Pitching is the most important part of baseball, but there is nothing that personifies the game more than the hitter. The hitter is the nexus of almost all the action of the game, and he is endlessly fascinating to this artist. Here we have a turn-of-the-century (last century) slugger laying the wood on the ball. The hitter sports a thick gray uniform but no batting helmet, no batting gloves, no shinguards. Just hitter, bat and ball.
11 x 14, Watercolor and pen and ink on Bristol board
About the painting
This piece is the first of a series of four rendered with pen and ink and watercolor. They all examine baseball players as they looked more than 100 years ago. The others will appear in the next few days. They can be purchased individually or as a set (with a generous discount).
(This is an original piece, not a print.)