Monday, February 8, 2010

IF - Muddy

Her heart raced faster as they dove down into the muddy depths.


Oh boy, where have I been. Missing all the fun, it seems. I apologize for the dearth of posts. Still trying to find my sea legs, but I promise to be better. I do miss all of you and am eager to catch up.

This is dedicated to my favorite Lost Boy.

89 comments:

Baldie said...

OMG!

Baldie said...

Damn it! Damn it! This is so beautiful!

Stel.la said...

this is such a gorgeous image...!

Janine said...

Wow, so beautiful again.
I missed your wonderful images.
You invite us to come with your girls on their wonderful journeys. And that is so much fun.
Thank you for making me smile again.
Hugs
Janine

Patricia said...

Bella, I've missed you too!
It is great to see you again with a beautiful image!

ditsychick6 said...

This is lovely. I want to be there, too!

Dusik said...

this is beautiful and a very dreamy illo, Bella! and very summery! i need that now, as winter surrounded us :)

Marie S said...

I love it and that you have a huge friend to protect you on the way in to the muddy waters.
Bella all of your work floats my boat so to speak ;-D, but this one is divine and I love the colors the imagery and the meaning.

Baldie??? LOL!!!
I knew it was her.

Thank you so much for your warm words the other day.
Just perfect when they came, thank you so much, sister friend.

Claudio Rodriguez Valdes said...

cool!

voz said...

Geez Louise, that's gorgeous. (Not that your name is Louise or anything.) I really, really like the colors on this, they're just super.

I missed you!

Valerie Lorimer said...

This is gorgeous, Bella! I've missed your fabulous images.

Sarah said...

Oh my Bella that is stunning!! Wow.. I love the underwater ones!

Kathi said...

Ahhhh, what a sweet story this tells.
So happy to see you again!

Silke said...

You most lovely woman! Making such amazing art!! This is stunning!! STUNNING!! I love those sea creatures - don't they look amazing!? I hope you are doing alright, dearest Bella! I think of you so often!! Love, Silke

k.h.whitaker said...

lovely illustration

aimee said...

i wish i had her courage! i'm so glad to see you back in doodleaction!

Lisa Holtzman said...

Oh, this is so so beautiful!

Baldie said...

Bella dearest, this drawing takes my breath away, no wonder it took a while. It is so beautiful! My neck hurts from joy and look - my hair grew in strange places!!!

Sonia ;) said...

Apologize for what? Life happens and we are always here when you get back...Love it..But shoot who doesnt love your work?

xoxoxoxo

Baldie said...

I did sweetie. I LOVE THIS ILLUSTRATION. It is making me cry because it makes me so happy. I don't think you realize how BRILLIANT you are.

Diana Evans said...

Hi My sweet friend Bella!!! what a wonderful piece and it is ok to take the time you need...we will all wait here in anticipation of your next post and wonderful artwork!!! you always create magic and that is what draws everyone here!!!

hugsssssssssss
Diana

Ces said...

We are even today! We made each others' hearts burst. It's a wonder we are still walking and smiling! Enjoy your movie night and I hope it is not a scary movie. Look I grew some hair! Hahahaha!

linda cardina said...

u take what every time u need, bella! we will always be here anxiously awaiting your beautiful work. i really love this one ....so pretty!! u always bring a smile to my face.

xoxo
linda

pretty day said...

This is really beautiful. I love the feel of it. It takes you to another world.

deepazartz said...

Its stunning, Bella!!! So BEAUTIFUL!!! It would be like am repeating my words but its just amazing!!! How do you do it, everytime!!!!

ps: I keep missing ur art wen u take time to post:(

Love ya loads
Deepa

nancy said...

her body language is great - one really feels the excitement right along with her! Good to see you again :)

Caroline said...

What a superb illustration - such a treat to see you here today! Always love your work Bella.

MONICA said...

Wonderful and lovely illustration, Bella. Hugs

RockerJewlz said...

A sea dragon...I love it! Nice transition of color heading to the ocean floor.

Nicky Linzey said...

What beautiful work Bella, you've used my favourite colours too. Been missing you - I admire your strength so much!

justdoodleit said...

Lovely! Exploring the depths was never so colorful

theartofpuro said...

It's fabulous Bella!I love it!So peaceful!

Ces said...

Good morning to the other kewpie baldie! Hhehehe. A thought occurred to me Bella. I never painted anything that I might consider my masterpiece. Rather than hurrying up this one, I thought of dressing these girls in the finest silk, like traditional costumes from their place of origin. I looked them up last night and the colors blew me away! What do you think? Can you make mud pies wearing the finest and most beautiful costumes? I am glad you had a wonderful movie night. The thought of it cheers me completely.

thewillowsnest said...

Good lord woman!!
Your talent is insane!!

I ... love this!!

The composition is fantastic!..don't start me on the delicious colors...oh....

I was about to boycott IF .if I hadn't seen your new illo soon.. I am now happy!

( hehe still haven't done my own 'Muddy' yet!)

laughingwolf said...

welcome back, bella... and fret not, you had other fish to fry :O lol

great pic, too :)

nina seven said...

welcome back, bella, this is beautiful!

