Illustration Friday: Water

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find the Illustration Friday topic to be the one I suggested recently.  I think I suggested it last week or the week before.  And, yes, it’s mine because I was cited as the one who suggested it.  It’s a little thing, but isn’t it cool?

So, that’s why my hits are unusually high today and probably will be all week.  Yay!  Welcome everyone from IF.  Feel free to take a look around the site and comment on things.  Make yourselves at home.  Follow me if you like.

But now I’m sitting here with MY illustration topic as the one for the week.  Which means I really should post something good.  Initially I suggested the topic after photographing this image:

I really liked it and I thought “water” would make a great topic.  But it’s hardly an illustration, is it?  Well, maybe a photo illustration.  Not exactly what Illustration Friday is all about, though.

I could also post one of several other water-related images I’ve created in the past.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Or I could point to the series of Rocks and Water photographs I took in Wisconsin this summer.

I really would like to give IF something new, though.  Perhaps I could finish off this sketch which I started for the IF topic of “carry” but never finished.

Really, though, I’m afraid I won’t work on anything for IF because this week I have THINGS TO DO.  The kids are off school several days in the coming week, I have to send out Halloween-themed art samples to potential clients before the end of the month, I need to meet with a web design client sometime next week, and I’m preparing all my stuff for the SCBWI conference on the 27th.  I’m busy.

So, it may turn out that this week I’ll have nothing new to contribute to IF, even though Penelope was kind enough to choose my topic.

Macro Photos of Flowers

I just came back from a family trip up to Wisconsin.  Since the kids wouldn’t have the patience to wait for me to draw pictures of the things I saw, I took photos instead.  Even that tried their patience a bit, but they lived through it.  🙂

Here’s a collection of close-up flower shots I took.  Both garden flowers and weed flowers.  And three that aren’t actually flowers, but they are plants.  I don’t know what all of them are, but if you recognize one that isn’t labeled, let me know.

Some of these are available as prints.

Happy Fourth of July!

And what better way to usher in this day of independence than with a little felony property damage? That’s just what happened to us. A bit after midnight someone was screwing around outside and lit off some explosives in our mailbox. Yes, there was mail in it. And the backend blew all the way up to the porch. Completely shredded the box. And the mail.

So, to make lemonade out of lemons, I figured I’d take some pictures and make them all artsy (by that, I mean black and white) for you all.

Anyhow, Trevor filed a police report and the officer told him it was a felony. But, of course, no one will ever get charged because we don’t know who did it. My money’s on damn punk kids.
 

Rabbit Pictures (or maybe it’s a hare)

So, today I went out to my garden to see if there were any peas to pick.  Someone had left the gate open, and there was a bunny inside.  So, I closed the gate and went back in for my camera.  These are the pictures I took before I let the bunny out again.  I think I need to weed the garden.

Yes, I let him go when I was done.  Maybe the fright will teach him to stay out of my garden.