Saturday, October 11, 2008

IF - Strings


Sometimes I feel tied down and constrained by motherhood.
Yet I realize that without my children, I could not soar.

I read an inspiring post this morning by Aimee at Artsyville about the challenges of being a parent and an artist. About the tears and frustration and hair-pulling moments when time is not your own. And about the joys and wonder and curiosity and seeing life anew. After I read her words, I finally understood why I've become so attracted to children's art. It's because my kids inspire me and make me see the world through their eyes.

54 comments:

Kris-Tea said...

Ooh! So nice.. :) Great!

TattingChic said...

Very telling! I think many women feel this way.

Kat Hannah said...

Such inspirational,whimsical work. I agree they take so much, yet give back more. The time we have with them is fleeting...they grow so quickly.

aimee said...

oh bella! it's fabu! i was so curious to see what you were going to do with the strings. what a beautifully illustrated sentiment, one that i feel so often. i love the smile on her face - to me it says that above all, no matter what, we could never, ever do without those little beauties of ours.

esque said...

Bella, I love the little puppies! Having no kids of my own yet, I can imagine most mothers feel this way. I hope that I'll be able to balance as well as you have, when the time comes.

Josh (musarter) said...

This is a little creepy but awesome. Great concept.

Ces said...

Oh Bella, this illustration is mighty adorable. Your work exudes a lot of happiness and warmth. When I arrive at your blog, a smile paints my face or an expression of joy escapes my lips.

SENTA said...

This is so wonderful! Great interpretation...

Mônica said...

What a cute idea, an adorable balloon and kids (and puppies!) Great message too!

yoon see said...

Great ideas Bella!
I am very tire too....

cata said...

OH Bella!!! you create a very touching image.
Thanks for sharing your feelings!
Cata

NANCY LEFKO said...

this is wonderful Bella, and your post so well said....thanks for the link to Aimee's too

Em said...

Children are so inspiring, when they give you the space to be so. I like the idea of being a parade float, it's very whimsical.

Doda said...

I know exactly what you mean Bella!
Well illustrated!

old toad brew/aka froggie said...

spot-on said, there, bella. i feel exactly the same way and you certainly captured that feeling with this piece. love the colors and her expression! :))

soulbrush said...

what a wonderful way to illustrate your feelings. looks like gulliver in lilliput. it's worth it in the end, i know that now, my sons are 37 and 32 and it was all worthwhile!!! hugs.

Tomás Serrano said...

Good use of strings! Beautiful illustration.

Connie said...

I think you've voiced the concern of a lot of your fellow mom/artists. Again, not having had children, I have the utmost regard for women who can be both. Enjoy your well deserved happy moments. The collie is great!

Bobo said...

Wonderful idea! I can see you're happy to give the best to your children (and your pets)! Beautiful, warm and lovely work as always!

atomicvelvetsigh said...

aww this is so cute! and looks so much fun!! 8) lol josh say its creepy? ha! maybe if one of the kids look like it lol but still a wonderful piece..

Roberta said...

How lovely you are...and such a fantastic artist as well!!

I understand your sentiments completely.......

Tiddly Inks said...

Exactly!!! Enough said! :D

ElegantSnobbery said...

Great job!!!

Diana Evans said...

This piece is wonderful and I love the meaning behind it...I feel the same way about motherhood..

Have a wonderful day!!!

Diana

studio lolo said...

What a wonderful post and sentiment. I'll bet you make your children proud ;)

Thanks for your flattering words!
XX

Oh, awesome perspective on this illo btw!

Nicky Linzey said...

This is the most wonderful piece . . . the perspective, the idea and the individual characters are just perfect. For me, this is your best IF yet!!

Gai said...

this is fantastic. what a true sentiment you speak. a great illustration.

Carli said...

great illustration. I definetly know that feeling. I am going to take a look at that post you mentioned.

Michael O'Connell said...

light as air… beautiful illo… and words well said…

Faruffa said...

Ohhhh bellissimo, great idea and so well done :o)

Eric Barclay said...

Great concept and a wonderful illustration. Cute characters as always!

Edrian Thomidis said...

I know exactly how you feel with that statement! I think that is true for most mothers.
Beautiful illustration and wonderful concept

Heather said...

Great illustration. Yes the kids tie you down--but they keep you from floating off into space too!

nina seven said...

what a wonderful subject for the theme and so well done! I love it! i'm a mom to 2 kids, so i get it! thanks for your nice comment on my custom holiday card, i really appreciate it!

Shugar said...

Aww, that's sweet! :)
Can feel lots of happy feelings in it. :)
Although I'm not a mom, I think being one is great despite all the ups and downs.

enigma said...

wow, how imaginative. nice work!

Paola said...

Oh, Bella! your illustration depicts this idea so well!
They are the wind beneath our wings and also the strings that connect us with earth.
Wonderful!

Katie said...

Truer words have never been spoken. Very wonderful illustration. I know what you mean, but we will get there one day.

Bee said...

Fantastic, bold image, a great illustration for your thoughtful words :)

Lola Enchanted said...

Oh my goodness! Other mom's wanna pull their hair out too?!!! hahahaha!!! I'm on my way to read about that!!!!


Enjoy your day!

ray said...

THIS IS THE VERY BEST!!!! BELLAAAAAA! it's just shear genius!!! I love it. This is me after a plate of rice and peas. This is great work and thanks so, so, so, very much for your kind words. I know you will enjoy Ruby. Thanks again

Random York said...

Bella! I love your "Strings"! Thank you for mentioning me in your October birthday "Wa-Hoo-Wonderful Blog!" Happy belated Birthday to Nona! Did the cookies taste as good as they look? I may have to make some cookies to complete this whole discussion. Hooray for October- everyday is magic and it ends with Halloween!(candy night!)- John

Joanie said...

Wonderful illustration as always and I really love the meaning behind it. Very thoughtful!
p.s. Thanks for the comment on mine, I think I will do a Ringo one!

kathy hare said...

beautiful Bella! another lovely illustration and post, I think we all feel like this every now and then, but it's worth it for all the good times!

life without novacaine said...

This is great! Nice style you have going! Love it! Thanks for the comment on my blog.

ValGalArt said...

What a beautiful and unique illo! I love the sentiment and your cleverness in coming up with such an amazing idea :)

Flying Colors said...

You are so good with kids! I know you are.

Lovely, lovely drawing of all those children.
Just beautiful Bella!

Dada's place said...

Great work! Beautiful and interesting! I love your concept!

sketched out said...

Great job capturing the yin and yang of parenthood. I'm not one myself, but I kind of get it, and I certainly have a better idea after your post! Also love the colors and the perspective. Nicely done Bella!

Holly said...

I love this illustration, and the sentiment that goes with it as a Mum to a very complex, funny and demanding daughter myself!

Wonderful :)

Holly xoxo

DK said...

Your description really touches me. The power of a combination of words and the great illo.

Kay Aker said...

Wonderfully great! Really illustrates that dichotomy so well!

platitudinal said...

This is an excellent illustration, Bella. The message came across most clearly. Motherhood … parenthood … what you said and everyone said in their comments are true. Although, I must add, it’s a good thing children are cute, do the cutest things, and say the cutest things … those are good remembrance on days, say … when you feel like throttling them.

isay said...

beautiful and nice post!