Thursday, June 28, 2007

On of Lifes lessons

I'm about 4 years old in this picture. That's my fort my Dad and I just built. I can look down in the valley below and no body can see me! This is my own special place.

Years later when I was in class in my grammar school I had an experience that helped shape some of my attitude about "acting before you think."

I had a ketchup bottle, not a real one but one that looked like a ketchup bottle but was plastic and had a string coming out of the top, you know, the kind you find at a hotdog stand! At parties and with friends I'd have this ketchup bottle and pretend to squirt the ketchup out of the bottle on a friend. It was only the red string that came out of the bottle. We'd laugh and laugh and had more fun with that! One day I took my ketchup bottle to school. The teacher was late so we were all talking and having a good time and I took out my ketchup bottle and squeezed it on a girl. She screamed and then realized that it wasn't real and we all laughed. The teacher rushed in and saw the ketchup bottle and demanded
that I bring it up to him! He told me that he would keep the bottle until the end of the year. Why did he do that? All he had to do was tell me to put it away. That experience had a lasting impression on me. I didn't have the bottle anymore to have fun with my friends. As I grew older I would see people fly off the handle and accuse people of doing this or that. I learned to "think before I act."

At the HotelTriton, their was a mistake(human) on a customer's bill. The customer would immediatly accuse the hotel of cheating, when all they had to do was point out the mistake and a simple correction could have been made and all would be normal. Many times I witnessed similar situations where if someone had just calmly asked or inquired about a situation everything would be fine. To all my friends reading this, don't jump to conclusions. Life and friend are precious, slow down, enjoy life!

Monday, June 25, 2007

King Triton

The story behind this picture drawn by Daniel Lynch is interesting.
While studying at the Academy of Art University, Daniel worked nights and weekends at the Hotel Triton in San Francisco. ( Daniel really liked working at the Triton as it has many suites designed by famous artist and entertainers. For you who want to rub elbows with the stars, the Triton is the place. Daniel worked as a Guest Representative and liked the staff at the hotel very much. It was a fun place to work. Daniel loved art so much and the hotels decore theme being that of the Arts fit his personality.
In the lobby is a sketch book that is for the guests to comment, draw pictures or whatever about their stay. In the guest book Daniel drew the picture featured above, King Triton of the Sea, in the book and entered his quote "Art is my inspiration...Because without Art we would just be stuck with reality."

One problem with writing in a blog, you don't know if any body is reading your writings. Hope someone is enjoying these vinettes about Daniel. If some of you would like to know more about Daniel, please go to Thank you for your interest in hearing about Daniel and his journey. In the next issue I'll offer some more tales about Daniel.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Daniels Story

This is about a young boy who discovered the wonderful world of Art when he was eight years old. Danny lived on a farm in Missouri and loved all the animals; the cows the deer, the turkeys, but one little critter really caught his fancy. A fox had a den in one of the ledge cliffs and Dan would watch the mommy fox go in and out of her den. One day, Dan was looking at the local newspaper and there was an announcement that a local Missouri artist was going to have a showing. In the article was a beautiful painting of a fox, it was a picture of "his" fox on his farm. He wanted to go and see that picture. The gallery was about an hour from the farm. The family packed up and made the journey. Into the small gallery he ran and there was the picture of "his" fox.

Looking around the gallery at all the wildlife pictures brought a smile on his face. The artist, Mr. Al Agnew, talked with Dan and answered his questions. Dan asked his Mom and Dad if he could buy the picture of "his" fox. Daniel purchased the artist proof of "his" fox and Mr. Agnew signed the picture on the back and wrote that in doing anything worthwhile requires much practice if you want to successful at what you are doing. Danny was all smiles and that experience and picture literally changed his life.

Many years later, found in his school papers was an assignment that Dan had written. The form type questionnaire asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Danny's answer was, "An artist and a good golfer like my big brother." From that time on, Dan drew and drew, his talent was questionable at times, but he never lost his love of drawing.

Thank you for visiting Daniel's story. Hope you come back to Daniel's "Rest of the Story."