anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Sea

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Illustration Friday - Sea

Seafarer - Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)

And learn O Voyager to walk
the roll of earth, the pitch and fall
That swings across these trees those stars:
That swings the sunlight up the wall.

And learn upon these narrow beds
To sleep in spite of sea, in spite
Of sound the rushing planet makes:
And learn to sleep against this ground.

Water is a primeval symbol, suggesting formlessness, primordial chaos, the unfathomable, union and transformation. It is also associated with birth, fertility, purification, and refreshment. Portrayed either as the ocean or the sea, water is an integral component of most religions and mythologies, one of the four elements essential to life in traditional western philosophy, and an archetypical symbol in psychological and dream analysis.

In many religions and creation myths, water in the form of the ocean represents the beginning of life on Earth, the place from which land arose and life originated. In Jungian interpretation, water images are part of the collective subconscious in which we remember our origins of life in the oceans. To see the ocean or the sea in a dream often represents the idea of delving into the subconscious to reveal the deepest and most hidden emotions. As a subconscious symbol, the ocean is generally interpreted as a boundless place representing the way in which one can get lost on the mysterious journey through life, whereas the sea with its more defined boundaries can be interpreted as symbolic of a more planned and secure journey across one's life. In astrology, the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) are people who tend to be flowing, flexible, oriented toward harmony or union, intuitive, and deeply emotional.

The illustration above was done in pen and colored in Photoshop.


Blogger ValGalArt said...

carla, she has such a sensual form! This is beautiful and i love the poem and your always fascinating writings on this subject! I always love your ladies!!!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

You FASCINATE me. (isn't that from a movie). Always visually delightful, with the added treat of poem and knowledge! THANK YOU

2:04 PM  
Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

I´ve been staring and staring.... is this the world atlas I see in the picture?
Great picture with so many details, fabulos job you´ve done here!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I love this one Carla - she seems to be the ocean itself asleep... yet flowing.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Zórdís said...

Such a peace in your art. The woman is so calm and it gives a lot of warmth, need to take another peak!

Fabulous work!

2:28 PM  
Blogger Libra Larki said...


This digital artwork is very expressive, of romanticism... and very poetic in form!
It's a very beautiful self portrait! ... very nice colors and composition.

Good Luck!

2:33 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I always come here if I need a "beautiful organic lines and patterns" fix. Love the "pasties", too. :)

2:40 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments. I had a hard time getting it done this week...too many things going on and too much on my mind. Now I need to look and see what everyone has done!

gudbrandsdottir - there's no atlas here; just shapes that happened along the way.

andrea - yep, gotta love those pasties! Wouldn't want her to reveal too much... You always make me laugh:>

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jerry Dreesen said...

So very well done, Carla

You have mastered Photoshop for sure

Jerry Dreesen

2:55 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

The strong symbolic shapes in the background proportionately daring, architectural. The building blocks, and the flow. Water signs are go...-)

3:03 PM  
Blogger RHoward said...

What a great piece. You have a diverse range of style.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Rick Lovell said...

Nicely done, and the poem and text are enlightening and informative. Glad I stopped by!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

This is quite a dramatic piece, I like the use of the subtle colours and the texture. I had a look at your gallery this week and you have been building up a fantastic portfolio of art work.

3:55 PM  
Blogger isay said...

symbolic! very informative texts and lovely poem. i like how the sun rays shines in her body.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Great art! A treat for the eyes.

4:52 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Carla, this is a great illustration!
I love the sea! The Med....

5:04 PM  
Blogger M. Spalding said...

Beautiful. I love how the liquid lines of the piece, especially the figure, so perfectly illustrate the text.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Gorgeous! This is one of the best ones I've seen yet.

6:22 PM  
Blogger sssnole said...

I reckon I dig your style.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Carla, she is a beauty. So intricate!

7:00 PM  
Blogger RedRaider756 said...

This is GREAT! I love your style, its so interesting and it makes you think..........not something I do often!

7:59 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Very nice image and accompanying text. I like how you used a variety of media here.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Carla, you have done it again...mesmerizing! Your work is so fascinating.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Carla your lady is very sensual this week. I love it.
so far this is my favorite of your illo's
It connects with the poem so well, and your lessons are always fabulous.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

This is beautiful...elegant.You added interesting's so delightful.The details..are so great*~*
-Marjorie Ann

12:08 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Very beautiful and elegant piece!

12:52 AM  
Blogger William E. Alexander said...


great work! one of the best worked out pieces I have seen, You are moving up and beyond your norm. Sorry I didn't comment on flavor. Your flavor piece seems very emotionally sad (remorse) for some reason. It's A beautiful piece, I love it. but It seems very intraverted. Your a great Artist. I look forward always to your new pieces. I hope thing are ok.



Darn word verifiers -
(zilkvlf) I think it says - (I like veal) I don't but maybe the computer does.(wink)

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Marion said...

Like the sphere in the illo. Nice lining as well!

7:37 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

lovely Carla, your website looks great too!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

Andrea, I have somehow lost track of your blog and so feel like I am again discovering it for the first time. Your drawings are wonderfully intricate and your text is captivating. I love this representation for the sea. Lovely!

8:36 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

She is beautiful, sensual and mysterious beckoning you into the sea with her bewitching beauty. Excellent penwork and wonderful colors.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...


9:34 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Simply lovely. I like the line-That swings the sunlight up the wall. Well done Carla. Cheers!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

You have a talent for keeping even your Photoshopped work looking very traditional. Beautiful piece.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Jayme Jacobson said...

