My favorite part of etegami is sending it to people who
will be encouraged or uplifted in some way
by the message and painting I send.
My favorite words of encouragement are: "Hang in there!"
Sometimes there is nothing else to say.
People are going through hard times and
many times you can't say "Hope you get well" because often they won't.
But just to let them know you are thinking of them
and are quite aware of what they are going through.
That is what is important.
All of these paintings are from real life photographs.
The expression on this panda is probably familiar to many.
"What the heck have I gotten myself into???"
I think I have painted just about every photo that is available for animals hanging on!!
And then there are the times when the person is actually sick and
will most likely recover. Then I feel OK to send the traditional get well card
with the quintessential sad puppy eyes.
I didn't like how this one was turning out while I was making it,
but after it was done, from a little distance, it painted itself quite nicely.
I tried a very minimalist approach with this little puppy.
Just a sharpened chopstick outline and minimal paint.
Again, from a distance, very heart-warming.
Red-eyed tree frogs are fun to paint and seem to have a positive quality to them.
You can imagine someone smiling when seeing one of these.
Even Snoopy is quotable!