anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Reflection

Friday, August 19, 2005

Illustration Friday - Reflection

What do you see when you look into your heart? Do you reflect on your life with joy or with regret? Do you see your father or mother, your children, your lovers? Do you see friends you've stood by no matter what, or people you've betrayed? Do you feel satisfied and hopeful for the future, or frustrated and full of dread? Does any of it matter now? What will you do today?

You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are continually flowing in. - Heraclitus

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present...

Here is a place of disaffection
Time before and time after
In a dim light: neither daylight
Investing form with lucid stillness
Turning shadow into transient beauty
With slow rotation suggesting permanence
Nor darkness to purify the soul
Emptying the sensual with deprivation
Cleansing affection from the temporal.
Neither plenitude nor vacancy. Only a flicker
Over the strained time-ridden faces
Distracted from distraction by distraction
Filled with fancies and empty of meaning...

Sudden in a shaft of sunlight
Even while the dust moves
There rises the hidden laughter
Of children in the foliage
Quick now, here, now, always—
Ridiculous the waste sad time
Stretching before and after.

"Burnt Norton" - T.S. Eliot
from Four Quartets


Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Wow...very beautiful. How did you create the top work? I love the colors. Is it watercolor or done on your computer? =^..^=

8:54 PM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

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8:54 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

I like this series very much. I've been studying your work since you began posting and am already seeing your style as distinct, unique and headed in that direction of the compass I call "marvelous".

8:57 PM  
Blogger val said...

Wow, these self-portraits are beautifully made!

9:51 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thank you so much! Lyn - This series started as two pencil drawings that I scanned and played around with in Illustrator and Photoshop to achieve the various effects.

Mick and Val - Thank you for your kind words...they mean a lot to me!

10:06 PM  
Blogger kan said...

Super! Your work is great. I will stay tuned. <;-)

10:59 PM  
Blogger Rick Lovell said...

These are gorgeous, a beautiful series that goes far beyond what the theme requires. Impressive.

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Love the variations on the theme, and the contrast of one and three. Most interesting to see how you see yourself in several ways--the mirror tells very little, the mind sees the reflection, eh?

11:41 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

The quotes and poems were such a nice touch. Your illustrations were wonderful! I think the third is my favorite because of the colors.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

I like your writing... it goes well with the drawing too!

2:03 AM  
Blogger isay said...

nice quote and your illustration are wonderful. I had the feeling aravis will chose the third as her favorite and mine is the second one.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Hi Carla, your work is getting better each time. I particularly like the second of this series. Is that your self portrait?

I really like your illustration for Wisdom too. So whimsical. You are a great story teller. I think "that" you already know. ;)

Ps: thanks for commenting on my work every week.

3:25 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

nice Carla...very nice! it's so cool that you juxtaposed the poetry with the self portraits...

8:23 AM  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

WOW, Beautiful soft moving series of portraits

8:26 AM  
Anonymous susan said...

Very nice, I especially love the second one. There's so much emotion showing in all of them!

9:21 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

ARe you finding that having a blog is inspiring you to make more illustrations or is it just that you have more time right now before the academic year begins? (I know that one!). And are the illustrations self portraits?

10:29 AM  
Blogger Rowantree said...

You have captured a lot of feeelings in a beautiful series !!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

These are beautiful

6:19 PM  
Blogger Sybille said...

Very lovely. The bottom one is my favourite. I love the colours in that one.

Hope you'll have lots of fun with Painter. If you need tips, I am just an e-mail away.


6:21 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

I like the third one and the poetry with them is lovely. Your text is also thought provoking - I take one day at a time :)

7:49 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

Carla, I think I first found Illustration Friday through your blog. I like your artistic style a lot, very delicate and sophisticated lines and touches!

By the way, thanks a lot:-)

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Big Harry H said...


SORRY for the late relpy!!! I own my own company, a VP at another company and I’m working on my first book…. I was soooooooo slammed this week. Thank you for visiting my site and commenting. I love your work and I’m making you a daily visitor on my list of favorites.

You work is fantastic. I just love the feel of each piece. My hat’s off to you.

I’ll tell you about my CBGB exp., but I think it might be better passed in an email. Drop a line when you have time and I’ll tell you the whole story (and about the gold records).

Big Harry =)

12:26 AM  
Anonymous elaine said...

Oh! .... the moment I saw these I thought of Rosetti's Beata Beatrix
- these are beautiful illus.
I particularly like the last one - the colour treatment is stunning.

3:23 AM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

Hey there carla!

wow, you've really hit the spot this time with those moving portraits and the wonderful poem by good old TS.Eliot...nice work!


7:32 AM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

Beautiful series of drawings - you're quite lyrical with your art - reflects your heart I imagine! Nicely done Carla!

10:35 AM  
Blogger JagLep said...

I particularly like the third portrait – not just because it reflects the other two, but because you managed to make it look like an etching (sugar lift) and I guess I’m partial to that. Nicely done!

3:37 PM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Hi Carla,

Illustration n.3 is my favourite,though I like the colours of number one.

What I really like is what you wrote at the beginning, it is very simple but also a big truth, when we stop sometimes , or have time for it, we should make the balance of our lives.But the great thing about it is that the river s never the same.Lots of new doors,lots of new things and people to meet.
Thanks for your comment to mine,you are always very nice.Greetings from Lisbon.Carla

3:48 PM  
Blogger .leo. said...

thx for your comment and u are a great artist i just checked your work and like a lot how u use the watercolor....
I have to improved more my brush skills...
really loevly works congrats!

6:33 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thank You all for your lovely comments! It really means a lot to me to share with this community of artists! I am finding it interesting that many of you like #3 the best...that was the first one I did, and it was somewhat accidental. The two faces were on different sides of the paper, and when I scannned the profile, I got the "ghost" image of the second face. That bit of serendipity was too cool to resist...but then I wanted to break it into its separate pieces to convey other I did the other illustrations as well.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous allison paskett said...

