Walter Payton Paintings – Preview

I’m currently working on 3 sports paintings of the Chicago Bears star Running Back HOFer, Walter “Sweetness” Payton.

NOTE: each image is just a small slice of the full painting. I’m a big tease.

All of the football paintings are from the same photograph, Walter diving for a TD, but each slightly different than the other.

I don’t typically do action shots, (portraits) but I may be onto something with this new experiment.

By the way, experimenting is tough on an artist, as the results usually suck and subsequent thoughts of “you suck, you’re no good and you should stick to your day job you stupid loser.” enter the artist’s head (while beating himself or herself with a large wooden spoon).

Painting… yay.

Without further adieu, a Walter Payton preview – full images coming soon.

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25 Followers Plus Rule

There’s a new rule for the sports painting contest that a lot of people won’t be thrilled with, but it has to be done if I’m going to continue on with the contest.

You must have at least 25 followers of your own to participate in future contests starting on January 2, 2011.

There are two primary reasons for this rule.

1) I am fairly certain, though I cannot prove, that I have a number of followers who submit more than one prediction under multiple Twitter accounts. These multiple accounts are barely active other than submitting predictions to my contest and have very few followers. This rule doesn’t guarantee against these cyber-criminals from submitting predictions from these accounts, but it helps.

2) I do the giveaway because it increases my exposure as an artist. Followers like what they see, retweet -tell their followers and I sell paintings to those followers. It’s a win-win situation. If you don’t have followers and you don’t give me exposure, well, that’s a win-lose – a win for you and a loss for me. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

One hand washes the other. I’m making a big sacrifice by giving away a $1,250 painting for free in exchange for exposure. All I ask is that you do the fair thing – earn it.

There have been a few complaints from those stating that they don’t know how to get followers. There are numerous websites with tips on how to find followers.

There are also some who have said that they aren’t looking to add followers and are here to receive information. You do the world a disservice by not sharing your expertise with those who wish to learn from your talent and experience.

Best,

Dave Choate

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Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins Painting

Dan Marino, HOF Quarterback of the NFL Miami Dolphins (rough draft) painting by sports artist, Dave Choate.

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Sammy Baugh, Redskins Painting

Painting (rough draft) of Washington Redskins NFL Quarterback, Sammy Baugh by sports artist, Dave Choate.

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Brett Favre – New York Jets Paintings

Updated rough draft painting of former New York Jets Quarterback, Brett Favre by sports artist, Dave Choate.

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Sports Paintings Underway

Here are the sports paintings I’m working on at the moment.

Steve Young of the 49ers in the pocket against the Dallas Cowboys.

Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.

An old time quarterback (I forget his name).

Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks.

Kyle Singler of the Duke Blue Devils.

The Catch by San Francisco 49ers, Dwight Clark.

Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphons.

Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers – Sports Painting

Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings star, Brett Favre. A rough-draft painting I started tonight. It probably only took about twenty minutes to do. I had some leftover paint and couldn’t let it go to waste, so I flipped through my football book looking for a portrait to paint and came across the buzz-worthy quarterback and decided to give it a go. I like it so far, it’s a little different from what I’ve done, then again, I think everything is a little different from the previous painting. It’s important to stretch yourself as an artist – as painful as those growing pains may be.

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Amar’e Stoudemire Knicks Making of Sports Painting

The making of sports painting of NBA star, Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks by sports artist, Dave Choate.














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Amare Stoudemire Knicks Painting

Wikipedia Bio

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire 1 (pronunciation: /əˈmɑreɪ ˈstɒdəmaɪər/; born November 16, 1982) is an American professional basketball power forward for the New York Knicks. Taken in the first round and with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, he spent the first eight years of his career with the Phoenix Suns. He is listed as 6-foot-10-inch (208 cm) and 249-pound (113 kg). Stoudemire won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2003, made five appearances in the NBA All-Star Game, made first-team All-NBA Team in 2007, and won a Bronze Medal with the United States men’s national basketball team at the 2004 Olympic Games. Stoudemire’s first name had previously been listed in the Phoenix Suns media guide as Amaré or Amare, but it was changed to Amar’e in October 2008. 2 Stoudemire told NBA.com that his name had always been spelled Amar’e, but the media had been spelling it incorrectly since he joined the NBA. 3

