Ella the Elephant.
Even as a baby, Ella was an exceptional elephant.
Her charm and her wisdom were immediately evident.
Not only was she stunning and delightfully elegant,
she was also most exceedingly well-spoken and eloquent.
As Ella grew she organized an annual innovator’s event
where she spoke about the things she was going to invent.
Carrying a book wherever she traveled and went,
Ella could easily recite the most informative content.
She understood the principles of what democracy meant,
and she cared very deeply about the environment.
Ella had a backbone that simply couldn’t be bent.
She clearly was destined to be the President.
Cheers & Hugs,
Ella the Elephant is another in a series of paintings and poems I am working on for a new children’s book. This new book will be special because it is going to feature characters that are based on the grandchildren of my best friends. Ella is the granddaughter of Joyce and daughter of Nikole, and they are three very special ladies in my life, as are their guys.
I have one more special character to create before I begin putting this book together. The poem for Mason the Monkey is already written, and I can’t wait to paint him. Mason is Ella’s brother, and I’m looking forward to sharing him with you.
Prints and greeting cards of all of these paintings are available in our McKinneyX2Designs Etsy shop, where you can also order a customized painting and poem of or for someone dear to you.
Harper the Happy Hippo.
In a lazy, shallow river just outside of Ethiopia
lived Harper the happy hippo in a heavenly utopia.
The sun was always shining
while Harper was oft reclining.
Flamingos and pelicans and even a rare crane
shared and reveled in the balmy tropical terrain.
Harper loved to sing and play.
She smiled and chuckled and snorted all day.
She started a band
since her voice was in such demand.
She was surely the star of the show,
for who wouldn’t go
to see a purple singing hippo with pink painted toes
smiling and singing to the most beautiful prose.
A zebra was on the drums
while a cheetah’s guitar strings strummed.
Cymbals were clanged and clashed by a lively red-throated gazelle.
She was Harper’s closest girlfriend, and her name was Adele.
There wasn’t a happier hippo across the sea or land
than Harper the happy hippo and her Ethiopian wildlife band.
Cheers & Hugs,
PS Harper the Hippo is the second painting for my dear friend Pam (namesake, by the way, for Klaus’ friend Pam the Lamb). Harper is the baby sister of Lucas – Pam’s two grandchildren. If you’d like to learn more about my process or sales of paintings, poems, cards, pillows, and books, visit Sunday’s post here.
Harper the Happy Hippo Pillow