Thursday, January 12, 2012

Illustration Friday: Grounded

Heeeeeelp!!!



Hello, and Happy New Year!  I hope 2012 is starting off smoothly and beautifully for you.  We had an amazing vacation visiting my truly beautiful sister-in-law in Kauai.  Days were spent playing in the waves and reveling in sudden rain showers.  And in the evenings, we delighted in each other's company over fragrant teas, guitar strumming and the perfect ratio of raisins to almonds.  Thank you, C!  I hope you are having fun on your board and smiling.  We miss you!




Just a few snapshots from our time in paradise.  The Stalker Santa in the window creeped out my girls.  And yes, feral chickens!  Roosters are quite gorgeous, I must say.











52 comments:

Angel said...

Very cute illo! So sweet, little pink elephant.
Taking my Mom and daughter to Kauai in a few months, we love it there.

Andrea said...

Oooh, I love it all!

Jess said...

I love the elephant and such an interesting idea!

Andrew Finnie said...

Ah Bella! Ah Bella. Ah Bella your holiday looks so holydayishly wonderously wonderful. Santa in the window? Who wouldathought :)

So that's what it looks like in the tropics in winter? Just the same as it does in summer? :) And those little meat balls look so full of fibre!

Heh. Oh and I love the flying elephant, just hanging on for herhis dear little life and having so much fun!

And isn't that what life is about :)

see you!

hope life is good and full of charm!

Rabbit Town Animator said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Bella! Cute lil Elephant!!! He's getting blown away by the wind! Am glad you had a great holiday and may 2012 be awesome for you!!!

rachel awes said...

+ your dear elephant is soooo worth helping! looove!
+ i hear kauai is AMAZING!
our fam is considering going...
any must sees? rachelawes@gmail.com
would love any tidbits!!
lovelovelove to you,
you, who is also paradise.
xox

Kathi said...

Happy New Year to my favorite illustrator! Your drawings always make me smile. :D

I love the way you did the reflections on the sea monster and little girl on the board with her cat. Didn't you know that cats hate water? Of course, you did!!!!

Jack Foster said...

Wow! Looks like paradise! Welcome back and Happy New Year Bella! Love the photos (even stalker Santa) and I really like your illustrations! Tell him to hang on a little longer... I’m on my way!

heidialdin said...

So glad to see you back Bella! It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday with your girls.
Your little elephant is so cute hanging on with all of his might!
Here's to a new year of creating pictures... and stuff!

heidialdin said...

So glad to see you back Bella! It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday with your girls.
Your little elephant is so cute hanging on with all of his might!
Here's to a new year of creating pictures... and stuff!

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Indigene said...

Oh, Bella, I feel just like that cute little elephant! Lol! What a wonderful illustration, you can also title this one "Courage" :)

It looks like you and the girls had an amazing time! YAY Bella & her girls!!!!

Shirley said...

OH my gosh..LOVE your illo..I sure hope little elephant doesn't get hurt! What a wonderful dragon and is it C on that board? I saw a woman on a board too..and just was amazed at how long they can stay on. FABULOUS illustrations (I've missed them!) and such gorgeous photos. I'll have to send the pic of the not-so-pretty-duck that kinda freaked out our family while visiting for salt pond gelato...oh my! But all the other wild chickens were beautiful..ah, to see these pics is a delight! Love those sand balls too! Welcome back!!!

Kathiesbirds said...

Bella, it looks like a fun and relaxing time. I love the rooster and the sun streaming through the clouds. Your illustrations make me smile as always. Thank you for my smile today, and Happy New Year!

Andrew Finnie said...

Haha ha Bella, I am sitting in my workspace giggling at your comments! Thank you.

Herrump. I meant to say I am sittng at my desk in my leather chair smoking a pipe and having some deep manly chuckles :) :) :) I'm so very glad you like the book. You are very very very kind :)

Great your daughter learnt to surf. Make sure she waxes the bottom of the board though (it makes you go faster that way)

Just a bad joke.!!!

Amalou said...

Love how the little guy is out of focus. Very cute.

caren@kdottiedesigns.com said...

