A collection of doodles with a bit of commentary by RICK GREEN - your cartooning friend

Friday, November 7, 2008

Christy In Living Color

Christy wanted a blog header that illustrated her life of living with a chronic illness and everything that comes with it. Unfortunately, her health issues are many. She wrote me and said, "I have Cystic Fibrosis, have had a double lung transplant, and am getting ready to have a kidney transplant. So, my life is all about medications, doctor's appointments, surgeries, and balancing that with trying to be a wife and mom to my daughter (13)."

Working off some ideas that she had, I suggested that I doodle an image of her taking a ballet-like leap, from a gray, unhealthy world, to a healthy, colorful one. Christy leapt at the idea.

This carica- ture went fairly easy for me. I had a lot of fun creating it, and I really like the way it turned out. Coloring the letters in a quilt pattern leapt into my mind out of nowhere.

When Christy saw it she said, "I absolutely love it!!!"
(I like getting responses that include three exclamation marks.)

She also said that she liked the quilt pattern because it gave her a lot of latitude when it came to choosing a color scheme for her blog.

I'm glad you liked the doodle Christy. My prayers are for you and with you. Thank you for choosing me to illustrate your choice for health. Hang in there girl!!!

(Note the three exclamation marks. That's a good thing.)

Why don't the rest of you take a flying leap over to Color Me Healthy and read the story about a wife and mother that is dealing with a life-long disease and choosing a healthy colorful world. Be sure tell Christy that you're praying for her.

19 comments:

Lilly's Life said...

I think you did a great job and what a beautiful woman she is too!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

fantastic drawing even better what it stands for I LOVE it I do think it just lept into my favorite of all the drawings you have done ...
Hugs Laura

noexcuses said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! You really captured her courage and love of life. I will pay her a visit and, of course, offer my prayers.

Thank you for touching so many with your wonderful talents!

AirmanMom said...

Excellent!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Brenda said...

Very creative idea! I'll pray for you too Christy. And Rick, I used your doodle today.

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Christy said...

Thank you so much for the prayers Rick (and everyone else). You were so awesome to work with, and are so creative and talented. *Yay* for my new doodle! (Yes, I know I use exclamation points way too much.) :)

Coffee Bean said...

Oh! I just love it!!! Christy is absolutely GORGEOUS! Wow!

One of the longest 24 hours of my life is when our son was 6 months hold and had been in the hospital for a week with pnuemoia (sp?) They tested him for cystic fibrosis and I was so scared... He tested negative. For years we had to give him breathing treatments every 4 hours and beat on his back, sides and chest as you do with CF... but he just has a bad case of asthma. Whenever I hear someone has CF it really tugs at my heart. I will be praying for her!

Aleta said...

What a beautiful doodle. I absolutely love how you created this.

david mcmahon said...

What a great use of your talent. Yes, I'll definitely check out her blog.

Tonjia said...

I think this is one of your best yet, Rick. And I love what it stands for too....

justabeachkat said...

Great job Rick! I'll go visit Christy now.

Hugs!
Kat

The White Family said...

Thank you for stopping by my page and leaving a comment. I have to say.. I love your work and the way you reach out to people with your talent. Christy's story touched my heart and what you did for her is amazing. I'm now one of your followers and I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your work. Have a wonderful weekend.

nikkicrumpet said...

It's so cool how you create magic. It must just feel so good to have a talent that makes people so happy !!!

MaBunny said...

I love that illustration, and i sure will hop on over to her blog and definitely pray for her;)

CG said...

You're so talented and she's lovely, bless her!

Vicki said...

I saw you left a comment on my sisters' page and I agree... She should get off the blog and visit with the hubby! lol
I admire your talent and want to find out more about you making one for me.. They are just wonderful! I, too, was very touched about Christy ~ super fantastic artwork!!

Yes, I will follow your blog and I do find you very interesting!
Nice to meet you!

Chris H said...

A very nice picture Rick.

VanDerHoekArt said...

Great character drawing and concept again Rick! The colors are fun and playful and immediately grab my attention.

Christy is in my prayers!

Albert said...

But the buzzard looks so friendly... he's gonna miss Christy. Nice work, Rick. Who would think that your blog would allow you to intersect with so many interesting people and stories?

Also, I saw the pictures you stitched together from near your office... lucky!!!