anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - e is for effulgent efflorescence

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Illustration Friday - e is for effulgent efflorescence

...and it's also for e.e. cummings, who wrote about Spring:

o sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
               fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
, has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
          beauty     . how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and
buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
to the incomparable
couch of death thy
          thou answerest
them only with

- ee cummings (1894 - 1962)

(acrylic and marker on canvas)


Blogger jody king said...

this is gorgeous, beautiful colors and mood!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

I've been checking your blog for your illustration and wasn't disappointed to find you'd posted it. Beautiful!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Wow! This piece has a real lyrical quality to it and the rich colors are so captivating! I love how the border interacts with the rest of the piece, too. I can't stop staring at it! Absolutely beautiful!! By the way, thanks for your suggestion for GoLive. I do have a friend who is a teacher and hopefully she will help out. You weren't kidding - the discount is really significant!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Persephone said...

A really beautiful piece of work, Carla--very rich and complex and wonderful colors.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Rick Lovell said...

As usual, beautiful work, and a most impressive combination of "E" words.

10:43 AM  
Blogger isay said...

what a beautiful painting! you have done a great job esp with the flower petals. it looks so silky and so fresh looking.

10:44 AM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

Truly lovely Carla - I LOVE your color choices, and the texture in the sun is wonderful. Love the border too. Beautifully executed...and the ee cummings poem is perfect. Wow!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Vicki Gausden said...

I love the rich colours, it reminds me that Spring will soon be on its way!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm not one for poetry, but I have always loved ee cummings. I think his poety lends itself especially well to illustration because of his unique formatting. I like how your illustration mimics the flow of the poem itself. I also like the ligher, more vibrant color choice. Guess someone's ready for spring?

11:24 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Carla: Shame on you for teasing us with spring during the dead of winter! This one is gorgeous -- probably my favourite since Imagine. Your use of colour is very sophisticated and the texture adds life and vibrancy. The border brings it all together into a very tight package design-wise. Nice work!

11:45 AM  
Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

Spring is wanted badly.....
Great picture, and once more, you have so nice details - and the sun is just perfect!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

This is absolutely beautiful. All the E words, the lyrical poetry, and the brilliant use of color. I love it!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Beautiful colors and design.

12:47 PM  
Blogger M. Spalding said...

Lovely, rich colors!

1:10 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

beautifully said and done, carla!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Your color choice is warm and inviting. Love the blending of color and the outlines. The canvas gives rich texture especially in the sun. Makes me look forward to spring Carla.

1:52 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Exceedingly lovely!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Gise said...

Hermosa encanta, preciosos detalles y bellisimos colores!

1:58 PM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Stunning composition and choice of colours. It is visual poetry: soothing, moving, captivating...Inspiring!
Beautifully done, Carla! I am always so eager to see what you come up with every week...and I am always amazed!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Wow - I love the luminosity you've got here - it glows. And I also love the way you've framed it.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I just love seeing your stuff! You are so creative with color. This is just so bright and dreamy! Great Job Carla! Brandi

2:57 PM  
Blogger Tiffy said...

Very pretty! The colors and the affect of the gel pen works well! I love how you've always brought out art and literature together; it's like a book. Amazing!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Gorgeous! What a needed inspiration for Winter blues~

The poem adds so much too...

4:06 PM  
Blogger Katili said...

Your flowers are so beautifully red and there is the mind brightening sense of summer day in this picture.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

I love this image. It's bright and colorful, much needed; especially on a snowy day like today. I love the texture and of course your chose of poetry sums it all up- Breathtaking!

5:47 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Yellow and canvas is a definite summer feel. Flowers face the sun and I can really feel those little buds willing themselves upwards! e e cummings was a good pen squeezer, I enjoyed reading that.

6:06 PM  
Blogger zordis said...

Beautiful Nature, colours and the way you create. Great summer reaction, sensitive flowers reaching their lives. Give me some of this sunshine!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous mer said...

wow... i can smell spring in your beautiful painting. lovely!

9:13 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Carla, I have really enjoyed watching the evolution of your blog and art. This is exceptional work!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Alice A. said...