1 Early life and career
2 NBA career
2.1 Phoenix Suns (2002–10)
2.1.1 Early years
2.1.2 Knee problems
2.1.3 2006–07 season
2.1.4 2007–08
2.1.5 2008–09
2.1.6 2009-10
2.2 New York Knicks (2010–present)
3 Off the court
3.1 Jewish background
4 Awards/honors
5 NBA career statistics
5.1 Regular season
5.2 Playoffs
6 See also
7 References
8 External links

Early life and career
Stoudemire was born in Lake Wales, Florida. His father, Hazell, died of a heart attack when Stoudemire was 12, and his mother, Carrie, was in and out of prison during that time. As a result, he attended six different high schools before graduating from Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida. 5 He told Isaac Perry in an article for Dime Magazine that what kept him going in that time period was God and the words of rapper Tupac Shakur.He did not start playing organized basketball until he was 14. 6 Stoudemire only played two years of high school-level basketball, but in those two years he was named the MVP of the Nike Summer League. He committed to play at the University of Memphis, but never attended the school.Instead, he declared for the NBA draft because of his desire to help his family quickly. The Phoenix Suns decided on him with their ninth pick in the 2002 NBA Draft due to a need for inside strength at the time. Phoenix was the only team that year to select a high school player in the first round.

NBA career
Phoenix Suns (2002–10)

Early years
In his rookie season, Stoudemire averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, with a season high of 38 points, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 30, 2002, the highest score by a prep-to-pro player until broken a year later by LeBron James. citation needed Stoudemire won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, beating out Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and Miami Heat forward Caron Butler and becoming the first player drafted out of high school to win the award.

The following season, Stoudemire improved statistically, 7 8 but his team stumbled to a 29–53 record, and point guard Stephon Marbury was traded to the New York Knicks. During the summer of 2004, Stoudemire was selected to play for the United States national team in the 2004 Summer Olympics. However, head coach Larry Brown declined to give him significant playing time quantify .

During the 2004–05 NBA season, Stoudemire teamed up with point guard Steve Nash to lead the Suns to a 62–20 record. Averaging 26 points per game that year and achieving a new career high of 50 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 2, 2005, he was selected to his first National Basketball Association All-Star Game as a reserve forward. In the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, Stoudemire performed magnificently, averaging 37 points per game, but the Suns lost in 5 games.

Knee problems

Stoudemire dunks over Gilbert Arenas during a game against the Washington Wizards November 8, 2009 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.During the 2005–06 NBA pre-season, knee cartilage damage was discovered and Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery on October 18, 2005. Initially, the Suns thought he would return by mid-February, 9 but his rehab took longer than expected. Stoudemire, however, scored 20 points in his return against the Portland Trail Blazers, but went scoreless his third game against the New Jersey Nets on March 27, 2006. On March 28 it was announced that he would likely miss the rest of the regular season due to ongoing stiffness in both knees. His manager stated that the comeback came a little too soon, and Stoudemire needed to do more rehab. 10 Stoudemire’s rehabilitation, which was led by Suns trainer Aaron Nelson 11 and Dr. Micheal Clark, the president and CEO of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) 12 went well as he stated during the rehab that he was pretty explosive and he gradually gained his strength back.

Stoudemire attended the 2006 USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas, although he ultimately did not play in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. His athletic trainers stated that he had no swelling since his most recent surgery and his strength and flexibility have been “better than ever: almost like superman”. who?

Stoudemire played in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, but withdrew from the national team for the 2008 Olympics. Jerry Colangelo, managing director for the national team, said, “Amar’e has pulled himself out of consideration for the roster and that’s predicated on, despite the fact that he’s had an injury-free year coming back, he’s a little hesitant on pushing the envelope too hard.” Stoudemire had said in April 2008, “It’s more than a year-round grind. Its last year and the year before that and the year before that. It’s really been like a three-year-round basketball circuit.” 13

2006–07 season
Before the 2006–07 season, Stoudemire changed his jersey number from 32 to 1. 14 Dijon Thompson, last wore #1 the previous season. 14 15

Stoudemire joined the United States national team once and began practicing with the international team in July, but was dropped from the squad for its trip to Asia because coach Mike Krzyzewski believed he needed a proper chance to fully recover from his knee injuries.

