Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Angel on the head of a pin, number two

About a year ago, in response to the Illustration Friday prompt "wobble," I sketched an angel trying to dance on the head of a pin. This week's prompt "spin" put me in mind of that little angel so I did a more developed drawing in color. She's gotten a lot better at it since last we saw her.


  1. I love this. You are an amazing illustrator.

  2. Exquisite. Magical. Original. Your angel has grown and matured over the last year. She has found her balance and is expressing her joy as she dances like a ballerina. Isn't this what we all do sometimes? Dance on the head of a pin joyfully. Thank you for sharing your gift.

    1. Yes, I think so often living a balanced life that is the right one for us is exactly like dancing on the head of a pin--simultaneously limited and splendidly expansive. The limits that we choose (and those we don't choose, but are just the way things are) can make our dance more and more beautiful. Not that I was thinking of that when I drew her--it was your comment!

  3. This is sweet! I love it. Good job :)

  4. Thanks for putting into words so beautifully my feeling from your drawing. . . I'm wondering what is the distinction between illustration and fine art? I think that illustration can sometimes reach the level of fine art. I think that some of your work is fine art. The line of the ribbon in this drawing is as beautiful and fluid as the lines in Leonardo's drawings. Now don't laugh. The beauty of simple lines on some drawings being me such joy. Your pink ribbon is one of those lines :-)

  5. I'm rather fond of that line myself. ;) I don't know what the real difference is between fine art and illustration. I think it has something to do with who you are making it for. Fine art goes in a gallery? Illustration is made for reproduction? The lines between them are plenty blurry, that's for sure! I'm honored that you think some of my work is fine. I like illustration so much because I like books so much.