Imaginary Friends

im4On the first day of the year, Myla and I took a walk in the woods, and saw proof of what surely was a forest full of fairies, yeti, and strange imaginary creatures.   When I got home, I printed out a photo from our walk, and painted a few of them.  I even did a blog post about it called Imaginary Monsters.

Since then, I’ve been adding little monsters to several photos I’ve taken of her, for fun.  Sometimes silly little forest creatures….

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And sometimes, more serious bigger fellas…

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I paint them playing with her…

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And just hanging out…

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Sometimes, I add little poems to them, in the hopes of one day making a little book collection for her…

“What kind of dragon are you?” she said to the girl.  “Your teeth are so small, and your tail doesn’t curl.”

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“You’re an odd little puppy,” the graggin said.  “Why haven’t you got any horns on your head?”

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When I posted them, people asked if I did them digitally, but they’re all sketched in pen and handpainted in acrylic on photo printouts.

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They’re fun to do and quite relaxing for me.  She has such a great imagination when we’re just exploring, and it’s fun to take a peek at the world the way she might see it.

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Sometimes I ask her what kind of creature I should add, but usually I just come up with something on my own to make her smile.

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When I posted one recently, someone suggested it might be fun if I offered them as customs…

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So are you up for it?    Do you have a kid (or kid-at-heart) that needs a portrait with an imaginary friend for Christmas, or birthday, or just to make them smile?

Well, I’ve decided to offer a few for custom order!  I have an Epson Artisan printer with archival inks and photo papers, and will offer two sizes: 8.5″ x 11″, and 11.17″ x 16.5″.  I can take your child’s drawing or description to work with, or I can create one from my own imagination.

I put up a listing in my etsy shop…have a look!

I have so much fun with them–I’d love to do some for you!

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16 responses

  1. These are terrific! I love that you are taking Myla’s imagination as your inspiration and then recording it visually for posterity. I definitely think you should compile them all into a book. It was interesting to see your process photos as I would have assumed you would need to use gesso before painting over the photo. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks! Yes, I’ll probably make a little book for her at least. As for gesso, there’s no need, but it does take a few coats before it’s opaque enough to not show through. So fun!

      1. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity. I like your method as I don’t like the tooth that gesso has when it is only used in one area of a painting.

  2. You both are so, so incredibly talented. I really enjoyed this. Thank you.

    Cathe Ekas

  3. Wow these are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    Amy ??

  4. I love this so much!

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Wow, I love these. Your creatures are so sweet they make my heart melt. Their eyes are so soulful…and they all have so much personality. I would love to see you write a book with your creatures in them! Such wonderful work. Thank you for taking the time to post all of these. And Myla is one lucky little lady to have a mama that brings this wonderful world into a reality we can see.

  6. this is seriously amazing!!

  7. Fabuloso!

  8. My email account doesn’t get great emails but it makes my day when I get a notification that you have posted a new blog. I save it until I can sit down and thoroughly enjoy it. Your relationship with your daughter is amazing and you both are so lucky to have each other and click the way you do. I love my mom and I wouldn’t trade her for the world but I am envious of all the art you do with your daughter. It is truly priceless.

  9. The enhanced photos are positively enchanting! Absolutely beautiful.

  10. This is awesome! I am going to check the Etsy shop right now!!!

  11. I am glad that you showed your technique in this one. I was really hoping that they were hand-painted… adding to the whimsy.

  12. I love your art works! You’re an amazing artist! πŸ™‚

  13. Reblogged this on Charlie Parker From Head to Web and commented:
    So, this is my first “re-blog”… but I couldn’t resist. How magical and awesome are these?! I can only hope to be a tenth of the cool creative mum/aunt as this talented lady one day! (And when I say one day, I mean very far in the future…)

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