Monday, February 21, 2011

Illustration Friday - Layer

Hiding under thorny layers.


Do you remember Ding Dongs?




In Canada, they are called King Dons. Not to be confused, however, with Don King.


Don King

Maybe you've had one recently, but I haven't eaten one in decades. I loved those things. I could hear a choir of angels whenever I spied the shimmery, silver wrapper at the bottom of my lunchbox. I'd gingerly peel back the silver, careful to keep it intact so that I could later smooth out the square of foil with the back of my fingernail. Then, I'd nibble off the thin layer of chocolate before finally biting into the chocolate cake with creamy white filling. Mmmmmmm.

It appears that whatever is hiding within the artichoke loves Ding Dongs, too.

Oh! Guess what we are having for dinner tonight? No, not Ding Dongs, silly. Artichokes! Yum!

Have a fantastic week!

92 comments:

Indigene said...

I adore this illustration. She seems determined and I love the energy, too! I understand that energy.

Bella, I knew I loved you for many reasons, but now I know that you and I are one in our addiction of these delicious treats! OMG! I no longer buy them, since I will eat the whole box! So I just stand in the supermarket aisle, just drooling, they often call one of the guys to mop up after me! Lol! Now my husband will have to hide the car keys, since I've seen them on your blog! It is baked "crack"! Lol! lol!

Ces said...

Aaawww! sweetie this is great! I am so glad you finally loved layering it because I LOVE IT!!!! Oh you know what? The Ding Dongs are okay but they are too sweet. Ick! Why did you put that guy's photo in there? He does not harmonize with your beautiful drawing. Ick!

Captain Dumbass said...

I've always wondered why they were called King Dons here. Mmm...

Sarah said...

Awww I loved the sketch..wonderful concept!
Ding Dongs...OMG when I was in highschool...a VERY long time ago..I had then almost every day or twinkies..ackkkk!! But OMG they were good!!
Hugs, Sarah

Caroline said...

So cute and funny! Miss you wonderful friend! Life is getting better for me, I am going to keep the gallery and I have taken on some help finally. One day I hope to sell your wonderful prints in my little gallery... Or at least meet you in real life! thank you for always making me feel like a million bucks! Ps.. I love Ding-Dongs too!

Silke said...

Wow, what a wonderful illustration. What do you work in, Bella? Watercolor? In any case, your illustrations are simply exquisite!!

And can you believe I am a total Ding Dong virgin?!? Hahaha!!

Love, Silke

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

So sweet and love this gorgeous illustration of the pretty little girlie and the layers of the artichoke.
Do you know we don't get Ding Dongs here and I feel like I am missing out.
I always think Don King looks like he has had an electric shock.

Hope all is well with you and have a lovely week
Hugs
Carolyn

Arija said...

Lucky you with purple artichokes and ding-a-lings . . .

Whatever it is is a greedy piggy to just take one bite out of the ding dongs so he gets the whole packet and can come out when no-one is looking and gather all the leftovers.

Your drawings are a constant joy to me.

k.h.whitaker said...

ohhhhhh, very creative Bella! I love your take on Layer. I never had Ding Dongs, I liked frozen twinkies and the little swiss cake rolls, I can't remember what they are even called. I haven't had one of those since I was like 10 years old.

The Original Drama Mama said...

That looks like me...30 years ago! (the red head, not the thing in the artichoke, though some days...)

I love this, the sense of something creepy and mysterious, won over by creamy filling.

I'm trying to think of a sweet treat hidden in my lunch that brought sounds of delight...I think Lil Debbie Nutter Butters...if I end up buying them next time i am in the store I know who to blame!!! :)

Mandy said...

I don't know Bella, I'd prefer Ding Dongs to artichokes! When I was pregnant with our oldest daughter, I'd stop by the store on Friday's to pick up a box. They wouldn't last the weekend! It's been ages since the last one though! Lovely art today too!

martinealison said...

Ma chère Bella, I love les artichauts!!! et chez moi, en France, la région des artichauts c'est la Bretagne. Ils y sont beaux et gros. D'autres vous diront que les meilleurs sont les petits violets du sud de la France qui se dégustent même cru.
Dans la peinture que j'ai publiée le 30 octobre sur mon blog, j'ai peint des artichauts. C'était un petit clin d'oeil pour ma fille Fauve, qui attendait un bébé. Le papa est un garçon de Bretagne, un breton!
Je ne sais pas qui se cache dans ce bel artichaut, mais je sens que Bella pourrait être cette personne! apprenant que votre gourmandise pour ces sucrerie!
Votre dessin est aussi doux que vos douceurs...
Gros bisous

martinealison said...

