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October 15, 2006

"The Happy Mac" 5x7" oil painting, by Nitrozac (SOLD!)


Thank you Michaelmh!

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I'm pleased to present to you, "The Happy Mac" painting! The subject of the painting was requested by Matthew, I thought it was a very good suggestion. I have painted the Happy Mac before, but it was a much smaller image than this one, so I thought the time was right to paint it again, only larger. The Happy Mac was such a pleasure to paint. It's such a cheerful icon, it really deserves to be immortalized on canvas. The Happy Mac icon was designed by Susan Kare. She also designed all the early Mac icons that are so near and dear to our hearts. Her designs are very crisp and exact, yet somehow the Happy Mac lends itself very nicely to the traditional oil paint medium.

With the release of OSX, Apple has replaced the Happy Mac boot-up image with the Apple Logo. That was a very sad day for many of us Mac Geeks who have real feelings about seeing the Happy Mac face. The Happy Mac image was also functional, it was the way your Mac would let you know how it was feeling; Happy Mac for when everything is going good, Sad Mac when it's not so good, even a Dead Mac for when things have gone horribly wrong. As you can imagine then, seeing the Happy Mac would be quite welcome.

I feel this painting will give its owner that same, reassuring feeling that everything is going to be ok. It can also bring back fond memories of working in previous OS's, like OS 9. Ah, those were the days, somehow things seemed to run faster in the other OS's ;-). "The Happy Mac" is the 6th painting to appear on my Painting A Day Blog. I also have a comic about the day Apple discarded the Happy Mac on our site, the Joy of Tech. The oil painting is a cute size of 5x7 inches, sure to fit any wall or shrine to the Mac. I wish you a very Happy Mac bidding!

Posted by Nitrozac at October 15, 2006 05:44 PM