Don’t Pout

January 18, 2013

pouting child

Children seldom attempt to hide their displeasure when things don’t work out the way they want them to.   Some will resort to pouting, an expression that reveals itself in an upturned bottom lip as well as tension in the areas of the chin, nose and brow.   Children who find success at changing outcomes in their favor whenever they practice this expression will inevitably resort to using it more frequently.

But whether you’re a child or an adult, it’s best not to pout.  And if you must, do it quickly, then forgive, forget and move on.  Pouting may look cute on a child, but it’s never so on an adult.

~  Text and image copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2013


That Silent Place

June 13, 2009


… deep inside, in that silent place where a child’s fears crouch…

~ Lillian Smith

This drawing was made with Tuscan red charcoal pencil on paper.

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The Chess Players

April 4, 2009


Chess tournaments provide excellent opportunities for children to engage in a quiet social activity while exercising their young minds. With so many people sitting relatively still for long periods of time, they’re also an excellent place for artists to sketch subjects in thoughtful poses.

This drawing was created during such a tournament at Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre when my sons were younger. 

It’s drawn in black pen on manila paper.

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A Child’s Eyes

March 21, 2009


There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
Walt Streightiff

Our eyes reveal more about us than any other facial feature.  Though every child’s eyes are unique, they reveal an innocence and wonder for the world that makes them especially beautiful.

These eyes were drawn with black ink pen and coloured pencil.

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Children’s Portraits

March 5, 2009


The above children’s portraits are a few of the many I did last year.  Each little face carries within its features the unique qualities that the child will take with him or her into adulthood. 

A child grows up in the twinkling of an eye.  Though the time may seem longer on certain days, before you know it, they’ve grown into teenagers and then adults.  You wonder where the time went.  Once you’re a grandparent, the time seems to move even more quickly. 

We’ve had bad luck with children;  they’ve all grown up.

~Christopher Morley


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February 15, 2009


People of all ages are intrigued by pirates.  I don’t know whether this is because of their rogue nature, their free spirited adventures on the high seas or their association with hidden treasure.   Halifax is an area well known for its pirate tales.  Who knows what chests of gold remain hidden to this day on some of our harbour islands?

Here are two drawings of pirates inspired by Johnny Depp’s characterization of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  The one above was created with Tuscan Red charcoal pencil while the one at bottom was rendered with graphite.  


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Sleeping Baby

December 5, 2008

sleepingThis portrait of my youngest son was created one afternoon while he was napping.  A life drawing, it was rendered in terra cotta charcoal pencil. 

There is something so peaceful about sleeping babies that inspires wonder and awe in parents.

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