anonyrrie: Illustration Friday & Inspire Me Thursday - Tea & Me

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Illustration Friday & Inspire Me Thursday - Tea & Me


I am in the process of getting some work together to exhibit in a show called "About the Earth" at a local gallery - finishing up a painting and printing some pieces so I can take them to be framed, so I had to do a quick one this week. In fact, this is blatant double dipping - it is a self-portrait for this week's Inspire Me Thursday challenge, and it has a tea motif (that's a Camellia Sinensis behind me, and I'm holding a cup of tea) for Illustration Friday.

This was created by throwing together a little bit of everything - acrylic, collage, marker, colored pencil, and some photoshop.

90 Comments:

Anonymous bozena said...

This is beautiful!

Very true to what you look like.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Geninne said...

Wonderful Carla, I love it :o) Hope you do really well with your exhibit! Love your style.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Beautiful carla, I knew it was you before I read your post! Brake a leg with your showing!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

good luck with the show carla...the camellias are in full bloom here :)

4:19 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Love how you combined the two topics. It's very beautiful. I'm thinking of doing Inspire Me Thursday too. I love doing little art pieces. Small but still very gratifying.

Your exhibit will be fantastic!!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

Lovely image.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Even when you are in a hurry, you manage pull something pretty out of your hat! I love the colors and the take on this theme. Congrats and good luck on your show!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

What a lovely image! I am jealous of those people that will get to see your show. All the best.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Lu said...

this is simply beautiful. i really love the colors.

5:33 PM  
Blogger isay said...

i am wishing you all the best in your exhibit.

I like the olive green markers and colored pencil blended together. I like the pattern you used for your kimono like long dress and how you captured holding a tea cup.

5:34 PM  
Blogger rubio2d said...

Hi Carla.
Absolutly beautiful piece of art, the mixture of techniques is awesome (acrylic, collage, marker, colored pencil, and some photoshop!!!!) WOW!
It's nice to see something non digital.
Nice work and reading, as usual. Love the flowers and all the diffuse background.

5:50 PM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

this is so wonderful. love the colors and the way the background and her dress are blended. love it. have a great time at your show!

7:06 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

It doesen't look thrown together, it has very traditional tea room feel to it, and it's lovely to look at.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Webgrl said...

absolutely beautiful! Good luck with the exhibition - show us some pics ok!
May i ask how u got that lovely almost linen / worn texture?

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Hey Carla, I think this is a beautiful piece of work. Good luck with your show! I also loved how you could do both Inspire me Thursday and Illustration Friday together. Awesome job!!

8:03 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thank you all for the good wishes!!! The drop off for the show is March 12, and it opens on the 17th. I took seven pieces to be framed this afternoon...it took quite a lot of time picking out the mattes and frames, but we had fun. I'm really excited to see what my work will look like all gussied up.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Webgrl said...

heya carla - there wasn't an email addie when u commented on my blog but thank you for commenting and replying about the technique i'll have to try it its awesome:)

9:30 PM  
Blogger Webgrl said...

p.s. i just read about dropping your work off. Its nerve wracking and fun to drop your work off at the framers its so awesome to see the result. It should be greater i guess to see it on the gallery wall but at my first show i was too queasy and nervous to really appreciate it.
My second is coming up this week on thursday and i'm not nearly as tied up in knots this time:)
You're gonna have so much fun and looking at your work - you don't need to worry bout anything i love your stuff!!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Beautiful and a creative way to tie in two themes, fabulous! Looks 3D to me, maybe it is just the screen! Love it! Brandi

11:29 PM  
Blogger ottoblotto said...

Lovely, tranquil colors, and very nicely done!

2:23 AM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

OH! I really like this one. It's beautiful!
love

3:48 AM  
Blogger miragee said...

Hey Carla, congrats! I want to wish you good luck for the exhibition! I also checked out your website. The paintings on it are all my favorites:-).

I like the texture of this illo. The flowers are cool. The lady is kind of exotic and there is a very relaxing feel...

4:21 AM  
Blogger Katili said...

Your image is very springish with a light touch of Asian. You're walking towards the sun, I like that ! Take that feeling to your exhibit !

