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A commision from my dad to do a picture of an elephant for my ex-wifes daughter who ‘loves’ elephants.
Emma owns a little piece of my heart,I left it with her after I walked out on her,her brother and her mum whilst in the midst of my drug and alcohol fuelled madness.Emma lives with cerebral palsy but thats not a definition of her,just a small part of who she is.Emma is Emma and I’m proud to say that I had the chance to connect with her.
I’m not so proud to say that I made some bad descisions that ended with me having no direct contact with her.I thought I would never get an opportunity to make any amends and put some good back into her life but I praise God for giving me this chance.
I wrestled long and hard with this picture but eventually won through and am happy with the result and even happier with what this means to me.A piece of me will go with it and I couldn’t be happier about that.
5th April 2010.

Below is the original photograph I used as source material to copy this picture.

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  • stevehailes
    stevehailesover 4 years ago

    Dont know enough to critique the artwork as such, But I do know it looks wonderful and you are right to feel proud if it!

  • Thank you so much for your very kind comment.And I do.But I gotta learn how to photograph my work better.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Matthew Scotland
    Matthew Scotlandover 4 years ago

    wowee its stunning Lee, you are a master, its a lovely gift in so many ways – what on earths a mechanical pencil, do you just press a button and it draws for you – the more i look at this the better it gets

  • Thank you sir for your kind encouraging words.It is a gift indeed and I feel so blessed to be gifted in this way,quite different from your gifting though.When it comes to furthering the kingdom I tend to do better with my gob than my art.As to the mechanical pencil unfortunately it aint a robotic programmable drawing aid tis just what I used to call a propelling pencil.You know like a pen but with a choice of leads within.You push a button on top to extend the lead/graphite.Great tool to have cos they always got a point as such.Here endeth todays lesson.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Matthew Scotland
    Matthew Scotlandover 4 years ago

    nice one lee, i’m gonna get me one of these magical pencils, sound great, i’ll end up just clicking it till its empty – glad to hear you do so well for the kingdom with your gob, i can imagine your never short of words

  • jojophine4
    jojophine4over 4 years ago

    Amazing pencil work, looks like it could walk right off the paper, wonderful work:-)

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 4 years ago

    magical pencil art

  • Thank you so much Bobby.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • mike Douglas
    mike Douglasover 4 years ago

    awesome work , very well done!

  • Thank you for the compliment.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • paintingsbycr10
    paintingsbycr10over 4 years ago

    Wow, your work is amazing.

  • Thank you so much for complimenting my work,I’m really touched.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 4 years ago

    utterly stunning….and such a touching special gift

  • Well thank you lovely lady.I’m blessed by your comments.
    Just got back from the framers and am so happy with the result.Don’t know for sure that she will know who drew it,thats up to her mum,but it doesn’t matter to me cos I know.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Colombe  Cambourne
    Colombe Cambo...over 4 years ago

    Your work is breathtaking! I can see where it is therapeutic for you to channel your energy onto your (mechanical) pencil. The results are collection of soothing pictures.
    Emma must love this very special elephant because it is accompanied by some loving vibes from you. Well done!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment.I’m thrilled that you think my work is breathtaking as I think you are very talented.
    I am so happy to be able to send this with love to Emma and think of her pleasure as a fantastic reward.Thank you again.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

  • Kathleen Kelly-Thompson
    Kathleen Kelly...over 4 years ago

    this is such an awesome piece, wish I had a better vocabulary to describe it, but you are so very talented, & the story behind it gave me goosebumps. I wish you well, all the best-Kat

  • Thank you so much for your mindblowing comment.Consider me as smiling as widely as I am able.Lee.

    – EllEssDee

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