Saturday, November 14, 2009

Orange
















Julia Child said that a cook never apologizes for her food. But I must explain that I have a new scanner that does not like crayon work. So my colors are either faded or a bit forced, but I think things will improve with time.

Also, for new readers, a reminder that I publish every other Monday morning.


Finally, I strive to improve my illustrated storytelling with each post. Feedback is truly the best motivator. So, thank you for the thoughts both written and unwritten.

24 comments:

zquilts said...

I don't know how you could get much better! You work is delightful and always cheers me !

Dr. Monkey said...

Yay oranges!

T.R. said...

I can smell this post. I don't notice the changes in color. Maybe a little more saturated - still looks divine to me!

Lawendula said...

I repeat: I want a book!!!!!
Loved that story. The hunger-hole where you can see the fruits through makes me laugh so much and the oranges circle of warmth and humanity makes me cry!
Thanks for this excellent work, dear!

bobbie said...

Is there anything more wonderful than the smell of a freshly peeled orange?!

Your supermarket picture is really something! As is that peeled orange. From this perspective, the scanner is doing just fine.

Lana Gramlich said...

Funny how sometimes the simplest thing can change everything. Funny...and fortunate. :)

Chrissie said...

Great stroy! Made my day! ;)
Christine

lila said...

Great story! I love the illustration of you with the hole in the center! The orange looks luscious...making me hungry!

Balisha said...

Hi Caroline,
Funny how a simple thing such as sampling in the grocery store can change things. I used to be a sampler at the local Jewel store. We did pies, pizzas, etc. It was amazing how people gathered to talk and share stories when food was made available.I loved this job.

Calamity Anne said...

I love the scene where you're standing at the fruit counter and you can see the fruit through the hole in your mid-section! That cracked me up...thanks for the laugh!

Merisi said...

Dearest Crayon,
thank you so much for sharing this heart-warming story and illustrating it so beautifully!

Thank you for your kind and generous comment on my blog. You put it so eloquently, feedback truly is a great motivator. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for yours!

A wonderful week to you! :-)

Kirstin said...

Lovely story. I love the perspective when the produce section became a place of warmth. Beautiful.

Stark Raving Zen said...

Oh Caroline, this is just wonderful! And the new scanner does a beautiful job, I think! I like the deep saturation. Makes me smell and taste that orange all the better. :) What a sublime thing, that you've taken the works of a potentially bad day and with it, filled the world with lightness, humor, and inspiration. Wish everyone could take a few lessons from you.

hellarosa said...

I dropped in via Lawendula ---- what a nice little story and what a good example for deep friendliness!

Jill said...

speechless - love all your posts - want to do it too

Margaret Benbow said...

I was fascinated to see that your grocer peels the orange in spiraling downward strips! In my family we were taught to make six quick, strong slashes with a knife, from the North Pole to the South Pole, with quite a bit of panache, and then peel the sections.But however it's done, you've ended up with a lovely, fragrant little sun in your palm, which we can almost taste. And your conclusions about human nature shed sun and orange blossoms too on this grey day. Brava Caroline!

Kittie Howard said...

Scanner works, story works, and you've helped us all work a little better...thanks...

Karen O'Brien said...

I enjoy your posts so much! They just make me feel good to be alive--you have a marvelous way of looking at life. And beautiful little illustrations! Don't worry about the scanner or anything--it all looks just fine! Thank you for the effort you put into these little stories. I look forward to each one!

Kimberlee said...

I really love the scene of the aisle...all black and white...lots of stuff crammed together without much distinction. That's how I feel in a big grocery store too. It's almost overwhelming...I can't take it all in! :)

Love this story...had to laugh at the power of hunger to cast doubt on humanity's goodness AND the power of a lowly orange to reassure. Priceless!

Jacky said...

I love your pictorial storytelling. The story of the orange is uplifting.
And Julia Childs...love her. I recently saw the movie Julie and Julia...fantastic. Laughed and laughed.

Jacky xox

Barbara Anne said...

A bit of kindness, a shared smile, serendipity, and the fragrance of a fresh orange are a few of the simple wonders that can change a day, an attitude, and even a life.

Caroline, thanks for the colorful and amazingly detailed reminder that we can each be the change.

Hugs!

Mel said...

Hola Caroline,

I loved the story. It is true. Sometimes the smallest simplest things can make your day better and brighter :)

Thumbs up for the orange and for your lovely work!

Besos from Peru,

Mel

Elaine said...

Personally, I found that the wild turkey postcard was a thrill. I have close acquaintance with wild turkeys...and they are enchanting. (Ben Franklin was correct....) Great images.
I also liked the cityscape.
The Orange is great--just not sure it makes "a postcard." But it made me smile. Possibly a card with a "strip" format?
smiling@!

Fancy Fodder said...

Lovely post, Caroline. I swear I could smell the oranges in the supermarket! It's always a blessing to read your blog :+)
xoxoxo
Franny