Thursday, January 17, 2013

Illustration Friday: Ocean


Sometimes I wish I were oceans away from here, a million miles away from now.





Thank you to Indigene and Lisa Rivas for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!  Given the greatness of their talent and their ability to uplift and challenge and motivate, I find it very humbling and flattering to be named by them.  Thank you!  

According to the rules, I am supposed to pass this award to 15 people, but come on...how can I possibly limit myself to 15 when everyone I have met here has given me reason to smile and dream and to continue making art.  Even when I am feeling down and empty, my friends give me gentle nudges to continue.  Balance the bad with the good.  You know who you are.  Thank you.  Please accept this award from me to you.

And, as per the rules, I am supposed to list seven things about myself.  Ready?

1.  A few years ago, I participated in a tennis tournament and came away with a trophy-- Best Personality, a consolation for sucking so badly at the game.
2.  I am also a wretched swimmer.  
3.  My dog can only spin counter clockwise.
4.  I recently noticed that I rub my feet together right before I fall asleep.
5.  I grew up near Paramount Pictures with a view of the Hollywood sign out my window.
6.  As a little girl, I had an irrational fear of running water.
7.  Coffee ice cream sprinkled with Oreo crumbs that were sauteed in butter until crunchy.  Heaven.

Have a wonderful weekend!



38 comments:

C.P. Adorio said...

I wonder if the seaweed is always greener over there? There, away from here. Really dahlink, you must brush your hair. What kind of conditioner do you use? I knew it!!! That must have been you, I saw looking out the window. Did you see me posing by the letter Y? You are indeed Best Personality. Love reading about you. I fear running water too, especially more so these days when I stay at my desk tong . Yes, you are a wonderful inspiration. Well done. Tsup!

rachel awes said...

sweets! just this week, i've been saying i'm ready to retire + move to the seaside.
of course i love + am blessed by all i'm involved in now.
of course i don't have the means to do such a move.
of course it calls to me anyway.
of course every sentence is true.
((love your illustration + wish + our connection through the waters))
xoxoo

Val said...

i love this witty illustration, no sight of the sea but it's right there behind and beyond the head. oops, you know what i'm saying, hopefully. have a good weekend. ;)

k.h.whitaker said...

ooooo, what a great illustration Bella! You are so generous to share your award with everyone :D Love reading the tidbits about you. Oh, and coffee ice cream with oreo crumbs sauteed in butter... are you kidding? really.... I wish I could have oreos just so I could try it!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

Love the sweet illustration and congratulations on your Inspirational Award! Always a delight to come and visit you and see what gorgeousness you have come up with.
Have a happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Tammie Lee said...

such a fun piece!

i love that you were noted for your best personality!

rubbing feet is good ~
I have a girlfriend who has a view of that sign from her kitchen window....

hello and lovely new year to you too!

Indigene Theresa said...

Beautiful illustration! Hmmm...my hair holds a lot of things, I wish it was like this! :) :)

Andrea said...

Hello, hello! I wasn't able to comment on your past couple of posts, and I was sad and missing you! Gotta go...and get some Oreos and ice cream!!

theartofpuro said...

So sweet and magical!She has the expression of thinking about something,I wonder what?

Cindy D. said...

OMG I love the new banner monster! Playing with dolls! And the little girl, and those little creatures. Aaaaaah! :D

The girl with the ocean in her hair is very cool. Just the right assortment of sea life and sea objects. Fantastic!

kj said...

some times i wish that too, bella.

but only for a time. hang in.

love
kj

Ces said...

