Resistance is…

…this week’s Illustration Friday theme.  (Actually, it’s “resist,” but I’ve watched a lot of Star Trek over the years.)

Resistance can take all sorts of forms,  as I was reminded by this quote:

It’s good, I think, to resist the urge to stay in a comfortable spot — in more ways than one!

The quote, by the way, was the title of an article by artist Brenda Swenson in a recent Daniel Smith Artist Materials mailing.  The illustration is watercolor (though not Daniel Smith, though I do have and love some of their colors) and colored pencil on Montval watercolor paper.

 

Posting at a snail’s pace

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “snail.”

I was going to write something about how we all carry “home” with us, for better or worse, or yet another version of “the race is not to the swift,” but hey, this is better:

A snail shell is an example of a logarithmic spiral, which means the overall shape stays the same even when the spiral increases.  (This unique mathematical property is called self-similarity, if you’re interested.)  Logarithmic spirals  are also called miraculous or marvelous spirals, and how lovely is *that*?  They occur throughout nature, and can be seen — according to a couple of online sources —  in the growth pattern of sunflower heads, in tropical cyclones, in mollusk shells, and in the arms of spiral galaxies.

These snails (which, by the way, are not logarithmic, or even drawn from reference) are watercolor and Verithin colored pencil on Canson Montval paper.

Something warm for a cold evening

tea1

I’ve been so busy at work I haven’t had much time for Illustration Friday (or much else!) Coming in under the wire (it’s Thursday evening here), here’s a little something for the Illustration Friday theme, “tea.”

Watercolor on Canson Montval paper; the text at the bottom and the border are courtesy of Photoshop.

A quality act

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:

Dancing Bear jpg

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.