AEDM day 7 – Importance of Art Every Day

Something different today.  I am sharing with you “Art Every Day” by my father.

This is a little ink and watercolor sketch done my father while he was serving in the Marine Corps during World War II.  It’s a small drawing, about 5 x 6, and is one of several.  Framed and hanging in my office is a 32 x 20 drawing which still has the fold marks from being carried with him in a knapsack throughout his two years in the Pacific.  The detail in the large sketch in unbelievable.  Bombers overhead and men on the ground getting blood transfusions.  He fought both at Peleliu and Okinawa.  In horrible conditions, suffering and dying all around, he was sketching.  He had his art every day.


  1. What an incredible piece of art and how lucky you are to have it. Thank you so much for sharing it and your father’s story with us today.

  2. What a treasure, and a beautiful tribute from you. A courageous man and an artist. Thank you.

  3. That’s so lovely, Connie! I have tears in my eyes. My grandfather was at Guadalcanal and kept a little journal that my grandmother gave him to take along. Those of precious keepsakes, for sure.

    Thanks so much for sharing!


  4. Wow, I can’t believe this…it is an absolute treasure.
    How fantastic…it has so much to say…. you must be very proud of him.
    Gwen xx

  5. Thank you for sharing his art, that is history.

  6. All I can say is “wow”!

  7. Wow, that is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing his story and artwork with us.

  8. Ah, wonderful story. Just goes to show how making art, how expressing our creative spirits sometimes keep us alive.

  9. Great post – and a perfect time with Veteran’s Day around the corner! What a beautiful tribute to your father.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing this with everyone. My grandfather was an extremely talented man. I smile every time I think about Lucy (and Bennie soon) playing with the toys he made so many years ago.

  11. I love this so much. My grandfather died in WWII, I look so much like him, and I wish I had more of his possessions to remind me who I am. I love that your Dad kept creating even in the midst of such tragedy. What an Awesome post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. That was so powerful! What a great post!

  13. What an absolute treasure! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  14. Thanks so much for sharing your fathers story. The art is very good to begin …but when you know the story behind it …it’s much more moving .

  15. Aw! What a sweet treasure! You’re so lucky to have that piece of him.

  16. Lovely story to share and nice that you share the bond of art… thanks for sharing it xx

  17. Very meaningful. Terah

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