Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Illustration Friday: Urban


I remember walking down to the liquor store on Melrose Avenue with my sister and some of the neighborhood kids, tightly clutching my coins and planning out just how I'd spend them.  Oh, the candy selection!  It was probably just a couple of low shelves in front of the cash register, but to a little kid with money to burn it was a wall of brightly colored, sugary goodness.  My favorites were the long, long, long sticks of gum that came in green apple or watermelon flavor and Abba Zabas.  And Fruit Stripe gum, the one with the zebra in the commercial.  Those were fun.  Remember those wax tubes filled with sugar water?  Or the candy cigarettes that really tasted like chalk?  Yep, just a bunch of urban kids enjoying their sugar high.  Good times.

30 comments:

martinealison said...

Bonjour ma chère amie !
Mais que s'est-il passé pour qu'autant de tes billets soient passés sans que je puisse les voir ?!...
Je viens d'aller et retourner visiter chacun d'eux... Quel régal ! Finalement j'étais comme chez le marchand de bonbon ! Tes oeuvres s'étalaient, toutes très belles, avec cette même indécision pour dire celle-ci est meilleure que celle-là. Je les aime toutes.

Il y a tant de fraîcheur, de délicatesse, d'humour, d'innocence... tout ce que le monde des adulte oublie ou délaisse !

Je suis tellement gourmande et ta dernière oeuvre est une tentatrice ! que je viens d'ouvrir un paquet de chewinggum... Petite j'aimais les roudoudous, les petites boîtes rondes de coco, les malabars, les nounours en chocolat !
Gros bisous à toi et continue de m'enchanter.

Andrea said...

OOOH, floating with thoughts of candy! I liked the Jolly Rancher sticks...grape and fire...yum!

Ces said...

OH MY GOSH!!! THIS IS SOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! I love love love this. Oh wow! This is awesome. And even more awesome is your story. I wish you would tell more stories. I love all of them. I imagine you as a little girl walking to he store. OH PRECIOUS!!! What a beautiful scene of adorable and cute kids your group must have been and you must have been the cutest ever!!! TSUP!

P.S. Now how could this have started as "egg"? Hehhehe!

Ces said...

Oooooohhh! Your old avatar used to be a woman blowing a bubble gum!!! YAAAAHHH!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

Really good memories for me to going to the sweet shop and spending my pennies. My favourite were aniseed balls and jaffas oh yes, I remember the cigarette sticks with the little red glow! ha
How darling your sweet ones are floating high and on a sugar rush.

Hope you are enjoying the week
hugs
Carolyn

Tammie Lee said...

i am smiling
on and on
such a fun piece of art
and grand memories i am guessing
for your family -

rachel awes said...

yesssss, those special candy counters + our now, retro special gums + candies!! looove! + then, to imagine flyyyyying! i love to fly, bella! hold on, let me just blow my bubble + i'll catch up w/you!
(your lil' town drawing below is precious!) XOXO

Donna J. Shepherd, Author of Ava s Secret Tea Party said...

Love all the different patterns you used. Wonderful illo that provokes memories of candy cigarettes and sugar water in paraffin. Good times.

Emily said...

Before I read your text, my first thought was a reference to ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’, but this is much sweeter!
Dreamy and wonderful as always Bella.

Kristine Corpus said...

Hi found you via illustration friday. Lovely work! I like your originality and style.

tina zappone said...

I absolutely LOVE this!!! Wow, you really took me back with the candy cigarettes and the wax tubes. For us, it was Buddy's Pharmacy or a little ramshackle old place that didn't even have a sign but was known as Mary's after the little old lady who ran it.

Creations By Mit said...

LOVE this, Bella! So magical and yet nostalgic! For me, it was saving my coins for the annual trip to Provincetown. We would go there on our boat, and the candy store was on the corner at the end of the dock. Thank you for stirring up the memory!

Cindy said...

wouldn't it be awesome if we really could blow a bubble so large it could help us fly? i loved all of those candies. and pixie stix. and mary janes. and jaw breakers. and tootsie rolls. loved them all even if those penny candies are now costing me a small fortune at the dentist. enjoy the weekend!

