2018 Calendar – Preorder

We are now accepting preorders for this year’s edition of the Painting Portsmouth calendar!

The 2018 calendar features 12 new original artworks created by Charlie Haskins. This body of work pays tribute to several Southern Ohio landmarks. Included in this collection are locations like Alexandria Point, the Scioto Breeze, The Roy Rodgers Esplanade, and Serpent Mound.

With your support we were able to sell over 100 copies of last year’s calendar! Charlie is now taking advanced orders and will have them a limited supply available at his gallery during Small Business Saturday on November 28th.

Each wall calendar is printed on Premium #100 Gloss Book Stock and every month is in full color. The calendar measures 8 1/2” x 11 and is formatted with metal spiral binding.

You can place your order today at our online store to insure your copy here: PREORDER

Orders can either be picked up at Charlie’s gallery in Portsmouth or shipped directly to you. Calendars can be purchased for $20.00.

The Falling Rockets

Check out this new order and a step by step recording of its progress.

The piece is titled The Falling Rockets, after a James Abbott McNeil Whistler painting and was inspired by the combination of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life.

You can watch the painting’s progression from start to finish HERE on our YouTube channel.

In with the Outsiders

For the past week we have had our show on the road and have been hard at work at the Judith Racht gallery’s Outsiders Art Fair in Michigan.

I had a lot of help making our exhibit a success and I’d like to thank everyone who had a hand in making it happen.

Creating the paintings for the show was only half of the work that went into this trip. I had so much help from my wife and son that this show wouldn’t have been possible without them. Milo and Crystal helped me set up our booth and run it too. Milo even greeted our customers with a big smile and a wave.

At the show we meet lots of people and saw a lot of amazing art objects. Like the ones made by our new friend Heavy. He gave us a lot of tips and kept us laughing with his great art!

Here he is with Milo and a painting he calls the “Center of the Universe”. As he held Milo up in front of his sun painting for a photo Heavy said “look it’s an eclipse!”

Even our “cell mate” Patrick Mcardle shared some advice and cool stories with us about seeing Chuck Berry perform at a high school gym. Patrick brought such a vast collection of art I was able to show my work right next to some wonderful Howard Finster pieces.

It was an incredible experience being able to have all of this support and love for the artwork I make. I am so grateful for my family, friends, and the community that made this opportunity happen. It’s something I’ll always remember.

Thank you!

Behind the Scene

After having the pleasure of touring this beautiful property and painting its unique country setting, I wanted to share some “behind the scenes” photos to show what went into making this picture.

Here are some of the reference photos that guided my way through the space. I think these collages give a unique insight into how I create my pictures. The inspiration behind the painting was to fit this entire property into a single frame.

Upon visiting this location, I saw so many beautiful features that I choose an arial composition to help capture the location’s most distinct features. Included on the estate are two ponds, a garden, a large hay field, and a marvelous three story brick house. I really had to manipulate and bend the perspective to capture everything in the scene.

As you can see my paintings go through several changes as I work on varying layouts. From left to right you can see differences in scale and the orientation of some of the buildings and surrounding wildlife. I usually work with big areas first and add the finer details as I go. Many of the black outlines and even the animal sitting on the porch act as my finishing touches.

Getting to know the owners of this lovely home was a real treat and I had a wonderful time working with them to help tell the story of their property.

The delicate art of lying to the choir director…

Yesterday was such a special day!
I finally got to reveal two secret paintings that were commissioned for Stan Workman's twenty fifth anniversary celebration as choir director at Portsmouth's 2nd Presbyterian Church.

For the occasion I was asked to create a portrait of Dr. Workman as well as a painting of the exterior of the 2nd Presbyterian Church. I was told the paintings would be a surprise and would be presented to Stan at a secret dinner party. Much like Stan however I had no idea what this dinner was going to be like!

I'm sure for Stan things seemed to start normal enough. Stan was told that he would be playing the music for a fellow church couple's anniversary party but little did he know that as he played piano in the corner of the large dining hall, that all the people in attendance were there to celebrate him!

Stan must have had a few questions about the folks walking in and even more as a curious clergy member took over as mc. The man introduced himself as "Father Guido" and spoke with a heavy Italian accent. While lighting a cigarette the man thanked everyone for attending the night's "ruse" and keeping the big secret.
He then asked his good friend Stan Workman to join him on the stage.

Father Guido quickly dressed Stan in a robe, sat him down in a throne, and placed a crown on Stan's head. As Stan began to realize what was happening Father Guido exclaimed, "This is your life, Stan Workman!"

The night was filled with jokes, stories, surprise guests, and guessing games. Friends from Stan's early career, students, and fellow musicians took the stage and shared stories about their time with Stan and paid him tribute in song.

So many people shared their love for Stan and his work. They even presented Stan with a large donation from the group to fund organ preservation.

Afterwards it was my turn to join in and unveil the paintings I had made for Stan.

It was so humbling to be apart of this event and share in celebrating Stan's accomplishments. I'd like to thank all the folks at 2nd Presbyterian for inviting me and for asking me to paint their beautiful building.

Monkey’s Uncle

I’m so proud of my niece, Karlie Haskins! Not only did she create a cool painting that she titled Happiness, but she also got 1st place at South Webster’s art show this week! 


Prop me up!

“Prop me up against the jukebox…” prop!

This is my first prop I’ve made in a long time. It is headed to the Portsmouth Little Theatre for the Sordid Lives show.

I’ve been working on some other props and I have also donated a painting of the historic PLT to be raffled off. 

The drawing will be held on Saturday, May 27th following the performance of Sordid Lives! Part of the money raised will go to the PLT.

Raffle tickets go on sale Monday at Haskins House and can be purchased at the PLT box office on show nights! Raffle tickets are available for a $5.00 donation. 

I will also have 8″ x 10″ prints for sale at Haskins House and the Portsmouth Little Theatre for $10.00.

You can reserve your seat for Sordid Lives now at www.pltlive.com 

Street Art Saturday Returns!

Read all about Street Art Saturday’s return here in this wonderful write-up at the Portsmouth Daily Times and watch some of the performances on our YouTube channel. 
The next show is on June 3rd. We will have lots more talent filling the streets and Charlie will be releasing his new book Painting Portsmouth!


Life goal met! I got a chance to work with legendary artist Wayne White! 

If you were like me, Wayne White is an artist you might not know you knew. For a years I’ve seen his work on tv shows, movies, and music videos without realizing who he was or what he was responsible for creating. When I saw the documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing, I learned of the many characters and props White had made on series like Pee Wee’s Play House, Beakman’s World, The Weird Al Show, and his award winning music video Tonight, Tonight for the Smashing Pumpkins.  

In his work White promotes humor in the art world and explains that laughter can be one of our most valuable forms of expression. I was mezemorized by White’s work and found that I enjoyed it so much because it was energetic, entertaining, and most importantly fun.

White is currently working on an installation project called Wayne-O-Rama. People are describing the show as a history fun house. The exhibit pays tribute to White’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee and recreates the area’s history through a series of giant sculptures and puppets!

I was fortunate enough to not only meet Wayne White, but I also got the chance to work with him! I was able to lend a hand on this giant Samuel L. Jackson puppet! 

It was an unbelievable experience for me to be able to work with such an innovator. I’ve admired his work for years and his work continues to motivate me to experiment and try new things. 

The Wayne-O-Rama instaltion will be open until this September and will be followed by a new Wayne White retrospective this June! Check out Wayne’s website here for more info.

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