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Monday, April 03, 2006

Spring – Illustration Friday

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I had a hard time trying to decide what to draw this week. I drew several sketches...a little girl wearing a rain bonnet catching raindrops on her tongue, a cute little seed packet surrounded by butterflies and other cute insects, and a set of gardening tools and planters all ready for planting. But, I decided I really wanted to use pastel colors...even though I'm not a pastel kind of girl. So, the first thing that came to mind was Easter and bunnies...but, frankly...I wasn't in the bunny mood. So, I chose to do a simple little garden. I am quite fond of gardens, even though I have a black thumb...so, creating this garden was quite enjoyable because I know I won't have the opportunity to kill it. This was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday.

29 Comments:

Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

what a nice thought and a nice illustration as well… gardens are a lot of work… but so rewarding…

Monday, April 03, 2006 10:17:00 AM

 
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This would make a great garden stone! Lovely spring pastels and a nice sentiment!

Monday, April 03, 2006 10:41:00 AM

 
Anonymous the painted pear said...

Your garden is perfect! And my thumb is on the blackish side too! but these kind of gardens can stay beautiful all year.

Love the demo on the Monster post. You actually kind of make it look easy, but I know it is not. And the muted colors I prefer. As well as the bit of paper texture coming through.
Happy gardening! Try humming a little tune while your at it! he he

Monday, April 03, 2006 11:19:00 AM

 
Blogger Alina Chau said...

THis is lovely!! :) Garden indeed is a friendly place to relax! :)

Monday, April 03, 2006 11:43:00 AM

 
Blogger Caroline said...

Your black thumb is well hidden amongst these pastels!

My mother-in-law has recently added to her own garden with a trompe l'oil of plants on a wall she wanted to cover faster than real plants would... maybe that's your sort of gardening too!

Monday, April 03, 2006 12:17:00 PM

 
Blogger yukoala said...

This is good idea! I can feel nice spring breeze from the garden even in my tiny dark apartment.

Monday, April 03, 2006 12:24:00 PM

 
Anonymous shawn said...

That is so soothing to look at. I love the pastel colors you chose. They're so perfect together. And the clouds are really wonderful, too. It's very sweet.

Monday, April 03, 2006 12:36:00 PM

 
Blogger cristosova said...

"creating this garden was quite enjoyable because I know I won't have the opportunity to kill it" - hihi, i could have said that sentence!
sweet and endearing illo!

Monday, April 03, 2006 1:40:00 PM

 
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i am a crummy gardner but i love flowers. Your illo is so true and sweet! I love the message and your picture. I plant flowers that don't need a lot of care!

Monday, April 03, 2006 2:26:00 PM

 
Blogger Collin said...

I like it! It has quite a "Spring" feel to it. Something mine is lacking (or will be once I get around to posting it).

Monday, April 03, 2006 3:10:00 PM

 
Anonymous irvine said...

oh so cute pretty li'l flowers! they are tiny friends that I wanna take home! hihi ^_^ and give to mommy! weee

Monday, April 03, 2006 3:32:00 PM

 
Blogger Teri C said...

So sweet and lovely. The perfect spring illo! Great job.

Monday, April 03, 2006 3:38:00 PM

 
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

this is so adorable! nice poster for a kid's room! or even cover sheets for a bed.. gee im getting mushy lately... 8)

Monday, April 03, 2006 3:45:00 PM

 
Anonymous faun said...

its so cute.. it reminds me of an invitation to a party in the garden...

Monday, April 03, 2006 7:26:00 PM

 
Blogger scribblesk said...

So fresh and pastel!

Monday, April 03, 2006 8:29:00 PM

 
Blogger MargaretR said...

I love your illo. It would make an invitation card or a birthday card with different text.
Thanks for showing your monster demo. I do something similar using Corel Draw, only not half as good as you do. I must practice more.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 4:40:00 AM

 
Blogger Holly said...

Very lovely. I cannot wait to get out to my garden. Cheers!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 8:49:00 AM

 
Blogger Michelle said...

I have been waiting for this! It's lovely....you really need to publish these as cards or something!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 9:21:00 AM

 
Blogger AndyDoodler said...

Yes- you should publish these!!
Oh- and I heard that if you actually treat a plant like a friend- not just sharing food and drink with it- but also talking to it-- that it'll be more likely to thrive. Just don't let your human friends witness it I guess.
I hear "The Voices of Spring" stilll- sorry if you do too- nyuck nyuck nyuck.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 8:43:00 PM

 
Blogger Twisselman said...

Great pastels, yes, and forget the little bunny. We love our gardens, too, every time we replant every Spring, as we also have little success keeping them going from one year to the next. Have a wonderful Spring.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 9:43:00 PM

 
Blogger Shano said...

Wow! That's really pretty. I am wondering what program you used? Nice, clean lines and the color is perfect for spring.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 10:36:00 AM

 
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Springtime! just so warm and inviting, perfect place to spend time, really like pastel colors, I wish my garden looked so well kept and sweet.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 10:53:00 AM

 
Blogger rubio2d said...

hi, we use the same background... lovely flowers. Great sharing process in Monster illo!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 3:25:00 PM

 
Blogger Angela said...

Nice sweet colors, and the water spray is very cute.
The garden I started, and put years and years of time into is in my parents backyard a state away. I wish I could visit more often.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 4:30:00 PM

 
Blogger Jaimie said...

Lovely sentiment and this is a very nicely put together composition. I love the soft colors.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 4:38:00 PM

 
Blogger Kiri said...

i like the sound of all your ideas.
lovely illustration the colours are very much spring

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 6:29:00 PM

 
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I'm with you on the black thumb thing...I'm sure that if I really tried, it might be different. Sigh....anyway, I really like what you've done with the colors here. It is Eastery without being too obviously so. Fun border!

Friday, April 07, 2006 8:59:00 AM

 
Blogger wynlen said...

Nice. I'm not a pastel kind of girl either, but I like this. The flowers are so cute, and I like the meaning of the text!
www.wynlen.no

Friday, April 07, 2006 3:44:00 PM

 
Blogger Marie-Dom said...

Lovely!
MD

Sunday, April 09, 2006 8:10:00 PM

 

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