A quick (and somewhat old) entry for last week’s Illustration Friday theme, “mind.”
The Illustration Friday theme is “vintage,” which for some reason made me think of old-time vaudeville. That, in turn, reminded me of Alan Price’s 1960-something hit, “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear.” (If you’ve never heard it, you can watch the Muppets’ version here. I’ll warn you, though, the song will be in your head for *days*.)
Anyway, that kind of led to this:
And yes, this is a loose definition of “vintage,” but I like to think I haven’t hit my peak yet!
Watercolor, colored pencil and ink on Canson Montval paper.
Something shiny’s lurking in the back of that drawer. Buried treasure? Or just a key to a house I once lived in, an earring I can no longer find the mate to, a beautiful bit of ribbon too small for any purpose I can think of?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I’m hanging on to, both physical and emotional.
It’s time to do some spring cleaning!
(For the Illustration Friday theme, “sparkle.”)
is why so many of us have a drawer, box, or bag filled with random, generally unnecessary, and usually inexplicable things. Mine’s in my kitchen, and I drew a bit of it after reading about the Dormant Things project on Lynne Chapman’s blog.
(Lynne Chapman’s a children’s book illustrator with a wonderful, chatty, informative blog, by the way. I took her class on creating children’s books characters on Craftsy, and really enjoyed it. I’d never been to the Craftsy site before, and was impressed by the wide array of classes and supplies they offer for artists, knitters, quilters, and all sorts of crafters.)
Besides slips of paper, multiple tape dispensers, and bits of ribbon, my junk drawer also contains a hiker’s bear bell — a small black mesh bag housing a few jangling bells, to keep bears away. (You can see it in the lower left corner.) I’m not sure how well it would work on a hiking trail, but my kitchen is definitely bear-free.
Ink and Nouvel Carre pastel in a Strathmore toned (tan)sketchbook, for the Illustration Friday theme, “mystery.”
The new year beckons — a time for new beginnings, new goals, new adventures, or maybe new flights of fancy. In honor of the Illustration Friday theme, here’s to letting your imagination soar!