Painting for grandchildren

Or, how we segued from dinosaurs to Ghostbusters and back!

Thank you to ZUUL – the dinosaur.

Young children run through passionate connections like there is no tomorrow. Which probably seems that way for them. A year of dinosaurs of every kind, shape, format, books, paintings, stuffed toys…..dinosaurs…for a quarter of a four year old’s life. That’s huge. We all got used to it. Dinosaurs were shipped and boxed and unwrapped and recreated into books.

For all we knew, the young dinophile could stay involved in that study for years. Grown men study dinosaurs. Nanas study them. Painting dinosaurs became my therapy for 2020. It was completely outside my comfort zone, but so much fun it just rolled along. It seems lots of people love dinosaurs.

And then, one day, the 4 year old discovered Ghostbusters. I know. I know. But anyway…..a few firehouses, Dr. Vengtman, Egon, Ray and Stay Puft marshmallow men later and…..well, we don’t know what the next passionate discovery will be.

zuul the dinosaur (C) Carol Joy Shannon 2021

But Nana needs to paint, so…

…Nana came up with the placeholder, the crossover: Zuul, the dinosaur. Named for Zuul in Ghostbusters. An armored ankylosaur the likes of which no one had ever seen. And preserved like no one could have dreamed: armor, scales and all! An armored herbivore with a tail club. Washed into a logjam and covered with sand on the edge of Montana 75 million years ago. You can read about it here: National Geographic

My whimsical version is here.

The very well preserved actual head and tail club are on display at the Royal Ontario Museum. It will take years to unwrap the rest of the monster. Cool, eh?

About Carol Joy Shannon

A former sailor of the seven seas, living in my beloved Lowcountry, between the blackwater swamps and the saltmarshes, surrounded by pre-revolutionary history.....thinking about current events....painting dinosaurs and other whimsical animals for children, with the occasional abstract or new cityscape for my delightful collectors. The best thing about being a seasoned old salt is sitting down not running around, so...
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