Sunday, November 22, 2009

IF - Music

Lured by the music.


Nona asked me once why I don't draw more realistic stuff. I guess, I answered, I'd rather live in a world of childhood innocence and fun. There's too much that I'd rather not know, too much that I'd rather un-see. Heck, I'd buy a chunk of real estate along the banks of de Nile, if I could.

91 comments:

deepazartz said...

Amazing!!!
Too good, Bella:)

I agree more with you on this... true!!! How we could live 'peacefully' in oblivion!!! (of the harsh realities of life... cliche, still true!)

I think each and everyone should have a bit child in them to really enjoy life.

Great one, Bella:)

ps: thanks for ur mail ID.

deepazartz said...

It was me first...gr8!!!

Jack Foster said...

Hey Bella, So true. I don't want to grow up. I chose cartooning over realistic for that same reason. I love your style Bella and your composition. Those kids look like they are having a blast! Wish I could join 'em. Save me the lot next to yours on de Nile :0)

Inner Toddler said...

we can be neighbors.
another beautiful piece my dear. thank you.

Shirley said...

LOVE, love, love this, Bella. You are a master. Can I purchase a plot in your neighborhood? : )
The details in your piece are so fantastic. You are an inspiration to me. Hugs!!

MONICA said...

Hi Bella! lovely style in your draws. I like very much your composition and colors. Have a nice monday. Hugs and kind regards

Gai said...

lovely imaginative piece that incorporates the true expression of feelings. I can even hear the music playing. brill.

Arija said...

If music be the food of love, play on... what a wonderland! If I ever run out of wonderful imaginings to fall aspeep on, may I borrow some of yours?
To go wizzing around on quavers, have birdsong on the carousel,a bunch of helium filled clefs taking the weight off your feet and real blueberry clouds...
if only childhood had been so magical.

Patricia said...

Oh Bella, I love your world :D
Roxy and I would like to have fun in your park!!!!

Happy week xo

Indigene said...

We love what you do, Bella! Your illustrations are salve for my inner child and I come here to jump and play in my spirit! Thank you for your wonderful illustrations, your brave heart and lovely spirit. We are all happy to know you in this thankful season. Blessing to you and the girls!

Caroline said...

An utterly delightful piece Bella! I loved looking at all the colourful little details - feeding my inner child!

encaracolada said...

We all agreed! Real life is boring!! We rather fly!
I like the contrast of colours on the subtle black and white.
Have a nice Monday

serline said...

A wonderful imaginative land.

Tatskool said...

What a beautiful drawing, don't ever grow up!

Francisco Martins said...

Hi Bella!
I can really relate to that! I live in my own fantasy world as well.
Gorgeous illustration as always!

**

Francisco

kathi said...

Oh Bella! I just love this! The contrast of your drawing from the left to the right is perfect! It looks like the hand in the sand is trying to keep the girl from entering her dream...
Love the treble clef balloons! I want to enter this wonderful world and play too!
Not sure it is the land of ignorance, but the land of innocence.
This is wonderful!

Ces said...

Realistic stuff sucks, that's why. Real life sucks. We do our best and we try to learn our lessons. We give meaning and value to our suffering and our struggles. We learn to accept and love what we are dealt with, we qualify it instead of quantifying it. We give thanks. Still it does not take away the fact that we exist to triumph over adversity. From the moment we are born, we struggle to catch our first breath and from then on, we do everyday. Peace comes only after we exhale our last breath. Did you ever notice the cemeteries? They are so quiet and peaceful. Oh but this only holds true for garden cemeteries. Some cemeteries are actually crowded and in the stillness are filled with the noises of tormented souls. Look at television. We have make-believe shows imitating real life and reality shows imitating dysfunctional lives. Either way, they all suck! Real peace while alive will come after we shed all our human desires. Ohm... ohm... ohm... I am not supposed to start my day like this, analyzing reality, even word verif tells me to shut up and remind me that Jesus was born in a :manger: Talk about a lousy life, what about Jesus! Imagine getting crucified!!! See now after reading my comment, you would really like to enter that ignorance park!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OOOh Girl, I agree with you!! I will never grow up!!! I refuse!!!! You can't make me, You can't make me!!!! This is the very place I travel to in my dreams and you have drawn it perfectly Bella! How did you know. I just sat and looked at it for few minutes and there was something so comforting about it!!! You've created for a little piece of heaven. I love this illustration. It's a wonder world of fun and magic! Great work. I wish I could be there to hug you neck on Thanksgiving day. I know that you will get through it, but know that your sister is praying for comfort and peace. Great healing for all of your hearts and rest for your souls. All is well and all will be well. I love you Miss Bella!!! Your sister
V

