“This world is but a canvas to the imagination.
~ Henry David Thoreau
The Silver Lining
The Danbo Brothers generally love to spend the whole of their days outdoors. But a recent Arctic cold snap, coupled with an inability (a temporary one, if I know the Danbos) to find suitable winter hats and scarves, has kept them housebound. Yet, to watch them happily while away their time indoors, one would never know they have such a decided preference for being outdoors. Their secret, I believe, is that they always seem to go with the flow—they simply have a knack for finding the silver lining on any clouds that drift their way.
Somewhere in a forgotten back corner of a closet, the Danbos unearthed my crusty old paints and art brushes. They blew off the dust and carted all the art supplies out to a warm and cozy corner of our abode which is always flooded with natural light. They called it their “studio” and they stayed there from morning ’till night for days, working on their art and talking and laughing quietly together. Where they got their mini-easels and canvases, I’m not sure—I suspect it may have been from the art supply shop down the block. Sometimes I’m beside myself with curiosity about those two—I should ask the art shop proprietor if two very short box-headed fellows happened to come by for any art supplies recently.
When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at a college–that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”
~ Howard Ikemoto
The Artists Within
It may be fortuitous that the Danbos have been confined to the indoors until such time as proper winter wear can be found—were it not for this confinement, the brothers might never have discovered their Inner Artist. And I have to say, I believe that these two may indeed have some latent artistic talent. They tell me that they have never before picked up a paint brush or played with paint, but you would never know it looking at their work. Although they both love bold colours, they clearly have their own unique styles. Big Danbo seems to go for simpler, larger forms, whereas Little Danbo has a penchant for more detailed work. One thing is certain: they are having a lot of fun!
“The whole culture is telling you to hurry,
while the art tells you to take your time.
Always listen to the art.”
~ Junot Diaz
The Danbo Brothers’ Winter Collection:
(Click on images to enlarge)
Paintings by Big Danbo:
Paintings by Little Danbo:
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
~Vincent Van Gogh
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
The Danbo Brothers are quietly confident and not at all self-conscious or shy. When they finished up their first series of paintings, which they called “The Danbo Brothers’ Winter Collection”, they decided that it deserved a wider audience. Unbeknownst to me, they showed their work to a local art dealer and gallery owner, who was instantly charmed by both them and their work and decided to feature their Winter Collection in an art show entitled “Unusual Artists”. The Danbo Brothers thought the title odd, as they don’t consider themselves unusual in any way, but they were nevertheless delighted to be offered their first show. The local newspaper picked up the story, which created a bit of a buzz, and their first show was very well received. And all this because they had to stay indoors for lack of proper winter hats and scarves and simply chose to make the best of it! It may be cold and snowy outside, but in here the sun always shines bright when the Danbo Brothers are around.
“Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.”
To find out who the Danbo Brothers are and how they came into my life, check out my previous post: Meet the Danbo Brothers.
For more Danbo Adventures, see The Danbo Brothers Category
All original artwork by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife:
Cloud Watching; Acrylic on canvas 4″x4″
Bright, Bright Sunshiny Day; Acrylic on canvas 4″x4″
Snowman; Acrylic on canvas 3″x3″
Snowflake; Acrylic on canvas 3″x3″
All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife