Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Sketch and a very sad week......

Hi guys, well I guess wherever you are in the world you've probably heard about the floods in Queensland Australia. Actually it's now happening in 3 States that I know of, Queensland, NSW and South Australia, but basically up the Eastern side of Australia we've all had sooooo much rain.

Luckily for my family and I we aren't suffering from the floods but I feel so sad for the families who have been affected some of which have lost family members, it's so devastating. We are starting to hear stories about people that were hit by flash floods and they are so sad. The other morning I heard about a 13 year old boy who told rescuers to take his little 10 year old brother first. Unfortunetly when they tried to get the other boy he was swept away as it was too late for him. What a brave little man. Soooo so sad that story has stuck with me since. There are so many sad stories just like that I think that one affected me so much in particular because I have two boys of my own and the thought of that happening to them is too much to bear.

We will be donating to one of many charities over here that are helping the people affected by these terrible floods some of which are now homeless.

So this is the reason for my sad piece this week. I didn't intend to sit down and draw this paticular piece but it was just busting to come out. I haven't even thought of a name for it yet, any ideas?

Sorry for the sad post but it has been a very awful week for Australia and it's hard not to think about it. I'm very thankful that we have our loved ones safe and sound.

On a lighter note I've been very busy with more fimo pendants so thought I would include some in this post to brighten it up a bit. Hope you're all well and safe.
 I'm loving these vintage settings and I'm so addicted to fimo!

 I called this one 'Union'
 'Zebra Print'
 'Tiger Tear'

All these are now available in my etsy shop.
This last photo I took yesterday morning, after what felt like forever we woke up to a beautiful morning yesterday. I love these roses! :0)


Shayla said...

I have heard about those is terrible! So many disasters are happening back to back everywhere it is overwhelming! I wish I could help out somehow.

I do love your new artwork though. It does show a lot of sadness but it is still beautiful.

Anonymous said...

The floods are foremost in kiwis minds - especially the brave wee boy who gave his life for his brother. What a hero! So glad you are ok. :)

Loving those pendants! <3

Helen said...

What a profound sketch. I have friends in Brisbane, and it is so sad what is happening there at the moment. Your story of the child saving his brother is heart wrenching.

I hope everyone you know is safe.

Penny said...

Hey Nic - i feel your sadness but am very grateful that our family is not in danger from the flooding. Tony and I will be donating too - wish there was more we could do. Your painting reaches straight to the heart.

Love the new fimo pendants. I think these are your best so far.

Love you

Gumnut said...

It hasn't been a great week for Australia. Here in South Australia, we got the dregs of the big rain front that caused all the hassle, but it was drizzle by then. But the nation is in pain and the stories are heartbreaking.

Your sketch is a nice composition illustrating that exact feeling of pain. Thanks for sharing.

('Of droughts and flooding rains')

WrightStuff said...

Our thoughts are with you the world over. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Warmest wishes to you.

Kristin Dudish said...

I'm so glad you and your family are okay. The flooding has lead to so much tragedy and sadness, your painting is a beautiful way to deal with all of those feelings. Sending thoughts of love and peace your way...


Heather said...

Nicola, I am glad you are ok. What a sad story about the little boy. wow, there is so much sadness all over the world right now. Your illustration is just simply beautiful - I think it captures the emotion in your words here. I love it. xxoo
i like the fimo, too -

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

We are watching the news here in the states, it's awful. So sad for your country. Your painting depicts your pain beautifully. Our thoughts are with you!
hugs, dana

Marlene said...

What a tragic story of the boy, it brought tears to my eyes. I have been following the stories of the flooding and it is heart wrenching, I follow several blogger in Australia and so far I know most of them are okay. This is awful following so closely on the fires from not so long ago.

Your sketch is wonderful and full of emotion, well done. The pendants are beautiful. I tried fimo and could not get it to do what I envisioned for it, guess I am not a sculptor.

Christine said...

your story about the 2 young boys brought tears to my eyes, and your sketch came from the heart this week. Prayers for your country.

Nelly said...

I have read about the flooding in Australia and I a joyful to hear that your family has not been physically effected by this. Your piece is a honest expression of your emotion toward this event. Thank you for sharing with us.

Sophia said...

Your artwork is lovely, Nicola, even with a sad touch. Your caring heart is revealed in this piece. I am saddened by the events going on as well. Maybe we can all pitch in somehow to help!

Happy SS!

pinkglitterfae said...

Your painting is such a beautiful way of getting your emotions out on paper, no words are needed...

'm so saddened by what's happening in Australia too. I've known many Australians over the years, in real life, and through blogging, and they are truly wonderful, big hearted people. So many disasters are happening these days, I pray for the people to stay safe.
So happy your family is ok

Reflections said...

We are seeing all kinds of news reports here about the flooding, including the story of the two young boys and their mother, I believe she was also swept away when the little hero was.

Your picture is fantastic, your rain looks like tears.

Tiffany said...

I am so sad about the flooding going on there too~ My heart broke when I read the story you posted about the little boys, I am sure there are so many more stories of heartbreak~
Your pendants are amazing as always~
I am thinking of Australia and hoping for better days ahead.
I have been there once and I fell completely in love. I think Australia still has my heart.

Heather said...

Oh Nicola!!! I feel so sad for your country! I have been watching it on the news. How sad. Your piece really is so heartfelt. I love it Nicola. May everyone be safe. xxxooo and big hugs!

Julia Christie said...

This story has really been heartbreaking as it unfolds...we have really had too many stories of this kind happen this past year - my thoughts are with you and all of the people affected by this - your art is so very beautiful, all of it. the first piece is so full of emotion.

Hugs and smiles of support

Tammie said...

I agree, the devastation of the floods is so sad.
Maybe the title can be; flooded with sadness. Your piece beautifully expresses what you have shared here. it is good to talk about what is going on, it inspires us to help, thank you. sending light to your country.

EVA said...

It is so heartbreaking indeed. What might have often been prayed for (rain) has turned out to be so horrible.

Nicola your piece is fabulous - so very touching. You should sent it to one of the charities and see if they want to use the image. "Donate" it to the cause in a way. It so beautifully captures the mood of the disaster.

The Words Crafter said...

I'm very glad you're all okay. Your country has been in my prayers and thoughts.

Your art is beautiful and that rose is a wonderful vision of hope.

Be safe.

Linda Pruitt said...

Thanks for expressing your heart in words and art! Praying for everyone experiencing this tragedy.

Jenny Blair said...

Sad stories...can only really send love and hopes of safety to everyone.A beautiful painting,very heartfelt..
Big hugs being sent x

Lenora said...

We are so glad to hear that you and your loved ones are not directly affected. And it is so great that humans can reach out to each other in times of need. Our prayers are with you all. The picture reflects your great grief and thus your capacity for love and caring. Blessings to you all and those around you affected. As forbyour painting my son suggests "Floating Tears". From the broken heart comes the strength of human hope. xxxx

Leah said...

This Painting really tells a story. I think its such a moving painting. You have managed to capture how so many people would be feeling right now. Such a moving piece. Well done. Your talent never ceases to amaze me.

NatashaMay said...

I heard about that little boy and my heart broke for him and his family. We have family in Queensland but they are higher up so they are not affected by the flood directly. Still we worry about them every day. Beautiful piece and for a beautiful cause.

Sunshineshelle said...

Tears in the Rain.

Zlatica said...

Very sad things are happening these days... I whish you all good!
Your painting is very emotional.


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