Tuesday, March 16, 2010

IF-Subterranean


This weekend, I hurt my back and had to stay in bed for a couple of days. And today, this came out of my head. Hmmmmm..... connection.....

(I'm doing much better now, by the way. Thanks!)

118 comments:

OrangeJar said...

aww. that's so sweet! but the poor thing won't be able to come out anymore.

Lisa Holtzman said...

Beautiful Bella. I hope your back is feeling better and your grief over the loss of Renee is easing.

Sascratch said...

Lovely illo!

deepazartz said...

Everything happens for the good:))) See, you came out with such a wonderful piece of cute art...

Seriouly, hope you are fine now. Do take care of urself sweet Bella:)

ps: Thanks a ton for ur sweet, kind words!

Ces said...
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Ces said...

This is so funny. The creature looks like it has been overfed. Hahahhahah!

What is not funny is the injured back and I hope dearest Bella that you are truly on the mend and taking care of that precious musculoskeletal system of yours with rest and exercise regimen.

Tsup!

P.S. The word verification this time is much more sedate.

KL Bailey Art said...

That's very cute and funny! Beautiful work :)

Caroline said...

Hope that someone been feeding you strawberries too Bella! Glad to hear you are on the mend - can sympathise as I have pulled a muscle in my back too - ow! Cute and original illustration!x

serline said...

Such a comfortable and happy life. Hey, get up and exercise.

Elisabeth said...

Over feeding your underground unconscious. This is wonderful Bella - all three: the feeder, the fed and the observer. Wonderful red strawberries, too.

Maria Bogade said...

Beautifully done and wonderful story behind it!

yoborobo said...

Bella! I love this drawing! LOL! And I know just how he feels, except no one is feeding me strawberries. :) I hope you are feeling better! xo Pam

one little acorn said...

What a gorgeous illustration. Beautiful and fun. Definitely bought a smile to my face.
Cheers.

Manon Doyle said...

Bella,
I hope you're feeling better. Love the illustration. I cracked up reading Ces's comment! He looks a little stuffed...lol!

Pencil Pocket said...

It's gorgeous Bella. hope you feel better soon!

theartofpuro said...

Happy to hear you feel better!The illo is adorable,it reminds me a little Totoro,my preferred characters:)

Ann Marie DiVecchia said...

This is adorable! Sorry to hear about your back. Hope it's much better by now.

Susan said...

This is adorable Bella! Poor guy, and poor you - I hope you're getting fed strawberries and more, like chocolate for instance! So glad to hear you're feeling better, take good care of yourself. Thanks for your lovely comments as always, and thanks for reading that interview, I'm surprised anyone read it!

You're sense of humor or poignant words always make my day! Have a great one, preferably pain free!

Megan Coyle said...

What a sweet illustration. And I hope your back is feeling better!

laughingwolf said...

so delightful, bella :)

good to hear the pain has become bearable, hope it's gone... soon!

Ces said...

Good morning. I wish somebody would feed me strawberries, chocolate coated , preferably.

Ces said...

I just tried eating a strawberry like that, not chocolate covered though, flat on my back and I almost choked.

Owl Eng said...

this is cool! love every single detail you have rendered there.
wish you a speedy recovery for your back!

Ces said...

It's a good thing Em is with me. She heard me choke. But she did not really do anything. She just looked at me and rolled her eyes, perhaps because there was a laptop on top of my abdomen and I continued typing.

Ces said...

This is my lucky morning. Have a great day.

Jenea said...

Hi Bella! Your work is so interesting, your picture very seems like on Diana Evan's work:

http://dianaevans.blogspot.com/2010/03/illustration-friday-subterraneanmeet.html

I like it! :)

audrey said...

Oh, Bella, how cute! That is one large creature and how sweet that the little ones are making sure it has nourishment.
I enjoy your illustrations so much.
Back pain can be unbearable. Glad you are feeling better.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Bella!
♥ audrey

k.h.whitaker said...

I have felt just like this Bella, I hurt my back years ago, had surgery and it flairs up now often. So I can definitely empathize with you. Glad your feeling better.

Arija said...

Bella dear, you have such darling girls to feed you when you are down, not that I think you look like your alter ego down the hole.

A beautiful illustration of just how you feel.

Love, Arija

justdoodleit said...

Hope you are felling better now, Bella...Are those your kids feeding that supine critter?

