“Elliana” is my 139th Story-Painting
Elliana’s grandmother told me that she loves hippos,
and that her nursery is decorated with a woodland fairy theme,
so I decided to combine the two.
Lately, I’ve been listening to classical music while I paint,
and once I found the word “etude,” this musical scene emerged.
As soon as I thought of having the notes in bubbles,
the whole image sprang to life.
“Elise” is my 138th Story-Painting
Elise’s mother told me that Elise LOVES lions.
I immediately imagined a regal lion as a King, so when I
began scouring my Dad’s old dictionary under “e,”
I kept that royal lion in mind.
While researching flowers, butterflies, and insects to add
to the background, I found edelweiss,
evening primrose, and euphorbia,
and before I knew it, a formal estate garden grew up.
As a child, I always loved illustrations in which one of
the characters is beckoning you into the picture.
“Fynn” is my 137th Story-Painting
Fynn’s grandmother taught at the small country school where
I was the aide many years ago. That school is where I started
making art for kids–usually for the bulletin board near the drinking fountain.
She told me that Fynn’s nursery has a woodsy theme, and that
this baby is already a BIG fan of being in water.
I’ve always loved the word “flotilla,” so the idea for some
field-mice sailing boats they had cobbled together from
whatever they could find appealed to me.
Since this was only the second “F” name I’ve ever done,
I jumped into that section of the dictionary eagerly!