Narration - Introducing another character in the Chronicles of Zoop - Empress Spadona, wife of Emperor Shorzu. They have been married for over 20 years. She is an avid reader and rules the Island of Zoop along with her husband.
Here we are again! Another week just went by. For me it was filled with promised dreams!! My loving husband has been filling the house with flowers, getting one bunch of flowers every day. It's his way of making my birthday week a special one!
Other than that, a whole lot of my time is dedicated to finding us a lovely home. Its super fun to go visit houses, look at the neighborhoods, arrange phantom furniture and evaluate every house's fabulous quotient.
Lately houses have been on my mind so much that its a surprise that I get any work done! So, today's Guilty Pleasure is - H for House. Small or big, dated or modern, on top of a hill or next to a quiet pond...potential for fabulous decoration a must!
It's so hot today! But I'm not going to let that stop me from conjuring up patch of birch trees with a beautiful waterfall at its end. Rustling of leaves, soft breeze, roaring of the waterfall and cold spray of water. I'm feeling refreshed already!
Here is a glimpse into my delightful make belief world.
Narration - Behind the St. Swrzo orphanage at the end of the forest lies a beautiful waterfall. Rigmaro and his friends often walk through the woods to the falls. They love to swim in the adjoining pond.
Today his friends are already at the pond and Rigmaro is hurrying to join them. He can already feel the cold water refreshing his skin.
Happy Thursday to you all! I'm very much enjoying this Fab Finds from Etsy series. I can't put my finger on what it is about looking at pretty things that relaxes me so.
These little bunnies designed by Megan String just make me smile :D
Aren't these plant cozy and bud vase from Papaver Vert just heavenly?
I also have been drooling over tiny cacti and bonsai plants for my work table. We picked some out at Vons yesterday. These planters from Erde Designs will go well with them. I love the simple design and color. Love anything artsy and colorful. I've had my eye onBionic Unicorn for some time now. Aren't they just divine?
How cool is this? Cute little Alphabet pillows from hilarycosgrove. This fits in perfectly with the alphabet craze going on in my studio right now.
I've always had a weakness for high heels (who doesn't?) Women love putting them on and men love watching women sashay in them! :) I don't know anyone who doesn't have a pair or more stashed away in their cupboard for that 'one day I might wear it'.
While I was working on the Flights of Fancy bird art collection a new thought stared floating in my head. There are so many things that I love like cake, chocolate, clothes, movies, sleeping and eating fried food. And, when done in access these turn out to be real bad! I kind of sway between one excess to another.
I started doodling all the things (past and present) that I have overindulged in. Surprisingly the list is turning out to be rather long!
So, what better way than illustrations to share the list with you folks. So here is my first - C is for Cookie. I totally love cookies. Soft, crumbly, crisp or gooey. Packed with nuts, filled with chocolate, sprinkled with sugar or with chocolate chips. YUMM!!
Hi there! It's going to be my first Halloween this year and I'm totally psyched up. You see, no one celebrates Halloween in India, so its kind of fascinating for me to see all the orange and black products, candies, plastic pumpkins and spooky accessories.
I imagine children dressed up as various ghoulish characters, neighbors handing out treats on their doorsteps and lots of the houses with dramatic decor. I'm really looking forward to the D day.
It's an important day for Man Friday too. For the first time in his life he has his own home to decorate for Halloween! He goes to a nearby pumpkin field to kick start his Halloween shopping.
Hi folks! I had hoped to post this over the weekend, but I was buried under tons of pending paperwork. Anyways, for the past month I have been busy creating cute little birds characters for the Flights of Fancy collection.
I posted the last bird on Friday and now I'm super excited to share the entire collection with you.
I know It's kinds late but here we go. Bird art for today is Migxo the psychic. She is a reclusive psychic living in the Island of Zoop. She lives in the forest consumed by her books, herbs and crystal ball. Villagers don't come near her and tell their children spooky (and often imaginary) stories about her.
