In an effort to preserve the liveliness of the sketch (see Sarah's comment on my previous post, which I totally agree with) I scanned in the pencil, darkened it and printed in out on watercolor paper. I then painted the sketches with watercolor and added some colored pencil on top. It does preserve some of the freshness but may lack sufficient weight for the printed page.
This illustration was originally created for an article about a college course called Global Warming and Natural Disasters. The color fading from top to bottom represented the slow degradation of the planet, but I also hoped to show some sense of optimism with the windmill, the dove and the fact that the fish were moving toward cleaner water.
This isn't a new piece - it's actually on my website - but it was perfect for this week's topic. It's a collage of separately painted and pieced paper. If you click on it you can see a little of the three dimensionality.
Here is the background image (scanned before I added the text).
And here it is with hand written text, using a combination of blue and white ink. I like the way that the hand written letters integrate more closely into the image rather than feeling superimposed. You can click on these (or any images) to see them larger.
My small New England town is sufficiently rural that we still have working farms, but much of the center of town looks tidily suburban. I'm sure there are backyard chickens, but I wasn't expecting the sight the other day of some front yard chickens getting fed.
OK, so the grammar isn't quite right, but this is what came to mind for the prompt "bottled". I mostly nursed my kids when they were babies, but when my third was an infant she wasn't growing as fast as she should and the doctor recommended a supplementary bottle. I remember the very mixed feelings of being glad that my husband could be a part of this wonderful process and the strangeness that it wasn't me feeding her.