Jeremy Lipking, rad painter, movie star.

Well, he's more of a documentary star. Not that being a documentary star isn't equally fabulous. I mean, those penguins that Morgan Freeman befriended were technically in a documentary, and they were stars. They even won an Academy Award. And! One of Lipking's paintings did go on to feature prominently in a movie with Christopher Walken, who I'm pretty sure knows Morgan Freeman, which definitely makes Jeremy Lipking a star. But seriously, Lipking rocks. And not just because he resembles Morgan Freeman's penguins. (figuratively speaking, of course) The man is incredibly talented and could finger paint with pond scum and make it look like a beautiful woman.

Lipking is also fantastic because he understands the value of sharing his work with the rest of the planet. These days, lots of artists tread the internets too timidly. Many amazing painters don't have websites, or if they do, the images are small and squinty to look at. You want to dig in and check out those juicy brush strokes, but you can't. Whether they fear someone copying their work or don't understand the benefits of being seen, the result is the same. Only those who have the chance to view their work in person know how talented they are.

Not so with Lipking. Not only does he have a site and a blog and he's on the Twitters, but his images are large and detailed and striking to look at.

See? Close up:

Lipking has taken this a step further. Together with his jauntily bearded friend and fellow art-genius Tony Pro, he's filmed himself creating a portrait of his lovely wife Danielle.

Guess who got her hands on a copy of said DVD?

Oh yes. Yes I did.

Guess who is watching it for the third time while she types this post?

Not me. It's too distracting. I keep pausing to make note of his palette colors and the way he blends his shapes.

I feel vaguely like I did watching Bob Ross back in the 80's. Only without the afro. And Danielle is way prettier than a tree. And Lipking is not holding a baby squirrel in his pocket. As far as I know, anyway.

Actually, come to think of it, watching Jeremy Lipking paint is nothing like watching Bob Ross paint. For one thing, the commentary between him and Tony Pro is much more interesting... and informative. They talk about things like choosing galleries and inspirational artists and the importance of warm and cool color schemes. If, like me, you live in an atelier free zone and jump at the chance to paint with or watch other, more talented, artists paint at every opportunity, you will love this DVD. There is much to absorb here.

And if you're a collector you will really enjoy watching him create his work. There's something a little bit magical that happens when a portrait is made, and Lipking is smart enough to know the value in sharing that.

I'll just close this post with some (nice and large) images to ponder.

Jeremy Lipking. His name is five syllables. That's an easy haiku.

... Dangit.