Here is the story so far Scene 1 - (Birdumbus looking at St Basil's Cathedral) Birdumbus,the court traveler is in Moscow on a secret mission. He needs to quickly find the very lovely, Daily Diva and deliver the Emperor's message. D is a legendary beauty and a court dancer. (for the print here)
Scene 2 - ( D in her parlor) Daily Diva aka D had just come back from her morning fly when she notices a note on her table. The heavy cream envelope had a familiar embossed emblem. She smiled, Emperor Zoop needed her services again.(for the print here)
Scene 3 - ( D on a Gondola heading to the house on the hill) Its almost 20 minutes past five and just before dawn.D is tingling with anticipation. She is on her way to meet Birdumbus at the old house on the hill. Birdumbus has with him a message from Emperor of Zoop. (for the print here)
Scene 4 - ( D outside the house on the hill standing next to a pool of blood. )Birdumbus has disappeared and D is staring with an impeding sense of doom at the pool of blood. Could it be his blood? But, who could know that they were meeting here. Is her life in danger too? (for the print here)
All these prints can be bought from ArtOcrat at $19.99 each.
The story - Its almost 20 minutes past five and just before dawn. D is tingling with anticipation. She is on her way to meet Birdumbus at the old house on the hill. Birdumbus has with him a message from Emperor of Zoop.
The story - After looking at several not so appropriate houses(look at my earlier illustrations), Man Friday finally found his dream home! Yay! I'm so happy for him!
Wish the same would happen to me soon. I have been house hunting since forever and its almost a full time job now. How I wish for the power to turn my illustrations into reality. Then I would have my dream home in a jiffy!!
Hope all your dreams are coming true. To a great week, Cheers!
Tomorrow I will finish all the pending chores (kind of queen of procrastination) visit the farmers market, stock up on all groceries and house shop (did I mention earlier that we are in the market to buy a house?) . It's going to be a busy weekend!
And then I have a friend's house warming party to attend, lots of our friends are buying houses this year. It makes me so happy!
So for now I'm wishing you all a great fun filled weekend. Enjoy today's illustration.
It's the light house I promised yesterday - Wootsy's Cape Knop Lighthouse
Phew. What a busy week! One art a day really takes a lot of you! (well, me anyway).
Early today morning I dreamed of a foggy lighthouse with a red door, perched on a cliff. It was a nice dream filled with birds, fog, water spray, cracking walls and musty smells. I woke up wanting to capture it right away.
So here is the first illustration from the dream. It's also on sale at ArtOcrat.
Introducing Wootsy, keeper of Cape Knop Lighthouse. This Lighthouse is on the north most corner of the Island of Zoop.
Hello everyone, its story time again! Chronicles of Zoop are growing on me. The simplicity and sweetness of the birds combined with fantastic fantasticness of imagination is making me so happy!
So without further ado, here is todays story and illustration.
Daily Diva aka D had just come back from her morning fly when she notices a note on her table. The heavy cream envelope had a familiar embossed emblem. She smiled, Emperor Zoop needed her services again.
Studio Gormhas designed a super cool living kitchen that is as close to being sustainable as I would dream. A kitchen where food is grown, stored, cooked and composted to grow more food!!
The hanging dish rack offers vertical storage for drying dishes saving valuable counter space, the water from the dish rack drips on the herbs and edible plants, which are grown in the terracotta planter boxes places below the rack.
The Storage jars are made from unglazed earthenware with beech wood lids. They utilize the natural porous properties of earthenware, which creates an ideal environment for maintaining the consistency of bread, extending the life of garlic and onions, storing grains and growing herbs. The beech wood lids which have natural anti microbial properties can also be used as cutting boards or serving trays.
The counter top features a built in waste bowl, which can be utilized to dump the scraps while preparing the food. Once the bowl is full, it needs only to be tipped to transfer the waste into the worm bin composter, which lies beneath the counter top. As the waste is lowered into the composter, the worms convert it into nutrient rich fertilizer, which can be put back into the plants.
A double-walled terracotta container acts as a refrigerator, cooling the inside as water evaporates through the outer wall.
The bag rack is used to hang net market bags, these can be used to hold onions potatoes or produce form the market. The rack can also be used to hang most any other type of shopping bag.
What do you think? Would you like your kitchen to be this smart? Or is the compost so near the food a turnoff?