- There are a lot more disabled people in the world that I thought. Glad that they can all get around at Disney.
- Fastpass is awesome but I felt guilty passing people who have been waiting 2 hours to go to the front of the line.
- You can’t comprehend how happy a little kid is at seeing the magic kingdom for the first time.
- Kids can fall asleep anywhere if they are tired, even on top of you on your shoulders.
- The Rainforest Cafe is a crazy place to eat dinner at. Great food and surprisingly apart of our meal plan.
- Disney employees are remarkably nice and enjoy their jobs. Everyone from the person who picked Ellie up and sang her happy birthday without asking anything, the hot dog vendor who put magic in our lunch, everyone who said Happy Birthday Ellie when walking by, the hotel maid who gave us stickers when Ellie slammed her hand in the door, the bus driver back to the airport at 6AM this morning who made everyone say we had a good time,
- The animal and princess characters are really cool. They all stayed perfectly in character and had quite witty remarks for the parents.
- Country Bear Jamboree and A Small World have not changed once in 20 years since I was last there.
- Storms in Orlando be crazy. Lock your stroller wheels unless you like to play stroller derby in the rain with hundreds of other strollers.
- I cried on the bus ride back to the airport. The little nemo fish story got me. I had an amazing time and am so proud of great family I had to go with me. Learned that I’m madly in love with my kids and family. Thanks to all that made this trip so memorable. Tell next time!
Was saddened and surprised to see the top post on Reddit last night was this very sad and emotional post:
This is my son Dexter, he picked these flowers last dpring for my wife. Dex passed away 11/29/12 shortly after his 3rd birthday, complications from leukemia. Can anyone clean this iPhone pic up, or make an uber minimalist rendition from it?
Definitely check out some of the other submissions others have done. Very powerful.
And here’s what I did:
Here’s my comment on Reddit where I talk about how this made me think of my own family.
A quick sketch from during an networking meeting I attend every week. I like to sketch to keep my noodle engaged. I wonder how many people consider it distracting that I’m not looking at them while I’m painting. Probably not the best move for business but there you go, don’t always do things for the best reasons plus it allows me to get in a quick sketch during the busy business day.
A quick portrait of a great guy Dave Weaver, a business sales guy and also airplane/helicopter pilot. His head was looking funky so I chopped it off and added a sleek looking jet, one I bet he wishes to fly around the world. Hope you enjoyed.
If you would like a self portrait, email your mug shot to me at hi at fredsexton dot com.
Being that the last post to this art blog is now over a year old, figured it was more than time to update with some new content. What’s that, you thought I had just been sitting on ass doing nothing with raising a new kid, cycling almost every day (like I’m actually now), and building up my Mouse & Man business. Well truth be told, the volume has definitely dropped down but my love of art is just as strong as ever, thinking about it everyday from the interesting crew on the bus to uptown, to Graham’s haircut and how he looks so old now to the confused daffodils with the snow this morning.
Anyone, this is a portrait of highly energized actor down in New Orleans that took Jen and I on a cemetery tour (highly recommended). He just had a lot of spunk and spirit, and I’m hopeful that I captured his essence here. Hope you enjoy.
Another iPad painting from a little scene I made up at our monthly planning meeting for The Charlotte Festa Italiana. Very Italian people and ideas here. Lots of fun. Come check us out if you get a chance.
Maybe I’ll auction a couple of these prints off, or maybe an in person iPad portrait. How much would you pay for this, if it was a donation for a great organization?
I’m very much liking the artrage iPad app that I’ve been using. The other app i have been using records the screen and all but doesnt have nearly the painting capability of artrage.
So, I was pretty hungry getting home today. No lunch or anything. I had to photograph this pear pretty quick before I devoured it then jumped into painting. Then neighborhood walk with the family and then sushi dinner. Not bad at all. Hope you enjoy.