Thursday, December 01, 2005

Illustration Friday - SMALL

I've had four babies and with each one I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a few days in hospital after the birth. It was wonderful – just me and the baby – no housework, no cooking. And I spent so much time staring into their tiny little faces that when I came home it was a shock to wake up to what seemed to be my husband’s HUGE face on the pillow next to mine.


Blogger samantha said...

Really neat perspective. I love the value range.

12/02/2005 12:10 AM  
Blogger carla said...

So beautifully intimate...I feel like I'm peeking through a window! Gorgeous, fine work, Julie.

12/02/2005 12:46 AM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Very sweet. Love the grays in this.

12/02/2005 12:46 AM  
Blogger youcantryreachingme said...

oh don't i know what you mean - although I'm the dad, so there are bits i can't relate to! but i tell you what, after staring at my firstborn for endless hours, then turning to kiss my wife goodbye as i left the hospital, her face was, as you say, HUGE. They are glorious moments and you've done a fabulous job capturing that intimacy!

Nice stuff!


12/02/2005 12:47 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I was sure I couldn't draw the "right" small baby... so I headed in a different direction... But isn't it amazing that they were EVER so small? My "littlest" baby is now 6'1"... and he used to not make the span from my shoulder to my waist.....

12/02/2005 1:53 AM  
Blogger The Crafty-Girl™ said...

you truly captured the moment...beautiful illustration!

12/02/2005 2:10 AM  
Blogger Cin said...

lovely and wonderful

12/02/2005 2:43 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

This is beautiful Julie
You've brought back some wonderful memories.
thank you

12/02/2005 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Ron AmoriM said...

What a beautiful, warm illustration. Thank you for sharing. :)

12/02/2005 5:12 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...


12/02/2005 7:29 AM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Wow! Such a lovely image you have created. Babies and children, though small in size, are such great inspirations to artists and writers.

By the way, love your new Masthead. I should design one for my blog. :)

12/02/2005 7:43 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Great picture of Mother's Pride and Baby's Serenity! Well done!

Word Verif: REALS

12/02/2005 11:40 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Thanks for sharing about the faces --- I'm unlikely to ever have any and that's something no one has ever mentioned to me before.

Lovely drawing too!

12/02/2005 1:31 PM  
Blogger christina said...

This is so beautiful. I remember that feeling too. Now often, I catch myself being surprised that my son IS so small still: sometimes his personality seems so huge.

Your drawings, Julie, are just so, so gorgeous!

12/03/2005 1:53 AM  
Blogger bananarobin said...

I've been talking about happiness with Julie for some weeks (after all my blog is the Happy-Club). Julie's done some great pics on that subject. This however is part of my definition of happiness. What a fantastic feeling of joy birthing is. The baby can't do anything wrong - even when it poos, vomits and wees over you!

12/03/2005 12:41 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thank-you all for your lovely comments. If you've come back you may notice that I've done some work on the right hand - which had been bugging me because once it was up on the blog I could see it looked all wrong and no amount of trying to kid myself that it was 'artistic license' was going to work.
Even though the hands are still different sizes it doesn't bother me now as the right hand is closer to the viewpoint than the left hand.

12/03/2005 4:39 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

I love your blog! And this, this is so special, what a lovely moment caught in time! Beautiful!!

12/03/2005 9:02 PM  
Blogger lucretia pepper said...

a-DORable! i wish i had a beautiful image from when mine were born. i know what you mean about the big husbands face thing!

12/03/2005 9:08 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Julie, this is absolutely beautiful. It is so intimate and loving, I feel like we should quietly pull the door to and tiptoe away.

12/04/2005 12:22 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thank you idahl. Good to see you're joining the blogger book team.

Vit, I knew there had to be someone else out there who'd experienced the big face thing!

Linda - thank you and thank you for doing that illustration in your blog about the paintbrush - made it so clear to me. If I indulge in a new paintbrush I may well get one of those.

12/04/2005 3:55 PM  
Blogger Nita said...

First impact--the yin/yang composition of the 2 faces. What a wonderful (unconscious?) symbol of the mother/baby event. Beautiful pencilwork!

12/08/2005 3:47 PM  

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