Saturday, June 05, 2010

Illustration Friday: trail


This is a Topanga box and I have been making them for a long time. They are made from upcycled wooden ginseng boxes. I handpaint them and they do not have houses on them. I have walked many a trail in these hills for 30+ years. When I look at the hills I think of all the beautiful days and dogs that have walked these paths with me rain or shine. Walking is one of my favourite things in life :D My submission for Illustration Friday's "trail" is a hand painted
Topanga box and the inside holds a special surprise ;)

26 comments:

Alex said...

Wow that's so cool! What a great idea and what a wonderful way to re-use something - fantastic!

I love the colours and the tone of the paint - lovely

Alina Chau said...

Lovely and peaceful

Vicki Smith said...

Your box positively glows, Valerie. What a nice idea and tie-in to the prompt. I, too, am a walker and it always manages to refresh me.

k.h.whitaker said...

this is lovely

Janet said...

Beautiful!

andrea said...

I want. Awesome idea.

asperezas said...

I'm sure there's a star inside
:D
Beautiful!
:-)

Laura said...

Love this Val, what a gorgeous shade of blue!! I love my walks too (altho it's so hot & humid here in south Texas lately, I've taken to indoor walking)

Hope you are well my friend :)

yoon see said...

Very beautiful skyline and I can feel the silent night.
I want to watch the star this way. So fulfilling!

Caroline said...

Original idea for the Trail prompt, Val! It's a beautiful box and I'd like to peek inside!

Faruffa said...

blue hills in a blue sky ... what a wonderful world you created with your work!!!
Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm always so happy to see a comment from you :o)

Tracy said...

Wow, this is beautiful, Val! :)

roberta baird said...

Simply magical Val.... now I'm wondering what's inside!!

susannaporob said...

WOW! Nice.Your work is truly beautiful.

isay (Marissa) said...

beautiful painting valerie! it is simple but very attractive. and i discover one thing we both like ---walking :)

Mary Jane said...

This magical blue box seems peaceful and gentle and calming. I wonder what is inside?
A shining star? A glass egg? A magic jewel? A magic genie?
Makes me wonder.

Doodlestreet said...

inside...hmmm....
a very sweet little custom die-cut val pal gift tag, perhaps?

Thrifty Miss said...

The blue of the box Val is so striking it really looks like it glows.

Lisa M Griffin said...

Gorgeous! What a lovely submission to IF and a really great piece of work. I love seeing how artists work on different "canvases" especially when it is recycled.

Heather said...

This is so peaceful and soft - well done. I like seeing something like this on Illustration friday!

D. Lindsey said...

I don't know how you did such a lovely job of hand painting this, I'm truly mystified and in awe. Really beautiful job!

Pepi said...

Es que tienes un arte impresionante, todo lo que cae en tus manos lo conviertes en una joya. Besos, besos, besos............

doodlegirl said...

val... i so GET your love of the hills and the trails that connect you through them.

Love your box. just like all your days walking the trails, you have discovered that each new experience brings along magic and surprises.

Great job and idea with your Topanga box!

studio lolo said...

Oh Val, this is such a beauty. In all my favorite colors, too :)

I can picture you and Ratty♥ walking these hills and all the doggies that came before him.

I love love this!

Marc said...

Hi Val,
I love the blue...
Beautiful !

Jack Foster said...

Hey Val! How did I miss your trail? his is such a cool idea. Love the deep blue. Reminds me of a camping night when I was a kid (a long time ago) :o) I learned what a Topanga box is ... thanks. And it even comes with a surprise inside... wow better than Cracker Jack.