buried beneath a storybook

sometimes it feels good to go a little darker…


Zoo Balloons

Dear Friends,
Why balloons? Why not. I think we all deserve colorful balloons every now and again. We adults were children once, long ago. Inside many of us an inquisitive, excited, optimistic…inner child presses near the surface. But we keep our inner children locked up tightly. Why would we want anyone to notice our zany, sparkling potential? And yes, sometimes a ridiculous or vulnerable dimension might sneak out. Aged innocence sometimes becomes hardened apathy. No one likes to be hurt. No one likes to appear silly. No one likes wearing their ‘heart on their sleeve’…

But I say today, let’s be silly. Let your inner child out, even just a little bit. Enjoy the bliss that inexperience brings. Let down your guard. Smile at a stranger. Hug yourself. Live this day as a child, not as an adult dreading the start of another long work week.

And if your balloon pops with a big noise, floats away in the blue sky or looses its air, simply get another one in a different color and shape… Zoo balloons only cost a penny.

zoo balloonsThank you. When you dream this night, dream of an endless balloon parade and all the things your joyful inner child will do tomorrow.

Zoo balloons rendered with Tombow Markers created while feeling silly. (a very talented artist/blogger, In Freckles, recommended trying Tombows and I must say I’m lovin’ them. Sometimes, using the Prisma pencils can take a toll on the wrist)


People of Accumulated Age

Dear Friends,
When sketching people of accumulated age, one must tip the nose downward, droop the lids, thin the brow, recede the hairline, wrinkle at will… Faces that have endured many, many seasons are no longer as supple as spring buds. This seems unkind, but it’s quite spectacular. A face with swirling skin impressions is captivating. Deeply etched lines not only mark the passage of time, but reflect vast knowledge and experience. To reverse surviving many seasons, is to imagine nobility without character. Young supple faces with lovely features are faces devoid of fascinating history.

Aged Smile

Aged Smile

Thank you. May you sleep on a pillow of silk and dream of a smooth life

Yold created 2 nights ago. When I finished her, she scared me a little, but we spoke and everything is okay. She’s quite charming and loves smiling wide.