Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Illustration Friday: Superhero

Look at his legs twitch. He may be asleep on the rug in front of the fireplace, but in his dreams he's chasing those jackrabbits he never caught in his youth. Before the leash laws caught up to us out here, before the condos and ticky-tacky houses took over the two meadows just north of us, on our morning and afternoon walks he ran free. He ran with the jackrabbits that were always just out of his reach. We used to see foxes right where the apartments are now. And burrowing owls... I remember a family or two of those funny little birds with their bobbing heads... their holes were paved over with a cul-de-sac. All that has changed in just ten years. Oh, look now... he's barking in little blips. He's having a good one... Super Blackie must be terrorizing the rabbits tonight. Poor old deaf pooch.

Peace to everyone, and stay close to your superheros.

15 comments:

md said...

poor blackie but after all it was all done in the name of progress, right, now more ppl have a place to live etc, etc who cares wht other lives were distribed, distrupted, or distroyed in the process, just as long as some developer made his millions on the project. sounds like u two use to have good times. nice pic of blackie in his dreams

Michelle Lana said...

great one twissleman!!! love it.

Roz Foster said...

Nice, Twisselman. Despite the decay of those bucolic times, you paint such a heartwarming portrait of Blackie--and yourself. I can see everything you describe with such detail. Thanks for the view in.

carla said...

I love that dogs find a way to be happy no matter what...you are certainly sadder about the encroaching sprawl than he is. I love your illustration of him as a superdog! We should all take lessons from our doggies... life is always good to them in one way or another!

Larry Lee said...

I'm not sure which is the better illustration, the picture or the text. Both are wonderful paintings. Even if the subject matter is somewhat melancholy.

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Not too long ago when I was a kid, there were gladiola fields and empty lots all over my town. The empty lots usually had several dozen burrowing owls living in them at a time. They seems very small from far away, but if you ever close to one, they were actually pretty significantly sized animals. The owls would take over the digger squirrels tunnels (by having them for lunch) and raise their owl families. It wasn’t legal for the landowners to build in fields that supported the ground owls, so the landowners would use large farm equipment to till the fields destroying the digger squirrel tunnels. If there were no digger squirrels then the owls wouldn’t move in. The largest stretch of fields now all have car dealers on them. It’s been several years since I have seen a burrowing owl in my town.

ValGalArt said...

Gee, this goes straight to my heart T-man! Very touching and you captured the essence of dogdom!!! It broke my heart when you talk about the loss of meadows and fields and running free as it is slowly evaporating before our eyes! Awesome post, my favourite for this theme! Ca you tell I'm a dog lover?

ps: You are the 1st person to mention about Otis the cow and I wanted to say something to Mark but what are you gonna do? Obviously in Hollywood they decided kids wouldn't notice? What a sexist bunch of mules!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Great job, Twissleman! Love the pooch, but I think all dogs are Super Heros. I thought about turning my dog into a Super Hero illustration. Your work rocks!

HARDWAX said...

Your illustration brings bittersweet memories on two fronts. A beautiful dog I had, but lost to cancer not that long ago, and beautiful farmlands that surrounded this are, also not that long ago.. Blackie looks perfect fit in his superhero outfit-beautiful post!

get zapped said...

This is wonderful. He's so proud, with all those rabbits he's able to conquer! Sorry to hear the land is disappearing to "progress", but he still dreams! Nice work!

studio lolo said...

Another great one Carl. I can hear the blips and see the twitches. Makes me want to reach down and pat him. I't's always a treat to stop by to see what you've come up with. Thanks for stopping by mine as well. That JT song you mentioned played in my head this morning during my Asilomar walk with my dog, Emma.

jessi Hooker said...

I really like your image. I like the texture in the back and how you handled the painting. I was just wondering why you chose the format you did. I definately helps in your composition.

steve said...

I love this, and the way you wrote about it, incorporating a commentary on the suburbanization monster that seems unstoppable, especially out my way. This also reminds me of the dog I grew up with and how she was a family member and a hero in our eyes. This actually looks like her! Great take on the subject!

scribblesk said...

The best kind of superhero, freewheeling, noble and frolicsome! Splendid!

Robert McLaughlin said...

A most excellent story and super illustration!

The developer, I love to hate them. But I live in one of their homes!

I hope in a few years to retire to the countryside.