8/27/10

tea party


Once she sat down , Gloria the hippo knew it would be a long tea party... mostly because it was going to be hard to move out of that chair.

Another piece I did for Today's Parent magazine-the article discusses the pros and cons of kids having imaginary friends. C'mon, who wouldn't want a hippo named Gloria to hang out with?

59 comments:

Brad said...

i am going to have to subscribe to Today's Parent magazine! this is truly beautiful!

Gabby Zapata said...

haha I would love to join in the tea party for sure! love it!

Kelly Light said...

I luv this- tho- I think that chair is a goner!

anil ks said...

..awesome!!!so delightful and friendly feel..i love gloria..great work Michael..

Gavin Goo said...

Enjoying every sip of it! Great character Michael :)

And strong chair! :D

Nearchos said...

Hahaha! Wonderful job, Michael! I really enjoy it! Well done!

Nathanael Lark said...

Beautiful job on this! Great design, palette and composition. To top it all off it's just good ol' fashioned fun to look at. Nice work!

Rico said...

Hahaha -- the mind boggles just how that hippo is perched on that teeny chair -- good one :-)

Pagas said...

Funny!

A great piece of art

ciao
Paolo

k.h.whitaker said...

Micheal this is fabulous, I love it! I love the texture on the hippo and the floor, actually I just love it all. :)
Thanks so much for your visits and kind words on my blog. I really appreciate it!

Linda Hensley said...

Of course children should have imaginary friends! Nice job. I'd like to join the tea party.

Tom Woolley said...

great imaginary hippo! she looks so content! love your work dude

michele said...

This sweet friendship appears to be hunkered down for the long run! Love Gloria, whiskers and all! :o)

nina seven said...

totally charming!

Tamara Henderson said...

lol adorable!

Abz said...

Incredible work man-- always top notch!

Wayne B. Medina said...

serious man! hippos are awesome! charming stuff as always michael!

emilywilsondesigns said...

Now that is my kind of tea-party! Great work- love the hippo!

Mikelodigas said...

Jajaja i love it!!

Natura said...

Ha, ha, so fun. Love the little hipo's chair :)

justdoodleit said...

Charming and cute. I like how Gloria is daintily holding that tea cup.

xenos said...

i smell an art jam coming on. imaginary friends anyone?

inspiring piece as always michael!

Chris Kennett said...

At our house we have an imaginary guy called Fred who sometimes joins us for dinner, but right now he's off exploring in the jungle. I think its great for kids to use their imagination this way and hopefully they'll continue to use it as adults as well.

Philip Morgan said...

I had an imaginary friend called Terry. I couldn't see him and he didn't talk back, but I liked the idea of having a friend called Terry and my imagination seemed to be the best way of meeting one. Our friendship didn't last long, it was too one sided.

Great art, as always.

salli s. swindell said...

gloria is so gentle + sweet with her little whiskers! "today's parent" magazine is lucky to have you livening things up!! great. superb. magnificent as always!

Ohibò said...

Great piece! Love all your illustrations

lirios bou said...

great style!

I love your particular portrait of Billie Holiday ^^

damon said...

super cute

josh pincus is crying said...

you have a terrific style! great work!

donny* said...

i would love a hippo named gloria to hang out with. and not just for tea parties! this is another fine example of your amazing talent. wonderful illustration!

Desiree Cassidy said...

That is the greatest hippo i think i have ever seen - Love the way they are holding thier tea cups!

GhettoFab said...

your work is always beyond fantastic Michael!

jmanu said...

Lovely work, Michael

Jack Foster said...

I love that hippo!!! I had to see how you had Gloria holding the teacup. Excellent! ooo and the lawn chair !hehehe You never disappoint Michael!

Jmontiel said...

jajajaja... funny work!!

String said...

Great illustration!

psychopooch said...

She looks like a fun imaginary friend to have around. Love your illo style!

Shirley said...

Absolutely fantastic, Michael! I want to sit down for a spot with this lovely pair. Wow! And that hippo's little whiskers (and the tail pointing in the UP direction) just kicked it to the awesome factor for me..those little details just make your work sing. Great job!!

Cally Johnson-Isaacs said...

Ha! He's super cool Michael!

genie espinosa said...

I want to have a tea with that hippo too!! super great work!!! new follower!! thanks for your cute comment on my blog!! i'm soo grateful!! :-DD

Abhilash.N said...

Nice and Cute style...Brilliant fresh colours. Lovely as always my friend.
Cheers

Eric Barclay said...

Off-the-charts kind of wonderful. Amazing.

theartofpuro said...

Amazing!Great style and concept!

R.Dress said...

Haha this so cute and funny and it just makes me smile. Great work!!! =)

fhiona galloway said...

super cool hippo!!
very sweet.

JooJoo said...

Really cute and fun! Love your style :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OOOH look you captured me in such a wonderful way!!!!! I just love Gloria cause she is me he he he he he! I love this sooooooooo gosh darn MUCH!!! YUMMMMMMM!! Oh my goodness I can't stop looking at it. I have to find the magazine so I can snatch this picture out of it. Please let me know which issue it is so I can get! I'm so serious it's sad! he he he. I love this. Thanks so much for stopping but Michael. Hope that all is well with you.
Take care,
V

Andrew Finnie said...

Hah well I laughed, thankyou. Gloria! Mind you a hippo by any other name would be as heavy - but not so funny.

cheers Michael!

lincoln said...

I'd love to see the Hippo sitting in the back seat kicking the dad's seat while dad's driving...wink, wink, nudge, nudge...!

Great piece!

Vincent Desjardins said...

Hey Michael, your work continues to inspire me. This is great,it's both cute and funny. I love the hippo! The textures and colors are great. As always, a wonderful piece!

Jason Dove said...

That hippo character is awesome, Michael!!! I love that you added a slight pinkish texture in the hippos body. It really helps tie the colors of the Tea cups and the chairs together!

Tomás Serrano said...

Brilliant work. I wouldn´t be surprised if the Today´s Hippo Parents magazine use your illustration for an article about the hippos´imaginary friends...

Sjan Weijers said...

SO cute, again :)

I'd say it's a beautifull thing to have enough fantasy to have imaginary friends, I had lots when I was a kid, it still is a source for creativity.
Kids already are being told that facts are good and fantasy is childish, but without my imagination I would have been a very unhappy child.

Francisco Martins said...

Hey Michael, how are you buddy?
Hehehe! Gloria is really cool, and you're right, I would absolutely want a hippo named Gloria in my living room to have tea with :D
As always this illustration is amazing and super fun! love the colours and the characters. your text made me laugh too, you are THE MAN! :D

Cheers

abhishek singh said...

the thought , and the life you have in your art makes it memorable ,
love your work:)

matt dawson said...

Well speaking for me I'd love to hang out with Gloria, but my imaginary mongoose buddy Clive wouldn't like it so... Glorious work Michael, love that delicately poised tea cup... and great use of the bertoia chairs :)

Karlson said...

Hey,love your style!!!
Tnx for your coment in my blog- its honour for me :")

Sami said...

Despite the simplicity your designs are so emotive! I just love the little stories you put in with those beautiful compositions. Have to say, this made my day :)

Cheers!

Tracy said...

Oh, I'd LOVE to have an imaginary hippo friend named Gloria! (Of course at my age, people might mistake that for being a tad CRAZY! LOL) This is sooooo awesome :) Love it!