Little Madonnas — An Illustrated Story

I have been writing stories for many years now.  I’ve also been making art for many years. It has finally occurred to me to combine the two impulses and create some illustrated stories.  I was inspired by the response I got from my post Pencil Man to start with the stories I’ve written (and have yet to write) about using public transportation.  They are my “Adventure in Transit.”

I hope you can read the scans okay.  I created the spreads on paper just a tad too large for my scanner, but I used wide margins, so all the text shows.

I haven’t linked up to Paint Party Friday in quite some time because I’ve been too busy to really participate in the blog  hop, but I’m going to link this up.  If you want to see lots of creative work, follow the links and enjoy a visual feast.

Let me know what you think.

42 thoughts on “Little Madonnas — An Illustrated Story

  1. As I came upon the first page of this story I was struck by how beautiful the first illustration was and with each page it progressed onward. Reading the story, Joy, I wondered where this 'ride' would take me – and then you skilfully told this story, guiding us safely through preconceived notions, of ambivalence, then joy. It's left me smiling. Thank you!

  2. A natural progression that just had to happen! I love when you combine words and images on a page – it's just so visually pleasing, even without reading the story. (Which I will to tonight – can't wait. 🙂

  3. Just read it. I always love a good paradigm-shift story, but this one left a tear. From flashy trashy mothers to Madonnas – another out-of-the-park shorty Joy, beautifully written, free of frills but still such real life color and detail. I was with you in every word, judged when you wanted me to, softened with your character. I had no clue of the shift until it hit me in the gut. When you want to surprise you make me a sucker and I love it!
    And I'm struck that it's a far superior feeling to be proven wrong than proven right. ♥

  4. Wow, Karen. I think that's one of the nicest comments I've every gotten. It's always my hope to bring about some kind of transformation for the better with my art. Thanks for being open to that sort of experience and for reading my work.

  5. Oh my goodness, Joy, this story had me joining in with the judgement call on the school girl mums, the feeling of wishing the ground would swallow you when the dumpster lady came over looking for money and feeling suitably chastised and humbled when the girls both offered the lady dollars when no one else did. You managed to convey so much in such a simple situation of waiting for a bus. I'm really impressed and look forward to reading more of your adventures in transit. Your illustrations set the story off perfectly as well. x

  6. What a great story this was. I love that those two Madonna's turned out to be just that. Two spiritual beings who gave help when it was needed. Joy, congrats on a good read and awesome drawings as well. This work fits you well. Thank you and also, thanks for thinking of me when you checked out Me, Frida at the library. No I haven't read it but would more than likely enjoy it. Thanks a lot, take care.

  7. Wonderful story and even gave me a chuckle at the toenail through the canvas shoes..wonderful illustrations too!! You should make your stories into a book…
    Those girls were very compassionate…I imagine their lives probably weren't easy!

    Good job…keep going! A fun read!

    Hugs Giggles

  8. I'm glad the story turned out as it did! It would have made me sad, if it hadn't, actually. We are so easily judging people by their looks, and what we expect them to be!
    The idea of combining writing and painting/illustrating is something I think is great, and you have done a wonderful job with your story and the different personalities!
    Happy PPF
    Ilona xx

  9. Lovely and sweet story. Your illustrations go nicely with the piece along with the painted background. Storytelling is quite a talent.

  10. What I love about story and art and life is that there is a possibility of transformation. I love those moments when our perspective changes. Thanks so much for your kind feedback.

  11. What a wonderful story, Joy, and so beautifully illustrated. I've had a very long commute every day for the past 6 years, until I changed jobs, and I often felt that it can bring the worst out of people. So easy to judge others, but it's always good to being humbled like this. I'm looking forward to more of your illustrated stories!

  12. Oh Wow! I really, really enjoyed reading your story and the illustrations are so cute! I am so glad you combined your talents! So very inspiring! 🙂

  13. Thanks so much. I am often amazed at the range of human behaviors I see on commutes, but more often I am elevated by the kindnesses I find. Keeps me humble indeed.

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