The color scheme is wonderful. I also like the repetition of the shape in the frame, edge of the flower petals, sun.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Great illustration and wonderful poem. Inspiring on both counts.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

this is beautiful!!

1:00 AM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Ahh! Simply breathtaking!

1:49 AM  
Blogger Hillitty Kukko said...

This is really beautiful! Flowers, sun, colors and all. It's something I'd like to see when I'm looking out of the window. Now only dreaming..

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Oh Carla... this is just beautiful and quite possibly my favorite of all. Just gorgeous.

8:31 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Exquisite! Excellent choice of poetry.

11:22 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Hello Carla. The colours and the drawing of this one are all dreamy... Nice!

1:05 PM  
Blogger ecm said...

Lovely atmosphere and colors! Perfect with the poetry! :-)

1:41 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Beautiful and eloquent as usual! You are wickedly talented.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

This is lovely

2:31 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Lovely. It is funny-we have been having spring like weather here since Christmas until the other day when we dropped into a deep freeze. Spring will join us soon. Your illo will make it happen!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Beautiful! Love the brush work in the sun. Very lyrical feeling just like the poetry.

2:47 PM  
Blogger String said...

So lovely, great colours, wish it were spring here!

4:22 PM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

is very nice i like the color and the composition , very well done

4:34 PM  
Blogger melba said...

The poem and picture are beautiful. What do you do with all you art? You should think about selling your art; maybe on e-bay. I see so many artist from IF have stuff for sale. Your art is very universal and you already have quite an audience in the blog world.

5:22 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

I can't keep my eyes off of this! It is BEAUTIFUL!! I can almost feel the velvet petals...exquisite!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

It's beautiful! And so different than what you normally do. I love it!

8:42 PM  
Blogger letile said...

beatiful drawing, such rich textures-
I also love the Sea one (missed it last week). Nice use of Photoshop!

9:25 PM  
Blogger monicalee said...

This is lovely! ee is my favorite ;)

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the colours are so beautiful, as is the detail (I especially like the arcs in the sun's body.)


10:12 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

that very last "anonymous" was ME, catnapping

10:13 PM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

This is really beautiful and I learned 2 new words.

5:46 AM  
Anonymous annax said...

Thank you very much for your lovely comment on my blog!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wonderful, goes well with the poem! Have a good week girl!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Sp00kalot said...

WOW! Carla! That is Gorgeous!! I'm very impressed! And the poem goes with your piece so well. Good job!

8:50 AM  
Blogger LudaChristian said...

Your posts always leave me with a feeling that I have so much more to learn about culture... but don't fear for my emotional well-being. Oh no... I'm quite comfortable with my apparent lack of book knowledge. :) Perhaps I'll bulk up the gray matter between my ears a bit more when the rest of my body quits working. Something to look forward to. :)

Great artwork -- and I'm sure it will continue long after your teaching days are over. That's what's great about creating art -- you never have to retire...

10:58 AM  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

I think it is safe to gush: Carla, this is gorgeous -- less moody than some other of your drawings, though not any less decorative( the aspect of your drawings that I love). And all those little flowers and the grass – ready to roll in it – where is that Spring you promising us?! Lily.

11:23 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Very nice style and colors!I'm still trying to pronounce it here (heh heh). Great work!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

beautiful reds!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Bright and vibrant colors. I like how you made your E word mean whatever your wanted. Beautiful work

8:21 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Ooh, love it! Great image, great poem! He's one of my favorites!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

Love the way the flowers are ust bursting!

1:57 AM  
Blogger floots said...

great illustration to a favourite poem
thank you

7:28 AM  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

soooo delightful, the colors, patterns and feel work wonderfully together

8:30 AM  
Blogger Isa said...

Love the flowers, vibrant colors, magic is in the air of your illos :)

9:09 AM  
Blogger m.b said...

Carla, this is lyrical... beautiful work. :)

12:53 PM  
Blogger QweySpiral said...

beautiful, I love the colors

5:47 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Fabulous...this could be great wearable art...
I see a silk screened flowing skirt!

Just what I needed to cheer up...very happy feeling!

