Illustration Friday: CAKE

Happy coincidence! The theme for Illustration Friday this week is “Cake” — I’ve already used this drawing for another theme – “Song”, but now I’m working on the quilt so this one is in fabric! It’s based on a summer job I had once delivering singing telegrams. I actually jumped out of a cardboard cake wearing a red, white, and blue costume and singing lyrics to Yankee Doodle Dandy:

Oh, he’s a Yankee Doodle Dandy,
A Yankee Doodle do or die.
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam,
Born on the Fourth of July!

Illustration Friday: Insect

I still haven’t caught up on everything since the tv taping. But I couldn’t resist doing this drawing for Illustration Friday called “Those Pesky Men”. You can click on it for a bigger version.

In case you’re wondering, it’s not inspired by any kind of emotional stress, and I’m not a man-hater. This just popped in my head once when I saw an old advertisement from Real Kill Bug Spray. I went to an auction once and hit the jackpot. I bought two big boxes of mystery papers for around $15 and when I got them home, found what looked to the old files of a Home Economics teacher. It looked like she had retired in in the 50’s or early 60’s, boxed everything up and never looked at it again.

There were all kinds of posters, brochures and booklets that companies had sent her about things like chocolate, four-square meals, polishing silverware, how to properly freeze food, and how to kill bugs in your house. They are really fun to read and have lots of awesome graphics, so good I’m almost afraid to post a scan of the bug spray lady because it’s better than my drawing — but I figure you’ll enjoy it, so here it is.

In my drawing, I used names of old boyfriends and one old enemy just for fun. Roger cracks me up because you usually hear about spider-women, not men. What kind of insects would the men (or women) in your life be?

Illustration Friday: Song

Here’s my drawing for Illustration Friday and Yankee Doodle Dandy — that’s the song. You may remember I started this drawing for a quilt long ago, around the fourth of July, but I never got around to explaining it.

One summer during college I got a job delivering singing telegrams. I usually wore a tuxedo jacket, shorts and tights and delivered a balloon bouquet as I sang birthday, anniversary and happy secretary’s day lyrics that my boss wrote for each occasion. Sometimes I even got to go into the state legislature when someone wanted to embarrass some elected officials. But never anything risque – just silly.

The craziest assignment I ever had was to sing “Oh, he’s a yankee doodle dandy…” to an Iranian man in a red-neck bar called Club Brassy Toe in Brazito, Missouri, population 68. He had just gotten his U.S. citizenship and his friends hired me to jump out of a red-white-and-blue cardboard cake dressed like Uncle Sam, waving a flag. I can barely remember what the bar looked like though, I guess because I spent most of my time in the cake.

Illustration Friday: Blue

On Monday we were installing Russ’s newest sculpture at the Washington University School of Medicine, so I haven’t had much time to post this week. But I wanted to get my Illustration Friday drawing done for Blue.

It was a little inspired by the below freezing weather we’ve had lately, but also a bit of Elvis’s song Blue Christmas….

I’ll have a Blue Christmas without you
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not here with me

And when those blue snowflakes start falling
That’s when those blue memories start calling
You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white
But I’ll have a blue, blue blue blue Christmas

I was also thinking about calling the drawing “No Two Flakes are Alike.”


Actually the Husqvarna machine that I won arrived at the dealer’s shop last week just before Thanksgiving. After a short demo, I found it was very nice and had a few buttons that I would love on my current machine. But it also duplicated many things that I don’t ever use, so I asked to trade it for the Viking Mega Quilter — bigger, faster, but straight stitch only.

I had to wait yet another week, but the mega quilter finally arrived yesterday, and I put it to work immediately to quilt the background on my current project. It’s a monster compared to what I’m used to — huge, heavy, and sews like crazy. I was estimating that the green background would take about four hours, but the mega quilter did it in little over an hour. Can’t wait to try some more! And for the quilting frame to come in — maybe not until January 🙁

In the meantime, this is a new record. I started this drawing for Illustration Friday on Friday night and finished the entire quilt before the next Friday theme was posted! I’ll put it on my website when I get better photos (does anyone else have trouble photographing lime greens?)

This is just a photo of the background with all the little stuff out of the way. If I had been thinking better, I wouldn’t have fused the long arm down before I started quilting the table.

Illustration Friday: Small

I love all the little vintage-looking purses that I see in shops nowdays, but can’t seem to fit everything inside because they are TOO SMALL!

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Illustration Friday, but this theme gave me an idea for another drawing for a quilt that I’ve been trying to work on all week. Why is it drawing is like excercise? The more I do, the better I feel. But when I get out of the habit, it’s hard to get started again.

Illustration Friday: Cold

Ever go to a fancy cocktail party and not know who to talk to? Needless to say the atmosphere can feel a little chilly, if not downright COLD. So here’s my drawing this week.

I was at such a party last night – a ritzy affair on the ninth floor of the New York City Athletic Club overlooking Central Park. It was an awards banquet to honor the lifetime achievements of sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz, and I was feeling a little shabby wearing boots rather than the very pointy high heels that I saw all the other women wearing.

Standing around, nursing a glass of wine, trying to catch the eye of a couple of people I sort of know who seemed to be ignoring me completely. So I finally I look over to the side of the room, and recognize someone, so I go over and introduce myself…to ROBIN WILLIAMS!

Not that I said anything profound, but he shook my hand and I asked him about a triathlon I heard he was in and tell him that I do humorous art quilts and he said “cool.” How amazing the evening felt after that, and I’m still on CLOUD NINE!

Illustration Friday: Lost

Anyone remember the song Lost in the Supermarket by the Clash? “I’m all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily…:

I’ve been wanting to do a supermarket drawing for a while because I hate grocery shopping so much, so this came to mind when I saw the Illustration Friday theme this week. You can click here for a bigger version. If I make this into a quilt, it would be the biggest ever. I just keep wanting to add stuff, like more funky produce and the meat cutter man. Hhmm, I may have to figure out a different layout to fit more in!