Deborah said...

Oh so lovely...the colors, the seahorse, the dream. You are such an amazing woman, not simply with your art, which is brilliant, but in your strength, you are amazing. Lifting you in prayer never ceasing, that your needs be filled. **kisskiss** Deb

Faruffa said...

so lovely, it's a dream!!!

Shirley said...

I'm with "Baldie" - "damn it, damn it, this is so beautiful!" ...yes, it's true, Bella, you make people shriek with utter delight with your illustrations. I feel as though I'm drifting along with this sweet girl. But I know that she'll be safe cause of her amazing friend that she drifts with. Just beautiful, Bella!

Did you notice that we both painted little black haired girls in white dresses this week? Wow, what a coincidence! I am so fortunate to see your visits at my place. Your words mean so much, Bella!

esque said...

Love love love love love love love it! Now I want a seahorse!

cindy said...

but you are so beautifully productive while you are away!

clairedulalune said...

Oh Bella, I love it! By the way there is a wee something for you on my blog!((hugs)) PS: I missed ya!

tera said...

Lovely! I wanna go, too!

thedoodlegirl said...

Bella! My how you have been missed! What a BEAUTIFUL illustration!! You are A.MAZ.ING!!!

annpil said...

Beautiful illustration! Great work! :D

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Bella,

Love this beautiful piece ~ and good to see you.
Take all the time, dear one and we will be here for you.

Hugs
Carolyn

Val said...

bella, i really missed u n your illustrations. this piece is lovely. pretty characters.

hanna-happenings said...

beautiful!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Oh Bella..... It's.... It's.... UNDER the sea, UNDER the sea, Just you and me! Sing it with me!!! Oh... sooooo sorry. This just makes me smile and yes I want to be a mermaid. Yes I know there are no black ones yet, but I still want to be one he he he he!!! Okay, like this needs to be animated seriously. HOW FABUUUU!!! I love the scene and the colors and the characters all just work perfectly together my friend. The sea critter is just to cute to be a sea monster. When you say,"Monster" I think," Teeth and Paws!" he he he he! This darling is just to cute. I think of him or her as a giant submarine. WOW! What a wonderful illustration and your imagination is delicious! Pre warning to you Auntie Bella,
Just wanted you to know that I will be out of town for a few days. I'm going to toyland and I need you to watch your nephew for about a week. I have Mud Flap Jack all ready and packed. He's got on his little magic sneakers so you won't have mud all over your new carpeting or floors. Now you might have to clean your walls and oh that nice french sofa you got. Hope you scotch guarded. Yup sending him over right now. Now don't hurt him Hammer! When he flashes that little toothy grin on ya you'll just melt into a puddled of rage!!!! he he he he he he he he!!! Love you much
V

Manon Doyle said...

What a fabulous piece, Bella! It makes me feel so happy!
We've also missed you, my friend!!

manon
xo

Ellen Byrne said...

very nice!

Ces said...

Bella darling, I hope that we will never have the need to get rid of brain farts and heart farts. Those are good farts. I am stuck in the middle of a pile of mess, literally. I decided to rearrange my office. I wonder if that is a marketable skill: Ability to move very large objects around tight spaces without disrupting work flow. I moved the desk, file cabinets, tables, shelves using thigh power. It's a good thing I started walking. What the heck are inside these boxes? I forgot I had 2 full moving boxes under the table! I will send photos later. It is snowing in my office - yes - DUST flurries! ACHOOOO!!!

I hope you are having a swell time wit fabulous people and marvelous epsilons.

Dot said...

I just love this one, Bella... you always make me smile :)

Indigene said...

There's something serene and adventurous at the same time! I know I love it, but of course, it's Bella's!

Lori ann said...

Oh My Gosh i do love your paintings so much. And please don't apologize at all dear Bella, it is just completely lovely to see you again!
♥ lori

kj said...

the color of the sea is awesome bella, as it gets darker and muddier below! very very magically fun.

michael robertson said...

really beautiful, bella! the colors are gorgeous-what a mood you've created here!

Nina Crittenden said...

Sea dragons are so sweet- this is a lovely piece!

Ces said...

Crap! Crap! I just saw mud!

Barbara said...

Ah Bella! Would that we could.....

That's beautiful enchanting work. I'm sending it to my daughter who adores seahorses AND is a diver extraordinaire.

nina seven said...

bella - thank you so much for your comments, i needed some encouragement today - i'm in a dry spell, so THANK YOU!

Carol Lawecki said...

Hello Bella, Hope you and your girls are doing well. I've missed your wonderful posts.

This is a fantastic drawing. I love this little sea creature, it is like a seahorse. I took pictures of this kind of seahorse this past summer at the zoo. I think it is such an interesting creature. It looks like material floating in the water. HUGS!!

translucentblue said...

Bella deary, so good to be back here to see your gorgeous work again... Wouldn't it be nice to dive into the deep ocean?? Can I come too? xx

Megan Coyle said...