The Tart

6:04 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is beautiful. I love the symmetry of some of your images and the glowing edges make this magical.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I know I already commented on this one but I wanted to respond to the message you left on my blog and had NO idea how to but here! So here goes:

I have no idea if this is going to get to you! It says no reply here! Anyway, thanks so much for the request, I will look into that idea! I had actually wanted to do that for a while but have been putting it off as the coding for that function is in Java Script which Frontpage doesnt do so I have to hand HTML type everything in each time I add an image, that really isnt such a problem now as I used to include a TON more art on my site and now most of that is on my Flikr page and only my new art is for that site.

Thanks for checking out ABM. All the stamps are my designs, I am not sure what exactly you mean by make them myself, I make the designs and then send them to a Manufacturer to actually press the rubber, is that what you meant? Anyway, I opened ABM June 2004 and have done really well, thankfully! That allows me to make some money so I only have to work a few hours a week while I am in school, I do the PT 10 hours a week for steady income in case ABM has a slow month!

I LOVE YOUR NEW SITE BY THE WAY! Maybe it isnt new and I just found it trying to look for an email for you! It is great! I think you are SO right about the artwork after looking at yours. I have no idea how to make it so there are words in the pop up window along with the image, that is super nice! Did you do your site yourself? What program do you use? I do have the program Dreamweaver & also GoLive by Adobe. Just havent taken the time to learn how to use them, maybe I should!

Working on a new piece tonight, it is definately my best one by far. I found a new technique with acrylics that I really love. Will post very soon! Have a portfolio review for school in a few weeks so I really want to get at least 2 new pieces done to show the level I am really at!

Ok well, blabbered long enough at you here! Have a great week and thanks so much again for all the help you have been!!

11:01 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

one of my fave poets!

and what a lovely beautiful illo!

4:59 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

This is my new favourite of your work!

3:51 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Carla, this looks like tapestry! Beautiful!

6:12 PM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

This is great & I love the poem. The way you typed it is wonderful.

Love the warm colors here. Your style is taking on a new phase....a lovely phase!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Acrylic and paint-marker on canvas - what a great idea, and you've made perfect use of the technique! I love the sense of the flowers turning to worship the unruly Sun, and your embellishments. Beautiful colour choices too - the warm yellows and cool magenta/purple shades with olive green.

E. E. Cummings - why didn't I think of that?

6:46 PM  
Blogger RedT0pMedusa said...

WOW! this is eye popping and sexy and innocent all at once! great use of yellow and red violet (complementry colour or if you count the green it could be considered a triad of compements nice!) what type of medum?

I really like the design elements (the boarder and the sun)

no stones here

7:42 PM  
Blogger Leezy said...

A beautiful illustration. the colours are so lush. I especially love your rich sun. Lovely work Carla!

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

The golden background makes a perfect contrast with the flowers. I added a different beauty, making you feel like you are sit on a hill watching a warm sunset, all by yourself, but with the company of the air touching your face, while enjoying the silence.
Carla, this is what came to my mind when I saw inspire.
-Marjorie Ann

9:48 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

You just keep getting better and better. :) I love the flowers, the lines are so Elegant. (hee!) The colors remind me of summer. e.e. was just the right touch. Great job.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

So sunny and warm! Isn't it great to have a huge vocabulary! I almost missed posting this week.

2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful. I love the warm colors.
wynlen -

6:05 AM  
Blogger modroom said...

Good suggestion for next IL, not there yet myself but Hellcat's hit first slot!

9:36 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Modroom - I confess that "cats" was not my suggestion. It was from another Carla :>

10:45 AM  
Blogger modroom said...

Oh well, it made Hellcat do vertical leaps and hit her head on the ceiling anyway!

12:19 PM  
Blogger greenfreak245 said...

i love the way you made the sun i would hang a picture like this in my room

11:38 AM  
Blogger madretz said...

Wow!! This is beautiful! The colors, the lines, absolutely wonderful!

12:10 AM  
Blogger A Little Hut said...

beautiful colors and composition!

2:43 AM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...


4:00 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Carla, I just found your blog and love it. I can't believe you posted this poem by cummings. It is my favorite poem of his, and I've used it in several presentations. Very cool stuff.

If you are interested in trading links, I would be very happy to do so!

Have a glorious day!

8:09 AM  

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