As taken from my actual life, this illustration is derived from my experience, as most are. Months ago I've ditched using plastic bags at the supermarket and bought reusable bags, it is my small effort to help save the planet. There are a few of us who bring our own bags to the grocery store, other people look at us and some send off hostel messages "just who do you think you are?" while others think "I can do that too, wow that's cool, chíck even!"
Either case many local politicians are talking seriously about making it mandatory, such is the case in the city of San Francisco, CA when they banned plastic grocery bags.
As trendy New Yorkers sport reusable bag from shops like Trader Joe's which markets its 'designer' reusable tote, this phenom is becoming more about fashion and heck, if it's good for the planet BIG thumbs up.
Not only does this effort stop the use of these polyethylene bags that some experts say are one of the biggest sources of pollution, and environmental hazards, they are also costly to discard (recycle), they are made from petroleum, which is oil based, as all plastics are. As my small effort I urge everyone I know to pick up a few cheap cotton, hemp tote bags and follow suit.
I bought a few from my local grocery store very inexpensively, 99 cents to $1.99 for the insulated ones. I've also discovered that I had a bunch of tote bags laying around, which are now being used, thank you very much.
On a side note: Kudos Mr. Al Gore on your Nobel Peace Prize!
Painted on illustration board with acrylic paint, I am enjoying working with acrylic and have mumbled to myself that my gouache days are over, don't get me wrong, I do love gouache but now I've evolved to appreciate two things 1. under painting and 2. dry brush; a bit difficult to do with opaque water color.
11x14 acrylic on illustration board © Heidi Younger 2007
Dachshund update: Cookie, my 9 year old long haired dashie, still enjoys walks in the park despite her condition. She gets quite a lot of attention and completely enjoys all the new friends she has met.