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c. Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday word of the week is imagination.

I have no idea where my ideas and images come from. If I did, I think I might be tempted to change my address and live there permanently…

Most of the time, they develop as I draw. If I’m really lucky, they drop in fully formed out of nowhere (now here) while I’m doing something entirely different…taking a shower, falling asleep, driving, doing yoga, daydreaming.

My imagination teases me with thoughts of “…how nice it would be if the source of Creativity was more reliable and on-call…” But maybe I would lose something important in that scenario: a sense of grace, of gratitude for the unexpected blessing of a visit from the Muse.

I suspect that the lesson here is a bit like that biblical story about keeping the oil lanterns full and the wicks trimmed, because the hour of Arrival could happen at any time… Moral (short version): Be Ready, pencil in hand…and be infinitely grateful when something wonderful passes through “this mortal coil.”

This one: “He wondered what it would be like, living under the sea. Certainly it would be quite different. See a larger image in my Etsy shop here.

“Make Believe”   (watercolor, pen & ink, colored pencil)

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c. Susan Sorrell Hill

The Illustration Friday’s word of the week for June 11, 2010 was ripple, suggested by Kelly Light. As of the first of July, over 700 artists have donated artworks to the Ripple Blog, started by Kelly in response to the Gulf oil spill. Please read below for details on how you can participate either by donating artwork or making a contribution to an organization involved in the animal rescue efforts.
Kelly says:
“It’s hard to make ripples in oil soaked water. But throw enough stones and you will!

It’s not about the politics or the corporation. It’s about the animals. It’s about not feeling helpless in the face of an overwhelming disaster. We’re illustrators. We don’t lose touch with that kid inside who marvels at the creatures who swim below and fly above the sea. We draw them. We are inspired by them. We need to help them.

The Ripple Blog was started on the 45th day of the Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe. The oil spill in the Gulf is now over 50 days old with no sign of stopping. We may be too small as individuals to do some grand gesture- but together our small gestures can be grand.

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is “Ripple,” and I ask you to consider creating your work this week as a small 2.5″  x  3.5″ sketchcard. The subject should pertain somehow to the Gulf – the oil spill – the oceans and the creatures that live in it and around it. The cards can be submitted to ripplesketches@verizon.net  as a jpeg along with your links and a few sentences about you (ie: where you live, etc).

These will be made available for a small donation of $10.00 to either  The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies or The International Bird Rescue Research Center. I have no affiliation with them. Every penny will go. When the cards sell, We ask for a donation confirmation and you will be asked to sign the back with a thank you. Then mail them to the address you are sent. If we all do small acts together- we can cause a ripple- and it can grow. We can DO SOMETHING.  Thank you, thank you for checking this out and thinking about it.”   ~   Kelly Light

Any questions or need clarification? Please send inquiries to Kelly at ripplesketches@verizon.net
Happy drawing for a cause!

This sad fish above is my very small contribution to the Ripple project. Kelly notes that $10.00 buys three bottles of dish detergent, which cleans one bird. As of June 22, this project had raised over $5,000 in contributions. If you would like to make a contribution (and receive a great piece of art too), visit the Ripple Blog for more information. If you are an artist wanting to join this worthy project, visit the Ripple Blog for inspiration and more instructions.

In Memoriam, Gulf oil spill 2010 (watercolor, pen and ink)

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