July 6, 2012

Illustration Friday- "Suspend"

The Illustration Friday topic this week is "suspend."
I seem to be into balloons this week (he borrowed them from Henny)   ;)

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  1. Am I sensing a balloon fetish?????

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    1. I think it's more of a coloring-in-the-balloons fetish ;) It's very zen ;)

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  2. Yup - I would take a ride with balloon guy - looks like a fun date!

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    1. ...can't go wrong with a guy in a tie :)

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    2. uuhmm, I object to that. Just because it rhymes does not make it true. Nothing like a hen with red watttles to share a few bottles!

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    3. Pia: you are so funny--and so right!

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  3. I love how colourful you've made the balloons!

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    1. Thanks, Cerena. They sure are fun to color in :)

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  4. I love the tie fluttering like a banner! Your balloonist looks like he's making an escape.

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    1. Yes, he lives back East and is escaping the summer heat! ;)

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    2. Can I come? It's hot here!

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  5. Wow, you were quick! Love your illustrations and I'm very fond of people (or animals) flying through the sky :)

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    1. Thanks, Carla! Glad you liking my flying guy :)

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  6. could feature in an Almodovar film house wall with all that red! :) love it!

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  7. Thank you for commenting on my blog, without which I wouldn't have found yours! Your work is so beautiful, really love it :)

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    1. Hi Hannah! You are so kind to say so. Thanks!!

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  8. How lovely, Elizabeth. I love the idea that you draw balloons because you like to colour them in - I can see the attraction. He looks very contented and not a bit concerned, floating off like this!
    Axxx

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    1. Thanks, Annie. I just think he's enjoying the breeze :)

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  9. BALLOONS ARE A GOOD THING for both man and beast!!!!!!! I always seem to draw a balloon on a subject, no matter what! My husband insisted that I make cards out of a Sealyham terrier that I drew; he has a red balloon tied around his waist! No one seems to want them though....teeeheee...

    THANK YOU MY DEAR for coming to visit the belugas, mermaids and white horses that can swim! Anita

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    1. I've seen the cards in your shop and they are great (and I also love the one of the 5 terriers with balloons)! Yes, balloons are a very good thing!

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  10. Abby just knows he's headed her way. She has dominion over the skies.

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    1. Uh oh. I have a feeling Abby likes to pop balloons...

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  11. Byyyyyyyyeeeeeee! Happy Landings!

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    1. Hmmmm...I'm not sure he's figured that part out yet.

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  12. He looks so happy :) I like your 4th of July illo too. It looks noisy!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. He is a happy guy-- that is, until he has to figure out how to land.
      Glad you like my 4th of July party popper, too :)

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  13. Oh, the happy face of this man is enviable :))))))))))))
    I wanted to prove that experience!

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  14. This has a lovely dreamy feel - I like the way he's still looking up further into the stratosphere. Colouring the balloons fully and the figure just in a minimalist way is so right, as is the white background. Used as a greeting card, I can think of so many potential phrases for travel, success, dreaming big: it's an image open to so many interpretations.

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    1. Thanks for your observations and suggestions, Ian. I like the greeting card idea :)

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  15. i like both these balloon illos!

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  16. I love that guy, he's exactly the right combination of slightly creepy and cool. I agree with Ian, I think you got the color and non-color balance just right.

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    1. Oh thank you, Rita! "Slightly creepy and cool" ranks, in my mind, among the best of the best compliments :)

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    1. ...and to where, nobody knows! I'm thrilled that you stopped by, Sharon! Thanks!

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  18. You really are into balloons this week! I love the 4th of July illustration as well...you are so talented! :-)

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  19. i love this illo :) and how the guy looks super chill floating in plenty of white space, not a care in the world~

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    1. Yup...there's nothing for him to bump in to ;)

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  20. He looks so happy in his red shoes! :-)

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    1. You get credit for mentioning them first ;)

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  21. I love your humor and your art.

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  22. Thanks for laughing at my "poop" humor. I just ran across some poo paper at a store. The possibilities seem endless. Your idea took flight on this one!

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    1. Yes, can be rather end-less topic ;) Glad you like the idea :)

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  23. Really cute - love your new chicken icon, too.

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    1. Hey Eric! Thanks (and Henny is flattered that you like her pic) !!

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  24. I am totally suspended by the beautiness and lightness of this work :)

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    1. ...and I am totally suspended in happiness at the wonderfull-ness of your comment! :)

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  25. he's so content, he's blushing down to his feet!
    makes me happy too.

    ~but my feet haven't changed color, am I not doing it right?

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    1. Maybe take your shoes off and double check? Keep me posted ;)
      Thanks, Richard!

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  26. oh Henny is way too cool to let him borrow her stuff! i love this as always.
    And imust say this, i admire how you respond to all your comments, it’s wonderful and truly, truly lovely, and i wish i managed to do it too... any secret?
    hope you are well x sandra

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    1. Funny you should mention it, Sandra. I'm trying to respond on my blog now, since I can't always respond to people via email (some don't list). I hope people won't mind coming back to check, if they are so inclined. I do love getting comments...and I do love responding. Hopefully this works better for everyone (for what it's worth!).
      Thanks, as ever, for stopping by (and yes, you are right...Henny likes to hang on to her balloons)!

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  27. I love the swish of the tie and the flow of his body. The whole defying gravity via balloons allows for some interesting fluidity to what ever they carry. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! There is always that airy feel to balloons...and maybe I'm thinking that way more--now that it's finally summer!

