Sunday, February 14, 2010

IF - Adrift

Adrift on the Love Float


I have to admit, I kept humming the theme to Love Boat while drawing this. As a kid, I used to pretend I was boarding the Love Boat. I made paper tickets and everything. But we weren't headed to Mexico, oh no. We were sailing to....that's right, Fantasy Island. De boat, de boat!

Come on now, sing it with me. You know you wanna.

Love, exciting and new
Come Aboard. We're expecting you.
And love, life's sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.

The Looooooove Flooooooaaaaat.....

Hope you are all enjoying the most love filled day. And Happy Chinese New Year! And Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

118 comments:

Indigene said...

I remember that song, now it will stay with me for the rest of the evening! lol! She looks so peaceful adrift. Isn't that the best way to be adrift?

Beautiful and sweet illustration, just like the creator.

Hey lady, sending you a tremendous amount of hugs and little snuggles!

Sonia ;) said...

Bella...

I loved that show also, and Fantasy Island...Love this piece so adorable...Have a great week lady

xoxoxoxoxox

Kathi said...

What a sweet drawing! I love your little girls and the sea creatures are adorable too!
Sending you lots of hugs and smiles!

Marie S said...

Love this illustration Bella, thanks for the time warp. LOL!!
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Happy Valentine's day my lovely!

wendy w. lee said...

always surprise me with great+sweet drawings! Love the reflection.

Ces said...

Oh my! You sure are a cutie pie.
Cutie patootie!!!

Terrific illustration, all that, what do you call that - gradient? yes? The shine on the hair, must be using nice shampoo and conditioner; the reflection; the expression. I love her eyes! Her eyes! I wish I was an illustrator of your caliber. You make me very happy with every drawing you make.

Stop arguing with me. I have no strength.

I feel like scooping you up and kissing you all over and saying Coochie-coochie-coo and rocking you to sleep.

I am a Dog!
Cutie Pie,
Drift towards me,
this way,
save me,
save me from this confounded island
of savages and wretched beings.
Throw me a rope,
a lifeline or a chunk of iceberg.
Oh wait,
it will melt
or the aliens will grab it
crunch it to minute pieces
and make
halo-halo con hielo
with plantain bananas,
tapioca
and mango cubes.
Maybe I should just start
walking,
walking,
walking...
Pinch me.
I hope I am dreaming!
Da plane!
Da plane!

linda cardina said...

hahaha i'm singing it...can't stop. u r too funny!!

i LOVE the illustration. from the fur on her coat, to her expression to the reflection on the ice and water...just precious. so well done bella!!!

wish i could get on da plane! da plane! to come give u hugs and kisses sweetie!

have a great week
love,
lin

k.h.whitaker said...

So cute, I do remember that show and now I won't be able to get that song out of my head all night...

Val said...

Your drawing is always so delightful, Bella. Adorable girl and the seals... I remember watching 'Love Boat'. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

Happy Valentines'.

jcdillustration said...

Ooh!!! Seals and a mini octo-friend!! Huggies for you and your dear little ones. Happy Valentines and New Year!

happychinchilla said...

Wonderful! I really love your work.
The octopus/heart is an amazing detail.

Draffin Bears said...

Sweet little illustration Bella ~ so peaceful and cute.
... and yes, I am singing along with you dear friend.

Have a great week
Hugs
Carolyn

yoon see said...

Good message and this is another heart warming piece by you Bella.

The reflection is absolutely gorgeous, making this "Adrift" piece so powerful.

Love never too much and never too less, sending care, love and let's our friends feel the same way we feel too. And it's most treasured.

It's so peaceful here, I hope the world have more peace, just like calm in the storm!
Thank you for your love and always love you.

Take care and Happy New Year to all that at home:)

caren said...

Just darling! I loved Love Boat and Fantasy Island...they just don't make them like that anymore!
I have missed your illustrations!

deepazartz said...

So Adorable, Bella! What a way to drift!!! Love the lil girl and her smile...love the whole art:)))

Gorgeous, Gorgeous art Bella!

Tammie Lee said...

this is wonderful! Absolutely!

Maja said...

I really lije your style!

Nicky Linzey said...

Your imagination was obviously more exciting than mine! I pretended I was a librarian - making all the library cards etc. Beautiful illustration, especially her reflection and I would love to be snuggled up in a coat like that. By the way - you won my giveaway, please e-mail me your address. Thx

MONICA said...

