anonyrrie: Speechless

Thursday, November 10, 2005


It started out almost pleasantly. My voice took on an intimate, husky tone that reminded me of an old nighttime friend from my high school days, Allison Steele. Those of you who lived the New York metro area during the late 60's and 70's might remember her overnight show on WNEW FM. Known also as "The Nightbird," she had a mystical and magical vibe, and always played the coolest music. But, my sexy lady DJ voice wasn't meant to last. By yesterday morning, I was speechless, and when I woke up this morning, the most I could manage was a decidely un-sexy croak. It seems that laryngitis is a close companion of this wretched cold I've been dancing with for the past several weeks. So off to the doctor I went, and was given instructions to stay home for a few days and rest... or else I'll get more and more run down and keep company with this coarse and common cold for the whole winter... The problem is, I really don't like sleeping during the day, and I had already made the bed.

So what did I do? I opened my new moleskine and doodled this lady with flower power. I drew her with a micron pen and then colored her with markers and colored pencils. The background is photoshop. And now, I am going to bed. Goodnight:>


Blogger coffee81 said...

Nicely done for a sexy lady like you, having a run down.

By the way, if you don't mind me asking, can you link my blog to your's?

And are you a DJ?

8:38 PM  
Blogger Virginia Valle said...

This is my favourite :) Carla I see a lot of work on your drawings and mean a lot a little details, is awesome :) beutiful work!!

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Diong said...

Awesome! Love the detailed work... The composition works really well too.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Okay, if my doodles were half as interesting as this, well, I'd be astounded.

I absolutely love the husky quality my voice gets before a cold but I dislike the cold itself! If only a cold were merely a husky, sexy radio voice, than I'd say BRING IT ON!

I hope you feel better soon.

12:33 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Be a good girl, stay rested and have lots of liquids! There. Now that the maternal side is dealt with I can bring out the appreciative critic. Funny you should mention a DJ from that era as the first thing I thought when looking at this lovely lady was that she was a flower child living in a commune. Very decorative.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

WOW!! This is stunning Carla

1:29 AM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Hi Carla, long time no hear! What a beautiful piece of work. I love your take on Illo Friday (Night) too. You are getting better each time.
By the way, I hope your throat recovers soon. Mine is a bit scratchy too. Remember to drink lots of water. Manuka Honey supposed to be good. For me, mum made some chinese herbal tea. Take care.

1:49 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Carla, I wish you well! (I'm practising wishing!)

And this is a lovely doodle. To me it says lots of things:

You are growing and blooming spiritually.
The cold is a physical variation on the "dark night of the soul" and out of that can come real connection.
You have an equisite eye for detail and can balance this with the whole - this may lead to a feeling of bogged downness until you flip to seeing the whole in perspecitve.

There is love for all in you.

Take or leave any of this, I'm having fun doing interpretations now and again...

Get well soon!

4:05 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

i'm amazed by the detail in your work... gorgeous

9:00 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

feel better carla - love this piece, looks like you had fun doing it...drawing is a great cure for a cold ;)

9:23 AM  
Blogger isay said...

this is beautiful carla!

we were both sick at the same time and did the same thing. i almost lost my voice on the 3rd day but, i have finished 3 illustrations and 1 painting for the 6 days i was in bed. imagine i finished my painting while in bed.

anyway, take good care.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I read with interest what Caroline had to say
and to that i feel you are opening your crown chakra here. allow the power of the sun to heal.

simply beautiful!
again the colors and testure is wonderful

healing thoughts

7:43 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thank you all for your good wishes... I actually do see what I draw as a meatphor for things that I am feeling and experiencing. So the sun here represents to me the healing power of warmth...I've been so cold where I work that I find it hard to move by the end of the day, so I am certain that's one of the reasons I've been so run down and sick for all these weeks. In addition, the feeling of so much to do and so little time to spend on things I enjoy, like creating art, has also run me down. The linework was very relaxing for me because it takes time and patience, and for once in a long time, I felt that I had the time to spend without feeling like I was neglecting obligations. And the flowers...something's blooming...I feel it and it feels great! Thanks again for all your warms me and makes me feel energized:>

8:03 PM  
Blogger Paige Keiser said...

What a beatiful drawing! Hope you're feeling better soon!

3:47 AM  
Blogger Leezy said...

Hellllllo my beautiful oh-so-talented art goddess!
This is incredible and your work is going from strength to strength. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this is. Look at all that detail work. Fabulous.
I can see this is a bookmark, totally. You should turn it in to a book mark. And - as if you didn't have enough going on in your life - have you ever considered creatinge a fabulous set of inspiration cards, based on the stories, legends and thoughts that you write along with your wonderful artwork.
Of course, feel better first. This would be awesome- I'd buy them! Do feel better:)

10:05 AM  
Blogger kg said...

wowee - you have had a cold for several weeks?? i hope you feel better very soon.

this is beautiful! love the intricate patterns and the colors. the sun is my favorite part.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

WOW...I am truly in awe over YOUR work! This is so cool!!!!

I love reading your comments on my blog...thank you so much for taking the time to comment...and for such sweet kind comments.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

Very nice indeed. Hope you fell well again soon.

4:40 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Hi Carla, are you feeling better yet? Bookmark, yes it would be so awesome to have a bookmark like this, if it was block printed, it would be a treasure!
Love the flowers coming out of her thoughts....perfect! Your doodles are some of my favorite things I've found over the past couple of weeks(and the doodler too:)

1:10 PM  
Blogger Julie Kieras said...

I love how you call this a "doodle!" :) It's quite pleasing to look at... Sorry about the Laryngitis!

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Diong said...

I just saw you in Moleskinerie.Com... :-)

2:35 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

Congrats Carla!!!! Saw your lovely drawing at moleskinerie. how totally fun... sorry your not feeling so well...
bleeping blarneybytes

5:02 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Carla, I hope you're feeling better. The last time I needed to stay home sick I found it really creative, especially writing wise! Being a bit out of sorts can sometimes benefit a short burst of creativity, but not structured work, I find. My voice was in trouble for a few weeks recently too, but it came back just before I had a job interview - phew!

Love the picture - it would make a wonderful bookmark!

2:28 AM  
Blogger Sybille said...

The detail in this image is impressive. It's so beautiful and full of ideas and dreams. One of those images where you can always discover something new no matter how often you look at it. Great image. One of my favourites so far. :-)

2:01 AM  

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