Saturday, July 12, 2008

IF - Foggy


What do you do when your kid asks you a question you can't answer?

One day, as we were driving through some thick fog, my kids asked me, "What IS fog, anyway?"
"Why it's...it's...a cloud that's come down to kiss the earth," I replied. It could be true. Wouldn't it be nice if it were true?

Then one day as I drove along the Hudson River, I saw a cloud, and it appeared to be hovering just inches above the still water. She was beautiful as she kissed the river.

I've included a few tiny Totoros in the hillside as an homage to my idol, Miyazaki.

40 comments:

Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

Mysterious, moody and cool! Nice.

Gai said...

Hi, thanks for your comment and visiting my blog. I love your illo. Its a beautiful concept that you describe, i will look at the foggy mornings with even more delight.

Forever Young said...

ha ha thst's one of the easier questions they ask....thanks for visiting my blog too.

Kat Hannah said...

Sweet sentiment and delicate treatment for this illustration - lovely

Connie said...

This is magical. I'd really love to travel the Hudson River; all very 'exotic' to me, coming originally from the 'boonies' south of Chicago.

NANCY LEFKO said...

beautiful image and your story is perfect too....

-J.Meyer said...

Nice, I love the concept.
The swirly trees and kitty things in the background are fascinating.

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

such sweet scripts along with your illustrations! beautiful, and I love Totoro,! me too, Love Hayao
Miyazaki, I have most of his dvd too!
High Five!

krisztina maros said...

wonderful idea that you told your children about fog. they are so lucky with such a mum and her rich imagine! it's very important for children. and this lovely beautiful illo makes your story to complete. thank you for sharing!

Mônica said...

I love the illustration and the story behind it. What a wonderful way to describe "fog." I'll always remember it now, when I see it and it will make me smile for sure!

ThePeachTree said...

I think that's definitely true :) Nature is so beautiful, it has to enjoy its own self every now and again!

SENTA said...

I love the story behind this, it's so magical! What a great post! And I love the little guys on the hills :)

esque said...

Aww, what a sweet little vignette and charming illo to boot! I spotted the little totoros immediately! Love them!

Juan said...

very cool idea and illustration!

Teri C said...

What a gorgeous response you gave the kids and us at IF. I just love it.

Dot said...

very nice! i really like the story, too..

Roberta said...

great illustration, but Bella your writing is wonderful too!!
It paints a lovely picture!

Sandra said...

Whimsical, soft and beautiful. I love the story behind the illustration.
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Faruffa said...

Sweet and cute illo for a wonderful tale ... I love it :o)

Lisa M Griffin said...

This is fantastic. It is so sweet and serene. I also love your description of fog for your children... seems like their is a story nestled in this illustration just waiting to be told.

Christy said...

Such a beauty! I love your clever explanation...great thinking on your feet! LOL

Eric Barclay said...

Lovely illustration!

lepetitdoodler said...

you seem to have all sorts of styles... and i love 'em all!

Bee said...

A lovely idea and wonderfully soft illustration. Thanks for the introduction to 'totoro', I hadn't heard of these creatures before so it's been fun to do a little finding out about them :)

platitudinal said...

You have the most delightful way of explaining thing ... a fog is the cloud that kiss the earth :)

And the Lady Fog is lovely, enshrouded in delicate mist kissing the river. How magical!

travelandsing.com said...

this is such a gorgeous illustration - beautiful cloud and totoros - and such a lovely story behind it:-) wonderful work!

Vickie said...

Your foggy is very nice. If only fog was always so gentle. I took time out from drawing to raise a family also. Now that they are mostly raised, Illustration Friday is a great incentive to do more art. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm glad you are participating.

cata said...

"...it's...a cloud that's come down to kiss the earth"
Beautiful words!!!!!!
Soft and delicate image.
Cata

Christina said...

very nice idea!

Heather said...

This is nice and what a lovely idea about fog. Those questions can be quite challenging, but I think you handled it in a wonderful way.

Bobo's Slave said...

Oh! I love your poetic interpretion of fog, very creative, very imaginative!

mike r baker said...

Beautiful. Love the Totoros!

sketched out said...

This image in hauntingly beautiful. I love it! What a wonderfully poetic answer you gave your kids. I like the way you think.

kathy hare said...

a beautiful image, another spirit of the fog..

ValGalArt said...

very beautiful sentiment and illo!

lil kim said...

lovelly gentle illustration. I think your kids would have to believe you! I like the Totoros too :-)

Random York said...

This is downright Awesome Bella!

studio lolo said...

what a beautiful thought! Next time it's foggy here (which is every day in the summer), I'll try not to complain. I'll just picture this image instead :)

Nicky Linzey said...

Beautiful illustration and a lovely story too.

Raluca C said...

your words sound like a beautiful haiku!What a beautiful image and thought!!I love the tiny Totoros as well:))they are making the seeds grow isn´t it?:))Japanesse artists have the gift to create incredible worlds,with a sense of subtelity without equal-I have always been fascinateing by this culture