June 23, 2009
SHEEP SLEEP (or Counting Peeps)
found it hard to sleep well.
So she sipped a bit of sweet water,
while she counted people.
The Illustration Friday theme lends itself to quite a few images this week. However, what immediately comes to my mind is the trouble “drifting” off to sleep insomnia often gives me, as my alter-ego Sheila demonstrates above. (Plus, I wanted another excuse to draw sheep shoes.)
May 20, 2009
WHEN SWINE FLU
I might not be the brightest kid,
I know I’m not courageous,
but that awful bird and swine thing,
is really quite contagious!
I think I might have caught it,
so I need to ask some things.
Will my nose become all piglike,
and my shoulders sprout out wings?
I guess I shouldn’t worry,
and make a big to-do,
because those things would happen,
the same day that “swine flu”.
– Linda Silvestri
This week’s Illustration Friday prompt is (oddly (0;) “Contagious.”
October 5, 2008
He ate a great big breakfast
of sugar coated flakes,
with toast and berry jelly
and honey covered cakes.
He washed it down with soda pop
and wiped off all the crumbs.
He smiled up at the waitress,
but all she saw were gums.
The Illustration Friday theme for this week is “Sugary.’
August 27, 2008
So I was sitting around sketching at lunch and “The Owl and the Pussycat” just popped onto the page. Only problem is, I got them mixed up. The Owl is supposed to be the one playing guitar. Oh, well, I imagine after more than a century, the kitty would like get some licks in.
Get it… licks… guitar licks… and kitties lick themselves?
Yeah, fine, whatever, I’m going to bed.
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
by Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 26, 2008
March 23, 2008
ODE TO PET PEEVES
My day starts out blissfully, bright and content,
an excellent start, I believe.
I drive down the road with a song in my heart.
Oh how could I be so naive?
The woman in front of me picks up her cell,
causing her Hummer to weave.
The guy to my rear feels the need to tail gate.
ME OFF, they are starting to peeve!
The Illustration Friday theme this week is “Pet Peeves.”
This week I played around with some Photoshop free brushes offered by Alex Dukal. He is a wonderful artist. Drop by and take a peek at his work. I can’t wait to really dig in and utilize his brushes in the future, they are brilliant.
Oh and by the way, I was directed to these brushes by my blogging buddy Angela, over at Angelato. While your at it, stop by her blog as well. You won’t be disappointed.
March 14, 2008
Our neighbor’s orange tabby,
was quite big and flabby,
because he did nothing but eat.
He’d gobble and nibble
on tuna and kibble,
‘till soon he could not see his feet.
The Illustration Friday theme this week is “Heavy.”
I can’t seem to figure out which medium I am the most comfortable with, so I agonize over a couple different ones. The top one was done in Adobe Illustrator and brought into Photoshop. The bottom image (unfinished,) was done with Carb Othello pastel pencils on Canson charcoal paper. I’ve also tried watercolor with pastel and am currently struggling with gouache.
Maybe one of these days I’ll hone in on one and be done with it.
(click to enlarge)
March 1, 2008
Day and night her nose would run.
It caused her such disgrace.
Until one day her runny nose,
just ran right off her face.
It leaped into her lap and then
it hopped onto the floor.
Delilah watched her own nose make
a bee-line for the door.
It’s been a while and time has passed,
since her nose was set free.
Delilah doesn’t mind at all,
There’s no more allergy!
It just might take a leap of faith to buy this story of a leaping nose, but the Illustration Friday theme this week is “Leap,” so what recourse did I have?
February 12, 2008
Got up this morning just to find,
the sun was dark and blue.
I had to go to school today,
because I had the flu.
My dog meowed, my kitty squeaked,
my mouse let off a roar.
I realized my feet were on
the ceiling not the floor.
Mom asked for my permission,
Dad asked for my advice.
My sister was considerate,
not only once, but twice.
I heard a very funny joke,
that made me sad and tearful.
But when I fell and skinned my knee,
I felt so glad and cheerful.
I have to go to bed because,
it is now broad daylight,
then wake up fresh and lively,
in the middle of the night.
I’m not sure what is happening,
things are not as they seem.
My eyes are open, I’m awake
and yet I’m in a dream.
October 31, 2007
Commute to work this morning (notice the gridlock from back window).
In keeping with the day, I wrote a little children’s rhyme about vampires. It goes a little something like this:
I was craving garlic pizza,
so I grabbed my trusty bike,
and peddled off to Lou’s Place,
where they have the kind I like.
Rushing home, my luck turned sour.
I blew out my front tire.
As I stopped to check it out
I saw my first vampire.
He snuck out from the shadows
of the jacaranda tree,
and hovered just above the ground
while making eyes at me.
He smiled at me with sneery lips,
and stared his vampire stare.
Then floated over to me.
Man he gave me such a scare!
I pretended not to notice,
that his eyes were glowing red.
But he knew that I was frightened.
You can’t fool the dang un-dead.
I figured I was done for
as he flashed his gleaming fangs.
Then I got this great idea
when I felt some hunger pangs.
Remembering I bought some
garlic pizza from Lou’s Place,
I grabbed it from my bike rack
and I shoved it in his face!
The vampire’s eyes shot open!
Oh he croaked just like a toad!
My trusty garlic pizza
caused the vampire to explode!