Saturday, December 16, 2006

Illustration Friday : HELP


Ms. Fancy Striped Pants was the proud mother of two healthy furballs, Steeler and Eddie. She'd lie there day after day, content to nurse them into becoming big strong boys.

One day she heard the hair raising screech of car tires in front of her house, so being the good neighbor she was, she left her boys tucked in bed and went to have a look. Sadly, her friend Maude, the grey squirrel, met her untimely death with Uniroyal and left an orphaned daughter, Nut-Tasha. She knew there was only one thing to do and that was to take Nut-Tasha home and nurse her as if she were her own.

Sometimes we all need a little help now and then, especially the less fortunate.


Blessings to all of you this holiday season!


watercolor and ink on Canson acrylic paper

53 comments:

  1. Those are some cute kitties! I love the mom cats expression. :) Cool how nature made animals able to act in such a selfless way.

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  2. Very nice! The expression on the mother cats face is great. Do you think that your veterinary background has helped with drawing animals? I am thinking of how much I liked the ice skating polar bear.

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  3. The expression on the mother cats face is pure contentment, and I like the way the baby squirrels little legs are stretched out.
    The story behind this good Samaritan illustration is moving, and your artwork is beautiful and sweet!

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  4. sweet. I love the little squirrel's pose :)

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  5. I love this story and the sweet painting! you have totally captured that look a mama cat has when the little ones are nursing. The squirrel story...precious! Wonderful piece!

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  6. Very sweet. My kitties could learn for the story of Ms. Fancy Striped Pants, and Nut-Tasha (great names). Nut-Tasha looks like she fitting right in.

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  7. In the spirit of giving and sharing.. I have tagged you! (I was tagged by benconservato.)

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  8. Oh, your story! Being an animal person, I of course, started crying. How beautiful. I love that he squirrel baby now has a new mommy. A whole spin on the adoption thing. Very nice.

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  9. I love it!
    You've been tagged! You're supposed to write about five things that no one knows about you, ang then tag five others--you're it!

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  10. Another wonderful illo...and an inspiring story to go with it! love the cats!

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  11. I'd love to see a photo of this feat

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  12. this is the sweetest and dearest post! You did a beautiful job on your cat and kittens! Love this and the message!

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  13. Beautiful illo! and I love cats :)

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  14. Awwww... Very heartwarming. A beautiful, timely image.

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  15. the mother care is smiling! beautiful!

    and i am wishing also a wonderful holiday!

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  16. This is so adorable and a great message to all.

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  17. your Help illo is great! such a pleasant image. beside that I love cats and just can't pass by this picture without compliment. your art is very positive!

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  18. Beautiful illo, soooo sweet! Love it!

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  19. Wonderful illustration. The story is great, too. Is it a true tale from the streets of PG? Tell Brian that you didn't scare me off... just took a break, and it was hard to gear back up.

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  20. animal stories always bring a tear to my eyes... very sweet
    merry Christmas to you Laurel

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  21. wow, its a beautiful art :o)
    Best Wishes,
    Issi

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  22. Awwww... makes me want to look for a cat and give her a hug! :)

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  23. Please link to a static page next week by clicking on the date of your entry. This way the archives can find your entry in the future. :)

    A static page is linked to your blog's time and date. Go to your blog, click on the time and date of your post. You'll notice that the window changes to only show that one particular post. That is the url you should use to link to Illustration Friday. That way, in the future, when people go looking for your post, they will find it easily.

    Visit the "About" section on Illustration Friday to find out more...

    Thank you!

    penelope
    http://www.illustrationfriday.com

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  24. What an endearing piece and story. It reminds me of when our dear dog took care of some lost baby rabbits years ago. I remember as a kid how amazing it was to witness such a thing.

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  25. faboo illustration! glad you were able to get it posted! : )

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  26. hey i looked at your whole page and you have great style. very original take on the theme

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  27. very sweet; yes - help for the less fortunate.

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  28. Cute illo and really cute story! It's interesting seeing how different people have interpreted the theme!

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  29. i like it, a great expression of help, good work.

    i'm the one who doesnt like beatles :)
    i'm 31. maybe they are the most famous band of the history... but not the best. but it's just an opinion

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  30. Thanks for coming to see my mousie house! I have heard many stories like this - the mothering urge overpowering other natural instincts! Thanks also for commenting on my son's penguin picture -- he was so excited! I had to convince him it wasn't me! Paula

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  31. This is such a great illustration, the expression on the mother cat is wonderful. Well done.

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  32. Couldn't find an email address, but thought I'd try this--to post a static page for IF, go ahead and post your entry. Then, over on the left side of your blog, it says "Previous posts" and the titles of all the posts are there--Click on the post for IF, and then, when it comes up, copy THAT address from your address bar. It'll be longer--the one for help was

    http://studiololo.blogspot.com/2006/12/illustration-friday-help.html

    Let me know if this isn't clear...

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  33. That's beautiful!

    Happy holidays to you!

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  34. Awwww, that's such a touching story! And a good one to go along with your painting. Beautiful painting and I love how you bring out the expressions of the furry friends and Nut-Tasha [what a cute name!] :D Great job!!

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  35. We like your work a lot ( especially
    the mural with a horse in a stable, great idea ) Merry Christmas

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  36. Cats get such a bad rep for being cold and impersonal. Take that cat haters. Beeeeeautiful piece.

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  37. I love cats and i loved this illo!
    So lovely! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  38. nice story.
    cool painting.
    thanks for visitng my blog

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  39. I love the concept, and the colors, and the workmanship. Very nice. And thanks for dropping by my site. Your support is great for newbies like me!

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  40. This is just the best story for Christmas. Love your illo! Merry Christmas to you! :)

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