Thursday, April 18, 2013

Illustration Friday: Wild



There was supposed to be some accompanying story here.  Something about a little girl who accidentally fell from a passing cloud and was rescued by a giant bat who adopted her.  It was supposed to be a happy story, but then this week happened and all the happiness in me has shriveled up.  My internal merrymaking machine is broken.

What a tragic week for America.  Cowards planting deadly bombs, someone mailing poison,  a Justice of the Peace murdering people for retaliation, first responders and dozens of citizens dying in a horrific explosion in Texas, and a Senate refusing to listen to the people because of selfishness and cowardice.

I have never been an activist.  I don't even like to ask people to buy things for my kids' fundraisers.  But when it comes to the safety of my family, I will do what it takes.  As you probably know, the Senate yesterday voted down a proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases, even though numerous polls show that around 90% of Americans support it.  We can sit here and blame our politicians, but we should also be blaming ourselves.  Their inaction is due to our inaction.  If you are unhappy with the way your state's Senators voted yesterday, please take a few minutes to contact them via email or phone to let them know your disappointment.  If you do not know how your Senators voted, please click here.  Senators are not mind readers.  They need to know where their constituents stand.  One bee buzzing alone can be ignored.  The buzzing of a thousand little bees can resonate like thunder.  I have been contacting my Senators and showing my support.  I urge you to let your voice be heard too.

I wish someone could just wrap their arms around me and tell me that everything will be okay.  Maybe I need to go find myself a giant mama bat.  Now excuse me.  I need to find some spare parts to fix my merrymaking machine.  It is seriously broken.

27 comments:

Andrea said...

I am happy to see you here nonetheless. I love the sense of protection that your picture evokes. Safety in an unlikely place.

Ces said...

Aaaawwwww!!! Please accept my hug, although, I feel sleepy like that girl. Hehehhe. Everything will be alright, honey, we have to believe that good triumphs over evil and right will trump wrong even when it does not happen the way we want it to be so. I understand how you feel though. I love you. Tsup!!!

Tammie Lee said...

ahhhh, it makes me sad to know you are sad. but rightly so your heart has such strong feelings! I agree, we must all take a stand and let our feelings and thoughts be known.

i love this art, it is wonderful. sending my loving arms to hold you.

laughingwolf said...

sadly, tragically so, m'dear... seems greed, in all shapes, rules over logic, every time :(

career politicos are the last to want their perks/pay to end, especially the free medical and other ones the rest of the working poor are desperately trying to pay for... the only way to get rid of those bums is to put limits on the years they're allowed to pig out at the trough... the max should be six years... but how many voters are willing to 'stop the insanity', and elect persons of conscience?

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

Sending lots of hugs to you dear friend and so sorry what has happened there.
Just hope that life could be a safer place for you there.

Carolyn xo

rachel awes said...

i love andrea's comment about safety in an unlikely place. i now too lean in ~ to the wild + unexpected places that enfold + fiercely protect.

+ yes, change begins with us. within. + shining it out.

adoring the wing of bella...
xoxoooo

Arija said...

Let me put my arms around you honey, hold you tight. The tide is turning where you are. As you know,I would be happier if no civilians had guns and hunters had to hunt with bows and arrows but modern society has unfortunately gone crazy. The US has a huge military force, they don't need their population to be armed like the Swiss. The Swiss have compulsory army service, i think for two years and are instructed in the use of rifles and after that, they are part of the citizens army and keep their gun in a safe place and bring it out in case of invasion.
In Australia we are strict with our gun laws and people were given a moratorium to hand in their unregistered weapons. Of course our criminals still believe they are outside the law.

Hugs, hugs, hugs . . .

Creations By Mit said...

A sweet, comforting scene, nevertheless! I went in the same direction this week....searching for comfort...and hope....as I struggled with being creative this week. I am from Boston & currently live 45 minutes away. Right now towns in the area are in lockdown, as they search for the 2nd bomber. Never, in a million years, did I imagine I would be typing these words....

yoborobo said...

Move over, I need under that bat's wing, too. And it's time to be a bee. Do be a do bee. I'm with you on that. Sending a hug - xox

Indigene Theresa said...

Bella, if your merrymaking machine is down, we are all in trouble! I think we are all feeling "tender" nowadays. Our false sense of security has indeed been false. Sending you psychic energy to jump start your merrymaking again. The world's a little sweeter with you in it! :)

P.S. Love the bat wings!

Michaele Razi said...

I hear you! This week has been devastating. Sometimes I look to the news of other countries and I get more depressed. So much suffering, especially children. Your blog, though, serves a wonderful purpose. Your artwork and thoughts spread so much needed light into other peoples' lives and I do believe that it ripples throughout our universe. So thank you for that, my friend!

Cindy D. said...

