The current IF theme being perennial, I decided to create a tribute one of my favourite flowers: the bluebell. When I was little I thought fairies used the petals to make themselves skirts and used the stamen as their wands. What a disappointment to find out fairies aren't real! I adored the Flower Fairy illustrations by Cicely Mary Barker, see her bluebell fairy below:
This illustration is called North of 55 after my place of birth, Thompson, Manitoba. If you look closely you can see little details about Thompson, like the GPS coordinates. Sometime in the future I will be featured in an artist's section on the Defining Moments website, check out this interesting project here: http://moments.tigweb.org/
'Gesture' made me think about the graceful hand gesture of a dancer or figure skater. In mulling this idea over, I saw the image in my hand of a hand delicately plucking a design from a pile. Is that what I do? In some ways, yes! I sift through my own inventory or sketches, scans, photos, and paintings and pluck out the worthy items and place them all together.
'Stay' is the theme for this week. I was reminded of a friend I once had as a wee lass who attempted to make a housefly her pet. She tied a string around the fly and dragged him around, trying to get him to fly with the string attached to him. He was uncooperative.
So for this theme of 'remedy' for http://www.illustrationfriday.com/ I have decided to explore herbal remedies. The 'herbs' in this illustration are of my own invention, which makes it more fun! Hope you enjoy.