Happy New Year! It makes me so happy when I click on your blog and there is a new illustration....makes my day. Glad you have a wonderful vacation . Hawaii is such a gorgeous place....must say, I'm a bit jealous :-)

Lori ann said...

the little elli wanted to go to kauai with you (me too)! so glad you had a wonderful holiday. did you try standup paddleboarding too? is that you?
lovely photos bella, makes me miss hawaii so much. aloha!

Val said...

happy new year, bella!

your holiday is such great fun! miss hawaii now that you talked about it... was there close to 17 years back. loved the sun, beach and sea there. my best and worst memory was the snorkelling experience there.

Caroline said...

Happy New Year, Bella! Hope it's a good one for you and yours. Love the little elephant aloft there! Enjoyed your holiday pics too.

theartofpuro said...

Adorable illustration:)Hope someone will help him:)

otto björnik said...

Happy new year Bella! I love the photos, looks like you had fun out in the sun!:D Hope this year will be filled with more lovely illustrations from you!:D

tera said...

Somewhere along the line I decided I like roosters, too, and now I have about 20 around my house. Not real ones, of course. :)

I like your little elephant guy - He better hold on tight!

By the way - I finally (finally!) got your contest piece done. I went a really different direction than intended. I hope you like it.

Cindy said...

welcome back and happy new year to you! i love your new illustrations and the photos. what a treat, and yes, that santa is kind of creepy. aloha to him for another year.happy weekend!

HeatherU said...

Your adventure sounds and looks like it was lovely! I hope you had happy holidays. I certainly did :) Here in MN I'm used to a white christmas but there was no snow this year! Hard to get used to.. I hope you have a great weekend

Heather

Deborah said...

**squeals** Kauai is our Happy Place. We went for our honeymoon and every summer after...till babies arrived. Love love love. I feel like your elephant, however, I do not want to come down. **kisskiss** Deb

Steve E said...

From pure enjoyment, to meditation. You bless us, Bella! And inspire!

PEACE!
Steve E

C.P.Adorio said...

Whaaaa!!! This is unbelievable. I think the last time 24 hours passed before I made my comment on your blog... wait wait wait, I never commented past 24 hours since I've known you!!!

Ah, the wait is worth to find not one but two fabulous illustrations. Oh my, I feel like that elephant right now!!! Hanging on to a very thin thread of fun. That is a lovable drawing of C on a paddleboard. I hope the dragon is a friendly one J

So wonderful to see you posting, I missed pelting your blog with comments. I did not want to appear like that stalker Santa. Hahaha! That is weird!

Roosters and hens...ugh! Since the arrival of immigrants from Mexico and Asia, we have them here in our subdivision and they are a nuisance crowing at 4AM. They are not as big a emu birds, though, which our Vietnamese neighbor had 14 inside his yard thinking no one will notice or smell!!!

Growing up in the Philippines, we raised hundreds of chicken for consumption, all descended from Elma, the hen and Ma-es, the rooster.

Sorry to burst your bubble but most people raise roosters as fighting cocks. The police busted a ring of immigrants illegally gambling by betting at cockfights.

Roosters are very popular in Asia, especially the Philippines where they use them to battle at cockfights, a major, legalized gambling. They have cock-fighting arenas and stadia all over the country. The loser gets cooked.

WARNING!!! Graphic and violent.

http://my_sarisari_store.typepad.com/my_sarisari_store/cockfighting/

They also have horse-fighting -

DOUBLE WARNING!!!

http://my_sarisari_store.typepad.com/my_sarisari_store/horse-fighting/

and dog-fighting...

Sigh***

laughingwolf said...

ok, now i'm REALLY jealous, looking at the warmth/sunshine... we just hit the coldest days of winter in my area!

supposed to warm up again, early in the week... perhaps to 40F! lol

welcome back, glad you and the girls had a great time on vaca :)

Tristania Art said...

Happy 2012!
As usual, a lovely illustration. Poor little elephant! Your holidays sound fantastic, and I enjoyed the pics. Envy mode on! Have a nice weekend :)

k.h.whitaker said...

love the illustrations Bella! It looks like you had a fantastic trip :)

Janine said...

Hi hi hi, hold on lil´elephant.
This is soooo sweet.
Great you have been a good time, this really lokes like a lovely place.
Have a great weekend
Janine

Amalia K said...

Oh, let go, baby elephant and let the wind take you to me!! I'll give you some delicious hot pumpkin soup and jasmine tea before bed.