Amy C said...

eeeeek and squeal so totally cute.
What an adorable fluffy creature.
Hope you back is feeling better if its any consolation I have tweaked mine too! Boo Hoo for us! Get Well SOOOON.

Deborah said...

**SQUEALS WITH DELIGHT** Oh, Bella, this is genius. Pure JoY. So much emotion conveyed in the little faces. Your ideas are other-wordly. And when are you publishing your book?????
**blows kisses** Deb

roberta baird said...

Cute and weird at the same time! I Like!
Hope you fell better soon!

annpil said...

a really nice illustration! It made me smile. Great work! Good to hear your back is better. :)

Karin Bartimole said...

Oh my, that is the cutest, hugest, subterranean critter... and I just KNOW it's living underneath our patio because this winter every time it snowed, there was one spot that melted instantly - the snow never would stick there. Inches would fall and pile up and this one spot would melt. My husband said, there must be a whole den of chipmunks huddled together, but now I know the truth. I just hope he isn't too big to get back to the surface now that spring has sprung.

I am glad your back is better. There really is not much worse than back pain - that pain at the core of the body stopping us in our tracks. Be well my friend, xox

Dayle's Painted Diary-Dayle Dodwell said...

Oh Bella this is so adorable. Love it.

Silke said...

Oh, that made me laugh!! That's how I feel these days ... flat on my back and no energy except to eat. You are wonderful!! Love, Silke

P.S. Glad your back is doing better!

Diana Evans said...

hahahaha....this is so so cuteeeeeeeeee....I love the two of the girls...one looking and one feeding...what a sweet piece...and I love all the things that come out of your head...

so sorry to hear you hurt your back ...that is not good....I will send you virtual hugs and wishes for a quick recovery!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Hugs
Diana

Marie S said...

OMG!! That is so cute. I feel like this sometimes, or I would love to feel like this sometime without the spy glass, LOL!!
I con not stop looking at it Bella.
What other things hide inside of that darling brain of yours?
Happy St. Patty's day!

Joy said...

This is such a wonderful piece! the colors and characters are perfect and such a creative approach to the topic. I hope your back is better though! Very impressive to produce this level of work when in that kind of pain/discomfort!

Shirley said...

Oh goodness, I love this illo. Isn't it great when things pop into your head and make you just stare at it afterwards and think, "what was that all about?"...I have to ask..are you the little subterranean creature that your little one's are feeding there...I see that it is flat on the ground...so fun!

Yes, I have my stash o' Trader Joe's Gingerbread in my cupboard..I bake one every week and eat a slice everyday..my little goody with my cuppa every morning. I wish I had fresh croisants and butter from France though...ahhhh to dream... anyhoo, I hope you have a lovely day, Bella. Great to hear from you!

Ces said...

But I loves it when you calls me seemingly dirty names. But only you and no one else.

...and sometimes I comment to see if I get a wickedly filthy word verification and I think blogger knows it's me because it does not disappoint.

Case in point. Word verif: priapis

HAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG this is hilarious. It's typographically challenged.

Jack Foster said...

I hope you were pampered while you were on your back Bella! Glad to hear you are doing better. If hurting your back inspires you to create such wonderful works of art, maybe you should start a moving business :o) This is so funny and cute and brilliant and great and.....

nina seven said...

incredible work, bella! glad you are all better now.

Lisa Graves said...

so clever and unexpected. BRAVO!!!

aimee said...

GAH! i was laughing my fool head off until i read what prompted it. are you OK? what the heck happened? are you really prostrate like this poor fellow, with one very gentle soul trying to keep you comfortable while the other is just interested in the human interest story? we need a sequel here! and take care of yourself. lift lightly!

once again, brilliantly done my dear!

Ces said...

So I want to know if you did get pampered while you were on your back. Hmn that's an oxymoron hehehehe. I am curious, how did the creature go to the bathroom? Was there a catheter of some sort? How will that creature emerge from he hole? That is a big hole but it cannot survive. Inside that hole for a long time. I want a continuation drawing. Hahahahaha. Please do it. You won't want me to do it. Hahahah. Haha the word verif is "unsityouas"

Eric Barclay said...

That is just too funny! Great concept and composition, as always.

Ces said...

What a clever word play with pamper. Your FPOT is in full alert.

