Thursday, January 31, 2008

"You Make My Day" Award

Awwww, I've been bestowed with another honor from a few fellow blogger friends. Many thanks to Roberta Baird, Suana,and Debbie Egezio. The truth of the matter is they make MY day, as do all of you who take the time to stop by and leave comments. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love sharing my art with you and being inspired by you!

In keeping with the rules, I'm passing this award on to 5 bloggers who I haven't tagged yet, and who always manage the time to stop by and leave me a kind word. They are Ammon, Deli, Nicole, Ellen Byrne, and to Forever Young as a birthday gift!! Some of you may have already been given this award. If so, then just let yourself feeeeel the love! Feel free to pass it on to 5 people in your blogging life who make your day. I just did!

Friday, January 25, 2008

IF : The Legend Continues...

As we go back to my dream of Raven and the giant pears, we see Raven fly from one pear to another, checking on them as if he has a kinship with them. From the time the moon falls from the evening sky until the first light of dawn, he stays watchful and protective. He has surely and rightfully earned his title, "Keeper of the Orchard."

For Illustration Friday prompt, "Tales and Legends." Acrylic and Prismacolor pencils on bristol paper. ( from my archives)

Friday, January 18, 2008

IF : Winter Plain

I had a series of dreams a while back where giant pears cropped up everywhere dotting the hills and plains. From a distance they looked like small, golden trees. There was always one raven in the dreams, as though he were the keeper of my dreamscapes and these golden pears were his gift.

Here on this desolate winter plain, Raven holds tight to the magic of this gift. Keeping watchful and looking skyward towards the falling snow, Raven is thankful for this moment.

acrylic, Prismacolor pencils, rubber stamp trees on bristol board.
For Illustration Friday promt: plain (from my archives)
Be sure to check out my entry for this word in my Moleskine!

Friday, January 11, 2008

IF : Tree

Not far from downtown there's a rusted, old abandoned space-metal building sitting in a state of decay from neglect. There are several block shapes spray-painted in random colors as though graffiti artists used the side of the building to test their new cans before tagging the local businesses and schools.

In spite of the blacktop surrounding this building, a small tree pushed its way through the asphalt-covered ground several years ago. The part of the building behind the tree makes such a beautiful backdrop, like a giant patchwork quilt sewn together stitch by stitch, always there to embrace this tree.

It's Redbird's favorite place, especially in the afternoon when the sun glows on the warm colors of the quilted metal. It's as though Redbird gives the tree a reason to stay alive with the promise of her daily return.

What some may perceive as decay and neglect, Redbird finds a sacred space that welcomes her with warmth, grace and beauty.

reposted for Illustration Friday's prompt: Tree
 Acrylic and colored pencils on scrapbook paper.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

"This one goes to eleven" meme !

My good blogging buddy and talent extraordinaire, Kim Coles has started a funnier, hipper meme and she has tagged me as a participant. Here are the questions she posed, and my anwers.

1.) Voted most likely to:

Dance to the beat of my own drum. I'm not a follower.

2.) regrets

I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention. No really, regrets hold you back. Let em' go!

3.) It's a Monday, you're tired and don't feel like working, so you:

Treat it like any other day of the week and do...nothing!

4.) You would prefer to have dinner with:

Quiet eaters! My family is obsessed with noisy chewing. It's really sad. Everyone is afraid to eat with me.

5.) If you were going bald, you would:

Kill myself. Fat and bald would be too much to live with.

6.) You lay awake at night, pondering:

What was I thinking when I said I'll give up wine for a year?

7.) If you were forced to share a cubicle, the most important thing you'd look for is:

An escape hatch! I need wide, open spaces with fresh air and no co-workers.

8.) What is most likely to be found in the trunk of your car?

A huge bag of bird seed. My feeders are on the front lawn and it's easier to keep the seed in the car. Besides, it makes an awesome air freshener!

9.) Favorite "Spinal Tap" moment:

As a freelance person and one who goes to the beat of my own drum, I can relate to this conversation Nigel had about jobs!

Nigel Tufnel: [on what he would do if he couldn't be a rock star] Well, I suppose I could, uh, work in a shop of some kind, or... or do, uh, freelance, uh, selling of some sort of, uh, product. You know... Marty DiBergi: A salesman? Nigel Tufnel: A salesman, like maybe in a, uh, haberdasher, or maybe like a, uh, um... a chapeau shop or something. You know, like, "Would you... what size do you wear, sir?" And then you answer me. Marty DiBergi: Uh... seven and a quarter. Nigel Tufnel: "I think we have that." See, something like that I could do. Marty DiBergi: Yeah... you think you'd be happy doing something like-... Nigel Tufnel: "No; we're all out. Do you wear black?" See, that sort of thing I think I could probably... muster up. Marty DiBergi: Do you think you'd be happy doing that? Nigel Tufnel: Well, I don't know - wh-wh-... what're the hours?

10.) Based on your work history, the job you SHOULD HAVE right now is:

Kept woman.

11.) Your imaginary band name is:

Ricki Lee Wanabe

Anyone who wants to join in, please do! I'm tagging Sketched Out, Perriette, Juj and Steve because they're all good sports, and they're funny!! However, I won't be offended should they decline. No pressure. Really. None. Okay then.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

A Sketchy Past

I don't remember what pile of stuff I was going through, but I found this drawing I did 35 years ago when I was 19. I remember copying it from a photograph in some fashion magazine, probably Cosmo or Vogue because I was into that stuff back then. It's supposed to be Nastasia Kinski. My boyfriend (back then) thought she was incredibly beautiful, and she was. I'd often take out my number 2 pencil and draw on manila paper. Simple tools back then for me. If I find the one of Picasso I'll share that one too. It's one of my favorites.

I like the way the paper has yellowed around the mat. That's how I feel sometimes. I little worn and older around the edges.

Friday, January 04, 2008

IF : 100%

No matter if it's a beautiful sweater, scarf, hat, mittens....whatever, 100% wool makes me itch!!

acrylic & Prismacolor pencils on bristol paper
(This was done a couple of years ago as a Christmas card design..."Fleece Navidad!)