Friday, December 19, 2008

Illustration Friday: voices



The voices inside "The Light Stays On" found their way into my heart and I loved painting this image of the "magic cottage" for Karen Jasper. I hope you can treat yourself or someone you know with a copy available through the author, Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. Karen has a paypal link at the top of her blog and you can buy the book right from her page and she would be happy to sign it for you as well. I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and having winter fun!
Magic Cottage copyright 2008 Valerie Walsh

39 comments:

Teri C said...

So sweet. I need to go look at this book.

carla said...

Val - I just love what you did with this cover! I have seen the Magic Cottage in person, and I adore how you've given it that dancing happy feeling your houses have. I am definitely going to buy Karen's book - it's so exciting that she done this, and so wonderful that you did the cover. Happy Holidays to you :)

Anonymous said...

This is yet another wonderful image from the Val Gal. Keep on shining your brilliant light on everything you touch. Bad Dog

yoon see said...

Lovely.Lovely and lovely!!!!
This is my voices respond over your little voices there...

kj said...

from the bottom of her freefalling and tender heart, kj thanks you so much. so so so glad to be your friend, val.

xo

kj said...

p.s. every one i show the book to comments on how beautiful the cover is. i only hope the inside is half as good as this magical cover.

Mick said...

What a lovely way to voice the talents of two talented women at the same time.

Tina Vaziri said...

Very cute little house, I love it :)

Amy C said...

Nice job!
Happy Hoildays to you too!

Cathy said...

So beautiful! Actually, there's something I find reassuring about this illustration - very evocative!

studio lolo said...

Dear Val,
Here's what I wrote on KJ's blog.

"The cover, as well as the story are both magical! The way Val painted the warm light that eminates from the magic cottage embodies the light and love that shines from the story. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to have held this in my hand, and now I hold it in my heart. Thank you both ;)
Alex, Lily, Mike, Andy and Amy...and you too Rebecca, you've left an indelible mark."
XX

And Val, the song is one of my favorites, either by Joni or this duet(of which I own both.)You always make me want to linger :)

indigene said...

Oh, it's beautiful. Happy Holidays!

Krimo said...

Ooooh, how much I have missed.
Rambunctious... Totally magical!

kj said...

check out my blog, ms. val. it's about you and the magic cottage...

:)

Ginger*:)* said...

What a perfect book cover! It is beautiful. Congratulations on the book. I am wishing great success for you, for Karen and for the book.

isay said...

wow, a magical cottage. Very beautiful book cover. It is really appealing and it has got the mystery and curiousity enough for anyone to buy and read the book.

Congrats to you and Karen.

and thanks, i am having a peaceful holiday season and here's wishing you and your loveones the same and more....

Laura said...

I will definitely have to check out that book Val - thanks for the heads up. Your work as usual is magical and delicious, so much to savor. Happy Holidays my dear!

happy solstice! said...

My favorite is the garden...and the way you've brought light from inside the home.

Very inviting.

-J.Meyer said...

Love the feel for this, it almost feels like the house is animated. It has such a warm inviting over tone to the piece. Very nice.

flower girl said...

Lovely and beautiful!! =)

Peter Breese said...

Beautiful image Valerie, I really like the way the tree is almost hugging the house and the gentle drapes that frame the image. Adorable, hope I end up in a home like that.

Eric Barclay said...

Wow- beautiful work, Valerie! Just love the way the house and the tree are leaning into each other.

sketched out said...

This is so gorgeous! I love how it's all framed by a delicate, barely perceptible, lace curtain.

Hope you have the best holiday ever, Val!!

Ellen Byrne said...

WOW! and happy holidays!

James said...

Very nice illo, love your'e style oh and thanks for your kind comments

Blue in Green said...

Divine. Yes, its so divine

Blue in Green said...

And a very merry christmas too

md said...

can't think of a house you haven't done that i don't like and this one is no exception. Oh by the way id hire u on the spot if you ever decide to change careers and take up architecture instead LOL. Your house just always have so much zest for life in them and a warm caring feeling in them TY for always sharing them with us Val. Happy holiday to you and yours

Gillian said...

I don't know how you manage to put so much character into your little houses. Beautiful work.
Just wanted to wish you a happy Christmas.Hope to be blogging again soon.
Gillian. xxx

Faruffa said...

Great work Val!!!
I wish you a Merry merry Christmas :o)

bog_art said...

Other great piece my friend.. I send you a big hug from Ecuador, have a wonderful christmas time!..

erin said...

wonderful, wonderful!! and accompanied by such a great Joni Michell song, which has taken on new meaning since we moved to so-cal. Merry Happies!

NANCY LEFKO said...

just popping in to say MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

get zapped said...

Thank you, this is lovely and so sweet. Yes, we're having a winter wonderland here in Seattle!

Bella Sinclair said...

Your little houses and cottages and storefronts have so much life and charm and whimsy. They are characters all their own. What a beautiful cover for what, I'm sure, is a beautiful book. I must check it out.

Have an excellent holiday season, my friend, full of love and laughter and warmth.

Sara said...

It looks cozy and warm inside.

Ces said...

Val, you rendered that magic cottage with true magic. What a wonderful, loving gesture and I know Karen loves it. You make everything you touch beautiful, you probably can't help it because you are a beautiful person and I love you. There is cheer radiating throughout my house from the corner where your Noah's ark hangs. Merry Christmas to you and yours my beloved, dearest friend.

Ria said...

Love it, Val! I will check on the book for sure! Have a very happy holiday!

Michael O'Connell said...

beautiful work as alway… your have such a wonderful style… a belated happy christmas…