The Illustration Friday word of the week is imagination.
I have no idea where my ideas and images come from. If I did, I think I might be tempted to change my address and live there permanently…
Most of the time, they develop as I draw. If I’m really lucky, they drop in fully formed out of nowhere (now here) while I’m doing something entirely different…taking a shower, falling asleep, driving, doing yoga, daydreaming.
My imagination teases me with thoughts of “…how nice it would be if the source of Creativity was more reliable and on-call…” But maybe I would lose something important in that scenario: a sense of grace, of gratitude for the unexpected blessing of a visit from the Muse.
I suspect that the lesson here is a bit like that biblical story about keeping the oil lanterns full and the wicks trimmed, because the hour of Arrival could happen at any time… Moral (short version): Be Ready, pencil in hand…and be infinitely grateful when something wonderful passes through “this mortal coil.”
This one: “He wondered what it would be like, living under the sea. Certainly it would be quite different. See a larger image in my Etsy shop here.
“Make Believe” (watercolor, pen & ink, colored pencil)