Graphite & Colored Pencil Drawing on Paper, 2018

“Croquet Ball” by Mike Pitzer

My parents belonged to a social group called Club Apache. It was basically the guys my Dad grew up with, their wives and all of the kids everyone was popping out. Back then, everyone was fairly strapped for money, so getting together at some place like our house on the river was an inexpensive way to BBQ some hotdogs, drink a few Black Labels, eat Lay’s potato chips from a 3-gallon can, go swimming, throw horse shoes and play croquet.

Croquet Ball by Mike Pitzer
Croquet Ball detail by Mike Pitzer
Croquet Ball detail by Mike Pitzer
Croquet Ball detail by Mike Pitzer
Croquet Ball detail by Mike Pitzer
Croquet Ball detail by Mike Pitzer

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!
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  • Title: “Croquet Ball”

  • Artist: Mike Pitzer

  • Medium: Graphite, Colored Pencil on Paper

  • Image Size: 16" T x 34" W

  • Signed & Dated: MPitzer '2018

  • Series: “Happy Art”


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