Art and Photography by Gregg Fraley

    Dirty Martini Sunset

    Just for fun. Had a Dirty Martini on the deck at the Stray Dog in New Buffalo, MI. Good times.

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    Secret Wish Cartoon #10, Creativity and Goofiness

    Do you remember the scene in Merry Poppins where they sang the song “I love to laugh?” It was Ed Wynn, a Disney film stalwart and old vaudevillian who played Uncle Albert. When Uncle Albert laughed he rose into the air. Laughter does make us lighter, and being lighter changes our thinking. There is a real value to “going goofy” if you want to shift perspective, if you wish for heightened creativity. Goofiness is an applied creativity tool, and make no mistake, it’s serious business. The subject of my drawing looked vaguely liked Ed Wynn. Like Wynn, he had a wry smile, almost smug, on his face as we rode the train into London. His secret wish is a projection




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    Secret Wish Cartoon #5 (Using Regret Creatively)

    Regrets are something we all carry around. Some of us more lightly than others. Maybe I’m projecting but when I saw “Harold” the other day it occurred to me that his regrets were of the heavier variety. He was working hard on his laptop but occasionally he’d look out the window of the train with a regretful frown on his face. I got out my pen and did a quick sketch. My imagination had him wistfully thinking about a very early crush. When boys are just beginning to get interested in girls there’s that awkward period where you’re scared to ask for a dance, or to even say hello, let alone have a kiss. That doesn’t stop you from thinking




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    A Poem about Goofing

    Be a Goofball By Gregg Fraley Everybody’s born a goofball Every kid is a goofball. Goofballs goof around. They goof for the sake of goofing. They goof all the time. Because goofing is fun. It’s the opposite of serious And it’s not mysterious. All you do is make everything a toy, make everybody a cartoon character, make every place interesting… it’s not a bathroom, It’s … the bat cave, It’s not plain Jane Smith from down the street, It’s “Hayne Rodrigo” the Spanish lady who loves to salsa (even if she doesn’t know it, and, this is essential, You Make Her Dance till she laughs). The key is, you don’t do anything normal. You don’t talk normal, Sit normal, Walk




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    Leopard Ankle

    Generally, I’m not so pleased with my iPhone camera.  Still, maybe it’s not the camera as much as the person behind it. I spotted (forgive the pun) an ankle on the train.  I hadn’t seen anyone wearing leopard hose in ages and it was visually striking. One nice thing about an iPhone camera is it doesn’t look like a camera. Did some minor enhancements in Photoshop, this then, is my Leopard Ankle.




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