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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Illo Friday: Clique

ring around the rosies
820 x 620 (orig.)
MS Paint

i remember when i used to play with the kids on our block.. how we play for hours after school, on weekends and whenever classes are suspended.. it doesn't matter if it rains or not. one of my favorite game was patintero (a traditional game where one team will all be "it" and would only step on the lines on our street while the other team should run fast and pass all the "its" and reach from one side to the other without being tagged by the "its").

we also used to play ring around the rosies, chinese garters and pretend restaurants or "house" (bahay-bahayan). in this game, we act like grown ups where our "food" are actually just leaves and twigs and stones.. somebody will play as a mom, a dad and the kids. i almost always wanted to be the mom because i used to be fond of collecting plastic utensils and plates and pack them all in a big box. thus the toys are mine so i wanted to be the one to take care of them.

then i reached 10 and being on 4th grade, classes are whole day unlike the previous years which lessens my time for play. and the boys tend to play more with sports like basketball, softball and skateboards. i knew i was a clumsy kid and i tend to fall on my knees alot so i slowly grew apart from them.

oh well those were the days.. back in the early 80's.. where playtime is totally different from now. cartoons on tv are just voltes V, daimos and smurfs. "other" shows for kids are only sesame street and batibot.

kids are more physical then and there were almost no mc donalds around. and, the simple joys of catching a beetle and grasshoppers were treasures. now if you ask an 8 year old what their treasures are.. they would say.. xbox, playstation and wii.

what do they want for chirstmas or their birthday? a cellphone with a camera and/or a laptop.



21 Park your thoughts here:

Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

for those who find this familiar.. yes it looks like a former collage.. and came from another MSPaint painting.. but its totally different. what do you think?

23/9/08 4:33 PM  
Blogger Bella Sinclair whispered...

Those are some great childhood memories (before you grew apart, that is). And this is a great painting with rich colors. It reminds me of a psychological inkblot test. :)

I agree with you on the toys kids want these days. But here's an interesting flipside: we don't have cable at our home, so my kids never see any toy commercials. So last Christmas, when I asked them what they wanted, they had no clue what was available. They ended up asking for creative -- yet impossible -- stuff, like an engine for a bed so it could fly. Santa had a hard time at our house last year!

23/9/08 6:46 PM  
Blogger yoon see whispered...

Wow! I really love your style.
This reminds me of the challenge to create a piece of creative quilt patchwork.
I love all your paintings here.
As for the three paintings, I love this current one better because of its brilliant vivid colours and its pattern arrangement.
It would be fantastic if it could be printed on as T-shirt's design.
Keep up your goodwork!

23/9/08 6:54 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

bella sinclair.. ohh lol an inkblot test i always loved those iq tests haha.. and you are lucky then for not having cable. although an engine to fly? ha! thats a cute one. what did santa give the lucky kid then?

yoon see.. thank you so much for the lovely words.. well t-shirt? hmm i havent thought of that.. thats a nice idea indeed! and i guess off the three this is my fave as well.

23/9/08 7:16 PM  
Blogger Ces whispered...

I remember those games. Playing with other kids was my favorite experience but we never played after school because schools lasted from 7AM to 5PM and it was dark when we got home and then had to do homework. We only played during the weekends and of course that was a lot of anticipation and fun! I like this Rorschach.

23/9/08 7:34 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

well i was bit lucky to have a halfday school then, but only until 3rd grade. the catch is i had to wake up at 5:30 in the morning so i wont keep the schoolbus waiting.

ohh and yeah thats the word i was looking for .."rorschach"..

23/9/08 7:43 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt whispered...

Loved your memories and brought some back to me... Your illo is beautiful and I love the colours too! Yes, we would use our own imagination in those days, making things and pretending :)

24/9/08 3:52 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

yeah and what my parents used to say.. we only pass by childhood once.. and when we want to bring back childhood we can only see them thru our memories..

24/9/08 5:19 AM  
Blogger Bella Sinclair whispered...

heehee. In answer to your question, Santa gave her a set of toy pots and pans. And a nice letter explaining that he couldn't give her an engine for her bed because you need a license to fly.

24/9/08 10:18 AM  
Blogger yoon see whispered...

Dear atomic,
I love T-shirt with with vivid colours block on. I have one a dog T-shirt by Sandra Knuyt. You can check out her site:
Alternatively, it's very cool to be made in magnet, scraft...
I would suggest you attempt the real piece for your future exhibition.
Then, may be one day there should be muzuem just for this categories of masterpiece, whether in illustrarion, toys, daily used stuff.....
Good luck, atomic.

24/9/08 11:53 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

bella sinclair .. ohh wow that is cute! and thoughtful of santa too *winks

yoon see.. ohh i checked out sandra's site and she had cool items there! thanks for sharing that link.. and i myself adore magnets! i have my own collection but never really had my own works on them. unfortunately its really hard to find a shop to have them made here. so let me add that on my list of places to hunt. who knows maybe i'd be giving out some not just for christmas.

and thank you so much for that lovely thought.. mm an exhibit is a dream come true! 8)

24/9/08 2:40 PM  
Anonymous johanna whispered...

yeah things were indeed different when we were little kids in the 80's. we treasured things that kids now would think of as junk. oh well, times change. by the way, thanks for dropping by my blog, kababayan :-)
love the illustration

24/9/08 3:29 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

ha! yeah.. and funny.. a taho vendor just passed by now and i remember how it used to cost only one peso per glass now a 10 peso payment won't even fill one glass. tsk!

8) its always fun to see fello pinoys over at illo friday.. we are just a handful over there. btwi linked to your blog now too..

24/9/08 3:43 PM  
Blogger Bobo Cat whispered...

Wonderful post, atomic! This brought back a lot of my childhood memories too!

24/9/08 5:50 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

thanks! and yeah i am simply feeling nostalgic at the moment too.. 8)

24/9/08 6:02 PM  
Anonymous marina whispered...

First thanks for your nice words on my blog.
It's great to me to read the story while seeing the painting (sorry for my english)..sweet memories and happy colors.
Don't know why but I like the blue parts of the painting with little lines...

24/9/08 8:00 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

ohh its great to see you here.. well creating this thru ms paint had brought extra touch to those blue lines 8) hihi.. and im just so fond of mixing and flipping the original painting.

24/9/08 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous whispered...

atomic! you with the fantastic blogger name.... thanks so much for the beautiful award! i must copy paste and link you instantly xxx

26/9/08 4:42 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

hihi.. *my silly name you mean! 8)

and ohh thanks! i have linked you as well and i'll go over and visit you now..

26/9/08 4:59 AM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove whispered...

those are the same things my (adult) children are asking for for Christmas. :-)

28/9/08 9:28 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

yikes! so children really grow up fast! my 6 year old wants those! lol.. 8)

29/9/08 9:10 PM  

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