That's Not A Hot Air Balloon by Lenora Brown

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I was writing a piece about how food gets spoiled and not children. I will link it to the finished piece later. I came up with the work when I asked my son from the first little girl what he saw. He said a spoiled child. Another family member about 3 years old said that the little girl was sad. My son is 19. I found this interesting.

Here the girl was promised a hot air balloon and was supposed to be satiated with what she has obviously had before. Simply, if the parent/adult has no intentions of granting a child his/her wishes – don’t. The child has every right to expect what has been promised. when this little girl gets older she will either be the head of a corporation or if her spirit has been broken – nothing close of her expectations. Again, its just not the fault of the children if the acceptable character of the child isn’t there.

This was drawn on 14×17 cold pressed water color paper with black ink and gold metallic gel pen.


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Lenora has been a Counselor/Family Worker for over 20 years. Currently, she has found have an inordinate amount of time working in the geriatric community. Using the time constructively, Lenora was crocheting with some of the ladies, as she use to with her mother who taught her the craft. In so doing, one of the ladies mentioned how she would have liked to have a portrait drawn. Lenora took on the task and was inspired to continue. The illustrations here are mostly inspired by her childhood.

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    BLYTHARTabout 4 years ago

    You are so right – whether it be a scolding or a reward, parents should always try to carry out their words.

  • We know that hindsight is 20/20. What else can we do to make this a foresight before it gets this far? Thank you for the comments though. :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 4 years ago

    fantastic work Lenora, i love how the clown is spilling out of the frame!

  • The spilling out is my way of not being boxed in. Must I have a political view about everything – even art…lol! Thank you for the comments. :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • dorina costras
    dorina costrasabout 4 years ago

    I really love your works! Great subject, execution, details!

  • Thank you so much… I appreciate your gracious words.

    – Lenora Brown

  • georgiegirl
    georgiegirlabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully created… love the colour and textures!!

  • You are the first person that commented on my intent. I was trying to create different textures. Thank you so much for noticing. Good eye!

    – Lenora Brown

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

    (a new challenge is open !)

  • Thank you so much.

    – Lenora Brown

  • thecrossy
    thecrossyabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic artwork (& I see a disappointed and unimpressed child because clowns are creepy and sounds like the bringer of bad news too in this case!)… Thank you for sharing the illustration and the sentiment.

  • Thank you for taking the time to comment. I thought I was the only one who thought clowns were weird. A small family member called him a monster. My son agreed seeing that the smile is painted but the actual expression isn’t smiling. Thx again. :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • micklyn
    micklynabout 4 years ago

    beautiful expressive work!

  • Thank you for taking the time to comment. Your gracious words are so appreciated.

    – Lenora Brown

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainabout 4 years ago

    Stunning & spectacular drawing, & a great message

  • Thank you… I am glad you like it.

    – Lenora Brown

  • Robert David Gellion
    Robert David G...about 4 years ago

    A nice piece.It reminds me of a piece of advice my grand mother gave me at about the little girls age.Never trust a clown.

  • Hahaha… I never knew why some people were afraid of clowns but after close observation I can see it. What if a clown was depressed and had a smile painted on his face? It is the reason children (especially babies) cry when seeing one.It just looks confusing. Thanks for the comment. Always a pleasure. :)

    – Lenora Brown

  • Moonlake
    Moonlakeabout 4 years ago

    Love her expression – awsome work

  • Thank you for your comment and taking the tie to write it. :)

    – Lenora Brown

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