Sunday, August 23, 2020

Artistic Insipriation, Goofy Grape, the United States Postal Service, and My Mom

Here's a little story about my earliest artistic inspiration.

Back in the early seventies there was a Kool-Aid rip off drink mix known as Funny Face. If you collected the proofs of purchase, you could mail in for plastic cups that represented your favorite flavor/character. Mine was grape, represented by Goofy Grape.

I mailed in those proofs of purchase and waited for the mail to come each and every day for months. Each time our letter carrier delivered a package from Funny Face, it felt like Christmas morning. There was Freckle-Face Strawberry, Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry, Loud-Mouth Lime. Eventually, Goofy Grape arrived, and I was ecstatic.

I pulled out my box of crayons and created my first "alla prima" painting of Goofy Grape. My mother told me just how great it was and taped it up onto the picture window in our living room. I was so excited, I made another and another and another, until I had filled the window. That is how my life-long passion for creating art began. I still have that Goofy Grape cup, although it's a little worse for wear.

FYI, my father was a letter carrier for 35 years. He walked the same route each day and his visit was often the highlight of the day for many seniors. When I first started grade school, almost every kid knew my father even before they knew me.

So, the US Postal Service is very important to me, having deeply influenced both my art and my life.


Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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