Friday, December 07, 2007

Illustration Friday: Little Things


Here is my submission for Illustration Friday's "Little Things" prompt. It is a little painting 2.5" x 3.5 titled "First Snow". It is a little child standing in the doorway watching the first little flakes fall. It really is the "Little Things" in life that help us understand what's important.
A few of my friends asked me to put some gifts in my Etsy shop for the holidays. I used to be big time into gift making. When I was 19 (29 years ago) I started my own hand printed greeting card business here in Topanga. I would silkscreen in my studio, a limit of 3 colours and I would hand deliver, wrapped with a ribbon in a paper bag. I had tons of takers, they were all wonderful people and all of their friends would hope to receive one of my cards. They were printed on hand made paper, limited and signed editions. It was a unique little business that made people happy at the holidays.

37 comments:

Cream said...

I love the shape of this house and the colour of the tiles, a little different from your usual bright style.
Val, please alter your settings (Show comments in a popup window) so that we can admire your art while commenting. Thanks.

isay said...

this is sentimental for me val! the color of the house and the way it was standing-
i like what you said, too about The Little Things in life, and for sharing about your little business before-it really sounds great.

Geninne said...

Beautiful Val! and I have the honor to be right next to you again :)

Liz Jones said...

Lovely!! That sounds like a great business, too-- though heavy on the labor, I'm guessing! Happy holidays!

Catnapping said...

I love that you made personal cards. Christmas has become so stamped out and assembled.

I love the little things and people like you with so much love in their hearts.

Anonymous said...

Very nice, but don't eat the yellow smow. Pax et Amo. Bad Dog

Teri C said...

Such a cute and quiet look to the this. The little things are the best.

Kate said...

I love the little things...like seeing your beautiful houses every week on Illustration Fridays. I love it!

andrea said...

I'd be a taker in a minute. Charming once again, Val.

Tony LaRocca said...

That's sweet! I hope for the child that tomorrow's a snow day!

www.aynaku.net said...

very festive! your style here is a bit different...and really smart take on last week topc: I definetely subscribe your point of view.

Mim said...

the first snow of the year is so lovely. Here in the northeast is the second, third and fourth that start to get old! love the picture tho'

Nicole Florian said...

Adorable!

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Ohhh how beautiful! Lovely colors...and that tree behind it is so artistic.. Love this!

imwithsully said...

This reminds me of Liam standing at the door the other day waiting for the snow to fall. He waited quite a long time. Wonderful piece!!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

i had no idea you had an etsy shop; marked as a favorite now


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marcisenders said...

Beautiful!

Lois said...

I have to admit, I miss the snow! Sweet drawing and story.

rbaird said...
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Anonymous said...

How lovely, those cards sound wonderful. regards, Michelle

Rrramone said...

adorable!

Debbie Egizio said...

What a sweet painting! You are right, it's the little things in life that make things special. How fortunate those friends were to receive your hand made cards.

Love your excess post also. Such pretty packaged homes.

bog_art said...

What a little and wonderful house.. the kind of place where I will love to see my first flakes fall..

Janet said...

I love the colours!
...I agree, their friends were lucky to receive your special cards!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Very sweet, this painting is so peaceful

zari - justZHM said...

wonderful little art piece! btw, i so love handmade cards, i hope one day i can sell some too ;)

Josh (musarter) said...

Sometimes little things, like recieving a card, can all the difference. Your painted home looks little but very cozy.

RyanLoghry said...

This is just awesome. I love the texture in the sky, and your color choices. Very nicely done.

Michael O'Connell said...

wonderful illustration… i know how you feel… i used to do SO much more when i was younger… everything has sped up so much…

happy holidays!!

Alina Chau said...

Warm and toasty!!

Ellen Byrne said...

You continue to make people happy with your pieces - all over the world1 Better still we look forward to it once a week instead of once a year! Happy Holiday, Miss Valerie!

Kstyles said...

I just love all of your whimsical paintings. I know you're on Monday Artday ATCs so we have definitely got to trade sometime!

rbaird said...

I deleted my comment for a spelling error.
Your little snowy scene is as wonderful as the first time!

Angela said...

So soft and sweet!
I loved your bright present houses last week too. :)

sketched out said...

Lovely, lovely image and very sweet sentiment.

It was also neat to find out that you are from Topanga. We're practically neighbors, I work in Woodland Hills.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Alias said...

Beautiful work ! It's cute :)

Liz said...

i love your house design and the store that goes with it is wonderful!!! very nice job!