Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Four years old...

To live a creative life we must lose the fear of being wrong."
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

In February I visited my grandparents in Florida. They gave me this drawing that I did when I was four. Its been a long time since I drew with the same sort of freedom that I had when I was little. I put this drawing up on my bulletin board to help remind me to be free in my art making.... something that I struggle with. Julia Denos' illustrations have a lovely, carefree quality that I am very fond of. I can't wait to get her new book, Just Being Audrey.

When visiting my grandparents I also got to look through lots of their photos that I had never seen before. Here are a few of my favorites...

This is my grandma, Lee, sitting in my grandpa's army truck that he put her name on. Romantic, no?


  1. How adorable (and how lovely that your grandparents kept it all these years!)Some gorgeous images of your grandparents too :)

  2. Oh this is a wonderful post, Brooke. I hear ya, look at all the freedom that comes from within when you are young..why do we do this to ourselves when we get older? I am trying to do the have such a great eye, I think you are too harsh on yourself. Your work has a lightness in heart that is fresh. I hope you know that! Love your toy illustration!! And, Julia Denos..I know, right? She's amazing. Just picked up Red Truck and The Loud Book - oh my, I love Renata's work...time for me to get back to work!

  3. You have a wonderful blog. I love the picture you did when you were 4. I have a collection of drawings from a bunch of 3-5 year olds and I always look at them for inspiration and whenever i need the motivation to draw. Oh, and i love the quote too. Very inspiring! :)