murphy girl

01 September 2006

safe


safe.
today my brother is unemployed, for the first time since he was 18 (making this week's theme very relevant!). after more than 12 years at his latest corporate job (with benefits, of course), he's moving on to fulfill his dream:

opening a pastry shop in houston (i made up what it might look like here!)

now, despite how un-safe that sounds, especially as he nears 40, it is anything but. michael is a research-oriented, practical and observant business man. he is energetic, people-oriented and has a natural flair for giving people something that pleases them. not to mention that he is one of the hardest working people i have ever met (the others being the rest of the folks in my family, but as you can clearly see in the image above, i'm a tad biased!)

the only thing un-safe about this venture would be to let me near the cookies (i can identify with cookie monster...)

enjoy the holiday weekend!

34 Comments:

Blogger angelo said...

"Eat more cookies" I love it. I agree with everything said and his courage will bring him great rewards.
Fadder

01 September, 2006 15:00  
Blogger angelo said...

"Eat more cookies" I love it. I agree with everything said and his courage will bring him great rewards.
Fadder

01 September, 2006 15:00  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

well your brother couldn't ask for a better pr person than his very own loving sister! Love this of course and cookies too!

01 September, 2006 15:37  
Blogger Teri C said...

Absolutely adorable image and big kudos to your brother for living his dream!

01 September, 2006 15:39  
Blogger BGOZ said...

Hey that's cool. I love this drawing. I can relate to it. I'm trying to start my own business too (coffee shop).

I live south of Houston. Is the name of the place "Michael's Cookie Jar"?

:)=

01 September, 2006 16:06  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Your illustration is beautiful, but your description and love for your brother is even more beautiful!

01 September, 2006 19:03  
Anonymous bill said...

quite a nice drawing - I like how his shop is a breath of color in the grey city.

speaking of color I'd love to see more of your beautiful black and white line drawings! they are so cool and surreal

01 September, 2006 19:13  
Blogger himavant said...

nice drawing!

01 September, 2006 19:34  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Oh, how wonderful! And what a great dream! Hope everything works out beautifully!

01 September, 2006 19:39  
Blogger Janet said...

Best Wishes to your brother!I hope his new venture is a great success!!

01 September, 2006 20:32  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Lovely drawing. I like the bright colors against the dark background. I bet your brother will do great with his business sense. And inspite of all the advertising, people are still consuming vast amounts of sugar!

02 September, 2006 01:59  
Blogger merichs said...

Thank you Dear. Believe it or not, you relentless pursuit of your business has been an inspiration to me too.

The drawing reminds me a children's book that I read over and over again as a child. It was the story of a little house that started out in a beautiful country setting, but over time a big city grew up around it. I wish I could remember the name...

02 September, 2006 09:18  
Blogger andrea said...

There's no such thing as safety in one's working life anyway! This is so fresh and lively -- and does he need a recipe taster? :)

02 September, 2006 09:33  
Blogger Tanya Nichols said...

hola murphy girl! exciting adventure for your brother...you mentioned the banner @ my site (knitting illustration) and yes it's new and it is on something..it is this months postcard...each month i put out a postcard pack of 10 for 5.00. this months is HUGE!! I love seeing my illos go across the country and makes me smile thinking of postal workers seeing the illos and smilin...
Tanya aka craftygirls

02 September, 2006 09:50  
Blogger Tiger Mouse said...

Great illo and accompanying story - sometimes it's really important to take risks rather than "play it safe" - I wish your bro all the best with his business (mmm, cookies - how can it fail?)

02 September, 2006 10:09  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

how cute! (the illo) Now I'm off to dream about living in a bakery:)

02 September, 2006 11:13  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

My dream is to eat everying IN a pastry shop! Good luck to him!

02 September, 2006 12:25  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Good luck and best wishes to Michael! I love the illustration you devoted to his new career! When I am in Huston... I will certainly find this shop and get some good cookies to bring back to the northeast!

02 September, 2006 12:58  
Anonymous Bob-In-Law said...

That cookie building is so cool and I am sure Michael will do an excellent cookie business as you said. He is determined and works hard and cannot loose with a family like all of us behind him.Go Michael. I just finished savoring my last Peanut butter, Chocolate Chip, Macadamian nuts cookies he co-made for me with "you know who"! Ummmmmmmmmm

03 September, 2006 00:05  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

What a cool story and a neat picture--the homey little shop surrounded by big buildings--a safe spot in the big scary city. Nice job!

03 September, 2006 00:23  
Blogger puhpaul said...

I'm sure Michael will need a lot of help in the testing phase of his business. Who would be better to help critique his work than a cookie loving sister?

paul

03 September, 2006 00:23  
Anonymous Mutti said...

Gee, I thought I would get the coveted job of cookie taster. Michael is one great baker and Houston is in for a real treat. I love the picture and am having it printed and framed. After all, this is the 1st depiction of what "Michael's Cookie Jar" may look like.

03 September, 2006 01:17  
Blogger airikshin1ng said...

Yeah your brother will be alright! It's so cool that your illo has a story to it, great sister he had too! Thanks for your generous comments too.

03 September, 2006 02:42  
Blogger carla said...

How wonderful that your brother is following his dream! I love how you've shown the contrast between his dream and his former life in the colors of the buildings. Very nice!

03 September, 2006 08:10  
Blogger susan said...

what a great homage to your brother! nice use of color to show happiness on his horizons!

03 September, 2006 22:47  
Blogger the enigma said...

nice. i would love to fulfill my dream too.

04 September, 2006 07:30  
Blogger kat coyle said...

looks like a haven of sweetness!

04 September, 2006 11:24  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

Sending lots of luck to your brother. How wonderful is that to start a pastry shop!

05 September, 2006 00:34  
Blogger Andrea said...

gret story and submission! good luck to your brother!

05 September, 2006 14:42  
Blogger A Little Hut said...

Great story and illo. let us know when you brother opens his place up. I live in the outskirts of Houston. I wish him the best.

05 September, 2006 22:15  
Blogger JO said...

Great illo, best of luck to your brother (enjoyed your story).

06 September, 2006 14:02  
Blogger steve said...

C is for cool and C is for Cooookie! best wishes to your bro and keep up the great work!

07 September, 2006 21:51  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I wish him luck, though with all his talent, he may not need it--good wishes to him anyway--and LOVE the drawing and the run one below it. Mary :-D

08 September, 2006 16:54  
Blogger letile said...

nice take on the subject! I like the color contrasts...
Good Luck!

11 September, 2006 19:10  

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