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Capt. Coloring Fantastic – Friday Fan Art!

February 20, 2009

As I mentioned before, I have been posting fan art created by yours truly while we are here in Florida to avoid the chilly winter back home in Mass.

Feathered Elton

So, each and every day, I spend some time drawing, coloring and painting with my daughter, Sophia. I do this because:
1. I love spending time with her.
2. I learned how to create art by my mum doing the very same thing with me.
3. One day (hopefully) she can take over, and Ang and I can retire.

Every morning over coffee and sippy cups, I ask Soph what she wants me to draw and we color it. Sometimes its mommy and daddy. Sometimes its Mickey Mouse. Sometimes its Meno…or even a Gzonk or two…and sometimes its Elton John. 1970’s glam-rocking-piano-pounding Elton John. Crocodile Rock Elton John to be exact.

Jumping Elton

Since she saw him on The Muppet Show, she (like her dad) fell in love with the falsetto “la-la-la-la-laas” of my fav bespectacled pop-rocker. We’ve even made him out of Legos (which I will have to take a photo of). But, here now, our tribute to the Elton John of yesterday, as rendered in Sharpie, crayon, markers, paints, and Spongebob stickers…enjoy!

Singing Elton

Soul Train Elton

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.