In the category of “What’s Your Passion?” we give you Mike Dennison, 37, of Stoneham, Mass., who invites us to consider the source of our various inspirations.
Three years ago, Dennison, a dispatcher by day, vowed he would draw a picture of Bea Arthur, of Golden Girls fame, once a day, every day, for a year.
He’s still at it, the Boston Globe says.
Some people are into politics. Some people are into the Golden Girls. Who’s to say what passion is appropriate or not?
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 7, 2016
“She’ll just quickly put someone down, in most cases her mother, and just be quick about it,” he said. “That’s how I react to people. I don’t do it with malicious intent. I just kind of make light of situations. And I relate to that.”
Denison readily acknowledges that he got the idea to paint his snarky heroine when he learned that a nude painting of Arthur by the artist John Currin had sold for $1.9 million.
“I was, like, ‘I could paint Bea Arthur!,’ ” Denison recalled. “Before I knew it, that’s what I was doing.”
He called his project “Bea A Day;” and over those first 365 days, he became a prominent member of an active subculture that surrounds “The Golden Girls,” which ended a seven-season run in 1992, but still has an active message board, a fan club, and a podcast.
Denison posts his daily sketches on his Twitter account.