Sunday, February 8, 2009

IF - Time

*Pencil, color added with Illustrator

I woke up with the Jim Croce tune in my head:

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that Id like to do
Is to save every day
Till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you


How priceless that would be.
My thoughts are with those battling the blazes in Australia.
Have a wonderful and safe week, everyone.

86 comments:

Milkberry said...

I checked out his song on youtube. Ah such a beautiful melancholy! I love the illo! It's so beautiful and meaningful! Goes nicely with the song! I love the potted hopes and the written dreams too!

Ces said...

Bella, I thought of the same thing but could not come up with an illustration as charming and adorable as yours! I just love visiting your blog!

I really love that signature girl of yours.

aimee said...

absolutely darling and so well done! this may be my favorite of yours so far - well, that would be a tough decision because i love so much of your work, but this one is definitely at the top. what an adorable way to capture that universal desire to bank time and use it when we wish.

it should win the prize for the week.

krisztina maros said...

very lovely image! this little girl's movement is so expressive...

Earvin said...

Whoa. I love this. It's so genuine.

Holly said...

love this illustration. I find it upsetting that the more I try to hang on to time as it passes, the less I am able to enjoy it. The only way to be free and enjoy my time is to let it go... then although it's gone the good memories remain :)

TattingChic said...

That is a lovely thought! I love that Jim Croce song. That illustration is darling!

Edrian Thomidis said...

I love this illustration! It's so charming! I love all the 'dreams' books and the 'wish' boxes. Very clever! So lovely!

:)

Edrian

C.B. Canga said...

very fun style. nice work

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

the little feet are so cute

Indigene said...

Beautifully and delicately rendered!

Flying Colors said...

Absolutely fabulous your whole post.
I want to hang out in your arena - you just have the greatest messages!
Have a lovely Sunday :-)

Fadas & C.ª said...

So cute! Love the little feet... Great idea for the theme - full of meaning!

nancy said...

The cutest little girl! Wonderful idea and such sweet lyrics, I must look it up.

Annette Q said...

What a lovely idea. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy!! Pretty illustration too :-)

isay said...

i like this song actually and you made a very beautiful illustration that is so neat and so many things to look at.

esque said...

The theme is as usual so well expressed! I love how she put everything in order!

And "Tag, you're it!"
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:)

Nicola said...

Beautiful!

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you, Milkberry. I do like that son, especially the part that goes: "But there never seems to be enough time...." I'm glad you checked it out.

Ces, I like that signature woman in your drawings, too. :) How funny it would be if they could meet.

Aww, aimee, that's so sweet, thank you. Wouldn't it be great if we could bank time AND earn interest on it?

Thank you Krisztina, Earvin, C.B., Indigene, Annette Q, Isay, and Nicola. Thanks so much for coming back.

Holly, I know what you mean. Sometimes, I'm so stressed out about how to best use my free time, and then I don't have a good time spending it. You're right, let it go. :)

Hi, TattingChic. Yes, it's a rather timeless song, isn't it? I like it, too.

Hi, Edrian. Don't you wish there were really wish boxes and dream books.....sigh.

Ooooh, Milly, Fadas & C! You have small feet fetishes, too, huh?

Lisa, pull up a chair and stay a while. It's always nice to have you visit.

Hi, Nancy. Did you like the song? It's an oldie, but a goodie.

Esque, HA, you should see my things. They are NEVER this organized. I wish. Thanks for the tag, doll! Should be fun. :D

Ces said...

That would be surreal! Imagine that? Hmn?

Björnik said...

Bella! This is so cute and I can also feel Jim Croce's message with this illustration. Like Ces said, you're so intelligent. I love how you included dreams, hopes and wishes in this piece which actually come into fruition with the right time.*claps*

Owl Eng said...

you always surpise us with your amazingly beautiful art work!

love this take on this week topic! well thought and touching!

Valerie said...

i really LOVE THIS, bella. you are just so good at expressing that poem.

all the best!

Senta said...

Love this song...and especially love the illo! SOOO charming and otherworldly :)

Draffin Bears said...

Yes, a great song and I just love your illustration of a very sweet little girl.
The wish boxes and dream books are delightful.

I can't help but sympathise with so many people in Australia who have lost loved ones and their homes.
My heart goes out to these people.

Hugs
Carolyn

Ria said...

Love the illo....love the idea. Wow. Just wow.

Carole said...

I really love the little girl, the style and colors. Nice job :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Bjornik, some would beg to differ on my intelligence. :) The song goes on to talk about boxes for wishes and dreams that never come true, so I just took a cue from that. Thank you.

Owl Eng, Valerie, Senta, Ria, Carole, I'm very flattered. Thank you!

Thank you, Carolyn. Oh, the fires down under are terrifying and heartbreaking. Too many lives....

Amy C said...

totally totally sweet I love her orange dress and all the details in the jars

Billy and Button said...

Just so gorgeous. Im becoming your next dedicated follower! Thanks for your comment on my first IF entry, though its certainly not as charming as yours. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

Peter Breese said...

