Friday, October 09, 2009

Illustration Friday: Flying Home


There's something about migration that fascinates me. When I lived in Pacific Grove, California, the Monarch butterflies would arrive each October. I always wondered why they chose such a chilly, foggy place to live while trying to elude a harsh winter. They'd look like one long orange ribbon flying in the breeze when the sun was out, and when the cool fog settled in they'd huddle in long clustered rows for warmth and comfort from the wind.

In a way I've migrated back to my home ground, too. And instead of the balmy escape of a cold winter, I found myself flying back to roost in familiar surroundings ready to be embraced by autumn colors and the icy kiss of a long, cold season.


(Digital collage this week, no time for painting. Thanks for stopping by!)

32 comments:

  1. Oh what a beautiful post, the collage as well as the words. I just feel both!

    Warm hug
    >M<

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  2. Lovely art work. Just came from Lynns blog. So sorry about the notice to move. What a pain. Glad you are still going to PT for the visit with fellow bloggers. That would have only been like twisting the knife in the wound. I am getting to meet a fellow blogger from N Carolina tomorrow too as she drives thru our town to No CA.Just found out about it this morning. Will post about it after. Such fun. You have fun too.

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  3. gosh you make winter sound good. i'll take that kiss alright but i'll need long flannel underwear.

    what a writer you are!

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  4. Nice art here. I always enjoy your take on things!

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  5. I like this one a lot.
    BTW
    I resent the print again, by courier this time.
    Regard,
    N

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  6. lots of em fly south for the winter too,great pic lov the mood it conveys: michael dailey

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  7. I hope you are having fun with the girls. You are all flocking together to create art and lasting friendships.

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  8. this is STUNNING.

    and on this day, october 9, 2009, everything became right. the axis is balanced. the story begins.

    love
    kj

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  9. I love this art piece. It's even okay that I can't figure out how you did it.
    You are HOME.
    That has to be nice.
    I hope the new home you create there will fullfill all of your dreams.

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  10. and when home gets too cold? we should fly away... to a warmer place?
    and isn't it home?

    :)



    the collage is masterly done... love it!


    thanks also my dearest Lolo for your visit... your words always warm my heart...

    love and peace to you

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  11. There is no place like home; right Dorothy?

    Guess what winter has replaced fall here. Covered in snow.

    Love Renee xoxo

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  12. Not all who wander are lost.... this is lovely lolo.
    So glad you're enjoy all the wonders of home!

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  13. I have to tell you that I am guilty of living for your interpretations.

    Have the best time ever.

    Love Renee xoxo

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  14. I just read your comment on poppy and your post on the ABC blog!
    YEAH!!!!! This is good!
    Can't wait to see your place and YES I knew it would even be better.

    Now you just enjoy your weekend there with the girls! because when you get back there will be a lot of work waiting for you!
    Will mail you soon!

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  15. You paint with your luscious pallete of words...Lovely! :)

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  16. The digital collage is beautiful. I like migration too, here it is the V shaped geese flying south, honking and honking.

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  17. Beautiful. Love the contrast of the background and foreground. Very peaceful and wonderfully done.

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  18. This is stunningly beautiful!! Its affect on me is soothing. I've never experienced a ribbon of butterflies as you described but you expressed it so well with this piece.

    Happy Autumn and stay warm :)

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  19. Gorgeous image! I remember seeing so many monarch butterflies when I was young. I hardly see any these days. I guess they all went west. ;)

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  20. nice setup on this...really brings to mind real butterfly swarms...

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  21. I have spent my entire life on the East Coast, mostly on its northern stretch, and it never occurred to me that places like California had any way of marking the change in the seasons.

    Reading this made me realize that those signs exist; they're just different from the ones I'd be used to.

    I'm with you on embracing the cold climate. After living in Deep South State I lost my taste for winter, but recently I've been harkening back to my Northeastern roots.

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  22. Beautiful collage and words. I always feel sad when I see the birds lined up ready to go - the end of Summer, then before I know it they're back again.

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  23. This is really beautiful. I LOVE the patterns of the butterflies, and the tree behind.

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  24. I am back again! A delightful little surprise flew in from the east coast today and landed in my arms...I will post it all on Thursday!!! What a super unexpected surprise!!! :)HUgs!

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  25. What a beautiful collage and words to match, Laurel! It must have been wonderful to behold!

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  26. Did you have the most fantastic time? I hope so.

    xoxox

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  27. Such a poetic soul you have, Laurel. Not only with words but with your images. Very, very beautiful!! I miss you girl. I've been so un-bloggy lately. Really have to get back, at least visit you, for some always welcome inspiration!

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  28. Just gorgeous! Love the metaphor.

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  29. Have you got a new place dear friend. I am hoping that will be settled very soon.

    That woman is crazy.

    Love Renee xoxo

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