Friday, November 30, 2007

IF : Excess of Yellow Birds


This is an illustration I did for the cover of a new picture book I've been working on aptly named, "The Yellow Bird Tree." It's the story of a little village boy who had been quite ill for a while. So ill, in fact, he never left his room. The elder doctor of the village said the only hope left was to say a prayer each time you see a yellow bird, and ask the yellow bird to deliver the prayer to the little boy. This is the sight he sees one day when he finally gets out of bed and opens his balcony doors! The tree was bursting with little yellow birds, and more were still coming for miles.

This is a story about hope and the power of prayer.

Now if I'd just finish the darn thing and get it to an eager publisher :)
Stop by and see what I did for this word in my Moleskine.

50 comments:

  1. Oooh I adore it - well you know how I feel about small birds - what a lovely cover for this kind of book!

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  2. Gorgeous, sounds like a lovely book. The birds look like beautiful yellow leaves.

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  3. This is beautiful. Good luck with your story and thanks for visting my blog and your leaving great comments!

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  4. There can never be an exess of pretty yellow birds :) Beautiful!!! Hope your book gets published, it sounds wonderful.

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  5. Oh fun! Love the colors and the whole concept.

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  6. Sweet story, and it is a wonderful illustration.

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  7. Oh my, this touches my heart dearly. What a wonderful story and precious illo to go with. The whole thing expresses love and hope and healing. Good luck with your publisher!

    Peace~

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  8. i love this story. and the illustration is perfect. great composition and line.

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  9. what a wonderful story and illo (p.s. I promise my kitty is all fluff and no fat, I keep her away from yellow birds).

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  10. One can never have too many yellow birds!

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  11. lov the look and feel of this one like a warm autumn day : michael dailey

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  12. Excess posting was awesome and beautiful, I wish you success for the book illo that you are working on…a book about hope and the power of prayer!…powerful!

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  13. I love it! It is so sweet with such an uplifting message!

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  14. lovely. yellow is my favorite color. this illustrationis so positively bright. and reminded me of an encouraging book entitled "Hope for the Flowers"

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  15. Lolo-You have a gift. You are amazing, just amazing

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  16. I'd definitely hire ya! love the line style going on here. Best of luck to you Laurel!!

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  17. beautiful bright and so happy, Jx

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  18. adorable birds and wonderful story

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  19. I love the birds they are beautiful. Nice use of colour.

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  20. would never have connected this to the topic, how interesting, you have such a soft heart.

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  21. Lovely!!! I think I could never see a tree full of yellow sunny birds as excessive!

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  22. They are terrific, Laurel... I picture them while flying like a big yellow cloud :)

    cabanadigital.com

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  23. I love this illustration! The lines and the colors are very nice.

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  24. Really beautiful and a truly meaningful idea and story!

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  25. Beautiful illustration and story! Ahhhh- It's great to be back visiting you here.
    Eager to see the finished & published book!

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  26. WOW beauitful!! and good luck with the book!!

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  27. Hi Laurel! I love this - it's beautiful!

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  28. Beautiful tree!
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  29. this is so beautiful and a great story! can't wait to see it on the bookshelves!

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  30. Really pretty. Your delicate line and warm ccolors are wonderful.

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  31. sweet, lolo, would love to see this book.

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  32. ooooh! finish it-send it-and tell me where I can buy it! :) love it!

    teri

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  33. Beautiful and delicate image.
    Interesting topic "the power of prayer"
    Cata

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  34. Good luck with the publishing. Nice illo. I like the light line mixed with the bright color.

    A few yellow birds never hurt anyone; I would say though, that is an excess of yellow birds if you car is parked below that tree.

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  35. I like this piece because of the composition and colors (like monochromatic) and the tree as you know we are tree lovers. I like the contrast you did it here outline of birds and more descriptive of the tree trunk. Thanks for your comment on my piece.

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  36. Beautiful birds and tree! Thanks for posting on my blog.

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  37. That's so sweet. But who has to clean up all the yellow bird poop underneath?

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  38. Look at this little beauty!!!!! Oh I want this!

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  39. You can never have too many birds or too much hope, eh? Lovely, lovely piece. Best of luck with the book! I'm with everyone above, I want to buy this book for my collection!

    Keep up the good work!

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  40. Thanks Laurel! I've been looking for that song since '92 or '93!

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  41. Beauty. Good luck on the book deal. Sounds (and looks) like a winner to me.

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  42. great line work and great yellow too.

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  43. I like how you handled the crowd of birds ... using a wash of yellow with individual contours of the birds is very effective. I see you switched the painting in your banner ... the winter scene is very nice.

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