Owen Baker-Flynn

And here are some other benches submitted for you approval!

This next bench is called, "First in a Series," and features title of the first book in a series. I twas the cause of many heated debates at the Baker-Flynn Compound. did you know that Curious George was in another book BEFORE he appeared in his first Curious George Book? Also, if I remember correctly, While the Chronicles of Narnia is basically the first chapter in that series, it wasn't the first book in that series to be published. 

This one I called, "So close!" I liked the idea of the Tigee being so close to the Oreos and yet so far away. So very, far away.

This bench is called, "I got them Oreo Blues" I've always liked that song since I first heard it a bunch of years ago. It's written and sung by Lonnie Mack. It was also written by Mike Wilkerson.  I got the idea of using it on a bench and for some reason(Maybe it was the right thing to do!) I asked permission to use the lyrics on a bench. And for some reason Lonnie Mack  and the very nice people at Conexion said, "Sure!" It was really sweet. To paraphrase Mick Jagger, You don't always get what you ask for, but sometimes you do! Anyway part of my agreement says I can't show pictures of the entire bench, so here it is!

This is the underneath of that bench.

These are the sides of the bench.

And this one is called, "The Seven Deadly Tigees." Only five of which can be seen here. The other two are on the sides of the bench. One of the things I've really liked about painting on the benches is what happens when your "canvas, so to speak, goes off on an angle and what happens to that space. Every now and then a child will follow the painting around, sometimes to underneath the bench and it's pretty cool to see them yell out, "The picture keeps on going," or words like that. 

This next bench is called, The Picnic Bench. 

I'll be putting up more photos as time goes by. The above bench is called, "Gulp!".

The one below is called, "Who's There?" I really liked the way that one turned out. Very close to what I had in my head.

For the past eight or nine years I've been painting odd things on benches for Children's Fairyland in Oakland, CA. It's been a lot of fun exploring the unique canvas of a bench. it took me a while to figure out a motif, theme, or whatever. The tiger that appears on most of the benches is based on a toy stuffed animal of my son's and it's also important to know the tiger is NOT Hobbes, as Hobbes is not a licensed character, he's also not Tony the Tiger or any of the Detroit Tigers!