Friday, January 19, 2007

IF : SuperHero

Lily was the new girl in town. Soft-spoken, charming, smart- but she lacked confidence. She had moved so much in her life, always having to leave good friends behind and either start a new school or a new job. She was desperate to belong to some place or some one in some way. Johnny had his eye on her the day she set foot in this town. He felt it was his right to stake his claim on her before someone else did. He was such a charmer. Smooth talker, good looking. He had it all as far as looks goes. But he was a first class jerk, and sadly, Lily was about to find that out. That poor girl fell head over heels in love for the first time, and she fell hard. She'd hear the giggles of other girls who'd see them together. People who became her friends had tried to warn her he was just using her but she'd have no part of any of it. She knew he loved her. She just knew it! After they made love, their dates became further apart. Johnny always had an excuse for why he couldn't see her. He had to work a double shift. His Grandmother was ill and he had to tend to her. Whatever. She finally realized it was all a bunch of lies. He didn't even have a Grandmother. Everyone was right. He would walk out of her life as soon as he 'conquered' her because it was a score thing with him and another school jock. I mean jerk. Lily became withdrawn and depressed. She would lie in bed day after day watching her life drift by. But this one day she happened to put the TV on and Oprah was interviewing a woman who nearly died af a broken heart and miraculously she pulled through because she found a superhero heart mender! Oh My God!!!! Lily jumped out of bed and turned up the volume and vigorously took notes. She called the number on the screen and the next thing you know this big superhero in a little body came over to her house and mended her broken little heart. She held the tiny ladder steady for him while he diligently stitched her wounds. Even though he had to make a sizeable incision, she never felt a thing nor did she have a scar! This tiny little heart-mending guy was truly her superhero to whom she be forever grateful.
My personal superheroes are the workers at animal shelters... and hospice workers... and people who round up feral cats and feed them and catch them to have them spayed and neutered... and firemen and women... and policemen and women...and people who love life even when times are as tough as they can be. People like you! :)
(acrylic on canvas resulting in a crappy scan)

41 comments:

  1. Wow...before reading your story, I thought this was a doctor performing a heart transplant. Either way - it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. nice artwork and story!

    congratulations..

    himavant blucolage

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  3. Blaaahhh!! I just noticed I didn't finish the superhero's hands! That's what I get for rushing :P

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  4. That's an amazing piece of art! Love it!

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  5. what a great story....and a great illo, studiololo...great work! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I ALWAYS KNEW YOU WHERE A TALENTED ARTIST,BUT A HEART SURGEON!!!! WOW I AM IMPRESSED.

    VERY NICE PICASSO

    YOUR LITTLE BROTHER

    P.S.-DON'T LEAVE US IN SUSPENSE, DID THIS CHICK FIND PRINCE CHARMING AND LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER???

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  7. a wonderful story to go great with an illustration, Great Job

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  8. Hi Laurel! I loved ur illo and ur entry... they are very inspirational.

    Poor Lily, though. She had to learn in a very hard.

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  9. Super cool! I love the illo and the story is great!

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  10. Love it!! We need some little guys like that running around in this world. Great stuff!

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  11. wow! lovely!writing and painting.

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  12. Laurel this is so cool!! What a wonderful story and so beautifully illustrated, your imagination amazes me =)

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  13. what a lovely illustration and story! don't leave us in suspense! and i think the scan is just right, i like seeing the weave of the canvas...nice!

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  14. Hi! "Peabiddy" girl here. Love your story...seems familiar...and the artwork is gorgeous.

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  15. This is a touching story, that many of us can relate to. And the painting to accompany it - is beautiful in so many ways. I admire how you bring so much love and care to your work. Very inspriring. I appreciate your comment about my superhero and am delighted you got a chuckle from it. Looking forward to more IF sharing.

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  16. I love this painting! She has such a faraway, sad expression, but the heart mender looks very busy and efficient. The colors are getntle, and the patterned background really adds to the lyrical feeling of the figure. I enjoyed the story as well...and your tribute to your "real life" heroes:>

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  17. What a lovely story and illustration. I just clicked on your link at random.
    I read your profile and I had a personal experience with a feral cat tender in Cocoa Beach florida. What a wonderful idea. I admire the same people you do.

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  18. What a creative idea for "superhero. Fascinating design and wonderful artwork. The story as usual is absorbing and I want to know more.
    Beautiful!

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  19. Is he related to the teeny little Superguy? Cool illo!

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  20. beautiful!!! adn you got a very nice blog too!!

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  21. amazing super hero,
    Best Wishes :o)
    Issi

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  22. crappy scan aside it's a powerful image! I love the story.

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  23. nice drawing dont u just hate guys who play viking

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  24. I like the way you painted her expression with the dramatic shadow and lighting.

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  25. i think it's a beautiful painting! i love the soft, pastel colors.

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  26. avatar unchanged, but thanks for looking more closely

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  27. Can you sell your Illustration at
    http://www.regimages.com

    Almost 100% of all Illustration images uploaded* are online and generate revenue through direct sales

    Many thanks

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  28. Wow, that's quite a story! Beautiful powerful image!

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  29. Beautiful piece and story! Very creative

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  30. Very cool... both the painting and the story. Even before reading the text, James Taylor's Handyman came to mind...'I fix broken hearts; I'm your handyman...' Don't ask me to sing it.

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  31. Thanks for all the great feedback everyone! You humble me :)

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  32. i love both the image and the story. very nice work. and yes, those people are the real heroes in our country (^.^)

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  33. if only he were real... a lovely piece.

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  34. WOW! so glad I didn't miss this! Your friend is right, it's amazing!!! The story is great too! LOVE THIS!!!

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