  (Read all about it and see the paintings here.)

If you have a favorite team you can check the Painted Diamonds page to see if that painting is still available or order a print of your favorite field.

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Print boxAfter getting several requests for a print of the Marine War Memorial that I painted last week I have had prints made.  They are available now.

You can click this Order Form with Marine War Mem to order one.  The order form also has information for ordering any of the Painted Diamonds merchandise – prints, catalog and poster.  Just feel free to contact me if you have any questions at kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com .

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Bing Crosby Stadium Front Royal, Virginia

Bing Crosby Stadium
Front Royal, Virginia

I couldn’t paint all those ball parks over the last six months and not include our very own “Bing Crosby Stadium”.  So number 31 in my series of Painted DIamonds is The Bing, as it is affectionately known in Front Royal.  It opened in April of 1950 and is the home to the Front Royal Cardinals, a collegiate summer baseball team.

There are many variations to the story of how the stadium got its name.  Here is one:

In 1948, while serving as Grand Marshall of the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Bing Crosby came to Front Royal at the invitation of Senator Raymond R. Guest to help with a fund-raising campaign for a new ball park. He contributed $1,000 to the effort. In 1950, Mr. Crosby returned to Front Royal for the premiere of his movie, “Riding High”, and made another contribution of $3,572.92, which completed the fund-raising campaign.

A plaque at the stadium reads as follows:  “The stadium was dedicated on April 1, 1950.  It was erected by the people of Front Royal and Warren County in sincere appreciation of Bing Crosby’s assistance in promoting recreational facilities for the youth of this community. “

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Proof for Poster I’ve spent the last couple of days preparing the layout for a poster of the Painted Diamonds series.  It went to print last night.  Woo Hoo!  This is part of the Kickstarter rewards.  Pledges at the certain level will receive a poster.  Others will get a print of a certain field and at the higher level pledge some will receive an actual painting.

We will also have posters and prints available for sale beginning next week as well as the original paintings that have not already sold.

If you have a baseball fan in your family this is a great gift idea for Christmas.  Something unique for the person who already has everything!

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