The word this week is 'journey'. My offering is a watercolour on gessoed mountboard that I painted for Laurel as part of a travelling book exchange, a while back. On the opposite page is Robert Frost's lovely poem 'The Road Not Taken'.
This monkey came in via the window and sat on Mum's desk!!!!! (You may recognise the photo from the day he came into the kitchen and stole frozen rice - story here). Mum was upstairs but came running and shouted like some crazy woman at him, but he got very cross and threatened her, lunging forward and baring huge yellow teeth and we were scared, so backed off quickly and slammed the door shut. MOL!!!
Mum was worried that he would create havoc in there so ran to fetch her camera to chase him away ( Monkeys don't like cameras!). Fortunately, that just gave him time to get back through the open window without losing face and when we carefully peeked around the door again he was making his exit and was off like a shot when he saw Mum with the camera.
It wouldn't have been a problem of course, one left hook from me and he'd have beaten a hasty retreat I'm sure!
Fortunately, no real damage done! He obviously didn't think much of Mum's sketchbooks - personally, I think he came in to play with the bubblewrap!
There were lots of possibilities for this week's word 'bottled'. I thought about doing something along the lines of Alice in Wonderland with her 'Drink Me' potion and that then led me to this little watercolour of Mama mouse dosing up her unfortunate son! You've got to feel sorry for the poor wee lad- Castor Oil - eeuch! To check out his expression, click the illustration, then click again to enlarge fully.
It's been several weeks since I took part in Illustration Friday. :( Here's a last minute offering for Illustration Friday's 'Duet' which I started happily enough in watercolour, but it wasn't long before I'd made a bit of a hash of it (must be out of practice), so rescued it with my trusty watercolour pencils and gouache!
A little bird told me about this worthy project! Makiko Hastings, of Shin Shin blog, is a Japanese ceramicist who currently lives in North Yorkshire, UK. She is aiming to raise money for the Japan earthquake appeal with the sale of these cute little ceramic birds. If you'd like to read more, buy a bird (a pair would be nice!) and/or donate please click here.
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