I love the blue shadowy touches to the leg and hand and the ambiguity of the shifting textures. Beautiful work.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Very sophisticated and sensual. I have to agree w/ Tony; you have a way of making your work look very original.

1:59 PM  
Blogger String said...

Visiting your blog is always such a pleasure. My of my fav dreams as a child was of the sea.

4:00 PM  
Blogger angeillo said...

I love the curves on the mysterious woman. The colors blended perfectly too. It captures the theme very well.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous catnapping said...

another outstanding entry, carla. another wonderful read to go along with your phenomenal inkwork.

5:28 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Very interesting. I was waiting for what you would say about the sea. You should think of a blog class that you could teach. I feel like that when I come here, that you will teach me something new. I love that. Your posts are different from most blogs. Thank you!

5:34 PM  
Blogger Katili said...

Well done, the poem and the image bring a strong feeling about the mystery of the sea.

3:56 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Just Beautiful Carla. I love it.
I can't wait to see you're stuff in JOURNEYS :)

9:18 AM  
Blogger Drazen said...

beatiful colours

12:36 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Beautiful...I especially love the textures.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Like it here!


1:23 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Happy New Year, Carla! Great job on the website and new banner! I really like the abstractness of the background here as well as the layering. Another great beauty!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Majane said...


4:41 PM  
Blogger christina said...

I think this is my favorite one of your illustrations that I've seen. I also really appreciated what you wrote about water--you always have such insightful things to say. I love the fact that you bring background and context to the word for each week's illustration. It allows me to experience it in a whole new way. This is just beautiful. I'd love to have a print!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Carla, I really love this one. I think it is my fav of yours. I love the colors and how the composition is almost abstract but everything is still recognizable! Totally awesome! Brandi

7:20 PM  
Blogger Anthony Woodward said...

I like the layering in this piece

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this piece is *stunning* carla. love it, love it. my favorite so far. nice work!

9:29 PM  
Anonymous rose said...

Absolutely beautiful drawing.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Elemental water imagery is often seen as female, and I love how you've used that here. The collage and linework overlaying each other works perfectly, as do the textures.

I love your use of linear and non-linear (such as the waves at the bottom) shapes. The way you've allocated colours is also just right - sort of alternating, particularly on her right leg. The figure's position is really well chosen, emphasising the flow of the whole composition - lovely!

12:53 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Quite a siren you created here!

1:29 AM  
Blogger ecm said...

love the composition and textures--it's a very lovely piece, carla! it expresses the poem so well. btw, are you a water sign? i'm air (libra) so i wasn't familiar with the symbolism you explained in such detail.:-)

5:02 AM  
Blogger vfm4 said...


10:18 AM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

There is something quite hypnotic about the piece - lovely work

2:20 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Beautiful, as allways. I am, of course, a firesign, which means that watersign people tend to kill me...

6:34 PM  
Blogger kg said...

lovely illo. and i always learn something cool when i visit!

7:08 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

There are so many beautiful layers of details in this illustration. I particularlly like the fish scale like patterns to the right. It's great that you include lovely poems to compliment your creations.

1:31 AM  
Blogger ratlion said...

Now that's one interesting woman :D...Nice!

11:07 AM  
Blogger FromThaBrook said...

you are my hero. amazing and inspiring work on your entire blog site.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Mike Sgier said...

Not to sound redundant, but what a great illustration! I love the form and line in the composition.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, very nice piece. the composition and pattern really draw the viewer in.

10:20 PM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

Your use of line and pattern always intrigues me - very organic, but with repeating patterns and intricacy. I read that as the work of a balanced person (or else a person who struggles between orderliness and freedom :o). Your words are the same - flowing and poetic in tone, instructive in content. Always a delight Carla - I bet you would be a fun person to get to know. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us - we're the better for it!!

10:47 PM  
Blogger deboraht said...

Lovely drawing as well as the story about the Sea.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Linn Ahlbom said...

Gosh how pretty!I love the layered, collage-style affect you'e managed to achieve. Thanks for your comment, and btw, I think I've eaten my fill of gingersnaps for this year at least! hope you've had a good New Year too!

11:56 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

Carla... just noticed that I called you Andrea in my comment above. I plead "senior moment." But actually, I have often confused your names, who knows why. Sorry about that!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Leezy said...

This is exquisite Carla. You always do such a wonderful job of capturing the true esence of the topic. And always an educational treat. I feel my brain expands everytime I visit your site, because I truly learn something new. She's almost mermaid-like. An enchanting creature taking a moment to bask in the sun beside the sea. I like the way the patterns within the shapes compliment each other and the way the sun subtly smiles upon her ... oh and nice bikini!!!

Fun flavo(u)r illo, too.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Thank you, Carla, for your nice comment on my blog for this week's entry. You are so kind and it always makes my day to get a comment from you! Have a great weekend!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Wow! 70 comments! You really touched some folks with this one! Bravo, Carla!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Carla, if I may ask, what program did you use to create your site? I am interested in learning web design but pretty clueless. Any suggestions?

4:55 PM  
Blogger The Silent K said...

There is a beauty and sense of power in this piece that makes me proud to be a woman.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

I'm a cancer, so I especially LOVE this piece!

12:46 PM  
Blogger M said...

Very beautiful!!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Fern Lady said...

Has a very nice feeling.., well done. The textures interest me especially.

8:16 PM  
Blogger cosmos said...

I Heart This!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

Holy wow. This is absolutely gorgeous Carla.

6:06 PM  
Blogger madretz said...

Love your style. This is amazing!

12:11 AM  

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