I remember back in the day while grocery shopping with my mother, my siblings and I would each get a little red box of animal crackers. Wild animals in a circus train car were pictured on the front, and a little shoelace-type string served as a handle. The crackers (aka cookies) were shaped like circus animals and were also identifiable by intricately etched details. Mom would open the boxes right there in the cookie aisle, and we would cheerfully bite the heads off the cookies and devour them throughout the store.
Over the years, the cookie box handle was replaced by cardboard. Also, the cookies became less detailed until they morphed into blobby shapes with no identifiable etchings, which is good for me because I excel in drawing blobby shapes. 🙂 I limited the time spent on this painting for two reasons: 1) to keep me from overworking like I usually do, and 2) to see if I could produce something decent in a short amount of time. It is definitely not the greatest but it was fun, and I think I will try the time limit thing again. Happy National Animal Cracker Day!