As a kid growing up in Algonac, Michigan, we would hop on our bikes and ride along M29 searching for pop and beer bottles that people had thrown from their car windows. I guess there weren't littering laws back then. As kids, this was instant ant income as each bottle was worth two cents. We'd find as many as we could. Bring 'em home and wash 'em out with the graden hose. Then take the 10 or 12 we'd found up to the Pte. Tremble Market and cash 'em in! I would always buy a Tootsie Pop for a nickel and then pocket the rest my cash — usually about twenty cents!
Thinking back on the simplicity of those days and the happiness I got from buying a nickel sucker with my own money, I just had to draw a Tootsie Pops. This is actually the first I'd drawn in what will be a series. They're not Pop Art. Not Tootsie Pop Art. They're Happy Art!
My art is not an exercise in, nor an attempt to master hyper realism. My drawings came from an inner desire to find “happiness” again. A creative satisfaction I was no longer getting from simply being an advertising Creative Director. Don't get me wrong, I love the ad biz, but the last several years had sucked the happiness out of it for me. My wife, Lynn encouraged me to start drawing again and as I did I looked for that thing that would inspire me. That "thing" turned out to be “things” that made me happy as a kid growing up in Algonac, Michigan. As I continue to see, these things make other people happy too.
As an ad guy, I thought there had to be an art movement out there like “tribalism” or “familiarism”, art that people identify with at an emotional level. (OMG! Ad speak...) I haven't found one yet. Lynn had an idea that sounded interesting — “Evocationism”. She said it was the act of calling forth — evoking of old memories. From postings on Facebook, that's what's happening. Friends are telling me how fun and cool this series is. Which is why I've been calling this work “Happy Art” — because it's brought my happy back!
Title: “Chocolate Tootsie Pop”
Artist: Mike Pitzer
Medium: Venus PRISMACOLOR & FaberCastell Graphite Pencils on paper
Image Size: 16" W x 20" T
Signed & Dated: MPitzer '18
Series: “Happy Art”
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Chocolate Tootsie Pop Art
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