Monday, 2 July 2018


Hello everyone.

Elizabeth and Bleubeard at "Altered Book Lover" have a monthly challenge on the 2nd of every month encouraging us to repost a previous post. 

It's a marvellous idea as there are many gems hidden in blogs, never to be seen again.  

This is the first story/fantasy painting I did for Orange Esmeralda and was the third post I made after I started blogging, and was also the start of painting seriously together with photo-editing.   

I've copied it unchanged below and I hope you enjoy it.

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The theme for the Three Muses challenge this week was "Red".  There are a million associations with Red but all I could think of was Red Riding Hood or Red Tulips.  So I put the theme "Red" into the computer I call my brain and for the next few days thought about it on and off, without any success.
Then suddenly a few days later, while I was out walking, this phrase appeared in my head "The Grokiza only eats red flowers".


What's a Grokiza?

As soon as I got home I got out my sketchbooks to look for some inspiration and found this.

Oh, that's a Grokiza!

Painted some red flowers.

Poor little red flowers.

Painted the Grokiza.

I'm a nervous painter and since I've discovered photo-editing I draw each component of a picture separately and combine them at the end.  This avoids the inevitable disaster of spoiling what's already been done, allows a lot of flexibility of composition and I can also change the colours of some of the parts if they are not quite right.

The Grokiza only eats red flowers.
The blue flowers on the right are laughing and dancing because they know they are safe and the purple flowers on the hill are saying "Oh look, there's Old Groki over there, isn't that interesting".   But the red flowers are going "Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no!".

If you are not a red flower the Grokiza is friendly and harmless.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is not only wonderful, but shows how quirky your mind works. I'm always in love with your digital art, and am so impressed with how you put it to good use. I can see how that would come in handy while creating such a complex masterpiece.

I LOVE quirky, and your art tops my list of meaningful, thought provoking, and quirky. I LOVE this and am so glad you shared it with us as a second look on the 2nd because you created this long before I knew you and fell in love with your incredible art.

kathyinozarks said...

This is really fun-you could be a writer too! enjoyed learning your process too great piece love it Happy second on the 2nd

sirkkis said...

Wow, and now they are all together in a field to change their experiences ;)
A clever composition of past and nowadays, Sheila.
Have a great week ahead xx

CJ Kennedy said...

A charming story. Thanks for sharing your creative process.

ULKAU said...

You really are a storyteller and I think you could illustrate children's books beautifully!
Grokiza - such a funny, lovely animal again, even if no red flower is safe from him! With your drawings one must always look very closely, because the details are always as great as here Grokizas 5 legs!
regards Ulrike

froebelsternchen said...

I am happy to be NOT a red flower now after all and I am happy you reshowed Grokiza and the explanations of your digital editing! So happy to see you at Second on the 2nd dear Sheila!
I love all the flowers in your amazing painting - I love this wonderful painting - it just makes one happy except of the red flowers - but that's life!
Have a great July my friend!
Big hugs, Susi

limmelon said...

Running through your whole blog is fascinating, giving a real flavour of your illustrative and imaginative art, and the clever blend of materials with photoshop. The Grokiza is a classic. Brilliant, love it, Awesome!!

Chris Lally said...

Ditto to all of these wonderful comments. I couldn't say it better.
And I'm glad you chose this particular post to feature. Made my day!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love seeing your drawings - and always have to smile! I did wonder where my red flowers went to! Hugs, Chrisx

My name is Erika. said...

I am SO GLAD you reposted this Sheila because I adored it. I love seeing your thought process with Red Riding Hood and Red tulips and how this is nothing really like either except for the red flowers. Thank you for putting a big smile on my face as I read this. Hugs-Erika

Gibby Frogett said...

When I first saw the 3 red flowers Sheila, I thought they looked like the were singing.
Then of course I realised that the Grokiza eats red flowers - they weren't singing - they were shouting for help... unless maybe they were actually singing The Beatles song 'Help' to try to charm the Grokiza into not eating them this time :)
Fabulous quirky page and a wonderful story as always - and as always - it makes me smile - I love it!
Happy July - have a great week and great month.
Gill xxxx

SusuPetal said...

Oh, I'm a black rose, so there's no worry :D

I don't wonder why Grokiza eats red flowers. Red is good for digestion, for veins, for blood, for everything! No other color does all that! And I know for a fact, that the red flowers are happy to be eaten, since they continue their lives in hearts of Grozikas!

Who would like to eat a black rose...???

Annie said...

Isn’t it fun to go back and see how our art has progressed or changed direction and evolved. As well as the progression of photo editing experiencing. Your Grokiza is again a treat. No pun intended as he has a treat. The next red flower to be eaten is cowering in wait! Your imagination is always a delight.

Halle said...

Super fun! Love the whimsy of it all.

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

I love the look of the Grozika. But the poor red flowers make me sad ;-( What an imagination you have.

Happy second on the 2nd. Eileen

johanna said...

i went to my garden and did not find a single red flower!! does that mean the grozika was here?? aaaah...
i just looked up the original post and saw i was commenting then... that means i really follow you from your very beginning... and the fun does not end:)))
hugs, johanna

The Happy Whisk said...

THIS WAS BRILLIANT. I love that you have a story, I loved reading about your process and what works for you and I love that a drawing went with said story. Brilliant.

Hugs, Me

Rike said...

First I looked for translation, what is a Grokiza? Not found. Then I read your text - ahh, that's it! Now I know - because you painted the Grokiza so clearly from your amazing sketch!
Yes, I see the red flowers crying "Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no!" while the blue flowers are laughing and dancing, how cruel!
Are these round red flowered trees in security ...?
Your digital collage is fantastic!
Wish you a happy time!
love Rike

janie said...

Your imagination never fails to impress whether in story form or colour and composition. It is all fantastic although I feel sorry for the red flowers when they see the grokiza approaching.

Terri Petersen said...

You are so talented Sheila! Your posts are always so much fun.

Tammie Lee said...

Oh my, such a wonderful story and piece. I am so glad you pulled this post out to share again. It is a dynamic painting to look at. Fun too. Lovely Saturday and beyond to you!

Love Affair with Food said...

I liked this post - its such a good story!

Lowcarb team member said...

A lovely post :)

All the best Jan

Jackie said...

Oh, I would love to meet the Grokiza, he has such wonderful colouring, and I could probably just about forgive him for eating all the red flowers!

kat said...

Loving your Grozika piece. You know Lulu has such a fear of animals but some how I think she couldn’t be scared of your animal creatures, they are so colorful and bright, totally loveable.