Your illustrations are so beautiful! Wow, I really do like your style.

Francisco Martins said...

Oh Bella this one is really beautiful! lovelly work indeed! :D
Loooove it! :)

Hugss

yoon see said...

Sorry I am late here.

Happy day just like this happy illo! You always have the cheerful guts wherever you go!
I know your like orange colour, CNY is around the corner.
I wish you all the best celebrating CNY.

I am now in mission to heal my skin problem, I have already completed 1 hour each day exercise session since Feb.

No one is going to be interested in my life except myself.
I love myself, I also want to go deep down to the sea to find my dreams and happiness.
I am happy this illo spoke to me.

I want to be happy and positive,
I am determine to get heal in this year. I am taking an unsual advanture. I am doing the most I can for my healing.

I must first love myself in oder to love others. I am now full time healing myself. I am willing ad I know God is willing too.

Thank you for listening Bella:)

the GyPsY said...

I'm not sure I can addd anything to the 66 comments on this delightful and magical illsutration; I wish I was there, too :-)

Carmen SaldaƱa said...

Ohh Bella, It´s really beautiful. I have no words, the only I can say is that I feel this illustration.
:-)

Ces said...

Good morning, I am making my sisterfriend rounds. Am I allowed to comment here every morning? Hey, the Olympics start today! CURLING, I love curling and speed skating. Eat mud! Chomp chomp. Wake up! Oh, you are up.

Eric Barclay said...

Lovely illustration. Big hugs!

Indigene said...

Bella, thanks for your wonderful comments! I've finished the piece. You rock, dear lady!

Lori ann said...

dear bella, your words warmed me right back, thank you so much for all the kindness!
if you'd like the pattern let me know and i'll send it to you, it's quite simple, if you can knit, you can do it!
happy valentines day weekend to you too sweetie ♥
lori

Shirley said...

Bella, I'm so looking forward to seeing where this sweet little enchantress is headed. I sure hope the purple sea dragon is whisking her to someplace that will shed her sadness. Happy hearts day to you and your little ones!

BT said...

Absolutely beautiful Balla. I quite understand your need to find your sea legs, I keep popping in and love it when a new post arrives. It makes it even more special. xxxxxxxxx

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Greeting from Lady Bug Airways,
Yes Ms. Sinclair,
We have reserved for you and your family 3 seats
on our fabulous Airways. Snacks are included on this flight. Your choice of oreos and milk or a pack of broken honey graham crackers. All delicious! There is only one exit to the rear.... Yes I thought so.... Anywho.... Uhmmmmm............. LOL.........
Your flight will take off from Little Grasshopper
and Butterfly lanes at 9:00am and you will arrive
at your destination ( Blue Bunny Mountains) at 9:01
Mud Flap Jack will be arriving in a mud cover jeep to take you to the paper hotel. Yes it's a hotel made out of paper, but you will love it. Think Green girly!!! Oh do make sure you wear mud proof clothing as you will need it. It's been raining blue bunnies all day. Love you pudd!
he he he he he!!

thewillowsnest said...

Hey Bella.. thanks for loving 'me wee jellyfish' yep the wax and resin give it a real luminous look.
Awww I feel like a bad mother that my 2 year old is deprived of the ocean when I grew up on it all the time!
Blinkin' Texas!
Hope you have a lovely Saturday!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I love the purple sea creature, especially it's fins, which remind me of the seaweed, and so magical that it's swimming with "you" on it's back and it feels safe

Ces said...

Adrift...adrift, anchor yourself!

Jack Foster said...

Hey Bella! I'm so glad to get to see one of your beautiful pieces. Very wonderful. I love the muddy water along the bottom. Nice touch. God bless.

Ces said...

Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Birthday!!!

Love,
Love,
Love,

Ces

Ces said...

WHOOAAA! You just set me afire with your RAWRRRR!

No sir! I am painting ladybugs on trees with vines today SIR! Aye Aye sir! Yes sir magnifying glass sir on my canvas. The babies will be catching ladybugs if you can believe it sir.

Are you adrift sir?

Ces said...

Oooh! ooh! I want to see your furry balls bounce and roll adrift!

Arija said...

Oh what a treat I have missed letting myself be laid low with all our heat waves. I am an absolute sucker for sea horses and diving down into the deep while embracing your magical steed makes me quite envious. This summer has passed me by without even managing to dangle a toe in the ocean.

Be brave my dear and dive right into the turmoil of life....

Raluca C said...

gorgeous illos!!!

Dante said...

Oh she's so brave!... I wish I had a sea be(a)st friend!

The Green Telephone said...

This is too cool!

Jenea said...

hihihi! Very funny and creative!!!
Woww, it's me -I am Lost boy!!!:)

❦TattingChic said...

This is darling. I do know the feeling of being a little lost at sea. I have felt much of that of late. Your illos are poignantly whimsical and yet so deep all at the same time...and I don't mean deep into the ocean! ;)

Huggles,
~TattingChic ♥

Ces said...

You know, I am now beginning to study and truly analyze these illustrations and your words and I am finding them even more interesting!