I took a break from writing last week and drew a few pictures. One is a portrait of a TV horror host named Dr. Paul Bearer. (His real name was Dick Bennick.) I watched him on Channel 44 in Tampa, Florida when I was little. I also drew my old classmate Julie Hammit Tanner playing flag football. The third drawing is another school friend named Brittany Singleton.
You can see more of my drawings on my Facebook page, facebook.com/curryart.
A couple of years ago, I did a colored pencil drawing of a giant alien standing in front of a store, reaching for an old blue pickup truck like it’s a toy. The store is a real place. I pass by the Pay n Tote regularly. It’s actually a gas station, but I left out the gas pumps in my drawing because there just wasn’t enough room for them.
The drawing is my homage to the weird little town where I live. I first stumbled into this community when I was twenty-one. I didn’t think I would stay here long, but I’ve lived here for several years now. There are many things I don’t like about the place. Like the crystal meth problem. And my demented neighbor who likes to dig in my garbage. But I do like the scenery here. It’s a classic American small town with old brick buildings, diners, rusty pickup trucks, and family-owned gas stations. I feel like I’m walking around in a Norman Rockwell painting or a Garrison Keillor story.
The alien picture is available on a coffee mug in my CafePress store. You’ll also find several posters, mugs, and other items featuring my drawings.
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