Friday, October 10, 2008

Illustration Friday: strings




My submission for Illustration Friday's "strings" is an image that was used on a postcard for a woman named Lisa and she has a freelance hairstyling business in Santa Monica. She sends cards created by me for her clients at different times of the year. This was used for birthday greetings to let her customers know that she is thinking of them on their day. She is a smart cookie.



47 comments:

Ces said...

What a great idea and how special is that! I want to have my own cards made by you. Where do I send in my order request? Maybe something like a woman building her own house like an ark, in the forest...

kj said...

val, this is charming, just like you...

:)

Vicki Smith said...

I love the little ice cream cones in the trees and the cookie flowers. How magical!

Roberta said...

This is absolutely adorable.
I love the colors.
My favorite thing is the pair of scissors on top of the weather vane... Such a personal touch!

Dot said...

how pretty and cheerful! great colors..

Alicia Padrón said...

Oh I love this Valerie! It is just too cute!
BTW, I want trees like that! Well actually better not.. my hips will regret it ;o)

Ginger*:)* said...

She has chosen well. One smart cookie to have her cards designed by the best! I love this illustration and can't think of a nicer way for the salon owner to surprise her clients.

Lisa M Griffin said...

One of my favorites to date (the duck house is still hard to beat) I love how cheerful and whimsical this is especially with those ice cream trees. It would be a real treat to receive this in the mail.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Reg said...

fabulous! the colors are great and really work well together :)

Tracy said...

I LOVE this one! The yummy yard and trees make it perfect! Great idea :)

Janet said...

I agree that she's one smart cookie to have her cards made by you!The scissors weather vane is great!

jessielavon@yahoo.com said...

Hi darling,ime back after VERY FINAL TREATMENTS,COME VISIT,XXOO

studio lolo said...

The music and the card just makes me wanna say.."Gee golly gosh Val, I love it!!" The song is sooo perfect for the image. I just love the whole package ;)

Faruffa said...

This is stunning, I love all the sweet details and the scissor on the roof ... wonderful!!!

Zórdís said...

What a great idea and a unique way to surprice!

Great work!!!

Random York said...

Hi Val! I love your STRINGS and especially your PACKED illustrations. Your art has an elegant look- but it is also fun!- John

Ellen Byrne said...

Definitely a smart cookie!

SENTA said...

Soooo pretty!

ratsliveon said...

Ice cream trees! Cupcake flowers! This is fantastic. I love the little scissors on the weather vane too.

yoon see said...

A sweet welcoming piece with gorgeous colours finished .
So beautifully captured!!!
Wow, with ice creams, ballons, flowers...so many fine details.
Loving it!

old toad brew/aka froggie said...

wonnnnderful!!! all the lil vallie details here and there! so much to take in and i feel as i can walk right into it, up that path, and get my hair done. :)))

soulbrush said...

she certainly is clever and so are you!

Anonymous said...

Coolio. I see why everybody is strung out on you. Love, Bad Dog

Connie said...

I'd go there for my hair cut! I love the one little flower!

Bobo said...

Ice-cream cone trees? I must get one!
Beautiful work as always, full with suprised idea and details!

LDahl said...

Hey Val,
Smart cookie indeed. Your picture is perfect, I think I smell hair-spray! :)))
I'm weird, I like the smell of hair-spray!

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. ~Hunter S. Thompson

Bella Sinclair said...

I think YOU're the smart cookie! This is absolutely charming. Such a nice personal touch. I'd want to get my hair cut there. Love the scissors on top!!!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

ice cream trees and cookie flowers... now this is my kind of place. !

AscenderRisesAbove said...

ps i forgot to say; glad you liked your avatar and little bio - if you ever want to change it let me know

isay said...

what a great idea! i like the bricks in the roof and the glossy effects on the red fence. the salon has a homey atmosphere.

Michael O'Connell said...

fab illustration…

Ria said...

I wish I could go to this kind of salon and have the previledge to pick any flavour of ice cream after the hair cut is done. Too good to believe, but then, you made this! Salute!

NANCY LEFKO said...

charming !!! as is your SWEET sugary piece !!!

thedoodlegirl said...

You balance such beautiful charm and whimsy. Nicely done!

Ginger*:)* said...

PS... I hope you are okay as far as the fires are concerned. I feel so badly for those who lose home from any natural disaster.

Be safe wherever you are located.

Kate said...

Hey Val! I love this card. It's so much fun.

I hope you are safe from the fires! I have been thinking about you.

I am having a "trade" on my blog that you might be interested in participating in....go check it out.

Gillian said...

Another gorgeous house. This one has such happy 'face' - as all houses should. I love the ice-cream cone trees too. I'd have a whole orchard of them! x

Brine Blank said...

The more I see your work the more I continue to think of how awesome it would be to see a room designed by you for kids...including furniture and wall murals...

Red Eyes said...

Dear Valerie,
I prefer this to the usual stock photo. The message/coding is still very clear. I love the structure and view. Hope you know how much I am loving this and my visits here...hopefully, Ill see you on red eyes soon.

Red Eyes said...

And, I agree with you, she is a very smart cookie...but you are the brain behind the art :)

studio lolo said...

I came back after getting your comments because I was thinking about you and the fires. Looks like I wasn't alone in my thoughts!

You must be okay if you're posting :) Yay!!

I'm happy to be your blog bud too ;) Thanks.

Random York said...

Hey Val! Thanks for visiting my "October Blog"- Thank you for your cheerful note!- John

Flying Colors said...

Val this is so charming and sweet like you!

Glad to see a picture of you and that you are safe...
Liked the song "Strings" great pick :)

md said...

uhmm was in the neighborhood so i thought id drop by and say hi stranger. still love ur houses 2d and 3d

Kay Aker said...

Irresistable! I want to be there!

lil kim said...

very sweet!

Kate said...

Hi Val! I drew your name today and you won my Treasure Trade featuring one of my "Annie Had Tea With a Kingfisher" note cards w/ envelope! Pls stop by my blog and email me with your mailing info. Congrats!