Sunday, August 31, 2008

IF - Memories

I keep all my precious childhood memories in a blond wooden box, tied securely with chocolate grosgrain ribbon. Every few years I open the lid and let them fly freely.

73 comments:

Paper Pictures said...

This is beautiful! So magical. I love it!

Stace said...

Cool picture. I like the fact that the pic is in black and white but the memories are in colour - the reverse of lots of representations. Now I know what grosgrain means too!

isay said...

great idea and really cool illustration!

PotatoMamma said...

Hey Bella

Your illos are always beautiful! Love the dreaminess and the mystery of flying flowers. Cute character too.

Thanks for stopping by at my blog!
Astrid

Gai said...

This is lovely. the concept of the memories and the contrast colour and shade. nice work.

flower girl said...

Cute and beautiful.. :)

Carole said...

Cute illustration! It's a nice idea to make the memories in color.

kathy hare said...

this is gorgeous Bella, a lovely response to this weeks word..

krisztina maros said...

yes, it really seems like many treasures get free from blowing over. nice work!

Juan said...

Great work Bella!

Kat Hannah said...

Your illustration truly delivers the message of reflecting upon positive childhood memories - wonderfully done. I'm glad to be back posting here at IF.

Jen A said...

Very pretty - I love the twinkling memories!

DK said...

That was very cute and somehow sad...

aimee said...

this is brilliant bella! the colorful, happy memories floating out of the box are so charming. and i love the way you draw children. so sweet.

Nicky Linzey said...

Such a sweet illustration with a beautiful atmosphere and sentiment.

TattingChic said...

Awww...how sweet! The illustration really captures the spirit of a childhood memory box. I have a cedar chest (was my grandmother's) full of 'em.

Peter Breese said...

Nice! Great treatment of the image, I like the feel and the expression of interest in the little girl (I have a 2 year old daughter, so I'm very bias).

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

She's absolutely beautiful! I love the effect you have going here. That black and white with the touch of color is just so hot and fresh. I always enjoy looking at your work. You are something esle! When I grow up I want to be as talented and kind as you.

esque said...

I too love the color vs b/w look of this illo! The colors are so vivid!

Tammie Lee said...

yum
wonderful
and
fun

patthebuny said...

lovely image!... i can just see them floating on air!..

platitudinal said...

There's a sweetness to this illustration that is utterly lovely.

janie said...

So whimsical and pretty, a lovely antidote to Pandoras box:)

ellifolks said...

Beautiful illos!! Your drawings have a special sweetness to them. I love the quality of your pencil work and the way you have the only color coming out of the box.

Linda T. Snider Ward said...

beautiful! beautiful illustration & beautiful thought.

Paola said...

So beautiful! I love this piece and what you say too :)

Connie said...

Very special, this one.

Rui Sousa said...

Your work is lovely, really sweet! congratulations!



www.ruisousaartworks.blogspot.com

Mônica said...

This is so beautiful, I wish I had a box like that myself. I really like how you combined the pencil drawing with the colorful memories coming out of the box... I also love how you did the ground, with the round, squiggly lines...

Chris said...

Seriously awesome! I love the concept and fantastic imagery you've created. The scribbly floor is great as are the iconic "memories" fluttering above the girl. Imagination appeals to me in a big way and your illustration is packed with it.

aimee said...

hey bella dearie, would you mind sending me your e-mail address? mine is artsyville [at] gmail [dot] com :)

SCOTT BURROUGHS said...

Great drawing- love the limited use of color- totally playful and fun. Thanks for the comments! I looked into using the 2 spaces after a period and I'm sticking with it:)

fergus said...

Great idea. Great feeling your work.

INDIGENE said...

This is so lovely! I love how the memories are in color. Great job!

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Danielle McDonald said...

Simply beautiful!

theartofpuro said...

lovely and magical :)

enigma said...

so beautiful and whimsical, love it!

nina seven said...

lovely! so magical and dreamy. love it and the story behind it!

soulbrush said...

OMG this si awesome, as long as it's not like pandora's box!

Ida Ugelstad said...

It´s lovely :)! I get the urge to get a box of memorys of my own.

