He said, "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because one you are Real you can't be ugly, expect to people who don't understand."
-The Velveteen Rabbit
I'll be back soon with thoughts that are more substantial and probably give a peek at some in progress paintings. Until then, I hope you've enjoyed some of the wise words I've been stumbling upon. Have a lovely day!