anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Simple

Friday, February 10, 2006

Illustration Friday - Simple

What could be more simple than a hug and a kiss? Sometimes that's all it takes to make everything better - from a scraped knee to a broken heart. In fact, research shows that affectionate contact with a romantic partner in the form of hand holding and hugging greatly reduces the effects of stress. In a 2003 study, researchers found that couples who spent ten minutes holding hands followed by a twenty second hug not only had lower heartbeats during subsequent stressful situations, but also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and higher levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters associated with pleasurable sensations.

In honor of St. Valentine's Day, I offer you some photoshopped Hugs and Kisses with nods to Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol.


Blogger Alina Chau said...

lovely piece!!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Wow. You always put so much thought and background into your art. Such a powerful and lovely piece!

9:06 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Really excellent,Carla! I love this and what you wrote about hugs and kisses and I have personally found this to be true!!! This is a great idea too!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I hope you have a nice Valentines day to girl! Love the post and Ill.!

9:44 PM  
Blogger madretz said...

very Andy Warhol-esque!

10:04 PM  
Anonymous hartini said...

This is clever! :) Simple, clever and sweet! :) Thanks for that bit of info - I think it's a great reminder for all of us to lower our stress levels. And what better way via holding hands and a simple hug. :)

PS: Gonna link u up - keep forgetting about it... duh!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Corrine Nelson said...

i like it!

10:59 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Nicely done, Carla. I like that you've linked Valentine's Day to IF this week. Ingeniously, too. I can see this as a huge painting in a high-end 'white wall' gallery, nothing around it. Run out and buy that huge canvas now, y'hear?

11:23 PM  
Blogger Shane said...

Good to see another artists interpretation of Warhols print. Great use of colour.

11:55 PM  
Blogger Paige Keiser said...

Very nice piece Carla! Enjoyed reading your post too!

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Thank you, that is beautiful and true. Have seen the movie "What the "Bleep Do We Know!?" Probably so, if not check it out. Your art, what I've seen so far is great. I have not yet entered into the blogesphere with mine.

Peace & Well Wishes,


1:22 AM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

Lovely. Hugs and kisses to you.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

So thoughtful Carla and such a great way to encourage a few extra hugs!

Hugs and kisses to you too.

4:30 AM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

nice sentiment, and hug and a kiss can heal all ;) and hope you have a happy valentines day soon too!


4:48 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Nothing simpler than hugs and kisses but they make the world a peaceful place!
Happy Valentine!

4:49 AM  
Anonymous Marion said...

I like this kind of abstract art.
And I am certain that the research is true.
Happy ValDay.!

6:57 AM  
Blogger cosmos said...

i heart this. simple too.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Nothing better than hugs and kisses right back to you.
Intense yummy colors! have a wonderful Valentine day

7:58 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

This is a beautiful image and design. The texture and color are working so well. I LIKE it!

8:55 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

Colorful and bright hugs and kisses! Hugs and kisses back to you, Carla. I know hugs and kisses always make me feel better, especially during stressful times, but didn't know anyone had researched its effects. I love that research :-)

10:51 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hope you have a great valentine's day!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

uuLove your illo. The colors and design are so wonderful!

12:12 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I have read that too...I also read how important it is for your children to see you be affectionate with your partner. As corney as it sounds everyday we have family hug time. My children love it now so I am enjoying it while it lasts! Have a great week.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

Beautiful idea Carla. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family. :0)

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Love your interpretation of hugs and kisses for the theme of Simple, especially since Warhol is one of my fave's.

3:45 PM  
Blogger isay said...

thank you very big for these reminders just in time for St. Valentine's day. I have to try it just after this.

Hugs and kisses for you, too carla.

i like the color impact of your illustration-great effects on me.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Yes, very Andy Warhol. Love the colors, so bright and cheery! And, who doesnt love hugs and kisses! Brandi

3:59 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

Enjoyed your Andy Warhol technique!!

6:18 PM  
Blogger kittylittered said...

those are really nice thoughts that everyone should know about!
I can see your piece blown up GINORMOUSLY, like 10 foot square.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

very clever =)

7:12 PM  
Blogger diosaperdida said...

wonderful bold image...interesting info about affectionate ..behavior. No wonder I feel like my guy saves my sanity sometimes. He is big on hugging!

9:50 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Thanks for the hugs and kisses!!! I feel happier already!!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Crescendo said...

Lovely ! I like it too.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

My wife is big on those 'x's and 'o's. Great textures. Really cool idea.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Libra Larki said...

It's a very romantic, passionate and beautiful kiss!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

touching also increases insulin levels in newborns, aiding in cell nourishment. (babies and children who are seldom held or hugged, often suffer from nutrition deficits even when they're on an adequate diet.)

12:49 PM  
Blogger Katili said...

I agree, hugs and kisses are true simple, but never too much of them in the world today. I love the colors and texture in your picture, very warm.

1:47 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Very bold, warm and simple! Chair is looking good too.