Blame Miss Bella for making you too cute that I want you all to myself! Hehehe...

Glad to know you had a marvelous holiday, Bella. Remember to trade places with me the next time you plan another one. :D

Nina Crittenden said...

Glad you had such a fab tropical getaway! I LOLed at the stalker Santa! :) Thank you for your kind words, Miss Bella. I so admire your creative, inventive, talented mind and your oh so wonderful heart! Big hugs to you!

Dawn Savoia said...

Glad you had a wonderful vacation! Happy to see new illustrations lol-the little elephant is super cute :) I feel like that some days :/ holding on for my dear life ;) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

All the best with creativity this year!

C.P.Adorio said...

Oh no! It is not because I want my laundry to be crisp that I line dry them. I just want to conserve energy and I do not want my 100% cotton clothes to shrink. Besides the dryer never entirely removes the wrinkles so I end up starching and ironing my dress shirts.

Nicky Linzey said...

Hi Bella
Glad you had what looks like an amazing holiday. Happy New Year to you. Can't get over your grounded illio. What a stunning effect - really works well.

Barbara said...

Beautiful photos, Bella. Kauai is paradise...
Hope that kitty stays on the board! :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Hold on Elly!!!! Nessa a comin'!! This is full of life and happiness and joy! All the things a creative soul needs to be inspired and keep it moving. Oh my my goodness I adore each and every single photo. It's awesome Bella! How fabulous. The Santa in the window is DA BOMB! I love him. he he he he he he! One day I hope to go. Soon. Thanks for making the start of my week! Big hugs and a whollottalove!
V

Valerie Lorimer said...

So adorable! Love the photos too. Blessings and joy to your and your family in 2012!

Jennifer said...

I just adore that first illustration!! :D

deepazartz said...

Welcome back Bella dear. SO nice and fun to see your illos...I am all ready to help!!! And the lil girl is so cute...The pics are awesome...esp the the last three:)))
Great to have you back:)

AtelierBrigitte said...

HOLD ON little elephant!
Lovely illustrations.

And a great way to spend your holidays; on Hawai!

Michaele Razi said...

That elephant is wonderful! Lovely post.

Amanda Dilworth said...

Wow, Kauai looks amazing, glad you have had a good start to the new year. Really love the little pink elephant, what a fab illustration, so cute :)

Ted Blackman said...

Normally, seeing Stalker Santa would be the highlight of my vacation, but not in Hawaii, it's got him beat. Especially those sudden rain showers you speak of that would come over and keep right on going. I remember the last night there, watching the sunset and not wanting the week to end. Maybe someday I'll return, even die on the beach like Paul Gauguin did, surrounded by beautiful native girls. Or was that Tahiti where he did that?

Lots of love and kisses and hugs and smooches!! (I see that a lot on this blog. Just trying to fit in).

Ted Blackman said...

Oh yeah, I forgot these: XXXXOOOOXX!

Aw, who am I kidding? That's not me. I give gift cards instead.

Dawn Savoia said...

Did somebody say gift cards!? O.o

Lol! Sorry I got excited there for a minute :)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Bella,

Glad you had a wonderful vacation with your family in Hawaii.
Such a great place to spend time in paradise with the beautiful beaches.
Loved seeing your snapshots and above all your wonderful illustrations, adore the cute lil elephant.
wishing you a wonderful and happy 2012.

Sending hugs
Carolyn

Arija said...

Don't know how I missed this gem. How wonderful to have such a brilliant holiday but, whatever did she do t o be grounded?
When we visited New Zealand, there were whole flocks of roosters in forest car parks that people had just put out there and kept the chickens from the broods. Since there are no foxes in NZ, they lived out their lives scratching a living and begging from tourists.

I like the cat on the board, my daughter used to take our German Shepherd windsurfing. They loth enjoyed it too.

I am so glad you are back.

Rubin Pingk said...

Very beautiful.

I love the glassy water of the surfer girl illo. The stalk-tethered pingk elephant is wonderful!

Your trip sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing.

Steve E said...

OK Bella...I finally "Let Go and Let God" in Whom I trust(ed). Ended up on my back--SPLAT! PLOP! So much for 'trust'....

However, all better now, started to climb up there again--don't look yet. I'll let you know when I've reached where you so gently placed me.

Love and PEACE
Elephant