Saturday, February 28, 2009

IF - Breezy


Sometimes you have to create your own breeze.

Here's hoping your week is light, refreshing, and blown free of troubles.

118 comments:

Carole said...

Nice one :)

Nicky Linzey said...

Hope yours is too Bella. I'd love to be sitting on top of that hill now instead of at my computer but then I would have missed seeing your lovely illustration.

nellita said...

this illustration is so beautiful!

nancy said...

oh how sweet and melancholic and nostalgic - doing it yourself was so not a problem at that age. :) Still as much fun as ever though!

angels said...

Nice... an illustration that makes me think... and evade. Looks like a tale... I Like it

Roberta said...

She a lovely...and wise little lady!
It's always fun to visit your blog Bella!

Ces said...

I love everything about it: the thought, the way you made the breeze with words, the miniature landscape, the forest, the sheep, the windmill and then the little girl , so big in her own small world. There is also something about this piece that tells a lot about you. You are fun, beautiful, light and breezy, not like a hurricane at all, like some people. May the breeze of goodness blow your troubles away and may it warm or cool your world whichever way you like it.

Mouse Prints said...

No words can say what filled my heart when I saw this this morning. Oh how I wish it were me sitting right there doing the same thing. Just blowing all troubles away. Thank you for sharing this illo. I LOVE IT!!!

trish weill said...

your line work and detail are so amazing, the windmill is so sweet and the sheepies too!

Mike Sgier said...

Really like the way you incorporated the text into the wind movement. Well done!

linda cardina said...

oh bella she is so sweet and sooo peaceful. i love this one. i love the way your artistic mind works....

Milkberry said...

Oh this is adorable! She is such a doll!! Bella lets hope for sun and breezy nice wind soonish. This bleak, wet, cold as sin weather is dampening my spirit :(

aimee said...

love it - and so true. you come up with such beautiful interpretations of these words, week after week!

esque said...

I truly love this one. It's nostalgia expressed in such thoughtfulness. It's truly beautiful. As are you!

Mônica said...

Lovely sentiment and illustration, Bella. I feel better already, thinking of a breezy and light week!

Nina Crittenden said...

Darling!

Draffin Bears said...

What a sweet drawing Bella.

Love the little girl, making her own wind to turn the windmill.
Also the little sheep are just darling.

I hope that your weekend is a happy one.

Hugs
Carolyn

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you, Carole.

Nicky, why not bring your laptop to the hilltop and join me?

Thank you, Nellita!

Hi, Nancy. I agree -- there's a touch of melancholy. I like do-it-yourself projects, too.

Thank you, Angels. Nothing wrong with evading every once in a while.

Hi, Roberta! I love your new avatar!

Ces, you are too kind. Oh, I like a good hurricane, too. You betcha. ;) I'm a tempest waiting to strike, and when I do, I will be in excellent company.

Oh, hello, Mouse Prints. That's a sweet thing to say. Here, you can take over blowing for me so I can take a break. I need a good shower.

Thank you, Trish. I've been in a sheepish mood lately.

Mike, thank you!

Aw, thank you, Linda. Most of the time, my mind does not work at all.

You said it, Milkberry! Brrr! I'm glad the snow did not stick on Friday.

Aimee, honey, the words are inspired by you, I hope you know.

Esque, you make me blush.

Monica! Glad to make you feel better. Hope it comes true.

Thank you, Nina.

Nice to see you again, Carolyn. Thank you. I felt bad about scaring the sheep last time, so I gave them a little peace. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, too!

Detlef said...

This is very whimsical, sometimes one wishes one could just blow one's troubles away. Hope Tokyo is treating you fine, found it to be a great city when I visited there several years ago.

viru said...

Oh, Bella, its's amazing and wonderful!
Thanks for your visiting and wish you airy, light breeze. :)

flower girl said...

awww...very nice!!so adorable! I love the little sheeps here and there,Lovely idea:)

caren said...

Again, absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!

voz said...

So cute. And I love the text winding round like that, very nice! This makes me feel like spring is coming.

Bella Sinclair said...

Hello, Detlef. Thank you. Yes, Tokyo is being very, very good to us.

Thank you, Viru, Flower Girl, & Caren.

Hang tight, Voz. Spring's a comin'.

TattingChic said...

What a cute illustration! I love that! The saying...the sweet little windmill and the darling girl! Oh, so cute!!! :)

Oh, thanks for your comment on my blog today. I LOVE Wedgewood, too! I am not as lucky as you to have a collection of it! I wish the cameo was wedgewood, it is a pretty resin, though.

kj said...

the little sheep. the word-art breeze. the simple scene. the gentle emotion.

must just be another wonderful bella illustration...
:)

Bee said...