My dear Bella, I love artichokes! and at home, in France, the region is Brittany artichokes. They are beautiful and big. Others will tell you that the best are the little purple in the south of France that can be enjoyed even thought.
In the painting I posted Oct. 30 on my blog, I painted artichokes. It was a small wink for my daughter Fawn, who was expecting a baby. Dad is a boy from Brittany, a Breton!
I do not know who is hiding in this beautiful artichoke, but I feel that Bella could be that person! learning that your appetite for these sweets!
Your design is as soft as your sweet ...
Kisses

tera said...

Ha ha! I love Ding Dongs! Almost as much as I love your little girls. I don't know what she found in the artichoke, but it seems to be friendly, eh?

Where do you get your ideas? Wonderful!

caren@kdottiedesigns.com said...

Brings back so many memories!!! Your illustration is adorable as usual. :) Think I will have to go buy some Ding Dongs!

Andrew Finnie said...

Oho Bella, you an Jack are racing for the make finnie grin awards. Wow the thing that grabs me are the petals, and the little girl how cute she is even from the back - I feel myslef going all clucky. Now I must retreat and raid the ding dong bank :) What's wrong withe eating ding dongs for dinner?

By the way they would never got with that name here because it is "rude". Well maybe they would.

I'm so glad ces made me look at your blog :)

Bobo said...

Love your illustration with a little mystery, hope you reveal who's this little one with have little blue hands and love Ding Dongs on your next post!

Ding Dongs, love it when I'm young, but just too sweet for me now!

Owl Eng said...

This is beautiful, Bella. I need the layer to protect me. Any way to shrink my body to that matching size! ;)

Michaele Razi said...

I'm loving this. So sweet and creative and I LOVE the colors!

Faruffa said...

beautiful illo Bella, as only you know how to do: sweet and tender, it contains all the little secrets of childhood !!!

String said...

This is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! I love your style and the colours you have used here. I have never heard of Ding Dongs!

rachel awes said...

oh yes i remember ding dongs, as well as ho ho's! they go hand in hand in my super specialIST childhood taste memories!!!
soooo, of course it would be THIS DARLING GIRL who would be the giver of such foods. i had never met her until now. i kiss the top of her sweet head. xox

Janine said...

Ha ha ha, ding gongs, king Dons, Don King. What a great word chain.
Who ever may be in this artichoke, is very sympathetic to me. I confess I am a chocoholic.
"Hi My name is Janine, I am a chocoholic"- "Hi, Janine!"
I do not know the ding-king-dons but I love littecakes, especially when they are wrapped in foil,Ahhhh.
I love your illustartion (what else!)
Have a great week
Janine

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Mmmmmmm......artichokes and Ding Dongs! My heart skipped a beat!
Well, I love both, what can I say?
A beautiful and well executed artichoke...I grew them one year (our climate is not what they need) and it was the most glorious garden! The plants are as amazing as the flower!
Now that you have stabbed my morning brain with the thought of chocolate, you know that is not going away soon.....I may have to bake.... ;-) It is far too icy to run to town and get a box of the afore mentioned treats. ;-D

XXOO~~♥
Anne

P.S. Hilarious that you added Don King--I always associate his name with the cakes.....can't help it; too close in wordplay

Amalia K said...

You know, Ding Dongs could be a great follow up after artichokes, but Don King belongs absolutely NOWHERE before, after or in between those two! Regardless how much money he owns. (^__^)

Anyway, I love your perfectly layered artichoke. Prettiest I've ever seen. *Thumbs up*

oxx

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Love the artichoke illustration and my husband loves those Ding Dongs!!

the tweed fox said...

this is very very sweet! i love your characters and color choices. :)

OhioGirl said...

Do you know how much you just made me crave a ding dong and I'm thousands of miles away! Just when I thought I could be a fan of this blog ;-)

Linda Hensley said...

Love the colors! Love artichokes too. Hasn't occured to me to play with them like this before though. Makes me feel like buying an artichoke :)

theartofpuro said...

