Shhh…..Okay. It’s okay. The fire’s died down now. Don’t be frightened! Just a few little embers left, they won’t spark now, I’m sure. Come closer. Settle in and cozy up now. It’s allllll going to be okay.
Now that the fire’s down, I can go on about posting regularly again. Are you wondering if this post will be as cool as the last one? I’ll just assure you, it won’t be. I’m not sure if any will ever be again. That fire spread FAST, and I had no idea that was going to happen. Sorry about that. Here, have some marshmallows…
There were some harsh words from strangers said. About how the drawings weren’t THAT great. How it’s nothing new. About how my daughter can’t hold a pen right. About how I intentionally set out to exploit her as a gimmick to “go viral” (as if THAT storm could have ever been predicted). I don’t care about any of those. Ignorance usually remedies itself. What’s more important are the AMAZING things said. New moms trying to combine their former lives as solitary artists with this new little person in their lives, and finally feeling like it was possible. Aspiring artists who thought they had to be “good” before they tried something new. People who were told as kids that they couldn’t draw and therefore stopped trying. People who used to draw that are creating again. People exploring new techniques. Writers, poets, painters. I had no idea THAT would happen just from sharing something fun I did with my daughter.
But parents are doing projects with their kids. Teachers are trying this experiment with their students, using magazine faces. Kids are being inspired and encouraged to create. And THAT is awesome.
So there are a lot of you I haven’t met before, and to you I say: welcome, welcome! Cuddle in by the fire and meet the others! I started this little blog up in the hopes of sharing creative ideas, not only as an artist but as a mama. I like to try different things, and I think it’s cool when other people do the same. I want people to create. I want people to try new things. I want to share ideas. I want people to cover the world in doodles, even the ugly parts. (ESPECIALLY the ugly parts.)
So please! I know you’re curious, so please sit down! I know the firestorm brought you, but now that it’s settled, I hope you’ll stay for the warmth.