Magical piece, love the ideas here and the gentle lines and colours :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Hi, TattingChic! Well, I have less than 10 jasperware items. You probably have more shuttles than I have Wedgewood! :D

Hi, KJ. It was the sheep, wasn't it. The sheep gave it away. Drats.

Bee, thank you.

Amy C said...

so very lovely, its so peaceful too. I remember going around my greats aunts garden when I was little blowing on all of her little garden windmills.

Owl Eng said...

What a creative message and beautiful illo!!it is really uplifting!!

Xovika said...

How cute!

carla said...

Very nice! I really connect with the idea of creating your own breeze--- wonderful on all levels:)

Ces said...

There is a painting that my favorite female painter Artemisia Gentileschi painted. It is called Judith Beheading Holofernes. I sometimes think of that painting and replace the head of Holofernes with some bozo politician.

I am thinking about this illustration while I am drawing. Somehow I have this very selfish and audacious idea that you drew the trees for me! Then I realized that you drew this for all of us and like any quality artwork we identify with it and make it personally relevant.

I don't have this feeling very often. I see a lot of crap called art in blogland. We try to be kind and encouraging to one another but clearly just as there were the aces in grade school art class, there are aces in blogland. With your work, I always personalize it.

The word verification is "nakedie"

Ces said...

Here is Artemisia's painting and it is correctly called Judith Slaying Holofernes

CATI said...

Oh! this is too lovely! This little blond hippie girl! Very breezy mind and thoughts, there sitted on the field!! lovely

Diana Evans said...

oh wow...this is such a clever piece...I really love it and the breeze she is blowing....great work!!!

Asja said...

so lovely! very imaginative work.

Renee said...

Bella your words and your pictures go right through me and stick to my soul. I always love them and they are always so true.

xooxo

soulbrush said...

what good words bella, and love the art too. how are things going with you and your lovely family?

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OOOh Girly You ain't never lied!!!! It's the truth! These are words to live by Bella! So true so true! I love the look on her face. She is doing her own thing and so should we all. Love the illustration. Excellent my friend! Brilliant!

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

those photos of Tokyo Disneyland are so fun! what a neat place. Love IF Breezy

ArtSparker said...

Lovely, I especially like the words coming out of the mouth and the tiny sheep.

isay said...

you have drawn the perfect scenery!

Indigene said...

Oh Bella, this is marvelous! I love that her breath is text; it's original and quite lovely.

Matthew Smith said...

beautiful illo and character!! well done!

Carli said...

I love this one Bella

Eric Barclay said...

Wonderful illustration-- very peaceful. Would make a nice print or a note card.

Ces said...

Hello Dear Bella,
I updated the post and showed a detail of the clearing. It's a violent scene as I described on the comment section. Hahaha!

Word verification "mineas". I read it as mine-as

Ces said...

You know how it is when you see an illustration and you exclaim "That is a John Tenniel or Kate Greenaway or a Helen Stratton or Randolph Caldecott...

You will also feel that when you see an Arthur Rackham or Beatrix Potter.

There are artists in the blogs whose work are so much their signature, one will never mistake it for anybody's like Valerie Walsh for example and then there's Emily who draws the rabbit with the most amazing detailed background and there is Roberta Baird, Kate, Froggie, Alina Chau, Emila Yusof...I can't name them all. Then there is Bella Sinclair. Just brilliant illustrators.

tusen said...

Great idea and a beautiful illustration. I love the girl's sweet face and tiny sheep.

Peter Breese said...

Beautiful Bella - one of my favorites to date.

Dusik said...

wow, Bella... this is such a warm and ... and .. really "breezy" illo!!! i admire your imagination

and techniques

Bella Sinclair said...

Hi, Amy. Your great aunt had little garden windmills? How cool!

Owl Eng, Xovika, Carla, Cati, Diana & Asja, thank you all so much.

Ces, you would be absolutely right in thinking the forest was inspired by you. But not a very good tribute, I'm afraid. A tiny grove is all I could do, compared to your massive, rambling forests.

Dear Renee. If only they could heal as well. xoxo

Hiya, Soulbrush! Things are going well, thanks for asking. Still chilly in Tokyo, but we are watching the flower buds grow fat.

Vanessa, you always make me laugh. Love your visits!

Hi, Milly! Tokyo Disney IS a great place. Hope you can visit some day.

