Thursday, May 22, 2008

I'll Play if You Will




It is 55 degrees out. On Saturday it was 99 degrees. I prefer the heat so I drew her to celebrate the long summer days ahead, much eagerly anticipated and disappointingly not quite here yet.

Yesterday I was tagged twice, thus I thought in the spirit of sportsmanship I would play along. As the tags asked differing questions (one simply asked to write seven interesting things about oneself, the other had directed questions), I am combining them as to not write a manifesto.

Without further ado....

1. What were you doing ten years ago?

Living in Jerusalem waiting tables. I had left college prematurely, moved to Jerusalem by myself and got a job as a waitress. I lived in Israel for two years before returning to San Francisco to finish college. It was a most romantic point in my life and where I began to find my calling as an artist (it would take many more years to realize it).

2. Things that I would do if I were a billionaire?

I would buy a huge sprawling Victorian with stairways that ran nowhere, rooms hidden behind bookshelves, secret passages and an attic full of ephemera (think Winchester Mystery House). I prefer it to be bit decrepit to add history, drama and intrigue. I would also travel, my big orange backpack atop my small frame, to destinations exotic and locales of ancient lore. Oh, and I would buy tons of clothes. Beautiful couture fashions from decades past. And shoes, lots of shoes.

3. Places I have lived:

New Mexico
Ohio
Israel
Northern California
Oregon

4. Random Musing no. 1

I want to go to St. Petersberg as my next travel destination. I would like to see the Hermitage.

5. Random Musing no. 2

I have a mastiff-labrador cross named Belle. The name is reflexive as she is named after the Scottish band Belle and Sebastian. Belle and Sebastian named themselves after the early 1980s cartoon about the adventures of a little boy, Sebastian and his big dog, Belle.

6. Random Musing no. 3

If I could eat anything all the time it would be pie. I love pie. All kinds of pie. Especially fruit pie. And desserts in general. Big fan of sugar.

I am now tagging others. All of you. Wouldn't want to pick favorites, so everyone is invited to play; use these questions or make up your own. Cheers!~

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27 comments:

espionage said...

I am tagging you again! As my circle of blogger friends is small, in the spirit of tagging as a source of loving on you, you are tagged. Do not feel obliged to play along.

espionage said...

btw, If I could eat anything all of the time it would be pizza. With a lot of cheese. Or frozen yogurt, but in particular the southern californian kind. Do you know what I mean?

tangobaby said...

You are just too cool for school, Ms. Octavine. Please have a tiny guest room for visiting tango dancers with bags full of shoes in your sprawling mystery house!

;-)

nuvonova said...

Fascinating! I smiled when I read that you would buy couture from decades ago, because I expected it! .. something like a densely embellished, 1920's deco, flapper dress that made a whole-loada-noise when you walked! .. maybe?

pve design said...

An illustrious tag rich with history and amusement.
All I can see are shoes....lots of gorgeous pumps and art supplies everywhere.

Kilkennycat said...

Beautiful new illustration! She would have definitely enjoyed the past weekend.

I hear you about the weather, very strange. Though I actually prefer the colder weather. =P

design for mankind. said...

Another beauty from you! :)

Rosebud Collection said...

Love the new drawing..just beautiful..Enjoyed reading your tag..
You did a great job and it was very interesting..I like pies also..

Chucka Stone Designs said...

Love your art as a tribute to summer & will live vicariously through her to imagine what 99 degrees would feel like right now. We're having trouble getting out of the 60's these days. Soon though!

Belle must be enormous lol!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

I have always wanted to go to Israel. Syria, too, as I am half Syrian. Someday. Oh, and St. Petersburg! I, too, have always wanted to go there. I was in southern Siberia two years ago, but I was on horseback and there was no way to get that far without great inconvenience. To be so close, though!

I love your bathing beauty, by the way.

Krissy said...

So great! I love learning about my favorite bloggers. Great story behind your pup's name!

candace morris said...

it's amazing how emily always has the exact words for what i mean to express.

beautiful blog, btw.

crm

P.S. Original said...

Another wonderful art piece! Love your descriptive musings...an adventurous soul with a sugar jones....the perfect combo for a rich life!

Mrs.French said...

Nice tag my friend. I especially love the "billionaire" part...

Rosebud Collection said...

Just wanted to wish you a great weekend..

Mary-Laure said...

I loved reading your answers, I feel like I know you better now. St Petersburg is also on my dream destination list.
I'd love to hear more about your life!

LeaKarts said...

Such a great painting--I love the curve of her bathing suit. I always love hearing your stories! I think I am going to post your questions on my blog as well.

SpinachNPeace said...

im with you on the preference for summer heat! i love to wear bare backed dresses like the one in your illustration.

Dawn said...

You've lived in so many cool places!

BabyLyons said...

If I could eat something all the time it would be Ice Cream, I'm a bit obsessed. It was so fun reading all these little tidbits about you :)

Fashion Ivy said...

I like your picture

Callooh Callay said...

I would love a mansion like that! At least all my cobwebs would fit in.

blazedanielle said...

What a fun post! I love learning more about my friends! :) I didn't know you lived in Jerusalem! That's so cool!

Luky said...

wooow beautiful!

Tiger Food said...

Just found your blog and Etsy shop - your work is really wonderful!

Octavine Illustration said...

so i guess i'll have to do this again...

espionage: although a good fro yo is tasty, i'm definitely an ice cream girl all the way!~

tangobaby: you are most welcome anytime my dear...i shall have a room especially decorated with paintings of tango shoes...

nuvonova: absolutely. but not just one...a whole closet full.

pve design: you know me so well my dear!~

kilkennycat: give me sunshine over rain any day...however, i work am much more productive in the damp.

designformankind: thank you!~

rosebud collection: my favorite is apple. mmm....pie....

chucka stone designs: it's back to the 50s. now i can't imagine what 99 felt like....

hadley gets crafty: wow...siberia. that must have been amazing. and damascus us a place i wish i would have visited while i was there.

krissy: thank you!~ she's the best pup in the whole wide world (most of the time....)!

candace morris: thank you!~ (emily d. is one of my faves.)

p.s. original: what a sweet (tee hee) comment. and indeed i have quite the intense sugar jones (i'm eating an apple turnover right now!).

mrs. french: thanks. i could think of ways to spend money all day long.

rosebud collection: thank you!~

mary-laure: i will do another such post soon. thank you for your sweet comment. i never thought myself very interesting!

leakarts: thank you!~ can't wait to read your "tag."

spinachnpeace: still waiting on that summer heat...it hasn't quite arrived for real here yet. my summer dresses lay in wait...

dawn: i'd love to live in more!~

babylyons: yes ice cream. and pie. and more ice cream. and more pie!

fashion ivy: thank you!~

callooh callay: most poetically stated my dear.

blazedanielle: thanks! i lived in jerusalem for a little over a year. maybe i'll do a blog post on it sometime!~

luky: thank you!~

tiger food: thank you!~

ankur said...

I also hear about the weather its pretty strange .


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