Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ces in a nutshell. Literally.


"Will you please draw me drawing an acorn?"

"Sure! Will you please draw me drawing you drawing an acorn?"


This is my dearest friend Ces, painter and illustrator extraordinaire. She is, by far, the most prolific creator of astounding trees and acorns and elephants and bald babies and slender women in stylish clothing that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her passion is unbridled. Her wit and intelligence and playful mischief are explosive. It is impossible to fit such an enormous personality into one tiny little nutshell. But I tried anyway.

Ces asked me to draw her drawing an acorn, so I did. She is drawing an acorn on an acorn in an acorn. I agreed to draw her on the condition that she draw me drawing her. And so she did. To see her incredible and mind-blowing rendition, please click here.

Now for the real challenge. Is anyone willing to draw Ces drawing me drawing her drawing an acorn on an acorn in an acorn? Hmmmmmm?

Ces, Tsup!

66 comments:

rachel awes said...

in a nutshell,
gorgeous inspiration, bella!

Mandy said...

Too much! This is fabulous and darling as always!

Ted Blackman said...

Oh my gosh, I do believe I've stumbled into the women's corner. Quite a warm and cuddly blog you have here. I just want to say how much I love that painting you did of the one-eyed, green, blow-hole monster staring at the child. That is a really wonderful painting. Great story telling.
Okay, back to the garage to re-center myself in the universe. -Ted

Diana Evans said...

oh this is priceless!!! she will be over the moon with this piece...


you are such an amazing friend!!!!

Carol Lawecki said...

The drawing of Ces in an Acorn is Awesome! And you have a cute little elephant in the nut too!! :)

Captain Dumbass said...

I lurv everything about this one. I don't think I could come up with a drawing worthy of a follow up, though I am pretty magical with grilled cheese and cookie cutters.

k.h.whitaker said...

AWWWW, I love this, ya'll are so sweet, I am hopping over to Ces's now to check out the drawing of you drawing Ces, drawing a nut, on a nut, in a nut!

Ces said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Ces said...

I shall return when the blood has returned to my brain... TSUP!TSUP!TSUP!

Lori ann said...

oh bella, if i could draw as well as you i would be famous, and i haven't even begun to talk about your imagination that invents these paintings. this is magically delightful!

laughingwolf said...

you captured her perfectly, bella :)

love the puns!

Giuseppe Bianco said...

Not everyone can tap into their true imagination the way you can. This is beautiful as always. Love the chandelier.

Arija said...

Now you've got me even more confused . . .drawing you drawing Ces in an acorn on an acorn up a tree? Oi gewalt! where do we go from there???

You do have Ces down to a tee, even her hair. Both of you are truly amazing ladies!

Shirley said...

Gosh, Bella..this is AWESOME! I keep getting stuck with words as I just can't come up with how amazing your work is - so touching in such a succinct sweet piece. YAY for you and Ces!!!

AtelierBrigitte said...

This is just amazing! Ces will be thrilled with this piece.

thewillowsnest said...

This is sooo gorgeous Bella.. aha even the viking helmet for her 'man 'the viking'..
The sleeping one and the little ele' nearly made me pee my pants with cuteness.. and then the wee caterpillar didn't want to miss out
Awesomeness!!!

Ces said...

Thank you very much my dearest Bella! You honor me and I am grateful. I think I will celebrate by drinking a cup of coffee and eating a slice of my daughter's birthday cake. The cake is yelling at me "Come eat me! Eat me!" I will be kind and oblige. Thank you once again. I think Captain Dumbass should draw us. Drawing me in stick figures would be a compliment.

Tsup! Tsup!

faerwillow said...

~you two are a riot of the sweetest kind...the friendship you behold is unconditional and felt through both your words and images you share...such a honor to witness the kindred relationship you share with one another...how could one not simply adore this little nut drawing...much love light and blessings be with you always~

yoborobo said...

LOL! OMG I love the chandelier! Every acorn home should have one. :) To say you are both nuts doesn't quite capture the fun of your friendship. 'Tis loverly. :) xox! Pam

theartofpuro said...

So adorable!The idea is amazing!
You are Great Bella:)

The Original Drama Mama said...

Meta-acornism! Love that chandelier!
I've visited Ces' site and thought the viking nod was a clever and sweet touch; but that's Bella: clever and sweet! ;)

encaracolada said...

Really difficult task! hehe
Very original idea Bella, like always!! I love the eggsperts as well

Deborah said...

**head spins and pops off** OMGoodness, toooooooo adorable! Look at those chubby little knees! I want to pinch them. Gently. Everything you said about Ces, YES YES YES. She is all that and more. So much more indeed. Must visit her now. You is DeLovely ♥♥♥ Deb

Claudio Cerri said...

Great work, my friend!!

Faruffa said...

fabulous, you are a too cool couple!!!

Ces said...

Oh my God! I just spilled coffee on my shirt.

Ces said...

I love to eat some nuts right now.

Draffin Bears said...

Bonjour dear Bella,

You are both so very talented ... Hope all is well with you sweet friend.

