Wednesday, February 29, 2012

This is my entry for today's sketchbook prompt "Childhood Memory".  Part of the prompt stipulated that it should be done in silhouette.  I actually used a page out of my sketchbook that I had worked on previously, but never finished. 
Let me explain how a donkey plays into my childhood memories.  My abuelitos were from Mexico and I would travel every summer to spend time with my abuelitos.  My abuelitos lived up in the mountains and had to retrieve water for the house from nearby rivers.  My abuelito would put some tin cans on his donkey, Chabelo's back and they would go retrieve the water.  Chabelo would go straight to the river without any direction from my abuelito, he knew where to go and which river to go to on specific days. 
I have several pictures of my abuelito and Chabelo, so whenever I see an image of a donkey, I can't help but remember my abuelitos and my summers in beautiful Mexico.  These memories are bitter sweet.  I haven't returned to my abuelitos home in over 20 years, but if I close my eyes I can still hear the sounds and see the sights.


  1. I think your story is just precious!! I like the stories behind pages almost more than I like the pages themselves... thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I love the silhouette and the story journalling just looks like blades of grass - so cute...

  3. This is a wonderfully thought-out piece. Very inspiring!

  4. I love your page.... the contrast between the background pink and the donkey is striking. I liked reading about your memory.

    I'm new to this challenge - so Hi!


  5. Really, really great work. Thank you for sharing it!!