Walt Disney's Disneyland

58 years ago today, Walt Disney's original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, welcomed its first guest.

Thank you to Walt Disney and the original WED Enterprises Imagineers.

Disneyland, Main Street U. S. A. Under Construction

Development of a Style, My Style

About a week ago, I received an email questioning the validity of my style developing at an early age or was it the result of “dropping my personal drawing style as an adult” to mimic an "established style" created by someone, they continued to ask me to prove it started when I was a child.  Please don’t take this comment as negative, as I view it as a valid question I'm sure many have had.  To the sender, I thank you for your question, as it provides me an opportunity to share a bit of my past with you and others.

In my youth, our home burnt down and 90% of all we owned ceased to exist.  This included the drawings, school papers, and other mementos from my siblings and my childhood.  Recently, my parents gave me the few that survived, all from the 1st grade and earlier, and yes, they show my style developing even then. 

Here’s one of my early drawings showing that even as a child, I had an affinity towards spirals.  Interestingly, the drawing has a double spiral connected at the center, and if filled in, it would look very much like those I create today.  

Too this day, circle + orange + face = pumpkin.  Is it irony this image is the same color combination I still love to this day?  (see blog header)

Watch for a few more of these posts, which I hope you find as amusing as I.

Please take a moment and share your comments, visit me on facebook, visit my site, and as always, thank you for visiting.

Gratitude, No Passport Required

Greetings Everyone!  

So many new visitors and from all around the globe, thank you for taking the time to visit.  

The top ten locations, with the highest number of guest visits to my blog this week are:

The Disney Gallery - Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary

My hands tired!  Just finished signing a large batch of limited edition prints for the upcoming, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, 50th Anniversary event taking place June 28 - 29th at Disneyland Hotel, Exhibit Hall, Disneyland Resort.  At the conclusion of this event, the exhibit will be relocated to The Disney Gallery, on Main Street USA in Disneyland, for everyone to enjoy.  You'll be able to see original painting, as well as limited edition signed prints, and Deluxe Prints.

Click this LINK for more information on the June 28 - 29th event.

2005 Sketch

Another sketch, this one from 2005, that was on my old site.  Guess I have a thing for one eyed, striped kind of things.

Working on a new site, which will bring back much of the artwork from the prior site, and a whole lot more.  I'll keep you posted on the progress.

If you'd like to see more, visit me on facebook, as well as my site.  And don't forget to leave your comments here on my blog, I enjoy hearing from you.

Some Things Should Be Shared Again

I've posted this before, but somethings things should be shared again.  I created this concept painting back in 2003 and I still enjoy seeing it.

Take a moment and leave your comments, I enjoy hearing from you.  Also, visit my site and facebook page to view more.

Color Your World

I went into Portland earlier in the week and clearly Spring has settled in.  Flowers everywhere, spectacular trees in bloom, and amazing colors.  That's the inspiration behind this color collection, an image I took of one of the amazing trees in Portland.

Please leave your comments and let me know what you think.  You can also visit me on facebook and on my site.  


Gratitude, No Passport Required

This week you're tuned in from many new locations, and in record numbers.  Welcome to all of you.

The top ten locations guests have visited from this week, in order of most visits are:

2008 Sketch

There are many images from my original site which were removed when the site was revamped to its current incarnation (a topic I’ll talk more about in a future post), and this sketch from 2008, is one such piece.

Beauty & The New Year

I am fortunate to live on the Northwest coast of the United States.  Okay, it's a blessing and a curse.  Blessing because of beauty, curse because of the harsh and often violent weather.  However, when it's beautiful, it's beautiful, and that beauty is an inspiration to my creativity.

New Years Day was one such beautiful day.  It was so beautiful, my partner and I decided to pack up our dogs and take a day drive down the coast.

The sun and ocean danced together New Years Day.

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