Friday, May 09, 2008

Illustration Friday: electricity


My submission for Illustration Friday's "electricity" is from a greeting card that I made for Marisol. It has a gift certificate to "Come over to my house for holiday cheer" it was rejected for being to dark. Candlelight versus electricity is an easy choice for me because I am usually painting pretty detailed work so I need good light. I have 365 halogen lights in my studio and they are the best purchase I ever made. It is like daytime in my studio late at night. Here in Topanga several times a year somebody driving up Hwy. 27 hits a power pole and suddenly no electricity. I am super prepared for this situation, I have lots of candles, alternate light sources, batteries, a portable dvd player, a radio with cd player that runs on batteries, etc. We have a big-time disaster preparedness program for all residents having been faced with fires, floods and earthquakes, you can see them here and here.

35 comments:

Rui Sousa said...

so fantastic this work, nice colours!

rbaird said...

I don't get "too dark?"
I think it's delightful.

I like your lighting solution for your studio!

kj said...

too dark? ha! val,the way i see it, light would be bouncing every which way with the pleasure of sitting at this table with you!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Hmmm, I can smell the cocoa and gingerbreads... very cheery!

Vicki Smith said...

This has such a nice quality. Art directors at greeting card companies always seem to think that the art is too dark.

pati @-;-- said...

Too dark?! Some clients are too picky mmmm...

I like it a lot, Val. It's adorable!

benconservato said...

I am going to say exactly the same as everyone else... too dark? What the!!
Oh well... I think it is wonderful!

domino said...

Great Illo!
Rothy is the best!!!! ;)

doodlestreet said...

Dood!
You got some serious coffee drinkin' going on there! That reminds me, I need some. I was up at 2:30 this morning!!

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

Debbie Egizio said...

Oh Val, your pieces always make me smile! So warm and cozy. Love it!

studio lolo said...

What's with some art directors? I think this is a light-filled delightful piece!

Janet said...

Not dark at all....very cozy!
(everyone should be as prepared as you, Val)

Ces said...

I think some critics are boring, uninteresting people who enjoy sending rejections. They are not doing a very good job because I see a lot of crap being sold like Nicole Richie's book about diamonds. Huh? They wasted glossy colored paper printing that trash and I read it at Barnes and Noble! So I read crap sometimes.


Thank you for visiting. I have not been well so have not blogged very much. Topanga sounds like a lovely place. I love candlelight. I like it when there is a blackout sometimes, as long as it does not happen during the summer when it is very hot and the kids don't keep opening the fridge. You are a ray of sunshine in the morning and the bright moonbeam at night Val and yes, it is my pleasure and honor to put you there on top of my list.

thefridayfrog said...

it's beginning to look a lot like...
AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! NO IT IS NOTTT!!!!

(PANT, PANT!)

hee, hee! this is wonderful, val! love the cheery colors and light! :)

kim said...

Love the candlelight parties. Reminds me of Hyacinth on the BBC show called "Keeping up Appearances". :)

Nicole said...

Excess of electricity! Nice greeting!

Lisa M Griffin said...

So fun and festive. Love the steaming cups of chocolate. Thanks for sharing

Ronni said...

I love your little worlds.

Dot said...

very sweet. but where are the other 2 going to sit? ;)

your detail work is really excellent.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little wired, but I feel the power. Bad Dog

Faruffa said...

This is so nice, I do not think it is dark, for me is bright and warm!

Forever Young said...

your work is so personal and so 'homely'...great once again.

Gillian said...

What a clever take on the theme. I'm amazed it was considered too dark but what do I know!
Gorgeous artwork, Val.

Diana Evans said...

I love your take on the theme!!! wonderful work and so colourful and fun...just what I needed...

Tony LaRocca said...

Just make sure you don't blow a fuse and sit in candlelight for the rest of the holiday!

Kstyles said...

Lovely. It looks so warm and inviting.

Ginger*:)* said...

What a charming illustration and what a wonderful studio you must have. I'll bet they can photograph you from the space station!

Brine Blank said...

I can't get over how nice your blues always look in your paintings. It reminds me of oil paintings we studied in art history...

Kay Aker said...

A charmer!

thedoodlegirl said...

I love this! Such great patterns!! Love it. :)

Alina Chau said...

Lovely!

Bobo Cat said...

Hot coffee, delicious ginger bread, warm lights, just perfect for a tired soul to rest.

sketched out said...

What an absolutely delightful scene. What is it with these greeting card companies? Does everything have to be cloying in order to meet with their approval?

You're work is wonderful.

isay said...

i don't know but the dining table looks so muffin yummy!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

its about 100 degrees here and this made me miss christmas


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