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  28. He's suspended in such a dreamy & relaxing state of tranquility...maybe Henny wouldn't mind letting me borrow her balloons when he's done with them...I sure could use a dose of suspended tranquility!!! Plus, we are having fantasically 'grand' balloon soaring weather, be a shame to waste in by staying on the ground!
    xoxo J~

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    1. I will be sure and send them right over, just as soon as he's done! ;)

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  29. You always come up with something wonderful

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    1. ...and you are so kind to say so, Stephen. Thanks!!

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  30. Oh! He looks so peaceful and happy! And who wouldn't be...flying off from the mundane into the big blue sky...love it!

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    1. Hi Clarie-- Yes, he's one happy, floating guy. I don't think he cares where he lands...he's just enjoying the ride!

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  31. He looks very happy! I absolutely love the idea of the tie and the balloons.
    Wonderful work Elizabeth.

    Have a beautiful day!:)

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    1. Marisa--thanks so much, and thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful day, too !!

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  32. And where is this fine fellow off to on such a day, I wonder. From your comments I take it that landing plans have not made, so I hope he can hang on until he gently loses altitude and floats to the ground (in some magical place, if he is lucky)! He seems so serene and content to simply fly along wherever the wind takes him.

    Very interesting that you are trying out the whole "answer all the comments" thing! I have wavered on this subject for many moons, but mainly decided that in reply I will go to the blog of the commenter and leave a comment in kind. But you're totally right that some folks do not leave an address I can go visit (for some reason, arrgh). :) I try to directly answer when someone asks a question. Sometimes I get very behind in the visiting, and sometimes I'll spend an afternoon going through all the IF and then my 3 folders worth of art blog links. Eek! (And sometimes I seem to leave a novella on a page, as I have practically done here, oops!) ;)

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    1. Hi Cindy! Yes...I think he's heading for a magical landing!
      As for the comments, I am still, I think, wavering. I still try and visit other peoples' blogs, since I enjoy them. but you are right in that it can get a little overwhelming when falling behind. So I either have to play massive catch up, or have to let it slide, which I don't like doing. You are one of the most faithful, thoughtful bloggers I know, and I always appreciate your thoughtful (which they always are) comments! Thank you!

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  33. I've always wondered how many balloons it would take to lift me up like this and then if it would be scary! This guy doesn't look scared. Maybe red shoes are the key to fearlessness..... Another very charming illustration!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! I suspect he is so fearless because maybe he's not so bright? I think your observation is quite sensible, and I also think one can't go too wrong with red shoes and a bunch of balloons.

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  34. I wanna go for a balloon ride too!
    This poor guy has been pent up in an office cubicle for the past 7-3/4 years.
    I can see the smile beginning to spread across his face.
    I don't think he'll be coming back.
    Yay! Balloons for everyone!

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    1. Yes, Mardi...you have it so right. He's gettin' out of Dodge (at least for the summer, anyway). He just has to find a place to land so he can find a pair of sandals, shorts and a Hawaiian shirt ;)

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  35. Perfect ...and such nonchalance!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! It's one of his favorite things to do on his coffee break ;)

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    1. Yes...he's definitely enjoying himself--just floatin' along.

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  37. dont know why but this post really makes me happy, thank you Elizabeth!!!! XXXXXX

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    1. Thank you, Mita! Getting comments like this is what really makes ME happy!!

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  38. Ohh, it's a very cute work!!! Have a nice day Elizabeth!

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  39. Balloon obsessions are dangerous.

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    1. Hey Dawn! I'm always happy when I know I've made you happy! What a wonderful compliment :) Thank you!!

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  41. It doesn't need me to tell you that this is a fantastic blog ... but just in case ... this is a fantas...... Anyway, I've become a follower, I hope you don't mind.

    PS Is there any truth in the rumour that Henny gets up early each day in the hope of seeing Russell Crowe?

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    1. Hi John,
      I don't mind one bit! I am so happy and flattered to have you on board!
      PS Russell Crowe...hahahahaahaaaa!

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  42. That comment above mine made me laugh...

    I love the simplicity of this; you convey his weight perfectly...I can feel that arm stretching!

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    1. Thanks so much, Otto. So glad you think so :)

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  44. What everyone above said, I say too. I stopped by awhile back but had nothin. Thought I'd come back later with somethin, but still had nuthin :(

    But have you ever read "The 21 Balloons"? That book rocked my ten year old world. I wanted to go live there.

    Okay, that's it, that's all I got.

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    1. My dear Ted,
      Nuthin is quite OK. I just always appreciate it when you stop by. That being said,
      I believe you are psychic (as well as psychokinetically inclined, as evidenced by your last blog post). I put a hold on, two days ago, a copy of "21 Balloons" from the library, since I have never read it. I guess I really do have balloons on the brain of late. Makes no sense to me, but I'm goin' with it. You know how that goes ;)

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  45. He looks remarkably serene, considering his arm is probably killing him, holding himself up like that! ;) Love the red shoes and fluttering tie!! Another winner!!

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    1. Thanks, Mit! I suspect his arm has gone numb by now ;)

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  46. So so cute, I love it!!!!
    Wish I could do that with a bunch of balloons! :P

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    1. Me too, James! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. I think he looks happy to be floating away...or maybe he just doesn't care? Love it!

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