Hi Bella! i like very much your illustration and characters. Amazing and cute, thanks for make me happy :)
Hugs and kind regards
Happy new year

cally jane studio said...

Hehe so cute! Those seals are adorable! xx

Barbara said...

That song is forever imprinted on all our brains! Funny! Adrift is the perfect title, in her little red coat.
So sweet to see the tiny octopus on the seal's nose!

Hope you had a happy Valentine's Day, Bella!

Ben said...

Nice work! Lovely characters.

Janine said...

Dear Bella,
I might have said that before ( and when ever I said that it was true) this is my new favourite painting.
I love this little girl and her seal- friends, her sweet coat, the reflexions on the ice and the water.
So heart- warming is the seal who is giving her that octupuss- present.
That can surely melt he ice away.
I guess I will buzz "Love- float" all day (hihi).
Have a wonderful day
Janine

Edrian Thomidis said...

Hi Bella!
Such great artwork! It has a wonderful sensitivity that makes it so unique. I love your little girl characters. They are full of personality. I hope 2010 is treating you well!

Carol Lawecki said...

Hello Bella!! What a wonderful drawing. Your little girls are always so sweet and delightful!! You can feel her happiness. Such a cute little octopus with heart shaped tentacles. THank you for the smile and the memory of shows I enjoyed while growing up. I always dreamed I was on the love boat too!

Have a great week!

thewillowsnest said...

How the blinkin' heck did you do that fab ice reflection!!!

Beeeyou..tifull!! I love little seals! I was thinkin baby polar bear on ice .. but the ice bit put me off.. you are 'the star illustrator , Miss Bella! Your illos are always so gorgeously happy and sweet... ( although I have never forgotten the sad/sweet little red umbrella on the rooftops!.. love .. love..)

This week I fully intend to reciprocate!!
Luv , Helen

Deborah said...

There is a sweetness in your art that no other could capture. I'm with Linda - I love everything about this. Especially the lavender seals, the heart bearing octopus, reflections captured in the sea. There is such a pure goodness in your art.
♥♥♥ Deb

Scotty said...

I went all amateur psychological on a couple at sea on one of my old illustrations since it was valentines day. But I'm really leaving this comment because of the little hearted octopus on the seal's head. Cute detail.

Liz Urso said...

Cute!!!

LDahl said...

I love your illustrations, they all are so charming. Cute without being cloying.

Valerie Lorimer said...

I always love seeing your illustrations! And adore the Love Boat reference. So cute Bella!

Faruffa said...

Bella this is completely amazing, multiple reflections are stunning and the baby octopus with an heart in his tentacles is a real stroke of genius!!!

May said...

I LOVE this! :)

Peter Breese said...

Fantastic Bella!!! Just lovely. I can see how the song popped into your head... But why, oh why, did you have to put it into my head? Ha ha.

RockerJewlz said...

hahahah, very cute....hmmm hmmmm hmmmm....

Arija said...

Love Boat and Fantasy Island were the ultimate in escapism, oh yes, I remember them well.
So glad you have a friend on your private ice floe and that you still manage a little smile.

You linger in my loving thoughts..

Ces said...

I cannot believe this. I am in a teleconference and had to mute my phone because I keep singing The Love Boat. Drats!

Raluca C said...

I don-t know at all the song and the show:but you made such an incredible cute,lovelly and joyful illo to go so well along with!Makes my heart melting!(Like always I would say!)

laughingwolf said...

can't say i got into 'love boat' or 'fantasy island ' all that much, but did watch some of each... 500 years ago, no? ;) lol

sure would like to be on that love float for a while, though, just to get away from everything...

linda cardina said...

xoxoxxoxo looking for a cute little frenchman....here little french!!!!...yooo hooo i have kisses and huggies to give.xxxx0000xx0x0x0x0x0x

Marie S said...

365,24,7 you are so right.
Watch them is the hardest.
Thanks for the birthday wishes for my hubby.
I love Deb's tea cup I am so excited!!
Love you Bella.

Ces said...

BTW, what happens if she needs to go to the bathroom?

aimee said...

bella, you are the only person who could draw something sweet enough to make me want to sail on a jagged piece of ice. i'll take this over the love boat any day!

p.s. my birdie has a coat just like your little doll girl!

Marie S said...

PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTT!!
Ces, says I can do that to release pressure on my brain if I use the logical side. Is this true?

Eric Barclay said...

Geez, Bella. You make it look too easy. I absolutely love this.

Cheryl Lynn said...