Thank you, ArtSparker, Isay, Indigene, Matthew, & Carli.

Eric, I'll start when you start.

Thank you, Tusen and Peter. Too kind.

Hey, Dusik! Hope it didn't blow on you too hard. :)

Dusik said...

forgot to mention, i also love the little sheep there :D

Bella Sinclair said...

Baaaa baaaaa

Björnik said...

I know I'm in for another brilliant illustration and I was never wrong about you. You never failed to impress us with very good concepts coupled with very adorable characters. I love this Bella!

Valerie said...

thanks for the nice wish, bella. hope so... cheers!

ValGalArt said...

very lovely and i have a thing for windmills :)

Senta said...

This is so sweet and lovely, and I really like the sentiment...very magical!

Shani said...

Oh how cute! And how right she is too! Sometimes we all need to give ourselves that push.

Bella Sinclair said...

Bjornik, thank you. I'm sure I will fail you one day.

Hi, Valerie! Nice to see you again.

Valgal, I agree. There's something romantic about windmills.

Thank you, Senta!

Shani, thanks. Sometimes a good old kick in the rump is necessary, too.

Caroline said...

Another really lovely illustration Bella! You are so talented! And 61 comments, well 62 now! Fantastic!

Ces said...

This is the place to be in art blogland! :)

yoon see said...

Great idea, what a cute toy for both enjoyment, relaxing and meditation perhaps!

Katie said...

Very dreamy and wonderfully done, and so true at the same time. Keep on making your own breeze.

Pea said...

oh how lovely is this ! Love the innocence and liveliness of childhood seen in the illo!

Valerie Lorimer said...

Oh Bella, this is so wonderful! So sweet and lovely.

sheree said...

she is so adorable!

theartofpuro said...

Love it and the composition is great,adorable illo

Kimberly said...

Very nice illustration!

Kimberly

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, Caroline. Don't you see that many of these comments are my own? And YOU'RE the talented one!

Ces! (I am saying this as one would say, "Norm!" whenever a certain fellow entered a friendly pub in Boston.) ;)

Hehe, Yoon. I wish there were such toys, and we could create electricity from them just by blowing.

Thank you, Katie. I'll keep blowing and eating breath mints.

Thank you, Pea, Valerie, Sheree, Monica and Kimberly. Thanks for visiting.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Girl I wish I had known about this! OMG I would have loved to have gotten my hands on a couple of those babies. It's a crying shame. I am dyslexic and I know how important it is for children in the inner cities to have books that they can take home with them. I remember the look on this little boy's face a book fair and I handed him a book that he wanted and told him that it was his to take home. Well Bella, he looked up at me and said,"This is my book? and I don't have to give it back I can take it home with me???" Yup I told him!" and he thanked me so! I can still see the look on his face. It was priceless! Any, maybe the Lord will bless me with enough money to start my own read and rise program who knows! Love you much girly!

Ces said...

Are you calling me fat, broke, alcoholic and a loser?! :)

Ces said...

73...74 comments. Are you pushing something? If you are, I must be your number one customer!!!

Bella Sinclair said...

I know, Vanessa, it is a crying shame. At our old elementary school, there was a "leave a book, take a book for free" shelf for kids. It was nice, but we weren't in the inner city where kids need it the most.

Ces! Haha, of COURSE I'm not calling you any of those things! You are MUCH too attractive. But you are always a welcome familiar face, and there the similarities stop. And by the way, I think about half these comments are yours and half are mine.

linda cardina said...

bella! u are ONE popular chick! it does not surprize me one bit :). 75 comments!! yay!

Ces said...

I don't think the comments are half mine and yours! You have 77 comments now and your replies and my comments do not total 38.5.

We just love you very much because you are LOVELY and oh by the way, you also happen to create great, wonderful and fun illustrations.

So there.

Ces said...

Bjornik should comment again. We need more men. I mean, male blog visitors and commenters.

Ces said...

I wonder if there is a price if I am the 100th commenter?

Are you going to give me a price?

Bella Sinclair said...

Hahaha, Linda. Have you actually READ who the comments are from? Maaaaaany repeats, myself included.

Ces -- DING DING DING DING! You have exceeded 10 comments within one post. You win ---- A TOTALLY OFF-KEY SONG AND A CAN OF STARCH!

Earvin said...

Whoa!

Ces said...

So now you are counting my comments? Oh I'm poophead!

Renee said...

No need to email it to me, I have already taken it. har har

I loved it and want it back.

I'm protesting: bring it back, bring it back, bring it back.

Even if you were feeling like that because you stubbed your toe, that is how you felt.

