There was a time when I was not drawing nuts.
A time when I was drawing rocks and trees;
Pachyderms and humans;
Genus musa and Lady muses,
Forests and mountains;
Women falling;
Men cracking;
Corpses hanging...
Ah yes, I was prolific...
I drew over 300 over-sized and standard-sized images
covering every inch, every white space of the Bristol Board.
I had the best muses,
I still do.
I am not lamenting the fact that I am drawing acorns and leaves.
They are mind soothing exercises.
It is a sign of the times.
When before my drawings instilled me with emotions,
and fired my ire,
Now I draw to calm and soothe my nerves.
I don't have some of these drawings any longer.
They have been gifted to the people who inspired them.
Soon I will display all of them on my online gallery blog.
As I clean my home where these drawings are scattered everywhere.
In the meantime, here's a preview:

In the year 2008, I was blessed with the friendships of Arija and Bella Sinclair. They brought into my life, abundant love, inspiration and friendship.
I meet Renee, Vanessa and Linda through Bella,
Deborah and Marie through Renee,
Manon through Linda,
Then Tessa and Karin, Caroline, Anne, Annie, Shirley, Mita, Amalia, Tammie, Jan...
Andrew, Steve...I will get in trouble for leaving out some names here and I will feel terrible but my mind is so full right now... please forgive me if I am too dense to remember...
I keep meeting new friends!
My friends at work who likewise fill me with love, support and inspiration...
My family and I thank you!!!
I am so blessed.
Some of these friendships have transcended the blogs
where I find the most loyal and steadfast of friendship, love and caring
when I find myself crumbling and cracking like an egg,
like that he-man up there in one of my drawings...
Thank you!

...and Steve, "Tsup" is an onomatopoeia for a kiss. It's when you let a sound pass through your puckered lips.


linda cardina said...

CES!!! these are gorgeous!!! how have u been?! looks like u haven't skipped a beat in the creative/art/blog department. my kids are back in school and i just can't wait to get back to working in my studio and catching up with my blog buddies. just wanted to say hi..miss u.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Ces, these illustrations simply blow me away, but as alwasy, I am drawn *pun intended!* to the rocks and treesand the many things they hide, only for the sharp discerning eye to find.
But then, I love the acorns and leaves.....so I just am a Cesnut and that is that! Okay? :)


Deborah said...

OMGoodness, mind boggling, all you do!!! The rock bridge!! I LOVE. That was when I first met you and fell into your drawings. I'm still falling...for YOU, my little Cesalicious! Wishing you a most wonderful weekend. **blows kisses** Deb

Deborah said...

Ola. Hi. Hello. Bonjour. Dzien dobry. How are you? Love from your little Cesnut. **kisskiss** Deb

martinealison said...

Magnifique cette débordante créativité... Bisous

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh Ces! These older pieces are just redolent with life! Each of them is gorgeous! No matter the emotions for the drawings, I rather like everything you do, whether for calm or excitement or whatever!

Sympathy for the Devil said...

i hope i get lost in your woods!!!!

be back later.

yea yea i know i keep saying that.


Tammie said...

so many wonderful friendships, truly your life overflows with the best sort of gold.

I love seeing your art and how grand that you have made gifts of it, that it will be enjoyed and enjoyed.

Soothing art is a very precious gift to oneself~ May the spirit of calm and soothing be yours.

Jan said...

Your drawings truly astound me. Such a life force to them. Thanks for sharing them, not keeping them to yourself. Thanks for befriending me. And also for the definition of the meaning of Tsup! I had no idea.

steveroni said...

Dear Ces,

Tsup, Tsup!


Ces said...

Hey! Steveroni, give me your address again please. Did you get my email?

Coreopsis said...

I love love love these old drawings. Of course I like the nuts and leaves too, but I've always really loved your full and live woods. I get lost looking at them. It's always an inspiration to visit your blog, and see all the amazing things you're doing.