Amy C said...

heee this is so perfectly you - reminds me of your old profile bubble blowing pic!
I do remember those extremely chalky cigarettes with the pink tinted ends - they were gross but I still liked them and bought many a pack.
Also remember buying hubba bubba blowing big bubbles with the whole pack and then spending the next week getting it out of my hair.
I feel like you must have been the bubble blowing pro

aimee said...

this is so fantastic I almost can't take it.

the joy of childhood

captured perfectly.

Shannon said...

It's amazing how many memories can come from candy. My friends and I started a "candy club" in elementary school where we'd trade candy at lunch. Now 'n laters, good 'n plenty, licorice rope and taffy were some favs.

Ted Blackman said...

Oh wow, it's Candy Heaven! I'd know it anywhere, because it's my second most common dream.
(Most common is that one where I'm trying to find my classroom for that final I haven't studied for.)

Yeah, those memories are the best. My brothers and I loved Big Hunk candy bars; sitting around the pool chewing on that hard white bar with nuts in it, that would pull the teeth out of your skull if you weren't careful.

k.h.whitaker said...

OOOOOOh, flying with bubbles! This is so fun Bella! You make me wish I had more free time! You are so creative :D

Relyn Lawson said...

I love this. The image is perfect and seriously, when I saw it (before I read your words) I thought, "Bet they're chewing Fruit Stripe." Really.

Lori ann said...

super adorable bella, love the little one with his glasses showing through the bubble. now i want some candy!

theartofpuro said...

It's so cute:)I love it:)

Michaele Razi said...

Those were the days! Reminds me of the long days of summer! Love your art too!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Oh my gosh...I'm getting a sugar high just from reading this and looking at this super, super fun illustration. Love it!

Kathie Brown said...

Bella, your illustration made me instantly think of a poem I have written about Bubble gum. No, don't go looking for it on my blog, I haven't published it anywhere because i really wanted it to be a children's book! As for thsoe sugary treats, well, I grew up in a snmall town, but it was much the same for me. My friend and I would collect discarded Coke bottles and return them for the 2 cent deposit. Sometimes we would collect enough for some Lik-M-Aid, or caramel squirrels, or, of course, Bubble Gum! We could get Bazooka with a cartoon in it for a penny! What fun memories this picture and your comments have brought back. It feels good to smile right now with so much sadness and grief at the moment. If only we could return to such innocent times. Your illustrations take me there!

(P.S. I had to look up the spelling for Lik-M-Aid!)

Indigene Theresa said...

OMGoodness Bella!

I remember those plastic tubes, too, along with candy necklaces, candy cigarettes and pizza for 25 cents a slice! Uh-oh, I'm telling my age now. There were actually some great things about the good ole days...candy! LOL! Now that the "urban" I love! I love the illustration, it's urban magic. :)

Arti said...

Ah! The good old days of innocent childhood. Having a few coins would mean so much then. You made me nostalgic with this beautifully compiled post.
Have a lovely week ahead Bella :)

Arti said...

Ah! The good old days of innocent childhood. Having a few coins would mean so much then. You made me nostalgic with this beautifully compiled post.
Have a lovely week ahead Bella :)

laughingwolf said...

wow... your liquor stores sold candy? i guess if adults got their 'candy' in liquid form, why not have the real stuff for kiddies in the same place, too? ;)

lovely piece, as usual, bella :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I'll take a sugar high any day! I love sugar. It's hates me, but I love it. I just love the kids float and honestly it felt a lot like this LOL!!! A bunch of kids flying high driving everybody crazy!! Oh you captured it correct. Sending you hugs and miss you very much. Hopefully will be seeing you soon.

HeatherU said...

Hello Bella!

It has been quite awhile since I have been around the blog-o-sphere. But I am back, hopefully for awhile. I have decided to return to my poetry blog and try to religiously write some poems.

So I came around your blog for some inspiration. As always I love your illustrations. Especially this one, it had be smiling :)

I hope you are doing well! I am having a lovely summer myself, camp counseling at an indoor rock climbing gym!

xo,
Heather