Don't know these kind of cookies:(
But the illo is so sweet!LOve it:)

jasperandblue said...

lovely drawing, great colours. and ding dongs... yum I haven't had one for years, but i love vicariously through my kids

Deborah said...

**more squeals of delight** Look at the wee feet snuggled under the bottom! Too cute-cute. That is the best looking artichoke I have ever seen. I must prepare my next one more carefully and be on watch for the little inhabitant. I may have steamed a few before...
**blows kisses** Deb

Amanda Dilworth said...

Another cute and fantastically original illustration:)

Tammie said...

oh, I love this!!!
love love love this!
It is adorable and mysterious, you have a wonderful imagination! Ummmm artichokes!

art is jokken said...

That's me , sitting inside!!! I am an artichoke too. Actually I am Art-is-jokken !!! :)
Great !!

Irene said...

What a unique take on the topic for this week. I love your illustrating style. And the sweet explorer in the painting is adorable. May I ask what medium you created it with?

I haven't had a ding dong in decades but I loved them too. The foil wrap was a big part of it.

Richard Ewing said...

well...
I will certainly look twice before eating my next artichoke... or at least rinse it out well..
Nice mix of cute and creepy...
Colors are appropriate as well

Vicki Smith said...

What clever connections and story you have woven!!!!!!

Shirley said...

Ahhhhhh, Bella!! this is awesome once again! I love artichokes, but Bella's artichoke is magnificent...a surprise awaiting us inside. Soooo cool. I love ding dongs, ho ho's, and my hubby loves snowballs. You've described the ding dong experience perfectly! : )
Big hugs to you - a visit to your place always makes the day extra good. Thank you!!

Jack Foster said...

We just had artichoke fritatas last night. Now I could go for a Ding Dong about now... mmmmm. Loved those things. My mom wouldn’t let us have them, so I had to get mine off a dealer around the corner. They cost a little more...but he “sweetened” the deal with a Twinkie once in a while... just to keep me coming back. That was a long time ago...I’ve been Ding Dong clean for 26 1/2 years now.................

Jack Foster said...

..... just fell off the wagon.... oooops.... but it was so good :o) I don’t know why I still had my dealer’s number in my wallet :o) Anyway Bella! I love your sweet illustration. That artichoke is phenomenal and your little characters are simply...the best!!! I love the way your brain works....:o)

Rubin Pingk said...

This is insane. I love it.

The little blue hand. The ding dongs. The perfect captured pose of the little girl. The colors.

You make me sick! In a great way, tho.

Love it when you post new art.

I do remember ding dongs and have indulged quite recently.

My fingernail has flattened many a wrapper. Usually gum, tho.

Horacio said...

So mistery and sweet!
I want one Ding dongs please!!!
Jus in case, i will stay in your place Bella.

Erin Louise Buckley said...

Beautiful and so, so clever!

Barbara said...

I love this one, Bella! Too funny. Those nasty little inner fuzzies don't deserve a Ding Dong! But she has a kind heart and perhaps she is luring them out to get to that delicious heart!!

yoborobo said...

Bella - your mind is an amazing place. I should know, I've been clog dancing in there for weeks now! What a lovely drawing. :) And then I saw...DING DONGS! Can I tell you that when I go grocery shopping I stop in front of them and have an internal dialog. Sometimes I tell myself to buy them so that my (now huge teens) can experience their loveliness, knowing full well I will eat the entire box by myself. Mmmmmm...DING DONGS. Childhood in a silver wrapper. :)) xox Pam

fortyfourhat said...

layer is cool idea :D

studio lolo said...

The drawing is beautiful Bella! I was wondering what was being fed to the entity inside :)

As a Canadian, I wonder why we call them King Dons?? That's just wrong.

My thing (growing up in Boston, were Devil Dogs!!) You could never get me to eat one today though. Yuck, they've changed. And so have I, thankfully.

Don King cracked me up! Thanks for the laugh :)

Marie S said...

I love this too!! I myself, hide under thorny layers.

That is so interesting about the DingDongs/KingDons.
I learn something old everyday!!

cindy said...

everyone in your world is just cute as a button including creatures living within artichokes who like ding dongs. i still enjoy a yankee doodle now and then, but they seem much smaller than i remember and i'm sure it's not that i'm bigger.

Eric Barclay said...

Wonderful story here and beautiful work.

Krista said...

Awwwww!! What sweetness! That little blue hand is delightful! I love the ones that have been tossed out. I'd like to live in an artichoke.

