Crayon Mountains

Crayon Mountains by Karen Gadient

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. — Al Hirschfeld

Okay… not actually done with crayons, but digital watercolor and gouache. The design is inspired by a box of crayons recently sent to me by a friend—along with a coloring book! My inner child loved it. You’re never too old. 🙂


Filed under Art, Beliefs, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Imagination, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Painting, Quotes

18 responses to “Crayon Mountains

  1. very pretty to the eyes I love it 😀

  2. Love the texture in the pink area. And I love the contrast between the bold red and delicate yellow!

  3. I’ve seen some amazing art from kindergartners. I plaster it all over my classroom walls. It breaks my heart when they tell me it’s no good, the lines aren’t straight, the colors are wrong–yikes!

    • karengadient

      Aw! The need for perfection can be such a curse. Kids shouldn’t have to feel that way. They should set their crayons–and themselves–free to express whatever’s in their hearts, no matter how messy.

  4. Epicurme

    Lovely. I love crayons so much. I got some grown up colouring books a while ago, but they are all too detailed for crayons. And darn it, I just don’t want to colour Disney princesses.

    The first thing that came to my head when I read the title was:
    “At home, drawing pictures of mountain tops, with him on top. Lemon yellow sun. Arms raised in a V, and the dead lay in pools of maroon below”

    Oh 90s! You’re still in my dark little heart.

    • karengadient

      Oh, Pearl Jam! How time flies. That’s awesome.

      The coloring book I was gifted with was Harry Potter. I gave crayon henna tattoos to Dobby the house elf. Because I -could-. I love Dover’s coloring books, but most are too pretty go crazy with.

  5. Very nice, and expressive. I like the quote a lot too. I have not heard it before.

  6. Definitely never too old to use a crayon! 🙂 And it’s great when you see different generations doing that kind of art together. If early men of this world could scratch their art onto stone walls, and today we find it amazing – then think how much more you can do with a set of crayons!!! Great digital crayon art, or pretend crayon art! 😀

    • karengadient

      Thanks! You know, I just remembered another crayon quote (and had to look it up to make sure I got it right):

      “We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but we have to learn how to live in the same box.”

      Some credit Robert Fulghum, others say “Author Unknown” … but, either way, it’s a fine quote. 😀

  7. Strangely surreal 😀 The pattern resembles something similar to many indigenous patterns I’ve seen, it confused me at first for that reason; however, now I see the mountains! I like the contrasting colours (spectrum wise), the textures, and the bold tones.

    • karengadient

      Thank you. 😀 Hm, I hadn’t realized the similarities to Maori textile. I’ll have to explore more of that. I really love color, pattern, and nature.

  8. You are so right! Never too old to play with crayons. I remember the rush I felt when I received a new box of 64 crayons. I still have some lurking around in an armoire.
    The red accents make me happy. Red is my favorite color. 🙂

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