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The Empire State Building is FINISHED

Posted by jtebeau on April 19, 2011

… as in completed. Done. My drawing of it.

Finished yesterday in about 12.5 months less time than it took to build the original, which still stands proud at 34th and Fifth Avenue. The Pride of the City. The Big Monkey. The ESB.

It will be for sale, too. I’m setting up a website called “Postcards from NY,” where I’ll either auction it off or sell it at a set price. More on that later. For now, ladies and gentleman, I give you…


(crowd cheers, flashbulbs pop, chains break, crowd gasps, etc….)

"The Big Monkey" J. Tebeau © 2011

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Be Careful What You Wish for… But Do It Anyway

Posted by jtebeau on October 21, 2010

Colleen's Wish Painting

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
~ Lewis Carroll

You probably wouldn’t set out on a road trip without first deciding where you’re going. Once you have that settled, you probably reach for a map.

This new customized painting series I’m doing is sort of like an artistic road map for your life.

I call them spell paintings, because there’s magic in making a visual representation of how you want your life to be. It’s powerful to declare your hopes and dreams then hang that vision someplace where you’ll see it every day.

If you’ve ever heard of a vision board — often photos clipped from magazines and glued to poster board — spell paintings are similar. They include pictures of people, places and things you want to be a part of your ideal life.

But spell paintings are better than vision boards in some important ways:
— creating your vision as a beautiful painting gives you art you will be proud to display in your home or office
— your spell painting will have a cohesive, consistent feel, pulling all the pieces together rather than a patchwork of photos
— I will help you create your painting, discussing everything from the mood to the key components of your perfect life

A spell painting would make a great way to start 2011 — a sort of visual New Year’s resolution for yourself. Place your order by Nov. 30 and we can begin working on a painting that shows your wishes for the new year and beyond.

Oh, and holiday cards? I’m doing those, too. You can have an original design for as low as $125. Again, let me know by Nov. 1, as time (as we perceive it) is of the essence.

Here’s one I did based on the It’s a Wonderful Life poster for me and Colleen a couple years back:


Xmas Card

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Three New Prints and a Thoughtful, Well-Reasoned Theory about an Owl

Posted by jtebeau on June 17, 2010

I’ve gotten to know an excellent printer in Manhattan, Loupe Digital Studio on East 24th Street. I’m excited to be working with them. They do beautiful giclee printing (for art exhibits, etc.), and I’ve had very good results with the first couple of jobs they’ve done for me. Giclee is a fancy term for digital printing, done with pigment-based ink on thick, textural acid-free paper which (properly displayed) will not diminish in color for over a century.

I’m offering three different signed giclee prints from the Birds series I did in December: “Blue Bird”, “Minerva’s Owl” and “The Pigeons Who Had Places to GO,” All three originals sold immediately, and I’ve had some requests for prints so now you can get them on my Etsy site. Each is 5″ by 7″ (the original size) on hefty, archival 8″ by 10″ paper, ready to matte or pop into a standard size frame. The cost is $45 and that includes first-class shipping in the U.S.

"Blue Bird" © 2009 John Tebeau

“Blue Bird” (2009) Click HERE to purchase

"Minerva's Owl" © 2009 John Tebeau

“Minerva’s Owl” (2009) Click HERE to purchase

"The Pigeons Who Had Places to GO" © 2009 John Tebeau

“The Pigeons Who Had Places to GO” (2009) click HERE to purchase

And hey– please contact me if you’re interested in a commission. A bird (or anything else, such as a cow, manatee or lungfish) of your very own! Art is a gift that we give our selves. In return, it gives to us, silently, constantly, every day, whether we are aware of it or not. It engages the spirit, the subconscious and the imagination, reminding us of our potential to feel, imagine and create. Art is a solid, sensible investment that pays quiet dividends every day of the year.

Art is Good.

By the way, a few people out there contend that the owl up there represents some god or goblin called Moloch, a wicked naughty dirty evil chap who now allegedly inspires Henry Kissinger, Alan Greenspan and the Rockefellers go to the woods north of San Francisco and eat babies or something. My question to you guys is, “where are the unicorns?” Jesus….

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