Patricia said...

Bella, he is so beautiful, and the 2nd time even better!
I float in the air and see a pink elephant flying !!!
What a beautiful ride ...thanks X

Manon Doyle said...

Bella....I would love that world for sure. Geez... most people tell me that I already live in my own little world! Beautiful work as always.
I agree with you on the Tracy Chapman song....."I'd like to live as only love mattered"

manon
xo

Sonia ;) said...

We lose our childhood so swiftly. But through your art we are able to once again have the feeling of what was long ago left behind. Love this post and piece of art.

xoxoxoxoxox

k.h.whitaker said...

this is a lovely illustration, I love the color mixed with the black and white

Carol Lawecki said...

EtymologyFrom Thomas Gray's poem, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742): "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."[1]

[edit] Proverb - ignorance is bliss

1.Lack of knowledge results in happiness

Your drawing is pure genius! I love the carasoul with the music in the center, and the flower girl holding up balloons that are musical notes and that the flower swing seats are musical notes also. Thank you for this!! It has lifted my mood this morning!!

Dusik said...

oh no! don't! don't draw more realistic stuff!
your little girls and their adventures and a beautiful world they live in, are fantastic! i love coming back to see more.

and thanx for your input. i am definitely considering bamboo now..

Ces said...

Aaaah! I love the pachyderm chasing the lagomorph! Genius Bella, even though I was distracted with your subtle intellectual message. The musical messages tickle me. Yes!

Deborah said...

So much is being said in this drawing. Heartbreakingly beautiful. The hand reaching out across the barren land...love the flying elephant. Love it all. Keeping you in my prayers, especially this holiday season. All my love to you, Deb

Peter Breese said...

Beautiful Bella, both visually and in the message it conveys. I personally feel the concept of "growing up" is a farce, there is no profit in loosing ones ability to dream.

Of course, I can see you have a deeper meaning in this - it must be very difficult to explain, but I think your reasoning is right on the money. Creativity can be a wonderful place to hide, I spent the better part of my youth doing that.

esque said...

Wunderbar! I so love your style!
It's more fun to be a kid, than an adult. For the most part anyway. :)

Janine said...

Who needs realistic stuff,when we can have some sweet dreamy paintings like this.
I love the child in you.
Hugs
Janine

aimee said...

this is the land of imagination, and i'd like to buy a home here, please. gorgeous piece my dear. every note of what you wrote struck a melody with me. sorry, i couldn't help that.

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Bella!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee this piece and I am with you....I rather live in the dreamy and positive worlds that I create....I also think we are most innocent when we think like children....and just take everything in.....

Hugssssssssssssssss
Diana

theartofpuro said...

Hi Bella!Your new illo is amazing and I like the contrast between black and white and colours!

Dot said...

What everyone else said :)

This is one of my favorites! I don't want to grow up either :)

Rayanna said...

You really outdo your self. Your work is fabulous.

clairedulalune said...

Really gorgeous! Is there a name for your pretty little lady in your drawings? Is it Bella? ((hugs))

RockerJewlz said...

I'm with you on these thoughts, Bella!

Acnestis said...
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Acnestis said...

It's not that you are in denial or want to be ignorant of things, rather you are truly young at heart! You must have had a very happy childhood or at least one that was not beset by sorrows and problems.

Barbara said...

I do so love your work, Bella. This is sad and happy at the same time.
I do love the world of happy thoughts and sights, and visit it as often as I can, but find I cannot hide my head in the sand most of the time. I do believe our innocence is gone.

illustrations by doni said...

its so sweet, playful and colorful

yoon see said...

