Thursday, April 12, 2012

Illustration Friday: Vocal


This is a story of a girl who liked to send messages




to her friend who lived on the faraway hill




by blowing clouds




and filling them with stories and song




and then sending them across the valley on a breeze




and the clouds, being heavy,
would sometimes sprinkle her thoughts on the valley below




upon the villagers who rejoiced at the bounty.



Sometimes her messages to her faraway friend would be filled with sorrow and gloom.
But today, there is nothing but love in the air.




54 comments:

Agnès said...

sublime!

k.h.whitaker said...

Oh Bella, this is sooooooo incredible! I love, love, love it!!!
I love the mood and the limited palette. Yes, sublime is a good word for this :)

(((Hugs)))

crazylady said...

Wow... beautiful. I completely love your tiny picture/story walk through - it gave a much more intimate feel to a large image where you would never see all the details. The muted color pallet gives a wistful feel to a sweet image.

Deborah said...

As it should be ... only love in the air. In simplicity, you speak volumes. **happy smiles** Deb

Kathi said...

Oh Bella! This last drawing brings me happy tears! LOVE LOVE LOVE is everywhere!

Arija said...

How absolutely LOVEly!!!! A wonderful, wonderful story with a much deeper meaning.

(((Hugs))) . . . Arija

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this work of yours reminds me of hers. ^_^

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

How magical! I love it! :) :)

Ces Adorio said...

I have your blog open on my screen for about half an hour now. It so happens again and again that I come here and I am in total awe of your incredible ability to conjure the most awesome stories and ideas with your wonderful illustrations. I am physically rendered weak because I am so blown away by the wonderfulness of it. I am so afraid to write my praises for fear of being accused of delivering sycophantic praises and empty platitudes but I am sincerely in awe. Why cannot I think of this? Why cannot my mind be as bold and creatively agile and rich? I am comforted that what I lack and do not have is consoled by the fact that I call you friend. But you know darn well that unlike material things creativity and brilliance does not transfer by osmosis. Sigh.Sigh*** Beautiful, Bella. Absolutely beautiful. You make me strive to better myself if only to be considered half awesome as you.

Ces Adorio said...

So beautiful...

Funaek said...

This is amazing! So lovely, magical, whimsical, and sweet! I love seeing the interesting worlds you create - always surprises!

Cindy D. said...

Wow, it's like parting a veil into another world. Sweet and magical, with equal parts melancholy and joy. I love the thought of the villagers being sprinkled by a passing cloud of wonder and mystery. So damn neat!

pretty day said...

This is really wonderful! I love it!

Angel said...

Oh my Bella, you've done it again.
Grinning ear to ear at my screen. Such a lovely illustration.

Especially enamored with the villagers catching the falling sweet sentiments and songs.

I imagine this to be true story. We often think of those we love living miles away, sending love and positive energy their way. A kiss on the breeze, a warm hug in the sunshine.

Also, thank you. I appreciate all you do.

Steve E said...

How positively PERFECT! Bella, your post made me feel like I was the 'boy' who lived on the twilight side of the hill--while 'she' lived on the morning side of the mountain.

It just kept running through my head. How sweet! And how sweet is your illustrated story: LOVE "...dropping as gentle rain from heaven, upon the Peeps beneath..."

OH THANK YOU, Girl!!
This rates my favorite word (borrowed from you and that girl with the dishes--grin!

TSUP!

Arti said...

No words to express how beautiful this post is! Love it, oh I am drenched in the sprinkle of love too! Leaving the page with a broad smile, thank you! :)

Claire Wildish said...

Oh WOW WOW!!! That is beautiful!!!

Anne said...

Awesome! <3

rachel awes said...

+ now i'm the child.
i say,
"bella, tell me
the story
again.
again.
again."
~
swoon.
xoxox

Amanda Dilworth said...

Love is definitely in the air because i LOVE this illustration! :) Really great textures and limited colour use and great concept as always!

Lisa M Griffin said...

how perfectly charming! what a lovely post. thanks for sharing. :)

Lori ann said...

oh bella, would it be possible to purchase a copy of this print? and then i would need you to come over and tell the story too, every so often. LOVE this so much.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Love this so much....very subtle, delicate~~beautiful work Bella.
Let it rain love on me.
I shall stand in it, head bared and tilted back.
It will splash upon my face.
And all will be well.

