Thursday, January 19, 2012

Illustration Friday: Prepare


Once she had moved into her new home, Haruki came to the chilling realization that she had not prepared a way to get down.  It looked as if she might be stuck there.  Forever.  Until she came up with a plan to lure in some unsuspecting birds....

67 comments:

Michaele Razi said...

So sweet and whimsical. Love everything about it. The colors, the girl, composition--wonderful!

k.h.whitaker said...

oh, this is my new favorite Bella. I love the background. Actually, I just love it :) all of it!

rachel awes said...

oh bella, this flowering tree is heavenly + the birds + sweet girl are so dear. + about home...you easily feel like home/i'd be happy to set up flower pots + a welcoming door next to you.
xox

Rita said...

This is so cute. I don't think I'd mind being stuck in there!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I'm pretty sure this is how my Budgies would enjoy seeing ME....and no luring them in! LOL!
Absolutely lovely, like a breath of Spring air in the cold (and snow) of winter. :-)

XXOO~~
Anne

Tammie Lee said...

how adorable cute!
will she fly away on their wings? I think I would.

yoborobo said...

Those birdies had better charge Air Fare. :) So cute, and these colors are delishhhhh. And to answer your question (about ashes), I would vote for Yosemite Valley. xoxo!!

Cindy said...

yes, she is charmingly tweet, i mean sweet :). so pretty. thank you for your lovely comment on our blog. i appreciate it greatly. xo, c

Lori ann said...

SO SO adorable. love the expression on her face bella, she isn't worried in the least, where there's a will, there's a way!

Janine said...

She oves in a strange house, but I guess she loves the enviroment. The cherry blossoms are wonderfull, and her little blue neighbors are very charming.
Hugds
Janine

Angel said...

Oh, Haruki is so sweet. What a wonderful place to be stuck for awhile. Very beautiful illustration, so creative.

kathy hare said...

So lovely..

Carrie said...

completely delightful!! I love it and shall Pin it right now :) Spread the word Bella is the best.

Arija said...

I just adore your oblique thinking and drawings of course.

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Andrea said...

Oh how I want to join them!! Love it!

Eric Barclay said...

You could draw her a ladder! Lovely as always!

Kathi said...

Did you know that whenever I see a new illustration, I can feel this great big smile come across my face?
See it? :D

Jack Foster said...

This is so adorably sweet Bella! Love Haruki! I hope she lures a pigeon and not a vulture :o) I put this near the top of all my faves of yours.

Val said...

that's a sweet piece! i love the cherry blossoms on the tree.

Cindy D. said...

This is great! Love the colors and details.

Andrew Finnie said...

Heh, so little girls eat birds? Whowoodathought eh? :) Well, you know, there's something that resonates with me here. Maybe I always wanted to be put in a cage, or maybe I am little girl at heart, or maybe I just have a thing for cherry blossoms ? :)

But seriously, what a beautifully balanced piece Bella. It's singing. And I love the fact I had to go exploring to find that second bird :)

I am so happy you post more often, There should be more joy in the world if you did.

(PS: I have on fridge a fortune cookie paper thingie that says "Work with Joy".

I often wonder who Joy is.....

Indigene said...

It's so lovely, I love her to live in my house, it would certainly give me much joy! :) Bravo Bella, I love it! :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I'm only a bird in a gulied cage, Tweetie's my name, but I don't know my age. I'm never worried and dat is dat. I'm safe in here from dat old puddy cat! he he he he! Oh just to rent the front lob of your right brain for 2 weeks. How awesome! This is so grand and fabulous. Just like someone I know. Best to you darling for a wonderful and restful weekend.
Hugs and love

Amalou said...

Gorgeous work!

deepazartz said...

So very cute Bella...love the blossoms, the birds and the lil Haruki...everything is so perfect! I am sure she would find a way as she found to get in:)))

Tristania Art said...

I really wouldn't mind living in a place like that. It's a cage? Uh.. but it's a lovely cage!! 'Love the flowers, love the bg and love the blue birds!!

JJ said...

So beautiful and joyful despite her predicament! Love your art, this made me smile :)

tera said...

Awww...she would be perfect on my wall of bird things. :) Too cute!

Dawn Savoia said...

Beautifully whimsical! Its a perfect little private space for her :)

C.P.Adorio said...

I do not like this.

No, not the drawing. I do not like the fact that there are already 29 comments before I had the chance to comment.

I am late.

C.P.Adorio said...

Very late.

C.P.Adorio said...

But it is all worth it.

C.P.Adorio said...

Haruki loos so lovely in her cage.

C.P.Adorio said...

Only you can draw a cage and make it very desirable.

C.P.Adorio said...

I love the little potted trees.

And the birds.

Let me look at it again...

C.P.Adorio said...

I love the sakura.

C.P.Adorio said...

I love everything about this drawing.

C.P.Adorio said...

I love all of your drawings.

C.P.Adorio said...

I love you!

Good night!!!

TSUP!

TSUP!!!

