Laughter is the best medicine.
Just ask Penelope.
She dressed Snowie in a tutu…poor doggie.
And found the result hilarious–in a tears draining from eyes, giggle-fit kind of way.
Our hope today…that you would see the world through the eyes of a child and find happiness and laughter in your day.
The winter Olympics are over now, but boy were they fun to watch when they were happening!
The athletes of every nation are so inspiring, they make me want to try many of the amazing things they are able to do … (this year I decided I might want to try hockey … lol).
Near the end of the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Janna and I wondered what Penelope and her friends might be doing in response to the inspirational athletics they were watching. We decided that they would most likely join in, with great imagination and enthusiasm, and that it might look a little like this …
Dream big dreams! These three sure do!
I never know when I’m going to get an idea that I need to remember … which is why I like to take my sketchbook everywhere I go.
Sometimes, however, I forget to bring it along. That’s when it’s time to get creative. Thankfully, most places will have something to write on, even if it is just a serviette.
Just a little while ago, I was out for lunch with some friends. If you’ve ever been to Montana’s, then you know how it is: a whole table covered in fresh kraft paper to doodle on!
So here is a little idea brought to life with a purple crayon on the table covering at a Montana’s somewhere in southern Ontario.
It’s not perfect, but it’s the start of something cute …
Janna and I were talking the other day, thinking about Penelope and Eloise. We wondered how they might bring in the New Year, and we concluded that it would most definitely be with style!!!
So, without further ado, we captured the moment … Penelope and Eloise, dancing up a storm, resplendent in their old lady dresses, huge pearl necklaces, and large floral hats. They KNOW they look good, but more importantly, they are having the time of their lives.
We hope 2014 brings many blessings, and much joy to your lives!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
What is your favorite snow based activity?
One of my favorite childhood memories is of playing in the backyard at nighttime with my siblings, building snow forts. It was a magical experience. It didn’t matter how much or how little snow there was… we were in a world of our own making, far from the normal of everyday life.
Penelope and Eloise’s world is equally mysterious and beautiful. In their eyes, the house seems to appear far away, but in reality, it is much closer. The stars gleam as if caught up in their adventure….
We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you a wonderful New Year’s Eve!
May you also have many exciting and meaningful adventures!
Now that Eloise is designed, it’s time to see what the dynamics of her friendship with Penelope will look like.
The writing will determine most of that of course, but there are subtleties in body language and activity that will speak volumes. Although it is time to begin serious work on the illustrations for the book, it will always be important to explore these characters more fully. They are as deep and as complex as you and I.
What I most like to keep, in any drawing, is a feeling of energy, or life. Sometimes that quality lies in the line work, other times in the colour, and yet other times, in the texture. Sometimes, it is found in all three. Each drawing needs to satisfy the eyes and the soul in some way.
Look! I have something to show you…
It’s me, PENELOPE!
I have my own Facebook page.
Now you can visit with me anytime you want. 🙂
Parents, teachers, and friends: We’ve decided to create a family-friendly Facebook page devoted specifically to Penelope Bloom. All content will be appropriate for the youngest of children. Feel free to LIKE our FACEBOOK PAGE to receive updates on her life, have access to new illustrations as they are shared, and find out information about our free-giveaways.
Thanks so much, Janna Vanderveen and Tricia Bos.