so what was next? i had just won first place in a major coloring contest , and let me tell you, as a kid, i was feeling pretty good.
I turned my attention to model building and the T.V. guide. model building become a lifelong hobby.always loved them always will. that was the other part of me, being creative. to take a bunch of parts and by following the directions i watched magic happened right before my eyes.step by glorious step a perfectly,or near perfect, model was formed.
I can just imagine how sculptors feel. Michelangelo once said,well as near and correct as the historians tell it, ” there is an angel in the marble waiting to be uncovered “.
my very first model kit was of the Apollo module landing. this is the early 70’s,and in the T.V. guide there was an ad for buying the kit for 10 cents. Wow i thought, i can get a nice detailed model for a whole dime! count me in!!!!!!
Sure enough i sent in my dime and a short while later,back in the day, it was the usual 3-4 weeks. that was the norm for pretty much anything you ordered by snail mail, HA.
i remember like it was yesterday that was a cool kit,very detailed.
along the way there was also another ad in the T.V. guide for a drawing contest to go to art school. did I enter?
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……”I can’t help you that would be cheating. You’re just going to have to finish it yourself.” those words still echo in my head that my brother told me. and even though he is not here now…thanks bro. well that’s exactly what i did. Now at the time i did not think of what the odds were back in the day< the early 70’s, when newspapers were the only hard source for info. so the paper had a wide distribution throughout Chicago. How many kids really did enter the contest?
It had to be an awful lot.there comes a time when the finer details of past life start to fade as age gets the better of us,so i cannot recall how long it took from the time i mailed my masterpiece till that fateful day i received word that i…..had one first prize!!!!!!!!
yes sir, i was the most happiest kid at that moment.
Can you imagine what that did for my artistic ego? or any kids?
well i can tell you i was feeling pretty proud !
I never did stop coloring through all my life. every one in awhile i just sit and color with my crayons. it really is fun.and brings me back to a better time.so it’s good therapy too,ha.
what was next? model building and t.v. guides.
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I was on a roll, the coloring of that circus scene was shaping up and i was feeling quite proud,until……..i was stumped. Stuck at a point where i was almost finished then i hit the proverbial creative block. There was a certain part of this scene that i just did not know what colors to choose next. I knew this is important.I was sweating, after all this was for the grand prize. Two tickets to Ringling Bros. circus!!!!! WOW.
I asked around my immediate family members, and to no help.Then i asked my brother….he was the biggest help….by not helping me. Now let me help you …get the facts straight. My brother set in motion the future of my art career, by his words………
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