Wow! I'm so late with this. Ms. Bella, you've done it again. This is just so adorable and precious. You're the best, and that's for real!

Ces said...

Tell Marie that brains are not the only organs that release farts. Hahahaha!

Good morning!

Happy Mardi Gras!

voz said...

I'm going to have that song in my head all day. I just know it.

Despite that (your obvious wickedness) it's a lovely little drawing. The noses on the seals are so cuuuuuute. Can you hear me squealing with glee?

yoborobo said...

Bella - this is so charming. Do you illustrate children's books? You should. :) You could write a story about Love Boat Fantasy Island. Actually, you don't need words, just your pictures. When I was little, I loved to pretend I was going on expeditions. My poor little brother had to come with me! LOL! Happy Tuesday! :) pam

thewillowsnest said...

thankyou Bella .. Now, Do you get the hint about the shop!!!I have been clicking all over your blog looking for your blinkin' hidden link to your etsy shop I CAN"T FIND IT!!!!! I WANT MY LITTLE GIRL WITH RED UMBRELLA ON ROOFTOPS!!!
C'mon what's a girl gotta do to find your etsy store????

Liz Urso said...

Eee! This is sooo cute. I love the illustration!! Your octo might be smaller but it's incredibly cute!!

Ravenastoria said...

i like this alot! so adorable!

Diana Evans said...

oh my goodness....seriously Bella!!! you always have a way with your work...a way to make us smile and get all warm and fuzzy inside..this is the cutest and most adorable piece ever....

You must have a special drink every morning...."sweetness in a bottle"

and I love that about you....

Wishing you a wonderful day!!!

Hugssssssss
Diana

serline said...

Those images you've created in your mind are fabulously interesting and beautiful. HOPE YOU ENJOY...LOVE HUGS AND BLESSINGS...

Marie S said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh the loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee floatttttttttt!!
PFFFFFFFFFFFttttttttttttttttt! I guess I have to use my brain to build up some pressure first, Bella.
Kind of faded away on that one. But I do feel lots better ;-D

Jack Foster said...

Hey Bella! This is so wonderful! It's just like the Love Boat... exciting and new :o) Love the 2 seals in the water. Your little girls are always so cute... I know why... you have adorable models at home! Funny, I always associate the Love Boat and Fantasy Island together too. They must have been on right after each other or something. I always love seeing what you have in store for us Bella. Another masterpiece!

Pepi said...

Pero que preciosidad, es una ternura. Besos.

laughingwolf said...

seems i left your name off my list when i was hurrying that post, bella, pls come back and pick it up...

word verif is appropriate: latie

cindy said...

ok, i'm in!

encaracolada said...

Oh... I feel jealous, I want o sail (but not in ice). These seals are so sweet!
Big hug!

Ces said...

I don't know but vodka sounds good. In fact I am having a shot right now.

Silke said...

Dear Bella,

Your illustrations just make me move into them - they are so sweet and innocent, yet often have a wonderful sense of humor!

The love boat....I have actually never seen in... Is it a serious gap in my education? If so, I will order it immediately from Netflix!

Love, Silke

Shannon said...

thanks a lot, although a great song, not sure i want that stuck in my head right before bed....the love booooaat.... man that brings back memories. love the painting.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Bella!!! oh how sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!!! you just made my day with that comment...

I am so happy to hear that Emma enjoyed it.....

when a child looks at my work and gets inspired by it...enjoys it....it makes me love what I do even more!!! you are such a wonderful artist and friend....thank you for making my day so bright!!!!

Hugssssssssssssssssss
Diana

theartofpuro said...

I love it!It's amazing!Happy Chinese Year to you!

Lisa M Griffin said...

SO beautiful. What a lovely composition, perfect for the prompt. Thanks for sharing.

Shugar said...

heyo!! lovely piece as always!
heh i haven't been dropping by here for some time and there's so much lovely stuff to see!! :D

Cary K. said...

That is hilarious! I remember my parents watching Love Boat (I was too little to remember much about it). Your artwork is beautiful!!!

Ces said...

Good Morning! It is my goal to anchor myself with that sweet girl with red coat on that Love Flooooooat today! Have a lovely day my dearest darling Bella Sinclair. Let's go for a walk! Wishing you a magnificent day - productive, prolific including music and language!!! TSUP!

Dot said...

is that a tiny cephalopod on his nose? too cute! love it :)

have a great week!
nancy

elizabeth said...

Love her red coat. A great color.

