Birthdays and Bears (Guest Artist)

11:10 AM

Suggested Alaskan Sketchbook Cover Idea
© Chris Ferlita
Colored Pencil and Ink
Printer Paper
During the Imaginary Visit to A Past Vacation class, I asked my husband what his strongest impression of Alaska was as this was the vacation I used to create the class demos.

He replied it was a bear eating an elk carcass.

Pausing, I turned to stare at him and said, "But we didn't see any bears eating an elk carcass. In fact, I don't think we saw any elk at all."

He shrugged and said, "We saw bears. They have to eat, right?"

"Yes, but I'm trying to come up with the cover of our sketchbook for the trip. You think a bear eating an elk carcass is appropriate?"

"You asked me what I remembered. You asked me what my strongest memories of Alaska are. There you go," he finished and off he went.

He was apparently in an alternate universe on our trip because his Alaska memories and my Alaska memories are definitely not the same, but I digress...

Now I gotta tell you, I wasn't about to put a bear eating an elk carcass on the front of the sketchbook.

Wasn't happening.

Chris stopped by my studio a little while later to see what I had come up with. Looking over my shoulder, he asked me for the dimensions of the sketchbook and then disappeared.

(You know what they say about when it gets too quiet you should be worried? Yeah well...)

What was interesting, is that he asked for none of our photos. No information whatsoever. In a little over two hours, he was back with a sketch in hand.

The image above was Chris' take on what the front cover of the sketchbook should look like!

I don't know of too many other pieces of art that express my husband's sense of humor quite so well. It also displays his belief that life should be fun, and if it's not, he'll either make it fun or he just won't play. He has a knack for finding the funny in nearly any situation and making us laugh.

Today also happens to be Chris' birthday and this is my shout out to the a very funny guy that keeps me laughing. (Most of the time.)

Happy, happy, happy birthday, Chris!
Doesn't he look happy?!!

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11 Creative Thought(s)

  1. Too funny! Thanks for making my day.

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  2. Happy Birthday Chris! Love your picture. Whoo boy, my grandson is going to be stationed up there in the army so now I have a picture (thank you) of him when he's out on a hike and runs into some bears! I understand he's good with his gun. I hope the guys helping him get away from these bears are too! Lol, sort of....

    Great post Laure and if you don't use it as the cover I would surely attach it to the inside of the cover with this post too!

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  3. Wow! Wayne and I think Chris' image looks like it was straight out of a comic strip! He could have something else there! Also, I'd forgotten that Chris' birthday was the day after mine and we share that darn "crab"! Happy Biryhday Chris and great job on the cover photo, we hope Laure uses it and you get our votes!

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  4. Happy Birthday wishes to Chris and I think it's really special that you two share such common interests - sketching; even if on a differing playing field :)! Well done both of you; enjoy celebrating!

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  5. I love his sketch. Ha... That must have been what he worried about while you were there. ha... Happy Birthday Chris.

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  6. Happy birthday Chris! He sounds like a fun guy. I just told my son when he was visiting recently that one of the things I loved most a out his dad is his sense of humor. Sounds like Chris has a great one too!

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  7. Such a cute post. You make us wnt to meet the man!
    Happy Birthday to him.

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  8. Love the sketch! And the birthday hat (?)--tell him a belated happy birthday for me :)

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  9. That sketch book cover will definitely grab attention!

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  10. Hahahaha! Perfect......I think Chris and Rick are a lot alike! Hope Chris had a wonderful birthday!

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  11. Many thanks to all of you for the kind words and birthday wishes! Chris had a very nice birthday—it was a gastronomical delight!

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