Animals of Oz #5: Bear Center
My daughter, Lana’s, favorite stuffed animal has always been a pink bear since she could understand what she was holding. Her final addition to the Animals of Oz series focuses on the Bears of Bear Center in Oz. These are toy stuffed bears run by the Lavender Bear king and his adviser the Little Pink Bear.
On the back of the painting she wanted a quote by L. Frank Baum. It reads: “Time is given for us to be happy and for no other reason. When we waste time, we waste happiness.”
What are some of your favorite characters from the land of Oz?
Animals of Oz #4
Animals of Oz series #4: Quox vs the Rak
My daughter finally did her next installment in her #animalsofoz series of paintings. I wish I could do this now let alone at nine years old, but I think she nailed it. Using the descriptions that L. Frank Baum gave in his Oz books, she brought these two dragons to life. On the back of the canvas she included the quote: “It is the law that evil, unopposed, may accomplish terrible deeds. The power of good can never be overthrown when opposed to evil.” This is one of Baum’s many true to life quotes, and I love that she enjoys his works as much as I do.
Her thoughts were that even though these two have a common ancestor, they differ in many ways. Nothing is born out of evil, only influenced by those we surround ourselves with.
Animals of Oz #3This time, my daughter placed the setting at the field of poppies along the yellow brick road. She decided to portray the Queen of the Field Mice, Eureka the Pink Cat, and Toto the dog all walking together. On the back she included a quote from the novels. “You have some odd friends, Dorothy,” she said. “The queerness doesn’t matter so long as we’re friends,” was the answer.”
Her goal was to portray that despite all our differences, we can all get along. I think she’s on to something with that line of thinking.
Animals of Oz #1My daughter (she’s 9 years old) has loved art since she could hold a crayon, and now that she’s had a few classes on it, she’s been really taking to acrylic paints. Since she’s being taught a few things from her uncle Dan (my brother who does the cover artwork for my novels) I wanted to share with all of you her work.
She is a big fan of the original L. Frank Baum Oz novels, so she wanted to start there with an animals of Oz series. First up is the Cowardly Lion on the yellow brick road by the forest’s edge. On the back of the canvas she wanted a quote from the novel THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ… “True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.”
I asked why she wanted this quote in particular, and she claimed that it takes courage to put skills and talents out there knowing that people will criticize it. I couldn’t agree more, but I think this little lady has a fine future in front of her.