Loony Bin Art

Little Bird, Take Me Away

Posted in Illustration Friday, Whimsical by johanna on March 1, 2013

Little Bird, Take Me Away
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Illustration Friday – Talent
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The girl who could talk to birds

Head In The Clouds

Posted in Whimsical by johanna on June 10, 2011


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swept away by daydreams
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Illustration Friday – Swept 

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One night the stars came down to play

Posted in children's art, Illustration Friday, Whimsical by johanna on August 13, 2010

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Illustration Friday – Star gazing

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The Dreamkeeper

Posted in Illustration Friday by johanna on June 11, 2010

Illustration Friday – Ripple

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Posted in Illustration Friday, Whimsical by johanna on June 4, 2010

Precipitate as weather, she appeared from somewhere, then evaporated, leaving only memory.
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— Haruki Murakami
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Illustration Friday – Trail

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Delusion Angel

Posted in Dark, Illustration Friday by johanna on May 7, 2010

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Is it bright where you are and have the people changed? Does it make you happy you’re so strange?
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- Smashing Pumpkins
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Illustration Friday – Fearless
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Embrace

Posted in Dark, Illustration Friday, Whimsical by johanna on April 30, 2010

Her eyes were the color of a faraway love.
- Pablo Neruda

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Illustration Friday – Cocoon

The Girl With The Ravens In Her Hair

Posted in Illustration Friday by johanna on April 23, 2010

Where do I go? I asked. I have come a long way, through hills and valleys and seas.
Just ahead, just ahead, just a little bit further, said the girl with the ravens in her hair.

Illustration Friday – Ahead
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Insomnia

Posted in Dark, Illustration Friday by johanna on January 8, 2010

Entangled with each other so, unsleeping one,
together we will outsleep the night.

- Galway Kinnell

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Illustration Friday – Confined
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Sleeps With Stars

Posted in Illustration Friday, Whimsical by johanna on November 6, 2009

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In that place between dreaming and waking, everything is a blur.

Illustration Friday – Blur

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Hope

Posted in Illustration Friday, Whimsical by johanna on October 9, 2009

One day he’ll be in the sky again.

Illustration Friday – Flying

Secrets

Posted in Dark, Illustration Friday by johanna on September 26, 2009

secrets

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Illustration Friday – Patterns
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.Though she wouldn’t speak, her thoughts formed patterns on everything around her.
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Part of a series of illustrations.
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They say sadness is contagious

Posted in Doodles, Illustration Friday by johanna on May 15, 2009

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Illustration Friday – Contagious

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Broken Dancer

Posted in Illustration Friday by johanna on April 18, 2009

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They told the broken dancer that she’d never dance again.

I can  dance, she said.

No, they said, you’re broken. And they left her alone in the dark.

Then one day they found her on the floor with wings at her back and with a quiet smile she flew up into the sky.
And danced and danced and danced.
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Illustration Friday – Impossibility
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Photos

Posted in Uncategorized by johanna on April 16, 2009

When we’re swamped with work and thinking of all the photos that we have to take and all the deadlines that
we have to meet, we sometimes forget the reasons why we started taking pictures. So we’ve put up this blog
not as a place  to showcase our best work  but a place where we go back to the pure bliss of capturing the world -
the colorful and the faded, the lost and the lonely, the hopeful and the happy, the painful and the poignant, the
beautiful and the strange.
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There are no whys or hows behind each photo there. Just stories and questions and feelings and seeing things
with new eyes. Some (or many) photos may not even be particularly beautiful but each one is a moment captured
- a moment that’s happening once, and only once, in the entire history of universe. A moment that passes by too
fast and will never happen again. And if we’ve captured a few of those, well, that’s enough for us. It’s always these
little moments that matter.
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http://www.happygaraje.com/photoblog

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http://www.happygaraje.com/photoblog

Geisha

Posted in Illustration Friday, Inspire Me Thursday by johanna on March 27, 2009

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Oh these little earthquakes

Here we go again

- Tori Amos

Illustration Friday – Poise

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A stranger to tears, she did not weep