Hugs
Carolyn

I adore elephants

aimee said...

you are THE ONLY ONE who could put Ces in a nutshell! no one else could ever manage to do it, or if they could, she certainly would not let them.

once away you blow me away with your brilliance!

p.s. who is captain dumbass? that is one awesome username.

martinealison said...

Je vous invite toutes les deux à la dollhouse (mon atelier). Un magnifique chêne se trouve à côté... et les glands rebondissent sur le toit de temps en temps... C'est peut-être Ces qui frappe!!!
MAGNIFIQUE DESSIN, SUBLIME....
Bisous

Janine said...

Thats so great what you and your friend created. It is more than just drawings. It´s an own world. It is like an own universe.
I love what you created.
And I am happy for you are having a friendship like that.
xoxo
Janine

Amalia K said...

Ces is looking fine in that nutshell! I ADORE the little details you put into this, down to Ces' lollipops and oh! Oh! Ooooh!!! Especially that gorgeous teeny weeny little helpful elliephant!!!

*Sigh* I wanna have a posh nutshell like that. The chandelier looks luvly.

oxox

Megan Coyle said...

whoa, sounds like quite a challenge :)

Andrew Finnie said...

Haha Bella, well you and Ces sure lucked out in the transmagrocical genetic amazingly wonderful artists gene pool.

It's good because you made a quick post !!! Love the chandeleer and the little details just sing - but of course.

I won't tell you the magic word cause 'autleri' is such a common one.

Andrew Finnie said...

Haha and the viking hat :)

Giuseppe Bianco said...

Hi, Bella. I hate to bother you, but since you were so kind to post such a sweet review of my book on my blog, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind posting a comment on my website under the "Please Leave A Comment" section. If you like, you can just copy and paste the same post you wrote on my art blog. I would do it myself, but I would never want to do that without your permission. No pressure. If you are not up for it, I totally understand. Still and always will be a huge fan of yours.

http://www.willowkrimble.com/please-leave-a-comment.html

Ces said...

I notice there is a big nut between my legs...

Ces said...

Yes! The nut is stout and longer than my legs. Alas there is only one and leaning to the left??? Whaaaaa???

Andrew Finnie said...

Haha you are aking me augh :) One day my otherhalf will read these emails I get from your sites and she will think that you are talking to me

Giuseppe Bianco said...

Thanks so much for the comments on my website, Bella! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Steve E said...

Now this is "OAK-AAAE"

Krista said...

Awwwww! So lovely, especially the Viking helmet! Perfect!

Barbara said...

I bet Ces loved this! It's always imperative to view your art in larger form. There are so many details I don't want to miss! I love every little detail, Bella.
Can I have that chandelier in my dining room? With the butterfly?

cindy said...

fabulous and wonderful as always! enjoy your weekend!

Juan said...

Magical!!!
Have a nice weekend, Bella!

Manon Doyle said...

Awe.... our little nutjob, Ces!! Omg....that is gorgeous!! She is perfect!!!

Owl Eng said...

I also want to live inside such a beautiful house! Love all the details here

Raluca said...

oh,how sweet, dear Bella!What a beautiful illo you made for Ces!!
I loved also the little ''deja vú''!And I really really REALLY love the new background you dressed the blog with!

Jack Foster said...

You and Ces are such a creative riot together! I’m Ces loves this!!! The viking hat is the topper! Simply wonderful Bella. I’m so glad that you and Ces share your “nutty” relationship with the world! It refreshes us!

Ces said...

Surrender to the nuts!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Oh...the imagination! How absolutely adorable this is!

Erin Butson said...

so sweet! love your work!

L.M. said...

adorable pictures! great work!

Linda Hensley said...

Art, fun, and friendship is a wonderful combination!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

How did I miss this post???? I came over to say, yes, I agree...art supplies trump diamonds every day and I find a baby Ces hard at work on an acorn! (okay, the 25th was my anniversary...my mind could have been elsewhere!)
Wonderful Bella! I think you should have this made poster-sized.... ;-)

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Michaele Razi said...

I'm loving this! So sweet...

Deborah said...

I love how her big toe curls down. ♥♥♥ Deb

BT said...

Oh wow. Just wonderful and so Ces and so so Bella. Beautiful. No.

Ces said...

You know, my big toe does curl. Is this nutshell available for purchase anywhere? I need it today.

Ces said...

Oh, did you win a bet in the superbowl?

Ces said...

I fell asleep during the game. Yawn!

Ces said...

Change of plans. Gotta go to work now.

Ces said...

Bye bye lovely lady.

Kathiesbirds said...

So, so cute! I have not been here for a visit in awhile. I am so glad I stopped by today. I needed some cheeering up. This did the trick! Thank you both Ces and Bella! Very clever!

Emily said...

I just adore this illo! It reminds me of one of my favourite books as a child.
Cheers Bella!

Steve E said...

SOON will be the anniversary of this wondrous work of art--my pure favorite #1 of all art works.

For an OAK TREE full of reasons!