Friday, November 02, 2007

IF : A Magical Hat Indeed


Let me tell you about my hat.

I keep my secrets under it.

I store my worries and fears there where I can't see them,

and if I can't see them, how can they bother me?

This is my magic hat.

My no more troubles hat,

my reachin' up to heaven hat.

And when I wear it I stand tall

and proud and happy because I know

it's going to be alright.

acrylic, colored pencils on watercolor paper
Done for Illustration Friday's prompt...hats.

110 comments:

  1. This is great! Like both the illustration and the text.

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  2. What a beautiful hat! Love the words also. Both are so elegant.

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  3. That is a very good hat that does a very good thing :)

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  4. I need a hat like that! Very well done.

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  5. oh lolo! what a GREAT piece! love the crop, the color...wonderful! :)

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  6. I don't care where you get them from - I want one! Now!

    Lovely, lovely piece!

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  7. one of your best so far, i love it. have you been to africa? they are just like this. words wonderful too. you go girl!

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  8. this is lovely; a very cultural piece and the hat appears to be fields of crops.

    I see photos of mushrooms here and there now and when I do I think of your lovely piece below beneath the tree. your talent is very versatile.

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  9. Beautiful! Very nice colors and I like the verse, too.

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  10. Thanks for the comment on my blog - I'd LOVE to see your New Yorker cartoons!

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  11. very elegant composition, and beatiful eyes! I like the writing also...

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  12. This is a most excellent hat! The magical ones are the best.

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  13. Beautiful! And magic. The draw. Like the hat... :-)

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  14. What an lovely inventive hat! I can really see the magic here: now it is flat and now it's not. Wonderful, Laurel! [:D and thank you for your lovely words fyou left on my blog!]

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  15. Laurel, you have come up with such an interesting piece. The composition is excellent. How do you come up with such great illos?

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  16. love those african patterns. Nice work.

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  17. remind me of the woman in africa about their suffer in poverty and war, nice work.. really inspiring one! :')

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  18. Amazing piece! Love the meaning you give to this hat. I could use one.

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  19. I like very much the eyes, so expressive!

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  20. I need a hat like that right away!!

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  21. Yes, I will stop complaining! Your image is awesome, thanks for your kind words.

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  22. Beautiful, Laurel. I love the way the woman is peeking over the bottom of the frame at us!

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  23. What a nice blog you have! Lovely paintings!

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  24. This is a beautiful post. I like the illustration a lot and also the texts.

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  25. Magical piece - both the illustration, with the beautiful and mysterious girl and the text.

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  26. Laurel,
    Your eyes tell it all, no matter what's under all those hats.
    Lovely, creative, touching.
    Nancy B.

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  27. Beautiful eyes and great colors.

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  28. ah, the "multiplicity-hat"!
    so well illustrated

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  29. Thanks for your comment on my illo, I really like your style!
    pretty hat ^^

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  30. She's so mysterious!
    Congratulations for the illustration, and the text!

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  31. This looks Super! I just now saw your "Trick-Or-Treat" and I wish I would have looked sooner- it was wonderful!

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  32. Wow! The most unique hat! Great illo, Laurel!

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  33. You are truly remarkable! If only I had a magic hat, life would be so much easier ;) Guess I'll start making one...

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  34. Wonderful drawing! Love the warm colors against the bluish background and the gentle eyes. Thank you also for sharing the inspiring words that go along with it.

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  35. Love how it's cropped- everything in it from eyes to hat to colors are important here. All really beautiful!!! The eyes really draw me in. Thinking of the great Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry'- 'Everything's gonna be all right!"
    Hats on to you Laurel.

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  36. I can see the magic!!! Lovely paint!

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  37. very beautiful, and the text too!!!

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  38. Yay! As an Illustration Friday newbie you and your illustrations are quite inspiring!
    Thanks =)

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  39. Great poem of encouragement and a wonderful cultural illustration that works for both Caribbean and African settings. Hats off to you!

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  40. Ohhh that is nice!

    Awesome- perfect colors and I think that the way you cropped this so her eyes are just peeking over is awesome. Great work.

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  41. I really love the poem. The illustration is great too. I like the idea of putting away one's troubles ... I still follow the Bloom County/Opus idea of an anxiety closet ... I put all my troubles in my anxiety closet,comforted by the thought I can get them out whenever I want :-)

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  42. Very very VERY beautiful! Just wonderful!

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  43. What an inspiring piece. Really one of your best!

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  44. wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
    love the hat and it's magic.

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  45. What a lovely marriage of text and art! I love the pattern and colors of her hat.

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  46. I love all the detail. colors and the verse, its all fabulous!

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  47. This is cool! I love how strong she looks!

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  48. I would like a hat just like this!
    Bellissimo.
    Cata

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  49. When I got to your blog I felt I had found a place to rest, so peaceful, so beautiful, so full of wonderful art and inspirational thoughts.

    ...and your painting is gorgeous as is the verse. Very well done!

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  50. Great composition and colour! Love the way you cropped it. By the way, thank you so much for your comments!

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  51. Thanks very much! I like your entry, very vibrant and great composition... neat poem too.

