May 21, 2008

A Shark Drawing for ME

love mah shark!
Originally uploaded by enolarama
I received a surprise envelope in the mail a few weeks ago from the Ellfson family, and when I opened it up it contained this giant shark drawing! This guy now swims determinedly along the wall in our living room here in Hawai'i! See, before the Ellfson children were born, yvil and bobeson commissioned me to do undersea murals for each kiddo's room. Fast forward a few years, and I have heard a few stories now about how special these images are becoming to each of the kids, especially Orion (so far.) At some point he started interacting with the animals and kelp on his walls, touching them, learning their names, etc. Last time I went to visit he told me that his favorite was the big leopard shark above the closet. I guess my name came up again recently when yvil was wearing one of my necklaces -- Orion liked it and she explained that I drew it. She was wearing the kelp crab, which is also featured on Orion's wall. This particular kelp crab was included in the mural because of a funny kelp crab encounter I had while diving with Bob right before painting the mural, so it is very linked to the E's in my mind. Anyway, they talked about me, and the mural, and decided to draw me a picture! Apparently it didn't take long for Orion to decide the subject and the SIZE of the shark drawing (pretty much life-size, and I think about the same size as the shark on the wall.) With some help from mom he and Marina made me this awesome picture, which fits perfectly on the big blank wall above my computer here and makes me smile whenever I look at it :) It is hard to describe how special it is to me that my animal images are important in the lives of these kiddos. I was so excited about how they turned out, I hardly thought about how significant the murals would be in the lives of these children -- they are staring at them every day and night as they lay in bed, becoming intimately familiar with every brushstroke and every creature I created. It just delights me to hear how as these two get older they interact with the murals more, talk about them, and learn from them. And I love that I can somehow be a little part of my friends' kids lives on such a constant basis, even if I don't see them that often. Posted by tammy at May 21, 2008 7:25 PM