Nihonga on Hold: Childlike wonder

While my wife was pregnant I began thinking, again, about imagination. How it seems like we lose it as adults, how it seems to come so naturally to children. Subsequently I started looking for photos that seemed to convey childlike wonder and sketched from them. Last week I tore them out of my sketchbook and added some pastel color and metal leaf to them.

I’m not sure the metal leaf was the best choice here, but when you’re just messing around in the few spare minutes available to you these are the choices a person makes.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to Nihonga on Hold: Childlike wonder

  1. Julie says:

    Kids haven’t yet learned what the boundaries and rules of the game are. They haven’t learned what’s proper to think or say or do and what’s not proper, somehow not-approved-of. (I’m doing my best to un-learn the knee-jerk rule-following. Did you see this speech, by the way? A graduation speech by Neil Gaiman at University of the Arts, Philadelphia: )

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