Excellent post! I like to keep politics out of my art blog too, but perhaps that makes the gravity more clear on those few occasions we feel we must speak up. I am sure you have run across the Mr. Roger's quote, but I am going to link it anyway, because it's ALWAYS the other side of the story.
http://www.neatorama.com/2013/04/15/Look-for-the-Helpers/

Also, beautiful drawing! There is plenty of beauty in the world. I hope you won't let the ugliness lead to despair. There will always be good people too!

k.h.whitaker said...

Nice! Love the post, love the illustration. She looks cozy and safe. Sending you a big hug and spare parts for your merrymaking machine. ;)

XOXOXO

Carin Bramsen said...

This is a comforting scene (and wonderfully original, like all of your art). You are an exceptional artist and clearly a lovely person. Take care, and may that merrymaking machine be up and dancing soon.

Amy C said...

yes one poo week indeed!
Despite your merrymaking machine not churning at full speed, you still managed to make me smile very much with your beautiful caring bat.
And I like bats a lot except for when one somehow made its way into my bedroom and fluttered around me at 3am a few summers ago, we managed to set it free - when I say 'we' it was actually the brave mister who did while I screamed under the covers.
Beautiful drawing Bella you never fail to brighten everyone's day.

Lisa M Griffin said...

I find art to be extremely healing.. not only for the artist but for the viewer. You are doing your part... and the good far outweighs the bad in the world.
I think that is the best way to move forward from senseless acts of violence that we really can't wrap our heads around.
Your artwork is warm, thoughtful and LOVING. Thank you for sharing your art and kind spirit with us all.

Mauricio Abril said...

I totally agree, Bella. I was in the midst of traveling when the craziness began, but I'm glad it's starting to get back to "normal," if it ever can for the people most affected. Your illustration is quite lovely, and it's a great concept. It'd be great if we could all have a big bat to protect us :)

Diana Zipeto said...

Beautiful, touching, can feel the warmth of the larger bat. She found a warm and receptive place to snuggle in.

Kathie Brown said...

Bella, well said and so true! It was a very hard and sad week and the sadness continues because congress is so selfish! thanks for the link. I do want the expanded background checks to pass. I do so hope you can fix your merry-making machine. You make us all smile, which helps us get through some of this sadness and tragedy.

Here's a little merriment for you. I know you did not know me when I first started my poetry blog, but I do have a bit of art and innocence posted from back then. http://kathiespoettree.blogspot.com/2008/05/moonlight-princess.html

Kathie Brown said...

P.S. perhaps you will come dance with me?

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Help!! The owls have me! Who?? The owls have me!!

Deborah said...

Oh Bella, I love this image. I also love bats! Real ones...somehow they are cute to me. Little leathery wings. Tiny teeth.

I am in support of extended background checks for gun purchases also, even though being a military family, I also support citizens being able to own guns; as long as they are not CRAZY!

Boston effected me greatly too. I am so disgusted at the evilness of the act, the smirks on their faces, the hatred.

Sweet sweet Bella,
light fills darkness,
love is stronger than hatred,
we must all become the light.

**kisskiss** Deb

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I'm in between. I write to my Governor and my Representatives occasionally but I feel that the machine is too big and unwieldy, and as some have pointed out, entrenched pols just want to stay entrenched :(
Keep oiling your happy machine as will I!

aimee said...

we need to get your merrymaking machine back in gear because you are OUR merrymaking machine!

Ces said...

Did you read this?

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-gun-crimes-pew-report-20130507,0,3022693.story

Ces said...

The stats show that recent initiatives do very little or nothing about controlling violence. Gun ownership has very little to do with the increase or decrease in crime rate. Gun control only triggers more gun buying and as long as the government stockpiles ammunition, it fuels suspicion about for whom those bullets will be intended. Gun ownership rate has basically remained the same since 1991 in fact lower by a few percentage points but incarceration rates has increased. The recent gun control hysteria was triggered by Newton and Aurora, both of which were perpetuated by mentally ill or unstable persons, a subject which gets very little attention from gun control advocates. Crime rates continue to rise in cities that have failed to address gun violence in a realistic manner, e.g. Chicago. If you have a mayor pleading to the criminals to leave the children and elderly alone, what does that say? Why are the criminals not in jail?

http://www.psmag.com/culture/gun-ownership-neither-increases-nor-decreases-crime-rate-55473/

Steve E said...

Bella, Bella.
You wrote such nice words in comment on my post. Thank you, not so much for your words, but for inspiring me to reach back some days into YOUR past postings. How magnificent, unique, yup I wrote that word unique, OK?

Absolutely love this falling chick rescued by a bat. A real Aesop you are--grin!

As for these sad times in our world, please have faith with me that everything will be OK in the end. And if everything is not OK, IT'S NOT YET THE END!!

Blessings to you, my friend.