Friday, June 13, 2014

Barns and Bandits



I think my favorite thing about this old illustration is the cow peeking out of the corner.  He feels so left out of the loft scene.  But he would not be denied his moment to shine. Moo!

I'm posting this today for the www.illustrationfriday.com theme mask.  It has a masked bandit listening and lounging on a hay bail.  It is actually surprising that I have never done a raccoon centered piece.  Since they are childhood favorites.  We rescued quite a few on my real life farm. 



Just look and laugh at these old time images.  That sofa.  The horror!  I love the top one with me and my cousin Ann.  The family cat is squeezing in between us.  Coonie of course was feeling around overhead.  Their favorite past time.  Feeling around and looking for buried treasure.  Like the gumdrops we would put in the Barbie doll pool.  Gum drops are universally known as raccoon food after all. And look how smug I look on the bottom photo.  It looks like I'm thinking.  "Yeh, I'm cool.  I have a pet raccoon."  The good old days.



5 comments:

DJan said...

Cute! I cannot imagine that the cat and coon got all so well, even seeming to be relaxed! I've always loved that illustration, Sharon. How cool it would be to be that little boy :-)

onespoiledcat said...

Love the illustration.....and the raccoon! Old photos are fun - we had a similar couch by the way (EEEK!).

Pam

Lynn said...

oh my gosh, this is so cool, what a wonderful experience to have had them in the house with you. Your illustration is wonderful..my auntie Wanda had the same sofa, we all really liked it then ;-)

Pat Tillett said...

Love the illustration.
Those two photos are so darn cute!
With all the raccoons we had living around our houses as a kid, I wonder why none of them ever ended up as pets? I always liked them...

Marie said...

How exciting to have a pet raccoon growing up!