I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!”
~ Dr. Seuss
“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
~ Sue Monk Kidd
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
~ Philip Pullman
“Molly cooks up green marshmallows for the fam”
I know. We’re waaaay past March 17th. But that’s the power of story, whether painted in words or pen and ink… what I love most about it. One glance transports you right back to the moment no matter what time of year it is.
It’s what I hope my word pictures here to do —
Taking you to what D.E. Stevenson (and Blake) called a “Listening valley…” – a place inside the spirit, where we listen…
“There were trees below her, so that she looked out over the tops of them, and…above,, the little quarry was a dimple on the hill, bathed in sunshine, redolent with the scent of sun-warmed pines… In the midst of the town a road ran, curving away into the distance. The valley itself stretched southward, shallow and sunlit, bounded by rolling hills with green grass and patches of brilliant purple heather and dark pine woods, and above the hills was the pale blue sky with fat white clouds floating in it. Along the floor of the valley wound a river, sparkling in the sunshine; it wound among fields and yellow cornfields and bright green meadows full of cattle that looked like toys, and over it all was a faint haze, an almost imperceptible opal-tinted haze that softened the brightness of the colors. Green it was, green and peaceful, an oasis of peace in a land of war… Tonia knew it well. Listening valley… ” ~ D. E. *
When I come across a passage like that, I just have to linger and savor…let the background of the story picture steep…
“I’m loving drawing toddlers right now,” I told my friend, asking if she’d mind sending me some photos of her young Molly that I might sketch. Because life’s real stories are what I want to illustrate and capture in words, and in art… the way the artists I talked about here did…
The photo that inspired this one lit into my spirit like a butterfly, taking me into a lovely, everyday (but holiday-ish) story moment of their little family that I would not otherwise have witnessed…
And…because this portrait makes me smile as I finish it today, I just wanted to share with you.
I wonder, just for fun… does this one evoke a story in you ?
© Pam Depoyan
P.S. I also saved it in classic pen and ink style… and once again the simple black and white just flows a mood over me. Transports me like a favorite old English novel to a place where I love to envision the color of heather on the hills… Or a beloved black and white film, like Wonderful Life…
What do you think? 🙂
Pen and Ink portraits – Mine, from my Picture It In Pen and Ink blog (https://pamdepoyanblog.wordpress.com/). Please do not copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.
* D.E. quote – from her novel, Listening Valley