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Long before there was an internet, HBO, cable or Direct TV, we had 3 TV stations, plus UHF, and until I was about 15 years old, our TV was a Zenith 19” black and white set. What we did have was Monopoly and my brother and sisters and I would play for hours. I remember that the three favorite game pieces were always the ship, the shoe and the race car. For some reason though, I always remember the pieces being bigger than they actually are... or maybe life just seemed so much bigger as a kid growing up in Algonac. Here are some pics of the art piece I was working on this weekend (…July 14, 2019) when I was suppose to be painting the bathroom pocket door. Hmmm, I now know that when Lynn suggests that maybe I should work on my painting this weekend she's really not referring to a canvas -- lol. Anyways, this drawing is 37" x 27" (FINAL SIZE was 34”x26”) and is now part of my "Happy Art" series. =-) PLEASE NOTE: Artwork is shipped in "6-inch diameter Extra Heavy Shipping Tubes. The art is rolled in acid-free construction paper so that art can be stored for years if needed. A Certificate of Authenticity, signed and dated by me is also placed in the tube prior to shipping.
Drawing:Graphite on Paper
Size:34 W x 26 H x 2 D in
Ready to Hang:Yes
Packaging:Ships in a Box
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
My drawings are highly rendered personal items that come from my childhood growing up on the St. Clair River in Algonac, Michigan. I call my work “Happy Art” because the inspiration to create each piece is simple to appreciate, easy to understand, and the work makes me -- and others, happy. Before I started drawing again, I spent 40 years of my life working in advertising, an industry I still love. Twenty of those years were spent as an international, award-winning Executive Creative Director working for some of the largest ad agencies in the country on some of the most creative accounts in the world. Much of that career was spent in vibrant, competitive, creative advertising markets like Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Phoenix. Then, in 2010, we moved to Fresno… where for the first time in my professional career I experienced, what it’s like to have my creative soul sucked dry. That was just my experience, and as they say, “your mileage may vary.” It was awful — but here’s the amazing part; my wife, Lynn, knew how unhappy I was and, without any job offer or freelance prospects to provide income, she told me to quit. I think her exact words were, “Get the f**k out of there now! Please.” I did. That’s where this journey truly begins. Lynn encouraged me to start drawing again — something I hadn’t done in many years. My natural instinct was to pour what I was feeling emotionally into my art. My first attempts at painting captured the emotional struggle I was feeling of being trapped in darkness, yet needing to let my creativity out. But, these pieces were dark and somewhat foreboding. The issue for me was that this direction (while true) was not cathartic and was not making me happy. I’d always found drawing with a pencil to be meditative, so one day, I sat down at my desk and started drawing my Stan Smith tennis shoes. They were so beat-up, just like me. The leather was incredibly soft with some scars and scuffs, like me. And yet they still had a lot of life left in them, once again, like me. When Lynn saw what I was doing she wanted it framed and hung by our front door so that everyone coming to our home could see what her husband had drawn. That felt so great. It was like being a kid again and having a drawing put on the refrigerator for everyone to see. Then it hit me, I was feeling really happy. What to draw next? I started thinking about the things that made me happy as a child. As I drew, I put progressive drawings up on Facebook.
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