anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Roots

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Illustration Friday - Roots


Nature, in all its sublime beauty and power, has no sense of what it does. Unlike humans, Nature can't choose to do good or evil; and its actions are just part of what Nature is. Its breezes gently scatter seeds to take root and grow where they land as impassively as its winds hurl destruction. I am thinking not only of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, but of all the people who have been uprooted by both natural and human forces. I pray that they will find themselves again in a place where they can take root.

55 Comments:

Blogger PaintMonster said...

oh beautiful illustration!!!
especially her hair are great!!

9:54 AM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

I like the dress,it seems made of coloured sand...

10:25 AM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

And ...Carla,I am really sad for New Orleans as well,it is shocking when we watch the news and realise that sometimes it is impossible to control everything...

10:27 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

I agree with Paintmonster. The hair is inspired! Glad you found a moment to draw and blog this weekend, Carla.

10:48 AM  
Blogger diosaperdida said...

Oh Carla! This is soooooo beautiful!

10:52 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Wow! Even better than the last one! Please explain your technique....

11:14 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

my favorite so far Carla, beautiful color and sense of movement!

11:41 AM  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

This illo has such a wonderful feel and terrific use of color and movement

11:48 AM  
Blogger JagLep said...

The rendering of the face, the hair, the dress, the dandelion... splendid! And btw I also very much enjoyed "Reunion Tour 2005," the soft colors of your "Dreams" drawing, and your magnificent doodles -- all great stuff!

12:44 PM  
Blogger kan said...

As always just beautiful work Carla!

--Please everyone donate to your favorite relief fund on behalf of all the people & animal victims. Carla demonstrates the sorrow so many feel for these victims.
My site has links to national relief funds including the SPCA.
Thanks Carla for letting me express myself.

1:56 PM  
Blogger isay said...

carla, it is beautiful, just like the others-i also like the hair and the dress and her facial expression actually-it goes well with your thoughts.

1:58 PM  
Blogger kg said...

beautiful, a nice blend of texture and soft colors. and nice sentiment, too.

3:04 PM  
Blogger kikazinha said...

Hi Carla,

Thank you for the lovely comment, by now you know me quite well he he he ;-).

That sentence came up to my mind,I am a professional illustrator and a painter as well,and some times I come up with small sentences which are the whole story,the thing is that I think in images all the time...

Best from Lisbon,really hot here!

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Carla....this is so lovely...makes me want to stop surfing and make a cup of green tea and put on one of my old Hawaiian mumus. Such a nice tribute to the victims...many prayers from the Toasty South.

Do you sell copies of your artwork? This would be great as a greeting card or artwork for herbal tea...or a SPA!

3:33 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

i like your peice very much.. nice texture and chosen colors on the hair. my prayers too are for the victims of the typhoon catrina... and let us not forget the tsunami victims as well..

5:06 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Beautiful pic... and what you've written is true. I can't help shaking my head at morons who say "we got what we deserved becasuse we're in Iraq" or "this is because of global warming," or, in a letter to the Daily News "God is angry at us for exploring space. NASA is the new tower of Babylon." These storms happened long before we were here & they'll happen long after we're gone.

5:53 PM  
Blogger pinknpretty said...

I love the color scheme of this one. Also, I can almost feel the wind blow.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

Lovely illo and sentiments. I too hope all the uprooted people can find a new place to call home

8:18 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

I can feel the brezze in this. Very nice.

8:20 PM  
Blogger constanthing said...

Hi Carla, it's a beautiful and thoughtful composition. Natural disasters (and several man-made ones) really remind us of the fragility of life. We are not very different from the daffodil seedlings, just drifting along with what is beyond our control and trying to make the best of it. Thanks for the great post, and for your wonderful comments on my blog too ... I always look forward to seeing what you think about my take on IF :-)

8:49 PM  
Blogger Rowantree said...

Beautiful illo, and I agree with your feelings !

9:28 PM  
Blogger Afterthoughts Ltd. said...

Nice post and, beautiful illustration!!!

