Welcome to my art gallery. Today the venue is the #steampunk submarine of Cornelis Drebbel, who graciously allowed us into his domain.
I’m excited to present the artwork of Rob Goldstein, who illustrated Hullaba Lulu. Please join me for a stroll through the submarine to view his images.
Yes, that’s the first piece of Rob’s art on display ― Sea World. Isn’t it calming?
First, we need to go to San Francisco to pick up Rob, the guest of honor. Cornelis, it feels like we are already under weigh. I’m surprised you put your book down without a fight. What was all that clicking about? What do you mean click you?
Cornelis: No, click me, not click you. “Click Me Happy.” It’s exciting for me to be able to choose the book’s ending, Teagan. But I simply couldn’t pick one. So, I decided to just pick up the author. Olga Núñez Miret, of Author Translator Olga is on her way through the airlock.
Olga, what a pleasure. I’m so excited about your translation of “Atonement, Tennessee.” Although I thought we were going to pick up Rob first. Cornelis, it’s Rob’s show! (I sigh…) Nothing ever goes to plan when Cornelis Drebbel gets in the mix.
Lovely isn’t it, Olga? Rob calls it Cegeste.
Robbie! What a lovely surprise. What’s that? Okay Cornelis, I forgive you since you’ve brought Robbie Cheadle of Roberta Writes and some of her gorgeous cakes. My goodness, just look at all the cakes and chocolate.
Won’t you have a slice? They’re delicious. I don’t know if I would have been able to cut any of the beautiful cakes Robbie brought. Cornelis, however, had no problem…
I see we have the refreshments set up beside a porthole. What a view!
Ah, we’re already in San Francisco Bay. That’s the beauty of traveling with an alchemist!
What’s that thing outside the window? Oh! That’s the mini-sub shuttling Rob’s V.I.P. guests. Sorry let me turn off that claxon. It’s letting us know the shuttle has docked.
Welcome aboard, Rob! I see you have all your special guests with you. Thank you so much for bringing these wonderful people. I know some, but not all of them. So, would you please check the passenger manifest for me, to make sure no one is lost?
Sally G. Cronin, of Smorgasbord Variety Is the Spice of Life, Linda Bethea of Nutsrok , Annette Rochelle Aben, Erika Kind, Mary Smith, Diana Peach of Myths of the Mirror, and Danica Piche. What a wonderful group!
I saw that, Cornelis… I know those wriggling bushy eyebrows mean you’re flirting. Mind your manners with our guests. What did you say, alchemist? Oh, yes. Thank you. You did go “outside” to retrieve a piece of art, but you’d still better behave yourself.
Sally, it’s so good to see you! Won’t you help the rest of the VIPs tour the submarine? I know you are already familiar with Cornelis and his submarine.
What’s that, sailor? More guests? Oh, it’s Christine (CE) Robinson, from Before Sundown and Denise (DL) Flinn. I see they’ve come down the West Coast to catch the submarine here at the City by the Bay. I can guess which of Rob’s images will be Christine’s favorite ― Sundown.
Forgive me… Let’s get back to guiding you around this undersea gallery. Here’s the refreshment table. Have one of those lovely shell-shaped plates of hors d’oeuvres, and a shimmering glass of champagne. Yes, those Victorian Era sailors are our waiters. If you need anything, be sure to let one of them know. They fill in when the band takes a break too. I see they’re serenading Mary J. McCoy-Dressel.
Wow, I see that Cornelis used a trick of alchemy to display some of Rob’s art outside the submarine. Deborah Zajac of Circadian Reflections, Fraggle of Rocking a Camera Across the Universe, and Cindy Knoke are out there with their underwater cameras. They are such great photographers. I can’t wait to see the results on their blogs.
Oh, sailor. Thank you for refilling our champagne glasses. Could you please make sure everyone gets back inside? I don’t want anyone to be left behind in any sort of Ripple Effect.
That didn’t take long… Do you hear the country tune the band is playing? It’s by Jan Sikes, “Mama’s House.” (click for song) That tells me that this alchemically powered submarine is at the Gulf Coast of Texas where we’re going to pick up more guests (including Jan) who are from the Lone Star State. There’s Jan, John W. Howell, of Fiction Favorites, and Lisa Amaya, of Life of an El Paso Woman.
