Thursday, May 2, 2013

Illustration Friday: Farewell

Too Little Too Late



What I want to write has nothing to do with that picture.  That picture is kind of sad.  Originally, the fish had no eyeball, but my younger daughter was horrified and upset with me, so I relented.  

Forget about the picture.  What I really want to write is Thank You.  Thank you for visiting and leaving  encouraging words.  Thank you for not throwing in the towel, like I so often want to do when things get me down.  Traveling around the world through the interweb and seeing the unflagging hope and cheer and happiness and humor in your posts and artwork were exactly what I needed to get that ol' merry-making machine cranking again.  She just needed a little grease, that's all.  :)

And while I'm at it, I also want to salute and thank all the men and women in uniform, overseas and here at home, all the first responders and spontaneous helpers who risk their lives and rush into dangerous situations to help people in need.  Too often, they are unsung and under-appreciated.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Farewell and thank you, too, to Penelope of Illustration Friday.  Thank you for creating an amazingly nurturing and inspiring community of artists.  Some of the people I hold dearest I have met through IF.

Good grief, this is starting to sound like a retirement speech at a work party.

Oh, before I go, I wanted to share with you pictures of a photo album that Ana of Albumes Artesanales Y más created for a special young client.  Her craftsmanship is fantastic!  You can see more of her gorgeous albums at http://albumesartesanalesymas.blogspot.com/.  Thanks, Ana!



(photos courtesy of Ana)


I hope you have a beautiful and energizing and mind-bogglingly amazing weekend!

*EDIT:  Just to be clear, I'm not retiring.  You can't get rid of me that easily.  :)

44 comments:

Ted Blackman said...

I'm glad that I have you as a blog friend. I look forward to hearing from you every week. I was reluctant to comment on your last post because of our one difference regarding guns. But I will always return to your blog to see what you've created. You are an inspiration, Bella.

Deborah said...

Where're ya going? Please please say it's just the illustration Friday prompt! You are right, the farewell fish is quite sad, yet sweet.

And oh yes, light will always fill darkness.

**blows kisses** Deb

Andrea said...

Wait...you're leaving? Like leaving leaving? But I will miss you and don't know how to reach you other than right here in comments. Thank you for all of the smiles!

Andrea said...

p.s. I love the ladies playing dollies! And the two little ones Peeking? precious!

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Ces said...

Oy! May I please be excused for posting and deleting my potty-mouthed comment. I am sooooooo relieved. You know, if you stopped blogging I don't think I can go on and pretend that everything is alright. I will probably just close my comment section permanently because it will not be the same without you and I will miss you terribly and be so sad. I will cry, everyday until I run out of tears.

I think your statement about saluting the men in uniform and first responders just threw me off.

I love your drawing. The scales on the fish are awesome. Your Epsilon 2 is right, if there were no eyes, it would be scary. :)

Thank you for being here and sharing your beautiful art and beautiful you! ILY. Tsup!!

Mauricio Abril said...

Hey Bella, I'm glad to live in an age where it's possible for artists all over the world to find each other and even to just get a glimpse into their world, their minds, their souls. I'm not sure if your post is just a 'thank you' or, like others have interpreted, it means something more, but I'm glad to have synced up with you and to see your art.

Val said...

Thank goodness you are not retiring just yet, Bella! Your creative inspirations have become a staple to me so keep doing this! HUGS.

Arija said...

I am so glad your blue moon has disappeared over the horizon. If love can slide you over a rough patch, there are always bucket loads of it here, just come on over and you'll be hugged breathless, the better to reenergise you with a huge breath. Stop and have a glass to fortify you. Whether it is herb tea (with honey) or Wild Turkey on ice, do something nice for yourself, have half a ton of chocolate in one sitting, cuddle your girls whether they want it it not, go and wildly dance the tango . . . I wish in some way I could make your heart sing.

Amy C said...

phewwwwwwww I am soooo glad you are not retiring that would have made me really very sad indeed.
Your fishy illustration is so sweet and the adorable girl offering the cup just makes my bottom lip judder with the utter cuteness.
Did I say how glad I am that you are not retiring!?!?

Shirley said...

You can never leave us, Bella! I will stomp and pout and yell for years, so I am glad you're not retiring. : ) Oh, your illustration is so sweet but sad..and gosh, I'm glad you put the eye in..I'm such a wimp! I am thankful for IF and Penelope too for I would not have gotten to meet one of the gems of the internet, you! Glad the grease has worked and you're back! I hope you have a lovely weekend as well..and it is crrrazy, but I will be seeing the Rolling Stones this weekend so there'll be a whole lot of shaking going on. : ) Avert your eyes, it's not pretty! Have a super weekend dear Bella! Hugs to you!!

Carin Bramsen said...

The illustration is stunning. And I'm pleased as punch to hear that its sadness doesn't reflect the state of your own merry-making machine. Hooray for a little grease! :) I hope you have a beautiful, energizing, amazing weekend, too!

Creations By Mit said...

You'd BETTER not be going anywhere, Bella!! Great piece, albeit very sad. I've come home to find a fish gasping for air on my kitchen floor before...and had arrived in time. Other times, I have not been so lucky....finally I smartened up & started putting covers on my fishbowls!

