anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Song

Friday, February 17, 2006

Illustration Friday - Song

Last week's snow is almost gone, revealing mud, rotted leaves, and the tips of small green shoots pushing tentatively through the earth. The promise of spring is a welcome song to me...

Spring Song
- Paul Laurence Dunbar

A BLUE-BELL springs upon the ledge,
A lark sits singing in the hedge;
Sweet perfumes scent the balmy air,
And life is brimming everywhere!
Is Spring, Spring, Spring!

No more the air is sharp and cold;
The planter wends across the wold,
And, glad, beneath the shining sky
We wander forth, my love and I.
And ever in our hearts doth ring
This song of Spring, Spring!

For life is life and love is love,
'Twixt maid and man or dove and dove.
Life may be short, life may be long,
But love will come, and to its song
Shall this refrain for ever cling
Of Spring, Spring, Spring!


Blogger Rick Lovell said...

Very nice. I'm ready for Spring, too, but looks like Mother Nature has a jump on everyone down here...the tulip trees are ablaze already and the crocuses are popping up way too soon! (no roses yet, though;>)

9:57 PM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

Perfect, in text and visual. You are always right on target.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

I love these colours...the warm muds and greens and the floral pinks...evocative of spring.

great post.

12:49 AM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

your illustration is thoughtful and really lovely, as is the poem

2:58 AM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

is sooo beautiful, the colors is an armony with the song, i love it

2:58 AM  
Blogger isay said...

snow came back again yesterday over here and i thought, i was really welcoming spring the other day.

spring song and a nice illustration-they're sending away the cold weather over here.

5:21 AM  
Blogger miragee said...

Oh I love this illo! It has the feel of Chinese mountain and water paintings!

5:22 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Carla this is lovely - and one of the odd things about this winter is I've had roses all winter long but high up in a tree.... never happened before...

I love the way you have music embedded within this picture it adds to the texture. I also like the luminosity. And of course the roses!

Well worth viewing in the larger size!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

those first little green sprouts always make me feel the Dunbar poem, perfect fit :) beautiful carla...hope the feeling of being overwhelmed goes away soon.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

Absolutely lovely, both illustration and text, and perfect for the topic.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Realy nice girl! Have a great weekend!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

The promise of spring is in everyone's heart this week.
I know it is is in mine. i love how the color of the flowers emerge from the gray background drawing. It's as if you are sitting in anticipation Carla. ;)
although i love your images with design there is something pleasing and soft that I am really drawn to this image.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

This is certainly early spring with all those muted colors just waiting to spring forth in bold colors. Love it!

11:20 AM  
Blogger F L E E said...

Thanks for leaving encouraging comments at my blog.
always find your drawings has a bright and innocent "feel"
coupling with the lyrics your IF illustration, they make a perfect pair!
Keep those doodles comin'!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

I think this is a portrait of my mother. It's beautiful.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Like a reflection in a pond. I love the way the nototation just barely peeks through. Nice touch.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Beautiful and elegant! I noticed that you did this on sheet music. Clever!

2:13 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

ooooooh this is so wonderful! love this illustration Carla! It is so moody and beautiful and the perfect words to go with it! Love this in every way!

2:18 PM  
Blogger The Guitar Guru said...

I like it!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Beautiful piece, Carla!!! I love the softness of it and the colour palette. It's also a great touch that the background of the painting is a sheet of music. This really does make you feel the music of the scene and share in the atmosphere.

4:28 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Brilliant how you've done it on top of music notation!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Keira Wong said...


4:50 PM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

oh, Carla, how beautiful this is...

5:21 PM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

Very, VERY beautiful with a tactile sense. Just lovely!

9:58 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

This is just beautiful - Makes me want to put on some Opera right now!

10:14 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Wow....this is wonderful...I am so taken by this.
So Carly Simon. Forgive me...lots of tea tonight and many iTunes moments.

Just heavenly! The music is so soft.

The Tart

(this could be miss pretty on a good day...I will pass on to joli)

12:12 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

wooooo ..... this is beautiful!

12:51 AM  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

Fun and lovely illustration, my child within is happy. Makes me want to put on fluffy white Victorian dress and tall mud boots and go jumping in spring puddles, obligations be dammed! Too bad we have second coming of Killing Frost… but I will keep my boots at the ready all the same. Lily.

12:54 AM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

this is my all time favorite of yours.

2:32 AM  
Blogger ratlion said...

hThis has a really quaint old-fashioned feel to it...nice! :)

5:12 AM  
Anonymous iHanna said...

Sweet little song, and the illustrations, one of your best if you ask me. I love roses, and text (or music) in the background, awsome!

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

The songs of seasons! And Spring's song is the best. Wonerful illustration.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Sea Angel said...

Beautiful illustration and words.