Adorable as always Bella! You have a name for this little miss who oft appears in your work?

yoon see said...

Wow! I just feel this illustration has touched me over and over.
So beautiful and encouraging.
Thank you Bella, you have captured the essence of "time" of well.
I wish that we all have our dreams comes true- keeping them neat and tidy in these cute bottle- just like counting blessing from God each day!

flower girl said...

Lovely little girl!!beautiful =)

linda cardina said...

i reeeally love your work!!!!!!! very nice blog too!! this little girl reminds me so much of my youngest daughter... her teeny tiny feet and hands are so precious. i will definitely be following yr blog.

xoxo
linda

Renee said...

Bella even your replys to my posts are interesting.

I love the picture and look at the detail even in the carpet. Yikes.

I just noticed your little girls picture on the side and I love it, especially the 'I am lazy'

p.s. if you keep dreaming that teeth are falling out it is a sign that you are carefully wording anything you have to say. You are afraid to let something slip that is going to come out anyway.

Love Renee

Nicky Linzey said...

I don't know the song but I love your illustration and the words you've put with it.

Christine said...

Love the illustration – reflective. Love the song too – I have not heard it in a longtime.

A thought – perhaps you can post the song (youtube) under your illustration and message.

studio lolo said...

Oh Bella, I was so uninspired by this word but just look at the magic it inspired in you!!
Sweetness all over the place!

Jim Croce left us too soon.

My heart and prayers go out to the Australian fire victims as well. They say this is the worst year of fires in a long, long time.

BTW, when are you moving back here?

ArtSparker said...

Really lovely, what a wonderful continuation for the song.

Carli said...

I love it Bella. this illustration is so cute

get zapped said...

Superb take on the theme. This is poignant and beautiful. You've outdone yourself!

Thank you for your kinds comments on get zen.

Kris-Tea said...

Aaw! Its adorable, I love it! :)

Alina Chau said...

This is so cute and charming!

Lisa M Griffin said...

I love that song and your illustration. There is something so fragile and symbolic about the little girl on her tip-toes placing that glass jar on the shelf. Thanks for sharing.

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you, Amy. I'm a big fan of orange.

Billy & Button, are you kidding? Your works are gorgeous, and I can't paint worth a lick. So I envy you that. I look forward to seeing more of your works, too.

Hey, Peter. Oft? I like how thou speaks, my friend. :) She is my alter ego.

Thank you, Yoon See. May all your wishes come true, too. You are a blessing to me.

Thank you, Flower Girl. :)

Linda, I really love your work, too! And there's something precious about little girls' hands and feet, I agree. I just want to kiss them.

Renee, I'll confess. The carpet and walls were lifted from photos of textures. Not my handiwork. And I didn't know that about the teeth dreams. Thank you. I tend to be more expressive on paper than face-to-face, and since blogging, I have not had those dreams. But alas, I am still lazy.

Thank you, Nicky. I've added a video of the song, thanks to Christine's wonderful suggestion. Thanks, Christine!

Lolo! Well, even uninspired, you still pull off some incredible eye-candy, that's for sure! We've decided to let the girls finish the school year here, so we will be returning to the states in June.

ArtSparker, Carli, Zapped, Kris-Tea, Alina I thank you.

Thanks, Lisa. Let's hope she's not a butterfinger like me. :)

Eric Barclay said...

Brilliant. I want the jar full of cuckoo clocks and the set of dream encyclopedias. Really wonderful piece.

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

i just checked this again. this is so charmming

linda cardina said...

oh my bella i have fallen in love with the little girl in your drawings. she is soooo precious...
thank u so much for the nice comment u left on my blog.... it means a lot to me.
how do i follow your blog?
xoxo
linda

Random York said...

This is wonderful Bella! I love the fuzzy lines and the neat colors and the image!- JOhn

enigma said...

too cute, Bella! sweet illustration.

enigma said...

oh and thank you Bella for introduce me the song, i like it. :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Hi, Eric, and thank you. Take them, I have plenty. :) My house is full of cuckoos, and not the kind that pop out of clocks, if ya know what I mean.

Hi again Milly & Linda. I'm flattered you'd want to follow. I've added the subscribe/follow feature on the sidebar.

Thank you so much, John. My head is full of fuzzy lines. :)

Hi, Enigma! I'm glad you like the song. It's very sweet.

Caroline said...

What a super illustration - I love all the little details you've incorporated! Perfect for the theme!

Christine said...

In response to your "Illustration Friday" feedback, the collaboration with my son and his classmates was a rewarding experience. I enjoyed my TIME.

Guess what song I woke up to this morning? Jim Croce and the tune was playing from your Blog -- Lovely.

theartofpuro said...

Wonderful illo as always,great idea

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erin said...

this is just precious with a touch of of meloncoloy, time is slipping away too fast isn't it.

linda cardina said...

Hi Bella, Tag u r it!!!!! please check out my blog...
xoxo
linda

Vhrsti said...

