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Donald "Putt" Putman

 (1926 - 2007)
Donald "Putt" Putman was active/lived in California.  Donald Putman is known for figure, landscape and western genre painting.

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Artist Bulletins for Donald "Putt" Putman

27 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

at Art Center
Charles LaGreca (12/07/2014)
My favorite teacher at Art Center 1966-1969

My only Putt painting
michael baldeschwiler (06/01/2014)
I enjoy my only Putt painting "spooked". I have owned it over 25 years, but I have never tired of it. Great artist

any info.
randy colwell (03/10/2014)
I found behind another picture a charcoal drawing of a cowboy on a bronc, with his signature ( PUTT ) on the bottom, can anyone give any info on this items as far if it worth anything.

Putt's paintings
William Mehring (12/09/2013)
I have a painting, purchased in 1988 from an Arizona gallery. It is two Native Americans - 1 in a blue shirt the other a red shirt - both playing drums.... Is there a way to find out the name of this painting ? I believe it is an original and signed. Thank you

Pencil on board
Barry Whittle (07/08/2013)
I got a sketch of a stage coach being robbed. Any info would be great.

Gary Kemp (04/15/2013)
My dad was Don's coach in high school, Don gave him a pastel of a cowboy on a buying bronc, mostly pink and blue. When I had it re framed after my dad died, Don's name was cut off and put it in a holder on the back. Several years later I looke on the wall behind it and some of the pastel had come off on the wall. For that reason I am sure it was and original. I coached with his brother at San Gabriel High School I 1959/60

Donald "Putt" Putman
Jeremiah Putman (08/06/2012)
I love seeing these posts about my grandpa, to date he is the greatest man i've had the pleasure of knowing. Although we had to lay him to rest a few years back, anyone who knew him can say that the memories of this man will surely live on. Somedays I am so sad that he is not here with us, but it doesn't take me long to realize that he is still here in countless ways. His studio still stands and is nearly untouched with hundreds upon hundreds of original paintings and his wife Barbara still gladly shares their memories. We still have some small events and have recently begun show some of his amazing collection. My grandmother loves to hear the wonderful stories posted about "Putt" , the fond memories always make her smile. One of "Putt's" favorite sayings was " I paint for the people that I please... " His legacy will live on within his students and artwork for centuries. Thanks to everyone for sharing, Love the Putman's

A favourite Teacher and paint-pusher
Stephen Bennett (02/02/2012)
In remembering one of my old teachere, I came upon this site. Putt was one of my teachers at Art Center School, when he first began teaching there. I studied with him between the years 1963 and 66. He was unusual in that he was a very kind, generous person who had just discovered that he loved teaching. He would give my class the fun of having us choose a colour combination and he would paint the class session model set up in the colours he was given, usually monochromatic. He had an amazing way with value and that was the secret to his use and knowledge of colour. He was quite a short person, and the class studio he used was in the Annex where the ceiling was not that high. But it was high enough as he would frequently entertain the class by taking 3 or 4 steps and run up the wall, doing a back somersault flip and landing on his feet. His painting tips and examples took a lot of mystery out of the media and drawing. He had great formulas that he learned from his film work and interest in characters. He would have the most amazing models, with great character that he would meet here and there, providing some of the "down and outs" with money for food. When he became a father, he spent much time at the hospital drawing his new babies and their mother. He shared these drawings with us as he brought them to show us as and when he did them. He enjoyed showing his work to us young budding artists and more mature professionals that were in my class. He remains in my heart as an inspiration and colleague who was much loved.

Modeled for "Putt"
Tina Smith (08/20/2010)
I had the great pleasure of being invited by Mr. Putman to model for him, when I was a "wrangler" at a Phoenix resort. I still have the "quick" painting he did as a demonstration; a few days later, I posed for him holding a Tom Mix hat from the movies. I always wondered where that painting ended up. If you have a painting of a blond cowgirl in chaps holding a big hat, I'd love to hear about it. I will always be grateful for the money he paid me for modeling, at a time when I was BROKE! Not to mention the confidence boost from being asked to model!

Donald Lee Putman " Putt "
Giorgio Masini (07/03/2010)
I am so sorry to find out that Putt died. I met him, his wife and doughter at The Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach, Ca. where I was the general mgr., he was a great guy and a fine artist. My blessings to his family.

