This week’s prompt for Illustration Friday is YIELD. My illustration is so opposite of yield.
2011 was a tough year for me and my family. My mother passed away at the end of the year. Taking care of her and my surviving father had been the focus of my family for many months. I didn’t have the time or desire to make art. It’s been along time since I’ve posted work on Illustration Friday. I’m glad to be back.
The piece I’ve posted was made when I returned to my weekly watercolor class. I’ve never painted a superhero figure before, but the image just came to me as I started sketching in class. I think I know why it popped out of my subconscious. I always thought that the worse thing I would have to deal with is the loss of one of my family members. We’ve always been so close. And, while it was a long tough situation to deal with, it was also a time for reflections and growth. It was a test of my character. When I thought the stress of the situation would crush me, something deep inside kept me going for those I love so much. I did not yield.
After a month of sunny days in the Bay Area, it’s winter again. Trees are in bloom. Their pink and white blossoms are hanging on through gusts of wind, raging rain and bombardment by hail. I’d suffered through my seasonal,winter to spring cold. My turtleneck sweaters were all stack for storage. I was in that spring time groove of bicycling in warm sunlight while breathing deeply in rinsed cleaned air. Well… I’ll just get to experience all over again. Another Spring!
My Illustration Friday entry may not be a sweater per say. Hopefully a shawl is close enough. They both create the same affect. Whether a bulky, turtleneck or a big, thick shawl, both offer a wall of defense against a draft or a chill. What could be nicer than to doze in their cozy warmth as you bask in gentle sunlight falling through a window during a break in winter’s angry mood?
This is one of my double page spreads for Sketchbook Project 2011. I think it expresses my joy of visiting San Francisco. I love to go walk in the city. The atmosphere is so different from the subburbs. Recently I took a bike ride with a Meetup.com group from the Embarcodero, through Fisherman’s Wharf across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and on into Tiburon. It was a great ride, and the most challenging part was riding the streets of San Francisco. I had to contend with unaware tourist, who were so entranced with the sites they couldn’t see me on my mountain bike, and the traffic. But the views of The Bay, the bridge and city made it so worth the tension. Maybe it’s the fresh air of the bay breeze or the people watching. I just loved it all.