When I was a teenager, the opposition leader of the president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, warned the people that the president (Marcos) was going to take away our freedoms and liberties, abolish the constitution and establish martial law. The majority of the people did not believe him. Marcos was a popular president and his wife had a movie-star status. The Filipino people adored them. He created an entitlement mentality. . I was one of those who believed Aquino and students like us were labeled activists. Later that year, while the opposition party held a meeting, a bomb exploded nearly killing many of the senior leaders. There followed many bombings in the city of Manila and other provinces. Hundreds of innocent people died. We all believed they were staged but the press which was a puppet of the president and part of his propaganda machine did not investigate or if they did, did not report the truth. After months of bombing, Marcos declared martial law which according to him was a means quelling the violence and restoring peace. He abolished the Supreme Court, Congress and the Constitution. He jailed the opposition leaders. Many students especially at the University of the Philippines were jailed in stockades for being activists. There were reports that some of the female prisoners were raped and torture was rampant. The editor of the college paper was only 16 years old and she was imprisoned. My sisters, brothers and I were very active in political issues and our mother told us not to be actively involved to the point that we will be imprisoned. She said she would not be able to take it if one of us will be put in the stockade. Years later when I was at UP, there were daily demonstrations. It got to the point that seeing mobs caused me anxiety and panic. I sometimes joined. We also protested the US government’s support of the dictator. It was Jimmy Carter who bankrolled the martial law regime through the IMF. Martial law lasted for many years and the economy was ruined. The education system became a propaganda tool for brainwashing students.

Ces said...

During my student nursing years, I worked with people in the rural areas. They were so poor, indigent and many children died from malnutrition. They had marasmus kwashiorkor and one of my patients was eating nothing but sand and dirt for two months before he was hospitalized. It was disheartening. Deaths, disappearances were frequent. In the meantime, the dictator and his cronies prospered. Aquino went to the US for treatment from wounds sustained during the bombings and a heart condition. He lived in exile in the US. I worked as a speech therapist (I also studied Speech Pathology) because I could not work as a nurse. I earned $100.00 a month. I was poor, so I applied for a job in the U.S. as a nurse. My employer hired me despite my lack of professional experience. A year later Aquino thought the time was ripe to return. Marcos warned him that his safety cannot be guaranteed. When his plane landed in the tarmac, he was shot to death and his assailant was immediately killed by the military. There were reports that the assassin was paid and that his family was given money. There was a mock investigation. In the meantime, Aquino’s funeral became the people’s rallying cry. The people revolted peacefully. My sisters and one of my brothers marched. I was in the US, terrified for their safety. The first People Power revolution was staged by Filipinos. I remember George Schultz, Reagan’s Secretary of State being sent as an envoy to offer safe haven for the Marcoses to prevent a bloody revolution. The economy was in shambles. Today, the Philippines is still struggling economically. It only takes one charismatic tyrant with blind and deaf followers to ruin a nation. That is why when I am at my lowest when I hear and see things happening, I do not lose heart. Morning will come and good will always triumph over evil. We are such complicated beings but I always believe that good people will triumph over the bad ones with evil and malicious intentions. I believe in America. I am staying here. This is my home. We have work to do to make this place safe and prosperous for ourselves and our children, the future generations.

Ces said...

Many young people in the Philippines today have no idea this happened. They are only interested in Korean soap operas, reality shows...

Ted Blackman said...

Wow, Ces, you sure know how to kill the party.
I believe you though.

Ted Blackman said...

When I was young I had a wonderful view of 'Hank's Bail Bonds And Towing'.

Nice kelp hair drawing. That's a cool award.

Arti said...

Firstly Congrats on the Award Bella. You deserve it completely and I so enjoy coming over here. I dont know to play Tennis nor do I know how to swim!! Have a lovely day :)

Arti said...

Firstly Congrats on the Award Bella. You deserve it completely and I so enjoy coming over here. I dont know to play Tennis nor do I know how to swim!! Have a lovely day :)

Cindy said...

i prefer to spin to the right and congratulations on your award! love that girl with the big hair!

Michaele Razi said...

You are just incredible! Seriously, your artwork is always surprising and fresh and funny and a tiny bit sorrowful (in a good way) and lovely. Always look forward to seeing what you do next!

Shirley said...

