From the front door: ROAR!
It's a Samuel Tarpley original, circa 2005.
And I had to make room for a couple of Ethan originals:
This one is called "Superhero"...
Quick story behind "Superhero." The character's name is Money Man. His sidekick (not pictured) was called Cash Cow. Their super power was lending people money. I reminded Ethan of that tonight, and he said, "Well, they can't just give it away."
On the opposite wall: "Man With Hotdog."
Ethan was three when he painted this. I love how all the color and detail are in the hot dog. The human figure is basically just there to hold the hot dog.
I had an original Frank Lloyd Wright elevation rendering rolled up in a tube in my closet for the past five years just waiting for my wife to leave me so I could frame it and hang it in the living room. I did.
It's not "Man Eating Hotdog," by any means, but it's very cool.
In the kitchen: Samuel as Jim Morrison. This is from his long-hair phase, when he was probably 10. One day I thought, "He looks like such a hippie. Hey, I have an idea...."
And here's a Samuel original, "Starry Nights."
In my bedroom: yet another Frank Lloyd Wright blueprint above my bed. (Noticing a trend?) It replaced an ugly honey oak mirror that Jen had bought years ago, which looked like it came out of a Peoria retirement home.
Look at the lines, look at the lines...
Above my dresser I put two of my favorites photos of my sweet little boys when they were sweet and little. Samuel is on the floor, showing a rare smile. Ethan is a bumble bee marching into battle.
Don't you want to hug them?
Finally, in my bathroom is a photo of three-year-old Ethan attempting to navigate a urinal.
It's the greatest picture ever. Don't tell him it's on my blog.
I think our work is complete for now.