Cindy said...

so glad you've revived - i enjoy your space even when the going gets tough if not more so. enjoy your weekend!

Kathie Brown said...

Whew! you had me scared for a minute! Please don't leave us and don't ever let despair win! and yes, thank you to all the men and women who serve our country. My son is in the army and I know the sacrifices he and his family make on a daily basis, not to mention his mother! I'm glad you found your smile again.

Tammie Lee said...

yea, i am so happy that you are not going anywhere.... but then again summer is nearing and it seems, if i remember right that often you take time off the blog to be with your girls and you are always dearly missed.

fun to see you let your girls influence your art. just a fun thing to make it interactive.

sending a bright smile,
t

k.h.whitaker said...

So happy your merry making machine just needed a little oil Bella ;) And I'm glad you aren't retiring. We'd miss you terribly. The illustration is a bit sad but also touching, I love it, but I love all of your illustrations so that's no surprise. :D

yoborobo said...

I was getting very nervous, thinking you were going to say good-bye blog! The picture is sad, but sweet, too.
I'm glad you're feeling more hopeful, and I join you in high-fiving first responders and all those who help when we need it most. XO!

illuminary said...

I have always felt inspired and filled with thoughts by your art.. so it's mutual, it really is.! have a wonderful weekend!

Arti said...

I thought that you were retiring but then was so happy reading the edit part :)
Thank you too Bella for the wonderful creative posts that you put up. Its a pleasure to go through them.
Have a lovely day :)

Michaele Razi said...

Love the illo! It is sad but lovely. And I'm glad you're not retiring. I'm in love with your artwork, which is always fresh, gorgeous and fun! And you posts are wonderfully motivating--so I thank you, my friend! xoxoxo

p.s. I second the thank you to our first responders and military too! They are incredible people!

aimee said...

i just borderline panicked.

aimee said...

i mean, I am really sorry to hear that IF is bidding adieu, but I thought at first this was YOUR farewell speech and I almost spontaneously lost my drawing hand thinking about that. IF can go if it must, but YOU must stick around!

aimee said...

maybe I can talk you into joining up with us at glue it tuesday -- or hanging out over at paint party friday to fill in the friday void!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

First let me say I am so glad that you are not retiring and happy to hear that the merry making machine has been greased again.
Love the sweet illustration, sad but says so much.
Wishing you a great new week, dear friend

hugs
Carolyn

Ces said...

Seriously! This post needs an edit of the edit. Look at all the many people you have driven to the edge of panic and despair. I had it worst!!! Hahahahaha!!! Oh sweet Bella Sinclair, how you are so much loved!!! TSUP!

Lisa M Griffin said...

Such an emotional work of art... I have enjoyed peaking in on you over the years... you will be missed!
Hope to see you again soon.
HUGS,
Lisa

Ted Blackman said...

Sorry to hear you are leaving forever. It's been nice knowing you!

Ted Blackman said...

-and congratulations on winning that 230 million Lottery Jackpot!

Ted Blackman said...

-are you really going to attempt that Everest climb?? It's 29,000 feet!!

Ted Blackman said...

Boy,do things snowball around here. I thought I'd stir the pot a bit, too. haha

Steve E said...

Gee, you wrote that more than a week ago. FULL of GRATITUDE, which time does not forget.

I have a happy today...realizing BELLA is here to stay.
LOVE and PEACE!
Steve E

Johanna Urban said...

Love that big yellow fish!
Hope you are doing good!
xx

Johanna, Sweden
ART FASHION

Shirley said...

Bella! My bday isn't for a few more weeks..I can't wait! : ) I hope to celebrate with a giant delicious steak or fish. We'll see. : ) As for Zsofi, she's Hungarian therefore I decided to come up with something like a Zsa Zsa Gabor for our crazy Viszla. She's a Hungarian Pointer and so much fun. Yay for 7year old doggies!! Happy birthday to yours as well. I hope you've been well - I've been trying to focus on tasks at hand but keep getting sidetracked. It's all good though. Sunshine is headed our way this weekend and I can't wait for some R&R. : ) Wishing you an awesome Mother's Day ahead my friend! Hugs!

Arija said...

Bella, beautiful Bella, what are you up to, are you pursuing your wonderfully talented artistic pursuits or are you hiding your head under a blanket? I worry about you when you don't blog for a while.

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

What a wonderful, heart-wrenching illustration, Bella. I adore it. Keep on keeping on!

theartofpuro said...

I adore you art:)A big hug and keep on:)

laughingwolf said...

super stuff, bella :)

...have a wonderful mothers' day, m'dear... i know your girls will have something special, just for you! XD

Barbara said...

Good grief, I thought you were retiring! No way, Bella!
Yes, that is a very sad drawing. And it would have been much worse with no eye!

Arti said...

Hello Bella,
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)
Arti~India

aimee said...

where's Liquid? yer slackin' ;)

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SonatasWelt said...

Dear Bella, I love this sweet and sad illustration. And I am also glad, that I have you as a blog friend :)
Hugs, Sonata