Saturday, September 30, 2006

Lightning Rod

Heres Ben's most important invention the lightning rod. Why is it the most important invention? Well, houses keep being struck by lightning and burning down, so Ben invented the lightning rod at the ripe age of 46 after doing his famed kite experiment with his son.

Ben wanted to install one of his lightning rods on a church. They thought it was going against God's will and refused. Ben explained that there is no objection to roofs to stop rain so why not lightning rods to stop lightning?

Lightning rods were popular and fashionable that people started putting them on umbrellas.
I thought it would be funny if Ben invented the first lightning rod hat...

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Savage said...

Zap! Ben look so electrified. Great expression that you put on him.

With all his inventions, Ben must have been as busy as Gabe is now-a-days. :)

1:47 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

So when's this series going to turn into a pitch package for "BEN FRANKLIN: MAN OF DESTINY"? *grin*

And what do you have planned for an image on Franklin's reputation as a rake? I think that even made it into the children's book "Ben and Me", a biography told from the point of view of a talking mouse who befriended him and tagged along through his life...

2:57 PM  
Blogger Matt J said...

The painted versions are TERRIFIC!!

4:20 AM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Possibly my favorite so far dude!!! Awesome!!!

3:12 PM  
Blogger Lamar The Revenger said...

shocking!!!! electrifying!!!! the new movie the fall.... ZAPPED!! starring scott baio as ben franklin.. a gabe production (i couldn't resist)

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Blogger TonyC. said...

yo dude, great to see you! You are now linked?

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Blogger Alina Chau said...

cooool character design!!

2:42 PM  
Blogger Scott Warren said...

I really like this series of paintings. These posts about Ben Franklin so far have been facinating.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous DAD said...

Son,
This a great series on Ben. I think you should get in touch with my friend who wrote the 2 books on great American Heros. I can't wait to see your series on Manheim's legendary character "Jack Fasig".

10:33 AM  
Blogger Vanoni! said...

Three cheers for Ben!

Nice paintings!

- Corbett

9:27 AM  
Blogger bsleven said...

Your stuff is so cool.
: )

1:30 PM  
Blogger Chingyi said...

I learned something today.
hehehe

I like the your painting style very much, it makes me smile :)

3:47 PM  
Blogger Dee C.K. said...

Gabe! These are great! Love Ben's expressions! ;)

12:06 PM  
Blogger brian smith said...

i like these a lot Gabe. take it easy.

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