XXOO~~
Anne

Indigene said...

You are a wonderful storyteller! This would make such a sweet little magical book! Thank you for your wondrous and magical world.

theartofpuro said...

It's magical:)What a lovely story!You are super:)
Thanks for the comment:)

Amalia K said...

Oh. My. God.

You are a GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

I swear, this is without a doubt one of the best, best, BEST of your work!

Man. I am totally smitten...

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Janine said...

Ohh, ohh ohh,
this is a little story wonderfully told, so soft and tender and delicate.
And what a great picture
You are gorgeous
Have a great weekend
Janine

Silke said...

It's so beautiful, Bella - so soft and warm! And so different in that muted color palette... Hope you are doing well!! Hugs, Silke

RockerJewlz said...

Love the new medium you used here...chalk? Or did you just select a different texture on the software program you normally use?

Soft and fuzzy and warm and wonderful.

Caroline said...

I love this so much! This illustration style is wonderful!

Michaele Razi said...

Just perfection! I love it!

Ces Adorio said...

The colors look an like ancient manuscript. So elegant. Tsup!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

How really beautiful! love the sweet and magical story you have told and the darling drawings.
Let it rain love on you, dear friend.

Have the very best week
Hugs
Carolyn

Amy C said...

oh what jolly lovely lovey messages.
So sweet and I love the muted colors in this one too.

Nicky Linzey said...

WOW Bella. This is very different from you and I love it.

Ted Blackman said...

I love this in a whimsical, Hieronymus Bosch meets Dr. Seuss, Seurat-esque, sponge-art kinda way.

Really cool idea. Blow cloud blow.

Linda Hensley said...

Oh I love this! Love both the illustrations and the story. Wonderful!!!

Shirley said...

OH so wonderful...your work is simply magical, Bella! How have I missed this?!! What a lovely, lovely illustration..so full of imagination, hope, story, and love. You are amazing!

Rabbit Town Animator said...

STUNNING!!!! I love your details and the little village. Your illustrations always make me so happy Bella!

AtelierBrigitte said...

This is so lovely - the atmosphere is just perfect and I like the little hearts.
It is fun to see some small items first and than the whole picture - wonderful!

otto björnik said...

Oh woooooooooow Bella!!! What a beautiful illustration! This reminds me of my favorite, the Tale of How! Really love the textures and colors you used here. You just inspired to draw again!:D

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laughingwolf said...

i'm sure dr. seuss would be mighty jealous! :)

Barbara said...

What a beautiful story, Bella! Now I am not an artist, but these illustrations are not done in your usual métier, right? I love them....not as well defined, dreamier....perfect. First the details and then the full illustration. You are amazingly talented and I hope love and song rain on your particular "mountain " every day. :)

Tammie Lee said...

i loved reading your tale
and seeing your wonderful art

you have touched my heart with your creativity~

tera said...

I've been away for over a week, and I'm so sorry I missed this at the time! This is lovely, such a wonderful dreamy look. Perfect! :)

yoon see said...

Indeed love in the air is my vocal ponit too Bella!
This is a very beautiful poetic style and I know that you are not just singing alone. You hear echo back to you.

I love you Bella and thank you for the love you first sent to me. I still can remember so clearly how you dropped by my humble blog first and greeted me.

Since then, our friendship continue to blossom. You always write to me as a dear friend.
Yes, thanks for standing on the high note!

You are always welcome Bella!

linda cardina said...

bella,

i'm in love! your work always melts my heart. so simple and aso sweet like marshmallows. love it...


:)))))))))
linda

Owl Eng said...

beautiful!!!! it is a great great masterpiece

C.P.Adorio said...

You cleaned your sidebar!

C.P.Adorio said...

Wow! I just reread my comment above and I must really really love you and your art. Of course I do. Wow, sometimes I can't believe that I only learned to speak English four years ago. I is write English good.

Helen Naylor said...

Love all the elements that combine in this image.

Kathie Brown said...

You are a wonderful story teller!