Stunning Bella! I love this illustration. I so enjoyed reading of your facts too..congratulations on your award as you truly, truly deserve it! You mentioned the slow vacation and that was Kauai for me..ahhh, Kauai..must..go..back...sooon!
Here's to that delicious coffee dessert you described...goodness, I must try that! Stealing 15 minutes at my in-laws for internet access to say hello, and thank you for your lovely visit!

SonatasWelt said...

Dear Bella, I love your illustration!!! It's amazing!!! Congratulations on your Award!!!
Sonata :)

Ces said...

Shake it! Shake it Baby! Are you watching the game? Is it tonight? Well, if it is at the same time as my Burn Notice reruns, then it is a no-brainer. Hehehhe.

Ces said...

Tsup!

Barbara said...

Love this drawing, Bella.
Congrats on your award and we always love to read more on our favorite bloggers.
(Running water?)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

YOU KNOW WHY I AM CRYING AND LAUGHING RIGHT NOW! This is so awesome lady!!!!! YOU DO THIS THING TO MY SOUL!!!. Oh my word how beautifully whimsical and dreamy. You do it to me every single time. Big Love to you Darling!!

Eric Barclay said...

Lovely work - hope you are well!

Jenn said...

Beautiful illustration... as usual! :)

... and had a view outside your window of the Hollywood sign?! Amazing! :)

Amy C said...

gorgeous piece Bella
Totally love the blue fluffy chap on your fantabulous new header too.
(I do the foot rubbing thing too)
(and I am pretty rubbish at swimming)

Andrew Finnie said...

Greetings Sinclair. :) Now before you read this I want you to close your eyes and imagine what I am going to write. Now, open your eyes. Bella? Bella? You can open your eyes now.... Bella?

Ah I knew that wouldn't work because as soon as you closed your eyes you wouldn't be able to read what I was writing - you can't trick me I am aware of these things :)


It's liuke when you hit the 'enter' key you get two new lines. Did you know that? I started reading Incredably Close and Startlingly loud the other day and that has iunflunced my ...

Medusa? Well as usual, Bella, your work is not only singing it is choraling :) And I tghought that boat was an iron at first (not a golf stick) but let me say that your header is beautiful :) I know that all the men say that but I mean it :) Luscious and lollyfying! So your dog can only spin countercolockwise.? I will have to meditate on that :)

See you. I am in a hole and tunneling out :)

Andrew Finnie said...

Ha ha and I like the subplot in the header :)

Andrew Finnie said...

and the serenity of the medusa girl even tho she be without snakes

Andrew Finnie said...

okay I was going to write soemthing else but that would be stalking :)

Creations By Mit said...

Such a unique solution to the theme! Love how you've incorporated so many different oceanic elements into her floating tresses!

Steve E said...

I sat, at first, next to them, but soon after across the room from--in the second grade. All this time, I had forgotten Mary and Martha, twins--until your drawing of one of them (above) with their hair-- reminded me.

Tonight, 72 years later, I sorrowfully regret having joined with the rest of the class--had known it was wrong--in making fun of these twin girls. It was the worst form of torture for children--age seven--to give, and to suffer. Anno 1940

Oh! The shame!

Other points about this drawing: It is so well planned and colored, and by most standards is a prize-winner.

EXCEPT, I just am not in love with it. Maybe it is that "memory" I wrote of. Or maybe I cannot recognize genius.
Probably both!

Believe me I absolutely LOVE everything you do, especially January 13, and December 5, and many before and during the past few years. You ARE a first rate artist--to me, Bell: of BELLAZART
PEACE!
Steve




Steve E said...

Every morning, first thing, I see the HOLLYWOOD sign. It is background for my DROID "smart-ass" phone!

Amanda Dilworth said...

A well deserved award Bella, i love your blog and wonderful illustrations :)

laughingwolf said...

grats bella! i know no one more deserving :)

thx for the bits of yourself you share here... so sweet :D