Tuesday, October 19, 2010

DAY 432 A Romantic Toon


Hi there, Journal & Friends,

I decided to get this typed up Sunday, for Toon Tuesday. 


This coming Friday Jim and I will be celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary. So I thought it would be fun, for Toon Tuesday, to show pics of a commissioned book I painted. 

The book was a surprise gift from a gentleman to his wife on their wedding anniversary (awww, how romantic). It was based on the book of Proverbs in the Bible.

In the finished book, each chosen verse was on the left page, with the matching illustration on the right side. There were quite a few, so I'll just pick some of my favorites.

It was watercolor and sepia ink on heavy watercolor paper, bound into a leather book. I loved painting this... I hope you enjoy it!














Today's Peek at the Past (I started that post saying: "I was feeling bogged down, stuck, like in quicksand or thick mud... and like time has stopped." Yet it's now a year later, and I am about 50 pounds lighter. It may be slow progress, but it IS progress!)

From Day 71, October 19, 2009:
I have become too comfortable...been playing too close to the cliff edge. And if I don't clean up my act, I might fall right over that cliff! No excuses.... I can do better.

As I think about it...I don't want OKAY result...I want GREAT results. Life is too short...I am too large...I am not a spring chicken any longer...I will not accept piddling results!! And the only one that can change that is ME.

(For complete post "Weigh Day & Consistency" click HERE



From Dr Phil's book: "When you kill time, remember you can't resurrect it."

My verse for today:  "...the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones."

My quote for today: "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." --Pablo Picasso

Enjoy the Journey,

Loretta
=^..^=


14 comments:

JoAnn said...

Loretta, you have an amazing talent there! My daughters and I are surprised that you're not a famous illustrator. I live next to a famous children's illustrator/writer (Mary Azarian). I'm trying to think of who your drawings remind me of.... the details are really beautiful.

Deb Willbefree said...

The art is beautiful--of corse. :) (And another set of illustrations you could send to Welwyn.)

And that quote- HAH! I almost said the exact same sentiment to myself today. It's be that kind of a week--in spades. Playing at the edge of the cliff...

I hope you're feeling okay and not in too much pain! You know that I've been praying up a storm! :D

Deb

M Pax said...

Love the cats! You do have an amazing talent, Loretta. The book is romantic. What a great gift.

Hope you're feeling OK. Been thinking of ya and wishing you a speedy recovery.

Amelia said...

Wow, beautiful words and illustrations! Your very talented..thanks for sharing those pages. I really love the colors.

Rettakat said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words!

JoAnn: Thanks for mentioning Mary Azarian... I looked her up and totally enjoyed her art! My favorites were the Medieval woodcuts... loved 'em. :-)

Loretta
=^..^=

Julie said...

WOW!!! They were beautiful. You are so talented. WOW!! I love the pages you picked, very romantic.
Thanks for sharing. Love it.
Take care and God Bless!!

cmoursler said...

Loretta, those are just beautiful. Your style is so consistant. It must be nice to be so comfortable in your own 'voice'.
I wasted so many years trying to be someone else with my art that I have years to go to get comfortable.
Happy Anniversary Loretta! Enjoy your weekend.

Nancy said...

I love those!!! You are such a wonderful artist! Congratulations on your 33 years of marriage! That is amazing!!

Buttercup said...

Beautiful book. So enjoyed looking at it. Have a wonderful anniversary and every happy wish!

Kat said...

Wow, beautiful book! Congrats on your anniversary.

Christina said...

One-third of a century together!!!! Congratulations, you two! You make such a sweet couple.

Your work is marvelous! What a sweet gift for the wife. Looking at your work, it is hard to believe you aren't famous. :)

Shelli Belly said...

Beautiful progress

Genie @ Diet of 51 said...

Loretta,

The story and your art is fabulous!!! You are very talented.

The cat in the suit and tie..... LOL

Genie @ Diet of 51 said...

OK, make that "are" fabulous. Too tired to be grammatical.

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