Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Talking Baseball and Art on the Ballcaps and Bagpipes Show

Thank you to Jason for a really fun hour of baseball talk.

The reason for this conversation is to promote the effort of 100 artists creating work to raise funds for the Negro League Baseball Museum #nlbmart

The sale of the work is going on right now.

You can find the video podcast here:


Saturday, October 3, 2020


<< UPDATE >>

Creating this painting was a labor of love. 5 years in the thinking and planning and this painting has worked out, I think. There has been some nice feedback on it and a privilege to talk with Josh Gibson's family about it. I approach these kind of projects with care. If someone were to do a depiction of my family, I can promise you that I would care deeply about how we would be treated.

The Gibson family has inspected the piece for accuracy and they gave their approval as is. However, I also knew that all the research I could pull off myself online would not be a complete picture, and the face I chose to render as young Josh was not as close to how he looked in reality at that age. They were quite kind about it, but, after consulting with Sean Gibson, I decided I need to update my painting to better reflect his actual likeness. With their cooperation, I am gathering source material from them right now and plan to make the necessary updates to his likeness soon.

The painting should be available for acquisition during the #NLBMArt initiative time window.
If there is interest in giving bids now, I will accept them. Please realize that my objective is to raise money for the Negro League Baseball Museum with 100% of the selling price to be donated. I will be donating a percentage of that selling price to the Josh Gibson Foundation as well. That amount will be determined soon.

The Josh Gibson family has also offered their approval on the project which is a HUGE step in this process and allows me to offer prints if there is interest.

Please go to NLBMART.COM and buy some of the 100+ artworks being offered in this remarkable initiative. A coalition of sports artists in the USA and other countries are united in this fundraiser which is to support the growth of the NLBM as they tell this most important part of our country's history.

I will post updates via this site and my social accounts as soon as I can about when these works will be available.


Thank you for supporting this wonderful effort!

- Stewart Anstead



100 Artists share their stories through art

We are 98 international artists, makers, and baseball retailers standing together to tip our caps and celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Negro Leagues. We honor the proud legacy of the Negro Leagues through our craftsmanship, and we invite you help tell the stories of its many heroes by sharing our art.

When you shop with us during the week of October 4th-10th, 2020, you become part of the NLBM’s mission to preserve and celebrate the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. A percentage of every sale will be donated directly to the NLBM. Our art, and their voices, will live on through you.

We see the story of the Negro Leagues as an important reminder of our divided past—and their 100-year anniversary as an opportunity to celebrate and be inspired by what unites us. When it comes to social issues as big as race, we believe we must find common ground from which to start meaningful conversations—with each other and within ourselves. We see our campaign as a bridge to the common grounds of baseball and art.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Fox 11 Los Angeles Interview with Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew

Still shot of Adam Carolla being interviewed on Fox 11 TV in Los Angeles.
My paintings are seen behind him. They are depictions of Paul Newman and Bobby Allison. Adam is a collector of specific racecars and owns these two cars.
This interview is promoting his new book "I'm Your Emotional Support Animal: Navigating Our All Woke No Joke Culture" which is available on Amazon: 

The full interview with he and Dr. Drew can be found here:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Answering the Question - Well it didn't sprout legs and just walk away

If you’ll swipe left you will see another early painting.
This one was part of a public showing of 5 of my pieces in a nice business office ... And THIS ONE was stolen right off the wall!

Simultaneously a great compliment and also a made me angry.
PRO: Someone thought my work was worth acquiring enough to steal it. That’s the best critique I could have.

CON: However, why did they steal JUST ONE?! What was wrong with the other pieces? Not worth your time?

I filed a police report and they told me that there had been other art stolen in the county recently. They expected they were fenced by the perps for drugs. Again with the perps and the drugs.
The good news was that two years later, it was recovered.

It was the subject of a tv news story and a few articles. You can read about it at the links below:




#askforananstead #virtualgallery #parkcity #covid #shelterinplace #artcollector #arttheft #stayhome

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Evidently the Asian Underworld Likes My Stuff



This is a painting with a storied past.
Trattoria Dolce Vecchio  30x40 acrylic on canvas

It was one of the first paintings I created at the start of my career.
It was painted in the fall of 2000 while in my first studio; the historic Harrington School in American Fork.

I entered this painting in an art competition. It won best of show.
That helped me believe I could actually paint for profit and have enjoyed painting since.

I started selling art on eBay and put this piece up for sale.
It had a bidder quickly and when the auction ended, I had a sale. $10,000 plus shipping.
They made the purchase via credit card (before the widespread use of PayPal for protection).
It had a buyer in Indonesia and the money was received via a merchant account.

It was crated up and shipped to Jakarta.

Then I received word that the purchase was made through a stolen credit card. Oh no! The money was pulled back but I had already shipped the painting!

I filed a police report.

I tracked the cargo online. It had shipped from the port of Los Angeles and it had traveled as far as Hong Kong, but had not been delivered yet to the buyer. That was good news. I made some calls and arranged to have it shipped back from the Hong Kong warehouse.

The police followed the trail and informed me that this fraud behavior was certainly due to drug traffickers. They "buy" art through stolen cards and then sell them for real currency to finance their nefarious deeds.

The painting was returned in perfect shape and it hangs proudly in my home.