I was doing some consulting for a small manufacturing company in the Carolinas, a few years ago. When we looked at their hiring practices, it was clear that the temporary workers were not working out. We found several days where most of the temps didn't show up and, surprise, production was better than when the temps were there! So, my suggestion was to fire all the temps and give whatever the company was paying the temporary agency back to the regular employees as a raise. It worked great! Morale and production both went up.
On a more personal level, this was the first cartoon I drew using a good old fashioned nib pen and a bottle of India ink. I have a rare muscle disorder called Hypokalemic (that means low potassium) Periodic Paralysis. Since I knew I was apt to get clumsy and weak from drawing, I had been using a special artist's felt pen because I was afraid I'd spill an ink bottle. I was shocked to find out I could not ink a single cartoon without my hands freezing up! Light grip, heavy grip, fat pen, skinny pen, special table--it didn't matter. I was so disappointed that I stopped drawing for about 3 months! Then I was looking at some cartoons by another artist and realized they were 'drawn' with a brush. My instincts told me a nib pen with ink might give me a brushlike feel. I tried it. It worked. Now I do all my inking with 200 year old technology and so far, I haven't spilled a single bottle of ink!
If you scroll down and click the link that reads, 'Or, click here to buy it as the artist intended,' you'll see that I like this cartoon poster with a purple mat. However, if you need something else to match your room, just click the 'Custom Frame' box.
Rodney Robbins, Charlotte Member Since April 2007 Artist StatementRodney Robbins says, "Art Collecting Should be Fun!"
To some people, buying "fine art" is about taking something wonderful and putting it in a hard, cold, dark, metal safe and hoping that one day they can sell it at a profit. That's not you.
I believe you are here at the Rodney Robbins Lively Art Gallery to find more joy. Perhaps you realize that buying a fine art print is about how good a print looks on your wall, the complements you get about it, the stories that go with it and the smiles it you, your family and your guests. To people like you and me, fine art is about colors and conversations, surprise and sustenance, decor and delight. When you showcase a fine art print in your home or office, you are letting your guests see what you consider beautiful or mysterious, joyful or funny. If your fine art print goes up in value, that's great; as long as it brings more joy into your life right here and now.
Enjoy Your Rodney Robbins Fine Art Prints for a Lifetime
Please look around the Lively Art Gallery. Play with the mat colors. Check out the different sizes and framing options. Then order a small piece for your office or a hallway, or a huge print with matting and a nice frame for your living or board room. Here is my best advice on which print to purchase first: Buy the one that makes you smile! Your print will be made with museum quality ink, on paper that will easily last a lifetime. Remember, you are not calculating the potential return on your investment; you are welcoming more joy into your life!
About Rodney Robbins Prints
These prints are full color versions of the cartoons from my booklet "Rodney's 52 Ways to Impress Your Boss--Without Sucking Up!" The booklet is available at http://www.Rodneys52Ways.com/ and makes a great gift or, when ordered in bulk, a wonderful sales premium. If you are looking for the honest man's guide to getting ahead, just cut and paste the above web address into your web browser's address bar and hit "Enter." Fun stuff!
Rodney Robbins Supports the MDA
My main charity is the Muscular Dystrophy Association. So far, I've helped raise enough money to send 300 children with muscle problems to summer camp. Will you help me send more?
When you buy a print from me, I will send a portion of the profits to the MDA . If you would like to sponsor a child to summer camp (it costs about $800.00), or support research into curing muscle diseases, go to the MDA USA home page and click on the "Make a Donation" button. It is a wonderful feeling to know you are making a difference in the life of a young person. If you want to learn more about Periodic Paralysis (that's the form of muscular dystrophy I have), go to the Periodic Paralysis News Desk.
How To View the Galleries and Order a Print?
To browse my Lively Art Gallery, click the icon near the upper right corner of your screen. Then click on any image you like, and order your print today. It's just that easy to bring more joy into your life.