5:32 AM  
Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

So nice work Carla, as always! This sun is to me some kind of signature for you now! I especially like the flower on the left, great texture on it, but on the other hand, the whole picture is just great!

7:03 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Beautiful work as usual Carla, I love it.
a.

9:50 AM  
Blogger F L E E said...

wow!
and the tree + flowers illustration below is another wow!
keep up the good working and keep on dood;ing!
Great colour combination.

10:49 AM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Absolutely beautiful!...and, I do hope you share photos from your exhibit! I love all of your pieces!

12:10 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

...oops...I want to wish you well on your exhibit!

12:11 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

All the best on the exhibit.
Love the kimono look here, very YOU geisha.

Smooch,
The Tart

2:30 PM  
Blogger Monkey Freak said...

Wow! That's really preey.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I think I've returned here to look at this about 76 times now and I can't think of anything really telling to say other than that I really like it...something about the face and how intentional her gaze and her walk seems to be.

3:59 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Nothing like a multi-disciplinary approach now and then, is there? It requires an element of creativity to successfully combine these methods, just as it requires creativity to come up with the image. Good luck with your show! Fantastic! Will you post photos? And btw your mind will be blown when you see the results of the framing. In my need to keep costs low I either paint so a frame isn't needed, or do the framing myself, so rarely experience that "Wow! I'm awesome!" feeling...

4:37 PM  
Blogger mimi-chocolat said...

Lovely :) congratulations!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Raymond Larose said...

Amazing work, Carla. Love the style you used here. Captured the topic beautifully!

5:07 PM  
Blogger butterfly said...

this illo looks so elegant and it has a trenqual effect.. Your style is one of my favourate..especially your color combinations are always perfect and attractive..

5:09 PM  
Blogger piero said...

very poetical!
the tree and flowers in the other posting too ...

5:33 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Best of luck on the show Carla. I love the elegance of this self portratit. The entire piece reflects as if it were a stamp of some sort. The detail of the flowers and the sun - very nice!

5:49 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

just love your style.. very chick, elegant, sullen and dreamy.. and great mix of all those mediums.. very creative indeed!

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Diong said...

Wow... congratulations for your show!

Mixed media worked so well... love the colors and details esp of the plant.

BTW...thanks for Inpire me Thursday link :-)

1:25 AM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

This is the first time I've seen your blog -- though I think maybe I saw one of your illustrations on another site, an ATC maybe? Anyway, really beautiful!

2:49 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Beautifully done, Carla...and, congratulations on the show. When's the opening?

8:35 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Sorry to be rushing like this. Isn't it amazing what we can "quote throw together" and this piece shows you know your work and your boundaries. Just beautiful.
Good luck with the show. And hope you have many more in the future. Framing can be fun if you work with the right person. have a great day!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Good luck on the exhibit! I love this piece. And thanks for the kind words about my first IF post. :-)

Have a glorious day.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Gerald said...

This is wonderful, looks just like you! Congrats on the show & best of luck, please keep us posted. Thanks.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Ah. A self portrait! I thought it looked uncannily like your profile picture!

Your work is so elegant, feminine--and often beautifully botanical. I went to your web site and checked out your gallery. I love the detailed lines of your flowers and hair adornments and dress patterns. You draw modern goddesses! Your "Flowerhead" is exquisite.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Very fragrant tea you have made! And your gown is lovely, lovely, lovely!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Marco Antonio Sepúlveda said...

Muy buena técnica y creatividad en tus ilustraciones.
El color es muy especial.

Saludos.

Marco Antonio sepúlveda

1:40 PM  
Blogger ratlion said...

Lovely. Definitely resembles the profile pic and the you that reflects through your writing..er..that make sense? :D All the best with the show!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Bearuh said...

It looks like it has some really great texture to it. It has an old look to it which is way cool!

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Giles said...

This is really beautiful. You have some lovely colours and textures in there. I also like your use of pattern...her red dress is great.

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4:15 PM  
Blogger mel said...

wow, that's beautiful, carla!

5:09 PM  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

Beautiful self-portrait and lovely illustration! Lily.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

Have FUN AT YOUR SHOW!!!Beauty Full Art!!! I'll have to check out your web site in a bit!

6:33 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Gorgeous textures and colors! Sublime!