2:42 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

thanks for that info i know what i need to reduce my stress.. *.*

and bows to Andy Warhol too.. first art that pops into mind when reading his name is his "banana" used as cover for Velvet Underground and Nico album. - one of the greatest bands of all time!

3:05 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

I too am feeling the hugs and kisses especially since my topic was about hugs also! I am quite a fan of Warhol's work so I love the colors and the contrast that you have created.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Now that was an idea. X's and O's. Great thought, and love the colors. Great job!

5:52 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Ah, those simple letters X and O, bring into mind some very complex emotions. wonderful skill in your illo,wonderful

6:26 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Nothing like simple hugs and kisses!! I know they make my day! :) LOVE the colors you chose! What a neat concept!! Lovely!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Lovely structure and thoughts, but I might've missed the XO theme if I hadn't read your thoughts - I kind of read it as "OY" :). The colours do grind up against each other a bit - not altogether pleasantly (I feel stressed!), but this is definitely simple and striking!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Wow, Carla - this is a very different type of contribution for you - beautiful Pop Art tribute! I love that you chose this and how you made it happen.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Very clever! Is that a ripple filter?

9:31 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Ahhhh.....they have said that cortisol levels increase fat around the more hugs and kisses=flatter abs as well.

Good info:)

10:52 AM  
Blogger Sp00kalot said...

Heyyy I was pretty proud of myself for noticing they were X and O's. You are so right. Nothing could be simplier than hugs and kisses. How appropiate for V-Day! Nice job!!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Very true and very fitting for Valentines day. Cheers!

12:21 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Liz - I have no idea what filter I used. This is from a type project I did years ago in a photoshop class. The orginal piece is the XO in the top left corner. And Ian, I'm glad you felt stressed when you saw it, because the challenge was to use type to create a piece called "Tension." I was actually being a bit ironic at the time using the XO idea along with the color and textre treatment. Anyway, I took this week's topic very literally...I decided to make things simple for myself and pull out something I'd already done, make a few changes, and reinvent its meaning.

1:16 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Great post and wonderful image.
Must go hold hands...with fireman.

Hope you all are warm and snuggly in the chilly weather.

Take care & smooches to all, including you 2 legged crew!
The Tart

2:10 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Oopss, I meant the 4 legged gang, but also to your honey & all your students! Ha.
Really love the image & description to Liz.

The Tart

2:11 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Loved this. Can't believe that I posted on Monday, and there are already 400+ posts. Sheesh! and I have work to do and knitting and Olympics to watch.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...


What wonderful colors! I can see all the great textures here on my screen and it looks great. Really cool photoshop work.


4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best entries this week. Nice job!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Rachelle said...

I like your pop art illustration this week. Great idea and the colors are fabulous.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Leezy said...

This so cool, and such a lovely sentiment. I will hug and kiss my beau in a wee while in honour of your hommage to Valentine's!
This has a great 'Pop' feel to it, make me feel cheery - happy happy!:)

10:40 PM  
Blogger Duncan said...

Nice Pop Art feel, the texture makes it look almost like a rug, there's a great marketing idea for you. - I'd buy one.

5:18 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Carla: Thank you so much for including me, who seriously needs a course in time management (do you teach that, too? :), in the postcard swap. It's a truly lovely thing to have. A Valentine's Day hug to you. (Sorry for sending this to your comments but my pc crash at Christmas means that I lost a bunch of contact info.)

4:50 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Pop art hugs & kisses! Groovie!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Carla, this is great!!! I am all for hugs and kisses... This is a great way to illustrate it, too. Your illo is very strong and powerful. Have a wonderful VDay!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

You're the coolest...back at ya.

10:31 PM  
Blogger String said...

This looks like decorative Easter egg colours, love the spring energy!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

so true!
kiss and hug for you, from
and about my simple:illo, it's a watercolor :) Take care!
-Marjorie Ann

4:07 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

great job, as usual!
i "heart" pattern, color and your work! :)

5:54 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

I love the contrasts of colors in each square. That does give me a sense of warmth!

Oh, and thanks for the information. When I feel stressed, I'll try to hug people around me:-).

6:15 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Ok, I'm not waiting for your reply. I've already linked to you (and I hope you will in return).

I xoxoxo your blog. Keep being you!

8:16 AM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Love the bold graphics and message!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Happily Ever After said...

Your long distance hugs have lowered my stress levels already! Thanks.
What a cool piece you did celebrating one of my favorite stamps and artist. See you next week.

4:54 PM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

thats Beautiful Carla! is a really great composition, i love the colors, congratulations, im waiting to see your next creation

12:56 AM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

Great job with this one Carla - very cool interpretation - luminous colors. Very nice!

1:01 AM  
Blogger frank h said...

Oh, I didn't see this before!
Is wonderful - I want one on my wall!

1:19 PM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

it says it all..
what more can i say, except: perfect!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous bozena said...

Holy shit, you got a ton of comments on this piece! Well deserved, I must say. I can only describe it as direct simplicity. I love it.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

THis was a great idea for simple, in all it's complexity.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

This is awesome. Love the boldness of it!

10:54 PM  

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