One of my favorite poems is by Gillette Burgess.  It begins:

The Goops, they lick their fingers,                                                                                        And the Goops, they lick their knives;                                                                                They spill the broth on the tablecloth,                                                                                    Oh, they lead disgusting lives!

(This is particularly effective if you recite it aloud to a small child, putting a great deal of emphasis on, and horror into, the word, “disgusting.”)

So how does this relate to the Illustration Friday theme, “hidden”?  Well, I figure it’s possible that Goops, despite their appearance and behavior, have some hidden good qualities.  Perhaps they take good care of their books, or remember birthdays.  At the very least, they’re certainly very enthusiastic eaters…


This is 6 x 8, watercolor and Verithin colored pencil in an ever-wonderful Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook.


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