12:12 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Spring, my favourite season!
It's the new beginning, a breath of fresh air!

3:51 PM  
Blogger ottoblotto said...

I love this piece, especially the limited pallete.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice illo this week, i really like the subtlty of the sheet music. i also like your overwhelmed illo, in fact, i love it.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Wow! I love this illo. So organic and natural. The style is almost like chinese painting. Different from your usual style. The background adds a lovely touch to the entire piece. :)

8:11 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Everything you do is so lovely and feminine.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Rayne said...

I like this. It has a secret, dreamy feel to it.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do such amazing work. I am truly "in love" with this piece. I would hang this in my home. I think it is just so pretty.
Really, really beautiful illo of song.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous ody said...

it's a fable...

6:02 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Carla, thanks for visiting! I have now linked you on my blog. Let me know if you return the favor. :-)

Keep being you!

7:49 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

This piece has a different style/feel than your other stuff. I like it too.

I like how the girl looks shy, like she's hiding behind the flowers.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Beautiful pic, as allways, but it's hard to hear her singing with her mouth behind those flowers!

12:44 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Lyrical and lovely!

6:00 PM  
Blogger ladybug said...

hi carla, i love your comments. thanks.
this illo is so sweet.... :)

7:32 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

a wonderful song and illustration..
i like how she hide behind the flowers and bushes.. so innocent and fragile..v

9:44 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I love the gentle feel of this one.

2:59 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Being a "Spring" baby, it's decidedly my favorite season's almost HERE! I want to say thanks for including the Dunbar poem, it's marvelous.
Forgive me for not being around much lately but, while I'm here, I must say that your work has taken a giant leap forward. I love all of your recent stuff and you continue to get better and better and better. :)

8:22 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I like the new background on your site. Sometimes simple changes can make a huge difference.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just visited your website-gallery and your blog. What beautiful drawings you do! And thank you for commenting on my LJ. I appreciate it very much.

Bortinatta (irene)

10:18 AM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Another beautiful illustration, Carla. Lovely delicate colors.

10:31 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Awesonme work! The drawing on musical note paper is brilliant. I went for a long walk outside yesterday and despite the cold lots of birds were out singing---can't wait for Spring either.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Tintagua said...

I love the delicate, soft textures - so beautiful and tender.

11:59 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

She is darling. I can almost hear her sweet and tender little voice calling the flowers and birds to come out and play. Just beautiful!!

p.s. Thanks for the comment on my soup! I love, love, love hearing from others of the vegetarian persuasion!!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Sioux said...

Your drawings are beautiful. Love the use of music paper as the background. Good for you!!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Another great piece. I love the colors and the placement of the flowers around woman. The dark brings forward all flowers and smooth tones adds mystery to the womans outlines. Great Job!

2:05 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

What a beautiful painting! I love it that you can just see a bit of the sheet music in back.This piece gave me a sense of warmth and comfort. Fantastic!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Webgrl said...

oooh! beautiful! i love it!

8:11 PM  
Blogger coffee81 said...

Oh! this is nice!

8:32 PM  
Blogger Tatiana said...

I like the dark feel of the piece. Being in California, you forget it's snowingon the east coast.


1:12 AM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

Wonderful song to go with your wonderful illustration. I like how the notes bleed. Kim carney is right; you always hit it right on target.

Writing from the Bay Area... where almost every day is like spring; I don't miss snow one single bit!

2:25 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I love this piece a lot, it has a nice Victorian feel to it and the idea of using a music sheet is great for this week's Song theme.

For some reason I thought about Alice in Wonderland when I saw your painting, I love it.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Your illo of spring is quite lovely. Can't wait for march and April.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I love this one! It's so much like a Chinese Ink Painting with your wonderful layers :)

(I can't wait for the next Journeys book, this project is so fun)

10:50 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Your painting style on this is beautiful, and I love the sheet music background.

I can't wait for spring. I miss the flowers, the singing birds, the green grass, and the warmth!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Beautiful, Carla! this has a Renoir quality to it...very lovely indeed. Is this watercolor? Great subtle use of the sheet music underneath as well.

6:01 PM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

Really just so beautiful Carla - the poem is perfect too. Love your posts - always inspiring and challenging. Thank you!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Is spring finally breaking for the east coast? We went through record-breaking heat one week, only to have snow on the valley hills the next week. Weird weather.

Oh, your illustration is wonderful. Using the sheet of music to underlay the whole thing... inspired. The flowers are cascading in song around the girl, who seems to be drinking the music in. Cool. And I really like the textured feel of the flowers in the piece above this one. Getting around to viewing posts late in the week. So folks have much more to look at than just the topic illustration.

9:52 AM  
Blogger monicalee said...

Oh Carla! Frame this! this is just lovley! And look at all these comments! Great piece!

7:54 PM  

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