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Benjamin Hummel

Last Day! Hat Shop Musicians

While life can be filled with its ups and downs, every once in a while some days are simply magical. Such was an early May morning in Boulder recently. Started the morning off with friends and colleagues, and concluded with a walk down Pearl Street Mall with my lovely wife. Being a fan of hats,…

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Day Nine: Studio Cat

I will not lie, my cat loves to be a part of the action, always within arm’s reach of where I am painting, designing or drawing. Sometimes, when looking for a way to warm up in the morning, I’ll grab my sketch book, as she lazies about, looking back up at me with curiosity. One…

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Day Eight: Clear Creek Plein Air

Excited to report we have already sold two paintings during this 10 day sale! Our next piece was painted on location, on the Washington Street Bridge, looking at Clear Creek, in Golden, Colorado. Barely a stone’s throw away from this spot sits Coors Brewery. Day Eight’s offering is titled Clear Creek Plein Air, oil on…

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Day Seven: St. Mary's Glacier

“St. Mary’s Alice” oil on board. Framed as seen in picture. Size of art: 10″ x 16.” Size of framed art: approx. 13″ x 21″ Comes with a certificate of originality. Above Idaho Springs sits St. Mary’s Alice, formally St. Mary’s Glacier, where an ice field straddles between two mountain ridges. The bottom layer of…

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Day Six, Like Counting Down to Christmas!

Day six, and this is almost as exciting as counting down to Christmas! And speaking of Christmas, today’s piece is another Christmas themed piece. Titled “Mele Kalikimaka,” this is the result of what happens when you combine Christmas with Hawaii. This 20″ x 16″ painting will embolden any room with its presence, and get the…

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Day Three: "Along the Road to Cape Cod, 2"

“Along the Road to Cape Cod 2″ $99 for today only as a part of the 10 day, 10 paintings, cyber week special. Oil on board. Optional frame as seen in picture. Size of art: 11″ x 14.” Size of framed art: approx. 17″ x 21″ Comes with a certificate of originality. Being a Colorado…

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"Safe!" New Art by Benjamin Hummel

He’s reaching to steal second. The pitch is low and inside, which most pitches tend to be at this level. The batter was told to swing regardless, to distract the catcher, while the runner on first waits for the sign from his coach… who happens to also be his dad. “He’s scratching his nose. Does…

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Landscape to Paint: Colorado's Hill Country

In today’s edition of New Art!, I’m always impressed with some of the spectacular scenery the state of Colorado has to offer, from the flat Eastern plains to the sharp cliffs of Ouray and Telluride. In the middle of teaching a landscape painting class, I painted this piece as a class demo from a photo…

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Stop Motion Easter Animation – Matthew 26:31

Part of the core of what we do at Painting for Life is our faith. As the Easter season approaches, we do occasionally like to bring attention to our belief in a loving God who sent His Son to redeem a cursed world through a cruel sacrifice. In Matthew 26:31, Jesus predicts His death by…

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The Future of Children's Literature: The Story Behind the Art

This new piece, co-illustrated by both Benjamin Hummel and Cherish Flieder, tackles the question, what role does children’s literature have as we move full steam into the 21st century? We certainly live in a changing world. Book sales nationwide continue to drop–magazine and newspapers are going out of business left and right. We are in…

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