Sunday, August 07, 2011

Sunday Sketches - Firefly Wishes

(Photos accidentally deleted. Bummer)

 
Hello and welcome to another Sunday Sketches...in August, no less! It's a special month for several reasons.  Can you guess what the BEST reason is?

For awhile now, I've had this idea of lightening bugs (aka Fireflies) going around in my head but could never quite decide the best way to depict them on paper until now.  I'm really loving the piece above and hope it will encourage someone along the way to keep BELIEVING regardless of what life leaves at your doorstep.

Lightening bugs bring a smile to my face as I have so many different memories from my childhood.  My favourite memory is taking an old glass jar/lid and running out back into my neighbor's back yard and having a contest to see who could catch the most lightening bugs in five minutes.  Now, I don't know if anyone could really count that many bugs flying around in the jar, but it sure was fun and kept us busy for a good portion of the night.

How about you?  Any memories of those special bugs that can light up the darkest of nights?

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32 comments

  1. I loved catching lightning bugs when I was a kid. We had lots of huge fat ones that bobbed around low and were easy to catch. They were so pretty! I love your painting. Thanks for the memory!

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  2. what a beautiful firefly sketch,, who doesn't love fire flies,, this is great,

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  3. this was just what I needed to be reminded of tonight...believe:)

    I have a affection for butterflys....maybe one day I will post the story as to why.

    hugs dear friend

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  4. I really love how you finished this one out. What an impact. I remember lightening bugs up north but don't seem them much down here in the city. They seem to prefer the country life. A great memory you captured here. There are so many wonderful things about lightening bugs. Happy Sunday.

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  5. This is wonderful Sophia - magical!

    I love your penguin in the post below too... absolutely adorable :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  6. This is beautiful and takes me back to my child hood days of capturing lightning bugs just to watch them glow. We always let them go after we watched them for awhile...one time we put them in our room and they were dead the next day...soo sad.

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  7. fabulous fireflies! oh the memories...thought you might also enjoy this haiku from earlier this summer: http://dthaase-lines.blogspot.com/2011/06/haiku-cxvi.html

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  8. Cute, lovin it, love how you add the pen lines! Little boy down the block got my sister to eat a firefly cuz he said it tasted like butterscoth!

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  9. oh sophia! fireflies are my favorites and this word is my favorite quote! thank you!!!

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  10. Oh this is gorgeous!
    You know as a kids I do not think I ever caught them :D

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  11. I used to love catching them! And not only just as a child. My husband and I used to go and watch them darting about on a field near where we lived. It was so lovely just watching these little lights skidding around! In Germany they are called *Glühwürmchen*

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  12. I've never seen a lightning bug let alone caught one!!

    Great sketch

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  13. wowiee! i wana have that jar :D

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  14. we must be on the same wavelenght this week...awhile back I posted my starflies...this week I have been drawing them to paint one on my helmet and gas tank of my bike...sort of like my guardian angels...I also drew some out to make ornaments in paperclay for my granddaughters with "believe" and "reach high" painted on their wings. cosmic! love yours!!!!!!!!!!! cheers, dana

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  15. Lovely piece Sophia!!! I really like how you've painted the fire flies. I've never seen any in real life, I don't think we get them over here. Lovely work!

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  16. Oh! Wow! Love these ~ and thanks again for hosting this ~ namaste, Carol^_^ ~ ArtMuseDog too!

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  17. Lightening bugs remind me of my childhood and all of the wonder that was flying around back then...---it's funny i am on the same page today with you about believing in our dreams.
    thanks again for hosting this wonderful sunday sketch group! hugs!

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  18. There is always light...love the analogy your fireflies are coming with. I always thought of them as the guardian of the nights. Strongly disliked if someone catches them hence reducing the light on one's way! Love ya.

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  19. love your jar of lightening bugs--one of the few memories of my Grandmother was being in her backyard one night and she caught a lightening bug and put it on the pink, quilted robe I was wearing. Funny that this is the second time in a couple of weeks that I am telling that memory!

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  20. Hi Sophia!!! I love your fireflies... and I love fireflies...we have so many out at night it is magic!!!

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  21. fireflies are magical Sophia, as is your sketch! Love it.

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  22. This may be my favorite of yours so far...I love the magical quality here! Well done you!

    Smiles and hugs
    xo

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  23. I've had a rough weekend, but your lovely painting made me smile. Lightning bugs are wonderful!!

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  24. This is such a cute idea, and well executed! Love the "believe" and your thoughts behind it! xoxo

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  25. I joined the sunday sketches but my post vanished,, I'm sorry for that,,

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  26. Cute drawing. Alas there are no lightning bugs out here int he west. I do remember them from my childhood in Michigan though.

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  27. I love how artists keep the magic in life so vivid, perhaps a necessary reminder as life is a series of waves some story some soft and wonderful - lightening bugs, which i think we call fireflies are certainly magical and wonderful - we don't have them here but i remember seeing them somewhere when i was young, i a field with friends, maybe in California. Even though i never saw any here in BC i spent evenings looking for them as a child! Thanks for that memory.. Hang onto the magic! WE are just back from 3 weeks in Italy and UL. My daughter was at RBS and it was a wonderful excuse to visit Italy, one of my true loves, but its been 25 years! But we are back - thanks for putting up with our erradic postings :-)

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  28. what a lovely piece. makes me think of summer though, sadly, no fireflies in my childhood.

    have a lovely day.

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  29. Thanks for sharing your story and process of your sketch. Your composition is fabulous! I like the emphasis and symbolic nature placed on the word believe in relation to your subject matter. I also like the light (pun intented) feeling to the painting.

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  30. Very cute and beautiful painting x

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