12:21 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

scribblesk beat me to the perfect description of the illustration; the first word that popped into the noggin... sublime. Beautifully so.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

This is exceptional. Love the duality of purpose and feel you have outdone yourself - as usual!
Marie

1:34 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Beautiful, I love the textures

2:42 AM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

thats so so lovely ¡¡¡ really nice awasome i love your compositions

11:03 AM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Beautiful image. Good luck with show. Post pics from the show so we can vicariously participate.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Artsy Momma Chic said...

Double Dipping worked great! This is beautiful. I really like the soft colors and wow does that ever look like you!!
Great job and good luck with your exhibit!

ps thanks for the comment on my tea piece! That would be quite a tea party!

11:48 AM  
Blogger cosmos said...

I Heart This. I like the oriental look and feel of it. Do more.

11:49 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Gorgeous piece here. It seems to have a very ancient , print quality to it. Good luck on the show (post pics of it in the future if you can)!

11:55 AM  
Blogger LudaChristian said...

very nice work! it's totally relaxing...

1:33 PM  
Blogger Holly Stinnett said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You're such a talent! Holly

1:58 PM  
Blogger Bearuh said...

Hey just wanted to say thanks for the comment on my blogger. When you say vermeer's painting do you mean the girl with the pearl earing? Maybe I should add one to mine haha! Thanks!

4:10 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Like the print-like effect and you're multi media. Good luck organising for the exhibition, I'm sure you'll do the earth proud!

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the combination of colour and media. It's very nicely done. Never thought that the red/maroon can go well with green. But, now I do! Great work!

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6:40 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I am sure you noticed I double dip all the time...I think of it as multi tasking; something women are famous for! So wish I could see your art in a gallery. Maybe someday. I love the combination all all the techniques and materials used; you are so talented.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Quick but Beautiful! Lovely work and Good luck with the show!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous kaya said...

very, very nice. Beautiful and natural. I love it.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Reminds me of those midevil paintings- the type animated by Terry Gilliam in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Great work!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Throwing together works! Best wishes on your exhibit/show. I'll take the other's word for it that it looks like you... but the camellias are on target, too.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Isa said...

I love the peaceful face of the girl, gorgeus illo!

3:45 AM  
Blogger flossy-p said...

That is a wonderful self portrait. How special, you look so serene and 'at one'. Lovely job.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely!

And congrats on the gallery showing, enjoy it.

9:01 AM  
Blogger wynlen said...

Beautiful. I like the flower.
www.wynlen.no

9:36 AM  
Blogger constanthing said...

The result looks great, I thought it looks like a print on rice paper. Have fun with your show!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely painting!! Very elegant and poetic!!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Rayne said...

I like the texture on the picture. It's just the right touch.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous hartini said...

What a beautiful piece! I love the flowers and sun. The woman's face - she looks like u! :D

Congratulations @ the exhibition! Wish I could go see your work at the gallery. Well I'm sure there will be plenty of ppl there going OOOoohh and AAaaaahhhs at your work :)

10:38 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i just love the way you throw things together!!! Have a wonderful show!

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say is that this is beautiful! Good luck with your exhibit!

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6:12 AM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

To add to the masses, this is fantastic!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This is so charming...a nice likeness, and the texture here reminds me of that of a tea bag. This also reminds me of a Japanese print - maybe it's the lovely gown you're wearing. Love the flowers and a hint of the sun as well! I love it!

11:38 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

I like her zen-like pose. Beautiful.
It's fun to see one of your signature suns in the background too!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is really lovely. It has such an elegant stylish look.

6:55 PM  
Blogger zordis said...

Beautiful and so facinating. Hope you enjoy the exhibition. Again ..... so beautiful you!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

You are blowing me out of the water, Carla! You are growing by leaps and bounds. Lovely illo, and congrats on the show!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Classic triangular/pyramidal structure and a beautiful image. We are drawn to the tea by her eyes...

(ID word = egojnh - interesting!)

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Stéphanie said...

Hi,

For some reason this illustration makes me think of a tarot card... Maybe it's the sun in the background. I love the lovely flowers, like chery blossoms. The whole illustration has a slight Japanese feeling to it, the composition, the red dress.

Great combination of colors and textures too. I love it.

Cheers.

1:17 AM  

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