This is a beautiful series! Your incredible talent is reflected in every work. wow!

9:28 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Can you imagine what kind of world it would be if we all could see into each others souls and be able to know what sort of person we are dealing with ?
It certainly would make things both easier and more complex...


12:23 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

woah! such a wonderful mixture of work and chosen poetry... beautifully done 8)
now im embarrassed at my illo for this week... tssk

3:24 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Lovely Carla. I especially enjoyed the "river" quote. Made me think of the Siddhartha book by Herman Hesse. The drawings/illustrations were exceptional in their mood and theme. Very appropriate to the selected poetry cited. Where do you teach? My husband went to The Gunnery in Washingtion Depot, CT. :) We always miss the north around this time of year. Cheers!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Roz said...

I love the different approaches to your self portrait. They go beautifully with your poems.Talented woman, you are!

8:18 AM  
Blogger carla said...


This entire series grew out of the immediate connection I made between this week's topic and one of the themes in Siddhartha...I was thinking of the scene in which he gazes into the river and sees his father's face, and of course the idea of not being able to step into the same river twice. I'm pleased you picked up on that!

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

lovely work. I really enjoy your style.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous keith said...

Your blog on Friday reflects my musings on Monday. I see all of those things when I look into my heart, the love of true friends and family, tha pain of those (fortunately few) who betrayed my friendship. Lovely art work as well.

9:42 AM  
Blogger diosaperdida said...

Wow,Carla...these are wonderful! I really like the one at top...both all are great. You have a nice touch.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Rachelle said...

Really great series of pictures! I especially love the colors in the second one. It looks both bold and subdued. Very nice!

11:41 AM  
Blogger art-non-deco said...

thank you very much for the comment on my Reflection blurs Edges'. Appreciate it very much indeed.
Your own postings are terrrific. Esp the first and the last above. They have a very self-absorbed look, and as if the existence is melting into the infinite.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

I think there are times when living in the moment is best. At other times, we seem to need to pause and look back over the story. The elderly, for example. The invalid. We can reach a point in life, sadly, where looking back can seriously compete with living in the moment for the best use of our time.

1:09 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Paul, that's a point well-taken. For some people, the past is a safer, more beautiful place than the present. I am mostly speaking for myself and to myself here...I do believe it's important to honestly reflect on where I've been and what I've done as a basis for becoming a better person. I do not belive in dwelling on past failures and successes at the expense of putting my full efforts into the time I have the most control over - the present.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Seth Russell said...

I am whole heartedly impressed with your self portraits this week. They are wonderful and they convey alot without actually saying it. I also really appreciate your comments on my own blog. It feels really great to have ones art appreciated also. I look forward to seeing more of you paintings!

2:20 PM  
Blogger pino said...

Hi Carla,
I really liked your style and I can say that first one is my favourite with a lovely expression on her face. Do you use water color or is it all digital? I also thank for your comments, they are so precious for me.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Hi Carla, I am so glade I have found you! I love your work and the way you tie your post togather! I so look froward to seeing more of you soon!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Carla Manaças Ferreira said...

Wow Carla! You really outdome yourself with this week's topic. Marvelous.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Eren said...

These are great! My favorite is the first one. I love the colors. All three of them are beautiful together! Nice work.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Windows into such a beautiful soul

10:10 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

I love the line work carla. My fav is the 2nd. It reminds me of a print. Sad and beautiful - so full of expression :)

1:52 AM  
Blogger sadie pink said...

Very beautiful.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Thank you
your quotes stories and illustrationsare simply wonderful!!!
Such inspiration.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Free Vergara Paguia said...

this is such a pleasurable blog to read and see... :)

1:10 PM  
Blogger Ives77 said...

It's been all said before... your series is wonderful, I dig it a lot!

6:08 PM  
Blogger pinknpretty said...

Your work is always beautiful, Carla. I love your style. Another job well done!

10:19 PM  
Blogger pinknpretty said...

Your work is always beautiful, Carla. I love your style. Another job well done!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

I'm seeing day and night, reflected in the person at centre, and she in them. There's a lovely handmade feel to these - the linework in particular. I like the alternating hair-colour on the girl at centre too. A lovely series!

3:00 AM  
Blogger ~*Sassafraz* said...

nice! very nice! this reminded me that i've yet to do any self portraits.

3:18 AM  
Blogger Fernando said...

Hi, Carla.
Thank you for your comment. Your work is always amazing and it's a real inspiration. Your story is very interesting as well. Keep up your good work. God bless...

5:42 AM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

lovely selfportraits, your growing, girl, well done!

6:36 AM  
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7:33 AM  
Blogger Drazen said...

lovely images.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Abaniko said...

these are so beautiful. loverly, loverly, loverly!!!

6:29 PM  
Blogger Persephone said...

Love all of these, but particularly the third one. You really do have this great emerging style and beatiful technique.

7:58 AM  
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5:37 PM  
Blogger The Crafty-Girl™ said...

Even though I missed partiicpating in Illo Friday last week, I'm so glad that I'm able to see your work from it. The portraits are just beautiful! #1 is my favorite; love the colors! All three are all so unique...beautiful!
Thanks for visiting my site...if you'd like to see the collage closer, click on the image and you'll be taken to Flickr. If you click on the image again then you should be able to enlarge it.
I look forward to seeing more of your work...

5:44 PM  
Blogger Toyebot said...

Beautiful pieces and very distinct. Alot of heart behind it. I like that. Keep it up.

12:30 PM  
Blogger iamnasra said...

so lovely

5:01 AM  

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