Friday, August 25, 2006

Illustration Friday: Run



My submission for Illustration Friday's "Run" is from a tryptich commissioned by Paul Gallin. He started a company in Ohio called Ohio Travel Bag, he loved his home and decided to have me create three paintings for his kitchen. The theme and title of these pieces are "The Dish ran away with the Spoon". I have alway's loved the idea of everyday objects coming to life when we leave the room. In the first scene we see the open kitchen window and someone has just baked a pie, it's cooling on the window sill and the dish is on one side of the sink and the spoon is in the mixing bowl on the counter of the opposite side of the sink. In the second scene the dish is flirting with the spoon and they have come to life and are the only dimensional characters in the room. The third scene shows us the living room as the dish and spoon are running away into the wild blue yonder. This was made in 1999 and I had a lot of fun creating it for Paul's kitchen. He has a home decorated with bright colours and a southwest motif, hence the rug and mirror. He sent pictures of items in his home and I recreated them out of handmade paper with embroidery thread making the tassles for the rug a small mirror and wood made up the likeness of his own mirror. I have never actually seen it hang in his home, I paint the art, ship it out and the pieces have a life somewhere out in the world in a new home.

The dish ran away with the spoon copyright 1999 Valerie Walsh


34 comments:

chrivo said...

You never run out of ideas :) (Notice the emphasize on "run"!) I can totally imagine them in a brightly decorated kitchen, a kitchen that is a fun place to be at and drink you morning coffee in. I love that you turned them into story panels. My favorite of course is the middle one, I am of the flirting kind... running away with the dishes though, I don´t know.

cristosova said...

Sorry, that was me up there. Blogger is really behaving strange today!

Teri C said...

So cute as usual!! Love your imagination.

Amy Zaleski said...

All great but I especially love the bottom one. It has a real old fashioned feeling to it.

Janet said...

Neato! I like the retro look stove and fridge. You get to do some fun work!

Liz Jones said...

Soooo cute!!
Great idea!!

michael dailey said...

love the way u draw the viewer in and outta the kitchen but love the last one best, very charming.

cosmos said...

Beautiful work, as usual. Do more.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

Nice trio of pictures. I agree with amy; the bottom is a huge reminder of kindnergarten

merlinprincesse said...

I love your drawings, Val! But... WHAT! You don't know the TRUTH? The dishes really dance and play and make the party as soon as we are out of the kitchen... Hehheheh! :)

Bearuh said...

How Sweet and cute! I love the wooden floor.. actually I love it all! You have your own unique pretty style

benconservato said...

You always seem to have something on the run. Opps, no pun really intended.
I love it, it is very original.

cream said...

Val, once more you've come up with an original interpretation of the IF theme!
Where are off to?

murphy girl said...

they are very charming, and i like the last one best

Toni said...

I love seeing what you got up your sleeve each week for IF and it is never a disapointment. I am still in awe of al the work you have done and still do.
PS thanks for the photos of the monarchs

PaulSketch said...

that's so cool!! I also love that thought: objects coming to life, reminds me of Beauty and Beast :D
what is that called again...giving human characteristics to objects??
your illustrations are beautiful as always!

Bad Dog (deceased) said...

Okay, I get it. You are really the one who chooses the themes so they always match something wonderful you have done. It will be our little secret. Bad Dog (deceased)

aynaku said...

so you really know how to run the buisiness! ;) great paintings, I guess my fav is the third one. Wish I see the original and appreciate the craftmaship behind all this!

Paige Keiser said...

Love the style, colors and little details! No wonder you're getting so much work!

Tony LaRocca said...

Ah, the dish, she was always such a reliable type... but who could resist that dashing spoon, with his promises of adventure and excitement away from the domestic life? Ah, l'amour...

maxi said...

¡¡¡ Yo tambien dibujo casas!!!
a veces hace bien mirar hacia adentro...
un saludo.M

stacey m said...

beautiful paintings! i love the idea of inanimate objects having full lives when we aren't looking!

doodlestreet said...

Dood! I missed looking at all your creative pieces!!! just love them, and the second one reminds me of an illo I did for a children's book once. I just love how bright and fun your illo's are...you're really good at color.

Robert McLaughlin said...

Hi Valerie,

I love your creativity and humor which is quite evident in this work.

Thanks for your comments on my blog, I respect your opinions. BTW, just got around to adding you as a link on my sidebar.

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

So creative, I'll bet these are enjoyed day in and out. I love the nursery rhyme take. Just great!

Linda said...

This is so fun, Great!

Sweet Pea said...

These are all so sweet but i think the bottom one is my favourite - I love the way they are framed in the doorway :)

String said...

I too like inaminate objects that come to life - right now some cups are throwing themselves at a teapot!

Geninne said...

What a beauty!!!
Love your imagination :-)

Michael O'Connell said...

great work and lots of fun…

tiffinix said...

I love the story book feeling to these. Your soft glowing colors. And those cactus on the wallpaper are so cute. Lovely paintings. I wish I could see them up close.

Natura said...

Love your house, feel would like to be warm inside :)

Ian T. said...

These work wonderfully as a sequence - I was getting a doll's housey feel in the earlier pics, so the third one rounds it off perfectly!

Random York said...

You rule in your realm! Beautiful work!