What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

As Good As It Gets*:



Kenton Nelson

*Wrong movie. Thanks to Stephanie for catching that!

Recently, Beloved and I wanted a quiet night at home watching movies we loved. I came up with “Something’s Got to Give,” a real fave starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, among others. If you haven’t seen it (or haven’t seen it recently), I strongly recommend it. It’s a fun, positive movie without being saccharine, and the performances, script, cast, and sets are all spectacular.

Re-watching the movie reminded me how much I loved the painting over the mantle in Diane Keaton’s beach house. It is “Swim Party #2” by artist Kenton Nelson, pictured above. I’ve always meant to look up the artist and learn more, and this was the perfect opportunity. Am I ever glad I did!

The nephew of renowned Mexican modernist/muralist, Roberto Montenegro, Nelson’s works, even the still life paintings, manage to be modest and sexy at the same time. And Nelson’s use of warm colors – especially his signature reds – and the paintings’ strong sense of nostalgia are remarkably effective, giving the viewer a glimpse of simpler days.

“I think we as individual makers could change the world… If our primary objective was to post positivity and beauty, I think it could have a profound effect.” Kenton Nelson

It’s like we’re twins! Luckily for us, Nelson doesn’t intend to stop painting any time soon. (And luckily for you, I don’t intend to start!) Limited edition prints of Nelson’s work can be purchased on Morton Court Publishing.

All images property of Kenton Nelson.




















Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “As Good As It Gets*:

  1. I think it is his strong use of shadow that makes his paintings so wonderful. That movie is one of one my all-time favorites. Oh, that house!!

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  2. Love the movie. Love his paintings!!! – Karen

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing these works today. This was just what I needed to read. 🙂

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  4. FABULOUS! I am astounded and never have discovered this man before. THANK YOU. ~~dru~~

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  5. I think I now know you well enough to know what appeals to you and I can totally see why these appeal to you. Bold colour, strong shape and form, and with that vintage feel but with a contemporary twist, like a modern take on interwar posters. Am I warm? Or are those just the things that appeal to me about them?

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