Will you fix my repetition? Do you remember how
to get in there? Oh what am I saying? I can do it.

I know you made up that ___myass word verif but I am not with this one "vulvaste"

Hahahahah! I am going to start cooking.

Hannah M said...

Very funny illustration! So cute. Love it!

cindy said...

oh dear, hope your back is better, soon, like now!

twchrist said...

I love the overall look of this. Good use of line and color! Cute illustration.

ale balanzario said...

Very nice illustration,hope you are better.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OOOh I'm so sorry about your back and so sorry that I hadn't checked in earlier. I could have come over and helped you out! Hope that you are feeling better young lady, Please rest and take care. This illustration is the about the cutest ever! I love the whole darn thing. The characters are so wonderful and the color palette makes me want more. I would love to see this as a whole book. It's just what the dr. order as far as I'm concerned. FANTASTIC and oh SO whimsical!

Lori ann said...

that is SO cute, but I am sooo sorry about your back. I hope you are feeling 100% by now!

your brilliant imagination is just one of the things that i love about you.

take good care bella dear.
xxx lori

Loni Edwards said...

Hi Bella! This is adorable! What an original idea!

Heather said...

beautiful, i love the feel of this illustration. hope you feel better!

FHNavarro said...

awesome work.

cally jane studio said...

Hehe this is so wonderful! I love it!

Ces said...

30!!!


60!!!

Ces said...

If I assume that position I wonder if someone will feed me? Hmn let me see what do we have here? Uh wasabi peas! Arckghhhghkj!!!

Ces said...

Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

Ohooooooohhhh! Beautiful clouds!!!

Later!!!

Indigene said...

You've gotta love that scope! lol! I love this, Bella! Probably, because I feel that way at times...:)
Be very tender with yourself, as if you were a little one. I'm sending gushes of hugs and divine feminine energy your way!

Ces said...

Darn! I can't leave yo behind.

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I have repetiutive stress injury from scrolling on your comment section. It pauses at Shirley's stash of Joes. Lucky girl. I only have one Joe. Hey Joe! Ooops it not Joe :(

Barbara said...

Oh Bella! I know how that feels. But nobody was feeding me strawberries!
I do so love your work! It says so much and makes me smile so often.

Janine said...

Oh Dear, poor subterrainian being.
I hope the girls won´t forget feeding him.
And I hope you recover soon and completely.
Hugs
Janine

Ces said...

Splain whut?

RockerJewlz said...

I like that this illustrates your girls will take care of you even when you can't! Well...one of them will feed you anyway.

That mischievous girl that is just checking you out through the spyglass is a feisty personality!

Marie S said...

That poor guy is trapped and under observation forever if the little ones keep feeding it. So cute though. What if they get bored with it? Will it have to stay until it loses some weight?

I think that just might be punkalicious!! Heeeheeee.
Thanks Bella. People have been doing this for ages with the watch parts. I just never found a way that I liked them with any of my styles or stuff. I just love things in the mini though and it is so fun to finally have my style meet up with the parts so well that I even like it.
If you do have watch parts I would love it Bella!
Heeehee "forkslyp" is the word veri

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

So sorry to hear that you had hurt your back and glad that you are feeling better.
Love the sweet little creature and drawing.

Have a wonderful weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Ribbon said...

Oh Bella this is so cute :)
love it, love it, love it,

Sorry that you hurt your back :(

I hope you are upright and feeling well once again xxx

Deborah said...

Yes, Little Mental Ninja, lemon blossoms. They Smell Heavenly. The orange orchards all around me are blossoming too. It makes me feel 16 again. **blows kisses** Deb

Lois said...

Hi Bella!
You are so talented!
Who else would take a bad back and turn it into a positively wonderful illustration?
Like I said....you’re so talented.
Thank you for sharing and I do hope you’re feeling 100% real soon..
Lois

Ces said...

Mine
Spine
Decline
Recline
Supine
Align
Benign
Thine
Spine
Unwhine!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Okay each and every time I look at this illustration it speaks to me. I get the complete and utter giggles. I keep thinking will this be me when I am 120 years young??? Will my family understand and know that love food so much that they will feed me when I'm 6 feet under??? he he he he he! This is sheer hilariousness! In every single way it's just prefect. I can still here Eric laughing. He loves this!!! He and I both agree that only a brilliant comedian like Bella could come up with something so off the wall fantastic. You are a HOOOOOOOT!!!