Elise's Art Garden said...

Love your tender little children!!

justdoodleit said...

Super charming! The delicate depiction of seal and octopus goes with the overall sweetness...and hey! They don't have tickets on love boats, do they?

Shirley said...

I'm late to the party! Wow, this is sooo sweet. The shine on your little girls hair is awesome, and the little octopus making a heart is just adorable. Yes, I was on the Love Boat every week as a child..was that after Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley? : )

Bella, you know how to just put smiles on people's faces! Awesome.

nancy said...

blimey, those reflections! You're reeealy good at this... :D Icy and warm all at once, so sweet.

Shannon said...

Hi sweet Bella! I wanted to share that I've added a "reduce clutter; create space" forum on my blog. You'll find it on the right side, called "Reduce Clutter FORUM" or you can go directly there with this link:

http://freespiritknits.blogspot.com/p/reduce-clutter-forum.html

Feel free to share your blog posts or any inspiration along your journey.

Happiness to you always.

Patricia said...

Now I go to bed with that song in my head :(
But maybe I will floating in my dream :) and when I open my eyes, I'm on Fantasy island!

Wonderful illustration!

Ribbon said...

Hello Bella...
I have been away from all that is blogging for a time.
I'm back now with an invitation for you to join myself and others on a creative adventure.

Please drop in when you can to read further details of this intention.

best wishes always
Ribbon

PS... I too played the love boat dream :)

hanna-happenings said...

Bella, I´m so thnking of this sweet octopus I hope this link will work:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DoWdHOtlrk

and that love boat theme... :)

soulbrush said...

beeeoootiful bella and beeoootiful art

Cintia Yamane said...

just perfect!! I loved it so much

Inner Toddler said...

first, how much do I love when Bella Sinclair shows up and leaves me a zillion comments! LOVE. IT.

And love this drawing. no surprise. And I too watched that ridiculous show and went to sleep at night dreaming of Gopher....

Ces said...

Hello Beautiful! Is the Love Float conducive to propagation?

Ces said...

What does Charo have to do with the Love Flooooat?

Silke said...

I love coming here and boarding the Love Float! It's so peaceful... I cannot wait what you come up with for propagation? I can just sense those gears going in your brain and your keen sense of humor kicking in!

Thank you so much for continuing to visit my blog, dear friend!! By the way, I think your girls, Manon's, Ces's and mine are having a wonderful time hanging out together....

Hope you are doing great!! Love, Silke

Ces said...

I did too watch the Love boat. I even know the names of the crew but I can't remember Charo and her cuchi cuchi being associated with the Love Boat?

Oh I just read Silke's comment. Her girls are in my office. They are looking at me right now and telling me to stop shopping for iPod and Microsoft Office for Mac. Do you have Microsoft Office for Mac? Did you get the Business version? I can't make up my mind.

Ces said...

Okay, I am getting the Student version just for one app. It better work. I remember Charo being in the love Boat now but her cuchi cuchi was not just in the Love Boat. It was everywhere/ Your alter ego just ran away with the Mental Ninja band-aid guy on Hello Kitty's car and Isabella is sucking on Dum Dums!

Ces said...

Holly crud! Your alter ego just licked the naked King Cake king!

Ces said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Bok bok!

Ces said...

That was a quick comeback! HAHAHAHAHA!

Ces said...

The mental ninja band aid guy is sooo teeny tiny!

Silke said...

Are the little mental ninja guys working on the propagation project?!? So exciting... ;)))

Ces said...

HAHAHAHAHAH! Propagation project!? Mental Ninja guys? Does Silke know how tiny they are? Hard but so tiny! HAHAHAHAHAHA! The Manga girls could squash the little Mental Ninja guy. Hahahaha! I have to make dinner.

Manon Doyle said...

Hey Bella,

I missed your post again! Omg..... I love this one!! I watched the Love Boat....lol! I'm not sure if I should admit that to anyone. Now....I'll have it in my head all day!
The seal's nose is so cute. Everything is perfect!! You are one talented lady!!
xo

Ces said...

I love you.

Susan said...

Hi Bella - I've just been blog visiting and came across yours - wow I've been missing quite a party! Oh, yes The Love Boat, oh did I love that show! That and Fantasy Island every single Saturday night, never missed them! Love your blog and your work, it is so well done and adorable! I just became your newest follower, you're almost to 200 - I just got my first blog "award" last week and I see you have like 50! I can see why, you have an infectious sense of humor - glad I found you - Cheers! Susan

rachel awes said...

this is ALL so sweet.

