All of his life, Bellisario followed logic.  The practical, the rational, the sensical governed his life.  Much time was spent planning, spreadsheeting, thinking thinking thinking.  But as he mapped the ocean’s floor and coastline in an effort to find his path, he constantly wrestled against the tides and currents and ever-changing ice floes and found himself exhausted, dissatisfied, and disheartened. Then one day, as cosmic intention is wont to do, the storm of the century hit.  It was during Giving Moon which was, scientifically speaking, a perigee-syzygy moon.  It hung so low in the sky, and was so large that Bellisario was sure his tail would tickle it on a dive. As it followed its path, it aligned perfectly with both sun and earth, causing a lunar eclipse.  These forces darkened the sky, turned the moon a deep crimson, stirred the waters while manipulating the tides.


    Hoping to move to calmer waters, Bellisario fumbled for his maps only to find the currents had carried them away.  He picked up his  mariner’s lantern, heavy enough to remain just where he had left it, and trepidatiously started on his way. As the moon continued on its journey through the rubble of Halley’s Comet and the waters churned ever more aggressively, an interesting thing happened: he realized that when there is no choice, no option to opt out, you muster, you open up to vulnerability, to follow instinct.


    It was as if the metaphorical skies had opened up, the clouds parted, and he eased into a comforting trust of himself, his body. While his horn had always been an antenna, collecting myriad bits and bytes of information from his environment, Bellisario was now keenly aware that the channels running through his tusk moved seawater to 10 million nerve endings that were intrinsically designed to help guide him. He became differently focused, centred inward, so he could navigate best outward.  As the new day dawned and the moon retreated, Bellisario didn’t go back to his maps.  Instead, he now chooses to be guided by an inner compass, and he lets the current help direct his path.


    Note Card, A6 (4.5” x 6.25”) with envelope in protective cello. 


    On the reverse of each card is a whimsical tale of the animal featured. Entirely collectible, the stories intertwine, creating a much-loved community of characters.


    We print on Canson® Infinity Arches® Aquarelle Rag luxuriously thick 310 gsm, 100% cotton paper. This archival, matte paper with a felt-marked finish and even natural grain showcases crisp detail and vibrant colour.   It is mould-made by master papermakers using one of the world’s few remaining cylinder mould machines.  The company has been making very high quality art papers such as this since 1492.


    Our 90# envelopes come from G.F Smith’s FSC-certified, rich-hued Colorplan range.  We fell in love with a beautiful goldenrod shade. According to the ‘World’s Favourite Colour’ study, people associate the feeling of joy with this colour. Also, this is the very shade that enrobes our trusty #2.  As all of our images are hand drawn in pencil, we thought it appropriate to give a nod of appreciation.


    We donate a portion of gross sales to animal welfare.