Krista said...

This is really funny! So this is what it means to be "laid low"! Your girls are so sweet taking care of you! Glad you're better!

Inner Toddler said...

it's good to have little fairy girls to watch over you and feed you strawberries...feel better.

Juliette Crane said...

your artwork is so lovely! i am so happy to have found your blog:) i hope you are feeling better. it's always amazing how our artwork connects to daily life. thank you for sharing your art. best wishes to you. xoxo, juliette

Karin Bartimole said...

I think you may be right Bella - the ground shook, rocks shifted, trees fell and yesterday while I was outside doing a little clean up I found a hole, with several tufts of fur, stuck to the protruding roots. He's been freed!!

Raluca said...

oh,such a great illo!This is indeed a biiiig -subterranean TOTORO!!!
I think you should really make a book with all this wonderfull illos you made!!
Hope you feel well with your back and you´ll have a wonderful wooooonderful week-end!!!!!

Ces said...

Good morning!

What if the girl fell into the hole? Is this a gentle creature?

Shirley said...

Oh, Bella..trust me..writing "500 times a day" was fun for me to write on Ces' blog! : ) She cracks me up, as you do, hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead. Can you imagine anything doing anything 500 times a day? Oh my. I can't even do anything 5 times a day (except for eating - perhaps that's even 7 times a day? yikes...small portions, though..don't worry.) : )
Have a good one! Hugs to you.

Ces said...

That's it! The sky is just a giant lint trap! Right now you must be drying silk for it is clear blue and not a fluff.

Shannon said...

Hi sweet Bella!
Sending healing thoughts to your back and heart. Thanks for your visit...looks like we get to gave some fun together this spring! I'll be sending you some info soon. Thinking of you...

thewillowsnest said...

Scrolling down to here to post makes me feel like I just went to the gym!!hehe. you so super famous girl!!!

Anyway .. naughty back for going and getting 'all broke'..hope you've kicked that one in the pants!! no .. ouch!! But I am thrilled that you could lie back like a gloriously large thingymy creature and be fed tasty morsels!
That's what i think I;m ..gonna do now.."SOMEONE GET ME GRAPES".. hmm.. no ones coming...
hehe.. Love your work Oh precious one as always!!FABULOUS!!!

audrey said...

It's here, Bella! HAPPY HAPPY SPRING!!!!
♥ audrey

Shugar said...

oh dear! i really hope you are better now! *hugs*
Samuel sends you kisses too! :)

BT said...

I'm so glad your back is improving. Having suffered with back problems for years, I know how debilitating it can be. I love the wee thing underground! And the gorgeous illustration atop. Fabulous

Isabella Skye said...

Oh crap! My trackball popped frim scrolling too far down here.

I wonder if this edacious creature going to assume a mire comfortable position such as high fowlers for example, for this prandial activity?

Ces said...

Hahahaha! Someone sounds like she has tardive dyskinesia probably due to prolonged sitting inside a closed space! Hehehehe! I am glad I am not the only one who cannot type.

Amy C said...

indeed I can smell you and your cloud of garlic, pooooweeee!

(I ♥ garlic too, I had 2 raw cloves last night so it could be me I can smell)!??!

SonatasWelt said...

This Illustration is so funny :)
And I hope your back is feeling better now.
Sonata

Ant See Cloud said...

Good morning! Good morning! It is a beautiful day. Stop eating those strawberries and get up. It is not good to lay on your back for more than 48 hours. You should at least roll over and lay on your stomach. It is a little past 9 AM here and I kept my word. I will stay in bed. I wonder if I can stay in bed all day. Oh the clouds! I have to look up.

tera said...

Perfect! This is fantastic.
I hope you are feeling better by now.

Susan said...

Thanks so much for your visit Bella, you are such a sweetie for asking about the parade too. I should have pics posted in a few days. Glad your back is on the mend, what fab girls you have!

Deborah said...

Oh Bella, I think I love this one even more each time I visit. Rosie the box turtle is not large at all. She is accident prone...falls in the pool, in the pond, upside down. Now that I think about it, she's really a lot of work!
**kisskiss** Deb

Silke said...

Dear Bella, just stopping by your beautiful world to tell you how much I love your visits and comments!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! Much love, Silke

P.S. Yes, of course, I'm always eating something yummy - an almond bear claw at the moment...

