Friday, August 9, 2019

Mickey Mouse 90th Tribute

My 90th Anniversary Tribute to my favorite mouse
During lunch at the Disney Studio commissary not long ago I was asked by a well known and important member of the Disney company if I would be interested in doing Mickey Mouse’s 90th portrait. I couldn’t answer quick enough, “YES!!” Who wouldn’t be excited for such an honor. I went home and against Patty’s advice, did research, thumbnail sketches, color studies and created an original oil painting over 3 feet tall! Patty scolded me to wait until I had a contract but I ignored her (that can get a husband in trouble!).

3 weeks later I met the same person and was about to show her the image on my phone of the almost finished painting when she shared that they had hired “a well known animator” to do the piece. I was shocked and beyond disappointed. The animator who got the honor is an extremely talented fellow and a long time friend so as sorry as I was for me, I was truly thrilled for him. His wonderful painting was unveiled last year during Mickey's birthday celebration. I went home and wrapped my painting in a garbage bag and stored it into my studio closet.

Fast forward to earlier this year. While attending a group of Disney historians, I was sharing a few photos of what I had been up to. One of the top D23 people (and a very nice guy!) saw the photo. To make a long story short, my Mickey Mouse painting is now out of the bag and will be into D23 EXPO this month! It may not be the official 90th portrait of the mouse but it at least will be seen in public. The original painting and limited edition prints will be available for purchase! I’m beyond thrilled, Mickey has been and continues to be a large part of my life! Thank you Mickey and D23!

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