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Wednesday, January 20

LOVE IS IN THE AIR




I had this idea right away after posting the LOVE IS IN THE AIR Creative Tuesdays theme. In fact, I went so far as to quickly scribble it down with dry erase pen on our magnetic refrigerator's shopping list.

My idea here was to show a heart quickly painted down as if in a rush of heart-felt emotion or passion, if you will. Initially, I had thought of a triptych with a boy climbing up a ladder into a tree to shoot this simple love note across the way to land next to a girl sitting in a meadow pulling he-loves-me/he-loves-me-not daisies. Considering it further though, I felt that the best part of the story was what what I ended up painting here...so, voila!

OK, now onto looking at your contributions. What a great way to start my two day birthday bash!  :) (I'm actually taking time off work, no less.) Smoots (Alexandra) has certainly punctuated the air with an atmosphere of fun, expectation and love these last few days with hints of things to come. Ooh, I can't wait to find out what surprises she has in store. (Yes, I'm still such a kid at heart...well, when it comes to my birthday anyway.)
 
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  1. Happy birthday Michael! Your heart immediately reminded me of the animated cards in Alice in Wonderland, I think because of the fluid shape. With the ruffled arrow feathers as well, this is definately flying through the air. Nice touch with the blue circle offset giving the whole piece depth. Would make a lovely valentines card.

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    1. Ha, funny you mention that, Linda, but that was the exact idea--a sort of Wonderland era drawing. I had in facgt wanted to use a fountain pen for the ink but with no ink around, had to settle for more modern pens and try to make it look more turn of the last century. Glad you noticed! And yes, I hope to make it a Valentine's card to sell in our local coffee shop and online too. :)

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  2. this is a lovely. I like how simple it is and the colors are just right. the story sounds perfect. now if any boy does that, perhaps any girl would be smitten.

    I wish you great joy and very creative and productive days. happy birthday!

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    1. Thank you, Lissa. Funny thing is, I don;t think I've ever actually shot a real bow and arrow but one can always imagine. I would be terrified of impaling the girl I should imagine. Hahaha.

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  3. First, let me shout it out--HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL! Glad you're taking time to celebrate the big 50. You're still a kid-at-heart as shown in your wonderful rendition with the heart. Your imagination never ceases to amaze me! Simply outstanding design. Again, Happy Birthday! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Tracy! The design was crucial on this one or I don;t hink it would have worked. Thanks for noticing. And yes, I've been told I have a childlike playfulness about me that is young and you know what? I feel so young too. :)

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  4. That's so romantic. Happy Birthday Michael! I hope you have wonderful day with family and friends. Sorry I've missed CT challenges had to put art studies as my priority this year. I love it though such inspiring environment get's my creative juices flowing.

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    1. It's really no problem, Niina. you do whatever you need to do. If or whenever you can join in, please feel free but no pressure at all. Thank you for your comments. Glad to see how your art is taking off, like on that last piece you jsut completed. Loved the ink work.

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  5. Happy Birthday Michael! Your piece is so cute and playful, what a great idea and perfect for a Valentine's Day theme too.

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    1. I know! It worked out great, happy to say. Thank you, Christine. You are the best!

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  6. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!
    It sounds like you two will have a lovely time celebrating.
    This is a wonderful piece. I love the simplicity of it and yet a strong design at the same time. Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Isn't it funny how usually solid design requires simplicity? Works out great when pressed for time too1 thank you for your comment and SO lovely to have you with us this go around, Tammie.

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  7. I'm glad I came back to make a comment. Couldn't find the comment square before. I really love this piece, and the story you share with it. Not sure why, but something about it makes me think of Robin Hood and Lady Miriam. (I may not have her name right...but you get the idea. Love, the arrow... Have a wonderful Birthday Michael...you share 50 with my son. It's a really good age. Enjoy it.

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    1. thank you, Wanda! And yes, I wanted an old world feel so that is perfect. i was thinking Old Disney or Alice in Wonderland illustrations or such so that is great.

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  8. Happy Birthday Michael,
    You made me laugh out loud when I saw the heart on the arrow. What an imagination you have! And your explanation is terrific. I'm still smiling. It sounds like a wonderful couple of fun filled exciting days. Can't wait to see your next challenge.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. ha, well good. The world need more laughter! :)

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  10. Fantastic Michael. I really love it - it has a great energy about it. Sorry I'm late catching up with all the CT posts but it's been a mad week. Great to see everyone's work and interpretation.
    Have a wonderful birthday :)

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    1. Don't worry about it, Helen.myou got here eventually. Alex only just visited everyone herself. It's fun to read comments whenever they come in.

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  11. What a fabulous illustration, Mooks. I know you weren't too sure about it at first but it turned out wonder and oh so magical...filled with love! :)

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    1. Here. Yes, I suspect your bday surprises have helped a lot too. Thx.

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