Edrian Thomidis said...

Ha ha ha ha !!! This is so funny and reminds me of how I felt the last days of pregnancy. I'm so happy that you are feeling better. Your style is so delightful! I enjoy your drawings so much!

Edrian

Tom Foolery said...

Hello! would you like to play with me and my friend Vee?

NinetyNine said...

Good afternoon! Have you seen the sky yet!

Ces said...

There you go!

Ces said...

So big deal! I am off by one! I had your blog on for a while and it was only 97 then. hahaha!

Ces said...

Aaaaw STOP IT. You have to rub it in! I know how to count from 1 to 100!

❦TattingChic said...

Oh, I am sorry to hear you were not feeling better! I wish I had someone to feed me strawberries when I am laid up with pain! LOL! Gentle hugs to you, my friend!
~TattingChic ♥

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I heard you knocking and I was in the ladies room. If you come back I'll open the door. Please bring your jacks, can, Barbie dolls, jump rope, and your operation game. I'm provide, the Hawaiian punch, the jiffy pop, and my hula hoop. Be there or be square!!!!
I love you sOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. I hope this will never expire. Truly.

Shirley said...

Oh Bella, I am CRACKING UP...what do those darned word verification things mean, and WHY do they come up like that sometimes. You are nowhere near one of those! Too close to other words isn't it?!

Anyhoo..you are so sweet to stop by..HAPPY SPRING to you and your little ones. I hope you saw some sun and got to great the new season outdoors for a bit. We have crazy lovely weather over here...yes, I'm spoiled.

Ahhhh..thank you for your kind words. I woke up with her in my head. I must now get to work...I'm doing something more detailed now..so I may become a hermit again. Oy.

Have a lovely week ahead, Bella! Hugs!

Ces said...

Well I just finished cleaning up the dinner party and on the table, overheard were the following:

"That is a drippy one. I don't like sucking the drippy one."

"Oh this is a big one!"

"Here suck the big one!"

I have to tell you the rest later. OMG what an eye opener for some young 13 y.u. boy who came to visit and found the girl's family host an impromptu party. It's never dull in here. The adults are still here and I am in dire need of ice cream after dancing to Annie Lenox singing:

"You hurt me, I hate you!"

The word verif reminds you of what you need. I am sending you a matted hairy nut.

Cheryl Lynn said...

This is so cool! Love the telescope!

Glad that you're better.

Ces said...

I really love this. This illustration speaks to me. I can feel the love it conveys. Oh Bella, you are fantastic! Have a wonderful day dearest Bella.

Mono Brow Cola said...

Your talent is incredible. You have the power to mesmerize, tease, cajole, soothe, comfort, tickle, humor and induce one to deep introspection. I feel like a psychiatric patient with all these conflicting emotions and directions. This illustration is both lighthearted and heavy at the same time. Lighthearted because it cheers the human spirit, heavy because that creature sure is a big fatty!

Jokes aside, I wish you a speedy recovery and may your back be fully healed and may you be surrounded by your beautiful girls who love you and give you endless source of joy and happiness.

Reading through your blog, I sense a deep appreciation for you as an artist and as a beautiful loving soul.

Good luck and good health and may I please ask a question?

Is it alright for me to visit you everyday and say hello if I so desire? I do not wish to make your friend Ces jealous. I really think you and I will become great friends.

Andrea said...

Hi Bella! How cute is that image :) I visit often but it always seems I think to do it first thing in the morning just before I need to rush the boys out to school (just like this morning), but I remembered to come back today! You see by the time I read all the wonderful comments I'm simply left with no time LOL! Feel better soon,
Andrea


x

Mim said...

I love this! my kind of drawing!!

Nicky Linzey said...

Oh Bella, I'm sorry you have hurt your back but ... this is priceless! What an image. Exquisitely created as usual.

Francisco Martins said...

OMG!! i love thissss!
Bella, you're a genius! :D

Francisco Martins said...

PS: I'm sorry you hurt your back! Be well soon! :)

Koo and Poppet said...

this is fantastic!

Walter Helena said...

This is SO beautiful and magical. What a gorgeous imagination you have.

I'm having a fine art giveaway at the end of the month and would love you to drop by my blog to enter, if you'd like :)

Marion Eldridge said...

Oh, this is just great! Fantastic work!