Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Enchanted Overpass

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When I was little I lead a double life: real life and fantasy life. I knew the later was pretend, but reality fueled it. A playground became a magic forest or strange planet. Mean teachers and bullies became villains. I was a socially inept klutz with plenty of solo time. Imagination time. As I got older I drew, then wrote stories about what I dreamed up.
I still "see" the fantasy world. I walk the drafty, pink walled path to my home and think This could be a cave in a story! With mother-of-pearl walls. And there's a secret passage [my front door] that leads to the character's hideout. It's full of treasure [My stuff] that's guarded by an iron beaked dragon[my cockatiel]...
The this could be a... ! notion pops up all the time. The sewage treatment plant could be an alien village. The power plant could be a castle. The nodding oil pump could be a robot mule who's secretly contemplating escaping his pen. The freeway overpass could be a.... ....well I'm not sure. What do you think it is?

9 comments:

stray g said...

Atlas holding up the world - or some big heavy plank.

Namowal said...

Good guess, stray g.
I dare you to draw it! ;)

booda baby said...

Lovely lovely LOVELY! Me, too. I'm deeply grateful for where my head took and takes me. What a wonderful picture. So good, I don't want to even tamper with it and guess anything else, although I'd probably go with the magnificent portal. I am almost always drawn to the story of extraordinary magic in the very real.

Namowal said...

Thanks, booda baby!
I know what you mean about real everyday stuff having a surprise magic element. Probably has something to do with why Through the Looking Glass and The Wizard of Oz are so popular. Any story with a wacky alternate universe can't be all bad! :)

Sally said...

wow, I think you have an incredibly vivid imagination. That's a wonderful thing. I don't have that real/imaginary thing going on at all.

billsey said...

great drawing! great perspective, great environment! I love the dragon details as well! Wow!!!

Namowal said...

Sally,
The artist behind Quasi at the Quackadero thinks I have a vivid imagination? I'm flattered! Thanks so much. :D

Hi Billsey,
I kinda cheated in the sense that the overpass, part of a tree and the ground shadow was traced. Still, I appreciate the praise. Thanks!

Linda said...

Oh Namo, I love this!

Namowal said...

Thanks, Linda.
Who knew the connector lane between the eastbound interstate 10 and the northbound 405 could be so much fun?