On February 18, 2007, Stoudemire appeared in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, his second NBA All-Star Game appearance. He scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and came in second in MVP voting to winner Kobe Bryant. citation needed He had previously announced that he would make the All Star Game in his first season back after his knee recovered. citation needed

During the 2007 NBA Playoffs, in a series against the San Antonio Spurs, Stoudemire accused Manu Ginóbili and Bruce Bowen of being “dirty” players. 16 17 Stoudemire was suspended for Game 5 for leaving the bench area after an altercation between guard Steve Nash and Robert Horry. The Suns lost to the Spurs in six games.

2007–08
Stoudemire led the Suns in scoring (25.2 points per game) and rebounds (9.1 per game) in the 2007–08 season. He made the 2008 NBA All-Star team and was named to the 2nd team on the All-NBA Team. Stoudemire also adjusted well to playing with Shaquille O’Neal, who the Suns had acquired in February. The Suns however faltered in the playoffs, again losing to their rivals the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns blew a big lead in game one of the series, and seemed to never recover, losing the series 4–1 to the Spurs. Stoudemire averaged 23 points in the series. After the season, the Suns coach Mike D’Antoni left the team to coach the New York Knicks.

2008–09
With new coach Terry Porter, the Suns game turned more to an emphasis on defense and a more controlled offense. The Suns offensive slowdown affected Stoudemire, whose scoring average dropped about 4 points from the previous season, although he was still leading the team in scoring and rebounding. The Suns also struggled with Terry Porter’s system, and were just 28–23 and had lost their last five games just before the 2009 NBA All-Star game. Stoudemire started for the winning Western Conference in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.

On February 19, in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Stoudemire suffered a detached retina, although he may have injured it earlier as he had been bothered by the same eye even before this game. He had injured the same eye in preseason, although this injury involved a partially torn iris, with no damage to his retina. He said then that he would have to wear protective goggles for the rest of his career, but stopped wearing them after seven games. 18 Stoudemire underwent eye surgery to repair the retina. The recovery took eight weeks, which forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season. 19 He announced that he would wear protective goggles when he returned to play the following season. 20

2009-10
In the 2009–10 season, Stoudemire and Nash would eventually lead the Suns to a 54-28 record, clinching the third seed in the Western Conference. The Suns would defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 during the first round and beat the San Antonio Spurs 4-0 in the Conference Semifinals, to meet the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Conference Finals. After dropping the first two games, Stoudemire would score 42 points in game 3 and 21 in game 4, to help the Suns tie the series 2-2. After Ron Artest’s buzzer beater in game 5 and Kobe Bryant’s 37 points in game 6, the Suns lost the series 4-2.

New York Knicks (2010–present)
On June 30, 2010, Stoudemire opted out of his contract with the Suns, which made him an unrestricted free agent. On July 5, 2010, Stoudemire and the New York Knicks agreed in principle to a contract estimated to be worth around $99.7 million over five years. 21 On the first day that free agents were allowed to officially sign, the Knicks formally introduced Stoudemire at Madison Square Garden. 22 With the Knicks, Stoudemire was reunited with head coach Mike D’Antoni, who had coached him with the Suns. On December 12, 2010, in a game against the Denver Nuggets, Stoudemire set a franchise record with his eighth straight 30-point game. 23

Off the court
In November 2008, Stoudemire received the NBA’s Community Assist Award, for his work with his Each 1, Teach 1 Foundation, and its efforts to provide safe drinking water in Sierra Leone by funding the building of water wells in impoverished villages. Stoudemire visited the country in Summer 2008, making visits to water well sites and meeting with President Ernest Bai Koroma and the rest of the cabinet. 24

Jewish background
In a 2010 interview, Stoudemire said, “I have been aware since my youth that I am a Hebrew through my mother, and that is something that has played a subtle but important role in my development.” He visited Israel that year, saying he intended “to get a better understanding of my heritage.” 25

Awards/honors
NBA Rookie of the Year: 2003
NBA All-Star: 2005, 2007–10
All-NBA First Team: 2007
All-NBA Second Team: 2005, 2008, 2010
NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2003
NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge MVP: 2004
NBA career statistics
Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

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Stan “The Man” Musial, St. Louis Cardinals Wallpaper – 4 Sizes

Stan “The Man” Musial, St. Louis Cardinals desktop wallpaper.

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