Saturday, January 14, 2006

Illustration Friday: E is for Elephant

The elephant that jumped over the fence from a playground rhyme called "Miss Mary Mack." As a child, I loved singing and playing this hand-clapping song with my friends. Little did we know that it dated back to the early American slave lore of the Gullah people. They spoke a Creole blend of Elizabethan English and African languages and lived along the southern coastline. Listen online to Miss Mary Mack. Just scroll down to the third CD titled "Feel Like Journey On" and click on the songlist title: Miss Mary Mack (Traditional). Enjoy! :-)

Miss Mary Mack

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
all dressed in black, black, black
with silver buttons, buttons, buttons
up and down her back, back, back.

She asked her mother, mother, mother
for fifty cents, cents, cents,
to watch the elephant, elephant, elephant
jump over the fence, fence, fence.

He jumped so high, high, high
he reached the sky, sky, sky
and he never came back, back, back
'til the fourth of July, 'ly, 'ly.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Illustration Friday: Sea

Girl by the Sea. I painted this way back in high school. My art teacher showed us how to stretch paper, handle a paint brush and mix colors. Best of all, she let us paint anything we wanted. This came straight from my imagination. Used no visual references so it has a naive look to it. I loved beaches, crashing waves and surrealism, can ya tell?

Monday, January 02, 2006

Illustration Friday: Flavor

Happy, delicious 2006! Good riddance for the spoiled Imperial Brand of 2005! Take in the BEST flavor of New Year! Okay...what's with the "tasteful" art and writing? Let's just say I am duly inspired by: Bush, manga art and engrish! Hope you enjoy... ;-)