“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Christopher Campbell

This week a dearly beloved and heart-inspired project came to fruition. My author friends and I have been putting together a children’s anthology to support our dear friend, Robyn Campbell, and her son, Christopher (29) who lives with the little known or understood syndrome called Sturge-weber.

Our beautiful book, Kissed by an Angel is out now, available on Amazon.


I thought that I would re-issue this earlier post, detailing the illustration I did to go with my story in the anthology, ‘Grandpa & Loor.’

A Photo Essay for ‘Grandpa & Loor’…

A few years back, I tried using computer software to “draw” but I didn’t take to it. I simply prefer pencils, erasers, pens, colour pencils, and paints. I’m old school. So, bear with me. For some people, this might be a trip down memory lane.


First, I had to work up a sketch I liked. I borrowed the man’s expression from an old photo of my boys’ father and aged him by adding wrinkles, I borrowed the idea for the hair out of a Santa book from the ’70’s. I was seeking with this illustration to express how we caregivers and parents of special children feel about them, and how they feel toward us. Once I was happy with it on a feeling level, I had a pencil template.

Grandpa & Loor

I painted the background over with a pale wash of pink.

First wash, G&L

Next, I applied the first coat of watercolour. At this stage, I made a timeline of the process, by taking this snap when I started.

I gave each area a slightly different shade, in order to alter the end look. The lesson I’ve taken from training in oil portraiture is to build layers. That’s where you get your depth.

At that stage, I added the second layer to the characters, according to what I thought the colours might be later.

second wash, G&L0003
As I got onto the third coat, I started to use three or more variations of the shades and add areas of light and dark.

third wash, G&L0004
The fourth layer always makes the tones more solid and real.

At that point, I switched from water colour to gouache, and started using the fine tipped brushes.


I made the shadows more convincing.

And, just like that, in the twinkling of a back-breaking eye, I had finally crossed the finish line, thirteen hours later!

I feel victorious. Art is magical, isn’t it?

What sort of art do you do in your life? What’s important to you creatively? Tell me in the comments….


Keep Creating!

Talk soon,

Yvette K. Carol


‘I’ve been thinking about my Christopher and how our family could never make do without him. He is the epitome of this quote: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.’ Robyn Campbell

  1. davidprosser says:

    Beautiful artwork Yvette
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  2. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Gosh, I’m so sorry it took me so long to come here and comment, Yvette. I love the pic of Christopher holding the book and how sweet of you to include me holding the book! What a treasure that you took pics of the whole process of your art work for Grandpa and Loor.

    Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not! Yikes!

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Thanks, my friend. I love the pic of Christopher, too. 🙂
      I also like the pic of you with the book, which is why I keep using that one. It makes it so much more interesting to see the human involvement, don’t you think?

      I’m half-ready for Christmas. This year at least I’m not hosting which takes a lot of pressure off. A humongous job which I do each year at this time is to wash the house myself, but I haven’t even started thinking about it, let alone doing it.

      I did wrap the gifts that needed to be given out before now. The cards were sent on time. And the Christmas parcels are en route (keep your eye on the mailbox)!

      I still need to wrap the rest of the pressies, plus perhaps buy one or two. We baked the cake, now we just need to make the icing, then ice and decorate it. We have red cellophane which we’re going to use to wrap about four little cake parcels (those will be gifts, the bulk of the cake is for Xmas dinner). I need to do the big grocery shop, as well. As I say, about half and half! Good luck. I hope you can get on top of it in the next few days. 🙂


  3. I loved being able to the see the progress. Such a beautiful piece of art. Feliz Navidad, Yvette. I see great things for you in the new year. You are certainly a blessing to know.


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