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  52. Wooow!! What a magical piece. Your work is always so alive Lolo!

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  53. Beautiful and inspiring! I love the composition and the colours. Nice!

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  54. Oh, and the story is beautiful. I want a hat like that!

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  55. I forgot all about the Hat Vendor (!)
    Coulda' Shoulda' but yours is soooo much better. I just love everything about this!

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  56. wonderfully done. love ur verses, the patterns, comp and the way you only show the eyes of the face. michael dailey

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  57. Oh my stars... "lolo a go go". I've never seen so many comments on one post! Congrats! Great job. I love the hat, but her face is oh so very cool.
    Have a great weekend!

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  58. I wish I had a hat like that! Am fearful of venturing into paintings--perhaps I should really take the leap and do it. You make it seem so easy!

    p/s: Thanks for looking at my illo--your kind words made my day!

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  59. Ohhhh I need a hat like that!! This is lovely! Great take on the theme!

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  60. Really nice! Love the way you cropped and composed this. Very effective.

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  61. Thanks for visiting!

    Great work here as usual. Exquisite patterns and texture.

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  62. So beautiful, the painting and your words. Your work is alive.

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  63. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY LOLO!!!! congrats!!!! yippeee!!! :))

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  64. Woohoo! Look at you!!!!!!!!!!! A winner indeed!

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  65. Congratulation to "Pick of the week" - well deserved!

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  66. Congrats Laurel - Very well deserved pick! The illustration is fabulous and the poem just adds so much more!

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  67. This is an awesome piece! Congrats! I'm glad you got picked so I could see what wonderful work you do!!

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  68. Wowee!!! Thanks everyone! I told you it was a magical hat :) I guess her eyes really do speak to many people.

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  69. great job on winning pick of the week! I haven't had time to look at other blogs lately, so I missed it last week, it's fabulous!

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  70. Love the expression in her eyes. Really beautiful work.

    Congratulations for the pick of the week!

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  71. Congrats, Laurel!!! I noticed immediately, you're lovely hat piece. Those eyes stand out, even without her magic hat ;)

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  72. I wanted to add my congratulations as well. This is a beautiful illo.

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  73. Many, many congratulations, Laurel. It's an amazing painting, I love the patterns and how you cropped the face. It's quite beautiful and a well deserved reward for your work to be selected pick of the week!

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  74. wow everybody love your colorful magic hat! but can I borrow it?
    only for an hour please! it would be great!
    thanks
    Mario

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  75. Had to stop by and give a "Congrats", too! I was excited to see someone I knew. Long overdue.

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  76. Ha! I don't know how i missed you before but I certainly can see why you are the chosen artist because this is everything you hope to accomplish in a piece of art! Well done!!!

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  77. Well done!! Well deserved!! Yep!!! Congrasss

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  78. congrats, sooo glad it's the pic of the week for IF. Not surprised. And 84 comments. wow, you're my hero!

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  79. What a great combination of prose and illustration! And those captivating eyes!!

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  80. congratulations! and well deserved too :D

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  81. Wow your hat was so great. Hats off to you and your creative talents.

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  82. Beautiful illustration and text. Very magical.

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  83. Beautiful illustration! I'm so glad that your piece was chosen for the "Pick of the Week" :) Thanks for checking out my stuff and leaving happy :) comments. Your illo is a well deserved choice! CONGRATS!

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  84. MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL PIECE OF ART AND LITERATURE THAT ACCOMPANY'S IT.
    MON AMI PICASSO

    NORMAN ROCKWELL

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  85. Congratulations!! I was so happy to see that your illustration the chosen artwork for the week! Well deserving!!!

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  86. Congrats on pic of the week, it is well deserved. Great picture. I dont know how I missed it during the week, but outstanding job as usual.

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  87. congratulations, beautiful work and I love the concept.Reminds me of the poet Maya Angelou.

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  88. beautiful painting. congrats on pick of the week!! had to post...you are almost at 100!!!
    xoxo
    teri

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  89. Hey Laurel!! How cool - I stopped in to see what you've been up to and look at you! I love your illo, 'tis magical indeed. Congrats on being pick of the week, you deserve it! :)

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  90. Oh!! YAY! Congrats indeed-and well deserved! What a wonderful magical hat.

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  91. Hey look it! Laurel got pick of the week!
    Yay! :)

    xo
    Di

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  92. WOOHOO! HAPPY 100th comment!!!
    xoxox

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  93. I love this! Congratulations Laurel!

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  94. Hey congratulations on 'Pick of the Week'! It's well deserved--what a beautiful illustration.

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  95. Congratulations, Laurel! This is gorgeous!

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  96. Strong and beautiful. Terrific choice for Pick of the Week. Been away from IF for a while . . . nice to get re-aquainted with your work. Wonderful!

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  97. Hi Laurel, no matter what my mood is , I always leave your blog with a smile :-) Thanks for the email message, I am glad your show was a success.

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  98. congratulations on being the pick of the week! a worthy piece indeed

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  99. Congrats on being pick, Laurel! 'Bout time! Great illo!!! :)

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  100. Oh my God I love it. That would be so fantastic Laurel. Oh my God I love it.

    xoxoxoxo

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