Reading, too. Digital Watercolor by Mike F Leonen. ©2007 mike f leonen.
I’m obsessed with fulfilling one of my childhood dreams—to write a children’s story. I’ve been that way since I tried sending a story to Hans Christian Anderson.
I was 8 years old then. Nobody told me Anderson was not accepting manuscripts.
Thirty-something years later, my children’s story is—so far—three words long.
So I do the next best thing. I ask my 4-year old for advice.
“It’s easy, Daddy,” my 4-year old says during lunch. “You get lots of paper and write. Then you get a stapler, staple them together and that’s it.”
It’s not that easy, I tell my 4-year old. I tell him about character and character development. I tell him about plots and sceneries. I tell him about leads and false leads. I tell him about twists and surprise endings.
My 4-year old looks at me. I look at him.
I wait. He waits.
“Well,” my 4-year old finally says. “I have to tell you this. Just do it.”
About the Image. Besides writing a children's story, I'm also obsessed with painting in watercolors. There is something about it. I should know. When I was in pre-school, my mother hired a tutor to teach me and my brothers and sisters to paint. My brothers and sisters advanced to oil. I was stuck in watercolor.
This is one of my attempts to imitate watercolor digitally. For another example, please visit my photo blog, mikeleonen.com. I’d appreciate your comments.