C.P.Adorio said...

Make it 40.

TSUP!!!!!!

C.P.Adorio said...

I love it when you are in a corner quivering because of my nuts.

HAHAHAHA!

Harrrrrumph!

C.P.Adorio said...

Good morning!

Tsup!

theartofpuro said...

Gorgeous:)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Bella,

I think this is such the sweetest little illustration of yours.
Love how gentle and sweet, precious Haruki is, the cherry blossoms, and gorgeous colours.
Do hope you are having a lovely weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Amy C said...

so so so sweeeeeeeet, and i bet the flight down was fan flippin tastic!
or wing flappin tastic.
Happy Happy 2012 to you Bella!

Cheryl Lynn said...

It's so beautiful, I just don't know...you are so amazing it's scary.

Love ya much!

Kathiesbirds said...

So, will the next picture be of the birds helping her to escape?

Lovely and fun as always. I showed your blog and your doodles to my Mom the last time I was down to visit her. Your illustrations made her smile. Thanks!

Amalia K said...

Do you think if she waited long enough, wings would grow on her back? Oooh...imagine free falling from the cage with a new set of wings! :)

Thank you for the imagination, Miss Bella. I'll go think up more lovely thoughts while putting the baby to sleep. oxx

brandi said...

~i simply adore everything about this here piece...it sings sweetly of spring...i can feel the warth...hear the birds and smell the scent of the sweet blooms lingering through the air...and you captured the mind of a child perfectly...this reminds me of something my wee littlest would attempt to do...live in the moment without too much thought as to what will come next...i wonder if those wee little birds had enough strength to carry her down...sigh...i love love love what you have shared with us...much love light and blessings shining brightly upon you and yours~

Linda Hensley said...

Is there something in this that speaks to your feelings about coming home from Hawaii? Lovely illo as always Bella!

laughingwolf said...

silly girl, all she has to do is jump... holding the hem of her dress out to act as a parachute ;) lol

gooder, bella :D

linda cardina said...

bella, oh how i have missed thee! hope you are doing well. haruki is adorable!! nice work!!! her little house looks so pretty and peaceful. can u draw me into the pic too...nice cozy chair and cup of tea.? do u think the birdies could help me down too when i absolutely HAVE to get back to crazy busy life.??
xoxoxo
lin

Rabbit Town Animator said...

Ah, this is one of my favourites thus far Bella. Love the idea and the colour scheme and Haruki is so cute!

Megan Coyle said...

Love the expression on her face - she is SO amused :)

Ted Blackman said...

I thought I'd left a brilliant and lengthy comment about this piece already, checked it off in my mind, but now I remember that I had nothing brilliant to say about it so I decided to come back later. I mean, it's beautifully executed of course, and a memorable image... but I just didn't know what to say about it at first because I had no idea what the symbolism of the birds meant...

However, it did help me to recall how easy it was to climb way up into a tree when I was a kid but not so easy coming back down. I don't know why that is...

Anyway, I'm sending you this message from way up high in a tree. Apparently it's even more difficult climbing back down as we get older :(

HELP!

Barbara said...

I still remember that funny sign (which I can't recreate here) Plan Ahead. :)
She didn't, but she'll improvise!

Nicky Linzey said...

Just beautiful Bella. There are days when I'd like to be stuck in there!

Naomi said...

fabulous!

☼Illuminary☼ said...

~grumble~
Okay I am TRYING
not to get mad at Google..
~harumph~
attempt number7
to leave a comment...
I love the little nightengale, her smile makes my heart sing..
When I saw this my first thought was " I now why the caged bird sings" whimsical souls...

Shirley said...

Oh
my
goodness
gracious,
BELLA!
(sorry to shout)
Little Haruki is sooo lovely..her pose is delightful! And gosh, she resides in the most beautiful cage appointed with lovely topiary that I have ever seen. You've outdone yourself! What a gorgeous illustration and though she didn't prepare, I do hope she and her lovely bird friends have a splendid time together!

Ah..you are inspirational you know that?!

Linda Hensley said...

Hi Bella, I gave you an award. Go here http://lindahensley.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html for the details.

Amanda Dilworth said...

Another beautiful illustration, Love the details like the carpet and the pot plants

Rubin Pingk said...

This is wonderful. What a great metaphor. It reminds me of something Machiavelli said about those who gain their throne by favor and intrigue find it very hard to keep, while those who gain their throne by intelligence and talent find their throne easy to maintain by virtue of the skill that got them there.

As usual, I love everything you do.

Happy new year. 11 more months of Bella art!

AtelierBrigitte said...

So cute!
I am sure the little birds will help her down.

Lisa M Griffin said...

just beautiful!

Steve E said...

In S Florida, Peeps who wear shoes are called "tourists". Flip-floppers are called natives. Bare foot Peeps--like me--are called STUPID!

Thank for your visit!

aimee said...

you MUST MUST MUST put this in your shop. if you want to, that is. please let me know if you do. me wants one.