Big Doodle

2005, papers, ink stamps, postage stamps, acetate, gouache, watercolour, ink, pencils, 36 x 28 inches.

I love abaca paper. This is a VERY special piece that deserved to stay intact and so I made a giant doodle with all the passion I could. There is colour and movement and detail and growth. When Arthur was a baby, he always woke up crying like he was terrified of something. Sometimes I would bring him to my studio where he would nap while I worked. One day I had him sleeping in the Moses basket right under where I had hung this artwork.  Instead of waking up distressed, he woke up quietly.  He lay there gurgling and kicking his legs and arms, happy to be awake. Even though he was only a few months old, he completely responded to this artwork. Environment is everything. Children relate to everything. Art has power.