Past model
jill Sheridan Leatherbury (06/12/2010)
I was a model for Putt in the 1980's. I have some photo's of his paintings of me, but want to buy my originals if they are available. He was a wonderful man and I enjoyed his family. Jill Sheridan Leatherbury

I studied with Don Putman
Laura Glusha (06/27/2009)
I do not remember the exact date but it was in the early 70's. I was a commercial artist who was passionately interested in developing as a fine artist. A friend told me that Don Putnam was looking for about 6 professional artists that he would work with, once a week, for several months. He had some advanced ideas of the use of color and he wanted to experiment with this group.He did not charge for this. I was very fortunate to be one of the 6 he chose. I came to his studio, once a week for about 8 months. His knowledge of color was amazing and what I learned from him is still with me. I am now 87 years old, living in Escondido, Ca and am still a working artist and teacher. For years I have told all my friends of the marvelous time I had with Don. He was not only a great teacher, but a wonderful person. We all loved him. Laura Glusha

references to the model used for navajo nude
Daniel Sipe (05/14/2009)
In approximately 1989 "Putt" had an exhibit running at the Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. "Putt" painted and presented to my wife, a painting of the backstage, Folis Bergere Show, using her as one of the models; which he personally signed to her and it hangs in my home today and I am willing to share copies of this painting with the art world today. My wife, Marrie,told me that "Putt" used her as a model (body only) in a painting named "Navajo Nude". I am interested in determing if there is any documentation showing who the model "Putt" used for this particular painting was, if, in fact, it was Marrie. My wife, Marrie Hill, passed away in 2007. Any information regarding this inquiry will be greatly appreciated. I look forward to receiving a reply via email address as provided above. I send my condolences to "Putt's" family for their loss. Best regards, Daniel Sipe Las Vegas, NV

questions of early work
Darcy Talkington-Hollowel (04/27/2009)
I would also like to send my respects to the family,so sorry for your loss. My Father Tom Talkington has fond memories of Don or Putt growing up. I have an original water color of Putts that hung in my Grandmothers (Cecilia Talkington)Breakfast nook for as long as I can remember and then she was kind enough to give it to me as a wedding gift and because I had always loved it.Still do! It hangs in my kitchen as I write. I don't have a time frame or name for the picture. I know it is one of his very early works. My Grandmother has passed and I can not ask her. I would like to preserve the history behind it for my children. Perhaps someone in the family has some information for me. It is a picture of a man and woman sitting at an outdoor cafe in Paris. They are drinking wine and are dressed in fifties style clothes- it is fabulous. I always get comments on it. I look forward to your responce.

Watercolor by "Putt"
Stephen Dalessio (04/13/2009)
Rarely go into this site, but happened to do so today. So sorry to hear of "Putt's" demise. I purchased a watercolor (an Indian Chief in council in a tipi with a small fire going) in 2004 or 2005 from Troy Murray's Western Heritage Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ (Troy has since retired and gallery no longer exists). Troy seemed to know "Putt" and told me that "Putt believed there was 'light in the darkness.'" (Is anyone familiar with this saying?) And, sure enough, when one shuts off the lights to create a good semblance of darkness, the fire shines and lights up the painting! It is approx. 10x24 in size and one of my favorites because the color of the chief's shirt is odd to me--it is green. And that is what caught my eye first and attracted me to the painting--the green shirt. Interesting.

Ana (01/16/2009)
I own a drawing by Donald Putnam. It's a charcoal drawing of a cowboy cleaning his gun. I would like to know if the family has any record of it, because I don't know the title or anything. It was a gift to my husband's family a long time ago. Researching the signature, (Putt in an angled way, crossing both T's together) I found out the name of the author. I would also like to share it, maybe taking a picture so that the family can complete their archives. He was a great artist, Im sad to hear about his death. Thank you

Putt's Harrington event
Billie Herron (12/19/2008)
Was so saddened to hear of Putts death. His willingness to put on a benefit at the Harrington Opera House will be an event we will always remember. His gift to me of one of his paintings hung in the Opera House at our grand opening in December as a reminder of his love for Harrington. We claim him as a "favorite son", even tho he was not born here. The Talkington family are such a rich part of our heritage, and he is part of that. He will always be a part of our community, as will his brothers and the heritage of the Golf Course that Bob designed. Thanks for the memories.

