Dec 3, 2009

My Uncle Pat

My uncle Pat holding his dog drawing.

My uncle Pat is a gentle soul. He's always smiling and will laugh in a heart beat if you say something funny. I love him dearly.

Pat is the younger brother of my mom and he was born mentally handicapped. Pat is 58 years old now and even though his mental capacity is some where in the range of a 7-9 year old, he possesses more common sense than a lot of people I know.

So when I got to hang out with Pat this Thanks giving I handed him a sketch book and a pen and said "Pat, draw a dog." He smiled and started drawing.

Uncle Pats dog drawing.

I had no idea how this was going to turn out? As I watched him draw I found it curious that he seemed to be keeping the drawing symmetrical.

As he was drawing I heard him say softly "I'm not very good am I?" to which I responded "There is no wrong way to draw Pat. You're doing fine."

When he was done he handed the sketchbook back to me and I said "Is this a Martian dog Pat?" We all laughed. My wife said "It kind of looks like a cow." We all laughed again.

Separated at Birth: Ron Perlman and Uncle Pat

That same day I mentioned to Pat that he resembled the actor Ron Perlman. I googled a picture on my iPhone and showed him. I than asked him to pose the same way and told him I'd put it on my blog. He thought that was pretty cool and smiled.

The Cheshire Pat.

Pat's smile is infectious. And we always have fun joking around with him and laughing together. Pat also has a habit of saying "I'm Sorry." for absolutely no reason at all, which has also made us all laugh at times too as you'll see in the below video.

I'll be sharing this post with him at Christmas so take a few minutes and leave my uncle a comment, I know he'll get a kick when I share them with him. Thanks!

Meet Uncle Pat


Kate said...

Your uncle seems like a very nice guy! Thanks for sharing about him. His drawing was neat too!

Dusty said...

Uncle Pat I love the drawing! Maybe at Christmas you could do a series. Best to you all!

creativesquall said...

Great shapes in the drawing. It's looks good regardless if it's a dog or a cow. You should do some more drawings at Christmas, and post them for all to see.

David said...

I think it's a great drawing. Very unique. It reminds me of the kinds of animals you see on Mayan stonework. You should encourage him to draw more.

kerrie said...

It also looks like a really wicked gorilla! Cool drawing and great story.

deanna said...

Uncle Pat, you are far more handsome than Ron Perlman!

Maybe you and Von can colaborate, I would love to see your dog colored.


Indy said...

Hey dear uncle Pat,

when I took a closer look I saw that the drawing is clearly a dog. Very nice!!! I like the idea of you havin' a christmas special here on this blog, drawing us a whole series. Whatcha think?

Anyway - all the best for you and your family and a really great christmas and new year!

Cheers from Germany.


onewandering said...

Happy Holidays, Uncle Pat! I think what's so awesome about your drawing is that everyone who sees it might think it's something else *because* it's so abstract! Me? I see a gorilla's face. Von was right, there definitely is no perfect way to be an artist. I hope you will continue to keep drawing! Maybe Von will take your best one and make it into a t-shirt! ;)

imurban said...

Uncle Pat, you are the best!!

THR3SHOLD said...

Hey Pat,
Love the drawing. I'd actually really like to see more of your drawings. It seems like you have quite a few new fans of your artwork. Thanks for sharing your dog with us, and your infectious smile and laugh. Hope you have a great Christmas with the Vonster.

Tom Peil

Benjamin said...

That's a pretty cool dog! The style is really interesting. I'd like to see more of Pat's drawings! Maybe he could do a whole "zoo" series? Thanks for sharing!

Anisa said...

I like it when drawings look like more than one specific thing. Even Uncle Pat looks like himself and a little like another person. Makes sense to me.

Have a great Holiday.

Garett said...

Great Comparison. Also reminds me of Uncle Fester from "The Addams Family Values"

Louis said...

Hi Pat. I love your drawing. Maybe you can color it and Von can put it on a mug or baseball hat. I think it would look pretty cool on a shirt too. Have a very Merry Christmas my friend and a Happy New Year!

Reggebah said...

Uncle Pat,

Your art reminds me of the cool aztec art at Chipotle. Here is a link to an example:

I think you should keep drawing! I really liked your dog.


Tanya Nichols said...

Uncle Pat lots of love! Keep drawing and make Von share. SMOOCHES!!

Amber said...

Hey! Nice drawing! It must run in the family.

Jess Rupsch said...

Hey Uncle Pat!

Your drawing is really awesome of the dog, you should try to draw a horse sometime and ask Von to post it on his blog! Horses are my favorite. What's your favorite animal? I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Jess Rupsch

Maryann said...

Uncle Pat, the video of you made me laugh and smile! Apparently your smile IS infectious. I love the dog/cow!! Thanks for sharing with us and Merry Christmas!

Maggie Macnab said...

Hi Uncle Pat! I love that your dog is the same on both sides. I try to do logos like this whenever I can because it makes me feel like I'm not going to fall off. I'd love to see more of your artwork so tell that good fer nuttin' nephew of yours to give you more air time for your pictures!

xoxoxoxo Maggie

Paula said...

Hey Uncle Pat,

Don't ever be sorry for having the gift of making people laugh and smile.

You are ahead of your time, I sure in the near future somebody will genetically engineer a dog/cow animal..

Have a merry Christmas!

betterthanhuman said...

Uncle Pat,

Thanks for the laugh. Von was right, it is infectious. The drawing is great too. Now I see where Von gets his talent.
Merry Christmas!

Poetessa said...

Poetessa said; Hi Pat, your are an inspiration to a lot of people and dear to our hearts. God works through you and we all love you.

Your drawing of the cow is wonderful and you gave me a great idea for another Christmas present.

Love you brother!

Debbie said...

Hey, Uncle Pat! I wish I could draw a dog - or even a cow - as good as you! Merry Christmas!

Ruth said...

I saw you and your drawing on the computer. How cool. Your drawing is great! You are fortunate to have a great nephew in Von. He put it on the computer so I could see it in Maryland! Merry Christmas!! Ruth

Halftone Dot said...

Uncle Pat, you are AWESOME! You have a great smile and a fantastic laugh. I wish I didn't live so far away. I'd love to meet you. Thankfully, we can at least meet this way on the internet. I love your dog drawing.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

from Virginia

ladyjanie said...

Uncle Pat,
Your dog doodle is awesome! And what a great smile! I think you deserve your own doodle blog! :)

Dan Harris Draws said...

I want to see Von do an Illustrated portrait of the Chesire Pat. Uncle Pat's a great guy and should be so honored. Thanks for sharing his infectious spirit with us. =D=