Jan 29 2012

#274 Less is More (29)

From Joanne and Cody in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (both age 7)

With this note:

HELLO my name is joanne! i love wolves, they are my favorite animals. when i fond this site i was so excited!!!! i check it every day.  thought i would try to draw a wolf of my own. i think i did a WONDERFUL job!! i hope you enjoy it and consider putting it on your site. my favorite food is ketchup. i eat ketchup with everything, even on my cake. yum, ketchup cake!! i hope you like margarita(my wolf) she is wearing her winter coat and her pretty bow. i love her. please put her on your site!!!!!!!!!
Salutations! my name is Cody Brown (YES it IS  a girls name) and OMG I AM LITERALLY IN LOOOOVVVEE WITH YOUR SITE!! And just so you know my favorite color is Mahogany. I love that color so much i named my toothbrush Mahogany(i wouldve named my lamp that but mom said thatd be creepy….) Well i hope you put BOTH  of our drawings in……..( my wolfies name is Kathleen but you can also call her Kath or Kat OR ((she pefers this one)) Ka-aaaaa)
P.s. we live in Baton Rouge Mississippi.
We are 7 years old:):):):)::))))))))))))))))))) hereare our wolves:
THANK YOOU (not you YOU)
Joanne&Cody<3 ;)


Oct 3 2011

#156 “Mutually Beneficial”

From Kinan in Indonesia

Kinan, in answer to your question, it feels truly awesome to receive these wonderful letters and illustrations from strangers all over the world. And yes, you are indeed the first Indonesian to contribute to this project. As such, I can promise you that I will cherish your wolf art for years to come. I hope that this makes you happy and proud.

In many ways this simple illustration and short letter are a perfect representation of the uncomplicated wonder of this project. With a few words and small drawing, two complete strangers from across the globe are able to connect, and both lives have been are momentarily brightened because of the interaction. There are no expectations, no judgmental conjectures, no exorbitant requests, not even an assumption of further communication. This is it, and this is enough. A simple request and a simple reply. Two strangers passing on a global street, exchanging a simple nod and a smile.

Kinan, I know that I will never meet you, but I am thankful for your willing heart and youthful enthusiasm. I hope the fact that your artwork has made it to me safe and sound brings you a little bit of joy and peace, and I hope that all the days of your life are filled with wonder and whimsy and that you continue to take small chances and risks. I hope you will always seek the pleasure of new experiences.

May you always be blessed!

Sep 23 2011

#146 “Symbolism”

From Ashley in Little Rock, Arkansas

In an attached note, Ashley indicated that since she didn’t feel that her wolf-drawing skills were up to par that it would be best for her to simply draw a picture of the Japanese character or symbol for a wolf instead. She seemed to express some trepidation that this might not be acceptable or might not fall under the strict parameters inherent in this project, but I think you’ll agree that her work of art is a perfect fit for WBS.

Symbols are all around us everyday. In some respects, we live our lives walking through an endless hall of symbols. One item almost always stands for or represents something else. And if the symbolism is not overt, it is almost always implied; and if it is not implied, it can almost always be argued anyway. That’s one of the great things about symbolism: It allows so much freedom of thought.

When we look at this Japanese symbol, we know that it represents the wolf. But what does the wolf itself stand for? What does it represent? The list of answers may vary greatly, but the few that immediate came to my mind include freedom, vitality, and beauty.

What does the wolf symbolize to you?