Sympathy for The Devil said...

Bella Sinclair you are so funny really :D no wonder Grandewitch loves you so much!!! but to be honest ive never eaten dingdongs before i think they dont have it here (i live in a jungle for sure) then i googled bella sinclair dindongs and i found something about it like "just got my purple glasses to support justin bieber" whattt??? eewwww...(no offense, but justin bieber??? seriously??) oh but i realized it wasnt you it was another bella sinclair im glad.

this is post is funny and so is your drawing.
funny and adorable.

Sympathy for The Devil said...

"this post is funny", i meant.

what is wrong with me???

i did typo error twice, one on grandewitch's blog.

Ces said...

Yes! Yes! Just one of the reasons why I love Bella Sinclair. The other is because I "just got my purple glasses to support justin bieber". Hahahahaha!!! Oh wait, was it "just got my purple artichoke to support lady gaga".

Good morning!!!

Ann Pilicer said...

Love this illo and okay I am a ding dong but I love Ring Dings better! ha ha. You are so funny..:D

AtelierBrigitte said...

Lovely lovely illo! Didn't know that artichokes hide nice, chocolate treats... maybe I should more vegetables.

Ted Blackman said...

Have you ever noticed how many times the words love, loved, and lovely are used in your comments? Wow, kinda makes my head spin.
You don't see those words used much in the guy blogs; they use words like rockin, kickass, bitchen, sick, etc,
-but this love thing is all good, because I like coming here and experiencing all the warmth.
Don't tell my guy friends I do it, though, they'd excommunicate me.

Rabbit Town Animator said...

your ideas are just brilliant!

Nicky Linzey said...

Delicious colours in your illustration Bella and delicious artichokes too!

Johanna Urban said...

Naw!! So cute!!! I adore this illustration!!!!

Much LOVE

johanna, sweden
art

tweed fox said...

hi again! just letting you know.. i am going to add your link to my blog's sidebar! :) that way i can share with friends.

Ted Blackman said...

Bella, I just have to say, your comments on my blog continue to crack me up. -and glad my humor was responsible for you spitting toothpaste on your computer screen. To a cartoonist like me that's the ultimate compliment!

laughingwolf said...

where DO you get these super ideas of yours, bella? i'm amazed at each piece when i come to visit you! :)

not into that kinda 'treats', but enjoy! :D

Valerie Lorimer said...

Love your artichoke illustration, Bella! Who could forget Ding Dongs?

Angela Matteson said...

I love how at first sight I see a beautiful purple artichoke, and then the rest of the story starts to reveal itself in all of your details. Brilliant!

Short Poems said...

Beautiful illustration...so sweet and
funny :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

MERCY!!! MERCY!!! Please have MERCY!!! Oh my goodness... I have to pull myself together. I was eating a bowl of soup while looking at your post and got it all over my screen with laughter! OH MY GOODNESS. You take the dang cake girly. I mean really. Got to be pretty dang talented to put all they of these things together in a post. I love the layer illustration. She looks so innocent like arty wouldn't try to eat her. I still don't know how to eat one. Hope you had good dinner.
Now about these Ding Dongs. This is the first time I have ever seen these. We called them Yankee Doodles and Ho Ho's. Still I'd like to know who are the people who sit around and make up the names for this deliciousness??? Back here in Jersey Ding Dong means something totally different.........................crickets............ um
As I was saying, Don King looks like a complete nut!
He looks a lot better then Favor Fav though. If Weight Watches was smart they would use them for their new Ugly Programs. Just places a pictures of Favor and Don on all your sneaky treats and watch your appetite disappear. NASTY!! he he he he he he!
Oh I have the best visit here today. Thanks for making my day. I love you girl. Planning a trip to your area soon. I will let you know.
Love you
V

deepazartz said...

Beautiful Art! Who could convey it in a better way???
Simply love the illo:)

Ces said...

Good morning! I have been molting in bed wondering whether I will turn from a pupa to a butterfly but nothing is happening...so I best get up and see if we have any Ding Dongs, Twinkies, Honeybuns and other basic breakfast food group in our kitchen. If not I will definitely muster the courage to pick up a box of Ding Dongs if I go to the grocery store today! Good morning!!!

Ces said...