Silke said...

You sweet woman!! I love when you visit and I love being your sisterfriend. How I ever got to be in that group of amazing women will forever be a mystery to me... A lot of love going around the blogs today! Love, Silke

Marie S said...

I love you too Bella!!
Damn it.
Pffftttt!

Deborah said...

Bella, you know how much Renee loves you. I love you too. Truly.
"Though we're stranger, still, I love you". (Rich Mullins)

If this Love sparked by Renee is not proof enough of God's existence, then I just don't know what is. This cannot be explained, other than God, this connection of the human spirit.

Please know, Bella, that you also are a prayer upon my lips, never ceasing...your Loss never escapes me.

Sending all my love to you, Deb

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

You know it's so gosh darn true. The sad part is I was on the boat with you. Yes, I too made tickets. I know all the words to the song. he he he he he!!! This is just beautiful. Your eye for color is stellar Bella. I need to ask you a few questions as I still try to work that out. Your colors are always amazing and the actually SING!!!
My heart is aching for Renee as well. I don't know what to say. It runs so deep and hurts so, so, so, badly. I feel very deeply. I know what it looks likes, smells, and how it effects everyone and everything around you. IT'S UNFAIR!!!! I just want to scream!!!! LIfe is so precious, even while in pain, and sickness, and very much disappointment. It's just overwhelming. All you can do sometime is pray and cry and be still. I'm doing all three. I will tell you again with all my heart, Dear Bella, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!! I really, really do. More than mere words can say. Know that I love you dearly my sister.
Nester

Amy C said...

sooooo cute, I really really want her adorable red coat and of course to have some sweet sealion friends too.

TJ Lubrano said...

Really too cute for words! I loved how you did the reflection!

Oh my, there is so much sadness in Vanessa's comment. I don't know what happened. But I want to send a bit of positivity towards you ^_^. I hope that with time and strength you and Vanessa and everyone related can cope with the loss :(. Stay strong in difficult times, it's all you can do to prevent losing yourself completely.

Do take care and stay creative!

TJ

Mamzelle Rouge said...

Really cute ! J'adore !!

Shirley said...

Bella - thank you for stopping by! I will check in now and again on your blog as it's one of my favorites..as it is for many. Yes, you can definitely join miss Marie on a magical ride to a faraway land anytime. : ) Hugs to you, S

Silke said...

Thank you, sweet friend! Sending all my love! Silke

Susan said...

Hi Again Bella, just wanted to say how much I appreciate you stopping by my blog and your very kind comments. I never knew Renee, but by just meeting you and Ces & Vanessa I feel I will get an idea of what an incredible woman and friend she was. We are dealing with cancer right now in our family as we have before and many other illnesses, so I know what a hell it can be. I admire your talents and wonderful sense of humor, you guys make me laugh and I'm so honored to have me you! Thanks so much again, Susan

Alina Chau said...

soo charming!

Sarah said...

I love this Bella..I thought I had left a comment..somehow I did not..darling..I so love your work!

Just wanted to pop by and give you a hug too..am heartbroken about Renee and know how dear she is to you too. Hope all is well with you hon, Sarah

Peter Breese said...

I just have to say again that I love this one... bravo!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. Your art is truly incredible!!! Wow! I was wondering if you sell prints of your illustrations? Have you thought of publishing a collection of your favorite illustrations in book form? What about calendars? That would be awesome!

I hope to come back again soon.

Atiola Drei Ciorocco

BT said...

Oh I don't know that song, I'll have to find it on U-tube! I love your illustration though. I love that miniature pink octopus.

Ces said...

How do you sew the buttons horizontally?

Ces said...

HAHAHAHA! Oh now I get it. HAHAHAHA! Oh I am slow.

Jenea said...

Hi Bella!!! Happy Chinese New Year!!! I think that never not late to congratulate one dear friend!!! Love too,- this Beatiful-Fantasy Song!!!
You are about who- "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"????

❦TattingChic said...

Bella that is so adorable! I LOVE ♥ love ♥ LoVe this illo! So cute! Yes, I do remember the Love Boat theme song...how cute... "The Love Float"!
Sing song forever!
~TattingChic ♥

Ces said...

The Viking wants me to tell you that he likes this drawing very much. Thanks for making him happy with your drawings. :)

Francisco Martins said...

Haha, smartt!
love this one Bella!
the loveeeeeee boattt!! :D la la la