18 November 2009

Illustration Friday - Unbalanced

Mad dogs and Englishmen

I've been scraping away at oil pastels again for this week's Illustration Friday theme of 'Unbalanced. I based it on Noel Coward's song Mad Dogs and Englishmen and as he didn't mention chickens I included them too! Must admit that my illustration looks more like midnight than midday though! Click the pic above to enlarge, then click again to magnify if you want to explore!

Mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun,
The Japanese don't care to.
The Chinese wouldn't dare to,
Hindoos and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one.
But Englishmen detest a siesta.
In the Philippines
There are lovely screens
To protect you from the glare.
In the Malay States
There are hats like plates
Which the Britishers won't wear.
At twelve noon
The natives swoon
And no further work is done.
But mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.

etc etc !!


  1. This is a great illustration of the song. I had never really paid attention to the words other than the first line. I really like this techinque.

  2. I like this technique as well... and all that you have fit in to a little space.. my eye wanders around... and I love the yellow cast from the sun.. great job.

  3. LOLOL Caroline that is great! I remember when I was in Bangkok, my huband were out site seeing the wats, palace etc and it was about 12:30 pm and it was so hot!!!! I looked at him and said you know what...its a little past noon - and only mad dog and englishmen are out at this time. I tell you the next trips, I did not go out wandering at the time and opted to sit by the pool sipping a drink! lOL.....your post brought back good memories of all our travels.

  4. I absolutely love it Caroline, the paintings is amazing.

    Love Renee xoxo

  5. Wonderful illo !Love the colours!

  6. The effect reminds me of colored scratch board...definitely a blow er up to get a better look item...nice...

  7. Oh Caroline, you do make the most interesting paintings with this technique! I could cheat a little, as I have "scratch off" paper already, and give this a try myself. Maybe I will this weekend.

    I love every single detail of this painting, and I did enlarge.

  8. fabulous technique! it is a joy on the eyes... well done!

  9. this is a blast to follow and see what you create with this technique!

  10. What a cool technique Caroline... and so detailed!
    You always have the most interesting posts!!

  11. Great technique! Love the colourful oil pastels.

    P.S. Thanks for stopping by the Budge blog :)

  12. Caroline! Such a great illustration! It looks like it takes a very long time to work on something like this...does it take you many hours? Great job!

  13. This illustration reminds me of my grandparents home in the province. I just went there last week and there were lots of chickens and also a mad dog.

    I love the colors and the style you put into this Caroline. By the way, midday looks exactly like this in our place.:)

  14. Another fabulous piece! I adore how you've scratched in the sun's rays. Brilliant! And the chicken are a grand addition. I think Noel Coward would approve, don't you?

    Great recent posts, Caroline! I had such a laugh over your nyah-nyah kitties. :)


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