Brilliant take for this theme, Bella!

palma tayona said...

it gave me an ache in my heart when you wrote that jim croce song. it was the same song that a good friend of mine in college would always sing whenever we'd hang out in the hallways. she's died at 27. i remember her because of this song.

Bella Sinclair said...

Caroline, thank you. It's nice to see you here again.

Christine! Thanks again for the suggestion to put it up. Beautiful song, but it doesn't make me want to leave a warm, cozy bed in the morning.

Thank you, Monica! Ooooh, an award. I'm honored. :)

Erin, thank you. Yes, like trying to hold water in your hand.

Linda, hey! Ok, tag, I'm it!

Vhrsti, thank you. :)

Palma, I am so sorry to make your heart ache. 27 is much too young. Hugs to you.

linda cardina said...

hey bella! i enjoyed your comment! thank u!
i have to tell u i can not for the life of me link your blog on mine.. i was able to do everyone else's in the tag but yours??? do u know why.? i was bummed because i want people to be able get to your fab blog. from mine :( let me know yr thoughts. xox linda

Emily said...

I love your illustration-so cute!

Chris said...

This is so great. I love all of the bottles with the timepieces inside (they're very well-organized, by the way). Great piece, as always.

Dot said...

ok, i haven't made it around ALL the artists I check on IF yet, but this is totally my fave thus far... and there was some stiff competition!

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you, Emily!

Hey, Chris. Thanks. I WISH I were this organized.

Hiya, Dot. Gosh, that is some high praise, especially coming from you. Love your cephalopods and robots!

Michael O'Connell said...

bella… truly wonderful work… jim croce has always been one of my favorites…

and best wishes to you and your family… tell your husband to enjoy the time because times are a-changing and there will be something even better just around the corner…

JooJoo said...

So lovely! That's so interesting if we could trap the time in bottles! :)

Pea said...

beautiful illo!it is adorable and the idea is fantastic!

Bee said...

I'm always in awe of your whimsical and imaginative illustrations which you execute so beautifully. This piece is both lovely and engaging :)

ValGalArt said...

Beautiful words and image! very clever and beautifully rendered Bella :)

sketched out said...

This song was popular when I was in High School. They continued to aired this song after he passed away and it took on such an intense poignancy. Wonderful song.

Your illo on the other hand is so sweet and beautiful it offsets the sadness of the song and creates a complexity of emotions... just love it. You rock!

Zari said...

lovely piece!

Mary Ellen said...

I love all things Jim Croce - his greatest hits was the first CD I loaded onto my Ipod when I first got it. He was one of a kind, and gone too soon.

Your illustration is beautiful. It portrays the poignancy of the desire to capture one's memories to hold forever. Thanks for brightening my day.

kathy hare said...

Bella this is such a beautiful illustration and sentiment, a truly wonderful illustration..

Renee said...

I know Bella, if only she had looked up. Dammit.

Love Renee xoxoxo

lakeviewer said...

This is sweet and clever. I've stopped by from Circling my head. I believe I will return.

Shani said...

Oh how nice!!! I just love the color! It makes the illo really "pop". Great job!

Elise's Art Garden said...

I remember this song as well! Love your sweet work!

Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you, Michael. I will tell him. Can't wait to see what's lurking around the corner.

Thanks, JooJoo. But don't ask me how she got those clocks through the bottlenecks. Dunno.

Pea, Bee, ValGal, Zari, Kathy, Shani, Elise, thank you so very much.

Sketched Out, Mary Ellen, I had no idea he died so young until I received comments. Very sad. To think what else he could have given us.

Welcome, Lakeviewer. Feel free to come back any time. :)

rachelhoward said...

Gosh, you're going to need some saved up time to read all these comments! Adding my little bit anyway to make it round 80. :) I love this, it's such a wonderful idea and you've done it so beautifully - her stretching pose is just perfect. I'll be back here!

Bella Sinclair said...

Whoops, now it's an odd 81. :)

Thank you, Rachel. I so enjoyed your snowman, too. Thanks for stopping by.

Arija said...

I popped over from Ces' place and discovered a gem.
Thank you for your concern for the victims of our dreadful disaster.

Bella Sinclair said...

Arija, welcome! Any friend of Ces is a friend of mine. I hope you were not affected by the fires. Hearing of the losses breaks my heart.

platitudinal said...

Bella, I love saving time in the bottle illustration. It evokes everyone's heartfelt wish.

*Gosh, I remember that song when I was learning piano. My mom came home and brought me a present: that song's music sheet.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, Luci! How wonderful! What a wonderful song to know how to play. You will have to play it for me one day. :)

Carol Lawecki said...

Hello Bella,

Your time in a bottle drawing is too precious! I love that song and listened to Jim Croce growing up in the 70's. Wouldn't that be great if time really was in a bottle and we could pull out a few extra minutes when we needed them. I'm loving looking at your blog right now. Your illustrations are amazing. I have to go to work right now and I don't want to, I'd rather stay here to finish going through your blog. I'll be back later.

Have a super day!