Archive for February, 2015

Snow covered bridge fine art landscape painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

Featured here is a painting which I created of a covered bridge with a winter scene and helps to set the mood of the picturesque new snowfall here in western Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has more covered bridges than any state in the country with nearly 200 which are still in use and over a hundred years-old. Featured below is a link for many of the unique covered bridges throughout Pennsylvania.

Click the link below to the Christmas Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print depicting a winter time scene in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Covered Bridges

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Christmas Art

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NASA Marcury astronaut, John Glenn and Friendship 7 fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.Featured here is an illustration I created to commemorate John Glenn’s historic flight aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962. Glenn’s flight took place on my late mother’s 12th birthday as he entered the orbit and returned an American hero. I remember my mother showing me a medallion which she received from President John F. Kennedy. At that time there was widespread interest in space exploration among children in schools across the country. Students were asked to submit a story regarding Mr. Glenn’s flight into space and her story was chosen as one of the favorites by the president. President Kennedy was devoted to NASA and adamant about landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and United States senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space. Glenn was a Marine Corps fighter pilot before joining NASA’s Mercury program as a member of NASA’s original astronaut group. He orbited the Earth in Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962. After retiring from NASA, he entered politics as a Democrat and represented Ohio in the United States Senate from 1974 to 1999. Glenn received a Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. On October 29, 1998, he became the oldest person to fly in space, and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs when at age 77, he flew on Discovery STS-95.

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Three Rivers Stadium pen and ink drawing by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.Featured here is a detailed pen & ink illustration I created of Three Rivers Stadium which was a multi-purpose stadium located on the north shore of the Allegheny River in the city of Pittsburgh. It was home to the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates and NFL Pittsburgh Steelers respectively between 1970-2000. The stadium was given its name due to its location at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers which come to form the Ohio River at Point State Park. The stadium opened on July 16, 1970, marking the teams move from legendary Forbes Field located near the University of Pittsburgh in the neighborhood of Oakland. Three Rivers Stadium was a beloved architectural landmark to generations of Pittsburghers.

Three Rivers Stadium produced many memories but two particularly stand out in the hearts of Pittsburghers. The first occurred on September 30, 1972 when Pirates right-fielder, Roberto Clemente on his last at bat had his 3,000th hit. Unfortunately, Roberto Clemente tragically lost his life a few months later while delivering medicine and supplies to earthquake ravaged Nicarauga. He is often regarded as the greatest right-fielder in baseball history and he will be forever remembered for his athleticism on the field and his humanitarian contributions and goodwill.

Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

Franco Harris earned immortal fame with his “Immaculate Reception” in the closing seconds of the AFC divisional playoff game. The game occurred on December 23, 1972 against the Oakland Raiders at Three Rivers Stadium and set the stage for the Steelers dynastic reign as Superbowl champions.

Franco Harris & the “Immaculate Reception”

The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Baltimore Orioles in the very first game in a World Series to be played at night in 1971. The third MLB All-Star game presented by the Pirates occurred in 1974 and again in 1994, which featured the largest crowd for a baseball game at the stadium. The Pittsburgh Steelers played in seven AFC Championship games at the stadium between 1972-98 with the Steelers winning five of those matches. The Steelers sold out every home game from 1972 which continues to this day. Pittsburgh Steelers broadcaster, Myron Cope debuted the Terrible Towel at the stadium on December 27, 1975.

Three Rivers Stadium was imploded on February 11, 2001. Thousands of Pittsburghers braved a very cold morning to witness this tearful and emotional event from locations throughout the city. The Pirates moved nearby to PNC Park while the Steelers did the same at Heinz Field. But Three Rivers Stadium lives on in the memories of many.

Three Rivers Stadium Implosion

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Drawings section of my fine art website to purchase this print and relive the glory days in the “City of Champions”.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Drawings

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City of Pittsburgh skyline pen and ink drawing by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.Featured here is a very detailed pen & ink illustration I created of my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This illustration has become my trademark centerpiece and a favorite of collectors of my work both in Pittsburgh and across the country. I am always personally amazed at how these illustrations turn out when they are completed with the attention to detail and the nearly preciseness to scale of the buildings and surrounding landscape. I think they look remarkable for not having had any formal architectural drafting education or training. For me, it has always been more about the passion that I put into my drawings and paintings to make them look as realistic as possible and to captivate the viewer. I would like for people to be proud of their hometown and the places that make it “someplace special”.

Pittsburgh is characterized by the shape of the city’s downtown and majestic skyline known as the Golden Triangle which forms a triangular tract. The Allegheny & Monongahela rivers carve at both sides of the city and converge at the Point to form the Ohio River. Pittsburgh is known as the “City of Steel” & the “City of Bridges”.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Drawings section of my fine art website to purchase this immaculate print of the City of Pittsburgh skyline.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Drawings

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"Washington's Return To Pittsburgh" fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

In this painting and on this President’s Day, we look at one of the most prolific men in the history of our nation, George Washington. Before becoming our first president, George Washington spent much of his early military career here in southwestern Pennsylvania. I wanted to capture a scene of Washington on his horse of the place that bears his name overlooking the city he helped to shape and what it has become.

Washington’s first journey to western Pennsylvania was an expedition in the fall and winter of 1753-54 from Williamsburg, VA to Fort LeBoeuf (Erie). He faced the unknown of the wilderness and hostile fire on numerous occasions. One skirmish took place on the slopes of Chestnut Ridge in Fayette Co. There he clashed with French soldiers, providing the spark that ignited a worldwide “war for empire”. Locally it is known as the French & Indian War, but it ultimately involved France, Great Britain, Canada, Native American tribes, Spain, Germany, Prussia, Austria & India.

Washington recognized the strategic importance of building a fort at what is now Pittsburgh. The British created Fort Prince George in February, 1754 near the Point along the Monongahela River. No sooner had it been built when French forces arrived burning the British stockade and erecting Fort Duquesne. The French held Fort Duquesne until November, 1758 when a combined British and colonial force, including Colonel George Washington built Fort Pitt which became one of the most elaborate strongholds in North America.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Art section of my fine art website to purchase this colorful print for your Pittsburgh home honoring our city and country.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Art

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