Really amazing piece and it's like heavenly music land:)

Lisa Graves said...

I lerve this. Reminds me of my 3rd grade daydreams. *sigh*

Heather said...

I like the transition to color. I think the invention of the camera made realistic art less necessary. Capturing likeness is now less important than capturing essense.

Marie S said...

Me too Bella!! I would like to be a child right now, so I would not have to think or worry about what I have in front of me.
Hugs from me to you.
You also won a book in the 8th giveaway on my blog.

Marie S said...

I love the picture too!! It is wonderful, I can see myself in the Hot air balloon floating above the wicked world!

Emily said...

Delightful Bella!
That's the gift of a charmed imagination! Adventures and Play are abundant and like a Band-Aid for the hard times truly a comfort!
Lotsa hugs!
Em

laughingwolf said...

yeah! i'm with you all the way, bella...

like they say: growing old is compulsory, growing up... is optional! :)

voz said...

I'm with you there. Reality is overrated.

I love the little row of allium flowers and the swirlyswirly clouds!

Cheryl Lynn said...

I am 51 years young today! I don't see any reason to grow up! I love this most precious illustration. I love the way the music side is light and uplifting. It is beautiful and lyrical. You are truly most talented.

Hope you have a great rest of the day, my dear!

Nicky Linzey said...

Ooh I love your world Bella! Great contrast with the touches of colour. My favourite bit is the tree shadows!

Renee said...

Needless to say I am turning up the volume.

Love it Bella, oh, I love it.

I love that all our husbands are in November. Great men who love strong women.

Love Renee xoxo

Ces said...

Honey, you don't have to be wood in order to provide a sturdy surface or post for me. Without failure, you already do with your soft, gentle and kind ways which I lean on to steady myself at any given moment.

Yes it is a hydrangea. I patterned the drawing from a photograph at Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. The land for the Pisgah National Forest was donated by Frederick Vanderbilt who owned Biltmore.

get zapped said...

I'm on my way! This is truly remarkable. I love the contrast of worlds. The call of music is soulful. Thank you for bringing me here, I'm never leavaing :)

nina seven said...

great stuff, bella. the illo and the reasoning behind it! i'm with you, this adult stuff is not fun!

hanna-happenings said...

Bella, I think You are realistic. You could never have done this without realism. Your work is beyond. I admire where You keep Your choices.

Loni Edwards said...

I love love love the little flower amusement park rides! Just an adorable piece! Nice job Bella!

BT said...

I'm with you there Bella. I just love that drawing, of course. How could anyone not? I want to ride in that flower roundabout. Fabulous.

Shirley said...

Ah, Bella. You make me blush. Your words are so very generous..and I truly thank you for them. I swear, I'm SO happy that you visited and saw my little Max. That book is amazing, and I'm just glad that my little illo made you happy. That just tickles me pink. : ) YAY, I look forward to our tin can chats about Monsieur's adventures! Maybe he can visit this little one's playground and we can all just have a party!

Wishing you a season of peace and hope that you know how much I am touched by your friendship via this blogworld of ours.

The Joy Of Ces said...

Good morning! It's a beautiful, gorgeous day here today my dearest sisterfriend! It's the eve of Thanksgiving and I am making the rounds among my sisterfriends. First, middle, last and everywhere, your loving and kind friendship, your beautiful soul, your cheerful demeanor, your contagious mirth, your fantastic art and your fabulous admirable FPOT! My cup runneth over. Thank you!

Renee said...

This is so amazing, I just love it. So true.

xoxoxo

cindy said...

oh yes, let's all go to that place. it looks divine. enjoy your holiday!

Silver said...

Ditto!

A child's world is really the best. Seems like the older one gets, the more memories you'd sometimes rather forget too.


~Silver

Stel.la said...

what a wonderful image...!!

Acnestis said...

I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Draffin Bears said...

Fabulous Bella!

Love this little place, full of so much magic.

Thinking of you very much my friend, hope that you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Sending hugs
Carolyn

Diana Evans said...