Hi, John. I’m happy you all could make it. Oh, I like that image too. Being from Port Aransas, I can see why you’d be drawn to “By the Sea.”
I see reflections in the porthole. Jennie Fitzkee, from A Teacher’s Reflections, is that you? I’m so glad you could take a break from your classroom to join us. And you brought Dan Antion from No Facilities with you! Thanks to you both for coming all the way down to the Gulf Coast to meet the submarine.
Cornelis: Really… It’s not as though I can just chant Yadadarcyyada and make my submarine disappear and then reappear.
(I gasp.) Yadadarcyyada is an incantation! (I put my hand over Cornelis’ mouth to keep him from saying it a second time.) Cornelis, please watch what you say. The last time you spoke that word twice, you and the submarine went to a very strange place! A vanishing act is not on the program ― except for the one in Rob’s collection. Sorry, if I say more it will be a spoiler for my blog serial, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.
Hold on, what was that sound? Donna! Everyone! Are all of you okay? I’m delighted to see you, but I hope an accident of alchemy didn’t pull anyone away at a bad time.
Cornelis: Oh, do calm down, Teagan. It was just a little prank. I had already made arrangements with them. We wanted to surprise you.
Rob, what am I going to do with that alchemist? Ah, you are so kind – thank you for this plate. I haven’t had a moment to visit the refreshment table. I see they got your favorite Brie. It looks delicious. Are you enjoying your show? Yes, I think it’s going well and everyone is having a great time. You could say it’s quite a Conquest. You know I can’t resist a play on words.
We seem to have stopped. That looks like the wreck of some long-lost luxury liner… and that’s Nicole, from The Bookworm Drinketh. She’s found several crates of champagne! Sailor, would you please help Nicole inside? Now we have plenty of champagne, just in time to zip across the Atlantic to pick up more guests.
Cornelis, are you sure your submarine has enough power to get there? What do you mean it does now? Erm… what’s that you’re holding? It looks like an Aladin’s lamp… What are you doing? Be careful polishing that thing. Purple smoke is coming from it!
Oh! Cornelis, you’ve brought the Lamp Magician. What a great idea! Dear Magician, thank you for joining us. Please relax and enjoy this undersea art gallery. But wait, the lamp is smoking again. This time the smoke is bright pink. It reminds me of something from my Thistledown serial. Look! There’s Andrea from Harvesting Hecate, and Sue Dream Walker too.
Yes, Andrea? I agree that image is lovely. Rob calls it My Blue Heaven.
Oh good, there’s Janet Weight Reed, of My Life as an Artist. Thank you for coming, Janet.
I’m glad she’s already aboard. Janet is keeping Cornelis Drebbel out of trouble (for the moment at least) by having him pose for a watercolor portrait.
I see Janet brought Chris the Story Reading Ape. Now I understand why they only had two passengers for that run. People can be timid about getting on a mini sub with a great ape, even though Chris is a perfect gentleman.
It’s wonderful to see you, dear Ape. That one? Rob calls it Eclipse. Yes, it’s one of my favorites, though I really can’t choose.
Oops, excuse me! (Several sailors rushing past.) They’re getting the mini sub ready to pick up another group guests. Let’s see who’s on the passenger manifest.
Dyanna, of Ravenshawks’ Magazine, and Michael of OKIOS Redaktion. What’s all the barking? I see, how fun. Christoph Fischer brought his Labradoodles and Hugh Roberts of Hugh’s Views and News brought his Corgis!
Good, there’s Melissa, from Today You Will Write with Suzanne of Musings on Life & Experience. Thank you for visiting, everyone. Please make yourselves at home and enjoy this showing of Rob’s wonderful images.
Click over to Rob’s blog to see the related treat he has made at his blog. https://robertmgoldstein.com/
The comments are part of this art show, so I hope you’ll visit as many of the folks there as you can.
You are part of this party too. So, be sure to leave a link to your own website in the comments. Leave a comment mentioning your favorite “Under the Sea” related thing, song, recipe, or art. Come and go and comment as often as you want. Rob, Cornelis, and I will be here on the submarine all weekend.
Heartfelt thanks for visiting.
Stay tuned for Hidebound Hump Day on Wednesday with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers chapter 8. Cheers!
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