From the late 1970’s until 1993 I was known for my paintings and prints showing the “chic lifestyle” of the Big Eyed People. I sold my artworks through galleries and did many art and craft fairs across New York state, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.
During the period I was really lucky. Organizations like the Kennedy Center, Nabisco along with Capital OTB, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Meadowlands Race Track, as well as other charities had me design posters and invitations to advertise their projects. My original poster for the Kennedy Center project, “Imagination Celebration” (which promoted arts projects for youth, even ended up on McDonald’s tray liners).
The stars of my Big Eyed People paintings were Pamela and Reginald Wellington (Wellington, as in the name of the polo fields in Palm Beach, Florida). Pamela and Reginald had inherited their fortunes from their grandparents and were having fun spending them. At the time Pamela and Reginald partied all night at their 5th Avenue NYC apartment and slept all day, unless they were seen going to polo, fox-hunting or the Saratoga Springs, NY race (flat) track. Well that was 24 years ago, and times have changed. Pamela and Reginald still party, but now have a bit more of a casual lifestyle. The 12 new illustrations that I’ve made for this post, show this chapter of their lives.
To download any one of the drawings, put your pointer on a drawing then right click on it. Choose Save Image as…, when the photo comes up click save. Do this for every drawing that you want to download. After that, go into your photos and find the drawings. Next right click and pick print, have it set on portrait, followed by size letter, and photo size 8×10 inches. That’s all it takes. The image will fill in most of your 8 1/2 x 11 piece of printer paper. If you want to extend the lines of the drawings to the edges of the paper use an ultra fine Sharpie, that is what I made the original drawings with.
Not having drawn the Big Eyed People for 24 years, I did not know how they would look at this point in time. Not unlike being able to ride a bike, once you know how to do it, you can just hop on at any time and go…So I just jumped on and off I went again, drawing the Big Eyed People. My sister said the new drawings, made for this post, look just as good as the ones that I had made back in the day.
In years past, people many times told me they could see themselves in the Big Eyed People. If you like, you can pick which of the Big Eyed People most represents you and personalize her/him so they have your skin tone, color of hair and eyes.
So there they are, 12 new Big Eyed People drawings. If you have a friend who likes to color send them my link so they can take a look at my artworks.
I hope you found my new image fascinating and look forward to reading your comments. If you want to see some of my paintings from the past read my post Fred Gonsowski Artworks before the Blog. Here are a few photos of some of my works done years ago (click on images to enlarge)…
Companion posts on Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com…
Coloring pages for Adults…Some Drawings of Living Rooms for Adults to Color 3-28-2016,
Cutting/Making Paper Snowflakes 10-27-2011,
Make an Easy NO TIE Bow for your Christmas Wreath 12-8-2011.
Fred… Is that you on the right in “An evening with close friends?”
Very nicely done! My favorite is the one with the woman and the flowers!
Hi there P.W. I could be the guy on the right in “Evening with Close Friends” but I would have to add a bit more facial hair to him and thinning hair (a balled head) Being that the Big Eyed People come from inside me, all of the people possess different aspects of what attracts me. ;-}
You’re kind of right P.W. I was, for some reason, looking at Formal Dining, instead of an Evening with close friends…Yes that one is kind of closest to me, but he has a bit more hair than I ;-}
How happy and chic these drawings are! I do remember seeing some Big Eyed People drawings in the past, but can’t recall exactly where. Glad to know you’re the artist. Beautifully done Fred!
Hi there Margaret, back in the day I did a lot of shows so my things got out there. I had a gallery in Saratoga, NY and showed art works yearly at the Fasig Tipton in Saratoga. Fasig Tipton is a place that sells baby race horses during the racing meet. A lot of people all over America came through Saratoga. I also had a gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, Williamstown, Ma and in Vermont that sold a lot of my things to tourists. For many years I sold art at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Ct, and other shows in the Armonk, Somers, Katona, and the Bedford, NY area (all bedroom communities of NYC). Cooperstown, NY and the Mystic, Connecticut areas also had quite a good amount of traveling people who found my artworks interesting. I knew where some of the paintings went, but here and there I get a call or note from someone who finds something of mine at an estate sale in mid-America or even out west, and wants to know more about the paintings. Thanks for your comment.
Are your big-eyed people as social and friendly as they appear?! Particularly love the horses. Hey, I think that could be me riding one of them…!
Hi there Lovepasos, yes they are friendly and social. Most people who look at my images see themselves or someone they know who reminds them of the big eyed people. Look for my next post, I think it will be something that interests you 🙂
Can’t help but wonder what they are drinking. Wine, champagne, Gin and tonic? Suppose it depends on the occasion. Hahaha.
Yes! Waiting with bated breath for the release of your next post:)
Working on it now lovepaso, look for it soon. Wine, Champagne, or a Gin and Tonic, ALL of my favorites, so you are right on it across the board ;-}.
Hi there Lovepasos, not being at all computer literate, or knowing what emojis mean, what is that little picture? You know you are reading the stuff written by a 61 year old man ;-}
Hehehe, picture of champagne toast. Emojis are smiley faces and images used in electronic messages – emoji can be of an expression, object, place, weather, etc. There’s a bunch of them!
I’d like to purchase big eyed people mugs to match some my aunt bought