The boat to Disney Springs is ten times better than the buses. Fresh Florida air, tranquil music, and picturesque scenery. That's the main reason I prefer the boat, but also because it's in the open air, so if someone rudely sneezes (without covering their mouth), the germs will be blown away in the breeze. Sometimes the boat lines can be long, but I'd rather wait the extra time than be packed like a sardine in bus and have people bump, touch, or brush my very-sensitive introverted skin.
The scuba diver is Mike Nelson from Sea Hunt. Can you find any other old television actors in this drawing? Any Disney characters?
Out of all the fairy gardens I have ever constructed, this one was the most difficult. I couldn't figure out what to use for Spaceship Earth. Cut a hunk of wood off a log and glue metallic tiles on it? Nah, too flat. Paint a large Styrofoam ball? No, might not hold up to the outdoor elements. I was about to give up my garden as a lost cause, when my mom came up with a brilliant idea: spray paint a basketball silver! We painted it, but then it wouldn't dry. After letting it sit in the sun for days, the stickiness finally wore off. Now I had to figure out what to use for the base. I scoped the yard for useful junk and discovered an old side-table. My dad sawed off the bottom and bent the legs and behold! the Epcot ball was completed!
I hand-painted plastic preschool toys to look like topiaries.
During the festival, Epcot has artists painting throughout the park.
Even Darth Vader needs his chocolate fix. Can you find anyone else in this picture inspired by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs?
I've always enjoyed the scenery, colors, and atmosphere of Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival. I could spend the whole day just admiring the topiaries. Every spring for the past four years, I draw a picture of the festival. So far this one is my favorite. Not only because it is the best quality, but also because I hid more Easter eggs in it than any other drawing I've ever made. There are more than thirty characters featured. Can you find them all?
Disney-Pixar has been hiding Easter eggs in their movies for years, and so have I (in my art). Sometimes I hide a character from an old TV show, like Major Adams from Wagon Train, or an animated character, like Hank from Finding Dory. Other times I sneak in references to my future books.
My family and friends have become professional Easter egg detectives. However, the hidden objects aren't merely for their own entertainment; I hide them to amuse myself. Drawing backgrounds can be as boring as snapping photos of the grass. Easter eggs liven it up. Maybe that's why Pixar hides stuff. I could just see them thinking, Ugh, I've worked five hours animating this tree. Hey, let's make one of the leaves shaped like Buzz Lightyear!
I hope you enjoy finding my Easter eggs as I much as I do hiding them. I try to hide at least one thing in every pencil drawing, but sometimes that's not practical. Ever try playing hide-n-seek in an empty room? Yeah, it's not possible. Anyway, so you don't strain your eyes looking for eggs that aren't there, I'll make a note of the drawings with Easter eggs. But so that I'm not too easy on you, I won't tell you what, who, or how many things I've hidden.
Mariposa is a self-taught artist who captures the glories of God's creation on canvas. She has a Ph.D. in creativity and a masters degree in imagination.
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