Love you. oxoxo

p.s. okay, I respect your decision.

Your friend seems nice.

I told her if she loves you than I love her.

Ces said...

Some type of breeze blew something away from this blog recently.

Paper Ces said...

Treskaidekaphobia!

Ais said...

Bella I am absolutely i love with your drawings...I just come here and stare... for hours.
I was wondering...do you teach people to draw? Any chance of teaching me? :) I am a nice student. :D

Flying Colors said...

Oh I will just come here and feel the wonderful creative breeze of Doodlespot! I need to visit more often, by saying that I will now.

Best to you Bella and have a most "breezy" week!

Francisco Martins said...

Hey Bella!

This is gorgeous! Makes me wanna go to that place!
See you!

Francisco Martins
www.subversivetales.blogspot.com
www.subversivetales.com

Lisa M Griffin said...

Charming and sweet. I hope she does blow all my troubles away. Thanks for sharing. =)

froggie said...

oooo!!! i love all of her lil curlies! her hair, the "breeze" the cuffs of her jeans...just a wonderful piece, b! and thanks SO much for the visits! :))

Ces said...

91. I am going to pelosi in my pants!

Artemis said...

Hello Bella, I saw a beautifully illustrated book today and I thought of you.

Bella Sinclair said...

Hello, Artemis. Now what book would that be? How to be a Sloth, by Lou Zurr? I have two copies of that, one autographed.

Ces, break out the Depends. I predict the next 7 will be all you, girlfriend. :)

Hestia said...

Wow this blog is very popular. I was going to comment about the beautiful drawing but was taken aback by all the comments. You really are popular!

Isabella Wellesley said...

Holy Pythagoras!

Snowflake The Beautiful said...

Hop Hop Hooray!

Bella Sinclair said...

I cannot stop giggling! I swear I will jump in and steal #100 from you.

Movie Snap Studio said...

You are a wonderful artist. I love your illustration.

Aphrodite said...

Very lovely. Girl, if you steal 100 I am going to call my brother Ares!

Ces said...

100

Ces said...

Nana nana booboo! I got 100. You got zero!!!

Bella Sinclair said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Ces said...

Bella, I swear, I never had this much fun in the blogs before. Thank you very much for indulging me. I had a very hectic work day and quite demanding schedule. Thank you so much for being such a sweet hostess. I promise I will make it up to you. Your amity is incredible. May you have a beautiful, wonderful, lovely day. Thank you very much.

Ces said...

Last comment:

Bella, really, thanks for being so gracious. I apologize to you and your blog friends and visitors if I offended or annoyed anyone. I was just having fun.

Bella Sinclair said...

No one scrolls down this far anyway, Ces. Thank you for all the fun. :)

Carol Lawecki said...

Very nice drawing! I love your style. I wonder what your inspiration was for this picture. Have a great day!

rachelhoward said...

Have I already commented here? I've got no idea and I can't find anything because there are so many comments! :) Anyway, I'll assume I haven't and start from scratch.

Beautiful picture, as always. Is this anyone in particular? I noticed that it's not you, unless you've changed your hair! I love her serene expression - she looks so content, like she's miles away thinking about something nice.

What a wonderful idea - love it!

rachelhoward said...

Ha ha ha - just read your fight to comment 100 - love it!

Bella Sinclair said...

Hello, Carol. Thank you. My inspiration? I saw a poster in the subway, and on it was a beautiful windmill. That was a place I would have liked to visit.

Hey there, Rachel! Hahaha, yes the race to 100. Ces is a hoot, isn't she? Thank you, and no, that is not me. I have no idea who she is. I think I would look very funny as a blonde. :)

Ces said...

I think you would be lovely in any hairdo!

Chris said...

I love the way you played with the size of everything in this one. That girl is huge! As always, I really like it, but the tiny sheep win me over the most. They're really great.

Jim Rowland Creations said...

What can i say that hasn't alreadyb een said? 111 comments???? Blimey! Needless to say at this point, that your picture is lovely. I look forward to your image next week!

Angela said...

She's so sweet, and I love the sentiment. I will be looking back at this often to remind myself that sometimes we need to create our own change.

Faruffa said...

this one is magic, what a fantastic idea!!!
I can imagine the little inhabitants of the windmill :o)

get zapped said...

Excellent! Your sense of concept is superb. Love your work!

Shannon said...

i LOVE this drawing! i hope i have your permission to use it as my desktop background as it already is :)

kathi said...

Don't know how I missed this one!
I really love the thought and the drawing! Beautiful!

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