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The Kids

The Kids

The makings of a children’s picture book, the paintings in The Kids Series are inspired by children at play. There is a sense of freedom that comes with playing outside. This is especially true with kids. The adventures are endless for children in creative outdoor wonderland play.

We may see puddles, but they see oceans.

We may see igloos, but they see an arctic fortress.

We may see mud pits, but they see a bakery.

We may see sidewalk scribble, but they see another dimension.

If we let ourselves, we can join the laughs, giggles, tears, fights, squabbles, problem solving, inventions, contraptions, creativity, inspiration… the freedom.

I wanted to share from my sketch book the original marker and pen sketches for the Kids Series. It gives you a glimpse into the starting point of the artistic process. When I have an art idea, I typically spend time with markers, pens, pencils, and colored pencils sketching it out. The process helps to get the idea out of my head and onto paper. Enjoy comparing and contrasting the sketch to the original paintings.

Pool Kids Marker and Pen Sketch

Pool Kids Marker and Pen Sketch

Pool Kids. 24”x48” Acrylic on Canvas.

Pool Kids. 24”x48” Acrylic on Canvas.

The Umbrella Kids Sketch

The Umbrella Kids Sketch

The Umbrella Kids. 24”x48” Acrylic on Canvas

The Umbrella Kids. 24”x48” Acrylic on Canvas

John C. Brown, is a husband, father, artist, and revealer of wonder who inspires us to connect with our soul and our Creator. His paintings evoke emotions for self-reflection. They encourage us to revisit the playfulness of our childhood often lost as we move into adulthood, and they takes us to times when there were no barriers to our dreams, our questions or our imaginations. His art touches our hearts and opens dialogues of nostalgia, childhood, relationships, and God.

Childlike Wonder

Childlike Wonder

The Star Series

The Star Series

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