Saturday, 2 May 2009

Hierarchy - Illustration Friday




Hug O'War

I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

Sheldon Allan Silverstein





"Hurry, Grandmama!"


Call it a hierarchy, call it a family, a tribe, a clan or a network. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.


29 comments:

Caroline said...

This is perfect for the theme!! I do love your colourful paintings - they're delightful!

Naive15yearold said...

I like this.
I think I need a hug,
along with a shoulder...

xoHailey

soulbrush said...

what a wonderful sentiment! love your illos as always t. xxx

murphy girl said...

beautiful, really enjoy your work!

lakeviewer said...

Tessa, this is beautifully touching. I love Shel Silvertein, my children's favorite poet. The painting and your words about family/tribe clinch the argument.

Thank you for your supporting comments on my blog.

Teri C said...

This is just wonderful!!! I love the words, the thought and the illo.

Cynthia said...

Love the "Hug a War" poem by Silverstein. I wrote about my daughters participation in a "Free Hugs" campaign in San Juan, Puerto Rico a few posts ago. I look forward to the time when human beings can be sensitive to each others needs.

Your painting, Tessa, is adorable. It makes me want to hug the nearest child...here's my daughter! Oh no she's on the computer too now...no hugs just yet...but I remember, I did hug her first thing this morning! Wonderful post and blog! I highly appreciate your work and you! :-)
<3

DEB said...

Great job again Tessa!!

ArtSparker said...

Very pleasing motion in this one. I already left the comment "Youth must be served" on Tomas' blog, but it could be said here too.

Coreopsis said...

Beautiful painting! The colors are SO rich. I love the shapes of the two people--the little child and the much more solid woman.

Anaka said...

So beautiful and calming as well!

Melissa Byrne said...

I love your work and your blog. The images and words are so rich, beautifully grounded and deep.

Renee said...

And of course you know his book the giving tree.

Love Renee xoxo

The Gossamer Woman said...

WE all need to be part of an intimate group of people and a broad group of people and they both serve their purpose and we find love and feedback and acknowledgment and acceptance in both groups sometimes more in one than the other, depending on our needs on a particular day.

I find broad groups of people especially helpful in all the varieties of feedback I get, but there is always one person in the group who counts as extra special and wiser than the rest.

Intimate groups of people are good for finding shoulders to cry on and getting hugs you need, although familiarity also can breed contempt and we must move with caution, unless there is unconditional love involved. Mothers and daughters go well together, I find. Well, sons and mothers too, in the end.

We are tribal people and gladly accept our position in the group, as long as it gains us a sense of security and a voice that is heard. We want to share of ourselves and be part of the others, as long as kindness is the first prerogative.

Elizabeth said...

True indeed.

Verily I go. said...

It's beautiful here. Thank you.

Ces said...

Oh Tessa! This painting is absolutely beautiful. The colors just explde - oops that's a violent word, let's see, it's so vibrant, so alive!

Nicola Toms said...

Hi there, this is beautiful I love the bold colours and shapes!! Especially the shape of the child. A lovely painting. Thank you for stopping by my blog too and your very encouraging words!!!

ValGalArt said...

sooooooooooooooo true! the little boy has the cutest little face and this tugs at my heart :)

Lori ann said...

Yup!! this is one of my favorites, I LOVE this painting.
such a sweet and perfect post Tessa. Thank you.
love,Lori ♥

Sarah Lulu said...

In less than 3 weeks, I will be a grandmother for the first time ...I loved that painting SO much.

And hugs ....

Tomás Serrano said...

I´ve seen your beautiful picture before. the words are a great escort.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

One of my favorite poems from Shel and then your wonderful heart tugging paintings to go along with it. This is so inspirational for me. How moving and beautiful. I just lost my Grandma on this past wednesday. She was 95 years young and had a most wonderful life. Thanks for the LIFE PICTURE! It's so true what you have said. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful soul. Hugs and kisses my friend

Woman in a Window said...

I love his little pouting belly and the pull of her arm. Yes, we are in need.

Bella Sinclair said...

Beautiful! The way they are clasping hands is wonderful. The little boy's profile -- adorable! This is brilliant.

One of my favorite poems, too!

C. Michael Cox said...

Shel Silverstein is a classic - how many kids has he introduced to poetry!?!

Oh, and here is your hug.

jgoode said...

Thank you so much for commenting on my illustration as well - it's funny, I had stopped by and saw your wonderful piece but wanted to come back when I had more time to comment... and then there you were on my site. Art vibes in the air I suppose. I love the coloring and style of your image, its fresh and inviting - and your caption is perfect!

deepazartz said...

LOVELY!! I am touched by it..
All your works are a wonder...GREAT pictures:) Great colors; for one like me who's in love with colors..these are a Treat:)

Nice getting to see your work.
Have a wonderful & colorful day!

Jose Sinclair said...

Great art - love this one too.. This is a terrific BLOG overall!! Love the prose as well, great combination!!

Jose
(see my art at http://josesinclair.blogspot.com)