Bobo Cat said...

Oh! This is a very remarkable illo, Bella! I can see you have lots of beautiful memories!

cata said...

Yes, childhood memories are a wonderful treasure...
Your art is so inspiring.
Thanks for your lovely comments.
Cata

sketched out said...

This is brilliant, whimsical and beautiful! I love the color play and the movement and of course, the idea. I have a similar box where I keep my memories too. They really do add color to my life.

Tracy said...

This is so precious and adorable! Love the colorful flowers :)

Shugar said...

Awww this is really lovely and sweet. Thanks for dropping by at my blog too :)

nancy said...

I really like the shapes and volume and how it all spills out in such lovely colours. Pretty pretty pretty! :) Great idea.

Dot said...

that is just a fabulous image. and your description really tops it off.

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

very creative, Bella!
I like to say to that you are a fantastic blog friend's, always leave me beautiful comments on your visits. Always touch my heart reading your note! Tears....
Thank you for being so nice!

Bee said...

Ohhh, this is wonderful! What a charming scene, love the contrast of the delicate flowers on the dark background :)

Flying Colors said...

Beautiful and charming Bella! Like butterflies :)

elisabetha said...
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elisabetha said...

i love the whimsicality of your drawing. lovely!

are you still in Tokyo? I hope the weather is getting a bit cooler now! ^^

Kate said...

This is such a cool illo! I love how the memories are sailing out of the box and into the light.

Edrian Thomidis said...

I love the memories just floating away in color versus the dark background. Very magical!

Thank you for your well wishes. We were fortunate this time, although we nervously kept an eye on the track the entire weekend.

Now, I wish Ike would fly away as easily as the memories in your box!

Eric Barclay said...

Bella-- this is so wonderful. The little splashes of color really create a sense of magic and wonder. Beautiful work.

Emily said...

your illustration is lovely... but the words are what tugged my heart strings!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

RIght on Sister.I just got home to read your comments left at my blog. Girl all I can say is what my Mama use to say to me, What doesn't kill us fattens us". That's why I like you so much. You know how to take lemons and make lemon-aid. Thanks BELLA!!! I really appreciate you so much.
V

Emily said...

Again Bella too cute illo!
I feel bad writing this here but I just wanted to say that I do sell prints, send me an e-mail if you are still interested! fraidercat@hotmail.com
I pass on to you words passed on to me…
Dare to dream big Bella!

isay said...

the clutter in my throat is clearing up.... thanks and have a nice day.

ValGalArt said...

charming and I love the sentiment :)

soulbrush said...

thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my blog...and i agree 'girls rock'! hugs.

Robert Squier said...

Charming concept! Precious drawing! Lovely.

Tanya said...

Hi,
it's interesting idea! ... for printing on t-shirt too.

yoon see said...

I have so much joy stopping by here, enjoying my memories on this piece.
Love the colouful magical spell that leads on to more memories . Well done!

RockerJewlz said...

Just had to tell you I awarded you with yet another Brillante Blog award because you are one of my favorite blogs.

You can read the entry at www.RockerJewlz.blogspot.com

yoon see said...

Thanks you for your visitation to my blog and your kind comments too.
I am new to blogging and also Illustrarion Friday. So much to catch up.
I will always come back here to follow your news and lovely drawings.
Really feel encourage to have so many counterpart here that share the same interest, goal and dream.-Living up to our life-Making Art.
Thanks again.

atomicvelvetsigh said...

aww how adorable! those lovely memories of childhood.. i hope i can place them all in one box too. 8)

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

Wow, Bella, you got quite popular..
You are a really nice, generous Illustrator's that I known thru IF community and a good reasons that you one of my favorites blogspot to visit, I knew you already got the award, but I still like to pass on the "I love your blog" award.

SENTA said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I hope you don't mind if I link to you, I love your work!

ms. froggie said...

ooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! i'm melting, bella! wonderful colors! the contrasts!

Mariana said...

I like it a lot! very romantic and beautiful

erin said...

this is wonderful! (I'm a little behind in looking at everyone's IF entries, sorry)

Ces said...

I just noticed the two broken hearts!!! Tsup!