Oh Last night I read your comment at Shirley's about the thousand leafs. You called it Napoleons, only then, I remembered that we had it at that fancy tea house in New York by NYU! Wow! That was very good but the next time you are in NYC, in case you have a hankering for tea, don't go to that tea house. I think the Plaza Hotel serves tea and it's a much better ambiance and guess what!!!??? They serve Hazelnut Napoleons!!! WHAAAAAAAAA!!! The next time we are in NYC at the same time, will you please join me for afternoon tea at the Palm Court? Oh yes! and we should have Vee, of course!!!

Ces said...

Ooooh I forgot to tell you. I am making crawfish etouffee this evening, that is if the kids don't eat the crawfish I already shucked this morning for an hour!!! Nom nom, I smell like fresh seafood!

Ces said...

Also, I have not been here for a while. I missed spamming your blog. Tsup!

Ces said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you this, I am having Girl Scout cookies, chocolate peanut butter patties, with my coffee while I am drawing fungi.

Ces said...

Okay, this is all for now. I shall return later and give you a status report. Tsup! Tsup!!!

Shirley said...

Hi Bella. I'm finally upright after being knocked down by the flu but just wanted to say how nice it was to read of your LOVE of Napoleons! And I don't know how you could've standed it standing next to a pastry counter all day long. I hear someone is sending their hubby and son out for some ding dongs and ho hos this morning...see what you started?! : )

Ces said...

WHOOOA! I love it when I get out of the shower and I see Bella Sinclair, again and again and again!!!

Oh yeah! I sent my husband out for some dingdongs and hohos but I hear he is coming home with a huge meat!

Honestly, he and the boys are having a beef jerky project and somehow I get pulled into the project and asked to do the dirty work, just because I have the sharpest knives!!!

Shirley said...

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHAAAAHHHAAAAAA I'm fallin' down again crackin' up this time. Thank you for that, Bella. Oh my, I will not look at a ding dong, or ho ho the same again. You are so funny.

Ces said...

The DingDongs are a great disappointmen in terms of packaging. They now come in white plastic pouches, not foil. However, it is still 9 grams of fat and 5 milligrams of cholesterol per cake. I know, I could test something healthier but I had to find out. Oh the things I do for you! Only for you will I eat a DingDong. Oh yum, not bad!

Ces said...

I have 11 more DingDongs left...

aimee said...

best drawn artichoke i've ever seen! i'd love to see your rendition of a ding dong!

Lori ann said...

bella love, your comments here are almost as entertaining as your posts. but nothing, nothing compares to your art.
everyone asks about your inspiration and ideas. maybe you could do a post where you tell a bit about that. you are a wonderful talented amazing artist and your sharing would be a gift.

Lori ann said...

i forgot to say i LOVE this painting. brilliant.

encaracolada said...

Hehe, funny confusion!

Ces said...

I love your girl.

I love your ding dong.

I love your hand.

I love you.

TSUP!

:)

Isabelle said...

Sooooo nice!! You are soo good at illustrating (of course you know that!!?) I love Ding gongs...wow it's been so long since I had one of these!! Finishing writing this and running to the store!!. And les artichauts, c'est si bon!! Aussi bon que tes illustrations (it rhymes, too!!) :)

Jack Foster said...

Hey Bella! Hehehe thanks for noticing my typo.... I was so worried about spelling worcestershire right that I misspelled onion ;o)... Actually I stopped by to tell you that you are mentioned in Vanessa’s latest post! Hilarious!!!

Andrew Finnie said...

Oh I just realised there was a symbollist, subconscious message in this one and that you are playing with our minds, trying to take us back to cave man days, where it was just man against raw nature, where it was a bird eat flower world, a world without cats and dogs - or Gros Lis tomatoe plants.

Anyway, stop being restful and hit us with another master pice.

Err make that master piece :)

seeyoufrom oz

IVYALLOVER said...

My friend, common already – really? I can't take it! everything about this fun illo is perfect - common now. YOU my dear are so clever hmmm keep pushing me my friend - I love it. NO, I love you and how your mind works. Oh yeah and yummy LOVE Dongs too...oh my.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Love the artichoke with the mysterious creature inside. Reminds me of the sugar eggs my mom used to make at Easter

Kathiesbirds said...

With Ding Dongs for dessert I hope! Now, what kind of wine does one serve with Ding Dongs...no, no, not wine...Kaluha and cream I think!

justdoodleit said...

Delicate and lovely and a big LOL to the frizzy haired Don King connection.