As a little girl, I was very close to my stuffed animal toys. Each one felt completely alive. As an adult, I still feel comforted by the companionship of certain fluffy friends. Perhaps this is why I decided to immortalize a few of these unique characters in colored pencil drawings.
I found this little cat while visiting the coastal town of Puerto Escondido in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Walking through the city streets, I was immediately drawn to the brightly colored, hand-sewn animals that were strewn atop the Mexican blanket along the side of the road. The women who sold them had warm smiles. I was low on pesos that night, but they happily accepted US dollars.
I liked the lime green color of this guy in particular. Maybe that is a magic scarf he's wearing?
This trio of bunnies I came across while at a vendor fair in Bangkok, Thailand. I loved that they came tucked snugly in a zip-up cloth carrot. It reminded me of a miniature rabbit hutch my great grandmother Hazel gave to me as a child. It even came with a tiny food dish, and a little latch door to hold two hand-painted wooden rabbits, each no bigger than a grape.
This fella also originated in Thailand, and was given to me as a gift. At first I thought he was a llama, but the chin scruff could also indicate a billy goat. I like his shape.
These are the sorts of things that keep my inner 3-year-old happy.