Lizards in the Leaves

Rustlings in the green....imagination, art, whimsy

Feb 10, 2006

Illustration Friday - Simple

Illustration Friday
Theme: Simple

This was a theme which caused me to think a lot. I started thinking about small things that seem quite simple but which possess great power. Hammers, nails, fish hooks.... Needles have always fascinated me, partly as symbols of traditional women's work, and I've sketched out several art projects which feature them. I remember reading once about needles being so precious and scarce that a group of women would have to share one needle between them.

I found this theme to be very interesting and fun to contemplate, especially since I have embarked on the journey to organize my life and home for once and for all. I looked up some quotations on the theme and would love to share my favorites:

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann, Introduction to the Bootstrap, 1993

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. ~E.F. Schumacker

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~Lin Yutang

Material blessings, when they pay beyond the category of need, are weirdly fruitful of headache. ~Philip Wylie

'....weirdly fruitful of headache" - now that is an amazing phrase!

Here is a simple valentine for all of you who have ventured to read my blog:



At 2/10/06, 10:56 PM, Blogger Corrine said...

good idea!

At 2/10/06, 11:02 PM, Blogger Abbie said...

What a 'simple' yet priceless object.. excellent thought process..

At 2/10/06, 11:49 PM, Blogger ottoblotto said...


At 2/11/06, 12:23 AM, Blogger Shane said...

That's using your imagination. Good work, I like it. Here's another quote for you.

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. -- Charles Mingus

At 2/11/06, 1:23 AM, Blogger Anonymous said...

Love your post ... image is simply perfect :)

At 2/11/06, 5:28 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

Lovely simple drawing. Thanks for sharing the quotes.

At 2/11/06, 9:27 AM, Blogger Carol Dean Sharpe said...

Love the valentine. It's perfect(ly simple).

At 2/14/06, 2:21 AM, Blogger The Unknown said...

Nice. Happy Valentines!


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