Painting in Red | Costume Play & More| Nebraska Stories

Painting in Red | Costume Play & More| Nebraska Stories


ASHLEY SPITSNOGLE: I have
always been a big Husker fan. I still enjoy doing
abstract and landscapes and animals and stuff like that. But the Husker art, it’s
like a whole new ball game. NARRATOR: Ashley
Spitsnogle’s Husker artwork has taken fandom by storm. A life long Nebraska fan,
Ashley’s path to painting in red began by accident. ASHLEY: I did a live painting at
a teammate’s mentoring benefit or gala, so that’s kind
of where it started. So live painting, is almost
kind of like a performance. I think that it helps people
appreciate the painting process and I think that they
understand art more by watching it like that. Maybe are more willing to
spend more money on art because they know
what goes into it. It was a Tom Osborne,
Brook Berringer. And Tom was there and so
painted in front of him and after I got done
with the picture, I put it on Facebook and
there was a lot of people that reached out afterwards. I decided to get licensed
with the university to sell Husker artwork. And then from there,
I was asked to paint one of Sam Foltz
and Brook Berringer and that’s really when
it took off from there. That one is the most special and I almost get teary
eyed talking about it because the families,
whether it be Sam, who passed away two years ago, their family missing their boy, or the Berringers who lost
Brook 22-23 years ago. They miss him just the same. And they share their memories and they wanna talk
about their kids. So to be able to paint
something like that that is representing
them in a good light, that’s just the
most special to me. (upbeat music) ASHLEY: So in high school I
started doing small commissions for people. I’ve always loved
to draw and paint and then at college, I
majored in art there. Then I went to Italy, studied
art for a month in Florence and came back in 2008 and
that’s when I really knew that this is what I
wanted to do as a job. I illustrated a children’s
book, Josh The Baby Otter. And that I started
in about 2008-2009. It’s a water safety
book for kids. That’s a whole nother
kind of world there. It’s kind of helped
me continue to do art. I didn’t really do a lot of
Husker artwork growing up, I would say. Not even really in college much, but it’s been fun doing it now. I like doing abstract. The process is fun. I really enjoy that. I do oil and acrylic primarily. And then when I’m doing
drawing, I like to do charcoal. It gets really good
lights and darks. When I’m working on
a Husker painting, first I’ll come up
with a composition for what I wanna paint. So a lot of times I use
Photoshop to do that and I’ll have different options and then I’ll finally find one that I think would
look good painted and then when I paint,
I’ll reference that and I’ll use charcoal to
lay out the composition. And then from there, then
I’ll start layering in the first layer of paint and
I just keep layering on paint until it’s finished. I feel like Bob Ross. Here’s a little fan. This fan looks happy. NARRATOR: Based
in Elkhorn, Nebraska, Ashley’s work’s come
together many times through collaboration with the
other artists residing there. ASHLEY:
There’s so many times that we
feed off each other’s ideas and creativity and
something’s not quite right, so we’ll ask someone else. With this John Cook, I
was trying to figure out the composition in Photoshop. It didn’t quite look right. The court, I had too small. And I was just like,
what’s wrong with this? Something just didn’t look right and Jane said, how ’bout
you make the court bigger? So there’s just so many times that we kind of
feed off each other. I really wanted my
first painting of him to be something that
represents not just the coach, but the team and volleyball. John Cook and the volleyball
team deserve a painting. I just think that it’s overdue. I grew up, more of football,
in a football family, so I was painting
what I’ve known and a lot of the
players that I painted are players that I have
also known growing up, and teams that I would watch. And volleyball, John
Cook is a living legend. Maybe, I might still do
another one of John Cook. Somebody suggested,
even with the clipboard or something like that. But I just wanted the court in
the first one with the girls. I thought that would be neat
as a first volleyball one. (upbeat music) NARRATOR: For
Ashley, these paintings, hopefully help connect
fans more intimately to the teams they love. ASHLEY: So it just is natural
now to be licensed and paint these things that
are really exciting to people and I feel their excitement
and that’s what makes it fun. And I think people can feel
that too in my artwork. Like the one of Scott
running out with the team. It’s like a whole new ball game. If I’ma spend time and go
through that whole process, I want it to be something
that people are gonna like and it’s gonna be a neat memory. Painting memories and
creating memories on canvas, where they can be put up
in Husker rooms and homes. It’s just fun. I love going to games. I love tailgating. I love everything
about Husker sports. So, I don’t know,
it’s just made it a little bit more
exciting I guess.

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