10:42 PM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

This is truly lovely Carla, in both art and sentiment. It's gentleness and serenity truly minister peace. Thanks for sharing.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Everyone seems to have it right about this piece, it's lovely. I was totally drawn into the back ground and the dandelion seeds floating about...I loved those!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Once again Carla your illustration and writing is just wonderful! I totaly agree with what everyone says above.
You are truly inspirational.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

A lovely image and truly touching commentary. Beautifully executed interpretation of the theme.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

hey!

this work here works wonders with the colours you've used! it keeps getting better and better caral, you have nowhere to go but up up up!

M

1:44 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

The colors and the pose are really beautiful, Carla. This is a very nice piece! Congrats!

Michael

6:07 PM  
Blogger Lora said...

Wonderful illustration... I like the colors very much...

7:55 PM  
Blogger Alxx said...

tThat's very pretty!

11:01 PM  
Blogger The Crafty-Girl™ said...

you have such a talent with portraits...so exquisite and tender; love the colors.

12:49 AM  
Blogger marica said...

Oh, that's so meaningful!!!
Like the illo and what you wrote to comment it!!

5:49 AM  
Blogger Alxx said...

thanks very much! Yea I'd like to start doing IF...I just discovered it yesterday and it looks super cool...even just seeing other people's art..it's inspiring. Nice talking to you!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Carla Manaças Ferreira said...

Hi Carla. Your drawing is always one of my favourites. You used a gorgeous combination of colours and the woman's face look so real. I also enjoyed the text you wrote. I, too, pray for all the people that lost their roots in some age of their lives. May God help them.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

Carla, that is powerful! Thank you.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful illustration. I like the quiet mood in it.

wynlen

3:56 PM  
Blogger coffee81 said...

my heart goes to the victims as well...well done with this piece. reflects the victims situation now..

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8:04 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thank You! It's so nice to receive all these really nice comments, especially from such a talented group of people. I have really been enjoying IF...it's a great challenge and it's exciting to see what other people come up with. Thank you very much for all your encouragement:>

9:24 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

i think this is a very beautiful illustration & very natural and calming.

10:13 PM  
Blogger pinknpretty said...

Once again, thanks for commenting on my blog! You know, you should post a picture of you and your BF... maybe in front of his Chevron. ;-) My BF has a green S-10. I'll have to post a picture of it. Anyway, stop by any time. You're always welcome! (Hey, they make these word verification things difficult sometimes!)

12:04 AM  
Blogger Tulipland said...

very nice work! I like the colours so much!

12:19 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This is really beautiful, Carla. Each week you surprise me anew. Lovely! :0)

2:58 AM  
Blogger Me said...

OMG !!! It's so beautiful....great job pal....

6:33 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

beautiful illustration. lovely and timely compassionate caption

8:04 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

I love the texture of her dress - reminds me of using a toothbrush filled with ink to spatter across a stencil :)

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love what you wrote, and the delicate kindness of this piece.--Bluestocking

1:11 AM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Carla, this is a beautiful piece in so many respects. I love the colours, the framing, the resolute expression, the textures of the hair and clothing - everything about it! I almost did a dandelion clock blowing for "Dreams" last week, but this is perfect here - the seeds going off to put down roots in the world...

2:50 AM  
Blogger Mercedes said...

Oh..this time you did something SPECIAL,such a sensitive entry...Oh, and this is the picture I like most so far!

3:15 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

This is so beautiful and calming. I feel a connection to her.
I love your drawing style.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well said, nice take on the theme too. I have only seen a few deeling with moving your roots. The illustration is weel done too, great colors, very orgainic, I like the flow too.
cheers
popindenial

2:30 PM  
Blogger christina said...

That is such a gorgeous picture! It must have taken you forever. My favorite part are the dandilion tufts floating away in the wind. So beautiful. I also loved what you wrote. So poignant.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Rachelle said...

What a neat idea! I like how this picture portrays a search for your roots with the wind blowing around those helpless little dandylion seeds. I love all the textures you used in this piece too. It gives it a very earthy feel.

11:35 PM  
Blogger pino said...

Your illustration is very meaningful. Sometimes we can not do anything against nature's power. It is very sad watching people's situation in New Orleans on T.V. I hope things will be better for them as soon as possible.

3:11 AM  
Blogger kay susan said...

Nice thoughts.

12:40 PM  
Blogger bruno côrte said...

Delicious work, nice colors.
I realy like the hair and flowers.

9:30 AM  

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