Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Glamour Girls of Noah Cenci

Old artwork for Illustration Friday.

First of all, I must confess that I am bending the rules by submitting artwork that I did not create. But I have a couple of good reasons:

For one thing, I don’t "do" glamour. I am not, nor do I desire to be, glamorous myself. I consider makeup and fashion (the major components of glamour, in my opinion) to be superfluous and a waste of time, money, and energy. Okay, that’s a pretty crappy reason, but it gets better: I do have possession of some wonderful and very glamorous pictures that I would love to share. These were created by my husband’s late Uncle Noah many years ago. They are not dated, but from the looks of them, I’d guess 1950’s(?) He gave them to me sometime in the late 1970’s, and they have been sharing obscurity with my old artwork ever since. Unfortunately, they have discolored quite a bit over time, but I tried to brighten them up a little in Photoshop. They fit this week's IF topic so perfectly, I feel compelled to give them their moment, in memory of Noah Cenci.

Noah Cenci was born in 1924, and was my mother in law’s younger brother. He was a very creative person. He loved to wrap gifts with elaborate handmade trimmings, and custom-decorate fabulous sheet-cakes for family parties. He wrote and illustrated a few children’s books, (which, sadly were never published.) I know he made a living sewing fancy garments for stage productions and movies. He also longed to design his own glamorous costumes, and I think that’s what these pictures were about. There are several more, but I have posted just a few. Uncle Noah died in 2000.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

A few cats, old and new

For Illustration Friday

So, here I am on the verge of another Friday, and only just now posting my entry for the week. The amazing thing is, now I'm in the upper 700's of participants. I suppose that is due in part to the growing popularity of Illustration Friday, and also to the popularity of cats in general.

Even though I have never considered myself to be a "cat person," I have done a number of cat pictures over the years. Far more, in fact, than dog pictures, and I am a "dog person." Go figure.

The first two pictures are from my college sketchbook, so they're way old.

I had this "thing" about The Lioness

This was from a collection of sketches of old-fashioned and mythical "beasts." It was supposed to be an "Old World-style" lioness.

...and here's the new. This tiger-tabby is a digital crayon drawing I did with Art Rage. And, as I popped over to their site to get the web address for the link, I noticed they have a new free version, and a new fancier version for pretty cheap, so I'm off to update myself!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

"E" is for:

More buggy artwork for Illustration Friday.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

A sea of tranquility

We walked across the waterless sea and climbed on the little island of rocks in the middle…

This is a new illustration for an old journal entry I made back in 1997pb (That’s pre-blog.)

We were in Death Valley, and we visited The Racetrack, a dry lakebed, famous for it's mysterious moving rocks. It is a surreal and beautiful place, and quite a bit off the beaten path. No other people were there the whole time we were there. To be in such a place, so vast, alone, is to put your mind and spirit in another dimension. The feelings, and the words I jotted in my journal are fixed in my memory. In fact, it’s why I chose this for my Illustration Friday picture.

It’s the time of year when Death Valley is on my mind a lot. It calls to me. It doesn’t help that it’s been unseasonably warm and dry, with a wind from the east. It's been too long since I've been there. I will go back again someday. In the meantime, I always take the opportunity to enjoy Death Valley vicariously whenever I can. Our local PBS station is broadcasting a Nature program about Death Valley tonight!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Socks have flavor too!

For Illustration Friday

This is a cartoonified tribute to my 6 year old black Lab, Marley. We brought her home from a pet rescue organization one year ago, on January 2, 2005. She is a sweet girl with a taste for dirty socks, which, for better or worse, we have in ample supply around here. She doesn't chew them up. She just likes to hold them in her mouth. Gotta be the flavor!

You can read more about Marley on her Dogster page.