This is a two-piece wall hanging I did to commemorate an award. The illustration was done with a sea sponge and 1 Shot enamel—always trying something different!
This container hides the trash can of a family member who spends time at their lake home.
I always loved 1950s trucks, so I set out to reproduce one on a metal panel for someone with a keen interest in those same old trucks.
I did this panel for some old friends of mine, using their last name “Knight” as a background for a pinstriping design and inspirational lettering message.
This was done completely in watercolors with cut-out papers and a vintage photo on card stock.

Lettering and striping for the fun of it

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

By Bob Behounek

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2020

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It’s rather funny how life goes. Many years ago, I set out to embark on a career in railroading. I could see myself rolling down the steel highways until I was too old to work any longer, then retiring—totally fulfilled. I’m sure those journeys, the people and the places I would have seen would have been the greatest!

We all have dreams and ambitions from the time we are very young and impressionable. A lot of us are fortunate to find that sweet spot in life that lasts into our golden years.

I remember my high school counselor telling me that I needed to consider going into an automobile related trade. So here I am! The next year I signed up for the auto shop program and was soon working on internal combustion engines in each class.

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Bob Behounek has spent over 40 years as a sign artist and pinstriper in the Chicago, Illinois, area.

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