Graphite & Colored Pencil Drawing on Paper, 2018

“Marshmallow” by Mike Pitzer

At the end of every Club Apache BBQ, the Dads would build a small bonfire by the water and all of the kids would gather to roast marshmallows. The easiest way to do this was to use a bent clothes hanger. I still wonder if our parents ever realized that the ends of those metal hangers would start to glow when the kids would hold 'em to the fire a bit to long. I mean seriously, — metal, fire, kids?

Marshmallow by Mike Pitzer
Marshmallow detail by Mike Pitzer
Marshmallow detail by Mike Pitzer
Marshmallow 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: “Marshmallow”

  • Artist: Mike Pitzer

  • Medium: Venus PRISMACOLOR & FaberCastell Graphite Pencils on paper

  • Image Size: 20" W x 72" T

  • Signed & Dated: MPitzer '18

  • Series: “Happy Art”


  • Happy Art

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  • Pencil Art

  • marshmallow

  • Roasting marshmallow

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