Posted in Uncategorized by johanna on January 17, 2009

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Her eyes were the colour of far away love,
Her arms were matching topazes.
Her lips moved soundlessly in coral light.
And ultimately, she left by that door.
Hardly had she entered the river than she was cleansed,
Gleaming once more like a white stone in the rain;
And without a backward look, she swam once more,
Swam towards nothingness, swam to her dying.
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- Pablo Neruda
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Illustration Friday – Pale

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Nostalgia

Posted in Illustration Friday, Inspire Me Thursday by johanna on November 14, 2008

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Sometimes she liked to pretend that she was a young girl again and everything was new.
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Illustration Friday – Pretend
Inspire Me Thursday – Coffee Break

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Constellation

Posted in Illustration Friday by johanna on October 10, 2008


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With a palm full of stars
I throw them like dice repeatedly
On the table repeatedly, repeatedly
Until the desired constellation appears
How am I going to make it right?
How am I going to make it right?

- Bjork

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Illustration Friday – Strings

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Photo Blog

Posted in Uncategorized by johanna on October 1, 2008

I will be uploading my photos HERE from now on instead of my old WordPress photo blog.
Feel free to visit if you have time :-)


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Dance

Posted in Illustration Friday, Inspire Me Thursday, Whimsical by johanna on September 26, 2008

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It was a slow and haunting dance of remembering
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Last Glance

Posted in Illustration Friday by johanna on September 12, 2008

These are unfinished paintings inspired by the book Life of Pi – about a boy who, after a shipwreck,
finds himself adrift in the Pacific ocean with an orangutan, a dying zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger.
One of the parts I remember vividly is near the end of the story, when only the boy and the tiger are
left and they finally reach an island. The tiger leaps out of the boat and pauses and the boy thinks it
would stop and look at him for the last time but it doesn’t. It bounds into the jungle and disappears
from his life forever.
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Sometimes I wish the tiger and the boy had one last farewell glance, a sort of acknowledgment
of their many months in the boat together, lost at sea.
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Illustration Friday – Island

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Say Anything

Posted in Dark, Illustration Friday by johanna on September 5, 2008

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Illustration Friday – Clutter
Unspoken words

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Come Home

Posted in Illustration Friday, Inspire Me Thursday by johanna on August 22, 2008

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Every morning she would put flowers in her hair
and wish that he would come home.
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Illustration Friday – Routine
Inspire Me Thursday – Create Against the Clock

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Gone

Posted in Illustration Friday, Inspire Me Thursday by johanna on August 15, 2008

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She made up her mind about her future on that long walk home.

When she arrived she went through all of her things and threw them out,

erasing herself quietly behind closed doors…

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I guess we’ll never know what she was thinking.

It’s just as well.

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- Rodrigo Garcia

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Illustration Friday – Detaching herself from her old life

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I wish I could sail away

Posted in Illustration Friday by johanna on August 9, 2008

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I go on to compare that infinite silence with this voice,
and I remember the eternal and the dead seasons,
and the living present, and its sound,
so that in this immensity my thoughts are drowned,
and shipwreck seems sweet to me
in this sea.

- Giacomo Leopardi

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Illustration Friday – Sail

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Dream

Posted in children's art, Illustration Friday, Inspire Me Thursday, Whimsical by johanna on August 2, 2008

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When the lights go out, the sea would rise at the foot of her bed, like magic.
The four winds would guide ships to faraway lands and the stars would gather around her,
whispering their secrets.
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Illustration Friday – Poof!
Inspire Me Thursday – Shrink

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Factory

Posted in Dark, Illustration Friday by johanna on July 25, 2008

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My friend has a recurring nightmare where he finds himself in a world
where people are manufactured in factories and packed in tin cans.
I shudder to think of such a world.

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Illustration Friday – Canned

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Everything is fading

Posted in Illustration Friday by johanna on July 11, 2008

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“…but I will always remember the day that I met her.”
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.... .Illustration Friday – Foggy
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Chocolate Nostalgia

Posted in Uncategorized by johanna on July 7, 2008

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The Chocolate Nostalgia site is finally up! It was changed from its original full flash version with animated stars, clouds, underwater creatures (and a flying Mark and Johanna perched on clouds hehe) to this simpler HTML version with only the waves bobbing up and down. We still have some things to fix but you may already check it out HERE.
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Website by Happy Garaje.
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