condolence, and story
Beth Ann LaBarba (12/10/2008)
I don't think I met Putt personally, but I remember maybe seeing him in front of his studio on pacific Coast Hwy. in Hermosa Beach. I lived up on 15th. I was a young hippy mother, artist musician. That was 39 years ago. When I saw the painting of the woman, and child with indian baskets tumbling out of a tipi it changed me forever. I have never forgotten that dreamy painting. I am a collector of Indian dolls,rugs etc., and a basket maker. And am 16th Cherokee. 15 years ago I bought a framed black, and white photo of an Indian basket collection. "Not the same". We have spent our vacations in the gold country never knowing those paintings were under our noses. What beauty. What a wonderful life your family had, and has to remember. Thank you for letting me share. I wish I could see that painting again. is it in a book, or gallery, or do you have a picture of it? I have always told my 4 kids about that painting. Now I will tell my 4 grandkids this whole story. Love Beth Ann, John. and family. Santa Cruz mountains for 35 years.

Laura L. Albright (10/26/2008)
We will always regret not getting to Yosimite to have Mr. Putman sign a print we bought here in Washington State. I will always cherish the wonderful conversation and sharing stories of his life when he took the time to talk to me on the phone.

A great teacher
Leroy ward (06/18/2008)
Sketching for Illustration was my favorite class art Art Center night school and my first meeting with Putt. When he left to start his own school in Hermosa Beach, I followed. I owe him my success as an illustrator. He taught me to draw with great accuracy and to paint with a "real" push to color. He is a great teacher and artist. No one uses color like Putt. Thank you Mr. Putman.

Doug Hopkins (05/29/2008)
Putt was one of my teachers at Art Center when it was in L.A. He was every student's favorite teacher and one of the few who painted in class with us. He told us that "a painting is like a ballet, every thing in the scene should take a back seat to the prima donna." I miss him.

covered wagon in graphite
Roger Jackway (05/18/2008)
I found a work signed by "PUTT". It is a very well done graphite drawing of a cowboy leading two horses away from a covered wagon. I was wondering if you could tell me it's age.

Donald Lee Putman "Putt" 1926-2007
J.S. Putman (04/30/2008)
The Putman family thanks you all greatly for sharing your comments on Putt "as he most commenly signed his artwork". Donald past away in Nov of 2007 at the age of 81 in Northern California. We will continue to monitor these posts and enjoy your comments. Thank you all again

Don "Putt" Putman
R. Boyd (03/02/2008)
I studied under Mr. Putman at his studio in Redondo Beach, Calif. I wish it could have been longer. A GREAT artist, his colors have always fasinated me. Being in his studio was a high point in my life. I ran across a small pencil drawing of a stage coach in a bar in the small town of Luning, Nevada and knew who Putt was, the owner had no idea, said it was a gift and of course would not part with it at any price, this was my loss. Every time I pick up a brush or pencil I am reminded of Don and his wonderful talent. I just found this web sight and will continue to read about Mr. Putman. If you read this Don, all the best to you, and remeber to punch the most "bitching" part of the picture. Bob Boyd, Mina, Nevada

Western Art Picture
Patty (02/13/2007)
I recently purchased a picture - signed Putt and it is a western art picture. I live in a small town and it happened to be in our local thrift store. My guess....the 60's or 70's. It is done in colored pencil. Can it possibly be a Donald Putnam?

Modeling for Mr. Putt! :)
Chaachi (12/04/2005)
I had the priviledge of being a live model for 2 of Putt's paintings! It was a very enlightening experience in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then I have found out more about my Indian Heritage & have been registered by the NC Nottaway Tribal Community & Confederation under the Georgia Tribe of Eatern Cherokee-Echota Fire. Putt, When you read this you can contact me in Florida, I would love to speak to you about this and also have more info on the paintings of me. Blessings to you & your family. CHAACHI

Long Time
Mike (11/22/2005)
My favorite artist. I have a couple signed prints from the early 80's. would like to see Putt again some day. If anyone has appearance info please let me know. The web site has not been updated in a while.

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