My disturbing early work


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A couple of weeks ago my parents handed me a manila envelope and stood there staring at me with strange grins on their faces while I cautiously opened it up.  Inside were a bunch of drawings that I had done for my grandmother as 'thank you's' whenever she had sent me money or presents.  I tend to get asked quite a bit as to when I decided to pursue art as a career.  Judging from these inept little drawings, it must have been a little later on in life because I don't think there was a whole lot of talent going on here.  Imagination, yes.

I don't even know where to begin with the top drawing.  I mean, who gives their grandmother a drawing of a masked gunman?  Maybe I was bored that day and decided that I needed a little excitement on my street and decided to draw out my fantasy?  Who knows.  But it's weird.  The second drawing at least seems to show my interest in fashion.  I like  how I took 'Paris' to be a country rather than a city.   There's much debate in my family as to what those jagged brightly coloured things are around them.  Some people think that they are Christmas trees, but I think that it's mulit-coloured spotlights.   The only thing that redeems this piece is the poncho that the Canadian girl is wearing.  I seem to recall that I owned that poncho.

Anyway, I can imagine that  I've frightened everyone enough here, so I'll go do something useful.  I should have an original available over the weekend.  Think chocolate, think fondue....no masked gunmen.

16 Responses to “My disturbing early work”

  1. Lovely Janet,
    Your sketches are so cute. I also thought it was spotlights in your second drawing. Ah … the beginnings of an exceptional artist. We all have to start somewhere. 😉
    Thank you for sharing such cuteness!

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  2. i love these!

    you are the best for sharing them!

    i think they are spotlights in the second photo and maybe they are glamorous runway models. 🙂

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  3. Man I would love that one of the masked gunman for my birthday card this year!! As for the second one I thought it was some sort of paint shower, ala Carrie.

    Maybe it’s just me.

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  4. Janet, your first drawing “nothing ever happens on my block” made me love you even more than I already do! I’m sure your Nanna kept it for so long so she could show you your wicked sence on humour as an adult! What a treasure, I couldn’t stop laughing! You had such a creative gift as a child, and I can see that amazing interpretive gift in your current work.

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  5. Hahahahaha, sigh. Poncho Poncho man, I want to be a poncho man. See you soon?

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