Fun art has been on my mind for a while, actually since I was about 10 years old. All I wanted to do was to draw sunshines and smiley faced flowers, filling my pages with happiness. Unfortunately, I received the message from the world that while what I was doing was fine, if I wanted to be a “real artist”, I would need to be able to do more - learn the basics, practice shading, etc. Art became more of a way of getting approval and ultimately led to perfectionism. Fast forward to today and I now know that anything you create with God is a way of communicating with Him, a kind of fellowship where smiley faces ARE enough! I think that is one of the many reasons I just LOVE Emily Little, and wanted to share some of her beautiful heart and fantastic work!
I first met Emily at a local art show over 10 years ago and right away I was drawn to her booth. It could have been the vibrant colors and whimsical birds in cages, or the layers of texture and pattern covering each square inch of her work. However, I think it was Emily herself (and her adorable husband), grinning from ear to ear, excited to meet me, that won me over. She was humble, genuine and exuded joy. It was the same with her art, and I watched as it made everyone happy as they bought piece after piece. They were thrilled to have just a little part of that warmth and fun.
I recently spent some time with Emily and talked with her about all of this - how inspirational she has always been to me, and where it all started! Here is a little background. (no pun intended)