Hugs Sweet Bella!!! your messages are so sweet and you always make my day with your visits!!!

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! I am grateful for your friendship!!!

Hugs
Diana

justdoodleit said...

So true! Losing that inner child in the maddening rush of mundane world is a profound loss.
Very pretty illustration and I want to be on that airplane carousel :D

Baino said...

Happy thanksgiving kiddo. I know it will be a little sad for you this time round but you're strong. Thinking of you down under, with the fan on, in the heat! Cold turkey sandwich maybe? And your drawings are charming just as they are.

Sarah said...

Bella..I am asked this often..I certainly could do realistic stuff..but my heart and my bliss is in the whimsy!! It makes my heart sing and when it brings a smile to someone else..it answers that question!!
Without a doubt..your work brings waterfalls of smiles!! Love the picture..beautiful!!
Happy Thanksgiving hon, Sarah

Ces said...

Thank you for being a part of my life dearest Bella, for filling my heart with love and joy and my mind with peace...

Renee said...

I am incredibly thankful for you.

Love Renee xoxo

Cheryl Lynn said...

I LOOOOOOVE YOU, BELLA! Happy Thanksgiving, my Love!

Renee said...

I love you too Bella.

Love Renee xoxo

AtelierBrigitte said...

This looks so lovely!

Ribbon said...

Who's to say what's real!

We're very lucky here in blogland with all the beauty that you create to share :)

best wishes
Ribbon

laughingwolf said...

happy turkey day to you and yours, my friend :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I just came out of my food coma to tell you that I love you more than food he he he! Hope that you and the girls spent a beautiful day together with your family. You where in my thoughts all day. I really hope it was okay for you. Having a wonderful time here in South Carolina with my crazy and hilarious family. I can hardly catch my breathe for laughing so much! Hilarious are all of these people. Love you baby girl and missl you more!

Deborah said...

Oh Bella, you are so sweet and my heart weeps for you and your girls. So many questions when I meet God face to face...I suppose it is true, it best if we don't know...for you certainly did not miss The Dance. I can only pray that you feel the prayers of others lifting you up and carrying you. All of my love to you...OH! So glad you are buying the next round! I have quite a few take me up on my Wandering Moose offer!
**blows kisses** Deb

caren said...

I'm there with you!! Wouldn't that be amazing and so much fun....just think no worries, only good things. I would head right over to that carousel in your adorable drawing! See you there...

Renee said...

Boy Bella I love this.

I love you more of course.

Love Renee xoxo

thedoodlegirl said...

ABSOLUTELY, and TOTALLY AMAZING!!! I would so love to see this place right along with her. You create such magical pieces that are so happy and beautiful. I am such a huge fan!!

ValGalArt said...

yes, this is my kinda place too! Delightful, I can picture myself floating and spinning in a lotus teacup with a lilly pad saucer, like Disneyland only better :)

Arija said...

Just stopped by to play for a while ... but mainly to see how you are.

Love Arija.

The Original Drama Mama said...

I can't decide what I love more, the lily pad ride, those yummy clouds, or the treble clef balloons!

Ignorance can truly be a state of bliss...if only we coul go back and visit for awhile!

Ces said...

Entangle me, will you please?

Ces said...

I am doing originals. I am doing my second one, and they are different from each other. The second one is decorating the tree. Entangle me!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Sweet Bella!!! so glad the stamps made it all safe and sound....I hope you had a lovely thanksgiving!!! bless you and your family!!!

Hugsssssssssss
Diana

Renee said...

My dearest friend, I love you.

Yes, I better start feeling well soon as I am ready to commit hari-kari.

Have a bunch of tests coming up.

Love Renee xoxo

Faruffa said...

Wonderful illo, I really enjoy your work!!!

❦TattingChic said...

Oh, Bella! I ♥ this! I love the response to your friends query "...much I'd rather unsee..."
Oh, I hear you on that one, my friend! What a lovely, whimsical drawing! I love innocence and love you display in your art. It is evident in the lines and spaces.

Nishant said...

think each and everyone should have a bit child in them to really enjoy life.



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