Friday, November 25, 2005

Illustration Friday "small"


My post for illustration friday is "Dollhouse". This illustration is from my 2003 HOMEMADE Calendar. When I was a small girl, I had a friend that lived in the wealthy part of town. She had a doll house with real miniature furniture. It was made from wood and the fabrics that covered the furniture were satin! A little porcelain bathtub, a wooden grand piano, a satin covered settee. I adored these little creations and I was always thrilled when she invited me to spend the night and play with the dollhouse. It is a happy memory!
copyright 2002 may not be reproduced without permission.

50 comments:

Cristina said...

AWESOME web blog!!! Plz check out mine and leave a comment or two oh and don't forget to tell your friends about it. www.mtlife180.blogspot.com
AWESOME web blog
B
Y
E

andrea said...

There are other IF submissions on the dollhouse theme this week. I, too, was very impressed with miniature anything when I was a kid. Still am, actually! Charming painting.

vfm4 said...

what a lovely warm ilustration.. i love dollshouses, as a matter of fact i have a few, some found, some built myself... :)

scott said...

very, very sweet val
I love the niave perspective, it sets off the scene beautifully
congrats
(you'll have to learn to crop and square your photos though val)
I could show you how if you like

JacqueLynn said...

This is delightful

cream said...

Great work, Val! A little girl would die to have a room like it!

Teri C said...

I saw another dollhouse also and it is making me remember my dollhouses. Small has so many interpretations. Yours is neat.

mel said...

great story and cute illo! :)

frank h said...

Nice art and nice memories ValGal,

...and when the girls go to sleep at night, the little house became alive and their people look at the two giants sleeping there, trying not to make a sound ...

(excuses for my English, I hope will improve slowly...)

Anonymous said...

Ooohh, makes me miss not having had a daughter (surrounded by males); gorgeous illustration, the detail of the dollhouse is amazing!

Janet said...

Very cute!... I always wanted a dollhouse when I was small, but never got one.

tararossstudios said...

I like your work to, very fun. Thanks for visiting me at flickr.

ratlion said...

When I was a kid, sis and I spent many an afternoon trying to fashion doll-houses out of old cardboard boxes...brings back memories :)...really nice illo...and thank you, both for dropping by and for the encouraging comment!

Caroline said...

Gorgeous picture - and so appropriate for small!

Rowantree said...

Beautiful warm colors and great perspective !!

carla said...

What a lovely story, and a very beautiful illustration to go with it. I had such a cool dollhouse when i was little...I would get a new piece of Petite Princess furniture for birthdays and Christmas (it might be like the stuff you describe here)...everything was very ornate and gorgeous. I found an old wallpaper book in the trash one day, and I wallpapered all the rooms. I wish I still had that dollhouse...thank you for the memory:>

Urban Convert said...

Thanks for your comment. You're good illustrator. My mom's quilter, so I really like the quilt--nice touch.

anne said...

wow! your art is amazing! absolutely breathtaking colours and lots of fun details. i love that venetian city, what an achievement! i would be so proud if i were you, to have made such a beautiful "project".
you are a true inspiration and i'm glad i found you!

thanks for commenting on my blog, i will definately deal with my significant other, and you nailed it right there: "Sometimes when people are with family they revert to childlike behavior.". that was so true yesterday!

thanks for sharing and you are bookmarked!
all the best!

ps. love the illo "free" too, wonderful colours and humourous!

minijubilee said...

what a beautiful illustration, and it's even more meaningful with your recollection of your friend's dollhouse! ;)

Twisselman said...

Very nice illustration. I always enjoy the colors and themes in your illustrations, as well as the stories behind them.

Wilnara said...

Val it seems like a wonderful childhood memory. Absolutely a very charming and sweet illustration! I love the fact that it has such an innocent feeling to it. -Wonderful!

Lost Aussie said...

Great illustration, beautifully done.
Marie

Shano said...

Beautiful and sweet. I wouldn't mind living there! :)

Karen said...

Nice illustration. It looks so cozy. You're so good at detail.

Holly said...

Love it. Really wonderful work. Cheers!

Harrison said...

Hey ValGal!
Thanks for you kind comment - your blog is super impressive! Really dig the San Diego Orchestra poster - all of your work has a nice warmth to it!
Quick question: how do i post my own banner for my blog?? I'd like to change it up but not sure how! Thanx!

Harrison said...

Thanks Val! I've emailed Scott - kind of you to respond so quickly! For future reference, my email is harrisonwheeler@hotmail.com
I don't speak compu-babble either, but am keen to learn!
Long live illo friday,
Harrison-san

C* said...

soooo nice! like the colors!

Ginger*:)* said...

This is such a beauty. I always wanted a dollhouse with tiny furniture and teeny tiny REAL people and animals to admire. Did you ever read the Book of Live Dolls? I had it as a child and can't remember the author, but I am sure it could be found on the internet. A young girls dolls came to life and scolded her for their worn out condition. It made me a much better steward of all my toys. Thanks for such a lovely illo!

Amy Zaleski said...

Wow, this is awesome! What girl or woman couldn't appreciate the specialness of a dollhouse? I was one of those with the cardboard box variety - I even made all of my own furniture from wood and fabric scraps. This painting brings back nice memories. Thanks also for your kind comment on my small furry friend, Nugget (she's a bit more grown up in my contribution for "Reflection").

Amy Zaleski said...

Oops, I meant "Tranquility" instead of "Reflection" Just in case you're interested.

Carla said...

Thanks for stopping by in my blog! The one in english is carlaportfolio.blogspot.com.
See you around, will come back to check your drawings! :D

scribblesk said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
scribblesk said...

Draws you in to such an inviting and compelling little world! So much fun detail!

Karden said...

wow~~ the dollhouse and the doll is lovely!! and the props , so tiny!!
yr pic is colorful as ususal~~! nice work!

http://kardenwhatever.blogspot.com

Tony Sarrecchia said...

I love your style on all the art work on this blog. Great job!

Julie Kieras said...

Great illustration of "small" - I love it - I loved that mini furniture too when I was younger and always wished I had a dollhouse of my own. Thanks for your comment on my site too!

Claire Louise Milne said...

This is beautiful, nice details and your colours are lovely. I really love the penny rug on the bed!

Fancy World said...

Oh what a wonderful blog and great artwork. WOW.

Paula said...

Incredible how some memories stay with us. Excellent illustration and story.

http://paulagrenside.typepad.com/illustrations/

Jaimie said...

absolutely beautiful. and your venetian city is amazing! I would love to see more pictures of it.

String said...

Really reminded me of my room in Seattle as a kid, although no doll house...just a rocking horse and a miniture tea set! Lovely

Valaine said...

This is comfortable and inviting. Very sweet! ^_^

Debbie said...

this illustration really brought me back to playing with my little sister's doll house when we were kids... then completely wrecking the inside with my brother's GI Joe doll when she wasn't looking!

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

This is lovely. Really lovely. The piece exudes charm. Thank you for sharing.

anthony said...

i like your idea, and the colors you chose. the wall gives a nice warm feeling to the whole thing.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Brava! I'd just conceived the idea of doing a calendar for friends when I saw that you'd done one, too. Regrettably, there is no way on earth I can get that many illustrations done (and printed) be Christmas... well... maybe... I'd love it if you'd let me know what format you did the calendar in... i.e., how you generated the date graphics, etc.... binding?

chan wah said...

Very lovely illustration, like in a fairy tale.

hartini said...

WOW! Beautiful beautiful drawing! So warm and pretty! Sure would love to have a bedroom like that and the dollhouse too :D Great work!! ;)

hartini.com

Horse said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.