I’ve become acquainted on Twitter with a gentleman named Sean Thompson. He is an artist and proprietor of the website Iowa Hawk Art/Sean Thompson Graphics. Here’s a link to his site. We gave away an Adrian Clayborn drawing of Sean’s on one of the On Iowa podcasts.
Sean contacted me this week to see if I could help him get the word out on a drawing he’s working on in behalf of Brett Greenwood and his family. I asked him to write something and send a pic I could post.
It’s an auction of a hand-drawn picture moments before “the kick.” I don’t have to tell you which one.
Here’s what made me donate the time and the blog — 100 percent of the profits will go to the Greenwoods.
Now, I know you can only get to know someone so much on the Twitter, but 100 percent of the profits tells me enough about Sean.
Here are his words. I encourage you to participate and, please, keep sending prayers and positive thoughts Brett Greenwood’s way. The world is a better place with him in it.
The auction for the above drawing is Oct. 18 at Front Row sports bar in Des Moines, from 6 p.m. to 9. There is a $10 admission.
Basically the story goes like this: I came across that old photo of Rob some time ago. I hadn’t seen it for some time, but I looked at it and was thinking “Wow, that is really a powerful image, I might try to do something artistically with that some day.”
After taking a break following FryFest, I pulled it out and decided I really wanted to do a piece that looked just like a photo. I wanted to do it as a challenge. I wanted to study and try to capture every pixel. I decided, for once, I was going to ask for the individuals approval for the project BEFORE it was complete. I got ahold of Rob and told him my intentions. He said it would be great and he was honored. I started into it like the others before. I figured I would be working on it for about a month.
Then Brett Greenwood was stricken with his traumatic illness. If I could back up a little, I have been loving what I have been doing with the Hawkeye artwork the last few months. However, my spiritual life is very strong and I have struggled with pondering “how does what I do help or serve others?” I had seen the pleasure in some faces when they see what I do. I saw it with Shonn Greene when I presented the piece I did of him. But I wasn’t sure I was doing anything to really help anyone. I feel that is the purpose for all of us.
Suddenly, as I was deep in thought about what I’m trying to achieve with my art, I noticed all the “Wear Green for Greenwood” plugs on the internet regarding the ULM game. I thought, “Hey, I could maybe donate one of my originals to some sort of auction to raise money for the Greenwoods!” I NEVER thought it would be the “Houghtlin”. Not enough time. No way. I had just started it and anticipated it would be at least 70 hours work to make it look like a photo like I wanted. But which one? The “Gable” has been very popular so I decided it would be the one. Which auction? Where? How?
I looked at the photo of Houghtlin again. Powerful! In prayer! I had read once that Rob said he was praying for guidance and direction. I did the same. It came to me. You know all those “photos” you see of Hawkeyes in different action shots with a single inspirational message at the bottom like “TEAMWORK” or “DETERMINATION”? I had never seen one with the word “FAITH”. It would be perfect! It was what I was trying to convey, it was perfect because Houghtlin was in prayer, it was absolutely perfect for the cause as that is what we all need for Brett . . . FAITH.
I contacted Keith Murphy at WHO sports in Des Moines and told him I was thinking of having an auction of an original piece with proceeds going to Greenwood family. He said “that would be great, doing a sketch of Brett and then selling it?” I said “No, I have a better idea, I’ll be in touch, will you help?” He agreed. I then hurried and e-mailed Rob and told him about my idea. IMMEDIATE response to my e-mail was as follows:
Whatever you need me to do, I am all in. Autograph, get on the phone appear for you etc to raise money for the family then I’m all for it, do not be apprehensive in asking. Keep me posted and let me know how I can help.
Wow! Rob and I have e-mailed every day since then. Plans. Ideas. All of the sudden, I was organizing the event! I don’t know what I’m doing! I told Murphy again and he said he would have me on his radio show to promote. I suddenly realized something, “First thing you HAVE to do Sean is get the piece done! Then work on the details. You can’t have the auction without the art, dummy.” Today is Tuesday. Last Friday I literally locked myself in a room. There I was, just me and Pandora (Janis and Joe Cocker) and Twitter. LOL. I drew til 3 a.m. Saturday. I woke up at 8 and drew until 3 Sunday morning.
Sunday, I went to church, came back and drew until 2 a.m. Monday. I probably worked almost 50 hrs into it in three days. Already had about 20 before the idea came to me. So, around 70 hours altogether. One thing I have learned with my artwork is you have to learn when to stop. I could go on and on working it over as I can always find disappointments and things that just don’t look right to me. But you have to stop sometime and it was time. I peeled off the surrounding masking tape and thought “that’s about as close to a photo as I have done. Thank you, God.”
I had for some reason tweeted “Good Morning” to Mindy Williamson of Iowa Corn. Don’t know why. I have felt bad for her after the Cy-Hawk debacle. That tweet led to some conversation, then Direct Messages, then e-mails. I told her what I was doing. She informed me that she was good friends with Brett’s girlfriend and would let her know. WOW, again! When you are trying to do good, things just somehow fall into place. This was the connection I needed to the Greenwoods while respecting their privacy.
Well, I’m writing a book here. So basically I have been organizing along with help of Rob and Keith Murphy. I went to a framer I know (Tom’s Frame Shop in Johnston) and he was eager to donate. Not even a football follower, but I told him the story. We picked out an AWESOME black frame with a gold filet around the inside. We are going to use my block “I” design matting but fancy it up a little with a shadow effect. Probably be about a $300 frame job. All donated.
I contacted Clay, the owner of Front Row Sports Bar in Des Moines and asked if he would hold the auction. He not only said yes but said that he would have a steak dinner with all proceeds from the dinner going to Greenwood as well!
I talked with Rob and asked if he would come. He said “anything to raise some big money.” I said “lets do it the 8th”. He said “cant make it.” I said “lets do it the 15th.” He said “cant make it.” I said “when can you make it?” We decided on Tuesday the 18th (Oct. 18)! He also told me he would call Ferentz and see what he could possibly do to help us.
I did the Murph-n-Andy radio show yesterday and it went well. Tons of hits on the website. DJK tweeted about it last night. More hits. I then DM’d you and some others for help. That’ pretty much where I am now.
I have teamed up with former Hawkeye legend Rob Houghtlin and with the help of Channel 13′s Keith Murphy and “Front Row” sports bar, this one of a kind, hand-drawn original piece will be sold to the highest bidder at an auction to be held at a steak dinner at Front Row on Tuesday, October 18th from 6pm to 9pm. All proceeds from the sale of this piece and dinner will go directly to the Greenwood family! This piece will be autographed by Rob and will be professionally framed sparing no expense. Rob Houghtlin will be joining me in attendance at this event.
Godspeed to Brett and his family.
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