Yes, for five years I painted and drew little landscapes and sold them at exhibitions.
Those were meager years, I didn't earn much.
I think it was in 1971, when someone asked me if I could paint him a picture of the cover with the little old sailboat from the year 1949. Well, I said these ducks belong to Disney and I would have to ask permission. But I thought it would be a pleasant way to earn a few dollars, because I had no luck with my other pictures.
So I wrote to George Sherman, who at that point managed the Publications Department, and he simply said: "of course - go to it!" He added that the pictures would have to be good enough, so as not to cause the Disney Studios any embarrassment.
In 1976 I stopped painting, because, in the meantime, the collectors had become very pushy. When I painted a picture for someone, all the others were mad at me, because everyone thought it should have been for him. It had become impossible to keep the waiting list under control.
I had no idea how to satisfy all these people, and besides, I didn't want to paint any more ducks.