Friday, April 03, 2009

TALISMAN - Illustration Friday

I don't really believe in 'luck', 'superstitions', 'karma' or 'magic'. Oh sure, I don't walk under ladders, I hold my breath when we pass a cemetery, I always take the fortune cookie nearest me to claim as my own and I can never figure out those magicians do those card tricks! But I don't really believe in talismans or good luck charms. I don't really believe that if I'm talking when we drive by the cemetery, all the leftover spirits hanging around are going to enter my body. Superstitions are just for fun, to me. I think you make your own luck. With help from God, you can do anything you set your mind to, whatever he gives you the strength to accomplish. I prefer to think of good things that happen as blessings.

But there are symbols and amulets we associate with luck. The girls and I chose to draw images for this week's Illustration Friday prompt 'Talisman'. We added a bit of color this time with Koh-I-Noor pencils.

The little one:

The teen:

If I were ever to claim a 'talisman' as my own lucky charm, it would probably be an ornate cross. They're beautiful and remind me where my heart and head should be.

By Moi:

Drawn from these charms:

Tomorrow is shaping up to be a wonderful day. The teen is off to take her ACT for the first time. We really don't care how she does so much as she gets the practice of taking the actual test (I know she is stressing it a bit though.) She'll have plenty of opportunities to take it again in the fall. I'm off with the church quilting group for a 'Quilt Shop Hop'. I believe I attended this last year. I don't look forward to riding the bus we take but I love being with friends and buying new fabrics I don't need but MUST have. I think DH and the little one plan to finish taking stuff to the dump and thrift store so I can finally have my basement finished and to myself with no junk. Hallelujah! It's supposed to be a balmy 68 degrees! Yay!

I hope everyone has a blessed weekend. May it be filled with family, friends and art!


Jennie said...

You're children are so talented! It is refreshing to know that there are some kids getting a truly great education and being exposed to art. I'm sure it's not easy somedays homeschooling but what an amazing difference it will have on their lives!

Thanks for visiting my blog - the 80's were a hoot. I "totally" forgot about punk music - what was I thinking?! Thanks for sharing the links; now I'm going to have to dig out some old cassettes and get my "punk" on!

Best wishes and high hopes to you and yours!

Tina said...

Hi Kris,

Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that I received your package today and what fun. Love all the goodies but mostly love my cuff. I have it on and it is so comfortable - even my girls love it. I am going to try and make more with the fabrics you sent me...thanks again and this was certainly worth waiting for.


Diane said...

Loved your commentary. I agree with you. I don't believe in charms etc...only God's blessings. Your drawings are really wonderful!!!

'fancypicnic' said...

Marvellous stuff xx

Let's talk bought regalice (block of fondant icing). Knead it loads (esp if colouring it, to disperse/ mix the dye evenly) and loads...stick together with wee drop of water...leave for an hour to firm up. Pop on cake.
Eat. The kneading makes the icing morph into a marshmallow!! Honestly!

Patti said...

Totally agree with your philosophy about talismans, isn't it funny though, how we still have our little quirks about them?! The crosses are beautiful - I hope you have a wonderful Easter.

p.s. I always make sure to get the fortune cookie that I saw first... :) said...

I think I agreeeeeeee!! Those fortune cookies blew e away!!! SO fab!! xoxo (I choose the cross too, I love them!!) I believe in pretend magic ;) but I do think the real magic comes from the heavens!!

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Julie said...

Very cool to see the different ages of interpretations on a theme.

trisha too said...

i'll believe 68 degrees when it happens. ppppbbbllttthbt.

have fun hopping, and

Happy Easter!

Kathy L said...

I don't put much in charms wither but I do keep close certain objects because they belonged to someone dear. I love the crosses drawing. They almost look medeviel. K

Irish Coffeehouse said...

How fabulous all of these drawings are! :o)

Tina said...

Hey kris

thanks for the comment on my bird banner - I just love them too. I seem so drawn to them that I have a bunch of art with birds as my main image maybe I need to try a different subject. Have a fabulous Easter with your sweet family.


Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Ok, so you have educated me. I now will be turning blue as I drive past any cemetary..or as I go for my peaceful little photo shoots there. God help me!

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.