Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Illustration Friday: Sleep



Behold!  Sleeping whales!  I had no idea.  It must be a strange sight to come upon a pod of sleeping whales.  I wonder what they dream about.  I also learned that birds can shut off half their brains when they sleep, keeping the other half alert to watch for predators.  In one experiment, researchers put all their ducks in a row, literally.  The ducks in the middle slept with both eyes closed.  But the first and last ducks each kept their outer eye open while they slept.  I kind of wish I could do that!



10 comments:

Lisa M Griffin said...

Gorgeous! I am such a fan of how you layer in those textures... never overdone, just exquisite. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week. :)

Tammie Lee said...

I love where you found your inspiration! so peaceful, floating sleep.

thank you also for the video, i thought i could hear whales making sounds in it, then the video ended and it was the pot of water on my wood stove ;-), now i will always think of your sleeping whales when i tune into that sound.

lovely days and nights to you.

Janine said...

Ohhh, they really sleep like this.
How lovely, how wonderful.
I would lovw to be with this flower- whales ;0)

Janine said...

by the way, I posted a whale painting today, my whales are still awake ;0)

Hirondelle said...

Lovely!!!

Nancy Grönholm said...

I didn't know they slept like that omg it's actually a little creepy! :O But your illo is lovely, the flowery whales are so pretty and you've captured the tranquility :)

Amanda Dilworth said...

Wow!!!!! So interesting, the ultimate power nap! Love your illustration Bella.

martinealison said...

Bonjour très chère amie,

Je suis éblouie par ton dernier dessin avec ces baleines dormeuses !... Il y a toujours tant de mystère autour de nos amis les animaux.
Des énigmes parfois déconcertantes, comme cet exemple avec les canards...
Très jolie oeuvre.

Gros bisous ☼

Ces Adorio said...

When I saw your illustration something came to mind immediately. However, since I was not sure about the facts I went about studying about sperm whales. You see, here, they look just like sperms swimming upwards, alas they are asleep unlike sperms which rush blindly in a mob towards their target. So now I know that sperm whales are named after the wax-like substance inside their heads called spermaceti which is the reason why they were hunted and lost their heads through whaling. Sperm whale digestive end products also contain ambergris once used in perfumes. See now, we should strive to save the whales. They are beautiful giant animals that make beautiful music.

Ted Blackman said...

I liked this one when I first saw it, but I'm just getting around to commenting. It's a neat idea, but I've tried sleeping standing up, it didn't work for me. Glad the whales can get off their tails and relax occasionally, though.