I was working on this drawing (above) when my 12 year old daughter, Mikayla, wandered into the studio. She took one look and rolled her eyes. “Mom”, she said, “you have GOT to stop drawing these creepy looking ladies and those old fashioned clothes. Draw some young girls, in modern clothes from, say, this century. Maybe have them on their phones or doing something a YOUNG PERSON would do.”
Since I had just been wishing I could actually have the dress that I drew on the Queen Of Stress, I was somewhat insulted, but then thought the kid might have a point. And it couldn’t hurt to try to get those young whippersnappers wanting to spend their parents’ money on some Mary Engelbreit swag for themselves, could it? (Is “swag” still a word?) So I drew these 3 hip young things, on their phones, and sure enough, Mikayla and her friends loved them! I also drew an all-over pattern to go with them, of their tiny little dogs, because what girl, no matter what her age, can resist tiny little dogs?? The collection is cleverly called “Girls On Their Phones With Their Tiny Little Dogs”.
We’ll see where they show up– phone cases? Fabric? Makeup bags? But at least I momentarily made my daughter think I was a little bit cool and not a complete lost cause. And as any mother of a 12 year old can tell you, that is no small feat.
But I still want that dress.